Paul Sephton


Paul Sephton is co-head of our global Banking & Finance and Corporate groups and head of our transactional team in Asia. He advises leading onshore law firms, major international financial institutions and listed and private companies.

Before joining us, Paul worked as counsel in the finance team of Walkers’ Hong Kong office. He also worked at Allen & Overy in London before moving to Linklaters in Hong Kong. During that time, Paul undertook secondments with Barclays' legal team in London and with Standard Chartered’s leveraged finance team in Hong Kong. In his current practice, Paul specialises in debt finance advising on a range of financial products, including leveraged finance, margin lending, acquisition finance, pre-IPO finance, take-private transactions, bond issuances, convertible instruments, derivative transactions, property finance and syndicated lending. 

Paul's recent experience includes:

  • Advising Deutsche Bank in relation to the financing of Key Safety Systems’ US$1.6 billion acquisition of Takata Corporation, a Japanese air-bag maker
  • Advising US private equity firm, Warburg Pincus, in relation to their investment, via a tranche of US dollar financing, in the Chinese payment giant Ant Financial
  • Advising on Studio City Company Limited’s Rule 144A/Regulation S international offering of senior secured notes due 2019 and senior secured notes due 2021, and its super senior revolving credit facility. The deal was named High Yield Deal of The Year at the IFLR Asia Awards in 2017
  • Advising Deutsche Bank on its financing to Intime International Holdings Limited in relation to the joint acquisition (by way of Cayman scheme of arrangement) with Alibaba for Intime Retail (Group) Company Limited
  • Advising Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Asia) Limited on the US$1 billion financing to Melco Investment Resources Limited in relation to the purchase of certain shares in Melco Crown Entertainment Limited
  • Advising the joint lead managers on Yuzhou Properties’ series of High Yield Bond Offerings
  • Advising CTBC Bank Co., Ltd. on its loan facility to Bain Capital Rise Education Limited
  • Advising Morgan Stanley on its loan facility to Bain Capital VXI Cayman Ltd
  • Advising Yuzhou on its US$300million issuance of 7.85 per cent green notes and concurrent tender offer

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