Nathan Powell

Partner 合伙人 Hong Kong
Nathan Powell
Excellent Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2018

Overview

Nathan Powell is a partner based in Ogier's Hong Kong office and head of Corporate for Asia. He has a broad corporate finance practice with particular expertise in using BVI, Cayman and Jersey companies for capital markets, IPOs, mergers and acquisitions (public and private), consortium acquisitions, private equity structures and joint ventures. He also has a strong focus on bank financing and restructurings.

Areas of expertise

Laws practised

  • BVI law
  • Jersey law
  • News & publications

  • Background & experience

    Nathan Powell is a partner based in Ogier's Hong Kong office and head of Corporate for Asia. He has a broad corporate finance practice with particular expertise in using BVI, Cayman and Jersey companies for capital markets, IPOs, mergers and acquisitions (public and private), consortium acquisitions, private equity structures and joint ventures. He also has a strong focus on bank financing and restructurings.

    Prior to joining Ogier in 2006, Nathan spent eight years as a corporate lawyer with Freshfields in London and Singapore and spent seven months on secondment to UBS London.

    Nathan is ranked as a leading individual in Chambers Global (2012-2018), Chambers Asia-Pacific (2012-2018), Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2013-2018) and IFLR 1000 (Notable Practitioner).

    Key transactions include advising:

    • Foxconn as BVI and Cayman counsel in connection with Foxconn Industrial Internet's RMB 27 billion (US$ 4.3 billion) IPO on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. This was China's largest IPO since 2015 and the world's second largest IPO in H1 2018.
    • JSR Corporation as Cayman counsel in connection with its NTD12 billion acquisition of the Taiwan listed Crown Bioscience International by way of a Cayman statutory merger;
    • Hong Kong Listed TCC International Holdings Limited as Cayman counsel in connection with the US$2.5 billion privatisation by Taiwan Cement Corporation and TCC International Limited by way of a scheme of arrangement (Mapect Taiwan M&A Deal of the Year, Most Innovative M&A Deal and Best Cross-Strait M&A Deal in 2017);
    • Naked Hub group as BVI and Cayman counsel on the sale to WeWork;
    • MOGU Holdings Limited as Cayman counsel in its strategic merger with Meiliworks Inc., valuing the combined company at US$3 billion;
    • China Logistics Property as Cayman and BVI counsel on its HK$3.3 billion HK IPO and related note issuance;
    • Shanghai JiaJiang Hotels on its US$1.53 billion acquisition of a 81% share in the Platino Chinese Hotel Group from the Caryle Group, Sequoia Capital and Actis;
    • Ping An Insurance in connection with its participation in the take private consortium to acquire HK listed Dalian Wanda for US$4.4 billion. This is the largest take private of a Hong Kong listed company to date;
    • Midea Group as BVI counsel on the establishment of a HK listed US$3 billion guaranteed medium term note programme;
    • China Media Capital as Cayman counsel on its US$400 million investment in Manchester City Football Club's holding company and its acquisition of a stake in Hong Kong's TVB;
    • Graff Diamonds as BVI counsel in relation to a US$450 million refinancing loan and Cayman counsel on its proposed US$1 billion Hong Kong IPO;
    • China Shenhua as BVI counsel on its debut US$1.5 billion international bond issue;
    • Xinhu Zhongbao as BVI counsel on its US$700 million 6.00% guaranteed senior notes issuance – the largest debut issuance of a high yield bond since January 2013 (deal shortlisted for High Yield Bond of the Year at IFLR Asia Awards 2018);
    • China Overseas Land as Cayman counsel on its issue of €600 million 1.75% guaranteed bonds;
    • The Foxconn group as BVI and Cayman counsel on various matters including the spin-off and IPO of various subsidiaries, sale of a stake in GoPro pursuant to its US IPO and several convertible bond and GDR issues;
    • Khuan Choo International as BVI counsel in relation to the purchase of the Crabtree & Evelyn business;
    • Chailease Holding on Cayman law aspects of its IPO and subsequent US$206 million GDR issue;
    • Xstrata plc on Jersey law aspects of its US$64 billion merger with Glencore International;
    • Taiwan-based Zhen Ding Technology Holding as Cayman counsel on its IPO and various convertible bond issues;
    • The syndicate of banks acting as underwriters on Glencore International's US$10 billion London and Hong Kong IPO;
    • A Goldman Sachs led consortium on its £2.8 billion acquisition of AB Ports plc by public offer;
    • Hutchison Ports Holdings Limited, a subsidiary of Hutchison Whampoa Limited, in relation to the establishment of an offshore holding structure and subsequently a joint venture for a major UK port.

    Nathan is a Registered Foreign Lawyer regulated by the Law Society of Hong Kong.

    Admitted in:
    1999 - England and Wales
    2009 - Jersey
    2011 - British Virgin Islands

     

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  • Recognition

    Excellent Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2018
    Notable practitioner IFLR 1000, 2018
    Knowledgeable and creative lawyer Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2017
    business-oriented Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017
    An authority in corporate finance, with a practice spanning capital markets and M&A. Market sources view him as a “very practical adviser" Chambers Asia-Pacific 2016
    very practical adviser Chambers Global 2016
    quick and practical Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2016
    Known for his expertise in IPOs and other capital markets transactions, as well as M&A deals Chambers Asia-Pacific 2015
    He understands our concerns and gives us good advice Chambers Asia-Pacific 2015
    Highly rated by both peers and clients Chambers Asia-Pacific 2014
    He just understands what's needed in a transaction; as he used to be an onshore lawyer, he gets things easily Chambers Asia-Pacific 2014
    Really understands clients' requirements and is responsive Chambers Asia-Pacific 2012