Sui-Jim Ho’s practice focuses on finance and restructuring.

He advises on a broad range of financial products including loans, bonds, and derivatives. Jim also advises on general corporate and regulatory matters. He is particularly noted for his experience in complex emerging markets work and for his sovereign debt experience.

As a “sovereign debt expert” (The Legal 500 UK), Jim has been involved in many high-profile sovereign financing and debt management transactions in recent years. He also advises supranationals and central banks on various institutional and regulatory matters.

Jim completed client secondments at Citigroup (capital markets) and Lehman Brothers (derivatives). He joined the firm in 2008 and became a partner in 2017.

Notable Experience

Corporate – Finance and Restructuring

  • Eurasian Resources Group in its $5.2 billion dual-track debt restructuring (Legal Business Awards 2017: Restructuring Team of the Year shortlist; IFLR Europe Awards 2017: Restructuring Deal of the Year and Restructuring Team of the Year shortlist).

  • UC RUSAL in its $5.15 billion restructuring which involved parallel schemes of arrangement in Jersey and England, the largest scheme proposed by a Russian group (The Lawyer Awards 2015: Restructuring Team of the Year runner-up; Legal Business Awards 2015: Restructuring Team of the Year shortlist).

  • Truvo Group in its €1.5 billion cross-border restructuring (IFLR’s EMEA Restructuring of the Year).

  • Debt capital markets and liability management transactions for financial institutions and corporates including high-yield bond matters for Consolidated Minerals and RCS & RDS.

  • Loans and derivatives transactions for various financial institutions and funds (including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Blackstone, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Lehman Brothers, and Oman Investment Fund), corporates (including ArcelorMittal, Eurasian Resources Group, Lion Rock, Rusal, and Statoil), and ISDA (including in relation to the industry netting opinion for LCH.Clearnet).

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Sovereign – Financing and Restructuring

  • Barbados 2018/2019 restructuring: the Government of Barbados in relation to its domestic and external debt exchange.

  • Chad 2018 restructuring: the Republic of Chad in the restructuring of its $1.3 billion facility agreement, accounting for 98 percent of Chad’s commercial debt stock.

  • Sudan: the ad hoc Committee of Debt Holders.

  • Greece 2011/12 restructuring: The Hellenic Republic on a number of complex transactions, including its €7.16 billion bridge loan from the EU under the European Financial Stabilisation Mechanism, and its €206 billion bond exchange that formed a key component of the country’s EU assistance package (British Legal Awards 2012: European Legal Team of the Year; Financial Times U.S. Innovative Lawyers Report 2012: Most Innovative in Finance; Legal Business Awards: Restructuring Team of the Year and Law Firm of the Year; IFLR Awards 2013: Debt Deal of the Year and Most Innovative U.S. Law Firm in Europe).

  • Member of the Financial Markets Law Committee’s Sovereign Debt Forum.

  • Benin’s innovative €260 million term loan in 2018 arranged by MUFG, the first time in World Bank history that policy-based guarantees were leveraged to support commercial loans to a sovereign in Africa.

  • Greece’s €30 billion bond exchange in 2017/2018.

  • Loans, bonds and derivatives, and institutional advice for various sovereigns, supranationals, and central banks including Argentina, Asian Development Bank, Benin, Chad, Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, Eurofima, European Stability Mechanism, Georgia, Greece, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Russia, Senegal, and Tanzania.

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Selected Activities

  • Editor, Emerging Markets Restructuring Journal
  • Contributing Editor, IFLR
  • Financial Markets Law Committee’s Brexit High Level Advisory Group and Sovereign Debt Scoping Forum
  • Out of America, the LGBT network for U.S. law firms in London

Publications

Events

Jim regularly speaks at conferences and conducts training events on finance-related topics at various universities and corporates.