Sui-Jim Ho’s practice focuses on cross-border finance, restructuring and capital markets matters.

He has experience representing both corporates and financial institutions on a broad range of international finance and restructuring matters and has been involved in various transactions in Europe and the emerging markets. He also advises sovereigns on their bond issuances and debt management transactions.

Jim completed client secondments at Citigroup (capital markets origination) and Lehman Brothers (derivatives desk).

Jim joined the firm in 2008 and became a partner in 2016. Prior to joining the firm, he worked at Clifford Chance in London and New York.

Jim is the Chair of the Cleary Gottlieb London LGBT Network.


Notable Experience

Sovereign Debt Management

  • 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).

  • Debt management matters for various sovereigns including for Argentina, Chad, Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, Greece, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Russia and Senegal.

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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).

  • Financing matters for numerous corporates and sovereign wealth funds including ArcelorMittal, Consolidated Minerals, Odfjell Drilling, Oman Investment Fund, Pampa Energia, Sistema and Vale.

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Capital Markets

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

  • Sovereign bonds including in relation to the Hellenic Republic’s €3 billion notes issuance, its first bond issuance since the financial crisis (IFLR Awards 2015: Debt Deal of the Year shortlist), and in its €1.5 billion notes offering, Greece’s second bond offering since it regained access to the international bond markets.


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Derivatives and Financial Regulations

  • Derivatives and hedging matters for various financial institutions (including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers) and corporates (including ArcelorMittal, Eurasian Resources Group, Rusal and Statoil).

  • Counsel to ISDA including in relation to the industry netting opinion for LCH.Clearnet.

  • Counsel to NYSE Euronext in relation to the setting up of its derivatives clearing house.

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Selected Activities

  • Editor, Emerging Markets Restructuring Journal
  • 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

“We need to talk: information flows when restructuring listed debt,” with D. Billington, Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law

“Cutting the Gordian Knot – Restructuring Russian Companies,” with P. Lyadnova, Emerging Markets Restructuring Journal

“The Resurgence of Hybrid Securities,” International Financial Law Review

“Parallel Schemes of Arrangement,” with P. Lyadnova and E. Drummond, International Corporate Rescue

“The Rising Tide of Creditor Democracy,” with A. Shutter, International Financial Law Review

“Debt Capital Markets,” with R. Panasar, Getting the Deal Through

“How will EMIR affect corporates?”, International Financial Law Review

“ESMA’s U-turn: What’s next for indirect clearing?”, International Financial Law Review

Events

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