Haynes and Boone, LLP and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Score in 2012 Global PERE Awards for Asia Transactions


DALLAS / NEW YORK – Haynes and Boone, LLP has been honored as one of the top two law firms in the category of Law Firm of the Year for 2012 Asia Transactions in the annual Global PERE Awards.

The honor was made in recognition of the firm’s wide-ranging 2012 representations of Asia-based lead arrangers and administrative agent banks and Asia-focused real estate funds in structuring negotiating, documenting and closings of more than US$1.3 billion of multi-currency capital commitment financings.

They included work as lead arranger and administrative agent in six separate Asia-based capital commitment financings for client Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), which was named as one of the leading Asia Debt Providers of the Year in the same Global PERE Awards.

“This designation marks a great year for our group and our bank as well as for Albert Tan of Haynes and Boone, whose counseling and advice on many of our global capital commitment financings particularly for Asia contributed greatly to our success,” said Bill Karl, SMBC managing director and head of real estate, gaming and leisure finance. “We congratulate Albert and members of his team on their fine showing and thank them for their ongoing advice and support.”

Albert, the Haynes and Boone partner who co-chairs the firm's Global Capital Commitment Subscription Financing Group and serves as a co-chair of the firm's International Practice Group, said SMBC deserves its top recognition based on the quality and growth of SMBC’s 2012 deal flow and innovation in terms of structuring and origination.

“We were honored to have assisted Bill and his SMBC team in their many real estate capital commitment financings this past year and look forward assisting them in many more across the world in the coming years,” said Albert. “It was a year of achievement for everyone involved.”

Haynes and Boone’s Texas-rooted and nationally known banking and finance practice and partners are well known for their activities throughout the global financing markets.

Its lawyers are leaders in the representation of agent banks and private equity funds in capital commitment subscription financings in Asia, Latin America and North America. Haynes and Boone lawyers had a leading role in the creation of the structure and documentation of this financial product in the late 1990s and have earned global recognition for their extensive representation of agent banks and funds. Since 1994, the firm has handled more than 500 capital commitment subscription financings, with an approximate aggregate value of over $43 billion.

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