This is a review of 2017’s most prolific Asian individual financial and legal advisers. The information can also be found in our League Tables tab as well as on the Profiler app available here.
EY’s Byung Whan Kim stood first in the 2017 Asia’s financial adviser league table, having been involved in six deals in 2017 for a total consideration of USD 5.9bn. He has been involved in 13 deals worth USD 7.6bn on Profiler. Whan Kim advised Lotte on their four acquisitions announced in 2017 worth in total USD 5.5bn.
EY’s Ki Ho Li came second with six deals in 2017. He has been credited with 19 deals valued at USD 1.7bn on Profiler. His biggest deal was in March, in which he was a sell-side adviser to the creditors of STX, who sold the company to Samra Midas Group for USD 591.8m.
Thiam Kit Lee from ING came third with five deals in 2017. He joined the company in 2007 and currently serves as managing director. Lee is associated with 31 deals worth USD 26.6bn to his credit on Profiler. In August, he advised China United Network Communication’s 29.89% stake sale, worth USD 9.3bn, to an investor group led by China Life Insurance.
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Raghubir Menon from Shardul Amarchand Magaldas took pole position in Asia’s legal advisers league table, having been involved in 23 deals in 2017, for a total disclosed value of USD 4.6bn. He has served as a partner since 2011. Before joining his current employer, he worked at White & Case. He is associated with 69 deals worth USD 24.1bn on Profiler. His biggest deal this year came in February as a buy-side adviser to Blackstone Group’s USD 4.3bn acquisition of Aon’s benefit outsourcing division.
Sang Gon Kim, partner at Korea-based Lee & Ko, stood second with 23 deals this year for a total disclosed value of USD 3.9bn. He joined the firm in 1994 and has served as an adviser on 168 deals valued at USD 57.5bn on Profiler. He acted as a sell-side adviser on the USD 1.1bn sale of silicon wafer producer LG Siltron by LG Corp to SK Holdings in January 2017, his largest deal of the year.
Yun Bak Chung, attorney at Kim & Chang, secured third place with 17 deals in 2017. Chung has his name across 66 deals worth USD 35.7bn on Profiler. His largest deal came in April as a buy-side adviser for Lotte Confectionery in its USD 2.6bn acquisition of Lotte Shopping’s investment business.
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|Rank||Name||Current House||Value (USD M)||No. of Deals|
|1||Raghubir Menon||Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas||4,630||23|
|2||Sang Gon Kim||Lee & Ko||3,996||23|
|3||Yun Bak Chung||Kim & Chang||7,096||17|
|4||Constance Choy||Sidley Austin||11,520||16|
|5||Tim Sayer||Talbot Sayer||505||16|
|6||Gautam Saha||AZB & Partners||6,741||15|
|7||Jae Young Chang||Shin & Kim||1,120||15|
|8||Kyung Chun Kim||Lee & Ko||820||14|
|9||Satish Kishanchandani||DSK Legal||681||14|
|10||Young Man Huh||Kim & Chang||2,559||13|
|11||Ekta Gupta||Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas||2,155||13|
|12||Sung Jo Yun||Bae Kim & Lee||1,763||13|
|13||Aparajit Bhattacharya||HSA Advocates||1,164||13|
|14||Jun Taek Lee||Lee & Ko||827||12|
|15||Julie Gao||Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom||28,992||11|
Global Deal Criteria: Deals considered for the rankings have been announced in 2017, where either the bidder, target, vendor is based in the ranking’s geography. All data is based on transactions over USD 5m and which are available on Mergermarket’s M&A deals database. Deals with undisclosed deal values are included where the target’s turnover exceeds USD 10m. Deals where the stake acquired is less than 30%, or 10% in Asia-Pacific, will only be included if the value is greater than USD 100m.