From 2003-2007, over US$100 billion poured into China via offshore structures in tax havens like the Cayman Islands. Much came from global institutional investors who tasked alternative investment managers with allocating a percentage of their portfolios to high-yield opportunity funds, emerging markets and real estate.

Everyone wanted a piece of the “China Dream,” but in recent months they have woken up to deteriorating economic conditions. Institutional investors are forcing redemptions of their investments from high-yield, high-risk markets.

Jack Rodman, Senior Advisor to King & Wood\‘s International Debt/Restructuring Practice

Summarized from Mr. Rodman’s article for China Economic Review, May 2009.Continue Reading The Best of a Bad Deal

By Liu Yanling, Partner and head of King & Wood’s Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Insolvency Practice

Stellar Megaunion Corporation (“SMC”) was in serious debt, as it could barely repay its liabilities. New World China Land (“NWCL”), which was seeking an opportunity to go public, proposed to acquire SMC as a shell company which has no assets, but is publicly listed. To achieve this goal, NWCL conducted several rounds of negotiations with SMC’s creditors to settle SMC’s debts and clear the roadblocks for the acquisition. However, the parties were unable to make much progress in the negotiations due to the large number of SMC’s creditors involved. As SMC needed to solve its debt crisis as soon as possible and its negotiations with NWCL were deadlocked, the company decided to reorganize to completely release itself from the heavy debt burdens in a short period time.
Continue Reading Debt Restructuring — Second Life for a Distressed Company