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Kevin Tong heads up the debt capital markets (DCM) practice of Deacons. He has around 20 years of extensive experience in a full range of DCM transactions, with a particular focus on offshore bonds issued by PRC and other entities. He is one of the very few practitioners in the market who has been actively involved in the development of the offshore bond market since it opened in 2007.
Kevin has advised both issuers and arranger / dealer groups on a number of notable and industry award-winning DCM issuances, including the issuance of sovereign RMB bond issues by the Ministry of Finance of the People’s Republic of China, the offshore bill issuances by The People’s Bank of China in Hong Kong and the issuance of iBond and Silver Bond by the HKSAR Government. Kevin has also advised listed companies and corporates in a diverse array of industries, financial institutions, state-owned enterprises, government entities and statutory bodies on bond transactions with different structures supported by various forms of credit enhancement and/or security arrangements.
Kevin also advises issuers, financial institutions and managers on liability management exercises and the issue of regulatory capital instruments.
Kevin is also actively involved in the development of the retail financial products, new financial product platforms and derivatives in Hong Kong. He has advised major financial institutions and issuers on a number of “first of its kind” issuances, both in the retail financial products space (including retail bonds, retail structured notes, equity linked investments and SEHK-listed structured products platform) as well as the offshore bond arena.
Kevin is a regular speaker at industry conferences and seminars.
Kevin has been quoted as “a driving force of the firm’s debt issuance work.” He is also commended as “a very experienced and notable expert in the DCM industry” and has been praised for his “very good communication skills and ability to provide very analytical legal advice to issuers and lead managers in tackling issues arising from the deal cycle.” (Chambers Asia – Pacific 2021)