July 15, 2021

Mayer Brown advises on Genting Hong Kong’s highly-complex US$3.5 billion restructuring


Mayer Brown advised the seven-bank ad hoc steering committee representing all financial creditors to Genting Hong Kong Limited's (Genting) cruise, ship construction, gaming operation and associated businesses. The committee represented more than 30 bank lenders and credit support providers in Hong Kong-listed Genting's US$3.5 billion debt restructuring, which also involved new funding from Wirtschaftsstabilisierungsfonds (WSF), the economic stabilization funds set up by the German government during the pandemic.

The highly-complex cross-border restructuring involved assets, financial creditors and governmental authorities in multiple jurisdictions including Hong Kong and Germany, where Genting owns and operates a ship building business under the MV Werften group, as well as Mainland China, Malaysia, Singapore, the United States, Bahamas, Bermuda, and the Philippines. 

 “It was extremely rewarding for us to counsel our client and all involved through this incredibly sophisticated restructuring, which ultimately helped our client achieve their goals and saved thousands of jobs across multiple global economies,” said John Marsden, partner of Mayer Brown and co-leader of the Global Restructuring practice.

The team was led by Restructuring partner John Marsden with legal assistant Ashley Chan (all Hong Kong), and included: Corporate & Securities partner Marco Wilhelm and senior associate Stefanie Skoruppa (both Frankfurt), partner Paul C De Bernier and associate Tareah Ikharo (both Los Angeles); Banking & Finance partner Doos Choi and counsel Evelyn Lok (both Hong Kong), partner Ian Coles and senior associate Clare Betteridge (both London); and Restructuring partner Pierre Dzakpasu (Singapore).

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