Cleary advises Bank of America on maximum stake in IPO-bound CCB

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton will represent Bank of America after it was given the all-clear to increase its stake in China Construction Bank (CCB) to almost 20 per cent ahead of the Chinese bank’s IPO.

The US firm received the instruction from Bank of America when it purchased a $2.5bn (£1.42bn) stake in CCB in August.

Since then, the Bank of America has been invited to increase its stake from the initial 9 per cent holding to 19.9 per cent – the maximum allowed for a single foreign investor in a Chinese bank.

The IPO is expected to be the world’s biggest this year. It aims to raise between HK$50.3bn (£3.69bn) and HK$63.6bn (£4.66bn).

CCB has sought counsel from Herbert Smith in Hong Kong, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom in the US and from Beijing-based Commerce & Finance Law Offices on Chinese law.

The underwriters’ legal advisers are Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Hong Kong, Davis Polk & Wardwell in the US and Haiwen & Partners in Beijing.