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Thomas Tarala

Hong Kong

Thomas Tarala
English, French, Mandarin, Spanish
Practice Group

Thomas Tarala, a U.S. securities practitioner with more than 20 years of experience managing international corporate finance transactions is a partner in the Hogan Lovells Hong Kong office. Recognized as a “leading individual in Equity Capital Markets” by Chambers Asia Pacific 2015, Thomas speaks four languages and has a degree from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. He has spent a large part of his professional career in the UK, France, the PRC, and Hong Kong, in addition to the U.S. This international focus has given him valuable insight into the international aspects of finance transactions—including U.S. securities issues that impact clients based outside the country—positioning him to help clients execute their international deals successfully.Thomas is equally skilled in equity capital markets transactions—such as IPOs, private placings, and venture capital, and debt capital markets transactions—such as medium-term note programs, structured note programs, and corporate bonds.

His clients have included underwriters and issuers, private equity funds, and strategic investors in the gaming, technology, life sciences, and property development fields.A number of Thomas' transactions have been ground-breaking. He guided UBS, DBS Asia Capital, and CIMB Securities through a US$261 million Hong Kong IPO and Rule 144A placing by Nirvana Asia—the largest integrated death care service provider in Asia. Earlier, he worked with Morgan Stanley and UBS on the US$1.9 billion Hong Kong IPO and Rule 144A placing by Country Garden—the largest ever Hong Kong IPO of a Chinese real estate developer at the time, and the second largest Hong Kong IPO in the year it was launched.Thomas is recognized as a leading individual in Equity Capital Markets by Chambers Asia Pacific 2015.

'Thomas Tarala is respected by peers for being an effective, user-friendly lawyer with good Chinese language skills'

Chambers Asia Pacific 2015

Representative Experience

Advising BNP Paribas on the Hong Kong IPO and Rule 144A placing by Vietnam Manufacturing and Export Processing, a leading manufacturer of motorbikes in Vietnam.

Advising a major financial institution in connection with its £4bn Regulation S and Rule 144A structured note program, including drawdowns off the program.

Education and admissions


  • B.Sc. (Foreign Service), Georgetown University
  • Juris Doctor, University of Virginia School of Law

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