RENEE XIONG’s practice focuses on capital markets transactions and debt restructurings. In corporate finance transactions, she is a driving force of Sidley Austin's high-yield debt practice, representing both issuers and underwriters in investment grade and high-yield debt offerings and more traditional loan arrangements as well as equity offerings. Her practice has also included liability management and distressed debt restructurings relating to multiple types of debt instruments. Renee has also represented sellers and buyers in strategic business combinations and acquisitions as well as going private transactions. In addition, she passed the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants exams in 2004 and is familiar with corporate finance matters.
Renee has been recognized as a leading individual in capital markets (debt and high yield) by Chambers Greater China Region, Chambers Asia-Pacific, and Chambers Global. She is described by clients in the 2022 edition as “the best” in Hong Kong, and “very knowledgeable and very experienced. I haven’t seen any lawyer work so hard on all the details to make sure they serve the client’s best interests.” A client who was quoted in the 2021 edition commented: “she is very, very hands-on…and is always following up and monitoring the whole process, managing the team and the timelines.” In the 2020 edition, Renee is described as “one of the best capital markets counsel” that the client “would recommend issuers to consider,” adding: “She’s very enthusiastic in executing transactions around the clock.”
Renee is also recognized by IFLR1000 2021 for debt capital markets work. In addition, she was recognized as a leading lawyer by Who’s Who Legal 2016 and 2017 in Capital Markets: Debt and Equity. Who’s Who Legal identified her as “a world-class capital markets lawyer” and “her knowledge of global debt and equity offerings is ‘second to none.’” China Business Law Journal also named Renee to its “A-List” of China’s Elite 100 Lawyers (Foreign Firms) in 2020 and 2021.
Renee speaks fluent English and Mandarin.