29 07 2014

Ernest Borel Holdings Limited's HK$198 million initial public offering

Sidley Austin advised on the initial public offering (IPO) of Ernest Borel Holdings Limited


Ernest Borel is a watch manufacturer founded in 1856 in Neuchatel, Switzerland. They have traditionally focused on export markets outside Europe. They won several awards in the late 19th century, including first place in the 1866 Neuchatel observatory timing accuracy competition. This was viewed by the company as an important marketing strategy for increasing the brand's value, since the Neuchatel observatory was famed at the time for its timekeeping accuracy. Ernest Borel SA is headquartered at their new factory premises at Le Noirmont, Switzerland. Previously, it was located at La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. The company was listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong for HK$198 million. Sidley advised Bank of China International which was the sole sponsor, sole global coordinator, sole book runner and underwriter. Sidley’s Hong Kong partners Constance Choy and Janney Chong led the team advising on Hong Kong law. Involved fees earner: Constance Choy - Sidley Austin LLP; Janney Chong - Sidley Austin LLP;

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