Kenneth Mason is a securities law partner who focuses on corporate finance transactions in the Asian and Latin American markets. In Asia, he has represented since 1994 both issuers and underwriters in international capital-raising efforts, including global public offerings and placements for significant Chinese, Hong Kong and Philippine companies. Additionally, he has worked extensively with a major international investment bank as principal in acquiring equity control of various companies through the acquisition of controlling positions in such companies' distressed debt. His firsts in Asia include: the first global offering and public listing for an Asian "Vortal," the first "back door" takeover and restructuring of a publicly traded company in South East Asia, and the first-ever global offering for a PRC public utilities holding company.
Ken first became active in the Latin American markets during 1989 when he represented a Chilean telephone company in the first listing of a Latin American company on the New York Stock Exchange. In addition to equity and debt offerings registered under US securities laws, he has advised issuers and underwriters in Latin America in a range of transactions involving the issuance of equity, debt and hybrid securities in global transactions not subject to the registration requirements of US securities laws, principally Rule 144A and Regulation S offerings. His other firsts in Latin America include the first global initial public offering for a Latin American company and the first DR global offering from Colombia and from Venezuela.
Additionally, he has been active in privatizations, the establishment of private-investment offshore funds, and mergers and acquisitions in the financial, energy and port sectors. Further, he has assisted a variety of non-US financial institutions (including one of the largest banks in Mexico) in establishing a regulated broker-dealer in the United States.
Prior to his involvement with the international markets, he was engaged in an IPO practice as underwriters' counsel in the United States. Ken has authored various publications and has been a speaker at securities law seminars and study groups.