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Baker McKenzie

Hong Kong

Antitrust and competition
Antitrust and competition - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

A local as well as an international firm’, Baker McKenziereally understands the dynamics of the Hong Kong market and competition landscape’. Illustrating its PRC capabilities and the strength of its international network, the team recently advised FedEx on the merger notification – in 16 jurisdictions – relating to its acquisition of TNT. ‘Real star’ Stephen Crosswell heads the practice.

Leading individuals

Stephen Crosswell - Baker McKenzie

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Asset finance (including aviation and shipping finance)
Aviation finance - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie shines in multi-jurisdictional aviation financing transactions, utilising its broad office network. The Hong Kong team is led by Andrew Lockhart and Allen Ng; in Shanghai, Harvey Lau is a key name. With longstanding expertise in the market, the team enjoys strong relationships with major airlines across the continent, and also has experience advising leasing companies and banks.

Leading individuals

Allen Ng - Baker McKenzie

Andrew Lockhart - Baker McKenzie

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is largely a lender-oriented practice with notable strength in real estate finance, bilateral and syndicated lending, export credit financings, corporate lending, and – increasingly – acquisition financing. Clients include Bank of China (Hong Kong), China CITIC Bank International, DBS Bank and HSBC. In 2015, the firm advised the latter on a $597m syndicated term loan facility to China Hongqiao Group. It also acted for China CITIC Bank International in a $175m term loan facility to Palm Spring Holdings. Barry Cheng, Sally Hung and Andrew Lockhart are key contacts.

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Construction - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is acting for Ocean Park on the construction of its new HK$2.3bn water park. David Smith has expertise in major infrastructure projects and project finance matters, and Rico Chan focuses on China-related real estate and hotel investment matters.

Leading individuals

David Smith - Baker McKenzie

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Corporate (including M&A)
Corporate (including M&A) - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is recommended for mid-market transactions and praised for its ‘commercial’ advice and ‘impressive’ bench strength. The firm is well positioned for China inbound and outbound deals and transactions involving multiple jurisdictions. Real estate, insurance, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, life sciences and TMT are key industry sectors for the practice. It recently advised The Link Management on its $990m acquisition of Corporate Avenue 1 & 2 in Shanghai from Shui On Land. Dorothea Koo and Michael Horman are ‘knowledgeable, commercial and accessible’; and Tracy Wut and Christina Lee also key team members.

Next generation lawyers

Jeanie Kim - Baker McKenzie

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Employment - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

The ‘very strong’ team at Baker McKenzie is highlighted for its ‘thorough’ and ‘balanced’ advice. The group has the size and resources to cover the full gamut of employment law issues – both contentious and non-contentious – and benefits from its cross-office collaboration with the firm’s lawyers in Mainland China, as well as its broad international network. Rowan McKenzie is a key figure in the team; he recently advised a multinational financial institution on the dismissal of two senior executives that worked in multiple jurisdictions including Hong Kong. Among Susan Kendall’s recent mandates was her representation of an international company in multi-party disputes surrounding the misuse of information by a former employee. Jonathan Isaacs is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Rowan McKenzie - Baker McKenzie

Susan Kendall - Baker McKenzie

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Insurance - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s recent mandates include advising a major European insurer on the development of a universal life product, acting for a US insurer on Hong Kong regulatory approval requirements in relation to an insurance M&A transaction involving its parent company in the US, and assisting a major Hong Kong insurer with the restructuring of its group life business. Martin Tam is the lead partner.

Next generation lawyers

Jacques Yue - Baker McKenzie

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

The sizeable team at Baker McKenzie retains a strong foothold in the Hong Kong and China IP markets, with clients appreciating its ‘very timely responses’ and ‘practical solutions’. The diverse client base includes leading names across the healthcare, retail and media sectors, among others, which continue to turn to the firm for sensitive and high-value dispute resolution. On the non-contentious side, recent instructions include advising on trade mark management and protection strategies, e-commerce issues, and distribution agreements. Elsewhere, Shih Yann Loo is advising a major player in the technology sector on matters relating to its copyright enforcement programmes. Loke-Khoon Tan leads the team, which also includes Maria Smith, who has a broad contentious and non-contentious IP practice, and Ruby Chan, who wins plaudits for her ‘close attention to detail’.

Leading individuals

Loke-Khoon Tan - Baker McKenzie

Ruby Chan - Baker McKenzie

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Clients highlight Baker McKenzie’s expertise in private equity real estate transactions, with Jason Ng praised for his ‘industry knowledge’ and ‘commercial sense’. The large practice also extends to retail and authorised funds, listed funds and a wide range of private funds. It recently advised Gaw Capital Partners on the formation of Gateway Real Estate Fund V. The firm also acts for a number of LPs including sovereign wealth funds.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s Edwin Li assisted Huadian Power International with the acquisition from its controlling shareholder of a majority interest in Huadian Hubei Power Generation Company, which operates thermal power plants in China’s Hubei province. David Smith, Korea specialist Won Lee and Barry Cheng are also key contacts.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Performance always exceeds expectations’ at Baker McKenzie, where the well-respected Edmond Chan leads the team, Milton Cheng handles mattters in an ‘effective, efficient and professional manner’, and Jeremy Ong is ‘outstanding’. Exhibiting its strength in REIT-related work, the team advised The Link Real Estate Investment Trust on its $1bn acquisition of Corporate Avenue 1 & 2 in Shanghai from Shui On Land. Rico Chan acted for WPP regarding the leasing of 20 floors in the Nan Fung BM Tower in Shanghai.

Leading individuals

Edmond Chan - Baker McKenzie

Rico Chan - Baker McKenzie

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Regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

The knowledge is outstanding’ in Baker McKenzie’s practice, which is led by Andrew Lockhart and Jason Ng. Karen Man assisted China Everbright with the establishment of its investment banking platform in Hong Kong. The team also advised ICBC International Securities on setting up its global futures trading platform, which covers the US, UK, Germany and Singapore. Other key figures include Bryan Ng and Cynthia Tang, both recommended alongside newly promoted partners Sophia Man and Soo Khim Keoy.

Leading individuals

Cynthia Tang - Baker McKenzie

Next generation lawyers

Grace Fung - Baker McKenzie

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Regulatory: anti-corruption and compliance
Regulatory: anti-corruption and compliance - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s practice is led by the esteemed Mini vandePol, who has recently been conducting an anti-corruption risk assessment of a multinational airline catering company’s operations.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

A multi-disciplinary team of dispute resolution and banking and finance experts comprises Baker McKenzie’s restructuring and insolvency group, which has resources in jurisdictions across the Asia Pacific region. Kwun Yee Cheung acted for the liquidators of Guardian Trust Company in relation to the recovery of assets located in several countries. Litigator Bryan Ng was promoted to partner in 2015.

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TMT - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie has a global reputation in the TMT space, and fields a number of experts across its Hong Kong and Mainland China offices. Cross-border corporate and M&A is a mainstay; highlights included Howard Hao Wu’s advice to Tencent regarding its joint venture with American Express for the provision of credit cards to Chinese consumers. Regulatory, compliance and data privacy are other areas of strength; the recently promoted Paolo Sbuttoni is a key name in this space. Nancy Leigh heads the practice. Anna Gamvros left for Norton Rose Fulbright.

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Tax and trusts
Tax and trusts - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s longstanding focus and expertise in tax across its broad office network is a key differentiator and remains a major draw. The standalone practice in Hong Kong contains four partners and a large pool of associates with experience in the field. Steven Sieker’s department takes in tax disputes and controversy; he recently represented a media company in a dispute surrounding the taxability of licence fees and technical costs. He was also part of a team led by Susan Kendall that acted for a client in a long-running dispute concerning the validity of two Cayman Islands trusts. Pierre Chan has been busy advising multinational clients on stamp duty issues, and Richard Weisman specialises in international tax planning.

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Hong Kong: Capital markets

Capital markets (debt) - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s strong issuer client base brings it a solid flow of DCM mandates. It advised CRRC Corporation on its $600m convertible bond offering and Far East Horizon on the update of its MTN programme. Jackie Lo and Lance Chen are pivotal figures in Beijing, with Elsa Chan leading the team in Hong Kong.

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Capital markets (equity) - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is known for its experience in the real estate, infrastructure and mining industries, and – more recently – the healthcare and TMT sectors. The firm has also emerged as a major player in spin-off listings. It advised CRCC High-Tech Equipment Corporation on its $2.79bn global offering and acted for ICBC in connection with the HK$300m global offering of Chen Xing Development Holdings. Jackie Lo is a key figure in Beijing, with Elsa Chan leading the team in Hong Kong.

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Hong Kong: Dispute resolution

International arbitration
Dispute resolution: international arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Cynthia Tang is head of the dispute resolution department at Baker McKenzie. Anthony Poon is working with the Taiwan office in representing an investor in a solar power company in arbitration concerning defective photovoltaic production lines. Bryan Ng was promoted to partner in July 2015 and James Kwan departed for Hogan Lovells.

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Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Recent changes at Baker McKenzie’s practice include the promotion of Bryan Ng and Beijing-based Vivian Wu to partnership, and Roberta Chan and Peng Shen to special counsel. Cynthia Tang leads the team and was recently instructed by the majority shareholders of a leading manufacturer in an action against a former director for misappropriation, breaches of fiduciary duties, solicitation of employees and diversion of business.

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Legal Developments by:
Baker McKenzie LLP

  • The New Turkish Code of Obligations: Important Changes for Leases of Residential & Business Premises

    For decades, the primary Turkish laws governing leases of residential and business premises have been the Law on Leasing Real Property dated May 27, 1955 (the “Lease Law”) and the Turkish Code of Obligations No. 818 dated April 22, 1926 (the “Obligations Code”). Both of these laws, however, will be repealed and replaced with the new Turkish Code of Obligations No. 6098 dated January 11, 2011 (the “New Obligations Code”), which will enter into force on July 7, 2012.
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