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Mayer Brown JSM

16-19F, PRINCE'S BUILDING, 10 CHATER ROAD, CENTRAL, HONG KONG
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Hong Kong

Antitrust and competition
Antitrust and competition - ranked: tier 2

Mayer Brown JSM

Mayer Brown JSM’s multi-disciplinary team combines competition, corporate and dispute resolution capabilities. Practice heads John Hickin and the trilingual Hannah Ha have longstanding experience in the Hong Kong market, and have been well positioned to advise numerous clients on Competition Ordinance issues. The hire of registered foreign lawyer Nicolas Cassauba-Tircazot from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in 2015 further expanded the firm’s antitrust capabilities.

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Asset finance (including aviation and shipping finance)
Aviation finance - ranked: tier 1

Mayer Brown JSM

Shipping finance - ranked: tier 1

Mayer Brown JSM

With a focus on complex and high-value work, Mayer Brown JSM excels in both ship finance and aviation finance. Recent highlights in the former saw Maggie Cheung and Bill Amos represent Chiyu Banking Corporation during the mortgage enforcement over a cargo ship and a subsequent High Court case relating to the sale proceeds of the vessel, which involved claims brought on behalf of 80 former crewmembers. Richard Stock’s aviation finance team includes the trilingual Ashley Wong, who is regularly instructed by PRC-based clients, and consultant Stuart Miller, who is ‘technically sound and commercial in his approach’.

Leading individuals

Richard Stock - Mayer Brown JSM

Next generation lawyers

Dora Ying - Mayer Brown JSM

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Mayer Brown JSM

Mayer Brown JSM’s broad practice includes straight banking and syndicated loans, and it also provides a ‘go-to team’ for real estate finance. Clients include HSBC, ICBC, Bank of China, BNP Paribas, Bank of Communications and China Development Bank. The firm advised a syndicate of banks, led by Bank of China, on a HK$6.5bn term loan facility to Alliance Grace, a subsidiary of Vanke Property. Fanny Wang, Keith Cheung, Francis Chen and Joe Tam are key members of the team. Doo-Soon Choi has joined from Ashurst.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Mayer Brown JSM

Mayer Brown JSM’s team is led by the ‘very experiencedGeoffrey Chan, who recently acted alongside Menachem Hasofer in preparing construction contracts for WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) for the Mai Po Nature Reserve infrastructure upgrade project, which also involved town planning and environmental issues. Key contacts also include Mei Ling Lew, newly promoted partner Venna Cheng and senior associate Felicia Lee.

Leading individuals

Geoffrey Chan - Mayer Brown JSM

Next generation lawyers

Felicia Lee - Mayer Brown JSM

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

Mayer Brown JSM

Mayer Brown JSM has an illustrious Hong Kong, PRC and multinational client base. The firm’s lengthy history in Hong Kong provides it with outstanding regulatory expertise and connections. It has also experienced an uptick in China outbound transactions, and as such, the team advised Beijing Enterprises on its €1.45bn acquisition of German energy-from-waste company EEW. Recent work also includes acting for Redwood Investment Company during its all-stock merger with e-Shang Cayman. Jeckle Chiu, Mark Stevens*, Jeremy Cunningham, Martin Robertson, Mark Uhrynuk and Jacqueline Chiu are key partners along with the up-and-coming Chester Wong. *Since publication, Mark Stevens has left the firm.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Mayer Brown JSM

The dedicated employment practice at Mayer Brown JSM focuses on employer-side work, where it has an impressive client base of multinational companies across sundry industries. Matters keeping the team busy in 2015 and 2016 included its advice to multiple clients on the enforceability of non-compete clauses, and Labour Tribunal claims concerning wrongful and unreasonable dismissal and failure to pay wages. The widely experienced Duncan Abate and Hong Tran constitute the partner-level team; they are supported by a large pool of associates, including senior associate Jennifer Tam, who plays a key role in many of the department’s major cases.

Leading individuals

Duncan Abate - Mayer Brown JSM

Hong Tran - Mayer Brown JSM

Next generation lawyers

Jennifer Tam - Mayer Brown JSM

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Mayer Brown JSM

Mayer Brown JSM recently advised the Asian arm of a global insurance company on warranty and indemnity insurance relating to the sale of PRC real estate holding companies. Angela Yim has expertise in policy interpretation and defending contractors’ risk claims, Tow Lu Lim looks after the directors’ and officers’ liability and professional indemnity department, Marina Fung handles personal injury claims, Sara Or is head of regulatory insurance, and Jacob Tse leads the medical malpractice team.

Leading individuals

Tow Lu Lim - Mayer Brown JSM

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Mayer Brown JSM

Under the leadership of highly recommended practice head Gabriela Kennedy, the ‘very professional’ team at Mayer Brown JSM saw significant expansion at associate level during 2015 and 2016. Other notable hires included counsel Xiaoyan Zhang from Hogan Lovells in New York. IP litigation remains a strength; Rosita Li and a multi-disciplinary team recently represented Sino Land in a trade mark and passing off case brought by Corinthia Hotels.

Leading individuals

Gabriela Kennedy - Mayer Brown JSM

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 5

Mayer Brown JSM

Mayer Brown JSM is a middle-market player with a leading real estate private equity practice, and further focus on the TMT and energy sectors. Mark Uhrynuk and David Ellis are key contacts. The firm advised Redwood Investment Company (a portfolio company of Equity International) on its all-stock merger transaction with e-Shang Cayman.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Mayer Brown JSM

Mayer Brown JSM is acting for Supreme Key in the $938m purchase of InterContinental Hong Kong, and representing Hysan Development Company in relation to judicial review of the Causeway Bay outline zoning plan. Keith Cheung leads the practice, which includes Fun Kuen Au, Robert Lynn and Alan Yip, who ‘anticipates clients’ needs and is very good at suggesting solutions’.

Leading individuals

Fun Kuen Au - Mayer Brown JSM

Robert Lynn - Mayer Brown JSM

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 1

Mayer Brown JSM

The ‘top-notch’ restructuring and insolvency group at Mayer Brown JSM has substantial resources in Hong Kong and across the region. It is a popular choice among banks, but has steadily increased its insolvency practitioner and corporate trustee-side mandates. John Marsden is a ‘leading cross-border restructuring specialist’; he and Thomas Pugh continued to represent two lenders in the high-profile Kaisa Group restructuring. Elsewhere, Richard Tollan acted for PwC as receivers appointed by the Secretary for Justice in the context of the collapse and investigation into Bank Century.

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Structured finance and securitisation
Structured finance and securitisation - ranked: tier 3

Mayer Brown JSM

Mayer Brown JSM has a strong global platform in this segment and a flourishing derivatives and structured finance practice in Hong Kong. The group is active in fund-related matters and has close connections to large PRC banks, bulge-bracket international banks, non-bank financial institutions and PRC-based asset managers. These include Credit Suisse, ICBC, Citibank, BNP Paribas, Hwabao International Trust, Sinopac Securities and Fubon Bank. Vincent Sum is the key name in Hong Kong.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

Mayer Brown JSM

Data privacy and e-commerce are two areas of increasing focus and activity for the team at Mayer Brown JSM, which has a specialist TMT practice under the leadership of Gabriela Kennedy, praised for her ‘deep knowledge’ and ‘tremendous energy’. She and senior associate Karen Lee recently advised an IT company on the launch of a new instant messaging platform.

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Hong Kong: Capital markets

Debt
Capital markets (debt) - ranked: tier 3

Mayer Brown JSM

Mayer Brown JSM has built a sizeable and impressive DCM platform in Hong Kong that has a strong standing in high-yield debt, sovereign issuances and general investment grade work. In addition, the firm has a prominent corporate trust and agents practice. The team acted for the Trade and Development Bank of Mongolia in its $500m bond offering and advised the Ministry of Finance of Mongolia on its drawdown of $500m notes from its existing global MTN programme. Jason Elder and Thomas Kollar are the key US securities partners, with Jeckle Chiu and Phill Smith providing further DCM expertise along with new Mandarin-speaking counsel Cindy Kao, who recently joined from Herbert Smith Freehills.

Leading individuals

Jason Elder - Mayer Brown JSM

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Equity
Capital markets (equity) - ranked: tier 3

Mayer Brown JSM

Mayer Brown JSM has a fine record in the middle-market with a practice that is slightly more weighted towards issuer mandates. It advised Jiayuan International Group on its $144m listing in Hong Kong in March 2016. James Fong and Billy Au are prominent names.

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Hong Kong: Dispute resolution

International arbitration
Dispute resolution: international arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Mayer Brown JSM

Noted for its construction arbitration practice, Mayer Brown JSM’s clients include Eton Properties, the HKIAC and Asia Satellite Telecommunications. The team recently acted for a Middle East distributor of building systems and appliances in a Hong Kong-seated arbitration against a PRC manufacturer. Menachem Hasofer led the aforementioned matter and Thomas So is also well regarded.

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Litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 1

Mayer Brown JSM

Mayer Brown JSM is acting for numerous parties in Hong Kong’s high-profile drinking water inquiry concerning lead contamination in tap water, and also represented HSH Nordbank in the highest-value ship mortgage enforcement in Hong Kong in 2015. Practice head John Hickin and Nicholas Hunsworth are recommended. Venna Cheng was promoted to partner in January 2016, as was Bill Amos, who is ‘well connected, flexible and provides practical solutions’.

Leading individuals

Nicholas Hunsworth - Mayer Brown JSM

Next generation lawyers

Justine Lau - Mayer Brown JSM

Vivien Yip - Mayer Brown JSM

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