Offshore law firms in Hong Kong

Maples Group

'A leader among the offshore law firms', Maples Group provides 'in-depth knowledge about market terms and market practice' to many leading international banks, funds, and corporates on the necessary offshore structuring associated with their work throughout Southeast Asia. The Hong Kong office is best-known for its Cayman Islands expertise and is appreciated by clients and law firm referrers for its 'insights into recent Cayman law developments'. Under the guidance of the 'excellentAnthony Webster and Ann Ng, the firm's asset management offering excels at fund formation matters and is recognised by one referring firm, as 'the leading Cayman Islands law firm in Hong Kong advising on private equity fund matters'. With expertise across a range of fund structures, as well as fluency in Cantonese and Mandarin, Terence Ho has a particularly strong reputation among PRC-fund sponsors. In addition to fund formation matters, the firm is also active on the downstream investment work, an area that the 'highly commercial, yet technically drivenMatt Roberts excels, alongside more general corporate structuring, corporate governance, and capital markets-related work. Jonathan Silver 's arrival in August 2019 from Norton Rose Fulbright broadens the firm's asset finance offering, in light of his 'specialist knowledge of shipping finance matters'. Silver's 'Chinese language skills make him a perfect choice for cross-border deals into the PRC', while his notary public qualifications and ability to advise on Marshall Islands law are of particular benefit to clients in relation to ship registrations. John Trehey heads up the Asia litigation, restructuring, and insolvency team. Since publication, former managing partner Mark Western has retired.

Testimonials

‘A very strong Cayman law practice in Asia with good co-ordination between the Hong Kong and Cayman offices; near-flawless support for all Cayman fund needs.’

‘The firm has been a market leader among the offshore law firms, and it has in-depth knowledge about market terms and market practice given its prevalence in this market. They also have insights into a raft of recent Cayman law developments that many of the other Cayman law firms do not have, and they are prompt and proactive in providing practical guidance to clients and onshore law firms as these laws evolve.’

‘Jonathan Silver has been in Hong Kong and involved in shipping and ship finance for decades, so he knows his way around and has excellent connections and resources.’

‘Matt Roberts in the corporate practice stands out as a highly technical yet commercially driven advisor, who is extremely effective when sound solutions are needed in complex situations.’

‘Sharon Yap is an extremely hardworking and highly responsive partner.’

‘Ann Ng is without peer in the region in terms of knowledge, efficiency, responsiveness, and overall client servicing and support.’

‘Derrick Kan is knowledgeable and has a strong commercial sense.’

‘Aisling Dwyer is very professional, resourceful, sharp, and responsive to our queries. She has a sound knowledge of the law and is able to provide a clear and insightful analysis of the legal issues with the added value of practical commercial solutions to complex and difficult issues.’

Key clients

Alibaba Group Holding Limited

Reliance Nippon Life Asset Management Ltd (RNAM)

Kuaishou Technology

China Evergrande

Blue Pool Capital

New Frontier

Topsports International Holdings Limited

Hansoh Pharmaceutical Group

DouYu International Holdings Limited

Canaan Technology

Klook

The Export-Import Bank of China

CMGE

eHi Car Services Limited

China Index Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Alibaba Group Holding Limited as Cayman Islands counsel on its recent global offering of 500,000,000 shares and its listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The offering is the largest in Hong Kong since 2010. The Group’s Fund Services business acted as the Cayman Islands Share Registrar.
  • Provided Cayman Islands legal advice and trustee, management company, fund administration and directorship services for establishment of Nippon India Digital Innovative Trust.
  • Acted as Cayman Islands counsel to Kuaishou Technology on its $3bn Series F round funding, making it the largest venture capital deal in December 2019 in China.

Walkers

Extremely responsive and easy to work with‘, Walkers‘ 14-partner Hong Kong team provides ‘efficient, collaborative and insightful advice‘, directly to clients, as well as on behalf of many leading international referral law firms, on the BVI, Cayman and Bermudan offshore law elements associated with corporate, funds, finance and litigation mandates. The ‘personable and charismaticAndy Randall has ‘strong connections throughout the market‘, and in addition to his managing partner role, also has a broad finance practice, which is one of the core pillars of the firm’s offering out of Hong Kong. The ‘commercial and highly technical‘ Paul Aherne has excellent connections with numerous major international banks, that are appreciative of his broad-ranging expertise, which includes handling structured equity financing transactions with borrowers, securities providers, and counterparties incorporated in BVI or Cayman Islands. An ‘experienced banking lawyer‘, Kristen Kwok leads the firm’s structured finance team and is lauded for her ‘responsive, pragmatic and commercial advice‘ and knowledge of ‘the nuts and bolts of the bespoke repackaged transactions arranged by PRC financial institutions‘. The ‘responsive and highly professional‘ Denise Wong has a strong reputation on the fund structuring front, in relation to private equity and hedge funds, and is one of many within the firm that has excellent language skills, and is thereby effectively able to advise PRC-based clients. Appreciated for his ‘responsiveness, experience and commerciality‘, James Gaden is also a key member of the funds team and his arrival towards the end of 2018 from Maples Group was a major coup for the firm. The ‘responsive and hardworking‘ Joanne Collett is ‘very knowledgeable on cross-border restructuring issues‘, and she heads up the office’s insolvency and dispute resolution offering, following Timothy Haynes’ move onshore. Alice Molan is also a key member of the office and heads up the regulatory risk and advisory group. Restructuring and insolvency specialist Tom Pugh joined from Mayer Brown in September 2021.

Practice head(s):

Andy Randall

Testimonials

‘Walkers has a standout practice in a highly competitive market and is a go-to firm for both banks and borrowers. The lawyers are responsive, their work is consistently of high quality, and they are pragmatic in their approach.’

‘Extremely strong bench both on the banking and bonds side.’

‘Extremely responsive and easy to work with. Real team players. Excellent quality or work, efficient, collaborative and insightful.’

‘Very user-friendly and helpful. Pleasant to work with from the partners down through the team.’

‘The firm has in-depth knowledge in shipping and aviation financing, ranging from plain vanilla transactions to highly structured deals.’

‘The Walkers funds team are very pragmatic, responsive and commercially savvy.’

‘A good combination of language skills and expertise in structured finance transactions make them stand out of the crowd. They have a number of experienced Mandarin speakers who are very well placed to serve the PRC based sell-side clients in repackaged note programme establishment and other bespoke and complex repack transactions in a very efficient manner.’

‘Andy Randall is a strong leader for the Hong Kong office – he is well established, has strong connections throughout the market and is a personable and charismatic managing partner.’

‘The responsive, pragmatic and commercially sensible Kristen Kwok has been in the market for a very long time and knows the nuts and bolts of the bespoke repackaged transactions arranged by PRC financial institutions.’

‘Kristen Kwok is lovely to work with on structured finance matters.’

‘James Gaden is a very strong young partner who provides very practical legal advice to clients. Clients and onshore lawyers who work with him appreciate his responsiveness, his experience and his commercial approach to issues.’

‘The responsive and hardworking Joanne Collett is very knowledgeable on cross-border restructuring issues.’

 ‘With the addition of Alice Molan as the regulatory partner they are also very on point to deliver Cayman legal and regulatory advice to guide matters along.’

‘Paul Aherne is a brilliant lawyer who knows the market better than anyone.’

‘Nicholas Davies is a great addition to the team. Have worked with him on a number of structured finance matters including fund-linked structures. Breaks down complex issues quickly and presents them in a risk-appropriate way.’

‘Rupen Shah is very responsive and has excellent knowledge. His advice is always solid and pragmatic.’

‘Rupen Shah is very user friendly.’

‘Denise Wong  is professional and even if a file is managed by an associate, she is always available and supervises the matters closely.’

‘Paul Aherne is a trusted partner and regularly helps us with most of our transactions.’

‘Paul Aherne is the key partner we go to on deals – he is always on top of his team’s work, and given his experience has great technical skills. He is always very commercial in his approach, and is friendly and flexible even in high pressure situations.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Citibank

CITIC

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC

HSBC

Morgan Stanley Asia Limited

Standard Chartered Bank

UBS AG

Work highlights

  • Acted as Bermuda counsel to China Yangtze Power Co. on its acquisition (through its subsidiary China Yangtze Power International (Hongkong) Co., Limited (“CYP”)) of the equity interests in the Peruvian businesses, including its 83.6% stake in Luz del Sur S.A.A., from Sempra Energy, for $3.59bn. In terms of contract value, this deal is the largest overseas M&A transaction by a Chinese company in 2019, and the largest power industry M&A project in the world in the past three years.
  • Acted as Cayman Islands and BVI counsel to ESR Cayman Limited on its $1.6bn global offering and listing of shares on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited. The deal represents the second largest offering on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in 2019 and the largest Real Estate related offering for five years. As a Warburg Pincus portfolio company, this was also the largest financial sponsor backed IPO in Hong Kong in 2019.
  • Acted as Cayman Islands counsel to PrimeCredit Limited as the Originator in connection with its inaugural issuance of $200m million asset-backed securities.

Conyers

One of the longest-established offshore law firms based in Hong Kong, Conyers has excellent credibility among regional and international corporates, funds and banks, across a range of corporate and securities mandates. Overseen by the 'responsive and pragmaticChristopher Bickley, the office has maintained its reputation as a capital markets powerhouse, and picks up a huge market share of work as offshore adviser to issuers on their Hong Kong Stock Exchange IPOs, in addition to a considerable amount of high yield bond issuance. The 'very hands-on and experiencedRichard Hall also has a 'very strong reputation' for capital markets work, both on the equity and debt side; he recently provided Cayman law advice to Budweiser on its $5bn Hong Kong IPO. Although he is now operating as a consultant, David Lamb still maintains a strong corporate offering and is a vital resource to clients in relation to significant M&A transactions involving Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, and Cayman Islands companies. Nigel Meeson QC heads up the firm's Asia disputes and restructuring group and has a strong reputation in the market, gleaned not only from private practice but also from his many years' practicing at the Bar in London.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Bickley

Testimonials

‘Conyers has a broad bench of talent across many practice areas including restructuring, banking, and funds.’

‘Its ability to provide legal advice on multiple offshore jurisdictions (Bermuda, Cayman, and BVI) is unique and convenient for clients. They have a strong corporate practice and a good bench strength. Quality among the partners is consistent.’

‘Conyers provides practical resolutions to legal issues.’

‘David Lamb stands out as a visionary leader of the firm’s engagement with the Asian region.’

‘David Lamb’s knowledge of Cayman/BVI law is unparalleled and his deep networks in Asia make him a “go-to” for complex legal advice.’

‘Christopher Brinkley’s advice is pragmatic, he understands the commercial drivers and is always able to provide prompt and helpful solutions.’

‘Richard Hall is very hands-on and very experienced on both IPOs and privatization transactions.’

‘The highly responsive Richard Hall has extensive knowledge and experience in his field.’

Key clients

Agile Group Holdings Limited

Alphamab Oncology

Beijing Tongchuangjiuding Investment Management Group Co., Ltd (“JD Group”) and FTLife Insurance Company Limited (“FTLife”)

Budweiser Brewing Company APAC Limited

Central China New Life Limited

Changyou.com Limited

China Resources Microelectronics Limited

Golden Wheel Tiandi Holdings Company Limited

Jumei International Holding Limited

Li & Fung Limited

Novena Global Healthcare Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Budweiser Brewing Company APAC in connection with its HK$39bn (US$5bn) IPO on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited.
  • Advised China Resources Microelectronics Limited on its pioneering red-chip listing on the Sci-Tech Innovation Board of the Shanghai Stock Exchange, or SSE STAR Market, raising over RMB4.32bn (US$614m). It is the very first red-chip listing on SSE STAR Market
  • Advised Jumei International Holding Limited on its privatization by way of tender offer and short form merger, the first two-step merger in the Cayman Islands.

Harneys

Primarily based out of Hong Kong but also including a presence on the ground in Singapore and Shanghai, Harneys provides very effective BVI and Cayman Islands advice across a broad range of Asia-related transactional matters such as banking and finance, corporate, capital markets, funds, and trusts as well as litigation, restructuring, and insolvency. The 'very experiencedPaul Sephton heads up the transactional offering and has an excellent reputation across a range of corporate and finance matters directly on behalf of banks, funds, and corporates, as well as among many high-profile onshore law firms on referral work. The 'very versatile' Raymond Ng is co-global head of banking and finance and corporate and is a valued member of the team as a result of his ' problem-solving skills' and English and Chinese language capabilities, enabling him to provide very effective advice to both Chinese and international clients across a range of cross-border private equity-led and public M&A, joint ventures and IPOs. The 'personable and professionalMaggie Kwok also has excellent Chinese language skills and since her arrival in 2018, has successfully cultivated a strong following among international and China-based funds across both fund structuring and downstream investments. The firm remains 'very strong on the litigation front', with new team head Paula Kay successfully picking up the baton from the 'very charismaticIan Mann, who recently stepped down in his role as litigation head to focus more on his managing partner duties (although he does still have significant in many of the highest-profile representations handled by the team). Kay's promotion was a testament to her flourishing reputation in the market across a range of high value, multi-jurisdictional shareholder disputes, and more recently in Section 238 dissenting shareholder proceedings. The 'attentive, efficient, and professionalChai Ridgers heads up the restructuring offering.

Testimonials

‘The firm provides a knowledgeable, resourceful, comprehensive and cost-effective service.’

‘The firm has a deep knowledge of Cayman Isles and BVI laws.’

‘The firm’s Chinese language capabilities at partner level differentiates Harneys from some of its competitors for PRC cross-border deals.’

‘Harneys’ strong and experienced banking team is capable of handling ordinary as well complicated transactions.’

‘The team is very experienced and talented. It always gives us advice that would help us reach our goals. They are very good at Cayman Company Law and shareholder rights.’

‘Raymond Ng is extremely responsive and always available. He is also very commercial, and knows what clients want on M&A transactions.’

‘Raymond Ng provides high-quality advice, prompt attention and an ability to understand the commercial issues on top of the legal complexities. Raymond is versatile corporate lawyer with his good knowledge of M&A and equity capital market transactions.’

‘Paul Sephton is very experienced and easy to work with.’

‘Paul Sephton is technically strong, commercially-savvy and willing to make strong judgement calls to deliver.’

‘Ian Mann is very charismatic and is excellent with clients. He also has a good understanding of both the Hong Kong and Greater China markets.’

‘The charismatic Ian Mann is resourceful in providing solutions, is capable of deciphering unimaginably complex situation.’

‘Maggie Kwok is personable and professional.’

‘Maggie Kwok is possibly the best offshore funds legal expert I’ve worked with and is also very highly regarded by clients and professionals alike.’

‘Chai Ridgers is detailed in analyzing a problem, creative in solving it, and articulate in communicating his approach to clients.’

Key clients

China Agrotech Holdings Ltd and its Liquidators

China Merchants Bank Shanghai Branch

Favor Sharp Enterprises Limited

JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd.

JTrust Asia Pte Ltd.

Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation

New Frontier Corporation (NFC)

Qihoo 360 Technology Co., Ltd.

Qunar Cayman Islands Limited

SenseTime Group Inc.

Shanda Games Limited (Shanda)

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Singapore Branch

Trina Solar Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting as lead counsel to JTrust Asia in BVI and Cyprus with a litigation management role over the client’s multi-jurisdictional strategy in relation to a complex international fraud.    
  • Representing Qihoo 360 in litigation in the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands against hedge funds who dissented from Qihoo’s take-private from NASDAQ in 2016.
  • Acted as Cayman Islands counsel to New Frontier Corporation on its $1.4bn acquisition of United Family Healthcare, one of the largest and most recognized integrated premium private healthcare operators in China, from its existing shareholders, including affiliates of TPG and Fosun Pharma, to create one of China’s largest publicly listed integrated healthcare services companies.

Appleby

With seven partners based in Hong Kong, many of whom have strong Chinese language capabilities, Appleby provides 'responsive and practical advice' to local and international clients across a range of corporate/commercial and finance matters requiring Bermudan, BVI, and Cayman Islands law advice. Overseen by Judy Lee, the firm's capital markets practice remains the engine room of the firm's overall practice, with the increased popularity of listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange leading to a large swathe of instructions from issuers on the relevant offshore advice pursuant to their IPOs. Lee is also responsible for developing the firm's corporate administration and fiduciary services business, Appleby Global Services, which enables the Hong Kong office to incorporate companies and to provide a seamless service in support of the capital markets practice. The banking and finance practice is led by 'client-orientedFiona Chan and handles a broad range of finance work for borrowers and lenders, including in relation to the acquisition, project, asset, and fund finance, as well as advice on debt capital markets-related work. Benefiting from 'extensive onshore and offshore experiences', counsel Charlotte Yeung provides 'very commercial advice' in relation to fund formation matters.  Cameron Adderley combines his managing partner duties with a thriving corporate and commercial offering, while on the litigation front, Eliot Simpson regularly advises clients across a range of commercial disputes and contentious insolvency matters.

Testimonials

‘Appleby is able to handle the work very effectively, and has a well-rounded team.’

‘They are accessible and responsive, and can provide practical advice.’

‘The team is thoughtful, efficient and provides practical advice.’

‘The firm is definitely an up-and-coming funds practice among the offshore law firms, and deserves a greater recognition. This practice is very dynamic and pro-active – nothing like factory type processes.’

‘Fiona Chan is very efficient, with a strong commercial approach to things. She is very supportive in our transactions.’

‘Charlotte Yeung is very hands on, and always knows the status of each matter.’

‘Charlotte Yeung has extensive onshore and offshore experiences, which makes her advice very commercial and spot-on. It is just like speaking to a peer who knows the concerns you have at the back of your mind. Sometimes I reach out to her for a second opinion or just to bounce off ideas.’

‘Paul Cheuk is very responsive, efficient, produces excellent work and provides very practical advice.’

‘Fiona Chan is client-oriented and dedicated to achieving the best results for her clients. She works hard to meet deadlines, which in the fintech space are often very tight. Her positive attitude and kind nature makes her a pleasure to work alongside. She is also a champion for pushing the legal framework, through her thought leadership articles through to supporting events (which we have collaborated on together) to further discussions on how to best make structure offshore and onshore models to a client.’

‘The exceptional Judy Lee is a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

China Everbright Water Limited

Li & Fung Limited

Shenwan Hongyuan Group Co., Ltd

Global Logistic Properties Limited

Infrared NF

DBS Bank Limited

China Oil and Gas Group Limited

Xinyi Energy Holdings Limited

Portico International Holdings Limited

QTC Care Corporation Ltd.

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc.

Ascendent Capital Partners

Analogue Holdings Limited

Times China Holdings Limited

Athos Asia Event Driven Master Fund, FMAP ACL Limited, Senrigan Capital Fund

Work highlights

  • Xinyi Energy Holdings Limited issued its global offering of 2,007,738,471 shares and was listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange by way of spin-off. The Hong Kong team advised Xinyi Energy on the separation of the subsidiary from its parent company, Xinyi Solar Holdings Limited.   Xinyi Energy is a leading non-State owned solar farm owner and operator in the People’s Republic of China. The utility-scale ground-mounted solar farm projects which are managed and owned by the Group are leading in the region in relation to of the approved capacity of the farm. Established and spun-off from Xinyi Solar Holdings Limited, the Group owns and operates utility-scale ground-mounted solar farm projects initially developed and constructed by Xinyi Solar.   The use of a BVI listing vehicle as part of a spin-off and listing is fairly unusual which is testimony to Appleby’s continued capability in advising in leading and sizeable listings.
  • Acted as Bermuda counsel for Portico International Holdings Limited in respect of the privatisation by way of Bermuda court sanctioned scheme of arrangement.
  • Acted as BVI and Cayman counsel to InfraRed NF, a Hong Kong–based joint venture between InfraRed Capital Partners and Vervain, a leading Greater China real estate investment manager, on a $45.9m financing investment with HeNeng Group to finance the development of a plot residential land in Changsha.

Mourant Ozannes

Mourant Ozannes's seven-partner Hong Kong team has good traction among referring law firms, as well as regional and international banks and funds. Headed by the 'very strongSimon Lawrenson, the firm has forged a particularly strong reputation on the banking and finance side, since opening its offices in Hong Kong almost a decade ago. Work in this space is broad and includes advising both lenders and borrowers (including many major private equity sponsors) on leveraged finance mandates, as well as real estate, asset finance, fund finance, and advice across a range of debt capital markets products. Other key transactional lawyers include Danielle Roman whose expertise includes funds and aviation finance prowess, and the 'experienced and hardworkingClaire Fulton , who is appreciated by private equity clients, traditional banks, and credit funds across a variety of new money financings, as well as in the context of distressed scenarios. Although it is overshadowed somewhat by the firm's finance credentials, the corporate offering, which is overseen by managing partner Paul Christopher , also continues to pick up considerable market share, both in relation to fund formation, as well as on the downstream investment front. The litigation team is now headed by Justine Lau , following Shuan Folpp's departure to Campbells in August 2020.

Testimonials

‘The firm provides an integrated platform across its corporate, fund formation, and financing teams. They involve the correct person for deals which cross multiple disciplines so that we get the advice we need.’

‘What makes Mourant Ozannes unique is its true integration with its offices in the British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands.’

‘The firm delivers thoughtful, well-crafted advice that is tailored to the matter. They have a good bench of associates who are responsive, knowledgeable, and a pleasure to work with.’

‘The team members try to think outside of the box and are generally very responsive.’

‘Claire Fulton and Paul Trewartha are our go-to on complicated special situations financing. They are detail-oriented and efficient.’

‘James Broad is very attentive, with standout client service and attention to detail.’

‘Paul Christopher is a very approachable managing partner and ready to share his experience and insight with our team.’

‘The excellent Claire Fulton is experienced, hard-working, helpful, and client-friendly.’

‘Paul Christopher has great knowledge across a broad spectrum of corporate matters and delivers timely on-point advice.’

‘Simon Lawrenson is strong in the financing practice and is front and centre on all matters leading and responding from the outset.’

Key clients

CVC Capital Partners

Gaw Capital Advisors Limited

China Minsheng Banking Corporation Limited

Orix Corporation

Haitong International Investment Solutions Limited

China Huarong

Citigroup Global Markets Asia Limited

The Blackstone Group

Huatai Financial Holdings (Hong Kong) Limited

HKBN Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised in relation to the establishment of Hong Kong based realty private equity investor, Gaw Capital Partners’ sixth opportunity fund, Gateway Real Estate Fund VI, LP.
  • Advised China Minsheng Banking Corp in connection with a secured acquisition financing (and subsequent facility upsize), in respect of Minhang SH Holdings II Ltd’s acquisition of Harvest Yield Limited, the indirect owner of the Shanghai complex “Vivocity”.
  • Advised HKBN Ltd a Cayman company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, on its acquisition of WTT from TPG Capital Asia (TPG) and MBK Partners in the amount of HK$10.5bn.

Ogier

The six-partner team at Ogier has significant resources to deploy for clients requiring BVI, Cayman Islands, Channel Islands, and Luxembourg advice across international finance and corporate matters. Headed by Nicholas Plowman , the investment funds team remains the cornerstone of the firm's offering across Asia, and is particularly well regarded by the hedge fund community as a result of its long-established reputation advising on fund formation, as well as downstream transactional matters. The 'excellentNathan Powell and Anthony Oakes co-head the firm's corporate and finance offering, that as well as having an established reputation on behalf of Chinese state-owned enterprises as issuers on the debt capital markets, is continuing to pick up market share on the equity finance side, and has recently handled numerous IPOs over the past year in Hong Kong, Taiwan, PRC, and the US. As part of his broad-ranging financing expertise, the 'very hands-onDavid Nelson regularly provides 'excellent advice on offshore matters' relating to special situations financing.

Other key lawyers:

Kate Hodson; David Nelson; Wisdom Hon;

Testimonials

‘The very hands-on David Nelson regularly provides excellent advice on offshore matters relating to special situations financing.’

Key clients

8F Asset Management

China Minmetals Corporation

FamilyMart

Hammer Capital

Innocare Pharma

Tianrui (International) Holding Company Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted as BVI and Cayman Islands counsel to Innocare Pharma Limited, a Beijing-based biotechnology company focused on cancer and autoimmune diseases, on its $289m IPO in Hong Kong.
  • Advised Hammer Capital on its launch of Hammer Capital Opportunities Fund L.P., a member of an investor consortium with Tencent Holdings, in the proposed take-private of Bitauto Holdings Limited.
  • Continuing to act on behalf of FamilyMart, the convenience store business, as Cayman counsel in connection which its shareholding in China CVS (Cayman Islands) Holding Corporation

Campbells

Since it opened its office in Hong Kong in 2016, largely in response to a growing number of Asian clients needing real-time advice on offshore-related litigation, corporate and financing matters, Campbells has made steady progress in the market, and as well as continuing to regularly work alongside colleagues from the firm's Cayman and BVI offices, is also handling a growing standalone workload. The 'experienced and business-focusedJenny Nip has strong connections in mainland China and Hong Kong, and has been pivotal to the firm's growing visibility for issuers on the offshore law advice pursuant to listings on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The 'proactive and responsiveRobert Searle provides expertise on fund structuring matters, while the arrival in August 2020 of the 'excellentShuan Folpp from Mourant Ozannes enhances the team's litigation credentials, particularly in relation to contentious insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):

Jenny Nip

Testimonials

‘Competitive pricing, proactive, responsive, and commercially sensible advice.’

‘Jenny Nip is very experienced and business-focused.’

‘Michael Popkin provides excellent offshore bankruptcy and insolvency advice.’

‘Robert Searle is proactive, responsive, and provides commercially sensible advice.’

Key clients

Bank of China Limited, Macau Branch

Borrelli Walsh

China CITIC Bank International Limited

CCB Hong Kong, a subsidiary of China Construction Bank

Aptorum Group Limited

ICBC Hong Kong, a subsidiary of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited

Hong Kong Monetary Authority

Mason Strategic Investment Group Limited

China SXT Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

China Advanced Construction Materials Group, Inc

Work highlights

  • Advised private equity group XIO in a multibillion-dollar ownership dispute with Chinese tycoon Xie Zhikun.
  • Advised Akeso Inc. on the largest IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2020.
  • Advised Peijia Medical Limited on the second largest IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2020.

Carey Olsen Hong Kong LLP

Since opening its Hong Kong office in November 2016, Carey Olsen Hong Kong LLP has successfully deepened and broadened the scope of its offering beyond its initial litigation focus, through a series of astute lateral hires. Managing partner Michael Padarin and the 'efficient and results-orientedJames Webb joined the firm from Walkers in mid-2019 and provide strength across an array of finance, M&A and fund formation matters. Litigation remains a cornerstone of the practice and this too was strengthened in February 2020 by the arrival of Jeremy Lightfoot  from Campbells and Henry Tucker's relocation from the firm's Bermudan office.

Practice head(s):

Michael Padarin

Testimonials

‘A very responsive, mobile, and flexible set of offshore law lawyers that are able to provide a one-stop-shop service to cover various types of finance transactions.’

‘The team is very focused on providing partner-led advice and service which makes them stand out from the crowd.’

‘James Webb is a very experienced lawyer, who has a strong knowledge of fund finance transactions and the fund finance market and adds significant value to the transaction.’

‘The efficient James Webb provides a results-oriented approach.’

‘Daniel Moore is always able to walk the extra miles to offer ideas beyond the work scope.’