Firm Profile > Hogan Lovells > Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Hogan Lovells
11TH FLOOR, ONE PACIFIC PLACE
88 QUEENSWAY
HONG KONG
Hong Kong

Hong Kong > TMT Tier 1

Able to draw from the expertise of numerous core TMT lawyers based in Hong Kong and mainland China, as well as lawyers from the IP, litigation, and restructuring groups with significant expertise in the sector, Hogan Lovells is well-positioned to advise local and international clients across the spectrum of regulatory, corporate/commercial and litigation mandates. The team is appreciated for its ability to cover the full lifecycle of work handled by any given client, from assistance on bringing new products to market, through to advice on subsequent commercial agreements and representation on any disputes that may occur. Under the guidance of Mark Parsons, it is perhaps best-known for its representation of financial services clients on TMT-related matters, whether it be in the context of putting into place the necessary commercial agreements to facilitate the outsourcing of various IT functions, or in terms of the adoption of fintech-related products. Andrew McGinty has an excellent track record handling Greater China-related standalone TMT regulatory issues, as well as telecoms licensing matters and corporate mandates in the sector.

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HSBC

Prudential Holdings Limited

The Hong Kong Association of Banks

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited

Jumei International Holding Limited

Inditex

Google

Spotify

ebay

Tencent

Hong Kong > Construction Tier 2

Hogan Lovells' construction practice is led by Timothy Hill, who is highly regarded for his expertise in contentious construction mandates, as well as handling contractual matters in the space. Former civil engineer Damon So is well versed in advising contractors on arbitration. Counsel Joyce Leung is also a name to note.

Hong Kong > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Strengthened by the arrival of the 'highly commercialJonathan Leitch, who heads the two-partner Hong Kong team, following his move from DLA Piper at the beginning of 2020, Hogan Lovells is increasingly well-positioned to provide a rounded service to creditors and debtors, across consensual restructurings, distressed transactions, and formal insolvency mandates. Leitch's arrival, in particular, adds more capability on the non-contentious side, in light of his excellent track record advising on Hong Kong restructurings, as well as his aptitude at handling distressed work throughout Asia for US-based and other international investors. Chris Dobby remains a pivotal member of the practice and is able to leverage his broader commercial litigation credentials to provide a strong service to clients on contentious insolvency mandates, including on asset tracing and recovery actions throughout the region. The team is also able to draw from the expertise of finance and restructuring lawyers situated across the firm's broad international network of offices, including London and New York.

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Testimonials

‘Exceptionally commercial approach that saves time, addresses key commercial issues, combined with local knowledge.’

‘Hogan Lovells possesses a substantial footprint not only in Hong Kong but across the region, which is essential for large cross-border matters. As a full-service firm, they have the specialisation required for large matters and can draw on a deep bench of experts.’

‘Jonathan Leitch is a confidant to lenders and debtors throughout the restructuring process, providing commercial strategies optimising results for clients.’

Key clients

FTI Consulting

Borrelli Walsh

KPMG

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors for SpeedCast International Limited

Rabobank

SC Lowy

Standard Chartered Bank

Grant Thornton

SSG Capital Management (HK) Ltd.

Hong Kong > Banking and finance Tier 3

Hogan Lovells provides a full-service banking offering that includes structured and cross-border finance, real estate finance, leveraged and acquisition finance, alternative lending and fund financing, pre-IPO finance and asset finance. The practice is focused on both sponsor-led and corporate acquisition finance. The team is headed by Owen Chan, who counts international financial institutions, PE funds, and multinational companies amongst his clientele. Jonathan Leitch joined as partner from DLA Piper.

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Hong Kong > Capital markets (equity) Tier 3

Hogan Lovells’ Greater China team is adept at handling cross-border mandates across the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. With strong regulatory and listing compliance capabilities, the firm is well-placed to advise clients in the real estate, consumer, energy, life sciences, industrial and  TMT sectors. It offers deep US securities expertise on-the-ground in the shape of team co-head Stephanie Tang, who advises on public offering and private placing work. Sammy Li jointly heads the team and is recommended for IPOs, global offerings, rights issues and other capital markets fund raising transactions. Nelson Tang, who also jointly heads the team, handles public takeovers and regulatory compliance matters. Stephen Peepels  retired.

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‘Nelson Tang is very professional and knowledgeable.’

‘Nelson Tang can always deliver practical solutions to address our business needs’.

‘Jeffrey Lee is professional and responsible and is a good problem solver for our company’.

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Jumei International Holding Limited

The buyer consortium which includes the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Gridsum Holding Inc., as well as an affiliate of the private equity investor Hammer Capital Private Investments Limited

BOCOM International

Nomura International (Hong Kong)

China Tonghai Securities

Huatai Financial Holdings

CLSA

Orient Securities

BNP Paribas Securities (Asia) Limited

Midea Real Estate Holding Limited

Fineland Real Estate Services Group Limited (“Fineland”)

UBS AG

BOC international

Hong Kong > Dispute resolution: international arbitration Tier 3

The arbitration practice at Hogan Lovells is well versed in handling arbitrations regarding financial services, construction, energy, engineering and leisure sector disputes, to name a few areas of strength for the team. Timothy Hill is well known for his expertise in engineering-related disputes; he shares leadership of the practice with James Kwan. Senior associate Zoe Dong is also singled out.

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Hong Kong > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 3

At Hogan Lovells, the 'very responsive' team continues to represent FTI Consulting as court-appointed liquidators in proceedings against the former directors of Bermuda-based PMHL and its Hong Kong-based subsidiary PML, regarding allegations of fraud, negligence, and breaches of duties relating to a large-scale fraud scheme. Practice head Chris Dobby has expertise in handling contentious insolvency matters. Mark Lin is noted for his strength in regulatory disputes.

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Mark Lin is knowledgeable and provides good customer service and experience‘.

Chris Dobby: An excellent legal mind combined with an impressive grasp of commercial realities makes him an invaluable partner in dealing with disputes‘.

 

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Borrelli Walsh

MTR Corporation

The Hong Kong Airport Authority

Hong Kong > Intellectual property Tier 3

Led from Hong Kong by Eugene Low and also able to access significant resources in mainland China (including the ability to advise on local law matters by virtue of the firm's establishment of Hogan Lovells Fidelity), Hogan Lovells' seven-strong team is well-placed to advise clients across a fairly balanced spread of contentious and non-contentious IP work. Leveraging the firm's global network of offices, the team can assist international clients on the management of their IP portfolios throughout Asia, and also provide the IP commercialisation advice (including on licensing and distribution agreements) associated with international brands seeking to establish operations in Hong Kong. On the litigation front, the team has recently handled numerous copyright, trade mark and passing off matters, areas that solicitor advocate Andrew Cobden has experience alongside his niche patent law prowess. Recently promoted to senior associate, PJ Kaur is particularly noted for her trade mark portfolio management, enforcement, and litigation expertise for fashion, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical clients.

Hong Kong > Private equity Tier 4

Hot on the heels of team head Stephanie Tang's arrival at the beginning of 2019 from Shearman & Sterling, the return of Laurence Davidson from Chinese investment conglomerate, HNA Group, in November 2019, further enhances Hogan Lovells' corporate and private equity credentials. Much of the investment work for both local and global funds is within the TMT, life sciences and health care sectors, and the firm is able to bring added value to such deals by being able to tap into a strong accompanying regulatory capability across antitrust and national security-related matters. Tang has developed particular expertise in relation to take-private transactions of US-listed Chinese companies.

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Buyer consortium in acquisition of Gridsum Holding Inc

Jumei International Holding Limited

Sedgwick Inc.

Hong Kong > Regulatory Tier 4

Mark Lin heads up the 'diligent, responsive and straight-talking' team at Hogan Lovells, which has been kept especially busy handling fintech mandates. Corporate law expert Mark Parsons and Andrew McGinty, who 'delivers practical solutions', are key contacts. Tim Fletcher has retired.

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Andrew McGinty is responsive and attentive, and his advice is always practical, clear and client-focussed‘.

They provide high quality advice and deliver it in a professional manner‘.

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Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEX)

Prudential Holdings

The Hong Kong Association of Banks

Citibank

Hong Kong > Corporate (including M&A) Tier 5

Hogan Lovells is noted for its expertise advising Chinese companies seeking to invest abroad and foreign companies investing in China and Hong Kong. Jun Wei, who splits her time between Beijing and Shanghai, heads the team. Key practitioner Stephanie Tang handles public and private M&A, private equity, and capital markets matters. Laurence Davidson joined as partner from an in-house role at HNA. Jonathan Leitch joined as partner from DLA Piper. Tim Fletcher retired.

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Jumei International Holding Limited

The buyer consortium

Sicoya GmbH

Tesca Group S.A.S.

Bobst Group SA

Sedgwick Inc.,

China > TMT: foreign firms Tier 1

Hogan Lovells has an established core team of genuine TMT specialists, largely located in Hong Kong though supported by colleagues in Beijing. The firm represents a number of major financial institutions in big-ticket TMT projects. It has landed a series of major technology collaboration agreement engagements from financial services clients. Fintech and data projects are also fortes for the firm. Mark Parsons leads the team in Hong Kong where Andrew McGinty  is another senior corporate specialist with a TMT background. Beijing partner Sherry Gong has a fine record in TMT transactions and regulatory matters, including in the e-commerce, payment services and data privacy segments. Beijing based antitrust partner Adrian Emch is also active in the TMT segment.

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HSBC

Prudential

The Hong Kong Association of Banks

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing

Jumei International

Inditex

Google

Spotify

ebay

Tencent

Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration > Leading firms Tier 2

Hogan Lovells’ international arbitration team combines disputes and sector expertise. Hong Kong-based Timothy Hill is strong for engineering disputes while James Kwan is particularly active across the energy, healthcare and diversified industrials spaces. In Singapore, the group is particularly popular for Japanese and US-based companies, for which Kent Phillips is a key contact.

About the firm: Change is happening faster than ever, and to stay ahead, clients need to anticipate what’s next. Hogan Lovells understands and works together with clients to solve the toughest legal issues in major industries and commercial centers around the world. Whether expanding into new markets, considering capital from new sources, or dealing with increasingly complex regulation or disputes, Hogan Lovells can help.

Straight talking. Understanding and solving the problem before it becomes one. Delivering clear and practical advice that gets the client’s job done. Hogan Lovells offers extensive experience and insights gained from working in some of the world’s most complex legal environments and markets for corporations, financial institutions, and governments.

The firm helps clients identify and mitigate risk and make the most of opportunities. Its 2,500 lawyers on six continents provide practical legal solutions wherever work takes you.

About our Asia practice: Since opening its first regional office in Hong Kong in 1982, the firm has spent the past 35 years growing the practice in Asia Pacific to encompass over 250 lawyers, including over 50 partners, based in 12 offices including associated offices in seven countries across the region. The firm understands the cultural nuances at play in different countries and applies this insight to provide locally viable solutions. It also works collaboratively across the region to get clients the advice they need, providing a seamless service no matter how many jurisdictions are involved.

Main areas of practice: Corporate; Finance; Intellectual property; Global regulatory; and Litigation, arbitration and employment.

Main industry sectors: Aerospace, defense & government services; Automotive and mobility; Consumer; Diversified Industrials; Education; Energy & natural resources; Financial institutions; Insurance; Life sciences & health care; Real estate; and Technology, media & telecommunications.

Offices: Alicante, Amsterdam, Baltimore, Beijing, Birmingham, Boston, Brussels, Budapest*, Colorado Springs, Denver, Dubai, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Houston, Jakarta*, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Louisville, Luxembourg, Madrid, Mexico City, Miami, Milan, Minneapolis, Monterrey, Moscow, Munich, New York, Northern Virginia, Paris, Perth, Philadelphia, Riyadh*, Rome, San Francisco, São Paulo, Shanghai, Shanghai FTZ*, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Ulaanbaatar*, Warsaw, Washington, D.C., Zagreb*. * Associated offices

Legal Services Center: Berlin

Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Owen Chan  photo Mr Owen Chan Office managing partner
 Andrew Cobden photo Andrew Cobden For more than 25 years, Andrew Cobden has been helping companies understand…
 Chris Dobby photo Chris Dobby A partner in our dispute resolution practice based in Hong Kong, Chris…
 Timothy Hill photo Timothy Hill Timothy Hill is head of the Projects, Engineering, and Construction practice of…
 Jeffrey Lee photo Jeffrey Lee Senior Associate
 Louise Leung photo Louise Leung Partner
 Sammy Li photo Sammy Li Partner
 Eugene Low photo Eugene Low Partner
 Andrew McGinty photo Andrew McGinty Partner
Mr Mark Parsons  photo Mr Mark Parsons Mark Parsons is a technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT) partner who heads…
 Byron Phillips  photo Byron Phillips Senior Associate
 Damon So photo Damon So Damon So is dual qualified in law and engineering, having started his…
 Samson Suen  photo Samson Suen Senior Associate
 Nelson Tang photo Nelson Tang Partner
 Kenny Wong photo Kenny Wong Recognized as a luminary, Kenny Wong has received close to 120 awards…
 Jenny Yim photo Jenny Yim Counsel
Number of lawyers : 2,500+
In Asia Pacific : 250+
PRAC (Pacific Rim Advisory Council)
Contacts : Owen Chan (Hong Kong managing partner)