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

TMT Tier 1

Benefiting from the resources available to it as a global firm, and also deeply entrenched in the local market, Hogan Lovells is well-placed to represent international and regional entities in the TMT space across a broad swathe of regulatory, corporate and commercial mandates. 'Standout lawyerMark Parsons has 'real credibility in the space' across a range of matters, including as it relates to technology outsourcing and market entry for new technologies and services. Led out of Hong Kong by Parsons and implementing a cross-disciplinary offering across international offices on certain projects, the firm continues to handle a significant volume of work for leading Chinese technology company, Tencent. Recent work for it has included the roll out its Midas platform (its online marketplace offering) in various countries across the Asia Pacific region including India, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Now based out of Hong Kong, following his recent relocation from the Shanghai office, Andrew McGinty bolsters the team's capabilities in relation to corporate/M&A and commercial work within the TMT space, particularly on China-related mandates.

Practice head(s):

Mark Parsons and Andrew McGinty

Other key lawyers:

Eugene Low; Stephanie Tang; Kenny Wong; Tommy Liu

Key clients

Tencent

China Telecom Global

Construction Tier 2

Hogan Lovells' 'proactive' team is 'well-versed in construction law and provides practical and helpful advice'. Practice head Timothy Hill is very experienced in advising across the whole life cycle of construction projects and is also adept at handling construction disputes. The ‘hardworkingDamon So's civil engineering background is 'a definite asset to his clients'. The 'energetic' senior associate Joyce Leung is also singled out as a rising star.

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 2

Chris Dobby and Mark Lin head up the team at Hogan Lovells. The firm reports an uptick in contentious insolvency mandates and has also been handling cyber fraud and judicial review work. Senior associate Byron Philips is also singled out. Allan Leung moved to Dentons Hong Kong in May 2019.

Practice head(s):

Chris Dobby; Mark Lin

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Borrelli Walsh

Grant Thornton

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited

Capital markets (equity) Tier 3

Hogan Lovells' team is valued by Asia-based issuers and underwriters for its experience of US and Hong Kong IPOs, as well as private placements of equity and equity-linked securities, rights issues and all other types of equity fund raisings. Clients include investment banks and companies in the real estate, consumer, energy, life sciences, industrial and TMT sectors. Stephanie Tang, who joined from Shearman & Sterling in January 2019, co-heads the team with Sammy Li, Stephen Peepels and Nelson Tang. Li has led on more than 40 Hong Kong equity capital markets transactions, including IPOs, global offerings and rights issues. Tang has previous experience of working as an in-house counsel at an international investment bank. Peepels is the head of the firm's US securities practice in the Asia-Pacific. Senior associates Jeffrey Lee and Samson Suen are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Stephanie Tang; Sammy Li; Stephen Peepels; Nelson Tang 

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

UBS AG Hong Kong Branch

Dispute resolution: international arbitration Tier 3

Hogan Lovells counts construction, engineering, energy, financial services, entertainment, life sciences, and leisure sector matters among its key strengths. The 'very professional' and 'detail-oriented' team is jointly led by Timothy Hill, who is highly experienced in acting for contractors and owners in engineering-related arbitrations, and the 'very hands-on' James Kwan, an 'expert in arbitration' with 'great analytical skills'.

Practice head(s):

Timothy Hill; James Kwan

Testimonials

The team is very professional and the response time is quick‘.

 

Intellectual property Tier 3

Headed by the 'extremely helpful and accesibleEugene Low  from Hong Kong, and also benefiting from a significant presence in Beijing and Shanghai, Hogan Lovells is able to provide a coordinated and efficient service to international and Asian clients on the protection, exploitation and enforcement of their IPR. On the contentious front, the firm is well-versed in handling trade mark and copyright litigation, and as a result of the firm's establishment of Hogan Lovells Fidelity in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, is one of the few foreign law firms that can provide direct IP litigation representation in China. Counsel Andrew Cobden has vast contentious experience in the market (he has higher rights of audience before the Hong Kong courts), and is particularly noted for his expertise handling patent litigation within the pharmaceutical sector.

Practice head(s):

Eugene Low

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Cobden; Kenny Wong

Testimonials

‘The team approaches matters in a practical way, and provides in-depth analysis, ensuring that we always reach a commercial solution.’

Key clients

Merck

Regulatory Tier 3

At Hogan Lovells, the team is noted for its strong capabilities in handling insurance regulatory matters, and also acts for clients within the fintech space across a broad spectrum of contentious and non-contentious mandates. Mark Lin and Tim Fletcher are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Mark Lin; Tim Fletcher

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Led by commercial litigator Chris DobbyHogan Lovells' Hong Kong insolvency practice is focused on contentious mandates. The team has strong ties with local IPs and is regularly instructed to assist on the liquidation of companies involving allegations of inter-alia, fraudulent activity, breaches of fiduciary duties and misappropriation of funds. Himself a solicitor advocate, clients appreciate Dobby's ability to appear before the Hong Kong courts for civil proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Chris Dobby

Other key lawyers:

Karen Chan

Key clients

Borrelli Walsh

FTI Consulting

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Grant Thornton

Hyflux Group

Banking and finance Tier 4

Hogan Lovells has a full service banking and finance practice, which excels in structured finance, real estate finance, asset finance and pre-IPO finance. In addition, with the firm being active in the corporate and private equity sphere, its team plays a key role in LBOs and MBOs, the financing aspects of privatisations and restructurings of leveraged transactions. Clients include large international and PRC-based banks, private equity funds and multinational companies. Owen Chan is the head of the team in Hong Kong and mainland China. Louise Leung made partner.

Practice head(s):

Owen Chan

Other key lawyers:

Louise Leung; Jenny Yim; Alan Wong

Key clients

HSBC

Insurance Tier 4

Tim Fletcher and litigation specialist Mark Lin lead Hogan Lovells' insurance team, which has been kept busy handling, among other mandates, domestic and international life insurance portfolio transfers, regulatory matters, and insurance financing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Tim Fletcher; Mark Lin

Labour and employment Tier 4

Although Hogan Lovells lacks a discrete standalone employment offering, it has significant experience across a range of work (including advice on employment contracts, transfer of employees and restrictive covenants), primarily for existing clients of the firm. The team is led by commercial litigator Mark Lin on the contentious front and on the non-contentious side by corporate partner Tim Fletcher.

Practice head(s):

Tim Fletcher and Mark Lin

Other key lawyers:

Sherry Xiao; Katherine Tsang

Corporate (including M&A) Tier 5

Hogan Lovells' global reach and multidisciplinary strengths make it well-positioned to handle a full spread of corporate matters for clients. Led by Jun Wei, who is the chair of the Greater China practice, the team advises on China inbound/outbound and other multijurisdictional deals, as well as domestic M&A, for Chinese and international clients. It is particularly active in sectors such as life sciences and healthcare, energy, TMT, retail and real estate sectors. Tim Fletcher heads up the specialist financial institutions group, which handles corporate transactions and regulatory matters for banking, insurance and fund clients, among others. Stephanie Tang, who is the head of private equity, joined from Shearman & SterlingAndrew McGinty  is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Jun Wei (Head of Greater China)

Other key lawyers:

Tim Fletcher; Stephanie Tang; Andrew McGinty

Key clients

Tricor Group

Private equity Tier 5

Headed out of Hong Kong by Stephanie Tang, following her arrival in January 2019 from Shearman & SterlingHogan Lovells' Greater China private equity practice is well-placed to handle work for Chinese entities on their outbound investments and international funds on their investments across Asia Pacific (where it is also aided by a strong network of offices in the region including in Beijing, Singapore and Vietnam). Tang has a particularly strong reputation in the TMT sector and is also noted for her excellent track record advising on take-private transactions of US-listed Chinese companies.

Practice head(s):

Stephanie Tang

Other key lawyers:

Andrew McGinty

Key clients

Sedgwick Inc.

Ekornes ASA

China > Fintech: foreign firms Tier 1

Mark Parsons and Andrew McGinty  jointly lead Hogan Lovells' practice from Hong Kong. The group regularly acts for traditional financial institutions, alternative lending companies, and clients in the areas of payments and money transfer, blockchain and artificial intelligence. In Beijing, Lu Zhou advises private equity fund clients and financial institutions on the structuring of investment deals, as well as portfolio companies of fund clients in a variety of transactions. Also notable in Beijing is Sherry Gong who was recently promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Mark Parsons; Andrew McGinty

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘This team has profound knowledge and expertise in the fintech sector. Its members are very responsive and capable of providing tailored advice in accordance with the client’s situation.’

‘Lu Zhou is one of the best corporate lawyers in China. She knows the fintech industry very well and is able to provide sound and practical advice especially in the event where the laws or regulations of a certain field are obscure or unknown.’

Key clients

Airbnb

China > TMT: foreign firms Tier 1

Hogan Lovells regularly advises on local, inbound, outbound, cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions for Chinese institutions expanding globally or international clients engaging in Greater China. In recent highlights, the team is active in the fintech space where it has been acting in stored value, e-money, peer-to-peer lending and data analytics matters for retailers and content providers seeking to implement online, mobile distribution or digital marketing. Eugene Low is an intellectual property partner based in Hong Kong who works in close cooperation with Beijing-based antitrust specialist Adrian Emch, new private equity group head Stephanie Tang who recently joined in Hong Kong from Shearman & Sterling, and associate Wensheng RenAndrew McGinty and Mark Parsons jointly lead the practice from the Hong Kong office.

Practice head(s):

Mark Parsons; Andrew McGinty

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Airbnb

Tencent

China Telecom Global

Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration > Leading firms Tier 2

Timothy Hill, who has engineering expertise, and James Kwan are the key names for international arbitration in Hogan Lovells' Hong Kong office, and Kent Phillips is a notable name at the firm's Singapore alliance partner.

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
 Karen Chan photo Karen Chan
Mr Owen Chan  photo Mr Owen Chan
 Andrew Cobden photo Andrew Cobden
 Shantay Cong photo Shantay Cong
Mr Chris Dobby  photo Mr Chris Dobby
 Jeremy Forsyth photo Jeremy Forsyth
Mr Timothy Hill  photo Mr Timothy Hill
 Jeffrey Lee photo Jeffrey Lee
 Louise Leung photo Louise Leung
 Sammy Li photo Sammy Li
 Eugene Low photo Eugene Low
 Andrew McGinty photo Andrew McGinty
Mr Mark Parsons  photo Mr Mark Parsons
 Byron Phillips  photo Byron Phillips
Mr Damon So  photo Mr Damon So
 Samson Suen  photo Samson Suen
 Nelson Tang photo Nelson Tang
 Kenny Wong photo Kenny Wong
 Jenny Yim photo Jenny Yim
Number of lawyers : 2,500+
In Asia Pacific : 250+
PRAC (Pacific Rim Advisory Council)
SGLA (Sino Global Legal Alliance)
Contacts : Miguel A. Zaldivar, Jr. (regional managing partner)
Contacts : Owen Chan (Hong Kong managing partner)