Firm Profile > Norton Rose Fulbright > Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Norton Rose Fulbright
38/F JARDINE HOUSE
1 CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL
HONG KONG
Hong Kong

Antitrust and competition Tier 1

With five dedicated antitrust lawyers based in Hong Kong and also able to draw on practitioners with considerable competition law expertise from across the firm's Asian network, Norton Rose Fulbright has the critical mass and depth of knowledge to seamlessly handle the full range of work for domestic and international clients as it pertains to Hong Kong specific and pan-Asian antitrust issues in both a transactional and litigation context. The team has been particularly active assisting clients in their dealings with the Competition Commission, both on investigations and enforcement actions. Led by the 'vastly experienced and knowledgeableMarc Waha, the firm successfully represented SiS as one of the respondents in the first enforcement action brought by the Competition Commission (the only one of the five respondents cleared of bid-rigging). The team has particular strength handling antitrust-related matters within core firmwide sector competencies, including transport and energy; notably, it has built up a strong track-record on behalf of aviation clients, including Cathay Pacific, which it recently advised on the competition issues associated with its acquisition of rival low-cost carrier Hong-Kong Express. Maxime Vanhollebeke is recommended for his ability to effectively advise international companies on  emerging antitrust regimes in East Asia, and Asian companies on global competition compliance issues.

Key clients

American Express

AXA

Cathay Pacific

Delta Air Lines

Lufthansa

Michelin

Modern Terminals Limited

SiS International

Total

Texas Pacific Group

Banking and finance Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright handles international banking transactions involving areas such as export credit finance, structured trade, project finance, asset finance, real estate finance and sovereign lending. The firm's excellent reputation sees it act for Chinese and international banks, energy companies, insurers, ship owners, airlines and technology companies, among others. Peter Haslam, who has been at the firm for over 30 years, leads the team. Another experienced practitioner is David Milligan, who acts for banks and borrowers on cross-border financings, with a focus on fintech, acquisition finance, corporate lending and commodity finance.

Testimonials

‘The Norton Rose Fullbright team has demonstrated a high level of professionalism and fiduciary responsibility throughout multiple projects we have worked together on’.

‘They are willing to discuss problems with the client and work together to find a solution’.

‘The Norton Rose Fulbright team is always available and works very hard to meet tight timetables. When we discover something new that needs to be fixed, the group doesn’t mind taking up the extra work’.

‘The individuals we have worked with have always been diligent, open to discussion and basically always available’.

Key clients

Standard Chartered

Capital markets (equity) Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright's strong credentials in the equity capital markets arena are illustrated by the fact that recent mandates involved industries such as technology (including fintech and biotech), life sciences, real estate, education and energy. Led by Psyche Tai, its group provides the full scope of advice on IPOs, rights issues, public M&A, share placements and block trades. A name to note is Terence Lau, who has over 20 years of private practice experience in Hong Kong. Another key figure is Doris Ng, who has worked with Tai to build up the firm's relationships with investment banks and institutional corporate clients. Winnie ChanVicky Lam and Harold Tin are other notable partners, as is Margie Chan, who was hired from Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. Senior associate Aldo Chan is also recommended. Allan Yee rejoined the firm as a consultant from Lei Shing Hong Limited.

Testimonials

‘Attentive to details, prompt responses, practical solutions and hands-on partners’.

Key clients

BNP Paribas Securities (Asia) Limited

BOCI Asia Limited

China Galaxy International Securities (Hong Kong) Co., Limited

China International Capital Corporation Hong Kong Securities Limited (CICC)

Citigroup Global Markets

CMB International

Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC

Guotai Junan Capital Limited

Haitong International Capital Ltd

HSBC

JHP Fintech Inc.

Macquarie

Zhongtai International Capital

Corporate (including M&A) Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright's corporate and M&A team is particularly strong in areas such as real estate, TMT, energy and natural resources, and life sciences. Its team combines knowledge about a full range of corporate and commercial issues, with expertise in related areas; practice head Psyche Tai  and Vicky Lam are among a number of practitioners who are experienced in public M&A and equity capital markets transactions. Emma de Ronde and James Parker are active in M&A transactions in the financial services sector, which is complemented by their knowledge of related industry-specific regulatory issues. The group was strengthened by the arrival of Margie Chan from Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. In addition, Allen Yee rejoined the firm as a consultant from Lei Shing Hong Limited.

Key clients

Beijing Capital Land Ltd

Diginex Limited

HSBC

Hyperion Insurance Group Ltd

Kerry Logistics Network Limited

Magnus Concordia Group Limited

Moelis & Company Asia Limited

Renhe Commercial Holdings Company Limited

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright's litigation team has 'a good reputation in the industry'. The group has been kept busy advising private individuals on a range of contentious matters, including defamation and settlements of estates, and also acts for corporations from a range of industries in cases such as breach of fiduciary duties, restructuring, fraud, and misappropriation of assets. Camille Jojo heads up the team, which includes commercial litigator Alfred Wu. Of counsel Michael Chik has left the firm.

Testimonials

Camille Jojo: a great team leader with very sound knowledge of the law‘.

TMT Tier 2

Led out of Hong Kong by Anna Gamvros and able to leverage deep experience from mainland China and Singapore (as well as from the firm's wider international network), Norton Rose Fulbright's full-service TMT offering is well-positioned to advise clients across the patchwork of domestic and cross-border advisory, regulatory, transactional and M&A work in the sector. As well as regularly advising clients on outsourcing and cloud arrangements, Gamvros has successfully cultivated a market-leading data protection and cybersecurity practice, both from a compliance perspective as well as in relation to breach response work. Since her arrival at the end of 2017 from the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, Etelka Bogardi has added an extra dimension to the team's offering, particularly on fintech-related matters, including blockchain assisted payment systems, cryptocurrencies and cryptocurrency exchanges.

Key clients

Accenture

Amazon

Armada Holdings

AT&T

Tencent

Expedia

Dispute resolution: international arbitration Tier 3

The arbitration practice at Norton Rose Fulbright is led by Camille Jojo. The team is well known for acting for construction sector clients, and reports an uptick in work concerning disputes arising from infrastructure projects involving international contractors. Alfred Wu and consultant Philip Nunn are also key contacts.

Insurance Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright's 'very responsive and commercial' team counts high-value cross-border transactions and M&As as core strengths, and have been particularly busy advising on cases involving warranty and indemnity matters. Emma de Ronde and James Parker share leadership of the practice.

Testimonials

Norton Rose Fulbright display comprehensive expertise across the insurance sector, with strong bench-strength‘.

Key clients

Chubb

Fusion Specialty

AXA

Allied World

Hyperion Insurance Group

Intellectual property Tier 3

Led by the 'smart and diligentJustin DavidsonNorton Rose Fulbright provides a 'helpful and knowledgeable service' to multinationals and Asian companies, including on patent and trade mark prosecution, commercialisation and enforcement. Aided by a huge global network of offices, the team is particularly accomplished at managing the IP portfolios of major international businesses. As well as spearheading the Greater China aspects of the global portfolio requirements of  international clients, the team is also the driving force behind the coordination of the international strategies of Hong Kong-based companies (including Crown Worldwide). Davidson is also very well regarded for his patent litigation expertise, which regularly sees him acting for technology and pharmaceutical entities in multi-jurisdictional disputes throughout Asia. Senior associate Maggie Chong is also recommended and regularly assists clients with managing, protecting and commercialising their intellectual property portfolios across Asia.

Testimonials

‘Justin Davidson is always quick to understand the major structure of the case, locate the key issues and give creative opinions.’

‘Justin Davidson has excellent knowledge of IP law.’

Key clients

ASTRI (Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Institute)

Bank of Montreal

BNP Paribas

Crown Worldwide Holdings

Dell

GlaxoSmithKline

Morgan Stanley

Pfizer

Royal Bank of Canada

Techtronic Industries

Tencent Holdings

Shipping Tier 3

A key component of a global shipping team that includes experts throughout Asia Pacific, North America, South Africa and Europe, Norton Rose Fulbright's Hong Kong office has a 'strong reputation in the industry' for its domestic and multi-jurisdictional work on behalf of shipowners, charterers and trading companies. Praised for its 'solutions-oriented advice and analytical thinking', the team is well attuned to the needs of Chinese shipping clients and regularly handles big-ticket multi-jurisdictional international arbitrations. Master mariner Peter Glover is a key resource to clients across a range of shipping matters and has substantially enhanced the firm's capabilities (particularly for wet matters) following his relocation from the London office in 2017. The 'outstandingJim James is also recommended.

Testimonials

‘The firm’s professional ethics and reputation are outstanding in the industry.’

‘Jim James provides practical and commercial advice on international arbitration matters.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO Bank

Bank of China

Bank of Communications Financial Leasing Co.

BNP Paribas

CDB Finance Leasing

Citibank

CMB Financial Leasing

COSCO China Shipping

CSSC (Hong Kong) Shipping

DHT Holdings

Dong Fang International Investment Limited (now Florens)

Export Import Bank of China

HSBC

ICBC Financial Leasing Co.

Minsheng Financial Leasing Co.

Oldendorff Carriers

SC Lowy

SMTB

Standard Chartered Bank

Capital markets (debt) Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright's Hong Kong team includes US-qualified securities lawyers, one of whom is Margie Chan, who was hired from Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. Chan's arrival has been key to growing the firm's volume of work in relation to high-yield securities offerings, exchange offers and tender offers. Consultant Allan Yee, who rejoined the firm from Lei Shing Hong Limited, also has US securities law expertise, as does Harold Tin. In addition to being active in the high-yield debt space, other US securities law transactions include Rule 144A/Regulation S offerings, traditional private placements into the US and SEC-registered transactions. The team also has broader capabilities in bond restructurings, issuances of convertible and exchangeable bonds, medium-term note programmes, pre-IPO bonds and liability management, among other matters. Clients include corporates, investment banks and PRC securities houses. Psyche Tai leads the team.

Key clients

Admiralty Harbour Capital Limited

Bank of China

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Barclays

CAR Inc.

CEB International

China International Capital Corporation

China Tonghai Securities Limited

CMB International

Credit Suisse (Hong Kong) Limited

Deutsche Bank

Golden Wheel Tiandi Holdings Company Limited

Guotai Junan International Holdings Limited

Haitong International Securities Company Limited

HeungKong Financial

HSBC

Orient Securities (Hong Kong)

SPDB International

The Bank of East Asia, Limited

UBS

Construction Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright has been especially active in contentious work, representing construction companies in contractual and shareholder disputes, among other areas. Arbitration is another core area of expertise for the team. Alfred Wu is the main practitioner to note.

Key clients

Hang Lung Properties

Pocaliton Ltd

Champ Prestige

Asia Allied Infrastructure Holdings

Regulatory Tier 4

Etelka Bogardi heads up the practice at Norton Rose Fulbright. The team handles a wide range of non-contentious and contentious regulatory work, primarily for financial institutions, and reports an uptick in instructions from the fintech space. The group also represents clients in HKMA and SFC investigations.

Key clients

Advanced Fund Technology Group

China Southern Fund Management Company

Diginex

National Social Security Fund (NSSF)

Virtu Financial

Asset finance (including aviation and shipping finance)

Although the departure of former team head Jonathan Silver  to Maples Group in August 2019 has undoubtedly weakened Norton Rose Fulbright's shipping finance team in Hong Kong, this is mitigated somewhat by the firm's deeply entrenched client relationships and ability to provide a coordinated service on Asia Pacific mandates by virtue of also having practitioners in situ in key jurisdictions, including Singapore. The scope of the firm's client base is broad and includes shipowners, investors, traditional banks, as well as many of the leading Chinese leasing companies that continue to thrive in the market. As well as handling a consistent flow of conventional debt financing transactions, the team also has the capacity and market knowledge to handle more bespoke and sophisticated matters, including its work, alongside the Tokyo office, for BNP Paribas on what was the first JOLCO transaction to be closed on marine containers for a Chinese financial leasing house (Minsheng).

Key clients

BNP Paribas

China > Shipping: foreign firms Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright's Asian shipping practice is led from Singapore by Ben Rose but is headed in China by Hong Kong-based dispute resolution expert and mariner Peter Glover who has substantial expertise in all aspects of tanker operations, claims management and incident response. Also notable is Jim James who has a strong track record advising shipping companies, banks, leasing companies, financial institutions, insurers and energy companies on shipping, shipbuilding, insurance and insolvency matters.

Key clients

ABN AMRO Bank

Bank of China Limited

Bank of Communications Financial Leasing Co., Ltd

BNP Paribas

CDB Finance Leasing Co., Ltd

Citibank

CMB Financial Leasing Co., Ltd.

COSCO China Shipping

CSSC (Hong Kong) Shipping Co., Ltd

DHT Holdings, Inc.

Dong Fang International Investment Limited (now Florens)

Export Import Bank of China

HSBC

ICBC Financial Leasing Co., Ltd

Minsheng Financial Leasing Co., Ltd

Oldendorff Carriers

SC Lowy

SMTB

Standard Chartered Bank

China > Dispute resolution: foreign firms Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright advises on disputes involving estates, contracts, commercial law, finance, real estate and construction, along with shipping, insurance, IP, technology, telecoms and high-net-worth individuals. The Hong Kong-based practice includes Camille Jojo and Alfred Wu, along with consultants Jim James and Philip Nunn.

Testimonials

Gives practical solutions and recommendations‘.

Key clients

Television Broadcasts

Asia Allied Infrastructure Holdings

Hang Lung Properties

Hsin Chong Aster Building Services

Chevalier (Aluminium Engineering) Hong Kong

Champ Prestige International

SiS International Holdings

Dell

China > Intellectual property: foreign firms Tier 4

Multinational companies operating in the life sciences, tech and financial services sectors turn to Norton Rose Fulbright for trade mark portfolio management and assistance in IP prosecution, enforcement and litigation. The team also advises on licensing and commercialisation. Practice head Justin Davidson and a team assist pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline with its trade mark prosecution matters and clearance searches for the company's new products. Senior associate Maggie Chong has a broad IP practice that takes in trade marks, domain names, design rights, patents and copyright.

Key clients

ASTRI (Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Institute)

Bank of Montreal

BNP Paribas

Crown Worldwide Holdings Ltd.

Dell

GlaxoSmithKline

Morgan Stanley

Pfizer

Royal Bank of Canada

Techtronic Industries

Tencent Holdings

The firm

Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm. We provide the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 4000 lawyers and other legal staff based in more than 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa.

Areas of Practice

Recognized for our industry focus, we are strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare. Through our global risk advisory group, we leverage our industry experience with our knowledge of legal, regulatory, compliance and governance issues to provide our clients with practical solutions to the legal and regulatory risks facing their businesses.

Wherever we are, we operate in accordance with our global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. We aim to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of our offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.

Norton Rose Fulbright Verein, a Swiss verein, helps coordinate the activities of Norton Rose Fulbright members but does not itself provide legal services to clients. Norton Rose Fulbright has offices in more than 50 cities worldwide, including London, Houston, New York, Toronto, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Sydney and Johannesburg. For more information, see nortonrosefulbright.com

Offices

We have offices in the world’s most important business, financial and regulatory centres and are active in strategically important growth markets. Our offices are located in Amsterdam, Athens, Austin, Bahrain, Bangkok, Beijing, Brisbane, Brussels, Calgary, Canberra, Cape Town, Casablanca, Dallas, Denver, Dubai, Durban, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Houston, Istanbul, Jakarta (in association with Norton Rose Fulbright Australia), Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Melbourne, Mexico City, Milan, Minneapolis, Monaco, Montréal, Moscow, Munich, New York, Ottawa, Paris, Perth, Piraeus, Port Moresby, Québec, Rio de Janeiro, Riyadh (in association with Mohammed Al-Ghamdi Law Firm), San Antonio, San Francisco, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore, St Louis, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, Warsaw and Washington, DC. In Africa, we have alliances with firms in Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Zimbabwe

Number of partners (worldwide): 1,000+
Number of other fee-earners (worldwide): 2,000+

Total staff: 7,500+

Global Key Contacts

Financial institutions: James Bateson
Energy: Anne Lapierre and John Mauel
Infrastructure, mining and commodities: Nick Merritt
Transport: Harry Theochari
Technology: Nick Abrahams
Life sciences and healthcare: Stacey Martinez and Randy Sutton

Department Name Email Telephone
Financial institutions
Energy
Infrastructure
Mining
Commodities
Transport
Technology
Innovation
Life sciences
Healthcare
Photo Name Position Profile
 Etelka Bogardi  photo Etelka Bogardi
 Aldo Chan  photo Aldo Chan
 Winnie Chan  photo Winnie Chan
 Rachel Chan  photo Rachel Chan
 Michael Chik  photo Michael Chik
 Maggie Chong  photo Maggie Chong
 Justin Davidson  photo Justin Davidson
 Anna Gamvros  photo Anna Gamvros
 Peter Glover  photo Peter Glover
 Peter Haslam  photo Peter Haslam
Mr Jim James photo Mr Jim James
 David Johnson  photo David Johnson
 Camille Jojo  photo Camille Jojo
 Vicky Lam  photo Vicky Lam
 Terence Lau  photo Terence Lau
 Declan McDaid  photo Declan McDaid
 David Milligan  photo David Milligan
 Doris Ng  photo Doris Ng
 Philip Nunn  photo Philip Nunn
 James Parker  photo James Parker
 James Rogers  photo James Rogers
 Marina Sherer  photo Marina Sherer
 Jonathan Silver  photo Jonathan Silver
 David Stannard  photo David Stannard
 Psyche Tai  photo Psyche Tai
 Harold Tin  photo Harold Tin
 Maxime Vanhollebeke  photo Maxime Vanhollebeke
 Marc Waha  photo Marc Waha
 Nicholas Wilson  photo Nicholas Wilson
 Alfred Wu  photo Alfred Wu
 Allan Yee  photo Allan Yee
 Emma de Ronde  photo Emma de Ronde