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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 leverage the expertise of practitioners with considerable competition law expertise from across the firm's extensive Asia Pacific network, Norton Rose Fulbright has the critical mass and depth of knowledge to effectively advise domestic and international clients across the spectrum of Hong Kong specific and pan-Asian transactional and contentious antitrust mandates. The team regularly provides strategic advice to clients responding to regulatory investigations and litigation regarding alleged cartel behaviour, including its high-profile work for a container port operator in a probe by the competition watchdog into potential monopolistic behaviour by virtue of a "super alliance" with three of the other four operators at one of the world’s busiest container ports. On the transactional front, as well as advising on work generated from the firm's own institutional corporate client base, the team is also regularly brought in to act as specialist competition law counsel on mandates where another law firm is handling the corporate aspects of the deal. As well as handling pure Hong Kong-focused work, 'experienced and accomplished' team head Marc Waha is also adept at helping multinational clients navigate the complexities of emerging antitrust regimes throughout East Asia, as well as representing Asian clients before European competition authorities.

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American Express

AXA

BP

Cathay Pacific

Deliveroo

Delta Air Lines

Ferrero

Louis Dreyfus

Lufthansa

Michelin

Modern Terminals Limited

Shell

Total

Banking and finance Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright handles a broad spectrum of financing transactions and is particularly strong in acquisition and leveraged finance, bilateral and syndicated finance, export finance, and trade and receivables finance. The team, which provides advice in English, Mandarin and Cantonese, acts for bank and lender clients. Practice head Peter Haslam has over 30 years’ experience in international banking matters. Key practitioner David Milligan heads the firm’s LIBOR/IBOR practice in Asia and advises international and Chinese banks, and borrowers and non-bank lenders, on a range of financing issues. Senior associate Rex Chan  is experienced in acting for lenders and leasing companies on ship finance and sale and leaseback transactions.

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ANZ

Bank of China (Hong Kong)

China Mengniu Dairy Company Limited

China Dili Group

CMB Wing Lung Bank Limited

Credit Agricole

Credit Suisse (Hong Kong) Limited

CRIC Securities Company Limited

Hang Seng Bank Limited

HSBC

Huatai Financial Holdings (Hong Kong) Limited

ICBC Asia

Merrill Lynch (Asia Pacific) Limited

TFI Securities and Futures Limited

UBS AG

United Laboratories International Holdings Limited

Capital markets (equity) Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright has strong connections to key Chinese sponsors and underwriters, enabling it to act at the forefront of IPOs and other ECM transactions in Hong Kong and further afield. The practice has a focus on the property management, life sciences, education and energy sectors. Head of team Psyche Tai has over 20 years’ experience advising Chinese corporates and multinationals on IPOs and listings. Terence Lau is noted for his expertise in convertible bonds, top-up placings and subscription of notes. Senior associate Aldo Chan focuses on corporate finance, capital markets transactions and M&A.

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Testimonials

‘A team with a dedicated attitude and attention to detail’.

‘Terence Lau most is very resourceful and closely oversees the transaction in hand’.

‘Well-rounded team who know the market’.

‘Doris Ng was very accessible throughout’.

‘Doris Ng demonstrated excellent technical skills and was capable of providing legal advice that was both commercially sound and sensitive to business needs’.

Key clients

ABCI Capital Limited

Argonaut Securities

Beijing Capital Land Ltd.

BOCI Asia Limited

BNP Paribas Securities (Asia) Limited

CCB International Capital Limited

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

CLSA Limited

Gemini Investments (Holdings) Limited

GF Capital (Hong Kong) Limited / GF Securities (Hong Kong) Brokerage Limited

Haitong International Capital Limited / Haitong International Securities Company Limited

HSBC

Huatai Financial Holdings (Hong Kong) Limited

ICBC International Capital Limited

Lego Corporate Finance Limited

Macquarie Capital Limited

Magnus Concordia Group Ltd

Nomura International (Hong Kong) Limited

PT Indo Premier Sekuritas

UBS AG Hong Kong Branch

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 2

The 'very efficient, client-focused and commercial-minded' team at Norton Rose Fulbright is noted for its 'very hands-on approach' to disputes. The group provides 'prompt and practical advice' to corporations drawn from a broad range of industries on cases involving shareholders' disputes, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duties, and reports an uptick in insolvency mandates. Acting for private individuals in contentious estate settlement matters is another key area of instruction for the team. Practice head Camille Jojo 'stands out as being extremely dedicated to his clients' cases and superb at developing winning strategies'. Other key names to note are Alfred Wu; counsel Kevin Hong ('intelligent and smart'); and counsel Daniel Ng, who is 'practical and thoughtful'.

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Alfred Wu is down-to-earth, serious, diligent, reliable and trusted by his clients‘.

Kevin Hong can understand the issues in question precisely and is able to offer practical and useful advice for the client who can then make right decision‘.

Daniel Ng is a very solid, experienced litigator. Easy to work with and resourceful‘.

 

Intellectual property Tier 2

Working on standalone mandates and forming an integral part of the firm's overarching global IP capability, Norton Rose Fulbright advises regional and multinational technology, manufacturing, life sciences, financial institutions, and further education clients seeking to acquire, commercialise and enforce their IPR. Portfolio management continues to inform a sizeable proportion of work handled by the team, whether it be in the context of advising international clients on their Greater China requirements or project managing the global portfolio needs of Hong Kong-based companies, including core client Crown Worldwide (which the office continues to advise on its global strategic trade mark requirements). As part of his broad-ranging IP expertise, 'very influential' team head Justin Davidson regularly handles patent-related work for life sciences companies, both in an advisory and prosecution capacity, as well as on a growing amount of PRC-related disputes. Stanley Ng's arrival from Deacons in June 2019, strengthens the firm's credibility on the patent ligation front, and is part of a talented group of associates that also includes Maggie Chong.

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‘Norton Rose’s trade mark team is very responsive.’

‘Justin Davidson is very influential to the Hong Kong IP department.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas

GSK

Curozone Ireland Limited

Fluidic Inc.

Key Bioscience AG

Tillotts Pharma AG

Hudson Institute of Medical Research

Jacobson Pharma Corporation

BioSurgical S.L.

EON Surgical Ltd.

Teleflex Medical Incorporated

Starpharma Pty Ltd.

Crown Worldwide Holdings Ltd.

Logos Ltd.

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

ASTRI (Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Institute)

City University of Hong Kong

TMT Tier 2

Led from Kong by the 'responsive and thoughtfulAnna Gamvros and able to draw upon deep experience from mainland China and Singapore (as well as from the firm's wider international network), Norton Rose Fulbright has a 'good knowledge of the local market' and is well-positioned to advise clients across the spectrum of domestic and cross-border advisory, regulatory, transactional and M&A work in the sector. Although she is also engaged in IT-related commercial contracts work, including outsourcing, Gamvros has developed a particularly strong reputation in relation to data protection and cybersecurity matters. In this niche area, as well as advising on risk management measures to avoid any potential data breaches, she has been brought in by numerous large Asia headquartered entities to project manage the incident response following high-profile breaches/cybersecurity incidents. Etelka Bogardi is well-versed at advising clients navigate the rapidly evolving regulatory landscape impacting on fintech-related activity and is the Asia lead of the firm’s Global Payments Practice.

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Testimonials

‘The team is commercial, flexible, and responsive. It provides thoughtful, strategic, and commercial advice, and has good knowledge of the local market.’

‘Anna Gamvros is a genuine partner to her clients. She makes herself available, is responsive, and provides thoughtful, commercial advice. Her services provide value for money, she pushes work to the right level and develops her associates so that they too become invaluable team members.’

Key clients

Accenture

AIG

AT&T

AXA

Deliveroo

Expedia

Tencent

Capital markets (debt) Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright offers a broad range of debt capital markets services, including high-yield securities, investment-grade bonds, liability management, and convertible and exchangeable bonds. Clients include bulge bracket investment banks, PRC securities houses and corporate issuers. Key practitioner Margie Chan is recommended for debt capital markets and credit transactions governed under New York, English and Hong Kong law. Psyche Tai heads the practice.

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ABCI Capital Limited

AMTD Global Markets Limited

Barclays Bank PLC

BNP Paribas

BOCI Asia Limited

CCB International Capital Limited

CEB International Capital Corporation Limited

China CITIC Bank International Limited

China Everbright Bank Co., Ltd.

China Industrial Securities International Brokerage Limited

China International Capital Corporation Hong Kong Securities Limited

Chong Hing Bank Limited

Citigroup Global Markets Limited

CLSA Limited

CMBC Securities Company Limited

CMB International Capital Limited

Credit Suisse (Hong Kong) Limited

CRIC Securities Company Limited

DBS Bank Ltd.

Deutsche Bank AG

Fosun Hani Securities Limited

Golden Wheel Tiandi Holdings Company Limited

Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C.

Guotai Junan Securities (Hong Kong) Limited

Haitong International Securities Company Limited

Heungkong Securities Limited

HSBC

Huatai Financial Holdings (Hong Kong) Limited

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Asia) Limited

Jinghui Capital Limited<p

Corporate (including M&A) Tier 3

The corporate, M&A and securities team at Norton Rose Fulbright is noted for its expertise corporate structuring, commercial, governance and regulatory matters. It acts for clients in the financial, real estate, TMT, energy and natural resources, and life sciences sectors. The practice has deep experience in public M&A and draws on strength from its equity capital markets team for support. Head of team Psyche Tai handles takeovers, joint ventures, convertibles, schemes of arrangement and IPOs.

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Testimonials

‘They take practical approaches to resolve legal issues’.

‘They give value-added ideas for complicated commercial arrangements’.

Key clients

BBI Life Sciences Corporation

China Dili Group (formerly known as Renhe Commercial Holdings Company Limited)

China Mengniu Dairy Company Limited

HSBC

HSBC Insurance (Asia) Ltd

Shun Tak Holdings Limited

A Hong Kong local family

Dispute resolution: international arbitration Tier 3

Construction sector disputes are prominent in the team's workload at Norton Rose Fulbright. The group is also noted for providing 'sound advice' on infrastructure-related work, often involving international clients. Camille Jojo leads the practice. Key names include the 'very professional' Alfred Wu and consultant Philip Nunn.

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Very friendly, personal and most importantly professional approach‘.

They are attentive to details and provide prompt advice for difficult situations‘.

 

Insurance Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright has particular strength in cross-border M&A transactions, and reports an uptick in instructions involving regulatory issues; Etelka Bogardi is very experienced in advising insurance companies on financial regulatory matters. Emma de Ronde and James Parker lead the practice.

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AXA

Generali

Fusion Specialty

China Reinsurance Group

Construction Tier 4

Contentious work - including arbitration - forms a core pillar of Norton Rose Fulbright's practice; the team has particular strength in representing construction companies and contractor clients in shareholder and contractual disputes. Alfred Wu ('a class act') leads the team; counsel Anita Fong and associate Muriel Cheng are also active in this space.

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Alfred Wu is an experienced construction lawyer, who benefits from his previous life as an engineer. One of the most approachable lawyers you could meet but he also has a steely side and can be a formidable opponent‘.

Key clients

Champ Prestige

Asia Allied Infrastructure Holdings

Cheung Kee Fung Cheung Construction

Hsin Chong Aster Building Services

Regulatory Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright's team, led by Etelka Bogardi, has expertise across a broad spectrum of contentious and non-contentious regulatory work. Fintech matters have been prominent in the group's recent workload, alongside assisting financial institutions with licensing issues, among other areas.

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IS Prime

China Southern Fund Management Company

National Social Security Fund (NSSF)

China > Dispute resolution: Litigation: foreign firms Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright has a broad litigation practice in Hong Kong and mainland China that is 'very efficient, client-focused and commercial'. Its work encompasses not only commercial disputes, often involving Chinese manufacturers, but also estate litigation for high-net-worth families and individuals. The firm also represents financial Institutions and asset managers in disputes and regulatory matters, as well as acting for real estate, building services and construction companies. Shipping cases and insurance claims also feature prominently in its caseload. The firm also generates work through its presence on the Law Society of Hong Kong’s Professional Indemnity Scheme. Camille Jojo leads the practice from Hong Kong, where Alfred Wu (who is 'pragmatic, diligent and trustworthy') and Philip Nunn focus on construction disputes, Jim James handles matters in sectors such as aviation and energy, and counsel Daniel Ng represents banks, financial institutions and corporates in contentious matters. All work closely with the firms offices in Beijing and Shanghai.

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‘Very efficient, client-focused and commercial-minded. There is excellent support and a very “hands-on” approach from partners to juniors.’

‘The team’s senior partners, consultants, junior lawyers and paralegals have a complete organisational structure and there is good division of labour and co-operation. The team has strong professional capabilities and the ability to handle cross-border litigation and multi-jurisdictional litigation. The team has extensive experience in providing services directly to mainland clients and facilitates communication. The team has experience in handling litigation involving multiple jurisdictions, and will provide clients with comprehensive solutions based on the needs of customers, considering problems in different jurisdictions.’

‘Daniel Ng, has good communication skills in Chinese and English, especially Mandarin. He is familiar with clients in mainland China, can communicate in depth and understand the clients’ true ideas and goals, and formulate practical and cost-effective litigation plans. We have rich experience in handling litigation involving multiple jurisdictions and provide customers with comprehensive solutions for litigation involving multiple jurisdictions.’

‘Alfred Wu has solid professional ability. He is pragmatic, serious, diligent, reliable and trustworthy.’

Key clients

Mr Fok Chun Yue Benjamin (co-executor of the estate of Fok Ying Tung Henry)

ChinaCast Education Corporation

Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration > Leading firms Tier 3

The international arbitration practice at Norton Rose Fulbright is based across arbitration centers Singapore and Hong Kong. In Hong Kong, practice head Camille Jojo and Alfred Wu are highlighted for financial services and construction disputes respectively, while the Singapore-based practice (which is led by KC Lye and includes counsel Katie Chung) stands out for its energy sector expertise.

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China > TMT: foreign firms Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright is a recognised leader in data protection, cyber breaches and compliance, and fintech. It represents some of the biggest regional and international names that operate in Asia Pacific. It has deep specialist TMT expertise within the team and has advised big-name clients on a series of major data breaches and data protection matters. Anna Gamvros is a prominent specialist in data protection, data privacy and cybersecurity, while having considerable experience in broader commercial and regulatory TMT matters. Etelka Bogardi is an established name in fintech and global payments, while insurance partner Declan McDaid is another key figure in cyber/data breach response engagements. Former key Beijing partner Barbara Li has joined Rui Bai Law Firm.

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Accenture No

AIG

AT&T

AXA

Deliveroo

Expedia

Tencent

China > Intellectual property: foreign firms Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright's Hong Kong and China IP team advises companies across Asia (and globally) on the registration of patents, trade marks and designs, IP exploitation, correct usage and enforcement. It also provides commercial IP advice in relation to M&A, public offerings, restructurings, insolvency proceedings and competition law. Hong Kong-based Justin Davidson is an experienced IP specialist.

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Logos Ltd.

BNP Paribas

GSK

Curozone Ireland Limited

Fluidic Inc.

Key Bioscience AG

Tillotts Pharma AG

Hudson Institute of Medical Research

Jacobson Pharma Corporation

BioSurgical S.L.

EON Surgical Ltd.

Teleflex Medical Incorporated

Starpharma Pty Ltd.

Crown Worldwide Holdings Ltd.

GlaxoSmithKline

ASTRI

City University of Hong Kong

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 4,000 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

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Financial institutions
Energy
Infrastructure
Mining
Commodities
Transport
Technology
Innovation
Life sciences
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