Machiuanna Chu > Deacons > Hong Kong, Hong Kong > Lawyer Profile

Hong Kong

Work Department

Corporate Commercial practice group




Machiuanna has 20 years’ experience specialising in cross-border M&As, private equity and venture capital investments, joint ventures, and investment structure and advisory.

She has extensive experience in cross-border M&A and investment projects involving Hong Kong and mainland China.


Her practice has a particular focus on new economies tech sector, she is accredited as Certified Information Privacy Professional for Asia by International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). She has substantial experience in advising technology proprietors in commercialisation of technological inventions and building digital businesses. This ranges from providing commercial regulatory advice, advising clients on fund raising, share subscriptions, share swaps, growth of online platforms by way of the acquisition and integration of businesses owning complementary technology, and technology licensing. She also has experience advising on issuance of virtual assets including ICOs, subscriptions of future tokens, cryptocurrency exchanges, and related compliance issues in Hong Kong. He clients include technology companies, cryptocurrency issuers, fintech companies, statutory bodies, financial institutions, and asset management companies.

Machiuanna also advises on foreign direct investment in the PRC including investment structures, establishment of foreign investment enterprises, labour issues, property issues, sino-foreign fund management joint ventures, corporate restructuring and investment exits in the PRC. She also counselled various property developers on acquisition of land use rights in the PRC, project development, and sale and purchase of property development and hotel projects in the PRC. Machiuanna is the Chief Representative of Deacons’ Guangzhou Office since 2012.




Certified Information Privacy Professional/Asia

Member, The Law Society of Hong Kong

Member, The Law Society of England and Wales

Executive Committee Member, The Outward Bound Trust of Hong Kong Limited (pro-bono) 


PCLL, The University of Hong Kong (1999)

LLB, The University of London (1998)

BBA, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (1992)

Lawyer Rankings

Hong Kong > Antitrust and competition

Deacons is a long-established firm with sizeable expertise in competition and international M&A advice, due in large part to the knowledge of practice head Machiuanna Chu. The team is also experienced at handling high-profile Competition Tribunal cases. Clients praise the firm’s in-house competition economist Sharon Pang, whose ‘deep insight of the local market’ has been vital when assisting lawyers with antitrust litigation cases. Peter So is another name to note, with experience in a number of high-profile competition and investigation matters.

Hong Kong > TMT

Housing practitioners with technology and science backgrounds, Deacons‘ TMT practice is particularly active in relation to digital assets. Its experience covers cryptocurrencies and the tokenisation of assets, blockchains, smart contracts and the metaverse. The team can also draw upon the expertise of the firm’s experienced IP, corporate and commercial practices. Charmaine Koo‘s practice covers IP litigation, data privacy and entertainment; and Machiuanna Chu regularly advises new economy clients and emerging businesses, including technology companies, cryptocurrency issuers and fintech companies (among others). On the IP side, Ian Liu, Kelley Loo and Amy Chung are also active partners.

Hong Kong > Corporate (including M&A)

As one of the oldest law firms in Hong Kong, Deacons has a long-standing reputation for corporate transactions, including cross-border deals. The team’s clients include companies based in Hong Kong and Mainland China as well as multinationals, and it leverages its expertise across capital markets, competition and regulatory issues to provide input on complex transactions. The group is co-led by corporate finance specialist Ronny Chow and Machiuanna Chu, who has deep expertise across both corporate and commercial dealmaking.

Hong Kong > Commercial, corporate and M&A: independent Hong Kong law firms

(Leading Individuals)

Machiuanna ChuDeacons

Deacons has a long track record of handling complex, high-value corporate transactions, including acting on inbound and outbound M&A, take-privates and business reorganisations. In addition to its work for multinationals entering the PRC market, the group also acts for public and private HK companies across sectors including financial services, real estate, consumer goods and technology. The group is jointly headed by Ronny Chow, who leads the corporate finance team, and Machiuanna Chu, who is also head of the corporate and commercial sub-team; and it was bolstered with the hire of Mark Stevens who joined from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP in September 2o22. Alexander Que is another name to note and takes the lead on privatisation.