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Cynthia Chung

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Employment & Pensions




Cynthia is head of the Corporate Commercial group and also leads the HR and Pensions practice.  She has considerable experience in all labour-related matters and obtaining employment visas for expatriates and their families.  She also advises on occupational retirement schemes and the Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF).  Cynthia is also experienced in the setting up and advising on on-going requirements of companies limited by guarantee e.g. private clubs and non-profit organisations.


English, Cantonese, Mandarin


Member, The Law Institute of Victoria, Australia

Member, The Law Society of England and Wales

Member, The Law Society of Hong Kong

Executive Committee Member and Honorary Legal Adviser, The Hong Kong Retirement Schemes Association


BCom, University of Melbourne, Australia

LLB, University of Melbourne, Australia

Hong Kong

Corporate (including M&A)

Within: Corporate (including M&A)

Pre-eminent independent law firm Deacons has a well-established reputation in Hong Kong for being a leading adviser on landmark and high-profile transactions for prestige clients based locally, in the PRC and elsewhere. The groups handles a comprehensive range of matters, including public takeovers, private M&A, private equity investments, and local and cross-border joint ventures. In addition to winning and leading on its own share of high-end matters, its team is trusted adviser to independent firms worldwide on complex mandates. The firm covers the Greater China market extensively, with the Hong Kong team working alongside practitioners in a network of offices in mainland China. Ronny Chow and Eugina Chan are joint heads of the corporate finance team; Cynthia Chung leads the corporate commercial team; and Machiuanna Chu heads the private M&A team. Complementing the firm's transactional capabilities is its ability to provide full-service support on related issues, such as banking and finance, capital markets and competition, among others. Illustrative of the firm's high-quality work, in 2017 Alexander Que and senior associates Veronica Hui and Canny Lau acted for Silver Starlight Limited as the offeror on its HK$11.9bn privatisation of Hong Kong Main Board listed company Goldin Properties Holdings. Also in the real estate sector, Chan and Hui were part of a cross-practice team that acted for Wheelock and Company on the HK$6.4bn acquisition by its wholly owned subsidiary of a residential development project at Kai Tak in Hong Kong. In the logistics arena, Que was the lead adviser to the shareholders of On Time Logistics Holdings on the sale of their shares for circa $1.04bn. Another highlight, connected with the gaming industry, saw Que and others act for New York Stock Exchange listed company on its acquisition of a controlling stake in GEM Board-listed company MelcoLot. Other sectors of activity include technology, food and beverages, financial services and technology. Myles Seto is another partner to note. So Yin Hui joined as a consultant from in-house at a luxury international hotel group and Icarus Yuen has been made partner.

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Labour and employment

Within: Leading individuals

Cynthia Chung - Deacons

Within: Labour and employment

Deacons provides 'responsive and practical advice' to domestic companies as well as to international corporates with offices in Hong Kong. The scope of the firm's work covers the waterfront, from dismissal cases to advice on drafting employment contracts and staff handbooks, as well as M&A-related employment issues. 'Very efficient and professional' team head Cynthia Chung provides 'practical solutions' to local and multinational clients, and is a fluent speaker of English, Cantonese and Mandarin; she covers a range of contentious and non-contentious employment issues, including recently providing a significant amount of strategic advice to employers in the wake of a surge of sexual harassment claims following the #MeToo movement. Chung also has significant pensions expertise and recently assisted a major global financial services entity on the consolidation, restructuring and streamlining of its pension schemes. Recently promoted to partner, Elsie Chan has a flourishing reputation in the market and is a key member of the team, which also includes well-regarded associates Vickie Leung and Helen Liao; Liao's dual PRC and Hong Kong qualification enables her to be a very useful resource for mainland China clients.

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