Firm Profile > Simmons & Simmons > Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Simmons & Simmons Offices
30TH FLOOR, ONE TAIKOO PLACE
979 KING'S ROAD
Simmons & Simmons > The Legal 500 Rankings
Investment funds Tier 1
Simmons & Simmons advises on investment funds and regulation advice across China and Asia, drawing on expertise from its global network of offices, which includes Singapore, London, Dublin and Luxembourg. Areas of focus include hedge funds, private equity funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), leveraged and inverse (L&I) products, retail funds, and licensing and regulatory matters. The firm has particular expertise in the fintech sector, where it has advised on cryptocurrency funds in Hong Kong and Singapore. Another area of strength is start-up hedge funds, for which the firm provides a dedicated online resource called LaunchPlus, which it recently launched in Hong Kong. Team head Rolfe Hayden is recommended for his expertise in collective investment schemes, including ETFs, hedge funds, private equity funds and retail funds. Ivy Yam is recommended for her funds and financial services regulatory work. Helen Fok left the firm for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius (in association with Luk & Partners).
Other key lawyers:
Eva Chan; Ivy Yam; Gaven Cheong
CSOP Asset Management Limited
BlackRock Asset Management North Asia Limited
BNY Mellon Global Management Limited
Keyrock Capital Management Limited
Averest Capital Limited
IvyRock Asset Management (HK) Limited
Labour and employment Tier 1
Led by the 'responsive and commercial' Fiona Loughrey, Simmons & Simmons' eight-strong team provides wide-ranging employment expertise to many local and multinational employers, both in relation to day-to-day advisory work, contentious advice (including in relation to sexual harassment claims), internal investigations, and board level advice. Aided by a strong presence in Shanghai and Singapore, the firm also excels at representing multinational clients on their composite advice throughout Asia Pacific and is well-placed to advise on big-ticket workplace reorganisations and redundancy programmes. The 'outstanding' Sarah Berkeley is particularly noted for the 'strong and practical' advice she provides to financial institutions based in Hong Kong across the gamut of employment issues affecting their businesses, including structuring and operating incentive schemes, negotiated terminations, and the employment aspects of investigations/employment disputes. Cantonese and Mandarin-speaking senior associate Wendy Wong also has an excellent reputation among financial services clients which she advises on contentious and non-contentious domestic and PRC-related employment matters.
‘Understand well client’s needs. Good knowledge of the industry. Give credible and practical advice.’
‘Sarah Berkeley, Partner – good knowledge of the industry. Very patient, listen well and react quickly, super reliable. Not only an advisor but a good partner to us. Wendy Wong, managing associate – articulate clearly on different situations and react quickly.’
Capital markets (debt) Tier 4
The team at Simmons & Simmons is acting for Hong Kong Airlines in an ongoing High Court action concerning shareholders' litigation, involving allegations of misconduct. Marc Thorley heads up the practice, which also regularly acts for financial institutions in a range of contentious work, including insolvency litigation.
‘Partner is very engaged, and well resourced as well. Fees are very reasonable and transparent. Overall, very happy with working with the Simmons & Simmons team.’
The Bank of East Asia
Hong Kong Airlines
TMT Tier 4
With practitioners on the ground in Hong Kong, and benefiting from a strong presence in mainland China, Simmons & Simmons provides a coordinated service to international and Chinese TMT companies, as well as to strategic and financial investors engaged in corporate activity in the sector. Team head Jingyuan Shi is at the forefront of the most significant mandates handled by the team, and as well as private equity-related M&A in the sector, is also active on behalf of start-ups seeking financing. The arrival of Michelle Ta from Baker McKenzie's Melbourne office in February 2019 bolsters the team's credibility on the ICT front, in light of her extensive data protection, outsourcing, technology commercialisation and transactional IP expertise.
Other key lawyers:
Michelle Ta; Jolyon Ellwood-Russell; Joseph Lee; Ian Wood; Michelle Ta; Xiao Cui
KYC Chain Limited
HNA Technology Investments Holdings Limited
i-Cable Communications Limited
Melco Crown Entertainment Limited
Intellectual property Tier 5
Led by John Slater , Simmons & Simmons' Hong Kong office forms an integral component of the firm's overarching international brands group which assists corporates on the protection and commercialisation of their intellectual property rights throughout EMEA and Asia Pacific. As well as helping coordinate the trade mark and patent portfolio strategies of multinationals throughout Greater China, Slater has also been pivotal to securing work for local clients, including most recently Ant Financial.
CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS AND HONG KONG DRAGON AIRLINES (Cathay Dragon)
Maus Frères International Services (LACOSTE, AIGLE International, GANT AB)
Asia Miles Limited
AECOM Technology Corporation
New World Development Company
Afton Chemical Corporation
Take-Two Interactive Software
Ant Small and Micro Financial Services Group Co.Ltd (Ant Financial/Alipay)
Aspen Asia Company Limited
King Street LLC
Simmons & Simmons is singled out for its 'efficient, high-quality and pragmatic advice'. Its funds practice focuses on investment funds and financial regulation advice in Asia under the leadership of Asia financial markets head Rolfe Hayden who primarily sits in Hong Kong. While the team handles the full spectrum of hedge, private equity and retail funds, it also has a strong track record in exchange-traded funds and leveraged and inverse products. Also notable is the firm's work in the fintech space, where it advises clients on cryptocurrency funds, and in the licensing and regulatory area. Beijing-based Melody Yang gives 'constructive solutions which is tailor made for the actual situation of the client'.
Other key lawyers:
‘The funds experts at Simmons & Simmons are very responsive and always make themselves available to their clients. They are also very quick in turning around documents.’
‘Their key strength is their ability to advise and understand issues that are important to foreign firms entering China. They are well versed in global best practices, and at the same time, understand local market practices‘.
‘The team has a deep understanding of the problems faced by Chinese clients and the industry, and the legal advice given is very pragmatic‘.
‘Melody Yang is an outstanding lawyer. She is knowledgeable and professional’.
‘Melody Yang is thoughtful and comprehensive in her responses, hardworking and responsive. She seeks to help clients understand the local practices while advocating for their requirements. She leads her team to deliver top-notch services‘.
Man Investment Management(Shanghai) Co, Ltd.
Simmons & Simmons 's labour and employment team is headquartered in Hong Kong and spearheaded by Fiona Loughrey . In China, Matthew Durham and May Lu sit in the Shanghai office and provide board-level advice on sensitive strategic issues, including employee misconduct, corporate restructures and senior appointments and exits. The group also handles contentious matters such as labour disputes, investigations, director and executive liability and sexual harassment policies. Also notable is Hong-Kong based Sarah Berkeley who has substantial experience advising financial institutions and major corporates.
Simmons & Simmons > Firm Profile
The smartest business solutions come when we work together – international, but operating as one integrated team.
Collaborative, agile and partner-led: that’s Simmons & Simmons. A law firm that challenges, creates new possibilities and offers opinion not just option. A law firm that acts as your business partner and works with you, not for you.
We focus on four highly regulated sectors (asset management and investment funds, financial institutions, healthcare and life sciences and technology, media and telecommunications) – using our specialist skills to understand your business, and the forces at play around it. All grounded in exceptional knowledge of the legal detail.
This is how we consistently deliver smarter, more efficient ways to tackle our clients’ most complex challenges.
|Banking and finance||Jolyon Ellwood-Russell|
|Banking and finance||Richard McKeown|
|Capital markets (debt and equity)||Jay Lee|
|Capital markets (debt and equity)||Joseph Lee|
|Corporate and M&A||Michael Chin|
|Corporate and M&A||Ian Wood|
|Dispute resolution||Paul Li|
|Dispute resolution||Tom Fyfe|
|Intellectual property||John Slater|
|Intellectual property||George Chan|
|Investment funds||Rolfe Hayden|
|Investment funds||Gaven Cheong|
|Private equity and venture capital||Michael Chin|
|Private equity and venture capital||Gaven Cheong|
|Projects and energy||Eric Lin|
|Projects and energy||Vivien Yang|
|Structured finance and securitisation||Jolyon Ellwood-Russell|
|Structured finance and securitisation||Simon McKnight|
|Sarah Berkeley||Sarah has extensive experience of advising financial institutions, asset managers and major…||View Profile|
|Ms Eva Chan||Eva specialises in authorised/registered investment funds (listed and unlisted) including exchange traded…||View Profile|
|Gaven Cheong||Gaven is a partner in our financial markets team in Hong Kong.…||View Profile|
|Jolyon Ellwood-Russell||Jolyon is a banking and finance lawyer with extensive experience in Asia…||View Profile|
|Mr Tom Fyfe||Tom is a partner and national practice group head for dispute resolution.…||View Profile|
|Rolfe Hayden||Rolfe is the national practice group head of financial markets in Hong…||View Profile|
|Jay Lee||Jay is experienced in advising banks and corporations on a wide variety…||View Profile|
|Paul Li||Paul is a specialist in the field of financial markets regulation. He…||View Profile|
|Fiona Loughrey||Fiona advises on all aspects of the employment relationship, including hiring strategies;…||View Profile|
|Richard McKeown||Richard’s experience covers most areas of banking and finance law, including domestic…||View Profile|
|Jingyuan Shi||Jingyuan is a partner in the firm’s corporate and commercial department and…||View Profile|
|Mr John Slater||John has over 20 years’ experience practising intellectual property law in Hong…||View Profile|
|Marc Thorley||Marc is the Asia Head of Dispute Resolution. His substantial experience covers…||View Profile|
|Ian Wood||Ian is a partner in the corporate & commercial group in Hong…||View Profile|