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Simmons & Simmons
Hong Kong

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).

Practice head(s):

Rolfe Hayden

Other key lawyers:

Eva Chan; Ivy Yam; Gaven Cheong

Key clients

CSOP Asset Management Limited

Capital Group

BlackRock Asset Management North Asia Limited

BNY Mellon Global Management Limited

Commerzbank AG

Keyrock Capital Management Limited

Averest Capital Limited

IvyRock Asset Management (HK) Limited

Labour and employment Tier 1

Led by the 'responsive and commercialFiona LoughreySimmons & 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 'outstandingSarah 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.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Loughrey

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Berkeley; Russell Lamb; Wendy Wong


‘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

Simmons & Simmons is adept at handling RMB-denominated bonds, G-3 bonds, equity-linked products, high-yield bonds, medium-term note programmes and local currency bonds. Jay Lee leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Jay Lee

Dispute resolution: litigation 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.

Practice head(s):

Marc Thorley


‘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.’

Key clients

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.

Practice head(s):

Jingyuan Shi

Other key lawyers:

Michelle Ta; Jolyon Ellwood-Russell; Joseph Lee; Ian Wood; Michelle Ta; Xiao Cui

Key clients

Neat Limited

KYC Chain Limited

HNA Technology Investments Holdings Limited

i-Cable Communications Limited


Melco Crown Entertainment Limited

Ant Financial

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.

Practice head(s):

John Slater

Key clients



Maus Frères International Services (LACOSTE, AIGLE International, GANT AB)


Asia Miles Limited

AECOM Technology Corporation

New World Development Company

BSC Group


Afton Chemical Corporation

Take-Two Interactive Software

Milk Makeup

Ant Small and Micro Financial Services Group Co.Ltd (Ant Financial/Alipay)

Velcro BVBA

CleanOil Limited

Aspen Asia Company Limited


King Street LLC

China > Investment funds: foreign firms Tier 1

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'.

Practice head(s):

Rolfe Hayden

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‘.

Key clients

Man Investment Management(Shanghai) Co, Ltd.

China > Labour and employment: foreign firms Tier 1

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.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Loughrey

Other key lawyers:

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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
Construction Richard Kramer
Construction Bree Miechel
Corporate and M&A Michael Chin
Corporate and M&A Ian Wood
Dispute resolution Paul Li
Dispute resolution Tom Fyfe
Employment Fiona Loughrey
Employment Sarah Berkeley
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
Regulatory Paul Li
Regulatory Rolfe Hayden
Structured finance and securitisation Jolyon Ellwood-Russell
Structured finance and securitisation Simon McKnight
TMT Jingyan Shi
Photo Name Position Profile
 Sarah Berkeley photo Sarah Berkeley Sarah has extensive experience of advising financial institutions, asset managers and major…
Ms Eva Chan  photo Ms Eva Chan Eva specialises in authorised/registered investment funds (listed and unlisted) including exchange traded…
 Gaven Cheong photo Gaven Cheong Gaven is a partner in our financial markets team in Hong Kong.…
 Jolyon Ellwood-Russell photo Jolyon Ellwood-Russell Jolyon is a banking and finance lawyer with extensive experience in Asia…
Mr Tom Fyfe  photo Mr Tom Fyfe Tom is a partner and national practice group head for dispute resolution.…
 Rolfe Hayden photo Rolfe Hayden Rolfe is the national practice group head of financial markets in Hong…
 Jay Lee photo Jay Lee Jay is experienced in advising banks and corporations on a wide variety…
 Paul Li photo Paul Li Paul is a specialist in the field of financial markets regulation. He…
 Fiona Loughrey photo Fiona Loughrey Fiona advises on all aspects of the employment relationship, including hiring strategies;…
 Richard McKeown photo Richard McKeown Richard’s experience covers most areas of banking and finance law, including domestic…
 Jingyuan Shi photo Jingyuan Shi Jingyuan is a partner in the firm’s corporate and commercial department and…
Mr John Slater  photo Mr John Slater John has over 20 years’ experience practising intellectual property law in Hong…
 Marc Thorley photo Marc Thorley Marc is the Asia Head of Dispute Resolution. His substantial experience covers…
 Ian Wood photo Ian Wood Ian is a partner in the corporate & commercial group in Hong…
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