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Oldham, Li & Nie
Hong Kong

Labour and employment Tier 4

Oldham, Li & Nie is in somewhat of a transitory phase in relation to employment work, following Jade Tang rejoining her former colleague Adam Hugill  at Hugill & Ip. Nevertheless, the firm still has some capacity from within the broader commercial litigation function of the firm, with de facto employment team head Anna Chan not only well-versed across a range of contentious matters but also well-placed to structure corporate tax-efficient remuneration packages, by virtue of her ancillary tax advisory expertise.

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The estate of Sir David Tang, deceased (LBTC 3233/2017 and 3387/2017)

Intellectual property Tier 5

Well-established independent Hong Kong-based firm Oldham, Li & Nie provides 'concise and accurate advice' to local SMEs, China-based corporates, and multinational entities on brand protection throughout Greater China. Team head Vera Sung's broad IP offering includes expertise across trade mark, patent, and copyright matters, enabling her to provide effective advice to many international clients seeking to preserve and protect their brand throughout the region. While it is better-known for its advisory and portfolio management expertise, the team also handles a range of contentious IP matters, including advice on trade mark and domain name disputes, and is able to draw upon the firm's broader commercial litigation credentials, should the need arise.

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‘The team’s advice is concise and accurate.’

‘Vera Sung is trustworthy and very responsive.’

The firm: Oldham, Li & Nie (OLN) is a highly successful full-service law firm operating from Hong Kong and Shanghai with a commitment to professional excellence, tailoring its legal services to the needs of both corporate and private clients. Founded in 1987 by Gordon Oldham, the firm currently has a total staff of over 100 with 40 qualified lawyers. The partners have many decades of practical experience of advising local and international companies in Hong Kong and China.

Oldham, Li & Nie prides itself on having a practical approach and a results-oriented outlook, adding value to its clients’ business strategies and living up to its mantra: ‘Practical legal solutions – on time, no excuses’.

Areas of practice
Corporate and commercial: offering comprehensive legal services to meet the business needs of clients in greater China and, around the globe, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and shareholder agreements, private equity investments, corporate finance, banking and loan documents, corporate structuring and restructuring, licensing and franchising, and directors’ responsibilities.

Litigation and dispute resolution: providing a wide range of litigation practice with a good reputation. OLN adopts an innovative and strategic approach to the resolution of disputes, including: corporate and commercial litigation, banking and financial litigation, shareholder disputes; arbitration, mediation and alternative dispute resolution; regulatory and disciplinary proceedings; and trust, probate and family related disputes.

Intellectual property: providing various services in connection with the registration and protection of trade marks, patents and copyrights; anti-counterfeiting and enforcement of intellectual property rights; licensing and franchising agreements; copyright and passing-off disputes; conduct of court proceedings including claims for damages and injunctions; intellectual property audit; trade mark registration in PRC and Hong Kong.

Employment: advising international corporations and high-net-worth individuals, typically within the financial services industry on a vast array of employment related matters regularly, including team moves, bonuses and post termination restrictions. Matters often involve high-value employees and multi-jurisdictional issues; advice to senior executives and assisting in labour tribunal claims; and dealing with boardroom disputes, termination of employees, restructuring and redundancy.

Insolvency and restructuring: extensive experience in both insolvency and restructuring work; representing liquidators, banks, creditors, creditors’ committee and debtors in relation to receivership, liquidation and bankruptcy matters.

Tax advisory: assisting both corporate and individual clients to minimize tax risks and identifying tax saving opportunities in an effective manner. OLN provides a full range of advisory services, including full scope review on group structure and development of tax strategies, tax planning, property related taxes advice and amongst others.

Insurance: OLN’s team has particular expertise in the review and drafting of contractual documentation relating to insurance and reinsurance activities, including the development of policy wording for life, accident, medical and health insurance products, and the review and vetting of related proposals, product brochures and training materials.

Private client, trust and probate: handling a range of issues that may confront private clients, including: estate planning and the establishment and administration of trusts; probate and contentious probate matters; and administration of estates.

Matrimonial and family: OLN’s team has expertise in many areas touching on family law, including: pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, separation agreements, cohabitation agreements, parenting agreements, mediation agreements, collaborative law agreements, arbitrations, divorce, judicial separation, nullity and annulment, disputes involving children, child removal and child abduction cases, adoption, wardship, disputes between unmarried partners about children or money, and financial orders following divorce, among others.

China practice: the team strives to give tactical and strategical overviews to international clients wanting to invest in China typically through Hong Kong.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and M&A Tracy Yip
Litigation and dispute resolution Richard Healy
Matrimonial and family Stephen Peaker
Matrimonial and family Paul Firmin
Matrimonial and family Pamy Kuo
Intellectual property Vera Sung
Insurance Gregory Chrichton
Insolvency and restructuring Richard Healy
Insolvency and restructuring Gordon Oldham
Tax advisory Gordon Oldham
Tax advisory Anna Chan
China practice Vera Sung
China practice Tracy Yip
French practice Gordon Oldham
Number of lawyers : 39
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