Zhong Lun Law Firm > Hong Kong, Hong Kong > Firm Profile

Zhong Lun Law Firm
4/F JARDINE HOUSE
1 CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL
HONG KONG
Hong Kong

Hong Kong > Private Client (tax, trusts, wealth management and contentious probate) Tier 2

Zhong Lun Law Firm excels in providing ‘tailor-made advice‘ to high-net-worth clients to best suit their wealth management needs. Its team is well-versed in the full spectrum of personal and business-related private wealth matters, including trusts, tax, matrimonial and corporate structuring. Much of the work is of a multijurisdictional nature and the firm is unique in being the only one in Hong Kong that has PRC, Hong Kong and Canadian tax and trusts expertise. The team is led by Clifford Ng, who can ‘provide innovative solutions to complex tax and corporate matters’. He spearheads the bulk of the most complex work handled by the group, including matters with a nexus to Canada. Elsewhere, as part of her wide-ranging litigation offering, Dorothy Siron regularly handles private client-related disputes, including contentious trusts, estate, matrimonial and probate matters. Associate Chloe Leung is ‘very thorough and insightful when handling complex cross-border tax and succession planning cases’.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Their ability to provide in-depth advice on all of trusts, corporate and tax matters is unparalleled.’

Their advice is never out-of-the-box but tailor-made and just fit for purpose.

‘Clifford Ng is a well-respected market leader in the private wealth field. He always has the client’s best interests in mind and provides innovative and sensible advice.’

Clifford Ng is a highly regarded practitioner in the trusts and tax area. He is experienced in a wide range of sectors and areas and can provide innovative solutions to complex tax and corporate matters.’

‘Clifford Ng is professional and solutions-oriented and is a well-known market leader with an excellent reputation in the field of tax and trusts.’

Chloe Leung is a rising star in the private wealth field.  She is efficient, client-focused and highly experienced in PRC and Hong Kong tax and estate planning matters.’

Chloe Leung is very responsive, efficient and provides clear and practical advice on trusts and tax matters. Her knowledge and experience exceeds her years of practice.

Chloe Leung is definitely a rising star. She understands client’s needs very well. She is knowledgeable, efficient and very thorough and insightful when handling complex cross-border tax and succession planning cases. I have no hesitation in referring clients to her.’

Work highlights

  • Advising a family office of a private real estate developer with assets of over $5bn on tax, succession planning, litigation, private equity investments, compliance and disclosure issues and investment holding structures including trusts.
  • Advising a PRC billionaire entrepreneur on the restructuring of his trusts for succession planning and asset protection purposes.

Hong Kong > Dispute resolution: international arbitration Tier 4

Zhong Lun Law Firm‘s ‘stellar‘ international arbitration team has a breadth of experience in shareholder, construction and engineering disputes, among other areas. With access to ‘a strong network and presence in Mainland China‘, the group is particularly well-known for cross-border disputes with PRC and Hong Kong elements. ‘Sharp-minded‘ practice head Frederick Hui counts corporate, commercial and fraud-related disputes among his areas of expertise. The ‘very diligent and hands-onGilbert Leung and recently promoted Jonathan Wong are other key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Frederick Hui is wise, sharp-minded, straightforward, while associate Samuel Li is a calm and cheerful person who greatly ease the client’s nerve in all urgent and difficult moments. We are deeply impressed by their professionalism and perfectionism.

The team responded promptly and worked efficiently. Cooperating with Zhong Lun in the Mainland, it can provide customers with cross-border services and solve problems in one stop. To understand the real needs of customers, it can be guided by customers’ goals and propose practical and operable solutions.

Their international arbitration team is very familiar with the law and practice of international arbitration, in particular in arbitrations involving Mainland and Taiwan parties. In comparison with other law firms, their response is quicker and provide practical advice to clients. Their litigation team is also strong which is useful when litigation is needed in aid of arbitration cases.’

Frederick Hui and Gilbert Leung previously worked in large international firms. Frederick is very articulate, has good commercial sense and always provides solution-oriented legal advice. He is also a solicitor advocate. Gilbert Leung is very diligent and hands-on. He is very thorough on the law and facts.‘

Frederick Hui is also a solicitor advocate. He thinks like a solicitor and barrister and that is very important. He is the to-go solicitor for complicated cases as he will think out of the box. He is both street smart and book smart. Very respected by the court and legal profession.’

The team has vast experience from international firm, local firm and PRC firm. They are extremely responsive and pay great attention to details. Very thorough on law and facts. Clients love their approach because they are accessible, responsive and able to render true commercial solutions. They will always spend time to understand the market and the needs of the client.

The team is commercial, practical, and responsive. Very good attention to detail and thorough. A stellar team with highly specialist advice and cost-efficient. Quality legal advice minus the haughty lawyers’ provisos and reservations.

The firm has a strong network and presence in Mainland China.’

The firm: Founded in 1993, Zhong Lun is one of China’s leading law firms providing a complete spectrum of legal services.  We have over 370 partners and over 2,400 professionals located in 18 offices throughout China and in major financial centers around the world. We have acted on some of the most notable transactions and cases in China.  We have been consistently recognized by Chambers, Asia Legal Business and other legal services rankings.

Our offices: Zhong Lun’s growing array of offices are located throughout China in:

               Beijing               Hong Kong
               Chengdu               Nanjing
               Chongqing               Qingdao
               Guangzhou               Shanghai
               Haikou               Shenzhen
               Hangzhou               Wuhan

And in global strategic financial centres:

               Almaty               New York
               London               San Francisco
               Los Angeles               Tokyo

Our values: We put our clients first.  We recognize each client is different and their needs are different.  We organize our firm, our practices and how we interact with a client around the best interests of that client in order to serve each client in the most efficient and effective manner.

Zhong Lun Hong Kong office: Zhong Lun’s Hong Kong office is formed under Hong Kong law as Zhong Lun Law Firm LLP and serves a broad range of local, national and international clients including financial institutions, manufacturers in various industries, private equity funds, real estate developers, listed and private companies, as well as local and global high net worth individuals and families.

Our capabilities span the following areas:

 

Capital markets

Corporate

Employment

Family

Intellectual property

Dispute resolution

Mergers and acquisitions

Private client

Real estate

Securities regulatory

Tax and trusts

One of the largest Chinese law firms in Hong Kong: Our Hong Kong office is staffed by a vibrant team of nearly 50 locally and internationally trained lawyers, and over 70 supporting staff.  Together, they make Zhong Lun one of the most prominent Chinese law firms in Hong Kong.  All of our staff are fluent in English, Cantonese and Putonghua as well as a range of other languages and dialects.

Global outlook: Our success is also attributable to our ability to provide innovative solutions.   Zhong Lun attracts and retains highly qualified professionals in the industry to ensure we provide the best legal service to our clients.  The majority of our lawyers receive their education from prestigious law schools in North America, the United Kingdom, China and Asia Pacific.  All our partners have exceptional knowledge and experience and are successful practitioners in their respective areas.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Private Client, Tax & Trusts, M&A Clifford Ngcliffordng@zhonglun.com
Private Client, Tax & Trusts, M&A Chloe Leungchloeleung@zhonglun.com
Dispute Resolution, Employment & Family Dorothy Sirondorothysiron@zhonglun.com
Dispute Resolution Frederick Huifrederickhui@zhonglun.com
Dispute Resolution Mark Bedfordmarkbedford@zhonglun.com
Dispute Resolution Gilbert Leunggilbertleung@zhonglun.com
Corporate, M&A Alan Xualanxu@zhonglun.com
Capital Markets, M&A Henry Lauhenrylau@zhonglun.com
Capital Markets, M&A Victor Pangvictorpang@zhonglun.com
Funds and Investments Products Jane Yaojaneyao@zhonglun.com
Capital Markets, M&A Jaycen Liaojaycenliao@zhonglun.com
Real Estate Allen Yamallenyam@zhonglun.com
Real Estate Louis Pelouispe@zhonglun.com
Real Estate Howard Wonghowardwong@zhonglun.com
Dispute Resolution Jonathan Wongjonathanchwong@zhonglun.com
Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin)
English
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TESTIMONIAL: “Zhong Lun provides bespoke advice and unique offerings to high net worth clients on their succession, tax and trust matters across PRC, Hong Kong, Canada and other jurisdictions. Our clients are always impressed by their innovative and practical advice.”


TESTIMONIAL: “Clifford Ng is very professional and solution-oriented and is truly committed to clients taking time to get to know them and providing the optimal solution.”


TESTIMONIAL: “Chloe Leung is highly experienced and articulate and is very well-versed in PRC, Hong Kong and Canadian tax, trusts and succession planning matters.”


  • Advising a family office of a private real estate developer with assets of over US$5 billion on trusts, tax, succession planning, litigation, private equity investments and other compliance and disclosure issues. 
  •  Acted for an independent trustee in defending two trusts and their underlying trust assets spanning multiple jurisdictions from attack by settlor’s creditors pursuant to Mareva Injunction Orders and Disclosure Orders granted by Hong Kong and Singapore courts  
  •  Advised a group of over 15 PRC founders and executives on settlement of pre-IPO trusts and addressed issues relating to PRC tax laws, PRC foreign ownership regulations, pre-listing structuring and employee stock option scheme. The company was successfully listed on a major US exchange 
  •  Advised PRC founders of a Hong Kong listed company on restructuring of their offshore trusts and addressed Hong Kong securities regulatory and tax issues and PRC tax issues