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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Bird & Bird

Noted for its 'distinctly business-oriented approach to IP law', Bird & Bird provides 'proactive, responsive and client-oriented advice' across the gamut of IP issues affecting international and domestic corporates conducting business in the Asia-Pacific region. 'Probably the best in the region for patent-related matters', the team has amassed tremendous credibility in Hong Kong as a result of a long and distinguished track record handling enforcement and prosecution work. The 'commercial, strategic and responsive' Alison Wong excels at handling patent matters for life sciences clients, both from a contentious and non-contentious perspective. She also handles a significant amount of IP portfolio management work, such as her advice to the Hong Kong Airport Authority on its global trade mark portfolio. 'Experienced IP lawyer' Hank Leung is 'particularly strong at handling trade mark matters' in addition to general commercialisation issues, including those relating to licensing and franchising strategies for companies entering the Asian market. Matthew Laight heads the firm's IP group in the Asia-Pacific region, and is widely known for managing major, complex and multi-jurisdictional disputes, particularly for technology sector clients. Patent and trade mark attorney Ted Chwu has excellent credibility on the patent front and regularly handles multi-jurisdictional projects for clients such as Gibson Innovations, which he is representing on the protection of its global patent portfolio as well as on the enforcement of its patent and design rights. Counsel Victor Tse is also recommended. Other clients include Imperial Pacific International Holdings, Mercury Innovations and Helen of Troy.

Leading individuals

Alison Wong - Bird & Bird

Matthew Laight - Bird & Bird

Next Generation Partners

Victor Tse - Bird & Bird

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird's dedicated six-practitioner employment team has the critical mass and breadth of expertise to provide an extremely comprehensive service on behalf of a raft of multinationals and local clients across a plethora of employment matters, including contract reviews, employment due diligence, sensitive terminations of top-level managers, and trade-secrets litigation. Benefiting from 'a huge depth of experience', team head Pattie Walsh garners 'incredible client loyalty, earned through great dedication and smart solutions'. Walsh excels at handling high-level multi-jurisdictional strategic mandates, where she is also able to leverage the expertise of practitioners across the firm's international network; she recently advised a global financial services company on how to respond to a potentially reputation-threatening sexual harassment claim made against a senior employee. Described as 'a huge pleasure to work with', managing associate Jeannette Tam is gaining a strong reputation in the market and is increasingly handling her own workflow as well as regularly assisting Walsh. At an associate level, Stephanie Wong is 'an insightful lawyer who understands the important human aspects of labour and employment matters', and Sarah Blennerhassett is 'great at handling employee personal data and privacy issues'.

Leading individuals

Pattie Walsh - Bird & Bird

Next Generation Partners

Jeannette Tam - Bird & Bird

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TMT - ranked: tier 1

Bird & Bird

'Very knowledgeable in the TMT space', Bird & Bird has expertise in acting for a varied array of regional and international corporates on the gamut of litigation, transactional and regulatory work. 'An expert in the sector', Michelle Chan has 'genuine subject matter expertise' and has recently handled a significant amount of work involving disruptive technologies, including online payment services and the "Internet of Things". Chan recently advised a leading international luxury brand on the legal and regulatory risks associated with its intention to roll out a new technology in Hong Kong that is able to track consumers that have visited, or were in the vicinity of, "super-brand" boutiques. This is one of a slew of matters handled by the office relating to data privacy issues, an area on which 'very analytical and responsive' counsel Clarice Yue has been especially focused, particularly as it pertains to Hong Kong and global entities with operations in China that have had to navigate new cybersecurity laws in the country. Justin Walkey has wide-ranging experience of the corporate, commercial and regulatory aspects of the media, sports and entertainment industries.

Leading individuals

Michelle Chan - Bird & Bird

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Hong Kong: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution: international arbitration
Dispute resolution: international arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird's key sectors are technology and communications, where it handled high-profile arbitrations for clients such as Nokia, Intel and Huawei. The practice also has experience with handling regional arbitrations in the aviation and renewable energy sectors, as well as representing clients in international arbitrations in the private equity space. Panel appointments include Microsoft, Airbus and Fox International Channels. Robert Rhoda and Richard Keady joined Dentons Hong Kong in December 2018.

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Dispute resolution: litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 4

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird's team represented Breakaway, a private equity fund based in Australia, in a £20m shareholder dispute regarding a bauxite mining business joint venture in the Solomon Islands; it also assisted a global media company with a media rights distribution dispute. The Hong Kong Solicitors Indemnity Fund, Excelsior Capital and Nestlé also count among the team's clients. 2018 saw Richard Keady and Robert Rhoda joining Dentons Hong Kong, and Gloria Cheung leaving for an in-house role at Essar Insurance Services. IP litigator Matthew Laight and associate James Wong are the key names to note.

Next Generation Partners

James Wong - Bird & Bird

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