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Bird & Bird
Hong Kong

Intellectual property Tier 1

Headed by the 'superbMatthew Laight, Bird & Bird's four-partner team has a strong reputation in Greater China and throughout Asia Pacific, as a result of its competencies across the spectrum of IP matters, including as it relates to trade mark protection and portfolio management, IPR commercialisation and litigation. Benefiting from numerous practitioners with specialist science and engineering backgrounds, the firm is perhaps best known for its 'very strong capability on the patent litigation front', particularly on behalf of life sciences and healthcare clients. Its knowledge within the patents space is underscored not only by numerous high-profile litigation victories over the years but also by its ongoing role as sole external adviser to the Hong Kong government on its plans to reform the Hong Kong patent system, introduction of the brand new Original Grant Patent system, and the formation of Hong Kong's first-ever patent office. Alison Wong heads up the firm's life sciences practice in Asia and is noted for an ability to effectively coordinate complex patent litigation throughout the region. Counsel Victor Tse's experience as both a lawyer and a patent attorney ensures he is a firm favourite with clients across both advisory and litigation. Recently promoted to partner, the 'responsive and practicalHank Leung has a growing reputation in the region on behalf of clients in the technology, media, luxury, retail and consumer goods industries across brand protection and transactional IP matters.

TMT Tier 1

The 'terrific' multi-disciplinary team at Bird & Bird is 'very knowledgeable in the TMT space', and combines subject matter expertise with the substantive law knowledge to effectively resource matters across the panoply of corporate, commercial, regulatory and litigation matters. 'Excellent' team head Michelle Chan has vast experience across the sector from a corporate/commercial and regulatory perspective; she has been particularly active of late advising across a range of disruptive technologies, including the legal issues associated with big data and fintech, including online payment services and Internet of Things. Recently promoted to counsel, Clarice Yue spearheads the office's data privacy practice and has advised clients from a range of industries on the implications of the EU's General Data Protection Rules (GDPR) and in relation to China's recently passed China Cyber Security law.

Labour and employment Tier 2

Well-versed across purely local Hong Kong employment law matters and also excelling in multi-jurisdictional projects, Bird & Bird provides a 'responsive and client-focused service' across the spectrum of employment issues impacting local and multinational employers. Implementing a multi-disciplinary approach which frequently draws upon practitioners from across the firm's commercial, IP and litigation teams, the practice has developed a particularly high level of expertise assisting technology-rich companies on risk management and disputes associated with the theft of trade secrets and confidential information by departing employees. The team also excels in providing the employment-related advice relevant to big-ticket multi-jurisdictional M&A mandates/reorganisations and is praised for its 'expertise in relation to the delicate work of knitting two workforces together'. Team head Pattie Walsh is 'absolutely brilliant as a strategist and coordinator', and is regularly the lynchpin of complex employment projects involving multiple offices throughout Asia Pacific. Senior managing associate Jeannette Tam has an excellent reputation among clients for her 'understanding of the human issues involved in communicating effectively with employees, changing bad behaviours, or handling tough terminations'.

The firm: Bird & Bird is the go-to international law firm for companies working with disruptive technology. Whether traditional businesses leveraging cutting-edge technology or start-ups changing the status quo, the firm guides clients through all the regulatory, legal and commercial aspects of this fast-moving environment. It combines exceptional legal expertise with deep industry knowledge and refreshingly creative thinking, to help clients operating at the forefront of their industries to achieve their goals.

Bird & Bird organises itself around its clients, with lawyers typically arranged in groups which focus on key industries and sectors. This structure drives the firm to develop and maintain high-level expertise in practice areas and geographic regions which serve the needs of its client base. It provides a broad advisory, transactional and contentious capability, with the sector and practice groups interacting to provide the best possible service to clients.

Asia Pacific: the firm has been guiding clients in Asia Pacific for over 20 years. Its offices in the region are located in key business centres in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Sydney. The team of over 130 highly qualified and multilingual lawyers and legal professionals combines exceptional expertise with deep industry knowledge and refreshingly creative thinking to help clients achieve their commercial goals.

Through a series of strategic and dynamic co-operations with leading local firms in Malaysia, South Korea and Indonesia, it has an extended geographic footprint to assist clients with their requirements in these countries.

China: the firm uses its extensive experience in China to help clients navigate the complexities of China’s business and regulatory environment. This includes advice on business structures, corporate establishment and finance, M&A, commercial arrangements, technology licensing and transfer, information technology and communications services and infrastructure, the protection and exploitation of intellectual property rights, dispute resolution and regulatory compliance. Further, through its formal association with Lawjay Partners, a PRC law firm, the firm can assist clients in contentious matters in mainland China by litigating in the Chinese courts.

Department Name Email Telephone
Dispute resolution
Projects and energy
Intellectual property
Privacy and data protection
Technology and communications
Number of lawyers : 1,200
at this office : 36
Contacts : Justin Walkey (