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Baker McKenzie
14TH FLOOR, One Taikoo Place
979 King’s Road
Quarry Bay
Hong Kong

Antitrust and competition Tier 1

Led by the 'superbStephen CrosswellBaker McKenzie's three-partner team has been at the forefront of contentious competition activity in Hong Kong since the inception of the country's first meaningful antitrust framework brought about by the implementation of the Competition Ordinance in 2015. Crosswell has intimate knowledge of the country's nascent competition law and was involved on behalf of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce in the legislative hearings when the law was being debated. The firm's 'excellent litigation credentials' were underscored by its recent representation of British Telecom as one of the respondents in the very first trial initiated by the Competition Commission under the new law. The team has also assisted clients from numerous industry sectors – including telecoms, media and financial services – on risk management procedures, as well as in responding to investigations from the Commission. The group also regularly coordinates the Asian antitrust clearances necessary for clients on many big-ticket M&A mandates with an Asian nexus, and is aided on that front by its ability to deal directly with the PRC regulatory body – the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) – by dint of the firm’s joint operation with the mainland China-based FenXun Partners. Thomas Jenkins was recently promoted to special counsel and is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Crosswell

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Jenkins; Roberta Chan; Yvette Yu; Donald Pan

Key clients

British Telecom

Hong Kong Telecom

MUFG Bank

Fedex

Lonza Group

Ineos

Nidec

Platinum Equity

Sika

Sumitomo Corporation

CEA

CITIC

Murata

Konica Minolta

Abbott

General Electric

Texas Pacific Group

Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Company

APG

Hon Hai Industry Co., Ltd. (Foxconn)

SKC Co. Ltd

Hino Motors

Akzo Nobel

Faurecia

Continental Automotive Systems

Press Metal Bhd

Agfa Graphics

Jin Jiang International Hotels

Nutreco Nederland

Sumitomo Mitsui Auto Service Company

Intellectual property Tier 1

'Consistently involved in the largest mandates in the region', Baker McKenzie's six-partner team has the strength-in-depth to effectively resource a tremendous volume and variety of contentious and non-contentious matters across the waterfront of IP issues. Aided by a strong presence on the ground in China, (which through the firm's joint Operation with PRC law firm FenXun Partners enables it to provide advice on both international and local Chinese laws) as well as across many key jurisdictions in the region and internationally, the team is able to provide a highly coordinated service to numerous well-known brands seeking to protect and enforce their IP portfolios. Team head Loke-Khoon Tan has considerable experience on behalf of luxury, retail and consumer goods clients, in relation to PRC-related trade mark enforcement and anti-counterfeiting planning. Ruby Chan is also recommended and has extensive experience in the management and protection of regional and global trade mark portfolios, covering both commercial IP as well as contentious IP issues.

Practice head(s):

Loke-Khoon Tan

Other key lawyers:

Shih Yann Loo; Maria Smith; Isabella Liu; Clifford Borg-Marks; Christopher Smith; Ruby Chan; Paolo Sbuttoni

Key clients

AIA Company

DreamWorks Animation

E&J Gallo

Louis Vuitton Malletier

Starbucks Corporation

Labour and employment Tier 1

Benefiting from a 'deep understanding of Hong Kong labour market practices', Baker McKenzie provides 'responsive and pragmatic advice' to global financial institutions, large multinational corporates and regional entities, on both their local and pan-Asian employment concerns. Led by the 'very practicalRowan McKenzie , the team handles a mix of non-contentious and contentious matters, ranging from advice on employee benefits, the implementation of downsizing and redundancy programs, through to discrimination and sexual harassment claims. Jonathan Isaacs is the principal point of contact for clients seeking advice on China-related employment law matters, including on issues related to unions and collective bargaining. The highly recommended Catherine Leung joined Lewis Silkin LLP as of counsel in January 2019.

Practice head(s):

Rowan McKenzie

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Isaacs; Sonia Wong

Testimonials

‘Rowan McKenzie has a deep understanding of the Hong Kong market and gives good practical advice.’

Real estate Tier 1

Edmond Chan and Rico Chan lead the team at Baker McKenzie, which recently advised the Hengli Investments Holding Group on the HK$15bn acquisition of Cityplaza Three and Cityplaza Four, two office towers located in residential development Taikoo Shing, from Swire Properties. High-value acquisitions, joint ventures and disposals of hotel and retail assets are prominent in the group's workload, and the team is equally adept at handling complex REIT transactions.

Practice head(s):

Edmond Chan; Rico Chan

Testimonials

The Baker McKenzie team step forward into the client’s viewpoint and ensure clients can pragmatically accomplish the task. They are not only professional, but also dedicated to their client‘.

Key clients

Gaw Capital Partners

Hengli Investments Holding Group

Link REIT

Shui On Land

Spring REIT

TPG Asia Capital

Yuexiu REIT

Tax and trusts Tier 1

With six partners based in Hong Kong steeped in the nuances and technicalities of both local and international tax matters, Baker McKenzie has the strength-in-depth and market penetration to handle a tremendous range of local/regional work, in addition to multi-jurisdictional mandates – where it is also able to deploy the resources of experts from across the firm's impressive global footprint. US-qualified partner Richard Weisman excels in handling international tax planning with a focus on transactions and investments involving Asia and the US. Although the office is best known for its 'market-leading' tax structuring advice to large international and regional corporates on their investments and corporate activity, under the guidance of the 'very strongSteven Sieker it also handles a considerable volume of work for high-net-worth individuals in the region, including in relation to wealth management, succession planning and tax litigation. This element of the practice was also recently further enhanced by the return to the office, in a senior consultancy role, of Michael Olesnicky from KPMG.

Practice head(s):

Steven Sieker, Richard Weisman, Pierre Chan, Michael Olesnicky

Other key lawyers:

Carrie Lui

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 2

Cynthia Tang heads up the litigation practice at Baker McKenzie, which handles the full spread of disputes and contentious work for a client base made up of high-profile individuals, investment banks, asset management companies, financial institutions and charities. Tang is highly regarded for her expertise in financial services regulatory enforcement litigation; Bryan Ng advises on commercial disputes and insolvency-related matters; Anthony Poon stands out for his extensive experience in corporate disputes and insurance litigation.

Practice head(s):

Cynthia Tang

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

British Telecom

Hong Kong Telecom

Investment funds Tier 2

Baker McKenzie takes a multi-disciplinary approach to investment funds, drawing on expertise from its corporate, securities, real estate, financial services regulatory and tax teams. Areas of expertise include private equity funds, real estate investment trusts (REITs), hedge funds, pension funds, debt and distressed assets. The team handles various fund structures, including blind pools, club deals, co-investments, joint ventures, managed accounts, and MPF and Occupational Retirement Schemes Ordinance (ORSO) retirement schemes. Jason Ng heads the financial services team for the Hong Kong, China and Singapore offices. Edwin Wong is recommended for his fund formation experience in Sydney, Hong Kong and London. Jeremy Ong was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Jason Ng

Other key lawyers:

Edwin Wong; Karen Man; Milton Cheng; Jeremy Ong; Karl Egbert

Key clients

Gaw Capital Partners

Link Real Estate Investment Trust

Taubman Centers Inc.

Weave Co-Living

Abu Dhabi Retirement Pensions & Benefits Fund

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Spring Real Estate Investment Trust

Yuexiu Real Estate Investment Trust

EQT Mid Market Asia

Greystar Real Estate Partners LLC

APG Asset Management N.V.

Regulatory Tier 2

At Baker McKenzie, Cynthia Tang heads up the contentious side of the practice, which primarily handles both domestic and global financial services regulatory enforcement and litigation. On the non-contentious side, Karen Man leads the practice, which counts fintech work as a core strength. Special counsel Grace Fung is also singled out.

Practice head(s):

Cynthia Tang; Karen Man

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation

Walton International Group Limited

Tencent Holdings Limited

TMT Tier 2

Engaged in discrete Hong Kong-based mandates, as well as forming an integral part of the firm's broader international offering, Baker McKenzie's four-partner multi-disciplinary team has an excellent reputation on behalf of users and producers of technology across the gamut of matters affecting their businesses. As part of his wide-ranging commercial and regulatory expertise in the TMT space (work which includes commercial contracts drafting for cloud services providers and assisting clients to establish e-commerce platforms in Asia), Paolo Sbuttoni has been at the cutting edge of developments in the sector, including in relation to disruptive technologies including fintech and AI; his recent work has included a considerable amount of data privacy-related work related to blockchain. Corporate partner Nancy Leigh has a focus on handling M&A mandates and commercial contracts work within the sector.

Banking and finance Tier 3

Baker McKenzie's varied transactional work covers areas such as syndicated loans, project finance, structured finance, acquisition and trade finance, and asset finance. Its team has extensive experience of all stages of deals, and it also assists with enforcement procedures, where necessary. Other work includes advice on financial services regulation and debt restructurings. The firm acts for a diverse client base of lenders and borrowers, including commercial and investment banks, financial intermediaries, private equity funds, mutual funds, insurance companies and governments. Barry Cheng is experienced in project financing transactions in the PRC, and he also acts for banks on the financing of worldwide acquisitions and investments by PRC investors. Andrew Lockhart, who co-heads the team with Cheng, specialises in asset and structured finance. Sally Hung and Simon Leung are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Lockhart; Barry Cheng

Other key lawyers:

Allen Ng; Sally Hung; Simon Leung 

Key clients

Tencent Holdings Limited

Excel Partners China Fund

Corporate (including M&A) Tier 3

Baker McKenzie's top-notch deal execution capabilities are evidenced by its team's involvement in a significant number of large domestic and cross-border transactions. It advises on public and private M&A (and associated regulatory issues) for Chinese companies, SOEs, multinational companies, high net worth individuals and private equity funds. The group's work covers a wide variety of industries, such as healthcare, industrials, and materials, among many others. Team head Tracy Wut specialises in M&A and foreign direct investments in China, including those in the consumer goods and retail sector. Recently promoted partner Robert Wright and Dorothea Koo (who is the head of private equity in Hong Kong/China) are among various other notable individuals. Complementing its M&A expertise, the firm provides full support on the ancillary aspects of transactions, including tax, merger control, employment, pensions, litigation, intellectual property, HR and insurance. Associate Jeanie Kim left the firm for an in-house role at AXA.

Practice head(s):

Tracy Wut

Other key lawyers:

Christina Lee; Betty Wong; Janice Wong; Stephanie Mak; Dorothea Koo; Grace Tso; Nancy Leigh 

Testimonials

‘They have sufficient resources and expertise to cover the various aspects of M&A transactions including transaction structure, due diligence and execution’.

‘Christina Lee is able to understand and assess the strategic issues and provide advice, taking into consideration the overall transaction dynamics and negotiation strategies’.

‘They provide advice on other issues such as HR, taxation, anti-trust and insurance which are equally important in an M&A transaction’.

‘Christina Lee has in-depth knowledge, particularly of the Takeovers Code and listings rules’.

Key clients

Tencent

Carlsberg

Akzo Nobel N.V.

Wolverine World Wide Inc.

Whirlpool Corporation

Spring REIT

Yuexiu Property Company Limited

Eastern Media International Corporation (TWSE stock code: 2614)

West Knighton Limited (“West Knighton”)

Chong Hing Bank

Gaw Capital Partners

Insurance Tier 3

Recent highlights from Baker McKenzie include advising MetLife on the sale of its Hong Kong life insurance business to FWD Management; practice head Martin Tam led on this matter.

Practice head(s):

Martin Tam

Key clients

Allianz

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Harnessing the expertise of practitioners in complementary practice areas, including finance and litigation, and also able to leverage the firm's vast international footprint, the 'knowledgeable and attentive' team at Baker McKenzie excels in handling cross-border mandates, which run the gamut from consensual restructurings, through to highly contested insolvencies. Praised for her 'ability to analyse matters from client’s perspective and other angles', Kwun Yee Cheung  has a strong reputation among IPs; recent highlights include her work for the liquidators of General Nice Resources on its multi-jurisdictional insolvency.

Practice head(s):

Gary Seib and Kwun Yee Cheung

Other key lawyers:

Simon Leung; Yvette Yu; Rachel Hui

Testimonials

‘The team benefits from the ability to access a good worldwide network with an extensive range of services.’

Key clients

Westinghouse Electric UK Holdings

Joint Liquidators of General Nice Resources (Hong Kong)

Liquidators of EganaGoldpfeil (Holdings) Limited (In Liquidation)

The Official Receiver of Hong Kong and KPMG acting as Special Managers of the Bank of Credit and Commerce Hong Kong Limited (In Liquidation)

Guardian Trust Company (Asia) Limited (In Compulsory Liquidation)

Capital markets (equity) Tier 4

At Baker McKenzie, the main partners in Hong Kong are Christina Lee and Ivy Wong, who act for issuers and underwriters on Hong Kong IPOs and global Rule 144A/Regulation S offerings, US IPOs and secondary share offerings. They also provide ongoing post-listings support on other corporate and regulatory matters. The firm's standing in the market sees it act for a broad base of clients, such as commercial and investment banks, listed REITs and Chinese SOEs. In addition, it acts for companies across multiple traditional industries (such as real estate, financial services and oil and gas), as well as new economy sectors, including biotech. Beijing-based Jackie Lo oversees the team.

Practice head(s):

Jackie Lo

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Kingsoft Corporation Limited

Yanzhou Coal Mining Company Limited

IDG Energy Investment Limited

China Railway Construction Corporation Limited

China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited

CICC

Credit Suisse

Morgan Stanley

Tencent Holdings Limited

Evergrande Health Industry Group Limited

Spring REIT

Madison Group Holdings limited

Tomson Group Limited

Gemini Investments (Holdings) Limited

Country Garden Holdings Company Limited

Frontier Services Group Limited

Hanvey Group Holdings Limited

Chong Hing Bank Limited

Broad Homes Industrial Group Co., Ltd.

Amuse Group Holding Limited

BOCOM International Holdings Company Limited

SK Holdings Co., Ltd.

APG Strategic Real Estate Pool

LGT Group Foundation

Eastern Media International Corporation

West Knighton Limited

Regulatory: anti-corruption and compliance Tier 4

At Baker McKenzie, recent work for the 'experienced and knowledgeable' team includes handling internal investigations, compliance issues, and bribery-related cases. The Asia Pacific head of compliance and investigations, Mini vandePol, heads up the team; she is noted for her 'sophisticated understanding of compliance and regulatory requirements'.

Practice head(s):

Mini vandePol

Key clients

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank Ltd

Private equity Tier 5

Acting on its own and/or in harness with other offices across the firm's extensive Southeast Asian network (including offices in mainland China, Singapore and Vietnam), Baker McKenzie's Hong Kong team handles the full array of private equity-related work, from fund formation, through to investments, bolt-on acquisitions and exits. Dorothea Koo leads the practice on the M&A front and has strong ties with regional sponsors, corporate venturers and pension funds. The team is particularly active on deals within the financial services, TMT and real estate (where the firm is also known for its fund formation capabilities) sectors.

Practice head(s):

Dorothea Koo

Other key lawyers:

Jason Ng; Tracy Wut; Edwin Wong; Robert Wright

Key clients

Abu Dhabi Retirement Pensions & Benefits Fund

APG Asset Management

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Cognita Asia Holdings

EQT

Gaw Capital Partners

Goodman Group

One Equity Partners

SINO-CEE Fund

Tabuman Centers

500 Startups

Asset finance (including aviation and shipping finance)

With two partners based in Hong Kong and also able to draw upon the expertise of practitioners spread across many key locations in the region, Baker McKenzie excels at handling complex financing and leasing transactions for a broad array of stakeholders. As well as the team's traditional strength on behalf of many Southeast Asian airlines, it has also successfully cultivated strong relationships with numerous prominent PRC-based leasing companies. Dual Hong Kong and UK-qualified partner Allen Ng  has very strong credentials in the market and is regularly instructed by PRC airlines and lessors on high-profile mandates. The 'very experiencedAndrew Lockhart  also has a strong reputation in the region with more of a lender side focus to his practice.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Lockhart and Allen Ng

Testimonials

‘Baker McKenzie can provide a patient work on each case. Allen Wu is an experienced cooperator.’

‘They are extremely efficient and provide the best suggestion. The team also helps clients with case studies after the case finished.’

China > Labour and employment: foreign firms Tier 1

Baker McKenzie FenXun 's labour and employment experts routinely advise financial institutions and multinational corporations across a wide spectrum of sectors on the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious issues. Led from Hong Kong by Baker McKenzie, the team works closely with its counterparts in the corporate, intellectual property, tax and immigration departments. Elsewhere, the key names to note are Zheng Lu in Shanghai and Bofu An who sits in Beijing.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Isaacs

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Baker McKenzie’s Hong Kong-based team has a deep understanding of the market’s labour practices across international financial institutions and large multi-national corporations’.

‘This is a highly responsive and pragmatic team which offers support both in terms of advice and in training’.

China > Investment funds: foreign firms Tier 2

Baker McKenzie's practice advises fund sponsors, institutional investors and financial institutions in Asia on a broad range of fund structures including traditional blind-pool fund structures, co-investments, joint ventures, managed accounts and retirement schemes. The group, led by Jason Ng from the Hong Kong office, also has a strong expertise in the REIT space where it acts as manager or trustee counsel. Key contacts in Hong Kong also include Milton Cheng who handles major REIT capital-raising and acquisition transactions, and Xusheng Yang who specialises in securities and asset-backed securitisation.

Practice head(s):

Jason Ng

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team knows about regulators’ expectation and save us a lot of time and effort to negotiate with the regulators‘.

Key clients

Abu Dhabi RetirementPensions & Benefits Fund

APG Asset Management (the Dutch Pension Fund)

ARA Asset Management

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

EQT Mid Market Asia

Gaw Capital Partners

Gemini Investments

Link Real Estate Investment Trust

M3 Capital Partners

Spring Real Estate Investment Trust

Taubman Centers Inc.

Weave Co-Living

Yuexiu Real Estate Investment Trust

Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration > Leading firms Tier 2

At Baker McKenzie, Paul Teo in Hong Kong leads an arbitration practice group that covers both sides of the Sham Chun river. In Singapore, Ashish Chugh (who joined from K&L Gates Straits Law LLC), Nandakumar Ponniya and Richard Allen are notable - Chugh has a track record of India-related work, and the latter two are known for investor-state disputes. The firm also has expertise in ASEAN away from Singapore: Andi Kadir is a notable name at the firm's Jakarta affiliate, and in Bangkok Wynn Pakdeejit is notable. Chan Leng Sun SC in Singapore joined Essex Court Chambers Duxton in 2018. Further south, Jo Delaney leads the firm's Australian arbitration practice group.

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When It Comes to People

We are committed to diversity and inclusion in our people, support and development of their talent, and dignity and safety in our workplaces. Baker McKenzie also is a signatory to the UN Global Compact, a voluntary global initiative in which we have committed to align our policies and operations with ten principles in the areas of human rights, fair labor, the environment and anti-corruption.

Diversity and Inclusion

Baker McKenzie was founded on the idea of diversity. From our earliest days, we have strived to nurture a respectful, inclusive environment that encourages diverse individuals to thrive personally and professionally as full contributors to the success of the Firm and the clients we serve. We do not permit or tolerate discrimination in our workplaces. This means:

  • All personnel decisions must be: a) respectful of differences among employees and potential employees, b) based on factors relevant to their ability to perform the work they are, or would be expected to do, and c) in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.
  • This includes decisions related to the recruiting, hiring, assignment, compensation, training and development, promotion and dismissal of personnel, as well as other terms and conditions of employment.
  • Applicable local laws, which we follow, vary, but differences that we strive to overlook in personnel decisions include race, color, creed, religion, citizenship, national origin, ethnicity and/or cultural background, age, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy and disability.

While our approach to diversity and inclusion is multi-faceted, three areas where we have specific policies are:

Ethnic & Cultural Diversity

Ethnicity means different things in different countries, so a single approach to ethnic and cultural diversity is ill-advised. This is why we build practices from the ground up, taking local cultural sensitivities into consideration wherever we practice law. Despite the challenges, we have a strong desire to address a lack of equity around the world and encourage each of our offices to define race/ethnic diversity in a way that suits their local culture, politics, clients and business environment.

Gender Diversity

We believe women must be leaders at all levels of our Firm. We seek to foster women leaders in our senior global roles but we are also focusing on ensuring that women are leaders of our most significant client relationships. Since 2012, we have adopted a gender policy designed to encourage the recruitment and retention of more women, and provide greater opportunities and support for women to assume leadership roles. At the partner level, we have set gender diversity aspirational targets – we are working to ensure that women comprise at least 40% of local/national partners and at least 30% of principals and those in leadership positions.

LGBT Diversity

Everyone should feel comfortable in the workplace, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. We are committed to creating and maintaining an open and supportive working environment. This includes equal opportunity for advancement and development within the firm regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and the equal provision of benefits to same and opposite sex partners or spouses.

We have made great strides in encouraging equality in our Firm and in engaging in these crucial conversations on a global basis. Our seven basic principles include:

Principle 1. Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality;
Principle 2. Treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and non-discrimination;
Principle 3. Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers;
Principle 4. Promote education, training and professional development for women;
Principle 5. Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women;
Principle 6. Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy; and
Principle 7. Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality.