Latham & Watkins LLP > Hong Kong, Hong Kong > Firm Profile

Latham & Watkins LLP
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Hong Kong > Capital markets (equity) Tier 1

Acting on its own as well as frequently in collaboration with lawyers on the mainland, Latham & Watkins LLP handles a significant volume of IPOs and follow on offerings for underwriters and issuers, both in Hong Kong and the US. Although the firm’s versatile practice is comfortable handing transactions across a wide range of industry sectors, under the guidance of Cathy Yeung  it has, in recent years, been particularly active handling  issuances in the TMT, life sciences and new economy sectors. As well as transactional work the team has been involved in a consultative role on the development of the SPAC regime and pre-revenue biotech companies, and has continued to assist regulators in applying the nascent listing regimes. Benjamin Su is central to much of the firm’s work in the TMT space and has developed excellent ties with both Chinese issuers and international underwriters.

Practice head(s):

Cathy Yeung

Other key lawyers:

Benjamin Su; Terris Tang; Allen Wang; Mandy Wong; Daying Zhang; Zheng Wang; Wei Wei; Eric Yiu

Key clients

Kuaishou Technology

Tianqi Lithium Corporation

China Suntien Green Energy Corporation

GigaCloud Technology Inc.

China Jinmao Holdings Group Limited

China International Capital Corporation Hong Kong Securities Limited

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Morgan Stanley

SJM Holdings Limited

Hong Kong > Corporate (including M&A) Tier 1

The team at Latham & Watkins LLP is noted for its deep bench, exhibiting knowledge which spans the full gamut of corporate issues, the group assists a lucrative client base which notably includes Warburg Pincus Asia LLC, Tencent Holdings Limited, and Platinum Equity. The practice frequently handles M&A related matters concerning competitive auctions, carve-outs, and club deals. Simon Cooke heads the practice, and is known for his vast experience in advising on joint ventures, equity investments, and partial exits. Frank Sun handles both public and private M&A mandates, investments, and regularly advises buyer-led consortiums. Dividing her time between Hong Kong and Singapore, Amy Beckingham has significant expertise in public and private M&A as well as IPO exits.

Practice head(s):

Simon Cooke

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Silicon Motion Technology Corporation

Trustar Capital (formerly CITIC Capital Partners)

Warburg Pincus Asia LLC

Tencent Holdings Limited

China Jinmao Holdings Group Limited

Binance Holdings Limited

Sinotrans Limited

Platinum Equity

The Carlyle Group

Bilibili

Hong Kong > Private equity Tier 1

The team at Latham & Watkins LLP has broad expertise spanning the technology, healthcare, and logistics sectors, frequently assisting private equity funds and investors with late stage investments. Additionally, the team exhibits deep expertise in consortia arrangements, management buyouts and accordion financings. Practice head Simon Cooke has deep expertise in a broad range of acquisitions, exits, and mergers. Leading the China practice, Frank Sun handles both in and out bound transactions within China, including joint ventures, venture capital investments, and series angel financings. Dividing her time between Hong Kong and Singapore, Amy Beckingham acts as the vice chair of the global corporate department.

Practice head(s):

Simon Cooke

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Warburg Pincus

TPG

Platinum Equity

The Carlyle Group

Trustar Capital (Formerly CITIC Capital)

BPEA / EQT

Partners Group

CVC

KKR

Boyu Capital

MBK Partners

CDH Investments

Primavera

Permira

PAG

Hong Kong > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP’s restructuring and insolvency group covers a myriad of issues stemming from both public high-yield bonds and private bank debts, acting on both debtor and creditor side mandates. Its work frequently incorporates its American roots in order to provide US law advice, such as advising on cross-border proceedings under Chapter 11 and Chapter 15. Players from multiple sectors, including energy, real estate, finance, and aviation, often turn to the team, especially those with connections to China’s corporates. Leveraging its cross-practice and multi-jurisdictional teams, the department is well-positioned to provide clients with advice on highly complex situations for private and publicly listed companies in Hong Kong and the wider Asia region, expertise essential when advising on non-traditional mandates like restructuring work covering Hong Kong scheme arrangements and UK restructuring plans. Howard Lam leads the practice and is a key point of contact for insolvency practitioners, bondholders, distressed funds, and bank lenders on China-related and Asia-based restructuring matters. Working alongside Lam is Flora Innes, whose involvement spans complex corporate restructurings, insolvency proceedings, and cross-border disputes.

Practice head(s):

Howard Lam

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Hong Kong Airlines Limited

Huachen Energy Co., Ltd

Ad Hoc Committee of bondholders in relation to China Fortune Land Development.

Value Partners and Prudence Asset Management Pte. Ltd.

Ad Hoc Group of bondholders in relation to Dr Peng

Donald Osborne and Christopher So (of PWC), as joint and several liquidators of Shanghai Huaxin (Hong Kong) Limited (In Liquidation)

Tianqi Lithium

Beijing Gas

Ad hoc group of bondholders in respect of Dafa Properties Group Limited

Xinyuan Real Estate Co., Ltd

Private Bondholder of Shimao

Marketlend Pty Ltd

Work highlights

Hong Kong > Banking and finance Tier 2

American firm Latham & Watkins LLP has operated in Hong Kong for over 25 years, developing a practice with US, English, and domestic law capabilities through its advisory work primary centered towards private equity clients, who turn to the firm for its capabilities in all the main aspects of banking and finance, including acquisition financing and leveraged lending. Practice chair Andrew Bishop is noted for his capabilities in multi-jurisdictional financing transactions on behalf of some of the world’s leading private equity firms and financial institutions, with recent engagements seeing him acting for Carlyle Asia Investment Advisors and Warburg Pincus on the financing of a number of significant transactions. Howard Lam's extensive knowledge makes him a key contact for clients seeking advice on China-related high-profile transactions. Other key names include Lynsey Edgar and Ruonan Duan, both elected to counsel in January 2022 and 2023 respectively.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Bishop

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Warburg Pincus

Searchlight Capital Partners

Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Carlyle Asia Investment Advisors Limited

Global Infrastructure Partners

KKR

MBK Partners

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board

EQT / Baring

Hong Kong > Capital markets (debt) Tier 2

US finance heavyweight Latham & Watkins LLP is able to draw upon the expertise of a strong bench of US and UK-qualified practitioners based out of Hong Kong who are adept at advising on deals throughout the credit spectrum (including for Chinese SOEs) originating in China and abroad. The team, which is led by the vastly experienced Ji Liu, is also very well-versed in handling underwriter mandates, and it is this balanced offering which ensures that clients benefit from a very well-rounded view of the market. As well as handling conventional bond issuances (both standalone and program offerings), the team is also very well-versed at handling equity-linked transactions, chiefly as a result of Posit Laohaphan's strong credentials both with regard to US-listed and non-US listed companies in the region. Noted for his TMT-focused IPO practice, Benjamin Su also handles some bond issuances for clients in the sector and is also adept at advising underwriters for convertible bond issuances.

Practice head(s):

Ji Liu

Other key lawyers:

Posit Laohaphan; Benjamin Su; Derek Chua; Tingfei Fan

Key clients

Sunny Optical Technology (Group) Company

CNCB Capital / CNCB (Hong Kong) Investment Limited

China CITIC Bank International

Huatai International Finance

Goldman Sachs

Bank of America

Shenwan Hongyuan Securities (H.K.) Limited

Shaoxing Shangyu State-owned Capital Operation Co. Ltd.

Guotai Junan Securities (Hong Kong) Limited

Shangyu Urban Construction Group

Yiwu State-owned Assets Operation Co. Ltd.

Changde Urban Construction Investment Group Co.

Lishui Economic and Technology Development District Industrial Development Co.

Bank of China, ICBC (Asia)

ABC International

China Securities International

CICC

Citigroup

Hong Kong > Structured finance and securitisation Tier 2

Based in Hong Kong and leveraging substantial regional resources from Singapore and Tokyo, Latham & Watkins LLP stands primed to offer its cohort of banking clients comprehensive guidance spanning a spectrum of derivatives and structured products concerns, frequently entailing intricate cross-border considerations. Alongside its proficiency in advising on derivative transactions rooted in conventional underlying assets like interest rates, commodities, and credit, the team adeptly handles matters involving more unconventional asset classes and products, including but not limited to, weather and longevity. A vital attribute of this team also lies in its robust engagement with US derivatives and structured product transactions associated with Asian enterprises listed in the US. Posit Laohaphan leads the team with expertise in advising banks as arrangers regarding margin loan facilities with collateral anchored in companies listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange. Recently promoted to the partnership, Michael Hardy is a consistent presence in structured credit dealings, catering to asset managers, private equity funds, and other notable players in the financial sector.

Practice head(s):

Posit Laohaphan

Other key lawyers:

Derek Chua; Michael Hardy; Raymond Cheng

Hong Kong > Projects and energy Tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP is highly adept at providing solutions to Chinese and Asia-based national oil and energy companies and private equity and infrastructure funds in the energy sector. The team frequently works on clean energy and LNG projects financings across the Middle East, Central Asia, and other emerging markets. David Blumental departed in 2023 to join Simmons & Simmons.

Hong Kong > Regulatory Tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP handles a wide range of regulatory, risk management, compliance and contentious matters for a heavyweight roster of global and regional banks and private equity firms. Leveraging strong ties with financial regulators, team head Simon Hawkins advises banking and asset management clients on a wide array of regulatory issues associated with bringing new products to market, establishing new platforms/businesses and on ongoing compliance issues. Hawkins is also active in the fintech sector, particularly in the crypto regulatory landscape. The arrival in August 2022 of litigator Dominic Geiser from Herbert Smith Freehills also represented a step change in the office’s ability to work on domestic and multi-jurisdictional litigation in the financial services sector.

Practice head(s):

Simon Hawkins

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Bank of America

Credit Suisse

HSBC

CLSA

China Life Insurance (Overseas) Company Limited

Hong Kong Exchange and Clearing Limited (HKEX)

Bank of Singapore

Goldman Sachs

Raine Group

Warburg Pincus

BTIG LLC

OSL Digital Securities Limited and BC Group

Sanford C. Bernstein

SFM HK Management Limited

Kroll Bond Rating Agency Ltd

Toscafund Asset Management LLP

Itau Unibanco

Futu Holdings Ltd

Work highlights

Hong Kong > Dispute resolution: international arbitration Tier 4

Latham & Watkins LLP continues to act for state governments and multinationals in complex disputes, consistently handling arbitrations administered under the two main institutions in Greater China, namely the HKIAC and CIETAC. Dominic Geiser joined as practice head from Herbert Smith Freehills in late 2022, with his practice focusing on complex commercial arbitration in Hong Kong and Asia, including contractual, financial, private and public company, shareholder and joint venture disputes.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Geiser

Work highlights

Hong Kong > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 5

With a particularly extensive network in mainland China, Latham & Watkins LLP regularly represents clients in substantial cross-border litigation throughout Asia, including disputes related to contract, shareholders, M&A and JV, banking and securities, and professional liability. Hui Xu is chair of the firm’s Asia litigation and trial department and advises clients on a broad range of claims, with a particular focus on resolving multi-jurisdictional white collar investigations and litigation. Solicitor advocate Dominic Geiser’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and he is one of the relatively few lawyers in Hong Kong who has been awarded Higher Rights of Audience in civil litigation matters.

Practice head(s):

Hui Xu

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Hong Kong Airlines Limited

Sinovac Biotech Ltd.

Shenzhen Ace Battery Co., Ltd.

A.O. Smith Corporation

Shenzhen Senior Technology Material Co., Ltd.

Life Insurance (Overseas) Company Limited

Orient Asset Management (International) Holding Limited

Work highlights

China > Restructuring and insolvency: foreign firms Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP's Greater China restructuring and insolvency group has a strong debtor-side and creditor-side practice that is involved in matters across capital structures for borrowers, sponsors, institutional and distressed investors (individually and as ad hoc committees). The team offers local expertise in both public high-yield bonds and private bank debts. Recent mandates that the team has advised on include China Fortune Land Development and Hong Kong Airlines. The team is headed by Howard Lam , who regularly represents insolvency practitioners, bondholders, distressed funds and bank lenders. Flora Innes has vast experience in complex corporate restructures, insolvency proceedings, and cross-border disputes.

Practice head(s):

Howard Lam

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Hong Kong Airlines Limited

Beijing Gas

Huachen Energy Co., Ltd

Ad hoc group of bondholders in respect of Dafa Properties Group Limited

Xinyuan Real Estate Co., Ltd

Private Bondholder of Shimao

Marketlend Pty Ltd

Work highlights

Philippines > Foreign firms Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP has an excellent reputation in the market for its work on some of the country’s biggest deals. It is skilled at handling inbound and outbound transactions, and has a strong capital markets practice, while the group is also often called upon to advise on major project financing matters, as well as on arbitrations and disputes. Practice head Benjamin Carale , is qualified in New York, the Philippines, and in Hong Kong, and leads on many of the firm’s most significant transactions, which often have substantial cross-border elements. Diana Dizon plays a pivotal role in various Philippine debt and equity capital markets transactions.

Practice head(s):

Benjamin Carale

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

ST Telemedia Global Data Centres (STT GDC)

Cebu Air, Inc.

Partners Group Holding AG

San Miguel Corporation (SMC)

Warburg Pincus Asia LLC

Robinsons Land Corporation

Megaworld Corporation

BPI Capital Corporation – Filinvest Land, Inc.

Synergy Grid & Development Phils Inc.

Credit Suisse

China > Private equity: foreign firms Tier 3

The Greater China practice at Latham & Watkins LLP is consistently engaged in the largest and most complex private equity transactions in the region, heavily involved in high-growth sectors including technology, healthcare and e-commerce, as well as advising PE clients on their infrastructure related investments throughout Asia. Based out of Hong Kong, Simon Cooke has advised on multiple landmark joint values, equity investments, disposals and privatisations, while Frank Sun is also a key contact for complex in-bound and out-bound China transactions. Stephen Shi is known for his experience in cross-border M&A.

Practice head(s):

Simon Cooke

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

South Korea > Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 4

Spearheaded by Wonsuk Kang, Latham & Watkins LLP’s transactional practice in Korea continues to strengthen and expand. The firm handles a high number of mandates for Korea’s notable businesses, specialising in representing clients from the industrials and manufacturing, information technology and semiconductor sectors. Senior associate Regina Jinseo Kim is a core member of the Seoul team and handles inbound Korean private equity deals for global clients.

Practice head(s):

Wonsuk Kang

Other key lawyers:

China > Banking and finance: foreign firms Tier 5

Latham & Watkins LLP‘s finance department in Asia is led by Hong Kong and Singapore-based Andrew Bishop, whose track record includes assisting global private equity firms and financial institutions with groundbreaking financings in China, Australia, India, Japan and Singapore. Fellow partner Howard Lam routinely advises corporations, banks and financial sponsors on major finance deals.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Bishop

Other key lawyers:

Howard Lam; Lynsey Edgar; Ruonan Duan

Key clients

Warburg Pincus

Searchlight Capital Partners

Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Carlyle Asia Investment Advisors

Global Infrastructure Partners

KKR

MBK Partners

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board

EQT/Baring

United States > Insurance > Insurance: non-contentious

Latham & Watkins strengthened its insurance practice with the June 2022 additions from Clifford Chance of reinsurance and insurance capital raising expert Gary Boss, who heads the team, insurer investments and alternative capital specialist Analisa Dillingham and Kirsten Gaeta, who focuses her practice on M&A and capital market transactions in addition to joint ventures. Counsel Dean Agnos supports clients engaged in public and private mergers, stock and asset transactions and start-ups. At associate level, Lily Phan advises property and casualty, life and health insurers on a variety of transactions and corporate matters. The practice advises insurers, reinsurers and private equity investors on complex transactions, including reinsurance and restructuring matters that have ties to markets in Bermuda and the UK among others. Furthermore, the practice has extensive experience handling the establishment of new insurance companies, in particular with regard to alternative capital strategies. On the regulatory front, the firm is active in advising on governance and licensing issues. All lawyers mentioned are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Gary Boss

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable and practical team who are aware of current regulatory developments and can proactively provide insight relevant to the business. Quite different than many I have worked with who just respond to questions. Responsive, thoughtful and nice people to work with.’

‘Gary Boss is very in tune with insurance market developments, regulatory matters and the perspective of investors in the insurance space. Using this, he is very helpful in identifying market developments might create opportunities for the firm and how we might take advantage of those opportunities. Again, proactive thinking as opposed to reactive. Very available, upfront and honest.’

‘This team offers real expertise in credit insurance, which is not something that all firms with an insurance practice can provide.’

‘Benjamin Lee is incredibly knowledgeable about credit insurance and has provided us with valuable insights in drafting insurance policy language. Whenever an issue arises, he is quick to offer a solution, and makes himself available when needed. Even when we have short time deadlines, Benjamin is always very responsive. He is always willing to take time to discuss and talk through issues and solutions. We certainly always feel like valued clients when we work with Benjamin.’

‘Gary Boss has an outstanding industry knowledge and has been supporting our company for a number of years. He is able to advise in a functional and pragmatic manner on a number of operational and legal issues. His team is excellent too with an impressive response speed and quality of product.’

‘Excellent knowledge of the legal laws and regulations as well as the regulatory environment of the insurance industry in the US and Bermuda.’

‘Gary Boss and Analisa Dillingham are both excellent partners.’

‘Gary Boss has an amazing ability to synthesize complex issues and get directly to the critical matters. He is not afraid to make recommendations. He is also one of the most pleasant people (not just limited to lawyers) that I have ever worked with. Analisa Dillingham is incredibly efficient and knowledgeable on all regulatory matters. When she tells us something, I have 100% confidence in the answer.’

Key clients

Apollo Management, L.P.

Aquiline

Sedgwick

Somers Group Holdings Ltd and Somers Re Ltd.

Harrington Reinsurance Holdings Limited and Harrington Re Ltd.

Reinsurance Group of America

Fortitude

Stone Point

Bayview

Partners Group

Work highlights

China > Dispute resolution: Litigation: foreign firms

Latham & Watkins LLP’s Greater China litigation and trial team focuses on complex multi-jurisdictional disputes, along with high-stakes domestic commercial litigation, arbitration and contentious regulatory matters. Practice chair Hui Xu is particularly focused on multi-jurisdictional, white-collar investigations and litigation, and Dominic Geiser, a summer 2022 partner recruit from Herbert Smith Freehills, is a specialist in contractual, financial and company disputes, as well as conflicts involving investors, shareholders and joint ventures. Promoted to counsel in the firm’s Beijing office in early 2023, Sean Wu acts in disputes concerning fraud, sanctions, and anti-corruption and anti-bribery issues.

Practice head(s):

Hui Xu

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Hong Kong Airlines

Sinovac Biotech

Shenzhen Ace Battery Co

Shenzhen Senior Technology Material Co

China Life Insurance (Overseas) Company

China Orient Asset Management (International) Holding

China > Fintech: foreign firms

Emerging fintech companies, traditional financial institutions, venture capitalists and web3 ecosystem participants trust Latham & Watkins LLP to handle mandates ranging from NFT platform launches, to payments service agreements, to global cybersecurity compliance programmes. Simon Hawkins, who leads both the firm’s Asia and global fintech industry groups, frequently advises on regulatory implications of blockchain and distributed ledger technology. Farhana Sharmeen, who operates from the firm’s Singapore office, is another key contact. Kieran Donovan has since left the practice.

Practice head(s):

Simon Hawkins

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Binance

Temasek

Ribbit Capital

South China Morning Post

Madison Dearborn Partners

Huobi

Blockchain.com

China > TMT: foreign firms

Based in Hong Kong, Latham & Watkins LLP’s Greater China TMT team showcases a broad spectrum of regulatory, transactional, and litigation expertise in the tech domain, from tech transactions and intellectual property to data privacy and security. Ex practice co-head Kieran Donovan has since left the practice. Frank Sun advises Chinese tech entities on M&A.

Practice head(s):

Frank Sun

Other key lawyers:

Bianca Lee

Key clients

Binance

Gigacloud Technology

Happy Starlight Limited

Silicon Motion Technology

Tencent

Singapore > Banking and finance: foreign firms

Latham & Watkins LLP has maintained a steady pipeline of leveraged finance, acquisition financings and bank/bond deals. It has worked on a series of high-value acquisition financings across the Southeast Asia and South Asia regions. Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia are amongst its primary markets, and the team is a growing force in India, where it has advised on a number of headline acquisition financings. The finance team frequently works alongside colleagues in the capital markets, M&A, and private equity practices. Timothy Hia is an experienced banking and finance partner with an excellent record in headline and high-value financings, particularly in the acquisition finance segment. Chair of the Asia finance group, Andrew Bishop splits his time between Hong Kong and Singapore.

Practice head(s):

Timothy Hia

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Bishop

Key clients

The Adani Group

SATS

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board

Fullerton Healthcare Corporation

Warburg Pincus

Ola Netherlands

Adani Green Energy

Traveloka Holding

Searchlight Capital Partners

Credit Suisse (Singapore), DBS Bank and Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore)

United Test and Assembly Center

Work highlights

Singapore > Start-up and venture capital – Foreign firms

With an even mix of company and investor side representation, Latham & Watkins LLP has accumulated significant experience at all stages of the start-up life-cycle, from financing needs and M&A to crypto payments, data and technology advice. Ji Liu heads the firm’s corporate offering in Asia and is a leading figure. James Clayton-Payne is also a key presence; having advised a broad range of start-ups, venture capital investors and corporate venture capital vehicles in all rounds of fundraising, beginning with seed and continuing to Series F+ and exit.

Practice head(s):

Ji Liu

Other key lawyers:

Vietnam > Foreign desks

Latham & Watkins LLP’s Vietnam practice, led by Hong Kong and Singapore-based Amy Beckingham alongside Sharon Lau based in Singapore, continues to assist major Vietnamese companies, financial institutions, private equity firms, and fintech startups. Global corporate vice chair Beckingham specialises in M&A, joint venture, and equity capital markets deals throughout Asia. She has considerable experience advising international investors in relation to their investments into Vietnam. Lau, a member of the firm’s global executive committee, regularly represents issuers and underwriters in connection with IPOs and securities offerings in Vietnam or with Vietnamese elements. She has recently led a team representing electric-vehicle producer VinFast in relation to its US IPO, the first Vietnamese company to publicly file for an IPO in the US.

Practice head(s):

Amy Beckingham; Sharon Lau

Key clients

Warburg Pincus Asia

Vingroup Joint Stock Company Limited

Japan > Corporate and M&A: International firms and joint ventures

Latham & Watkins Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise‘s corporate M&A team is headed up by Hong Kong-based Ji Liu, who is also the chair for the firm’s Asia corporate department. Work carried out by the team includes cross-border acquisitions, venture capital financings, strategic alliances, and other inbound and outbound corporate transactions. For advice on corporate transactions in the finance and technology industries, Noah Carr is a key contact. Other notable names within the team include Hiroki Kobayashi, Ivan Smallwood and Hiroaki Takagi.

Practice head(s):

Ji Liu

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Nissan

Kioxia Corporation

Warburg Pincus

Carlyle

Block Inc

SoftBank

Z Holdings

Servco

Bain Consulting

Otsuka Medical Devices

China > Corporate and M&A: foreign firms

Fielding M&A specialists from offices in Hong Kong and Beijing, Latham & Watkins LLP's Greater China lawyers routinely advise on high-profile corporate and M&A transactions. Clients also benefit from the group’s ability to leverage the firm’s enviable capital markets and banking and finance expertise for major deals.  Simon Cooke heads the Asia private equity practice from Hong Kong. Frank Sun and Stephen Shi are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Simon Cooke

Other key lawyers:

Jason Zhao; Frank Sun; Stephen Shi

Key clients

Silicon Motion Technology Corporation

Trustar Capital (formerly known as CITIC Capital Partners)

Warburg Pincus Asia LLC

Tencent Holdings Limited

China Jinmao Holdings Group Limited

Binance Holdings Limited

Sinotrans Limited

Platinum Equity

The Carlyle Group

Bilibili

The firm: Latham & Watkins is a leading international law firm serving multinational companies, start-ups, investment banks, private equity funds, venture capital firms, sovereign wealth funds, governments and other organisations. The firm’s globally integrated platform spans Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the US, and consists of internationally recognised practices across a wide spectrum of transactional, litigation, corporate and regulatory areas. Latham attorneys offer unrivalled legal resources and strategic commercial thinking to provide clients with innovative solutions to complex commercial matters.

Asia practice: Businesses and investors seeking innovative solutions to their most complex corporate, financial, regulatory and litigation challenges turn to Latham in Asia for strategic thinking and experienced counsel. Latham has extensive experience advising on the international aspects of a broad range of corporate and finance transactions for clients across the region, notably Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. With more than 150 lawyers operating from six offices in Asia, Latham provides clients in the region and clients looking to do business in Asia with expert advice under US, English, Hong Kong, Japanese and Singapore law. Latham’s deep roots in the financial and economic markets in the region are further strengthened by the firm’s local language capabilities.

Latham continues to receive awards and acclaim from a number of leading financial and legal publications for landmark and precedent-setting deals.

Areas of practice: The Hong Kong office of Latham & Watkins is one of only a few top-ranked firms able to provide substantive US, Hong Kong and English law advice. The firm’s clients benefit from this combined platform of high-level legal expertise as they develop their business through both inbound and outbound investment activities.

The Hong Kong office offers advice in a broad range of practice areas, including antitrust and competition; banking, leveraged and structured finance; capital markets; data privacy and cyber security; derivatives; energy; entertainment, sports and media; financial regulatory; fintech, foreign direct investment; high-yield; international arbitration; litigation/dispute resolution; mergers and acquisitions; outsourcing; private equity; project development and finance; public company representation; real estate; restructuring, insolvency and workouts; technology transactions and white-collar defence and investigations. Latham’s leading practices have provided the foundation from which the firm has continued to increase its market share in complex, cross-border and precedent-setting deals.

Latham’s Hong Kong team is led by some of Asia’s most experienced transactional and litigation partners. Members of the team draw on more than 25 years of individual experience advising clients doing business in Hong Kong and Mainland China. The team advises US, European, Middle Eastern and Asian financial institutions, companies and investors conducting business throughout Greater China and the rest of Asia, as well as representing Chinese and other Asian companies with their direct investment activities and capital markets transactions overseas, and are fluent in Chinese languages and dialects including Mandarin, Cantonese, Shanghainese, Hakka and Taiwanese.

Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust and competition
Banking, leveraged finance and structured finance and securitisation
Capital markets
Corporate governance
Data privacy and cyber security
Derivatives
Energy
Entertainment, sports and media
Financial regulatory
Fintech
Foreign direct investment
High yield
International arbitration
Litigation/dispute resolution
Mergers and acquisitions
Outsourcing
Private equity
Project development and finance
Public company representation
Real estate
Restructuring, insolvency and workouts
Securities litigation and professional liability
Technology transactions
White-collar defence and investigations
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Amy Beckingham photo Amy Beckingham Amy Beckingham, Vice Chair of the firm’s Global Corporate Department, advises clients…
Andrew Bishop photo Andrew Bishop Andrew Bishop, as Local Chair of the firm’s Finance Department in Asia,…
Benjamin Carale photo Benjamin Carale Benjamin Carale, head of the firm’s Philippines-focused team, represents issuers and underwriters…
Simon Cooke photo Simon Cooke Simon Cooke, a leading private equity lawyer in Asia, specializes in public…
Diana  Dizon photo Diana Dizon Diana Dizon is an associate in the Hong Kong office of Latham…
Ruonan Duan photo Ruonan Duan Ruonan Duan advises clients doing business in Asia on corporate and finance…
Lynsey Edgar photo Lynsey Edgar Lynsey Edgar advises top-tier sponsors on complex, cross-border financing transactions, particularly investments…
Dominic Geiser photo Dominic Geiser Dominic Geiser is a partner in the Hong Kong office of Latham…
Benjamin Han photo Benjamin Han Benjamin Han is an associate in the Hong Kong office of Latham…
Michael Hardy photo Michael Hardy Michael Hardy is a partner in the Hong Kong office of Latham &…
Simon Hawkins photo Simon Hawkins Simon Hawkins, an experienced and trusted advisor to financial institutions and fintech…
Flora Innes photo Flora Innes Flora Innes advises clients on restructuring and insolvency matters. Ms. Innes has…
Regina Kim photo Regina Kim Regina Jinseo Kim advises Korean and global clients on outbound and inbound…
Howard Lam photo Howard Lam Howard Lam advises clients in China and across Asia on restructuring, special…
Posit Laohaphan photo Posit Laohaphan Posit Laohaphan is the Managing Partner of Latham’s Asia offices. Mr. Laohaphan…
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Stephen Shi photo Stephen Shi Stephen Shi advises private equity and corporate clients on cross-border M&A transactions…
David Shin photo David Shin David Shin is an associate in the Singapore office of Latham &…
Don Stokes photo Don Stokes Don Stokes advises on complex energy and infrastructure project development, investment, and…
Benjamin Su photo Benjamin Su Benjamin Su represents Asia-based clients on cross-border corporate and US securities law matters,…
Frank Sun photo Frank Sun Frank Sun, Co-Deputy Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins’ Asia offices, advises…
Allen Wang photo Allen Wang Allen Wang is a partner in the Hong Kong office of Latham &…
Sean Wu photo Sean Wu Sean Wu advises global and Chinese companies on investigations and disputes. Mr.…
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