Mayer Brown > Hong Kong, Hong Kong > Firm Profile

Mayer Brown
16-19F, PRINCE'S BUILDING
10 CHATER ROAD, CENTRAL
HONG KONG
Hong Kong

Hong Kong > Asset finance (including aviation and shipping finance)

Mayer Brown handles both shipping and aviation finance and has a longstanding reputation in the region. It services major airlines, shipping companies and financiers. Richard Stock, who has almost 30 years of experience in the aviation industry, advises lessors and lessees on secured debt financings. His expertise includes operating lease, finance lease and tax-driven lease products. In the shipping arena, the practice covers both transactional and contentious work, with financing, restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency, and regulatory matters representing key areas of focus. Maggie Cheung and Conor Warde are names to note for shipping matters. Cheung has strong links to leading international and PRC-based financial institutions. Warde is recommended for international transactional, corporate, regulatory and policy matters.

Practice head(s):

Richard Stock (aviation); Maggie Cheung  (shipping); Conor Warde (shipping)

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Testimonials

‘Conor Ward is very professional and the team is very efficient.’

Very professional and dedicated team. Available days and nights whatever the time zone to deliver a transaction. Very detailed and comprehensive quotation. They know to stick to the initial cap. Documentation is above the standards.’

Richard Stock and Evelyn Lok have worked for many years with our team. They know exactly how we work. We save lots of time by working with them. We have built a high level of trust over time. They pay lots of attention to the details and they have a very effective team behind to manage the transaction.’

Mayer Brown’s aviation leasing team is exceptional. They bring a deep knowledge of both the legal and business perspectives and have a wealth of experience. We could not have successfully completed our transactions without them.’

Richard knows all of the players and was an invaluable asset for us.’

Key clients

Cathay Pacific / Cathay Dragon

Bank of Communications Financial Leasing Co., Ltd.

ICBC Financial Leasing Co., Ltd.

CCB Financial Leasing Corporation Limited

Oriental Fleet International Company Limited

China Minsheng Banking Corporation Limited

Minsheng Financial Leasing Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Cathay Pacific when it entered into a sale-and-leaseback transaction with BOC Aviation Limited, which involved six Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
  • Acting for various airlines on resolving lease return disputes.
  • Acted for five SPVs of Oriental Fleet International Company Limited on the sale and leaseback of five container vessels with SPVs of Danaos Corporation.

Hong Kong > Construction Tier 1

Led by Geoffrey Chan , Mayer Brown’s five-partner integrated construction and engineering team is well-positioned to advise a diverse array of public and private sector stakeholders on all aspects of Hong Kong-based and regional projects. The group's workload spans a myriad of transactional and regulatory matters, as well as litigation. On the transactional front, much of the deal flow is generated from the firm’s employer side client base and the firm is frequently engaged in big-ticket projects. Menachem Hasofer , who is a co-head of the firm’s international arbitration practice, has extensive expertise in construction/infrastructure disputes; his experience includes judicial reviews and representing public bodies in bid challenges arising under the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA). Mei Ling Lew has the gravitas to advise developers, public bodies and contractors on all the most complex issues arising from litigation, arbitration and mediation. Hong Kong and UK-qualified partner Venna Cheng handles consultancy and construction contracts for building and infrastructure projects. Cheng also handles conventional construction disputes, and alongside Hasofer, is also a key contact for procurement challenges under the GPA.

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Testimonials

Mei Ling Lew is a ferocious litigator’.

Key clients

Hong Kong Jockey Club

MTR Corporation Limited

Chevalier (Macau) Limited

Swire Properties Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for MTR Corporation Limited (MTRCL) in the Commission of Inquiry into the Construction Works at and near the Hung Hom Station Extension under the Shatin to Central Link Project.
  • Advising The Hong Kong Jockey Club, a leading charitable organisation in Hong Kong, on their Conghua Training Centre (CTC) in Conghua, Guangdong, China which involves the construction of a world-class facility for the training of Hong Kong’s thoroughbred racehorses.
  • Advising Swire Properties Limited on the review of a series of standard forms of construction contracts, consultancy agreements and supply contracts being used for their projects in Mainland China.

Hong Kong > Insurance Tier 1

Mayer Brown's team has considerable experience of insurance disputes, including major casualty and property claims, and it also handles professional negligence and cyber security matters. Personal injury and professional indemnity are other key areas of focus for the group, which has been involved in a number high-profile disaster and accident claims in Hong Kong. Angela Yim, who heads up the practice, is recommended for insurance litigation. Tow Lu Lim handles regulatory and compliance matters, claims and dispute resolution, and also advises on cybersecurity and ransomware attacks. Marina Fung has over 20 years of experience in personal injury matters and insurance litigation.

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Testimonials

‘The bilingual team has a distinct advantage in servicing our clients.’

‘The team always provides detailed responses in a timely manner.’

‘Tow Lu Lim is always available and very approachable in answering all my enquiries, literally any time, anywhere.’

Key clients

Peak Reinsurance

Swiss Reinsurance

AXA

AIG

Motor vehicle insurers of Citybus

Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Hong Kong

Employees’ Compensation Insurance Residual Scheme Bureau

Medix

Work highlights

  • Handled a tremendous volume of cyber incidents for various insurance policyholders in the past year.
  • Advised a number of insurers and insurance intermediaries on regulatory issues arising from use of trusts to apply for and hold insurance policies in compliance with the Insurance Authority guidelines.
  • Assisted Medix with negotiating and facilitating its exclusive agreement signed with AIA Hong Kong to provide personal medical case management service to eligible policyholders in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong > Labour and employment Tier 1

Mayer Brown fields a ‘well-resourced’ team with ‘unrivalled experience and expertise’ in employment matters. Its dedicated full-service practice is well-supported by its international network, which makes it well-positioned to handle multijurisdictional HR and employment matters. The team has considerable experience of disputes, transactional matters and strategic employment issues. Duncan Abate is recommended for employment and employee benefits law and regulation work. He co-heads the practice with Hong Tran, who handles compliance and discrimination matters. Litigator Jennifer Tam is experienced in representing clients in a range of settings, from the Labour Tribunal to the Court of Final Appeal.

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‘A strong team which is practical and to the point with advice and boasts a strong client pull.’

‘Duncan Abate is a legend in employment laws. Hong Tran is a huge pleasure to work with and very sharp. Jennifer Tam, a younger partner, but with incisive qualities.’

‘A well-resourced team with a number of lawyers at different levels.’

‘Undoubted leader in the Hong Kong market. Unrivalled experience and expertise in this field.’

Hong Kong > Real estate Tier 1

Led by Keith Cheung Mayer Brown advises a range of developers, banks, end-users and investors on the full range of real estate work, which spans commercial, residential and retail properties. In addition to being active in matters relating to Hong Kong and mainland China, the team is also regularly engaged in outbound Chinese investments into international markets, including those in Europe and London. Robert Lyn and Fun Kuen Au have vast experience in the market and remain particularly active in relation to development work; Au is also a legal adviser to the Real Estate Developers Association. Elsewhere in the group, Alvin Yeung is also noted for his development work. Pheona Chow acts for a wide range of clients, including property developers, property management companies, institutional investors, universities and accounting bodies.

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Testimonials

The team is full of “can-do” spirit rather than dragging the deal out in order to get more time clocked.’

The team is simply one of the best in the market. The sheer volume of deals that goes through them every year is astonishing. They are practical and efficient.’

Ricky Yiu is highly recognised by the industry and extremely commercial.’

Key clients

Sun Hung Kai Properties

Swire Properties

Airport Authority Hong Kong

Phoenix Property Investors

CSI Properties

Hysan Development Company Limited

New World Development

SilkRoad Property Partners

Gaw Capital

The University of Hong Kong

Work highlights

  • Acted for Swire Properties on the HK$9.8bn sale of Cityplaza One to an investment consortium led by fund managers Gaw Capital Partners and Schroders Pamfleet.
  • Advised New World Development on its successful compulsory sale application with respect to the State Theatre Building in North Point.
  • Acted for Transport International Holdings Limited on the: (i) HK$750.5m sale of a 50% interest in Tuen Mun Town Lot No.80 by way of sale of 50% of the issued share capital of the property holding company and (ii) a 50:50 joint venture with Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited to develop the land to an office-cum retail development.

Hong Kong > Antitrust and competition Tier 2

Mayer Brown’s antitrust and competition team draws on strength from its global network in Asia, the Americas and Europe to provide a joined-up approach to cross-border matters. The team is led by John Hickin, and Cantonese and Mandarin speaker Hannah Ha; with Hickin handling court disputes work and regulatory investigations, and Ha assisting clients with investigations conducted by the Hong Kong Competition Commission. It acts for large companies and multinational brands, often advising on merger control issues in mainland China, and on interactions with the regulator. Given the firm’s focus on real estate and construction sector, it regularly advises a range of major clients in the sector on their competition needs.

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Testimonials

‘High-quality service, and very responsive’.

‘Hannah Ha leads an excellent team’.

‘The team provides high-quality work, and is very cooperative and responsive’. 

Hong Kong > Banking and finance Tier 2

Mayer Brown advises lenders and borrowers on leveraged and acquisition finance, bi-lateral and syndicated loans, real estate finance, fund finance, structured finance and asset finance matters. It acts for regional and global leading banks and has an extensive presence in the region. Fanny Wang, Francis Chen and Dion Yu have steadily built a strong client base over the years and they act on both domestic and international transactions. Doos Choi advises corporates and financial institutions on multijurisdictional, multi-tiered, full and limited recourse financings. Richard Stock heads the practice.

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‘Efficient, dedicated and capable of empathy’.

‘Francis Chen is impressive – strong technical skills and yet able to provide commercially viable solutions’.

Key clients

China Gas Capital Management Limited

Asian Development Bank

HSBS

China CITIC Bank International Limited

Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited

CMB Wing Lung Bank Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (the “Agent”) as agent to a 3-year syndicated $400m term loan facility to New Hope International (Hong Kong)Limited (the “Borrower”) as borrower.
  • Acted for China CITIC Bank International Limited as facility agent and security trustee as their lead counsel in respect of a term loan facility of up to a principal amount of $269m to Excel Winner UK Limited.
  • Acted for Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited as facility agent as its lead counsel in respect of certain term and revolving loan facilities of up to the aggregate principal amounts of $232.5m and EUR396m respectively to Billion Sunny Development Limited.

Hong Kong > Intellectual property Tier 2

Mayer Brown acts for clients in the financial services, manufacturing, retail, luxury and fashion, hospitality and telecoms sectors, among others. Its team excels in managing the IP portfolios of top international brands. In addition, it is also strong in copyright, media and transactional IP matters, as well as licensing transactions and disputes. Gabriela Kennedy, who heads up the Asia IP and TMT group, is recommended for contentious and non-contentious work, including litigation, licensing, strategic advice and portfolio management. Amita Haylock handles trade marks, copyright, designs and patents, and has considerable experience of infringement proceedings relating to software and electronics.

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Testimonials

‘Mayer Brown runs a very well-integrated firm.’

‘I wouldn’t ever hesitate to recommend Gabriela Kennedy to any company or creative individual looking to protect their rights in Asia.’

‘I have recommended Gabriela Kennedy many times and others are as impressed and appreciative of her skills, as we are.’

‘Amita Haylock’s persistence, diligence and exceptional commitment delivered a successful outcome for us.’

‘Amita Haylock never lost her focus or belief in her ability to tackle the issues successfully.’

Key clients

Adidas

Adobe

Airport Authority Hong Kong

Alexandre de Paris International

Arup Group Limited

Asia Video Industry Association

Charlotte Tilbury

Cummins

Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong

Dairy Farm (Jardine Matheson & Company Ltd)

Entertainment One

Fast Retailing Co., Ltd

Hong Kong Jockey Club

Hang Seng Bank

Henderson Land

Jack Daniel’s

Jimmy Choo Hong Kong Limited

Lane Crawford

LOTTE Corporation

LVMH Fashion Group

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group Limited

Nautilus

Nestle

Nvidia Corporation

Ocean Park Corporation

PCCW Limited

Philips International B.V.

Renault Groupe

Riley Cillian Hong Kong Limited

San Miguel Brewing International Limited

Sino Group

Swire Group

Sun Hung Kai Properties

Soho House

Television Broadcasts Limited

The Mentholatum Company

The Murray Hotel

Toys “R” Us (Fung Group)

The Robinson Group Limited (Kim Robinson)

T. Rowe Price International Ltd

WTT

Wynn Resorts

Zhejiang Medicine Co.

Work highlights

  • Managing a trade mark portfolio for Nvidia & Mellanox.
  • Handled PRC trade mark oppositions and advised on PRC trade mark licensing and enforcement matters for one of the world’s leading tire manufacturers.
  • Appointed by the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (“HKSTPC”)to assist with the drafting of a set of 21 IP and privacy-related legal document templates for start-ups under its Incubation Programmes and Leading Enterprises Acceleration Programme.

Hong Kong > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Mayer Brown’s restructuring team is regionally integrated, with practitioners in Hong Kong, Singapore and Vietnam, it is well placed to handle matters in the Chinese and South East Asian markets. The team leans on its international network in Europe and the US for support on cross-border mandates and handles corporate debt restructuring for creditors, issuers and other debtors. John Marsden heads the team and has considerable experience in large-scale restructurings and insolvencies. Tom Pugh left for offshore firm Walkers.

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Testimonials

‘The team is commercial, practical, and responsive’.

‘Very good attention to detail and thorough’.

‘A stellar team with highly specialist advice and cost efficient prices’.

‘Quality legal advice minus the haughty lawyers’ proviso’s and reservations’.

‘Strong established practice with great connections to banks in HK’.

‘John Marsden has been around for a significant period so the team benefits from his extensive experience, know-how and expertise’.

Key clients

Huarong Asset Management

China Construction Bank (Asia) Corporation Limited

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited

China Development Bank

Bain Capital

PricewaterhouseCoopers

KPMG

Ernst & Young

FTI Consulting

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Malayan Banking Berhad (“Maybank”)

OCBC

DHB

CIMB

KfW

CACIB

DNB

RHB

HNA Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for listed debtor group, Huiyuan Juice, with our litigation team in successfully defending against the appointment of provisional liquidators, with a view to allowing a restructuring the group and its indebtedness rather than falling to liquidation on the petition of a creditor.
  • Advising Maybank, one of the primary bank creditors of the debtor group, on its negotiations with Pacific Andes and other creditors; and as to its security and enforcement options, with a view to recovering its loans through Chapter 11 cases in the U.S. and proceedings in Singapore, Bermuda and the British Virgin Islands and most recently in connection with a proposed debt restructuring and sale at upper section of the capital structure, involving a recovery in exchange for the investor’s acquisition of a real estate portfolio.

Hong Kong > TMT Tier 2

Mayer Brown's 'knowledgeable and responsive' team is a strong choice for advice on transactional, regulatory and contentious matters in the TMT space. Team head Gabriela Kennedy, who provides 'sound and balanced advice', demonstrates prowess in relation to privacy and data security (including in the aftermath of cyber security incidents), as well as media and telecoms regulatory matters. Amita Haycock is 'responsive, commercial and extremely smart'; she stands out for her aptitude at handling telecoms and broadcasting litigation for clients, including in the context of judicial reviews. Elsewhere, the firm is notably active in innovative fintech projects and technology outsourcings, and it is at the forefront of advice to clients on the fast-evolving telecoms industry in Hong Kong.

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‘It is a great full bench TMT team, with knowledgeable and responsive lawyers. Definitely one of the best in the market.’

The team has good technical expertise and also client care, we have always found them to be responsive to client needs.’

They are very knowledgeable on Hong Kong, China and cross-border issues.’

‘Gabriela Kennedy has a well deserved reputation for expertise and technical quality in her areas of practice. She provides a sound, balanced view that also takes into account a practical ground-feel for issues.’

‘Amita Haylock is standout – she’s responsive, commercial and extremely smart. She doesn’t shy away from taking “a view” and always looks to provide actionable advice with the client’s particular needs in mind. She takes time to understand each client, and the services provided by her team very much reflects this. Very highly recommended. Really the go-to counsel in this space in Asia.’

Key clients

Adobe

Airport Authority Hong Kong

AVIA

Burberry Group

Chanel

Cargill

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Hong Kong Limited

CASH

Daimler AG

eBay / StubHub

Entertainment One

Fung Group

Hysan Development

Jardine Matheson & Company Ltd / Dairy Farm

LVMH Asia Pacific

McDonald’s Corporation

Mandarin Oriental

Naxos

StubHub Inc

Television Broadcasts Limited

Toys “R” Us

Xperi Corporation (DTS, Inc)

Hong Kong > Capital markets (debt) Tier 3

Acting on its own, as well as frequently alongside New York and London-based practitioners, Mayer Brown has a strong track record advising on cross-border transactions. As well as work emanating out of Greater China, the team has developed a strong reputation for issuers and underwriters in high growth markets throughout central and south Asia. Team head Jason Elder excels at handling global offerings of investment grade and high yield debt offerings and has developed a particular niche practice advising on debt issuances for sovereigns and companies based out of Mongolia and Indonesia. Thomas Kollar is also recommended and handles Rule 144A/Regulation S transactions.

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Key clients

Republic of Indonesia

Saigon – Hanoi Commercial Bank

Trade and Development Bank of Mongolia

Vietnam Prosperity Joint Stock Commercial Bank

Mongolian Mortgage Corporation HFC LLC, MIK Holding JSC

PTT Public Company Limited

China Taiping Insurance (HK) Company Limited

Beijing Properties (Holdings) Limited

Emperor International Holdings Limited

Guotai Junan Securities (Hong Kong) Limited

The Bank of East Asia

Haitong International

Agricultural Bank of China International

HeungKong Securities Limited

China Minsheng Banking Corp., Ltd., Hong Kong Branch

CM Financial

China Everbright Bank Co., Ltd., Hong Kong Branch

Development Bank of Mongolia

DBS Bank Limited

SinoChem Offshore Capital Company Limited

Hang Lung Properties Limited

Nomura

Hong Kong > Corporate (including M&A) Tier 3

Mayer Brown is well-equipped to support on cross-border transactions; the local practice is led by Hannah Ha, a lawyer who not only enjoys an edge in merger control issues, owing to her status of co-head of the Asian antitrust and competition team but who also thrives in respect of direct investment into China, private equity transactions and general commercial matters. Mark Uhrynuk is the other senior partner on-site, and also co-leads the firm’s private equity practice; he is acclaimed for his guidance on divestiture, joint venture and strategic alliance transactions in addition to international equity and debt capital market deals. The department aims to deliver a full lifecycle offering on transactions from strategy and planning through to exit and directs its focus to a number of heavily regulated sectors which include real estate, transportation, banking, culture, media, pharmaceuticals and insurance.

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Key clients

Cathay Pacific

Kerry Properties

China Overseas Land & Investment Ltd.

China Merchants Group

Dah Chong Hang

Syngenta

Sun Hung Kai

Merlin Entertainments Group

CapitaLand / Ascott

Shui On Land Limited

Tsingtao Brewery Company Limited

Principal International (Asia) Limited

Lai Sun Group

Towngas

Work highlights

  • Advised a client on its acquisition of a Hong Kong holding company of prominent office towers located in the central business district of a major Asian city from an Asian multinational conglomerate.
  • Advised Link REIT on its acquisition of the office building at 25 Cabot Square in Canary Wharf, London from HGR Liquidating Trust (formerly Hines Global REIT) for £380m.

Hong Kong > Dispute resolution: international arbitration Tier 3

Mayer Brown‘s ‘highly efficient‘ international arbitration team counts disputes arising from construction and infrastructure projects among its specialisms, within which Menachem Hasofer is particularly experienced. Hasofer and John Hickin (who focuses on banking and commercial matters) jointly lead the team alongside Singapore-based Yu-Jin Tay.

Practice head(s):

Menachem Hasofer; John Hickin; Yu-Jin Tay

Other key lawyers:

Mei Ling Lew

Testimonials

‘On the whole, Mayer Brown gives me an impression of very professional and highly efficient with expertise covering many areas’.

‘Both Menachem Hasofer & Mei Ling Lew are two outstanding partners of Mayer Brown specializing in dispute resolution and are currently working on a contractual dispute for our company with a contractor of a luxurious residential project. Mr Hasofer gives me an impression of being a smart & assertive lawyer with a very clear legal mind, who can digest complicated information and convert into simple legal language. I am also deeply impressed by Ms Lew’s dedication and thoroughness of her approach throughout the case.’

Hong Kong > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 3

Mayer Brown relies upon its local, as well as the firm’s global, expertise in commercial, financial and property litigation; this allows the team to act in cross-border disputes across multiple Asian jurisdictions. Particularly highly experienced in multi-jurisdictional work is John Hickin, who also leads the global litigation practice. Drawing on his prior experience as a Deputy High Court Judge, senior consultant Nicholas Hunsworth is a key contact for insolvency litigation in the financial services sector.

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Key clients

MTR Corporation Limited

Eton Properties Group

GAW Capital

Wynn China

Work highlights

  • Acted for MTR Corporation Limited in the Commission of Inquiry into the Construction Works at and near the Hung Hom Station Extension under the Shatin to Central Link Project.

Hong Kong > Structured finance and securitisation Tier 3

Forming an integral part of the firm's global securitisation and derivatives offering, Mayer Brown's Hong Kong-based team excels at advising a range of clients on cross-border mandates, including arrangers, issuers and sponsors. Triple qualified in Hong Kong, New York and UK, Vincent Sum  is an excellent resource for clients requiring multijurisdictional opinions and he is noted for his derivatives expertise, including from a synthetic perspective. Asset finance specialist Richard Stock heads up the firm's overarching banking and finance team and has niche expertise handling structured finance deals in the aviation sector. The arrival in July 2021 of Philip Hyde  from K&L Gates enhanced the firm's capabilities across a range of structured finance, derivatives, and securitisation mandates, particularly in light of his excellent credentials advising trustees.

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Testimonials

Vincent Sum is able to cover both US and Hong Kong deals making the process much more efficient.’

Vincent Sum is focused on fostering strong long-term client relationships.’

Hong Kong > Capital markets (equity) Tier 5

Benefiting from strong relationships with regional banks and corporates, and also able to leverage significant global resources, including out of London and New York, Mayer Brown is a popular choice among issuers and underwriters on global offerings and listings. Drawing upon a deep well of regional corporate finance expertise, UK and Hong Kong-qualified team head Billy Au is regularly instructed by Chinese state-owned and privately-owned entities, which are also appreciative of his Chinese language skills.

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Key clients

China Overseas Land & Investment Ltd.

BOCI Asia Limited

AK Medical Holdings Limited

Jiayuan International Group Limited

BNP Paribas

CCB International Capital Limited

Credit Suisse

Guotai Junan Capital Limited

Haitong International Securities Company Limited

UBS Securities Hong Kong Limited

China > Projects and energy: foreign firms Tier 2

The projects team at Mayer Brown regularly acts for lenders and equity investors in gas-fired, coal-fired, and renewable energy projects, with a further emphasis on work relating to infrastructure and manufacturing facilities. Leading the team is Beijing-based Hallam Chow, with over 27 years of experience handling project, structured and asset-based finance. Chow showcases further expertise in joint ventures, particularly in relation to the energy and infrastructure as well as oil and gas sectors. Working alongside him in Beijing is Boya Shen, noted for project development and finance, representing lenders, sponsors, and investment funds on a variety of power, energy and manufacturing facilities.

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Asian Development Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Asian Development Bank in a $200 million (and its RMB equivalent) financing to help China Water Affairs Group improve waste water management.

China > Investment funds: foreign firms Tier 3

The Hong Kong-based investment fund practice at Mayer Brown covers a range of legal, regulatory, and commercial matters for fund sponsors, institutional investors and entities in the alternative investment sphere. Key figures include Paul Moloney and Mark Uhrynuk in Hong Kong, co-heading the practice with combined experience representing sponsors, asset managers and investors in private equity, infrastructure, real estate funds, venture capital investments, and secondary transactions.

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Excelsior Capital Vietnam Partners

China > Restructuring and insolvency: foreign firms Tier 3

Fielding practitioners from Hong Kong, Singapore and Vietnam, Mayer Brown‘s regionally-integrated restructuring practice has substantial coverage of both China and South-East Asia. Hong Kong-based global restructuring co-head John Marsden has a strong track record in large-scale restructurings and insolvencies, while former partner Tom Pugh is at Walkers since September 2021.

Practice head(s):

John Marsden

Other key lawyers:

Terence Tung; Vincent Law

Key clients

Huarong Asset Management

China Construction Bank (Asia) Corporation

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

China Development Bank

Bain Capital

PricewaterhouseCoopers

KPMG

Ernst & Young

FTI Consulting

International Finance Corporation

Malayan Banking Berhad

OCBC

DHB

CIMB

KfW

CACIB

DNB

RHB

HNA Group

Changgang Dunxin Holdings

Pinpoint

Nortel Networks (Asia)

Mercuria

Glorious Sun – Jeanswest

Hang Seng Bank

DBS Bank (Hong Kong)

Yuanta Commercial Bank Co

Chang Hwa Commercial Bank

Taiwan Cooperative Bank

Bank of Taiwan

EnTie Commercial Bank

Mega International Commercial Bank Co

Bank Sinopac

Taiwan Business Bank

Far Eastern International Bank

China > TMT: foreign firms Tier 3

Mayer Brown‘s Greater China practice advises on technology projects involving fintech, regtech, AI, P2P, emerging payment technologies, merchant solutions and mobile payments deals. The Hong Kong-based group also assists with data protection issues throughout Asia. Heading the Asia IP and TMT team, Gabriela Kennedy is a well-known data privacy and technology practitioner in Asia, while TL Lim is highly involved in cyber-related and data breach matters. Amita Haylock's experience covers a range of IP, TMT, and competition-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Gabriela Kennedy

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Key clients

Zoom

Airport Authority Hong Kong

HKU

Fung Group

Towngas

Jardine Matheson & Company

Warner Media

Xperi Corporation

Work highlights

  • Assisted with the broadcasting and rights licensing aspects of a proposed launch of OTT services.

Mongolia > Leading firms Tier 3

Mayer Brown‘s Mongolian offering is located in Hong Kong and led by Jason Elder. The firm offers comprehensive advice across a wide range of transactional corporate matters to a client list of notable sponsors and issuers in a number of first-in-market transactions. Elder is widely regarded for his debt capital market practice, which focuses on high-yield, hybrid and structured-debt products. Thomas Kollar and Nishrin Hussain are also key individuals within the team, both working closely with Elder mainly in multi-jurisdictional capital market transactions.

Practice head(s):

Jason Elder

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Kollar; Nishrin Hussain

Testimonials

‘The team was very attentive and always responded in short period of time. Deliverables spot on time, excellent management despite time pressure.’

‘The intimate knowledge of the country and industry built on previous sovereign and private deals was one of key strength of the team.’

I worked closely with Jason Elder. Despite the different locations he was always available via mobile/email and took time to explain the reasons and implications of particular clauses that I was not sure how to understand.

Key clients

Trade and Development Bank of Mongolia

Mongolian Mortgage Corporation HFC LLC, MIK Holding JSC

Development Bank of Mongolia

Government of Mongolia

China > Private equity: foreign firms Tier 4

Routinely advising sponsors and investment funds on their investment activities, Mayer Brown‘s Hong Kong-led group also assists with fund formation and financing, separate accounts arrangements, club deals, and portfolio transactions, along with tax and regulatory matters. The principal practitioners are Mark UhrynukSteven Tran, David Ellis and Ricky Yiu.

Practice head(s):

Mark Uhrynuk; Steven Tran; David Ellis; Ricky Yiu

Key clients

TPG Capital

LimeTree Capital

Excelsior Capital Asia

Leapfrog Investments

DEG

FMO

Principal Financial

AEW

Gaw Capital Partners

BEI Capital Partners (HK)

IGIS Asset Management Company

Sun Hung Kai & Co

UI Holdings

GPA Global

Brawn Capital

DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft

South Korea > International arbitration Tier 4

Mayer Brown is mainly instructed by clients in the energy, infrastructure and natural resources sectors. The international arbitration team manages numerous LNG sector disputes, including highly specialised gas price review disputes as well as infrastructure and construction disputes across South East Asia. Its capabilities have further expanded with the October 2020 arrival of Paul Teo in Singapore, bringing more than 20 years of experience in arbitration, ADR and litigation matters, with particular focus on China-outbound and Japan-outbound matters. Based in Singapore, Yu-Jin Tay co-leads the team with Menachem Hasofer and John Hickin in Hong Kong.

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Testimonials

‘Yu Jin Tay is one of the best arbitration practitioners in Asia Pacific region in terms of expertise, experience, dedication and professionalism.’

China > Real estate and construction: foreign firms

Mayer Brown stands as a leader across the spectrum of construction work, acting for funds, developers and end-users in contentious and non-contentious matters. Supplementing this is the firm’s integrated practice, with extended reach into matters with a link to commercial, residential, retail and logistics properties. Among recent highlights, the team acted for a leading charitable organisation, the Hong Kong Jockey Club, on the construction of a facility designed for the training of the region’s thoroughbred racehorses, plotted across a surmounting 150 hectares. Hong Kong-based Keith Cheung leads the team alongside Geoffrey Chan, also in Hong Kong, and Shanghai-based Andy Yeo, who regularly advises developers, funds and other investors with regard to investment structures, land acquisitions, and property management. Also leading the team is Tom Fu, who divides his time between Hong Kong and Beijing and is regarded as an expert in a range of compliance and regulatory issues in the industry, with further expertise in significant construction projects in Greater China. Reinforcing the practice’s construction offering is Beijing-based counsel Rosalyn Han, noted for her advice to leading international developers in relation to high-profile projects. Senior associate Ellen Zhang is another a key contact at the Shanghai office for property acquisitions, joint ventures and regulatory matters.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Hong Kong Jockey Club

Swire Properties

Work highlights

  • Advising The Hong Kong Jockey Club on their Conghua Training Centre in Guangdong.
  • Advising Swire Properties on the review of a series of standard forms of construction contracts, consultancy agreements and supply contracts.

China > Intellectual property: foreign firms

The broad sector expertise of Mayer Brown‘s Hong Kong-based IP practice covers several key areas, including financial services, construction, manufacturing, retail, luxury and fashion. It also fields specialists in the real estate, hospitality and TMT sectors. The group handles hundreds of IP disputes each year, including matters involving company hijacking cases, litigation and arbitration, many of which comprise insolvency issues or cross-border elements. It also assists global brands with strategies for enforcing IP rights, covering customs seizures and administrative actions. Co-leader of the global IP practice, Gabriela Kennedy, a go-to practitioner for technology start-ups, media companies and universities, also leads the firm's trade mark agency in Beijing. Also highly regarded are Amita Haylock, whose IP rights practice ranges from trade marks, to copyright, designs and patents; and counsel, Michelle Yee, a brand management expert.

Practice head(s):

Gabriela Kennedy

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great commitment to community engagement, which provides opportunities to learn, share and network.’

‘Gabriela Kennedy is a solid expert, with the talent not just to listen but to hear,  and then find solutions. Given her volume of commitments, she is also very impressive for her responsiveness and ability to pull in expertise from other parts of the firm, both locally and internationally. She always has exactly the right person to reach out to.’

Key clients

adidas

Clorox

Wynn

Cummins

P&G

Nvidia & Mellanox

South China Morning Post

Abercrombie & Fitch

Sun Hung Kai Group

Kodak

Mastercard

Visa

Uniqlo

Jack Daniel’s

China > Banking and finance: foreign firms

Mayer Brown‘s banking and finance practice is sought out for its comprehensive transactional offering, representing major PRC banks and Chinese SOEs across a wide range of sectors on leveraged and acquisition finance, bilateral and syndicated loans as well as financing for real estate, assets, and projects. The practice is led by Hong Kong-based Richard Stock, who also acts as the firm’s head of banking and finance in Asia. In Beijing, Hallam Chow handles asset-based finance including aircraft, equipment and facility leasing, and joint ventures in the energy and infrastructure sector. Boya Shen is noted for innovative acquisition finance deals, with a further emphasis on representing lenders, sponsors and investment funds on a range of projects.

Singapore > International arbitration

Mayer Brown‘s international arbitration team is well-versed in energy, infrastructure, construction and TMT sector disputes. The ‘excellentYu-Jin Tay (who is particularly active in disputes involving Singapore and Indonesia) leads the team alongside Hong Kong-based Menachem Hasofer and John Hickin. Paul Teo‘s arrival in Singapore from Baker McKenzie bolstered the group’s energy and projects international arbitration expertise, as has Kay-Jannes Wegner who has joined from Kim & Chang in South Korea.

Practice head(s):

Yu-Jin Tay; Menachem Hasofer; John Hickin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Solid litigation and arbitration practice comprising of quality team members.’

Yu Jin Tay is creative, resourceful, and very articulative in expressing his argument. ’

‘Yujin Tay is an exceptionally excellent arbitration lawyer who can make difference in providing creative solutions tailored to Asian disputes based on his deep understanding of the reality of disputes in Asia.’

‘While other global law firms in Singapore are not so familiar with the reality and practical solutions of dispute cases in Asia, Yujin Tay is the person who has abundant experiences, networks and capacity to provide both global standard skills and creative solutions tailored to Asian disputes.’

‘I have worked with Yu-Jin Tay. He is the best. He understands both the Singaporean and the Indonesian mentality and legal system. ’

India > Foreign firms

Yu-Jin Tay heads the Mayer Brown International LLP team, based largely in Hong Kong and Singapore, which has an acknowledged reputation for its extensive work in the energy sectors; LNG, traditional oil and gas, renewable power and energy-related commodities. Infrastructure/construction and natural resources are other areas of strength. Renewable energy-related disputes is a growing source of disputes and arbitrations with an India, (Indonesia and Vietnam) aspect. Yu-Jin Tay is a prominent arbitration specialist, well known for his extensive Asian practice, and the group’s international arbitration capabilities have been increased with the arrival of partner Paul Teo in Singapore, who joined from Baker McKenzie FenXun in October 2020, bringing a specialism in construction and infrastructure disputes. Menachem Hasofer and John Hickin in Hong Kong are other noted international arbitration and disputes specialists.

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Testimonials

‘Highly motivated and knowledgeable. Their advice is to the point and in line with business requirements.’

Mayer Brown is uniquely positioned to advise the world’s leading companies and financial institutions on their most complex deals and disputes. With extensive reach across four continents, we are the only integrated law firm in the world with approximately 200 lawyers in each of the world’s three largest financial centers—New York, London and Hong Kong—the backbone of the global economy. We have deep experience in high-stakes litigation and complex transactions across industry sectors, including our signature strength, the global financial services industry. Our diverse teams of lawyers are recognized by our clients as strategic partners with deep commercial instincts and a commitment to creatively anticipating their needs and delivering excellence in everything we do. Our “one-firm” culture—seamless and integrated across all practices and regions—ensures that our clients receive the best of our knowledge and experience.

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Antitrust and competition Hannah Hahannah.ha@mayerbrown.com+852 2843 4378
Antitrust and competition John Hickinjohn.hickin@mayerbrown.com+852 2843 2576
Asset finance Richard Stockrichard.stock@mayerbrown.com+852 2843 2368
Asset finance Maggie Cheungmaggie.cheung@mayerbrown.com+852 2843 2450
Banking and finance Richard Stockrichard.stock@mayerbrown.com+852 2843 2368
Construction and engineering Geoffrey Changeoffrey.chan@mayerbrown.com+852 2843 4200
Construction and engineering Menachem Hasofermenachem.hasofer@mayerbrown.com+852 2843 2384
Corporate/M&A, private equity Jason Elderjason.elder@mayerbrown.com+852 2843 2394
Corporate/M&A, private equity Jacqueline Chiujacqueline.chiu@mayerbrown.com+852 2843 2447
Employment and benefits Duncan Abateduncan.abate@mayerbrown.com+852 2843 2203
Financial services regulatory and enforcement Sara Orsara.or@mayerbrown.com+852 2843 2268
Insurance and reinsurance Angela Yimangela.yim@mayerbrown.com+852 2843 4503
Insurance and reinsurance TL Limtl.lim@mayerbrown.com+852 2843 4490
Insurance and reinsurance Marina Fungmarina.fung@mayerbrown.com+852 2843 4407
Intellectual property and TMT Gabriela Kennedygabriela.kennedy@mayerbrown.com+852 2843 2380
Litigation and dispute resolution Thomas Sothomas.so@mayerbrown.com+852 2843 4502
Litigation and dispute resolution John Hickinjohn.hickin@mayerbrown.com+852 2843 2576
Real estate Keith Cheungkeith.cheung@mayerbrown.com+852 2843 4331
Restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency John Marsdenjohn.marsden@mayerbrown.com+852 2843 2584
Finance and securitisation Vincent Lawvincent.law@mayerbrown.com+852 2843 2479
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Mayer Brown promotes seven to counsel in Asia

Mayer Brown promotes seven to counsel in Asia

Hong Kong, 21 November 2018 – Mayer Brown has announced the promotion of seven lawyers in Asia to counsel. The appointments are effective January 1, 2019.


Mayer Brown promotes five to partner in Asia

Mayer Brown promotes five to partner in Asia

Hong Kong, 21 November 2018 —Mayer Brown has announced the promotion of five lawyers in Asia to partner. The appointments are effective January 1, 2019.