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Insurance Tier 1
The team at Mayer Brown has been kept busy handling high-value transactional mandates alongside contentious work, predominantly claims resulting from high-profile motor and construction fatalities. The key contacts are insurance litigator Angela Yim, Tow Lu Lim, who has expertise in handling warranty and indemnity insurance disputes, and Marina Fung, who handles motor and product liability work.
Hartford Financial Services Group
Labour and employment Tier 1
Co-headed by 'the very commercial' Duncan Abate and Hong Tran, Mayer Brown's six-strong team has the strength-in-depth to handle a broad array of contentious and non-contentious matters impacting local and international employers based in Hong Kong, including as it relates to employee benefits/remuneration, sexual discrimination and large regional redundancy programmes. The team is at the vanguard of changes in the market and frequently provides training for clients on new or proposed legislation/trends, including as it relates to data privacy, LGBT+ rights and implications of the gig economy. Jennifer Tam, who was made partner in November 2019, has an excellent reputation for handling employment litigation and regularly teams up with Tran on many of the most complex disputes handled by the team.
Real estate Tier 1
Mayer Brown's department stands out for its 'full range of coverage in real estate law', handling big-ticket development, financing, disposals, transactions, M&A and investment instructions for a client base predominantly made up of prominent private equity firms and property developers. Keith Cheung leads the practice, in which Fun Kuen Au and Robert Lynn are key contacts. Jasmine Chiu was made partner in January 2020.
Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1
Praised for its 'client-focused approach', Mayer Brown has an excellent track record in the region on behalf of bank-side creditors, corporate trustees and insolvency practitioners (IPs) across the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious mandates. 'One of the foremost insolvency/restructuring lawyers in Hong Kong', John Marsden leads the firm's Asia practice 'with energy, great natural insight and an open demeanor'. The 'vastly experienced' Marsden has played a part in many notable large-scale restructurings throughout the region; he continues to advise Maybank on its negotiations with Pacific Andes and other creditors and as to its security and enforcement options in relation to Pacific Andes' debt restructuring. Thomas Pugh was also involved in the aforementioned matter and is praised for his 'great thoughtfulness and agile approach to restructurings'.
‘The team is especially client-focused with leaders respected across the region for their experience, expertise and status.’
‘They are happy to take a flexible approach to staffing so that costs do not spiral out of control with quality throughout the team. A class act.’
‘John Marsden’s in-depth analysis of complex agreements, combined with tenacity was instrumental in identifying a legal claim, the pursuit of which led to a sizable recovery for the liquidation.’
The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation
Hang Seng Bank
Standard Chartered Bank
Huarong Asset Management
Bank of China
China Construction Bank (Asia) Corporation
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China
China Development Bank
Ernst & Young
Chong Hing Bank
International Finance Corporation
Malayan Banking Berhad
Australia and New Zealand Banking Group
Bank of New York Mellon
Antitrust and competition Tier 2
A longstanding presence in the market, Mayer Brown provides broad-ranging expertise to international and local entities across the gamut of non-contentious and contentious antitrust matters, including on big-ticket pan- Asian merger mandates. The team is regularly instructed on competition issues impacting clients in the real estate and financial services sectors, with work including the representation of private equity firms on merger clearance associated with transactions in the Greater China region and advice to shopping mall operators on the use of user restriction clauses. As a Cantonese speaker, Hannah Ha is well-positioned to guide local clients through investigations initiated by the Competition Commission, while on the non-contentious side, as well as her regular involvement in merger clearance work, Ha also assists multinational corporations to implement compliance programmes for antitrust and anti-corruption in Asia.
Construction Tier 2
Mayer Brown's construction team counts arbitration as a key strength and has also been busy handling mandates from the hospitality, leisure, public utilities and transport sectors. Geoffrey Chan leads the practice, in which Menachem Hasofer, Mei Ling Lew, Venna Cheng and counsel Felicia Lee are key contacts.
At Mayer Brown, the team continues to act for DBS Bank on a long-running $50m mis-selling claim brought against the bank by its customers; this is the only reported claim of its kind in Hong Kong, arising from the collapse of Lehman Brothers involving a trust structure. John Hickin heads up the practice; financial services regulatory expert Alan Linning and Nicholas Hunsworth are key names. Vivien Yip made partner in January 2019 and Raymond Chan was made-up in November 2019.
Intellectual property Tier 2
Benefiting from vast experience across Hong Kong and Asia Pacific, Mayer Brown 's four-partner team provides 'practical, business-oriented and responsive' advice to local and international clients from the fashion, consumer goods and technology sectors, in particular. Rosita Li is particularly strong at handling trade mark litigation and portfolio management for some major brands; she recently secured victory for Timbird in litigation against a PRC company for using its logo for the defendant's hotel. The team has also successfully developed a strong offering in relation to digital copyright matters. 'Vastly experienced' team head Gabriela Kennedy is one of the few practitioners listed as an IP arbitrator with the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre and also handles a wide range of issues including enforcement, litigation and licensing for high-profile clients throughout the region. Amita Haylock was made partner in November 2019. Janice Yip, a former solicitor with the Intellectual Property Department of Hong Kong, and Joanna Hui were recent new additions to the team.
Alibaba (and many of its subsidiaries)
Airport Authority Hong Kong
Agoda Services Company
Alexandre de Paris International
Asia Video Industry Association
Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong
DTS, Inc (under Xperi Corporation)
Jardine Matheson & Company Ltd / Dairy Farm Group
Hong Kong Jockey Club
Hang Seng Bank
LVMH Fashion Group
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
Ocean Park Corporation
Procter & Gamble
San Miguel Brewing International
South China Morning Post Publishers
Sun Hung Kai Properties
Television Broadcasts Limited
The Bank of New York Mellon
The Mentholatum Company
The Robinson Group Limited (Kim Robinson)
Zhejiang Medicine Co
TMT Tier 2
Mayer Brown provides an 'extremely resourceful service' to clients in the TMT sector, from complex M&A and outsourcing projects to IT agreements and licensing issues. 'Extremely responsive' team head Gabriela Kennedy provides a compelling mix of IP, regulatory and commercial expertise, enabling her to provide a one-stop shop service to clients across the spectrum of TMT issues impacting their businesses. Kennedy is abreast of many of the most cutting-edge issues within the sector and provides 'clear and sharp advice' to fintech clients involving issues around digital and mobile wallets, and emerging payment technologies. The team has also been active advising clients on data protection issues from a compliance perspective, as well as following a breach.
The firm is very resourceful on technology and data protection issues.
Gabriela Kennedy is extremely resourceful and advises us on technology and data protection issues.
Alibaba (including AliCloud, Youku, AG Tech)
Airport Authority Hong Kong
Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Hong Kong Limited
eBay / StubHub
Jardine Matheson & Company Ltd / Dairy Farm
LVMH Asia Pacific
Toys “R” Us
WTT Hong Kong Limited
Xperi Corporation (DTS, Inc)
Banking and finance Tier 3
Mayer Brown advises both lenders and borrowers on cross-border transactions, leveraged and acquisition finance, bilateral and syndicated loans, real estate finance, fund finance, structured finance, asset finance, project finance and trade finance. Other areas of expertise include capital call financings, loan-to-own financings, margin loans, distressed portfolio sales and work-outs, and bank governance and advisory services. Clients include debt funds, private equity houses, corporates, and international and regional banks and financial institutions based in PRC and Japan. Richard Stock heads up the team, which includes Fanny Wang, Francis Chen, Doo-Soon Doos Choi and Benjamin Sandstad. Also recommended is recently promoted partner Dion Yu.
‘There are very strong senior associates on the team, who are easily reachable’.
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Asia) Limited
Hang Seng Bank Limited
China Construction Bank
Bank of Communication
China Merchants Bank
China Minsheng Banking
China Development Bank
China Everbright Bank
Ping An Bank
China CITIC Bank
Capital markets (debt) Tier 3
Mayer Brown’s debt capital markets team in Hong Kong is particularly well-known for its strengths in the high-yield debt space; team head Jason Elder has nearly 20 years of experience in this area, and is a particularly stand out name. Also recommended is Thomas Kollar, who has handled more than 50 high-yield debt transactions globally. Complementing the firm's strengths in high-yield debt is a specialist corporate trust and agency practice, which advises on bond issuances, consents, liability management and restructurings. Kollar is increasingly active in investment grade and sovereign debt issuances. Reflective of its market reputation, the firm sits on the panels of various financial institutions and governments across Asia.
‘The strong relationship between the two senior capital markets partners Thomas Kollar and Jason Elder really helps define this team as one of the best in the market in terms of product expertise and experience’.
‘Thomas Kollar is a stand out partner with product expertise, commercial acumen and an ability to work with a wide variety of clients’.
‘It is a consistent and dedicated team, which is very client-focused and practical in its approach’.
‘Jason Elder is a fantastic client-driven and solution-focused professional’.
‘The team is responsive and knowledgeable about US laws’.
‘The strong relationship between the two senior capital markets partners Thomas Kollar and Jason Elder really helps define this team as one of the best in the market, in terms of product expertise and experience’.
Trade and Development Bank of Mongolia
Beijing Enterprises Holdings Limited
Hang Lung Properties Limited
Sinochem Offshore Capital Company Limited
The Bank of New York Mellon
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation
Citicorp International Limited
China Overseas Group Limited
PT Indika Energy Tbk
PTT Public Company Limited
China Taiping Insurance (HK) Company Limited
Zhuahai Huafa Group Co Ltd
Beijing Properties (Holdings) Limited
Emperor International Holdings Limited
Guotai Junan Securities (Hong Kong) Limited
Corporate (including M&A) Tier 3
Mayer Brown has a notable focus on heavily-regulated sectors and other industries where deep expertise is required, such as aviation, banking, chemicals, insurance, pharmaceuticals and real estate. Its team covers a full range of corporate issues for clients, including public and private M&A, private equity investments, spin-offs, joint ventures and strategic alliances. The group's expertise in this space is complemented by the firm's ability to offer support on related matters, such as competition clearances, CFIUS approvals, fund formation and tax planning. Hannah Ha leads the group, which was strengthened in 2019 by the arrivals of Steven Tran and Sheng Wu from Hogan Lovells and DLA Piper respectively.
‘Efficient, commercially sensible and always willing to run the extra mile’.
‘Hannah Ha is extremely efficient and wise, and she knows different cultures across the Asia-Pacific very well’.
China Overseas Land & Investment Ltd.
China Merchants Group
Dah Chong Hang
Sun Hung Kai
Merlin Entertainments Group
CapitaLand / Ascott
Shui On Land Limited
Tsingtao Brewery Company Limited
Principal International (Asia) Limited
Lai Sun Group
Menachem Hasofer and John Hickin head up the team at Mayer Brown. The practice is very well known for its expertise in construction-related arbitrations, and is also widely recognised for assisting Chinese state-owned enterprises with international disputes. Thomas So is a key name.
Mayer Brown's Hong Kong office forms a vital part of the firm's global offering for financial institutions, corporates and trustees engaged in complex derivatives and structured finance matters. 'Experienced and resourceful' team head Vincent Sum is qualified in Hong Kong, UK and New York, enabling him to provide an excellent global perspective for Asian clients on multi-jurisdictional capital markets mandates, including equity and commodities derivatives, and securitisations.
Capital markets (equity) Tier 4
Mayer Brown advises both issuers and underwriters on the entire ambit of equity capital markets transactions. In addition to undertaking pre-IPO work, the practice covers IPOs, rights issues, follow-on share placements, private investments in public equities and spin-offs. Jason Elder heads up the team.
Benefiting from a longstanding presence in the Asian market and also able to draw upon the expertise of lawyers from across the firm's international network, the 'communicative, friendly and professional' team at Mayer Brown is well-equipped to handle work for a diverse range of clients in the aviation and maritime sectors, from both a pan-Asian and international perspective. Maggie Cheung has close ties with many of the leading international and PRC banks lending into the maritime industry, while co-head Conor Warde continues to generate a substantial amount of work on behalf of PRC-based lessor clients, in particular. At associate level, Dora Ying is gaining market recognition and regularly takes the lead on behalf of banking clients on bilateral and syndicated financings. On the aviation front, Richard Stock heads up a 'strong practice' that is active across the gamut of financing work (for international and Chinese banks, as well as some airlines), as well as on other transactional work including aircraft trading.
‘The firm displays a deep understanding of the shipping market.’
CCB Financial Leasing
CM International Financial Leasing
The Caravel Group
China Development Bank
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines
Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha
The Export-Import Bank of China
ICBC Financial Leasing
Mayer Brown > Firm Profile
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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Mayer Brown is a global services provider comprising associated legal practices that are separate entities, including Mayer Brown LLP (Illinois, USA), Mayer Brown International LLP (England), Mayer Brown (a Hong Kong partnership) and Tauil & Chequer Advogados (a Brazilian law partnership) (collectively the “Mayer Brown Practices”) and non-legal service providers, which provide consultancy services (the “Mayer Brown Consultancies”). The Mayer Brown Practices and Mayer Brown Consultancies are established in various jurisdictions and may be a legal person or a partnership. Details of the individual Mayer Brown Practices and Mayer Brown Consultancies can be found in the Legal Notices section of our website.
Americas: Charlotte, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Washington DC.
Asia: Bangkok, Beijing, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo.
Europe: Brussels, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Paris.
Middle East: Dubai
Associated law firms: Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo (Tauil & Chequer Advogados).
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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
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.
Germany: Lending & Secured Finance
Published: July 2019
Authors: Dr. Martin Heuber LLM
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Lending & Secured Finance laws and regulations that may occur in Germany.
Hong Kong: Lending & Secured Finance
Published: July 2019
Authors: Fanny Wang Francis Chen Dion Yu Alvin Wong Jake Chan
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Lending & Secured Finance laws and regulations that may occur in Hong Kong.
United States: Lending & Secured Finance
Published: July 2019
Authors: Jeffrey P. Taft Mae Rogers Kevin C. McDonald Brian Trust Sean T. Scott Christopher M. Chubb Steven D. Garden Joaquin M. C De Baca Youmi Kim Frederick C. Fisher Beth D. Vogel Jaime L. Gatenio Jason Kirschner Scott Zemser Andy Adler
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Lending & Secured Finance laws and regulations that may occur in United States.
United States: Energy: Oil & Gas
Published: December 2019
Authors: Jose Valera Robert F.(“Bob”) Gray, Jr. Ana Estrada Rebecca R. Seidl
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Energy laws and regulations that may occur in United States.
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