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Mayer Brown
Hong Kong

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 YimTow Lu Lim, who has expertise in handling warranty and indemnity insurance disputes, and Marina Fung, who handles motor and product liability work.

Key clients



Hartford Financial Services Group

Peak Reinsurance

Labour and employment Tier 1

Co-headed by 'the very commercialDuncan Abate and Hong TranMayer 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.

Leading individuals

Next Generation Partners

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.

Key clients

Swire Properties

Airport Authority of Hong Kong

The University of Hong Kong

Gaw Capital

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.’

Key clients

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

Macquarie Capital

Bain Capital



Ernst & Young


FTI Consulting

Chong Hing Bank

International Finance Corporation

Malayan Banking Berhad

BNP Paribas

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

Deutsche Bank

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.

Leading individuals

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 HasoferMei Ling LewVenna Cheng and counsel Felicia Lee are key contacts.

Key clients

Swire Properties

Wynn Resorts Macau

Hong Kong Housing Society

MTR Corporation

West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA)

Airport Authority Hong Kong

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 2

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.

Leading individuals

Next Generation Partners

Key clients

DBS Bank

MTR Corporation

Nam Tai Group

Norddeutsche Landesbank

Wynn Macau

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.

Key clients




Alibaba (and many of its subsidiaries)

Airport Authority Hong Kong

Agoda Services Company


Alexandre de Paris International

Aristocrat Leisure

Asia Video Industry Association

Cassia Investments


Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong

dormakaba Group

DTS, Inc (under Xperi Corporation)

Jardine Matheson & Company Ltd / Dairy Farm Group

Entertainment One

Fung Group

Hong Kong Jockey Club

Hang Seng Bank

Henderson Land

Jack Daniel’s

Lane Crawford

LVMH Fashion Group

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group


Nvidia Corporation

Ocean Park Corporation

Philips International

Procter & Gamble

RGE Group


San Miguel Brewing International

Sino Group

South China Morning Post Publishers

StubHub Inc

Swire Group

Sun Hung Kai Properties

Television Broadcasts Limited

The Bank of New York Mellon

The Mentholatum Company

The Robinson Group Limited (Kim Robinson)


Wynn Resorts

Zurich Insurance

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.

Leading individuals


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. 

Key clients


Alibaba (including AliCloud, Youku, AG Tech)

Airport Authority Hong Kong


Burberry Group



Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Hong Kong Limited



eBay / StubHub

Entertainment One

Fung Group

Hysan Development

Jardine Matheson & Company Ltd / Dairy Farm

LVMH Asia Pacific

McDonald’s Corporation

Mandarin Oriental


Television Broadcasts

Toys “R” Us


WTT Hong Kong Limited

Xperi Corporation (DTS, Inc)

Zurich Insurance

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 WangFrancis ChenDoo-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’.

Key clients

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

DBS 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’.

Key clients

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’.

Key clients

Cathay Pacific

Kerry Properties

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

Dispute resolution: international arbitration Tier 3

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.

Leading individuals

Structured finance and securitisation Tier 3

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.

Asset finance (including aviation and shipping finance)

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.

Leading individuals: Aviation Finance

Leading individuals: Shipping Finance

Rising stars: Shipping Finance


‘The firm displays a deep understanding of the shipping market.’

Key clients

CCB Financial Leasing

Norddeutsche Landesbank

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

Cathay Pacific

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.

Other offices:

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).

Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust and competition Hannah Ha +852 2843 4378
Antitrust and competition John Hickin +852 2843 2576
Asset finance Richard Stock +852 2843 2368
Asset finance Maggie Cheung +852 2843 2450
Banking and finance Richard Stock +852 2843 2368
Construction and engineering Geoffrey Chan +852 2843 4200
Construction and engineering Menachem Hasofer +852 2843 2384
Corporate/M&A, private equity Jason Elder +852 2843 2394
Corporate/M&A, private equity Jacqueline Chiu +852 2843 2447
Employment and benefits Duncan Abate +852 2843 2203
Financial services regulatory and enforcement Sara Or +852 2843 2268
Insurance and reinsurance Angela Yim +852 2843 4503
Insurance and reinsurance TL Lim +852 2843 4490
Insurance and reinsurance Marina Fung +852 2843 4407
Intellectual property and TMT Gabriela Kennedy +852 2843 2380
Litigation and dispute resolution Thomas So +852 2843 4502
Litigation and dispute resolution John Hickin +852 2843 2576
Real estate Keith Cheung +852 2843 4331
Restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency John Marsden +852 2843 2584
Finance and securitisation Vincent Law +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.