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China > Real estate and construction: foreign firms Tier 1

Mayer Brown‘s integrated construction and real estate practice is well-equipped to advise a varied array of stakeholders, including funds, developers and end-users, across the gamut of contentious and non-contentious matters throughout Greater China. The ‘sheer volume of deals that they undertake every year is astonishing’ and this ensures that the team has an excellent perspective of market trends across the myriad of development, finance and M&A-related matters intersecting with commercial, residential, retail and logistics properties. While it does handle some contractor work, the construction team is best-known for its employer-side offering, where as well as advising on the front-end of deals  including a major piece of ongoing work for the Hong Kong Jockey Club on the 150-hectare construction of a facility for the training of Hong Kong’s thoroughbred racehorses, it is also extremely adept at advising on any disputes that may subsequently arise. Tom Fu, who splits his time between Hong Kong and Beijing, is leading on the aforementioned matter and is frequently at the forefront of the firm’s most significant construction projects throughout Greater China, as well as outbound and Belt & Road infrastructure and power projects. Shanghai-based partner Andy Yeo takes the lead on most of the highest-profile PRC-based real estate projects and is adept at advising on matters throughout the life cycle of a deal. Beijing-based counsel Rosalyn Han has a well-rounded construction offering and is a key member of the team that also includes Shanghai-based real estate-focused senior associate Ellen Zhang.

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‘The firm provides practical advice which suit our company’s needs.’

‘They are helpful and rich in legal and contractual experiences.’

The sheer volume of deals that goes through them every year is astonishing.’

Key clients

China Life Insurance (Overseas)

China State

Gaw Capital

Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited

Hong Kong Jockey Club

InfraRed NF Advisors

Shui On Building Contractors Limited

Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited

Swire Properties Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising The Hong Kong Jockey Club on their Conghua Training Centre in Guangdong, which involves the construction of a world-class facility for the training of Hong Kong’s thoroughbred racehorses.

China > Intellectual property: foreign firms Tier 2

Mayer Brown‘s Hong Kong-based IP practice is an active player in diverse sectors ranging from financial services, and construction to retail and TMT. In addition to its IP disputes credentials, the group has developed a sophisticated copyright licensing and franchising practice. Other areas of strength cover strategic IP reviews and audits, portfolio management, domain names, and trade mark advisory and enforcement work. Leading the IP team, Gabriela Kennedy is a member of the HKIAC panel of arbitrators for IP disputes and she handles the full spectrum of IP work, from litigation to licensing. Promoted to partner in 2020, Amita Haylock‘s track record includes a number of copyright and patent infringement proceedings involving software and electronics. Recently elevated to counsel, Michelle Yee predominantly handles non-contentious IP matters.

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Airport Authority Hong Kong

Alexandre de Paris International

Arup Group

Asia Video Industry Association

Charlotte Tilbury


Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong

Dairy Farm (Jardine Matheson & Company)

Entertainment One

Fast Retailing Co

Hong Kong Jockey Club

Hang Seng Bank

Henderson Land

Jack Daniel’s

Jimmy Choo Hong Kong

Lane Crawford

LOTTE Corporation

LVMH Fashion Group

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group



Nvidia Corporation

Ocean Park Corporation


Philips International

Renault Groupe

Riley Cillian Hong Kong

San Miguel Brewing International

Sino Group

Swire Group

Sun Hung Kai Properties

Soho House

Television Broadcasts

The Mentholatum Company

The Murray Hotel

Toys “R” Us

The Robinson Group

T Rowe Price International


Wynn Resorts

Zhejiang Medicine Co

China > Projects and energy: foreign firms Tier 2

Led from Beijing by the ‘impressive’ Hallam Chow, Mayer Brown provides ‘efficient and effective‘ advice to lenders and equity investors in projects involving gas-fired, coal-fired, renewables, infrastructure and manufacturing facilities. Noted for his ‘solutions-oriented and creative approach’, Chow is particularly effective in advising on complex project finance mandates, often involving a diverse group of finance providers. Recent highlights include advising on outbound mandates across a spread of jurisdictions, including a considerable number of matters for Chinese commercial and development banks engaged in African projects. Boya Shen was promoted to partner in January 2021.

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‘The team was very efficient and effective on the resolution of various new problems which we faced during negotiation.’

‘We are very impressed by Hallam Chow’s solutions-oriented and creative approach, deep sector knowledge, efficient team management, fairness and transparency.’

China > Banking and finance: foreign firms Tier 3

Mayer Brown‘s team advises on leveraged and acquisition finance and bi-lateral and syndicated loans, along with real estate, structured and asset finance. The practice also houses experienced project and trade finance practitioners. Hallam Chow works with Chinese and international lenders and borrowers on major outbound and inbound transactions in multiple sectors, and project and structured finance expert Boya Shen was elevated to the partnership in January 2021. Richard Stock leads the Asia banking and finance practice from Hong Kong.

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China Gas Capital Management

Asian Development Bank


China CITIC Bank International

Bank of China (Hong Kong)

CMB Wing Lung Bank

China > Investment funds: foreign firms Tier 3

Addressing the legal, regulatory, tax and commercial challenges facing investment fund clients, Mayer Brown‘s Hong Kong-based practice acts for investment fund sponsors, institutional investors and other market participants in the alternative investment fund space. The principal practitioners are Robert Woll who advises both sponsors and investors, and private equity practice head Mark Uhrynuk who is recommended for establishing private equity, infrastructure and real estate funds, and assisting with private equity and venture capital investments, secondary transactions, and strategic alliances.

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Excelsior Capital Asia

CICC Capital Management

Macquarie Capital

Jade Invest (Jade Private Capital Management)


BEI Capital Partners

Wang On Properties

Dragon Capital Group

GLy Capital Management

Metropolitan Life Insurance Company

China > Restructuring and insolvency: foreign firms Tier 3

The cross-border work of Mayer Brown‘s Asia-Pacific restructuring practice is further supported by restructuring practices in Europe and the Americas. Key areas of focus for the practice include multi-jurisdictional restructuring, multi-bank workouts, liquidations, resumption of trading in listed shares through provisional liquidation mechanisms, and bond restructurings. Hong Kong-based John Marsden leads the team that regularly acts in high-profile and large-scale restructurings and insolvencies mandates, and is supported by Tom Pugh.

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Tom Pugh; Terence Tung


Innovative, experienced and efficient.

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Huarong Asset Management

China Construction Bank (Asia) Corporation

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

China Development Bank

Bain Capital



Ernst & Young

FTI Consulting

International Finance Corporation

Malayan Banking Berhad








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China > TMT: foreign firms Tier 3

Fielding ‘a deep bench of experts in the TMT space‘, Mayer Brown‘s Greater China team advises on technology outsourcing, data privacy, telecoms issues, domain name disputes, and regulatory and contentious media matters. In Hong Kong, co-leader of the global IP practice, Gabriela Kennedy, also leads the Asia IP and TMT group, in which recently promoted Amita Haylock is ‘a standout partner‘.

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The team has a deep bench of experts in the TMT space – knowledgeable, very reputable and highly recommended in the market.

They have good technical expertise as well as client-care skills.

We have always found them to be responsive to client needs.

Very knowledgeable about HK, China and cross-border issues.

Gabriela Kennedy has a (well-deserved) solid reputation for expertise and technical quality in her areas of practice. Our clients are very demanding and we want to make sure that we get a sound, balanced view that also takes into account a practical feel for issues – Gabriela is that rare practitioner who can offer such perspectives.

Gabriela Kennedy is a longstanding expert in the region.

Amita Haylock is a standout partner.

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Airport Authority Hong Kong


Burberry Group



Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Hong Kong





Entertainment One

Fung Group

Hysan Development

Jardine Matheson & Company

LVMH Asia Pacific

McDonald’s Corporation

Mandarin Oriental



Television Broadcasts

Toys “R” Us

Xperi Corporation

China > Private equity: foreign firms Tier 4

Mayer Brown‘s Hong Kong-based group leverages the firm’s extensive international network to handle cross-border transactions. In addition to advising sponsors and investment funds on their investments, the practice assists with fund formation, fund finance, separate accounts arrangements, club deals, portfolio transactions, fund administration and regulatory matters. The key advisers are corporate and securities specialist Mark Uhrynuk , regional private equity head Steven Tran, and real estate experts David Ellis  and Ricky Yiu .

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TPG Capital

LimeTree Capital

Excelsior Capital Asia

Leapfrog Investments



Principal Financial


Gaw Capital Partners

BEI Capital Partners (HK)

IGIS Asset Management Company

China > Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 5

Mayer Brown is well-equipped to support on cross-border transactions. The practice is led by Hannah Ha in Hong Kong and is adept in a broad variety of transactions including asset sales and purchases, spin-offs, stock transactions, venture capital and private equity transactions, joint ventures and direct inbound investments. The department advises on a balanced mix of 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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‘Professional, thoughtful and the lawyers have excellent communication skills.’

‘Hannah Ha is professional, experienced and enthusiastic, with good communication skills.’

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


Work highlights

  • Advised Link REIT on its acquisition of the office building at 25 Cabot Square (“The Cabot”) in Canary Wharf, London from HGR Liquidating Trust (formerly Hines Global REIT) for £380m (subject to adjustment).
  • 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.

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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