Firm Profile > Eversheds Sutherland > Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Eversheds Sutherland
37/F, One Taikoo Place, Taikoo Place
979 King's Road, Quarry Bay
Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Antitrust and competition Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland has developed a strong reputation for litigation/regulatory domestic work since Adam Ferguson relocated from the UK to spearhead the practice in 2015. As well as representing private clients in relation to cartel and dominance investigations, the firm's 'deep well of experience in the telecoms sector', enables it to provide 'invaluable insight' on behalf of that industry's regulator, the Communications Authority, including recently successfully defeating a judicial review brought against it by Hong Kong Telecommunications. Although the team is less active on merger control matters, it has successfully forged a strong reputation advising airlines on the competition law implications associated with joint ventures and strategic co-operation arrangements.

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‘The antitrust and competition team can draw from a deep well of experience, particularly in the field of telecommunications, which competition law issues have arisen for many years before the commencement of the Competition Ordinance.’

‘Mark Yeadon stands out for combining strength and experience in the areas of commercial litigation, competition law, and telecommunications regulation in a way that brings invaluable insights in each area.’

‘Adam Ferguson has a great store of knowledge and cross-jurisdictional experience in the area of competition law.’


Key clients

Cathay Pacific Airways

Air China

HNA Group


Communications Authority


Li & Fung

New World Developments

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland's fluid Hong Kong finance offering includes numerous lawyers who combine front-end transactional expertise, with a deep knowledge of workout/unwinding strategies, in the event of distress. This approach is encapsulated by Kingsley Ong, whose broad structured finance and securitisation transactional expertise ensures that he is particularly well-suited to advising on the unwinding of often very complex financial instruments in distressed situations. Although the firm is fairly balanced in terms of its debtor and creditor-side client base, under the guidance of Ong, who is fluent in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese, it has a particularly strong track record advising IPs on the Hong Kong aspects of major global restructurings.

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Key clients

Ernst & Young (Hong Kong Liquidators of Manley Toys Limited)

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC)

Alvarez & Marsal

PricewaterhouseCooper (liquidators of Maplin Electronics (HK) Limited)

Bank J. Safra Sarasin

Xiwang Special Steel Company Limited (HK Stock code

Southwest Securities

Gibson Innovations Limited

Liberty Group

ICBC International

Tewoo (H.K.) Limited and Tianjin Huawu Trade Co., Ltd.

Axis Bank

Golden Pillars (H.K.) Limited

Gam Kimura Commodity Trade Finance Fund Limited

Structured finance and securitisation Tier 3

The structured finance, securitisation, and derivatives team at Eversheds Sutherland handle transactions across Asia. Under the leadership of Kingsley Ong, the team advises on large securitisations and many complex derivatives and structured products in China, South Korea, India, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Associate Polly Chiu is recommended.

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Key clients

Bank J. Safra Sarasin

BOCI Leveraged & Structured Finance Limited

CMB International Securities

China Merchants Securities

DBS Bank

Siegfried Asset Management Limited

Hong Kong Capital Finance Corporation


KPMG (as Hong Kong liquidators of Lehman Brothers and MF Global)

Li & Fung Group (HKSE: 0494)

Meritz Securities (008560: KRX)

Oceanwide Holdings Ltd (HKSE: 0715)

Prudential Group

Southwest Securities (HK) Brokerage Limited

Taipei Sky Tower Developer Group

uSmart Securities

WeLend Group

Banking and finance Tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland handles domestic and international bilateral and syndicated lending trade finance, credit facilities, project finance, structured finance, acquisition finance, and bank regulatory issues and enforcement advice. Its client base includes sponsors, lenders, governments and investors. Head of practice Michael Yau counts international, local and PRC banks amongst his clients, and advises on financing and banking compliance matters.

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‘They are always very practical and give very holistic and sensible advice’.

‘Michael Yau is the partner we are working with, he is very responsive, flexible and always proactive’.

‘Well-rounded and experienced team providing value for money legal services’.

‘Samuel Chau will always go the extra mile in providing economical solutions for our Bank’s needs’.

‘Alex Doughty’s depth of experience across financial instruments gives him a unique ability to draft complex funding and derivative products’.

‘Jae Lemin is a consummate professional and a strong technical lawyer who is well known in the market’.

‘Goes beyond the strict scope of engagement and keeps a comprehensive view of the client’s interest’.

‘Responsive, thoughtful and very friendly’.

Key clients

China Cinda (HK) Asset Management Co., Ltd.

China CITIC Bank International Limited

China Vanke Co., Ltd.

Standard Chartered Bank


SilkRoad Partners

Chong Hing Bank

Baird Capital

CGN New Energy

Citibank, N.A.

Capital markets (equity) Tier 4

The Greater China capital markets team at Eversheds Sutherland handles fund raising financial transactions including IPOs, secondary fund raising, corporate restructuring, privatisations and reverse takeovers. Head of corporate Asia Stephen Mok has over 25 years’ corporate finance experience and speaks fluent English and Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin). Norman Hui was recently promoted to head of equity capital markets and is recommended for corporate finance, M&A and private equity transactions.

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‘Long-serving and stable team members’.

‘Hands-on involvement from senior members of the team’.

‘They provide practical advice to clients, striking the right balance between legal strictness and commercial viability’.

‘They have a young and vibrant team which is highly dependable and responsive’.

‘Dickson Ng stands out from the very strong corporate team’.

‘Dickson Ng leads by example and always puts his clients first’.

‘Dickson Ng has a level-headed character and a pragmatic approach’.

‘One of the most professional firms in town with good commercial connections and thus good business sense’.

Key clients

EuroEyes International Eye Clinic Limited

China International Capital Corporation Hong Kong Securities Limited (CICC)

Jilin Province Chuncheng Heating Company Limited

BOCI Asia Limited

Acme International Holdings Limited

Imagi International Holdings Limited

China Gas Industry Investment Holdings Co. Ltd.

Fortune Financial Capital Limited

Mont Avenir Capital Limited

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 4

The team at Eversheds Sutherland is led by Mark Yeadon. Past areas of instruction for the group include telecom disputes, financial litigation and commercial disputes.

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Labour and employment Tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland's 'very strong' team head Jennifer Van Dale has a long-established reputation in the market as a result of her ability to provide 'very commercial' advice to employers across a range of primarily non-contentious matters, including advice on the employment aspects of multi-jurisdictional projects handled by the firm, training and HR compliance issues.

Corporate (including M&A) Tier 5

The Greater China Corporate Group at Eversheds Sutherland advises household name clients on the full corporate life-cycle. Leaning on its global platform, the firm is able to provide a cohesive cross-border service. Head of practice Charles Butcher is recommended for regional and international M&A and private equity projects. Stephen Mok, who jointly heads the team, counts Chinese SOEs, privately-owned enterprises and international investment banks amongst his clients. Roderick Lai was promoted to partner.

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‘Excellent bench strength in the Corporate team and can cover international and Hong Kong matters’.

‘Charles Butcher is excellent, very practical and easy to work with’.

‘I’ve never seen a team that better marries legal risk and business risk in the same discussion’.

‘The team is empowered to make acceptable trade-offs, and keep critical momentum which ultimately substantially raises the probability of a successfully completed transaction’.

‘Stephen Mok is a great partner for matters with a PRC nexus, he bridges the cultural gap between China and the West with ease’.

‘The corporate team of Eversheds Sutherland is technically strong and very diligent’.

‘They have exceptional legal skills and knowledge of the market’.

‘The team is very strong technically and strives to provide excellent turn-around on material’.

Key clients

Baird Capital Partners

Belt Road Investment Group

Cassia Investments

CGN Energy International Holdings Co., Limited

China-LAC Cooperation Fund

Cielo Talent

CITIC Limited


FTI Consulting


Gemalto Group

General Motors

Helly Hansen

HNA Group

Iron Mountain

JAS Worldwide

New World Development Company

NFI Group


Specsavers Optical Group


China > Fintech: foreign firms Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland's Hong Kong-based practice focuses on strategic and bet-the-farm technology outsourcing and digital transformation projects, including high-profile transactions involving emerging technology and new fintech market entrants across Hong Kong and Asia. The practice advises financial services institutions on strategic technology and payments transactions, including infrastructure outsourcing (private and public cloud); open banking; core-banking and payments platforms; payment scheme arrangements; contact centre and telecoms services; enterprise software licensing; and data centre and application outsourcing arrangements. Joining in 2019 from PwC's associated Hong Kong legal, technology and digital practice (known as Tiang & Partners), Rhys McWhirter leads the TMT group in Hong Kong. Asia banking and finance head Michael Yau is also key to the practice.

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Cathay Pacific Airways

A leading regional airline in Asia

New World First Bus Services Limited

Citybus Limited

Fusion Bank

Photo Name Position Profile
 Simon Barrell photo Simon Barrell Of Counsel
 Charles Butcher  photo Charles Butcher Partner
 Wing Chan  photo Wing Chan Associate
 Samuel Chau  photo Samuel Chau Partner
 Viola Cheung  photo Viola Cheung Principal Associate
 Polly Chiu  photo Polly Chiu Senior Associate
 Jocelyn Chow  photo Jocelyn Chow Senior Associate
 Sin-Joh Chuang  photo Sin-Joh Chuang Consultant
Mr Alex Doughty photo Mr Alex Doughty Partner
 Adam Ferguson  photo Adam Ferguson Partner
 Rachel Han  photo Rachel Han Registered Foreign Lawyer
 Stephen Hopkins  photo Stephen Hopkins Partner
 Mark Hughes photo Mark Hughes Head of Litigation and Dispute Management
 Norman Hui  photo Norman Hui Partner
 Lucie Mary Igoe  photo Lucie Mary Igoe Associate
 Chaz Kittrell  photo Chaz Kittrell Associate
 Stephen Kitts  photo Stephen Kitts Managing Partner Asia
 Roderick Lai  photo Roderick Lai Partner
 Annie Lam  photo Annie Lam Consultant
 Andrew Lam  photo Andrew Lam Associate
 Kurt Lau  photo Kurt Lau Senior Associate
 Karen Lee  photo Karen Lee Associate
 Jae Lemin  photo Jae Lemin Partner
 Kelvin Li  photo Kelvin Li Associate
 George Lo  photo George Lo Senior Associate
 Charlie Markillie  photo Charlie Markillie Principal Associate
 Veronique Marquis  photo Veronique Marquis Partner
 Kirstin McCracken  photo Kirstin McCracken Consultant
 Rhys McWhirter photo Rhys McWhirter Partner
 Stephen Mok  photo Stephen Mok Asia Head of Corporate
 Paul Moloney  photo Paul Moloney Registered Foreign Lawyer
 Dickson NG photo Dickson NG Partner
 Luke K.Y. Ng  photo Luke K.Y. Ng Associate
 Lemuella Ng  photo Lemuella Ng Associate
 Kingsley Ong  photo Kingsley Ong Partner
 Rachael Shek  photo Rachael Shek Partner
 John Siu photo John Siu Partner
 Nigel Stamp  photo Nigel Stamp Partner
 Hannah Swift  photo Hannah Swift Consultant
 Jason Tam  photo Jason Tam Associate
 Ian Tam  photo Ian Tam Associate
 Leonie Tear  photo Leonie Tear Principal Associate
 Natalie Thorn  photo Natalie Thorn Registered Foreign Lawyer
 Jennifer Van Dale  photo Jennifer Van Dale Partner
 Duncan Watt photo Duncan Watt Legal Director
 Mardi Wilson  photo Mardi Wilson Head of Eversheds Agile
 Michael Yau  photo Michael Yau Asia Head of Banking & Finance
 Mark Yeadon  photo Mark Yeadon Partner
 Amy Yu  photo Amy Yu Partner
 Teresa Yuen  photo Teresa Yuen Associate
 David Zhang  photo David Zhang Associate

Eversheds Sutherland berät Reconomy bei Übernahme der deutschen Noventiz-Grupp

München, 10. Dezember 2020 - Die globale Wirtschaftskanzlei Eversheds Sutherland hat Reconomy, den führende Anbieter von Entsorgungs- und Rücknahmelösungen in Großbritannien, bei der Übernahme des deutschen Entsorgungsfachbetriebs Noventiz beraten. Verkäufer ist das deutsche PE-Haus SEAFORT Advisors.