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

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Led by the 'smart and hardworkingKingsley OngEversheds Sutherland excels in providing highly bespoke advice to stakeholders in complex domestic and cross-border mandates. The team is well connected to local accounting and consultancy firms which are appreciative of its 'creativity and commerciality', and in the case of Ong, his ability to unwind complex structured finance products. Although the group is primarily focused on local mandates, aided by a growing international network, it is also picking up larger multi-jurisdictional mandates as evidenced by its recent role as debtor's counsel to Gibson Innovations on its high-profile insolvency.

Practice head(s):

Kingsley Ong

Other key lawyers:

Duncan Watt


‘The team provides well-considered and practical advice.’

‘The responsive Kingsley Ong has great expertise in the area.’

Key clients

Axis Bank

Borrelli Walsh

Dagong Ratings

Doctors Beck & Stone Limited

Ernst & Young (formerly JLA Asia) as liquidators of Manley Toys (HK), XG Holding Co., Limited

Gibson Innovations Limited

ICBC International

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

Liberty House Group

PricewaterhouseCooper as Joint & Several Liquidators of Maplin Electronics (HK) Limited

Tewoo (H.K.) Limited, Tewoo International Trade Co Ltd & Tianjin Huawu Trade Co., Ltd (PRC State Owned Enterprise Group)

Structured finance and securitisation Tier 3

Led by Kingsley OngEversheds Sutherland's one-partner team has a strong track record for arrangers, issuers and investors in the Asian market across the spectrum of structured finance, securitisation and derivatives transactions. Ong has also successfully positioned himself as one of the pre-eminent practitioners in the market for unwinding complex structured products in the context of insolvency proceedings. Associate Polly Chiu is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Kingsley Ong

Other key lawyers:

Polly Chiu; Simon Barrell

Key clients

Axis Bank

CMB International Finance

China Merchants Securities

E-Land Group

Fitch Ratings

GDS Holdings

Hong Kong Capital Finance Corporation


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

Meritz Securities

Oceanwide Holdings

Taipei Sky Tower Developer Group

WeLend Group

Banking and finance Tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland is strong in a variety of areas of banking and finance, with trade finance and real estate finance representing two particularly notable cornerstones of the work. Also notable is that project finance is another bedrock of the practice; the firm acts for sponsors, lenders, investors and governments in this space. Elsewhere, other drivers of activity include international bilateral and syndicated lending, structured finance, acquisition finance, equity and asset finance, securitisations, investment funds and regulatory matters. Michael Yau is the head of the practice in Asia. Alex Doughty, who specialises in energy sector transactions, relocated to the Hong Kong office from London. Samuel Chau and Jae Lemin are other notable individuals.

Practice head(s):

Michael Yau

Other key lawyers:


‘Very strong in trade finance’.   

‘Michael Yau is very experienced in trade finance; his advice on both contentious and non-contentious matters is prompt and practical’.      

‘Samuel Chau is an experienced and reliable partner, who our bank has worked with us over the years. He provides effective commercial advice within our budget constraints and timelines without fail’.


Key clients

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

China CITIC Bank International Limited

China Vanke Co., Ltd.

Standard Chartered


SilkRoad Partners

Chong Hing Bank

Capital markets (equity) Tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland’s corporate team works closely with its international network to provide full-service support to clients seeking listings in Asia, as well as those pursuing listings on international capital markets. It also handles secondary fund raisings, privatisations, reverse takeovers and regulatory compliance matters. Practice head Stephen Mok has assisted more than 30 companies with securing listings on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Mok

Other key lawyers:

Norman Hui; Sin-Joh Chuang; Amy Yu; Dickson Ng


‘Well organised team, which is led by experienced local partners and foreign- registered lawyers, who cover most major jurisdictions from Hong Kong’.

‘Eversheds Sutherland has very extensive experience and legal knowledge of the Hong Kong capital markets sphere, which makes it stand out among its peers’.

‘Dickson Ng provides hands-on, proactive and commercial advice’.

‘Provide reasonable and practical solutions’.

‘Norman Hui provides substantial support and practical solutions for listing issues’. 

Key clients

BOCOM International (Asia) Limited

Watts International Maritime Engineering Limited

Nomura International (Hong Kong) Limited

Lego Corporate Finance Limited

China Everbright Capital Limited

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

AOBiome Therapeutics, Inc.

TOM Group Limited

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 4

The 'highly responsive and knowledgeable' Mark Yeadon heads up the practice at Eversheds Sutherland. The 'dedicated' team provides 'reliable and effective advice' on a wide range of matters, including commercial disputes, financial litigation and contentious regulatory cases. In the case of the latter, telecom disputes have been prominent in the group's recent workload. Rachael Shek is a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Mark Yeadon

Other key lawyers:


‘Mark Yeadon has an exceptionally calm and measured approach to clients’ legal matters, providing sharp insights drawn from a wealth of experience in the commercial litigation field. He also has particular expertise in the immensely important and often contentious field of telecommunications regulation.’

‘Mark Yeadon leads a team with great expertise in telecoms matters, including competition issues.’

‘Mark Yeadon has huge experience of the sector and excellent judgment of litigation issues.’

Key clients

Barclay Pharmaceutical



Standard Chartered Bank


BOCI Securities

Corporate (including M&A) Tier 5

Eversheds Sutherland's team in Hong Kong works collaboratively with members of the Beijing and Shanghai offices to advise high-calibre clients on large cross-border M&A and private equity transactions. It acts for a mix of Chinese SOEs, US corporates, international corporates and private equity clients. Charles Butcher, who is the head of M&A in Hong Kong, has grown the firm's portfolio of regional and international mandates, and acts for clients in sectors such as TMT, life sciences, energy and natural resources. Asia corporate head Stephen Mok has over 25 years of M&A experience. Dickson Ng and Amy Yu are other key figures in the group.

Practice head(s):

Charles Butcher; Stephen Mok

Other key lawyers:


‘Holistic approach to M&A – bringing resources from all areas of the firm together to provide the best advice to the client’.

‘Network of reliable partners in case of the need to reach out externally for a specific enterprise in a jurisdiction or subject matter’.

‘Able to break down complex legal issues into simple,  easy to understand frameworks for clients’.

‘Very clear communication’.

Key clients

Baird Capital

CGN Energy International Holdings Co., Limited (CGNEI)

China Development Bank (CDB)

China Everbright

China National Petroleum Corporation

China Nuclear Power Engineering Co., Ltd. (CNPE)

China State Energy Engineering Corporation Ltd. (Sinomec)

China-LAC Cooperation Fund (CLAC Fund)


Delta Airlines


HNA Group

Iron Mountain Incorporated

Quad/Graphics, Inc.

Risen Energy

Sirtex Medical Limited



Photo Name Position Profile
 Tim Browning  photo Tim Browning Consultant
 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 Associate
 Jocelyn Chow  photo Jocelyn Chow Associate
 Sin-Joh Chuang  photo Sin-Joh Chuang Consultant
 Adam Ferguson  photo Adam Ferguson Registered Foreign Lawyer
 Rachel Han  photo Rachel Han Registered Foreign Lawyer
 Stephen Hopkins  photo Stephen Hopkins Partner
 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 Consultant
 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 Senior Associate
 Veronique Marquis  photo Veronique Marquis Partner
 Kirstin McCracken  photo Kirstin McCracken Consultant
 Stephen Mok  photo Stephen Mok Partner
 Paul Moloney  photo Paul Moloney Registered Foreign Lawyer
 Lemuella Ng  photo Lemuella Ng Associate
 Luke K.Y. Ng  photo Luke K.Y. Ng Associate
 Kingsley Ong  photo Kingsley Ong Partner
 Rachael Shek  photo Rachael Shek 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
 Mardi Wilson  photo Mardi Wilson Head of Eversheds Agile
 Michael Yau  photo Michael Yau Partner
 Mark Yeadon  photo Mark Yeadon Partner
 Amy Yu  photo Amy Yu Consultant
 Teresa Yuen  photo Teresa Yuen Associate
 David Zhang  photo David Zhang Associate