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

Hong Kong > Antitrust and competition Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland combines litigation and regulatory expertise to service local and international clients from its base in Hong Kong. It has noted experience in advising the Competition Commission and the Communications Authority on a range of matters, and also acts for multinationals in relation to large multijurisdictional cases, leaning on its international network for support. Adam Ferguson heads the ‘solid and responsive‘ practice and is qualified in Hong Kong, England and Wales, and Ireland; he is experienced in the aviation, financial services, broadcasting and telecoms sectors. Mark Hughes is a name to note for disputes. Mark Yeadon retired in June 2021.

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Testimonials

‘The firm has a very experienced and talented competition team in Hong Kong’.

‘They have the ability to call on the broader strength of the firm’s European competition lawyers for additional experience and capacity’.

‘Adam Ferguson is a very smart and talented competition lawyer and leads the Hong Kong team’.

‘Adam Ferguson is easy to work with and clearly demonstrates substantive litigation knowledge’.

‘Adam Ferguson is capable of handling the most complex matters’.

‘Eversheds Hong Kong is among the leading competition practices in Hong Kong’.

‘They frequently act for the regulator – the Competition Commission – in major litigation, and so have unique insights into the regulatory environment’.

‘A very solid, hands-on and responsive competition litigation team’.

Key clients

Competition Commission

Cathay Pacific Airways

Communications Authority

CNPC

New World Developments

HNA

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Competition Commission in its first enforcement action under the Second Conduct Rule of the Competition Ordinance, alleging an abuse of market power by Linde and the involvement of an individual in the alleged abuse.
  • Acting for the Communications Authority (CA) in the defence of High Court judicial review proceedings brought by Hong Kong Telecommunications (HKT) Limited, against the CA and the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development.
  • Advising a number of airlines on competition and regulatory self-assessments.

Hong Kong > Labour and employment Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland, which acts for clients ranging from individuals to large multinationals, has recently advised on C-suite dismissals, COVID-19 issues and litigation involving issues over post-termination covenants. The team is led by Shanghai-based Jack Cai and Hong Kong-based Jennifer Van Dale, who specialises in non-contentious employment and data privacy work. Rachael Shek left for Clyde & Co LLP in December 2020.

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‘Depth of knowledge and experience. Advice is practical and benchmarked to market practice. Diverse team lead by a strong female partner. Unparalleled commitment to service and ability calibrate staffing to meet the needs to the client and transaction/matter needs.’

Jennifer van Dale. She has deep experience in the Hong Kong market and is a pre-eminent subject matter expert. Paired with that, she takes a commercial and problem-solving approach to her advice, so it is useful to her clients. She is a proactive partner to her clients.’

Eversheds Sutherland provides very practical business advice, as well as excellent legal advice, versus some other firms that simply write extensive memos quoting law but without any conclusions.’

Jennifer Van Dale is the driving force behind the Hong Kong employment practice at Eversheds Sutherland. She is an exceptional lawyer with practical advice that is actionable. Her depth and breadth of knowledge in employment law is outstanding.’

Key clients

Kering

FTI

Rolls Royce

Li & Fung

Mandarin Oriental Hotels

Robert Half International

China Mobile International

JAS Worldwide

Work highlights

  • Assisted JAS Worldwide with its acquisition of France’s Geopost to acquire its Tigers freight forwarding subsidiary.

Hong Kong > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland handles both contentious and non-contentious restructuring and insolvency matters under the leadership of Kingsley Ong. Ong, who speaks English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien and Teochew, also leads the debt capital markets, derivatives, structured finance and securitisation practices in Asia. The team has extensive experience in insolvency workouts and in unwinding complex financial instruments. Alex Doughty relocated from the London office in July 2020, and Kingsley Ong departed to CMS in November 2021.

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‘The team is very knowledgeable and epitomises the versatility that the firm offers’.

‘It offers top quality advice across a variety of transactions’.

‘Very responsive and commercially minded’.

Key clients

Axis Bank Limited

Bank J. Safra Sarasin

CMB Wing Lung Bank Limited

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

Gibson Innovations Limited

Golden Pillars (H.K.) Limited

Grant Thornton (as liquidators of Gibson Innovations)

The Great European Carnival Limited

Hempworks International Limited

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC) and Syndicated Bank Group

ICBC International

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

Li & Fung

Liberty Group

MDME Limited

Meritz Securities Co Ltd

Southwest Securities (HK) Brokerage Limited

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

Xiwang Special Steel Company Limited (HK Stock code 1266.hk)

Work highlights

  • Kingsley Ong acts as Hong Kong Law Expert Witness for the Hong Kong Liquidators, in a heavily contested US Chapter 15 recognition proceedings relating to Manley Toys.
  • Advised a leading HK-listed property development conglomerate on its successful HK$1.75bn debt restructuring.
  • Advised Gibson Innovations on its insolvency in 22 jurisdictions across 4 continents.

Hong Kong > Structured finance and securitisation Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland‘s five-strong team has strong connections with a wide range of clients, including arrangers, collateral managers, originators and trustees. Its work covers a myriad of securitisation and structured finance deals across multiple jurisdictions in the region. Fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese, Ong has a strong reputation advising on default-related work and excels in unwinding and closing out distressed/defaulted securitisations, derivatives and structured products. Recently promoted senior associate Polly Chiu is recommended.

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Testimonials

It is a capable DCM/banking team with a distinct edge in securitisation. Its track record and involvement in countless well-profiled deals speak for their sophistication and strong ability to execute complex projects.’

Simon Barrell is a very knowledgeable and experienced lawyer.’

Key clients

Bank J. Safra Sarasin Ltd

BOCI Leveraged & Structured Finance

Citibank

Citicorp International Limited

CMB International Finance

CMB International Securities Limited

CMBI Global Markets Limited

China Merchants Securities

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

DBS Bank

Glory Sun Securities Limited

Haitong International Securities

Hong Kong Capital Finance Corporation

HSBC

Li & Fung

Prudential Group

Siegfried Service Limited

Tian Lun Group Ltd/ China Tian Lun Gas Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Siegfried (as originator, servicer, transaction administrator) on a $1bn trade receivables securitisation tap programme.
  • Acted as lead transaction counsel for a leading Hong Kong money lender on a HK$2bn RMBS.
  • Advised a leading Hong Kong-listed property development conglomerate on its successful HK$1.75bn debt restructuring.

Hong Kong > Banking and finance Tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland has notable experience in commercial banking, trade finance, real estate finance, acquisition finance, project finance and structured finance deals. The practice handles domestic and cross-border bilateral and syndicated lending transactions and is led by Michael Yau, who advises local and PRC banks on lending, general banking, regulation and compliance matters.

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Testimonials

‘The team has a lot of experience on structured trade financings’.

‘Samuel Chau is excellent and very experienced in real estate financings’.

‘Michael Yau is our “go-to” for trade financings’.

‘The team is very attentive and have extensive knowledge’.

‘The team is tri-lingual and practical’.

‘They are flexible on fee arrangements and overall I find the firm good value for money’.

‘Eversheds is one of our bank’s go to firms who have consistently provided exceptional and reliable support to all of our needs’.

‘Quick turnaround time’.

Hong Kong > Capital markets (equity) Tier 4

Led by the ‘very experienced’ Stephen Mok , Eversheds Sutherland‘s ‘young and hungry‘ team provides ‘approachable and practical‘ advice to issuers from a range of sectors, including biotech, healthcare and property, on their Hong Kong IPOs, spin-off listings and secondary placings. The team’s ability to leverage an extensive international network also ensures that it is well-positioned to advise on complex multijurisdictional matters. Hong Kong and UK-qualified partner Dickson NG is ‘knowledgeable and pragmatic‘. Norman Hui joined Dentons Hong Kong in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Mok  (Head of Corporate, Asia)

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Testimonials

The Eversheds ECM team is young and hungry. They are approachable and practical, and are able to deal with complex multi-jurisdictional issues given the strong capability across their network.’

The team is very business-oriented.’

Stephen Mok is very experienced, with very good commercial sense.’

Dickson Ng is knowledgeable and hands-on, understands clients’ needs and is pragmatic.’

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

CCB International Capital Limited

Imagi International Holdings Limited

CGN New Energy Holdings Co., Ltd.

CITIC Resources Holdings Limited

Hong Kong > Corporate (including M&A) Tier 5

Eversheds Sutherland handles inbound Asian transactions for global clients as well as outbound transactions on behalf of China and Hong Kong-based entities. Charles Butcher heads the Asian international M&A and private equity practices; he is thoroughly experienced in multi-jurisdictional transactions, investments and projects with a track record in a diverse array of industries including TMT, life sciences, energy and financial services. Senior partner Stephen Mok spearheads the corporate offering and leverages notable knowledge in assisting Chinese enterprises on their Hong Kong Stock Exchange listings, as well as guiding Hong Kong-listed companies on main securities transactions and compliance.

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Testimonials

Their standout feature is thoughtful and meticulous service.

The professionalism and cooperative spirit of lawyers are the basis for our ongoing cooperation.

‘The team is very experienced and professional, knowledgeable. They are able to give professional and feasible advice when we come across problems within reasonable cost control. Also, the ability to explain and deliver their advice to lay-client. ’

‘The individuals are responsive, detailed-minded and patient, also quick response.’

‘The team is strong – all thoughtful and committed lawyers and technically adept. Their drafting and document presentation is of a very high standard. ’

‘Charles Butcher is an excellent partner – technically very knowledgeable and client-focused. Charles takes the time to consider the options and chooses the one best suited to his client. Charles’ knowledge of the Asian M&A market is extremely impressive. ’

‘The team are commercially focused and in tune with our needs. The seamless transition between Hong Kong and Shanghai teams gets results faster and with less fuss. Good use of technology sharing through the Collaborate Platform. Always willing to go the extra mile.’

‘Charles Butcher is a class act. As well as just getting the job done, provides very useful market/territory insight which is very valuable.’

Key clients

Baird Capital

Belt Road Investment Group

Cassia Investments

CGN Energy International Holdings Co., Limited

China-LAC Cooperation Fund

Cielo Talent

CITIC Limited

Eaton

FTI Consulting

G4S plc

Hanwha Asset Management

HNA Group

Iron Mountain

JAS Worldwide

Nissin Foods Company Limited

Owens & Minor

Rolls-Royce

Stolt-Nielsen

Tricor Group

Vecor Technologies Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised CGNEI on its acquisition of the 100% equity interest in the Brazilian wind power company Atlantic Energias Renováveis S.A. (Atlantic) from Actis Capital and the post-completion purchase price adjustment.
  • Advised CLAC Fund on its acquisition of a minority equity interest in the container terminal at Terminal De Containeres de Paranaguá, the second largest port in Brazil.
  • Advised CITIC Limited on its US$ 533 million sale of a 22% stake in McDonald’s mainland China and Hong Kong business to CITIC Capital.

Hong Kong > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 5

The ‘meticulous’ Eversheds Sutherland litigation and dispute management team is particularly strong in the administrative law, regulatory and financial services domains. Led by Mark Hughes, who has experience handling internal investigations and alleged misconduct enquiries, it also works on enforcement actions, primarily through competition specialist Adam Ferguson. Also of note are John Siu and Duncan Watt who are able to provide the commercial edge’ in disputes. Rachael Shek departed and previous practice head Mark Yeadon  left for Conyers earlier in 2021.

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Testimonials

‘Eversheds is one of our bank’s go to firms on litigation/contentious matters.’

‘John Siu and Duncan Watt are both very experienced and knowledgeable lawyers who can provide the commercial edge at all times.’

‘Hard-working and meticulous.’

Key clients

Communications Authority of Hong Kong (the regulator for telecoms and broadcasting)

Competition Commission of Hong Kong

DuPont

HSBC

Hang Seng Bank Limited

Madam Bi XiaoQiong

Mr. Han JianPeng

Incu Global Limited

Kyko Global Inc.

Bank of Communications Co., Ltd

BOCI Securities Limited

Barclay Pharmaceutical

China > Fintech: foreign firms Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland‘s Hong Kong-based Asia technology group acts for large institutional clients and start-up unicorns on a broad spectrum of technology matters. With established experience in technology, commercial and financial regulatory matters, the team has a particular focus on critical technology outsourcing transactions and digital transformation projects, including in the aviation sector. Representative work for the group ranges from infrastructure outsourcing (private and public cloud), core banking and payments platforms to software licensing and data centres.  Heading the firm’s technology practice group across Asia, Rhys McWhirter‘s recent experience includes leading (on behalf of global financial services institutions) the negotiation of several high-profile and novel emerging technology transactions, which involved blockchain and AI; and banking and finance leader Michael Yau handles fintech work.

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Rhys McWhirter managers the ES Asia TMT practice – and is an excellent contact. We work with Rhys on tech contracts throughout Asia and recommend his knowledge and expertise very highly.

Rhys McWhiter is a great contact for all TMT matters in China and Asia.

Rhys McWhiter is proactive and focused on achieving good commercial outcomes for his clients.

Key clients

Thought Machine Group

Ping Pong Global Payments

Sunrate Global Payments

VBill Payment

China Merchants Bank

Blackhawk Network

Blue Insurance

Work highlights

  • Advised Thought Machine Group on a number of strategic technology arrangements throughout Asia, which involved the licensing of its core-banking platform, Vault, to various financial institutions.
  • Advised international unicorn Ping Pong Global Payments on its charge card, merchant acquiring and payment facilitator businesses in Hong Kong.
  • Assisted China Merchants Bank with an innovative offering to its securities clients.

China > Corporate and M&A: foreign firms

Eversheds Sutherland, a UK-founded firm active in over 32 jurisdictions, is geared to support on both inbound Asian transactions for global clients as well as outbound transactions on behalf of China and Hong Kong-based entities. In Shanghai, Jack Cai spearheads the China inbound M&A team, often acting on behalf of major international companies on cross-border transactions. Jay Ze, who operates from the Beijing office, provides the department with transactional prowess in the energy and natural resources sector and fronts the corporate practice.

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Key clients

Baird Capital

Belt Road Investment Group

Cassia Investments

CGN Energy International Holdings Co., Limited

China-LAC Cooperation Fund

Cielo Talent

CITIC Limited

Eaton

FTI Consulting

G4S plc

Hanwha Asset Management

HNA Group

Iron Mountain

JAS Worldwide

Nissin Foods Company Limited

Owens & Minor

Rolls-Royce

Stolt-Nielsen

Tricor Group

Vecor Technologies Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised CGNEI on its acquisition of the 100% equity interest in the Brazilian wind power company Atlantic Energias Renováveis S.A. (Atlantic) from Actis Capital and the post-completion purchase price adjustment.
  • Advised CLAC Fund on its acquisition of a minority equity interest in the container terminal at Terminal De Containeres de Paranaguá, the second largest port in Brazil.
  • Advised CITIC Limited on its US$533m sale of a 22% stake in McDonald’s mainland China and Hong Kong business to CITIC Capital.

As a global top 15 law practice, Eversheds Sutherland provides legal advice and solutions to a global client base ranging from small and mid-sized businesses to the largest multinationals.

Our teams of lawyers around the world operate seamlessly to deliver the legal know-how and strategic alignment that clients need from their advisors to help further their business interests. Clients describe us as creative and well-versed in cutting edge legal work – we listen well in order to understand how and where we can be most effective and add the greatest value.

We shape our advice to the unique circumstances and challenges of each project, and ensure the right people are in the right places to offer insight and certainty – from the day-to-day to the most complex, multijurisdictional matters.

What unites us is our commitment to service excellence through a solution-oriented approach. We know our clients’ businesses, the industries and markets they operate in, and we know that great relationships yield the best outcomes.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Managing Partner Asia Stephen Kittsstephenkitts@eversheds-sutherland.com+852 2186 3262
Corporate Stephen Mokstephenmok@eversheds-sutherland.com+852 2186 3213
Banking and Finance Michael Yaumichaelyau@eversheds-sutherland.com+852 2186 3237
Litigation and Dispute Resolutions Mark Yeadonmarkyeadon@eversheds-sutherland.com+852 2186 3225
Intellectual Property Cedric Lamcedriclam@eversheds-sutherland.com+852 2186 3202
Employment Jennifer Van Dalejennifervandale@eversheds-sutherland.com+852 2186 4945
Commercial Rhys McWhirterrhysmcwhirter@eversheds-sutherland.com+852 2186 4969
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Simon Barrell photo Simon BarrellOf 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
Alex Doughty photo Alex DoughtyPartner
Adam Ferguson  photo Adam Ferguson Partner
Rachel Han  photo Rachel Han Registered Foreign Lawyer
Stephen Hopkins  photo Stephen Hopkins Partner
Mark Hughes photo Mark HughesHead 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 McWhirterPartner
Stephen Mok  photo Stephen Mok Asia Head of Corporate
Paul Moloney  photo Paul Moloney Registered Foreign Lawyer
Dickson NG photo Dickson NGPartner
Lemuella Ng  photo Lemuella Ng Associate
Luke K.Y. Ng  photo Luke K.Y. Ng Associate
Kingsley Ong  photo Kingsley Ong Partner
John Siu photo John SiuPartner
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 WattLegal 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
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Eversheds Sutherland: Wenzel Röhsner has been admitted to the Vienna bar

Wenzel Röhsner, LL.M. (29) has been admitted to the Vienna bar in March 2022 and appointed Legal Director at Eversheds Sutherland in Austria. He specializes in intellectual property and litigation law with a focus on tort, civil and corporate law.

Eversheds Sutherland is pleased to announce the admission of Michael Röhsner to the Vienna bar

Michael Röhsner, LL.M. (26) has been admitted to the Vienna bar in December 2021 and has been promoted to Legal Director at Eversheds Sutherland in Austria. He focuses on data protection, IT law and cybersecurity.

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