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Clifford Chance
27TH FLOOR JARDINE HOUSE
ONE CONNAUGHT PLACE
HONG KONG
Hong Kong

Banking and finance Tier 1

Clifford Chance advises on Hong Kong, English, Australian and US law. It is adept at handling cross-border transactions, complex syndicated financings, bilateral loans, leveraged and acquisition finance, project finance, real estate, development finance and structured finance transactions. Clients include international domestic investment banks, private equity sponsors, funds, borrowers and corporates. Matthew Truman is recommended for his experience of acquisition finance transactions and restructuring. Anthony Wang - who speaks English, Cantonese and Mandarin - handles leveraged finance and syndicated loan financings. Dauwood Malik focuses on syndicated lending and financings connected with the acquisition of European real assets. Vicky Ma is experienced in China outbound finance and project finance. Consultant Clara Shirota specialises in syndicated lending, leveraged and acquisition finance.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Wang

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Ping An Bank Co., Ltd.

Bank of China

HSBC

Navis Capital

CVC

Goldman Sachs

Hillhouse Capital and CDH Investments

China CITIC Bank International Limited

China Construction Bank

Credit Agricole

Capital markets (debt) Tier 1

Clifford Chance's heavyweight team distinguishes itself in a wide range of matters, including Reg S/144A bonds, high-yield bonds, hybrid securities, regulatory capital, medium-term note programmes, certificates of deposit and commercial paper programmes. It has advised on more than 320 international public bond issuances since 2016. Clients include Chinese state-owned enterprises (SOEs), privately-owned enterprises (POEs), financial institutions and government finance vehicles. Connie Heng, who has over 20 years of experience acting for Chinese and international clients, leads the team. Matthew Fairclough advises underwriters, corporates, financial institutions and sovereign issuers and trustees in Hong Kong, China and across the Asia-Pacific region. Recently promoted partner Mark Chan has expertise in convertible and exchangeable bonds, green and sustainable bonds, among other matters. Angela ChanDavid Tsai and Richard Lee are among other key figures.

Practice head(s):

Connie Heng

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Fairclough; Mark Chan; Richard Lee; Alexander Lloyd; Fang Liu; Angela Chan; David Tsai; Corey Zhang; James Booth

Testimonials

‘An international practice covering wide spectrum of specialisations’.

‘The firm is closely in touch with regulatory bodies in Asia’. 

‘Connie Heng, Mark Chan and Angie Yeung are all very knowledgeable and competent in their field’. 

Key clients

Bank of China

China International Capital Corporation

ICBC International

HSBC

Guotai Junan Securities

Standard Chartered

J.P. Morgan

Citi

Beijing Capital Group Co., Ltd

China Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China, Ltd

Capital markets (equity) Tier 1

In 2018, Clifford Chance's team completed nine IPOs on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange for Chinese companies, which had raised circa $15.8bn. In addition to being prominent in high-profile listings, the group also advises on takeovers, pre-IPO investments and secondary offerings, among other matters. Its client roster spans sectors such as TMT, financial services, healthcare and consumer goods. Amy Lo has over 30 years of experience of corporate finance and securities transactions in greater China and further afield in Asia. Another name to note is Christine Xu, who recently made partner. Virginia LeeLiu FangFrank Yuen and Corey Zhang are also recommended. Tim Wang is the main contact in Beijing.

Practice head(s):

Amy Lo; Tim Wang (Beijing)

Key clients

China Tower

Xiaomi

Ping An Healthcare and Technology Company Limited (Ping An Good Doctor)

Huifu Payment

iDreamSky Technology Holdings Limited

Haidilao

China Renaissance

Bank of Jiujiang

China Literature Limited

Qingdao Haier

Weimob Inc.

Chengdu Expressway

China Kepei

Maoyan Entertainment

Shenwan Hongyuan Group

Haitong Unitrust

Hansoh Pharmaceutical

Corporate (including M&A) Tier 1

Clifford Chance's outstanding track record in big-ticket, strategically significant corporate transactions is underpinned by its ability to provide full-service support. It combines M&A expertise with strengths in ancillary areas, such as regulatory, antitrust, intellectual property, acquisition finance, investment funds and capital markets. Led by Andrew Whan, the team advises on public and private M&A, China inbound and outbound M&A, and other cross-border transactions for international and domestic enterprises. It acts for clients from a wide range of industries, including technology, energy, infrastructure, healthcare, industrial, finance and consumer goods. Whan's group includes Emma Davies, who is experienced in M&A and joint ventures across the Asia-Pacific region, with a particular focus on China. Amy Ho has particular experience of the insurance, consumer goods and retail real estate sectors. Christine Xu and Tianning Xiang made partner.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Whan

Other key lawyers:

Emma Davies; Amy Ho; Christine Xu; Tianning Xiang; Maureen Ho; Virginia Lee; Frank Yuen; Bryan Koo

Testimonials

‘Great at advising on the legal aspects and also excellent at bridging differences between Chinese and European cultures’.

‘They have been excellent in helping us through the entire structuring and documentation process’.

‘Exceptional experience, creative problem solving and unrivalled reputation’. 

‘Amy Ho is an exceptional practioner and is super-responsive. She has been very creative in structuring fee arrangements that work for us, and is always mindful of staffing deals efficiently’.

Key clients

New World Development / NWS Holdings

Sun Hung Kai

CICC

Bank of China (Hong Kong)

CITIC

Ping An Good Doctor

Pfizer

Abbott

State Grid

EDF

Dispute resolution: international arbitration Tier 1

Viewed by some as 'a go-to firm for high-value, complex arbitration disputes', Clifford Chance stands out for its 'deep bench' of 'tenacious, efficient and very results-focused' practitioners. Private equity-related disputes form the backbone of the practice, and the team is equally adept at handling contentious work for clients in the technology, finance, infrastructure and aviation sectors. Cameron Hassall heads the team, splitting his time between Sydney and Hong Kong. Thomas Walsh was promoted to partner in May 2019. Senior associate Tania Tse is singled out for her 'outstanding work ethic'.

Practice head(s):

Cameron Hassall

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Thomas Walsh is an exceptional lawyer; he has an infectious passion for arbitration and is incredibly grounded‘.

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 1

In the words of one client, Clifford Chance's litigation team is 'probably the strongest in Hong Kong', providing clients with 'incredible support and sound advice'. The firm's expertise spans a wide spectrum of contentious matters and the practice reports an uptick in disputes involving trusts and wealth management. The group continues to act for a major UK financial institution regarding its discovery of an internal fraudulent scheme, resulting in the misappropriation of approximately $30m from the accounts of customers and the bank, which had been taking place for over 15 years. Brian Gilchrist and Elaine Chen have moved to Gibson Dunn.

Investment funds Tier 1

Clifford Chance's market-leading team handles hedge funds, private equity, real estate and registered funds. It has over 35 years of experience in Hong Kong and has dealt with many market firsts in the wider region, including China and the Asia-Pacific region. Areas of expertise include integrated US funds, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) rules and tax. Clients include hedge fund managers, pension funds, insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds, supra-national institutions, and sponsors, issuers, and underwriters in the real estate sector. Team co-head Mark Shipman is recommended for his expertise in the structuring, establishment and promotion of all types of investment funds. He is a board director of the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) and a member of the Advisory Committee and Products Advisory Committee to the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), among other positions. Matthias Feldmann, who also heads the team, is recommended for all types of fund work. Rocky Mui was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Mark Shipman; Matthias Feldmann

Other key lawyers:

Rocky Mui; Benjamin Lohr; Viola Lui; Albert Fu; Teresa Leung

Testimonials

‘Overall the team is outstanding and consistently delivers top-tier services’

‘Like many other top-tier firms, they have a detailed understanding of the asset management industry, how different stakeholders work on a daily basis and the range of products that are available in the market around the world’

‘They can truly offer a seamless service globally with a consistent level of high-quality service’

‘Generally the partners that we work with are technically very strong, they understand the market, products and regulatory environment (particularly the latest developments) extremely well, down to the smallest details’

‘They give very well-analysed, pragmatic and thorough advice that leave no stones unturned’

‘Most importantly, they work very efficiently and give great value for money, which is very important in the current environment’

‘Mark Shipman has a lot of experience in funds and regulatory matters’

‘Teresa Leung is technically strong’

Key clients

Snow Lake

Invesco

Chelsfield Asia

Phoenix Property Investors Limited

GE Capital

HOPU Capital

Oasis Management

ICBC International

CICC

Neuberger Berman

Private equity Tier 1

Benefiting from deeply entrenched ties with international sponsors as well as pan-Asian and China-based funds, Clifford Chance has exposure to a wide range of mandates in the region and is consequently well-versed in current market norms. Working closely with the office's pre-eminent finance team on leveraged deals, and able to tap into the firm's vast global network of offices, the team is a natural choice for clients on big-ticket cross-border mandates where it is also able to leverage the firm's strong competition capabilities should the need arise. As well as the team's strength advising sponsors on the downstream investment work, it is also well-placed to follow the client through to an exit strategy, whether it be via an M&A process or a listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Co-heads Andrew Whan and Neeraj Budhwani have an excellent reputation in the market and both regularly lead on the highest-profile matters handled by the team. Whan recently advised MBK Partners and TPG portfolio company WTT on its merger with Hong Kong Broadband Network.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Whan and Neeraj Budhwani

Other key lawyers:

Bryan Koo; Maureen Ho

Key clients

CVC Capital Partners

Carlyle

Affinity Equity Partners

Actis

Partners Group

Permira

TPG Capital

PAG

MBK

EQT

Regulatory Tier 1

Clifford Chance's team was recently bolstered by the arrival of Jimmy Chan, formerly a director at Hong Kong's Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), and the promotion to partner of Rocky Mui. The group provides 'clear and effective advice' to global financial institutions regarding SFC investigations and Market Misconduct Tribunal (MMT) proceedings, and has been particularly busy assisting clients from the cryptocurrency space. Mark Shipman and Donna Wacker are key names, and consultant Viola Lui is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Mark Shipman; Donna Wacker

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

RBS

Bank of Montreal

Invesco

Schroder Investment Management

HSBC Global Asset Management

UBS

JP Morgan

CPPIB

Banco Santander

Structured finance and securitisation Tier 1

Led from Hong Kong by Francis Edwards and also able to leverage the expertise of practitioners throughout the region, including in Singapore and mainland China, Clifford Chance provides comprehensive coverage to clients across the gamut of complex derivatives, structured products and securitisation transactions and regulatory matters. Edwards regularly advises international investment banks and Chinese banks as issuers/arrangers of sophisticated products; he recently acted for Standard Chartered Bank in connection with a securitisation programme for its trade finance business (in what was the first-ever public trade finance securitisation involving only a single bank). Splitting his time between Hong Kong and Beijing, Terry Yang focuses on PRC-related work, from both a regulatory and transactional perspective. In addition to handling matters for PRC banks, Yang is also active on the buy-side for Chinese investors, who are appreciative, not only of his subject matter knowledge across the gamut of structured finance, but also his Mandarin-speaking capabilities. The team also provides regulatory advice to market infrastructure providers, including its recent work for the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on the regulatory and operational issues associated with the launch for trading of physically-settled Gold Futures contracts denominated in Offshore Renminbi and US Dollars.

Practice head(s):

Francis Edwards

Other key lawyers:

Terry Yang; James Pedley

Key clients

Standard Chartered Bank

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Goldman Sachs

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing

Antitrust and competition Tier 2

Led out of Hong Kong by the 'exceptionally analyticalRichard Blewett and also benefiting from a significant presence in mainland China, Clifford Chance 'brings extensive local knowledge and experience along with unparalleled international reach'. Unsurprisingly given the firm's preeminent M&A reputation, the team handles a significant amount of merger control matters, either in the context of Asia specific deals or as an integral part of the global competition team on big-ticket multi-jurisdictional M&A mandates which often involves securing clearances in the EU, US and China. Although the firm is sector agnostic, it is particularly adept at handling mandates within the TMT, energy, retail and financial services sectors.

Practice head(s):

Richard Blewett

Testimonials

‘The team has unparalleled experience, reputation, and connection to colleagues in all the important competition jurisdictions.’

‘Richard Blewitt embodies the blend of local knowledge and experience with international expertise.’

Key clients

The Coca-Cola Company

Pfizer

GE

Permira

JIC Huawen Investment Co

LEGO

Abbott

HKBN

Shell Hong Kong Limited

State Development & Investment Corporation

Real estate Tier 2

Matthias Feldmann and Dauwood Malik head up the team at Clifford Chance. The group is well known for operating as part of a real estate, gaming and lodging practice, and counts real estate M&A, joint ventures, high-value refinancings and acquisitions among its areas of expertise. Recent work includes advising Kai Tak Sports Park Limited (a consortium made up of New World Development and its subsidiary NWS Holdings) on the successful award of a 25-year contract worth $3.8bn to design and build the Kai Tak Sports Park.

Practice head(s):

Matthias Feldmann; Dauwood Malik

Key clients

HSBC

CK Asset Holdings

Chelsfield Group (Asia)

Kai Tak Sports

Phoenix Property Investors

Regulatory: anti-corruption and compliance Tier 2

Clifford Chance's team is led by Wendy Wysong, who is the head of the Asia Pacific anti-corruption practice and splits her time between Washington DC and Hong Kong. The firm counts multinational entities among its clients, which benefit from the practices US- and Asia Pacific-based expertise. The practice also reports an uptick in instructions from the insurance and fintech sectors.

Practice head(s):

Wendy Wysong

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Headed from Hong Kong by the 'excellentScott Bache and aided by an extensive global network that includes key Asia Pacific offices in Australia and Singapore, Clifford Chance excels in handling big-ticket pan-Asian mandates, as well as global matters involving a significant nexus to Asia. The team is particularly accomplished acting for funds as creditors, as well as for international and Chinese banking clients. Recent highlights included the representation of an ad-hoc committee of lenders with vast exposure to the troubled Noble Group and subsequently for Deutsche Bank as major trade finance provider to the New Noble Group. Consultant Joanna Charter  is also a key member of the team and is active across the full range of stressed, distressed and insolvent situations, particularly on behalf of banking clients.

Practice head(s):

Scott Bache and Donna Wacker

Other key lawyers:

Joanna Charter; Robert Child; Phoebe Lo

Key clients

Deutsche Bank

Orchard Capital Partners

China Development Bank

Tax and trusts Tier 2

Benefiting from an 'impressive depth of technical know-how', the 'client-friendly' team at Clifford Chance provides 'thorough and conscientious advice' across the spectrum of tax, trusts and probate work for global and regional corporates, trust corporations, ultra-high-net-worth individuals and family offices. Although the team is increasingly active on the advisory front, it is best known for its ability to handle big-ticket tax and trusts litigation. Brian Gilchrist and Elaine Chen, as well as of counsel Alex Wong, all moved to Gibson Dunn in January 2020.

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Fay

Labour and employment Tier 3

Despite lacking the critical mass of some of its higher-ranked peers in the market, Clifford Chance's one-partner team excels at handling multi-jurisdictional and multi-disciplinary mandates by virtue of its wide-ranging international network and full-service capabilities. This manifests itself most visibly in relation to the employment work associated with M&A and corporate reorganisations handled by the firm. On the contentious front, 'extremely smart, pragmatic and responsive' team head Anita Lam has 'in-depth market knowledge' and has been particularly active of late representing major corporates and financial services clients in relation to sexual harassment (#MeToo) and victimisation disputes/investigations. Brian Gilchrist has joined Gibson Dunn.

Practice head(s):

Anita Lam

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Cheng

Testimonials

‘What distinguishes Clifford Chance from other law firms, is its absolute understanding of the needs of in-house counsel when dealing with multiple internal and external stakeholders in sensitive matters and the consistency of the advice throughout the network.’

‘Anita Lam is always available when needed and is ready to answer the tough questions.’

Intellectual property Tier 4

Led by Ling Ho from the firm's Hong Kong office and also supported by practitioners spread through the firm's Asia Pacific network of offices, Clifford Chance excels in acting for international corporates (many of them institutional clients of the firm) on their Greater China trade mark/brand portfolio management matters, as well as for regional clients on their international IP requirements. Recent highlights include Ho's work, alongside  practitioners from the firm's Shanghai office, for an infant nutrition company in an appeal to the PRC Supreme People's Court on trade mark infringement and unfair competition actions against a Chinese entity. The team also excels at handling transactional/commercial IP matters, with regular work including advice on technology transfers, licensing arrangements, joint venture agreements and IP due diligence related to M&A handled by the firm.

Practice head(s):

Ling Ho

Testimonials

‘Clifford Chance’s Intellectual Property (“IP”) practice group distinguishes itself from peers by its good business acumen, proficiency in IP-intensive transactions, practical working approach and result-orientation. My in-house peers may turn to this practice group to get its expertise in IP-intensive transactions.’

‘Ling Ho(the partner), Yi Yang(of counsel) and Ernest Shen (the associate) had delivered high-quality services relying on its rich experiences in cross-jurisdiction IP-intensive transactions, good business acumen and deep insights into business contexts. All these make this team unique compared with other competitors and worthy of recommendation.’

Asset finance (including aviation and shipping finance)

Although it only has one partner on the ground in Hong Kong, Clifford Chance works in a highly coordinated fashion with practitioners in mainland China, and is consequently viewed as a 'market-leading' practice in the region on behalf of financiers and lessors, in particular. Team head Paul Greenwell has many years' experience handling mandates throughout Asia Pacific and is 'very highly regarded in relation to deals involving a Japanese component'. In addition to handling pure finance work, the team is also very active for lessors on portfolio acquisitions and disposals, the establishment of leasing platforms, and M&A activity in the sector.

Practice head(s):

Paul Greenwell

Other key lawyers:

Hetty Lam

Key clients

Avolon Aerospace Leasing

Bank of Communications Financial Leasing

CDB Aviation Lease Finance DAC / China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co.

CMB Financial Leasing

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Dubai Aerospace  Enterprise

GE Capital Aviation Services

Ping An International Financial Leasing

SMBC Aviation Capital

Air Lease Corporation

Chow Tai Fook Enterprise Limited and NWS Holdings Limited

China > Investment funds: foreign firms Tier 1

Global practice leader Mark Shipman and Matthias Feldmann jointly lead Clifford Chance's funds team from Hong Kong with China practice head Ying White who splits her time between Shanghai and Beijing. The team covers both upstream fund formation work and downstream transactional mandates in the hedge fund, real estate fund, private equity fund and registered funds space. Also notable in Hong Kong are newly promoted partner Rocky Mui and senior consultant Teresa Leung who specialises in regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Mark Shipman; Matthias Feldmann; Ying White

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Clifford Chance’s China funds team has very good knowledge of the mechanics of investment funds including operational issues, which reflects its good understanding of its buy-side clients.’

‘Mark Shipman’s team has both investment funds and regulatory capabilities. He and his team are able to turn around documents and reply to queries in an efficient manner.’

‘The funds experts at Clifford Chance take a pragmatic approach and help clients solve problems in a sensible way.’

‘Ying White is very responsive and gives pragmatic advice that helps clients solve any and all issues. She is also very connected and gives great insights on the latest industry developments in the Chinese funds space.’

‘Mark Shipman, Teresa Leung and Susie Wang are outstanding lawyers. They understand the needs of their clients and are very knowledgeable in the areas which they practice.’

‘Mark Shipman has a lot of experience in funds and regulatory matters. Teresa Leung and Susie Wang are technically strong. They work well as a team.’

Key clients

Snow Lake

Invesco

Chelsfield Asia

Phoenix Property Investors Limited

GE Capital

HOPU Capital

Oasis Management

ICBC International

CICC

Neuberger Berman

China > Private equity: foreign firms Tier 1

Clifford Chance acts for international, regional, domestic and sovereign wealth funds across the full range of private equity transactions, including leveraged buyout (LBO), management buyout (MBO), public-to-private, private investment in public equity (PIPE), pre-IPO and cornerstone investments, growth capital, venture capital investments and senior, mezzanine and high-yield financings. Corporate practice head Andrew Whan and Neeraj Budhwani are the key names to note in Hong Kong while Terence Foo splits his time between Beijing and Shanghai and spearheads the China private equity team. In recent highlights, Hong Kong-based Bryan Koo and Hong Zhang who sits in Beijing, were promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Whan; Neeraj Budhwani; Terence Foo

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

CVC Capital Partners

Carlyle

Affinity Equity Partners

Actis

Partners Group

Permira

TPG Capital

PAG

MBK

EQT

China > Restructuring and insolvency: foreign firms Tier 1

Clifford Chance's transactional and contentious experts advise creditors, lenders, coordinating committees, private equity sponsors, insolvency practitioners and debtors; and the firm's restructuring lawyers are regularly supported by the firm's specialists in arbitration, litigation, regulatory, capital markets, finance, corporate, real estate, IP and tax. The practice also has industry specialists in oil and gas, telecoms, construction and transport. Based in mainland China, Jiahua Ni has worked on high-profile debt restructuring matters for Chinese banking clients. Scott Bache leads the Asia Pacific restructuring and insolvency group and Donna Wacker heads the contentious regulatory and insolvency group in Hong Kong.

Practice head(s):

Scott Bache; Donna Wacker

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Deutsche Bank

Orchard Capital Partners

China Development Bank

China > Regulatory/compliance: foreign firms Tier 2

Clifford Chance's regulatory practice focuses on assisting clients (both locally and internationally) with the impact of international and domestic regulations. Mark Shipman co-heads the Asia Pacific regulatory practice from its Hong Kong office; and Terry Yang, who works across the firm's Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai offices, advises international and regional banks, fund managers and corporations on the impact of Dodd Frank Act, European market infrastructure regulation, and Asia Pacific over-the-counter derivatives reforms. Recently promoted counsel Kimi Liu in Beijing is the firm's PRC regulatory expert.

Practice head(s):

Mark Shipman; Donna Wacker

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

RBS

Bank of Montreal

Invesco

Schroder Investment Management

HSBC Global Asset Management

UBS

JP Morgan

Banco Santander

South Korea > International arbitration Tier 3

Clifford Chance's Korean disputes practice is led by Hong-Kong based partner Thomas Walsh, whose arrival in 2014 from Herbert Smith Freehills has facilitated the growth of the practice. Also located in Hong Kong is Ling Ho, who is leading the advice to a Korean shipbuilding company (as the claimant) on a dispute with a Russian shipyard; this matter has arisen from the shipyard using technology, designs and know-how provided by the client for an unauthorised project. Elsewhere in the global network, Paul Sandosham in Singapore has a strong track record assisting Korean clients with construction-related arbitrations. In addition, he is also known for his work in areas such as power, oil and gas, natural resources and commodities. Kelvin Teo works closely with Sandosham to assist Korean clients with Singapore-related arbitrations. Other key practitioners are Paris-based Jason Fry, who is a global co-head of the firm's international arbitration group, and Alex Panayides in London. Dubai-based partner James Abbott, who heads up the construction disputes practice in the Middle East, is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Walsh

Testimonials

Exceptionally creative and tenacious in every way. Excellent value for money. Thomas Walsh and senior associate Tania Tse are exemplary of the strength of the practice in every way. They are persistent in the face of adversity and are so committed they can sometimes even make the most astonishing feats of legal brilliance look easy

Thomas Walsh has spent years in Korea cultivating strong relationships with other colleagues and clients

Thomas Walsh, formerly in Seoul and now in Hong Kong, is a highly energetic, sharp and well-connected young partner and is one to watch. Paul Sandosham in Singapore is a long-established partner who continues to perform and draw the respect of colleagues and competition alike

A great team for construction arbitration disputes, highly experienced individuals who know how to get to the right facts quickly

China > TMT: foreign firms Tier 3

The team at Clifford Chance primarily acts on transactional and capital markets mandates for TMT sector clients and others looking to invest in the sector. The firm is particularly experience in advising on the IPOs of Chinese tech companies, as well as large financing rounds of startups, often acting for the joint sponsors and underwriters in the former, or large foreign investors in the latter. The firm's outbound practice also covers large Chinese investments in foreign tech companies. Key lawyers within the team include Tim Wang and Terence Foo, who split their time between Beijing and Shanghai, Beijing based Kelly Gregory, Hong Kong-based Ling Ho, and Liu Fang, who sits in both Hong Kong and Beijing.

Testimonials

Always respond in a timely manner‘.

Key clients

China Literature Limited

China Tower Corporation Limited

Ctrip.com International Ltd

Didi Chuxing Technology Co., Ltd

Huifu Payment Ltd

iDreamsky Technology Limited

Maoyan Entertainment

Ping An Good Doctor

Tsinghua Unigroup Co Ltd

Xiaomi Group

China > Intellectual property: foreign firms Tier 4

Clifford Chance's Greater China IP practice, led by Ling Ho, handles a range of trade mark, patent and copyright matters, both contentious and non-contentious. The group benefits from the firm's broad office network and expertise in corporate and M&A, technology and dispute resolution. On the transactional side, the team is equipped to advise on the IP aspects of cross-border corporate transactions. In internal developments, Shanghai-based IP litigation specialist Lei Shi made partner in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Ling Ho

Other key lawyers:

Lei Shi; Jill Ge; Lijun Chui

Testimonials

‘Clifford Chance’s intellectual property (“IP”) practice team distinguishes itself from peers by its good business acumen, proficiency in optimization of IP under transaction contexts, practical working approach and result-orientation. All these makes its practice unique and my in-house peers may turn to this practice group to leverage on its expertise in IP-intensive transactions.’

‘Ling Ho (the partner), Yi Yang (the counsel)and Ernest Shen (the associate) together as a team has delivered high-quality IP services relying on its proficiency in cross-jurisdiction IP-intensive transactions and deep insights into business context. The foregoing attributes make this team remarkable compared with other competitors.’

The firm: Clifford Chance is one of the world’s pre-eminent law firms, with significant depth and range of resources across five continents. As a single, fully integrated, global partnership, it prides itself on its approachable, collegial and team-based way of working. The firm always strives to exceed the expectations of its clients, which include corporates from all the commercial and industrial sectors, governments, regulators, trade bodies and not-for-profit organisations. It provides them with the highest quality advice and legal insight, which combines the firm’s global standards with in-depth local expertise.

Types of work undertaken: Capital markets: the capital markets practice concentrates on securities transactions and other products sold into the capital markets. The practice is founded on a full-service US and UK securities law capability, complemented by local securities law expertise in each of the key financial centres. It provides practical, integrated legal advice covering the full spectrum of global capital raising activities including public and private domestic and international offerings of traditional debt and equity securities as well as convertible and other derivative and structured securities.

Corporate: the corporate practice handles some of the world’s largest and most complex M&A transactions. It combines global transaction capability with a full service of English, US and civil law expertise in the key financial centres across Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. In addition to mainstream M&A, the firm also encompasses leading specialist practices in: commercial contracts, competition and antitrust, communications, energy, healthcare, financial institutions, funds, investment banking, insurance, media and technology, and private equity.

Finance: Clifford Chance’s finance practice is the leading international finance practice of any law firm. The practice provides highly commercial and practical advice across the full spectrum of financial products including syndicated lending and leveraged and acquisition finance, asset finance, derivative products, project finance, financial regulatory, insolvency, restructuring and structured finance.

Litigation, dispute resolution and risk management: the firm has experience in virtually all segments of the business and financial markets across multiple jurisdictions. The lawyers work with clients to resolve disputes efficiently and effectively – whether through arbitration, litigation or other techniques.

Real estate: Clifford Chance’s leading real estate practice offers UK, European, Asian and US real estate capability. The practice advises the real estate industry’s leading players on the entire property ‘life-cycle’ from the initial acquisition, development, leasing, joint venturing and financing through to the final exit, as well as tax structuring, PFI/PPP, corporate outsourcing, planning, environment and litigation.

Tax, pensions, employment and incentives: Clifford Chance has one of the world’s largest international tax groups within a single law firm. The firm is uniquely placed to provide leading edge advice to clients, and the practice is structured on an integrated global basis. Local tax groups within the practice work closely with areas such as securitisation, securities, M&A, corporate restructuring, private equity, real estate and funds.

The pan-European VAT group advises on all areas of VAT and has particular strength advising on novel and complex issues in the structured finance, financial services, corporate finance and real estate sectors.

The team of experienced employment, employee benefits, ERISA, immigration and pensions specialists work with clients from a wide range of sectors to address local and cross-border issues.

International offices: Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Bangkok, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Casablanca, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Jakarta*, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Paris, Perth, Prague, Rome, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Warsaw, Washington, D.C., Riyadh**

*Linda Widyati & Partners in association with Clifford Chance

**Clifford Chance has a co-operation agreement with Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm in Riyadh

Number of partners : 550
Number of other fee-earners : 3,300

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RISING LAWYERS open up about their priorities and strategies for success

Their Voices: Insights from Today’s Rising Lawyers by The Legal 500‘s GC Magazine in collaboration with Clifford Chance. Geared primarily for students and junior lawyers, the book is a practical resource for those considering law school or just beginning a legal career. Twenty junior lawyers offer diverse perspectives on what inspires them about the law, and the strategies that are helping them stay in touch with their priorities and define the future of their careers. Their Voices also provides insights for senior lawyers as they mentor the next generation of leaders.

http://www.legal500.com/clifford-chance/their-voices