Firm Profile > DLA Piper > Hong Kong, Hong Kong

DLA Piper
17TH FLOOR, EDINBURGH TOWER
15 QUEEN'S ROAD, CENTRAL
HONG KONG
Hong Kong

Investment funds Tier 2

DLA Piper advises on private equity funds, hedge funds, real estate funds and regulatory compliance issues across Asia. The firm has recently advised on the formation of a large number of China-based hedge funds, attracting investors internationally. Real estate funds are also a focus for the practice and it continues to act in continuous funds formations and restructuring mandates for private equity real estate managers. The firm has a global network of offices from which it draws on expertise in the investment funds and wider asset management sectors. Practice head Luke Gannon has over 25 years’ experience in advising investment funds, including on formations, listings, capital raisings, regulatory issues, and acquisitions and exits.

Practice head(s):

Luke Gannon

Testimonials

‘The team can leverage DLA Piper’s global presence and expertise, and address issues across different jurisdictions in a timely fashion’

‘Luke Gannon is responsive to requests, and has in-depth knowledge and expertise in the subject matters’

‘Luke Gannon is a stand out adviser. He is always busy with clients because he is in such high demand. If we have a difficult issue we go to him because he is able to solve problems in the most complex circumstances, he makes the most complex issues we have as quite simple in terms of solutions. That is a rare talent in Asia.’

 

Key clients

China Ping An Insurance Overseas (Holdings) Limited

Centreline Capital Group Inc.

Golden Pine Asset Management

Zyg Asset Management

Aspen Capital

Willing Capital Management Limited

Labour and employment Tier 2

Led out of Hong Kong by the 'brilliantHelen Colquhoun and benefiting from a regional footprint across Asia Pacific, DLA Piper 's three-strong team is able to provide a one-stop shop service to international and local corporates on their employment needs throughout the region. Praised for its 'responsive and cost-effective approach', the team handles the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious matters for clients in the financial services, retail and transport sectors, in particular. Hong Kong, UK and New York-qualified Colquhoun has an excellent perspective of international trends in the employment market and is appreciated for her 'excellence at handling multi-jurisdictional mandates', where clients appreciate her ability to 'see matters in context as opposed to in a vacuum'. As well as handling a steady stream of advisory work – including as it relates to incentive schemes, and drafting contracts and handbooks – the team has been particularly active of late in relation to director-level and sensitive terminations and investigations.

Practice head(s):

Helen Colquhoun

Other key lawyers:

David Smail; Wundy Lee

Testimonials

‘The entire team works well together to provide a consistently high level of services.’

‘Helen Colquhoun is a standout legal partner who provides exceptional and practical legal advice and guidance on difficult labour matters.’

‘Helen Colquhoun and David Smail are extremely hands-on, responsive and helpful. They go above and beyond to help clients!’

‘Wundy Lee is excellent.’

Key clients

Standard Bank

Newell Inc.

LVMH

Meltwater

Real estate Tier 2

DLA Piper's real estate practice is perhaps best known for its strength in cross-border transactions. The 'effective' team is highly experienced in advising sponsor and lender clients on all aspects of financing multi-jurisdictional mandates, and counts investment managers, domestic and international real estate funds and widely recognised corporations as clients. Practice head Susheela Rivers is 'great in distilling complex issues and providing workable solutions'. Of counsel Janice Yau is also singled out.

Practice head(s):

Susheela Rivers

Other key lawyers:

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Headed by the 'superbMark FairbairnDLA Piper advises primarily creditor-side stakeholders, including funds and banks, across the spectrum of restructurings, formal insolvencies and special situations. Benefiting from an extensive global footprint which includes significant on the ground experience across Southeast Asia, the team excels at handling pan-Asian cross-border mandates, in addition to international matters involving a significant Asian intersection. Fairbairn is particularly noted for his 'prowess on the bondholder side'; he recently advised the ad-hoc group of holders of $550m New York law-governed bonds in connection with China Shanshui Cement Group's restructuring. Jonathan Leitch also has a strong reputation across a broad spectrum of scenarios and for a range of stakeholders, including experience in relation to bond defaults (English and New York law governed) and corporate restructuring involving schemes of arrangement.

Practice head(s):

Mark Fairbairn

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Leitch; Katherine McMenamin

Key clients

Clearwater Capital Partners

CQS

BFAM

Rabobank

Standard Chartered Bank

DBS Bank

Deutsche Bank

Jindal Steel

Cedar Holdings Group

ICICI Bank

HSBC

SSG

BlackRock Funds

Clearwater Capital Partners

Tax and trusts Tier 2

The 'diligent and responsive' team at DLA Piper has a strong reputation for handling discrete local tax structuring matters, and also 'has considerable experience on big projects with multiple regions and stakeholders', where it is able to leverage its vast international network. Daniel Chan heads up the overarching Asia tax practice out of Hong Kong and excels in providing advice to multinational clients on investment and taxation matters in Greater China. The 'solutions-orientedAnderson Lam is 'very professional in the field of Hong Kong tax laws' and has extensive experience advising local and international clients on structuring their business operations in a legally compliant and tax-efficient manner.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Chan and Anderson Lam

Other key lawyers:

Michelle Wong

Testimonials

‘The team is able to provide valuable ideas to address the client’s concern and achieve the end goal.’

‘Anderson Lam and Michelle Wong are professional experts in the field of Hong Kong laws and Hong Kong stamp duty rules.’

TMT Tier 2

With two-partners focused on TMT matters out of Hong Kong and able to draw upon the expertise of practitioners spread throughout the firm's international network, DLA Piper is able to effectively guide global companies on cutting-edge technology matters, from a commercial, regulatory and corporate perspective. At the vanguard of developments in the fast-moving space, the firm is best known for its ability to assist clients on the use, commercialisation and adoption of novel and disruptive technologies that challenge existing business models and regulatory frameworks. Himself benefiting from a computer science background, team head Scott Thiel has excellent insight into the often highly technical subject matter surrounding many of the deals; he has recently handled numerous high-profile matters for Chinese personal financial services provider, Ping An, including advising it on its successful bid to deliver a blockchain-based trade finance technology platform for Hong Kong Interbank Clearing and helping it to secure a virtual banking license in Hong Kong.

Practice head(s):

Scott Thiel

Other key lawyers:

Carolyn Bigg; Frankie Tam

Key clients

Ping An Technology

Ping An OneConnect

Jasmine22 (an HSBC company)

CK Hutchison Group

Alipay Payment Services (HK) Limited

SmartMe Corporation

TD Ameritrade

Banking and finance Tier 3

DLA Piper focuses on finance, projects and restructuring matters. Its group is experienced in syndicated loan finance, cross-border financings, acquisition finance, project finance, high-end leveraged finance, private debt and special situations transactions. The firm advises clients across the Asia-pacific region with a particular focus on China, Singapore, Korea, Japan and Indonesia. Clients include Chinese state-owned enterprises, private companies, international and regional financial institutions. Matthias Schemuth leads the team, which was strengthened by the arrival of Philip Lee from Herbert Smith Freehills.

Practice head(s):

Matthias Schemuth

Other key lawyers:

Philip Lee; Douglas Murning; Tom Van Hoof; Paul Lee; Carolyn Dong 

Testimonials

‘Top quality’.

‘Tom Van Hoof is very hands-on, and provides high quality top-notch advice’.

‘The DLA team are very responsive and the partners and senior lawyers have good technical knowledge’. 

‘They are aware of financial institutions’ requirements and able to give insight into borrowers’ concerns, which is helpful in negotiations’.               

‘Matthias Schemuth is our go-to contact on structured trade financings and one of our trusted advisers. He is able to disentangle issues and give advice which is practical and pragmatic’. 

‘Tom van Hoof is always available to assist and a trusty pair of hands’.    

Key clients

Coöperatieve Rabobank

DBS Bank

Pierfront Capital Fund Management

Deutsche Bank

GAW Capital

HSBC

PT Digital Synergy Technology

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

Haitong International Credit Company

China Minsheng Banking Corporation

Sinopharm Holding (China) Finance Leasing

Haitong International Securities

Qumei Home Furnishings Group

Bank of China

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

DZ Bank

Bank of Communications

Hang Seng Bank

China Ping An Insurance Overseas

OPIC

Sky Solar

Capital markets (equity) Tier 3

DLA Piper covers the entire suite of equity capital markets transactions for issuers and underwriters, for whom it advises on a full range of Hong Kong, US and UK law issues. Its practice attracts a significant amount of high-end work, as is evidenced by its heavy involvement in US and Hong Kong IPOs, pre-IPO investments, spin-off listings, M&A and compliance matters, among other key mandates. The team's expertise spans a wide range of industries, including e-commerce, technology, education, aviation, finance, transportation and life sciences. Melody He-Chen's experience includes US and Hong Kong listings, rights issues and share placements. Christina LohHenry Cheng and of counsel Janny Tai are other notable individuals in the group. US-qualified lawyer Yang Ge joined the Beijing office from Shearman & Sterling LLP.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The DLA Piper team is able to differentiate itself from those at other firms, with its diversified skillsets across a broad range of capital markets transactions’.

‘The team has strong execution capability in completing capital markets transactions with challenging timetables and is very experienced in advising public companies on listing rules compliance’.

‘They are highly responsive to clients’ needs’.

‘Melody He-Chen has years of experience advising on complex capital markets transactions and is well-regarded by the market for her strong execution ability’.

‘Melody He-Chen is able to offer practical and innovative advice to clients with a commercial mind’.

‘Janny Tai is very knowledgeable about  listing rules and has broad experience in advising listing transactions, as well as compliance and regulatory related matters.’ 

‘The DLA Piper team is experienced in a broad range of capital markets transactions including public offerings, private placements, pre-IPO investments, major transactions of public companies, as well as listed compliance work’.

‘As a full service law firm, they are able to coordinate with other practice groups to support our business needs’.

‘The firm has a broad global footprint and is well-positioned to advise on transactions involving various overseas jurisdictions’.

‘The team is experienced and highly responsive, and is able to provide practical and commercially viable solutions in addressing our issues’.

Key clients

Ping An Insurance

International Intelligent Machines

China Communication Technology

Yestock Car Rental Company Limited

CSSC Offshore & Marine Engineering

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation

Medialink Group

Hydoo International

Qualcomm

AAG Energy

Hong Kong Television Network

Construction Tier 3

The 'very commercial' construction team at DLA Piper stands out for its 'hands-on and thorough approach to resolving disputes', and 'demonstrates in-depth knowledge of the industry' for a number of big-name clients. The 'effective and practical' May Ng co-leads the practice with Harris Chan and Kevin Chan. Senior associate Sandy Au and associate Queenie Chan are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

May Ng; Harris Chan; Kevin Chan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team delivers tailored advice; it is efficient and results-oriented‘.

May Ng is exceptionally dedicated and extremely responsive – an outstanding lawyer‘.

Queenie Chan is dedicated and can be counted on to get the job done‘.

Key clients

Hip Hing Overseas

Thiess Mongolia

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 3

The 'very strong and very responsive' team at DLA Piper is led by Kevin Chan and Harris Chan. Recent work includes advising John Manners and Company on defending a Hong Kong Court action brought by the directors on allegations they were wrongfully removed from their positions. Satpal Gobindpuri is very experienced in corporate disputes. Senior associate KC Tai and associate Benjamin Ng are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Harris Chan; Kevin Chan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Harris Chan is proactive, responsive and always on standby when in need. Always distilling his ideas down to layperson language and foreign lawyer-friendly. Unbelievably clear and precise. A solution seeker. He is a very sensible lawyer and understands commercial needs. Recommended for complex cases.’

‘KC Tai is very responsive and very easy to work with. Always give clear answers and sensible solutions to problems.’

Projects and energy Tier 3

Project finance is a core strength of DLA Piper's practice, with a particular focus on private natural gas, mining and oil mandates. The firm has also been handling international renewable energy work, advising clients on financing the development of water, solar and geothermal power projects. Infrastructure work has been another prominent area of instruction for the team, which falls under the shared leadership of Carolyn Dong and Matthias Schemuth.

Practice head(s):

Carolyn Dong; Matthias Schemuth

Testimonials

Carolyn Dong is efficient and always focuses on the client’s needs‘.

Matthias Schemuth has exceptional knowledge, and thinks outside the box for solutions‘.

Key clients

ENN Ecological Holdings

China Energy Investment Corp

Sky Solar Holdings

ANZ

Arctic Green Energy Corporation

DZ Bank

Indonesia Power

Regulatory: anti-corruption and compliance Tier 3

The team at DLA Piper is jointly led by China head of compliance and investigations Sammy Fang and Singapore-based, Asia head of investigations Nathan Bush. Cybercrime, with a focus on cyber fraud, has been prominent in the group's recent workload.

Practice head(s):

Sammy Fang; Nathan Bush

Shipping Tier 3

Co-headed out of Hong Kong by the 'efficient and client-friendlyErnest Yang and Kevin Chan, and also regularly working alongside practitioners in mainland China, as well as other key maritime jurisdictions across its international network, DLA Piper provides 'commercial and value-for-money advice' to owners, charterers, operators and shipyards across the panoply of litigation, commercial and transactional engagements. Chan has excellent credentials among Chinese and international shipping entities and is appreciated for his 'insightful and commercial advice' across both litigation and commercial mandates. Benefiting from excellent credentials on the litigation and arbitration front, Nicholas Mallard regularly handles shipbuilding, offshore engineering shipping, and sale of goods disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ernest Yang and Kevin Chan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The firm stands out for its ability to provide an accurate assessment of the legal and commercial risks in any given matter.’

‘The team excels in providing innovative recommendations and formulating effective strategies in arbitration cases.’

Dispute resolution: international arbitration Tier 4

DLA Piper's 'client-oriented' team is jointly led by Kevin Chan and Ernest Yang. Recent work for the group includes handling international disputes for clients from the construction, retail, oil and gas, mining, energy, and financial services sectors, and is particularly experienced in both enforcing and resisting enforcement of arbitral awards. Satpal Gobindpuri is noted for his expertise in commercial disputes. Senior associate Andrew Chin is also a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Chan; Ernest Yang

Other key lawyers:

Insurance Tier 4

The 'very client-oriented' team at DLA Piper is very active in transactional work, including joint ventures, M&A matters, and investments, and also advises on insurance regulatory issues. Heng Loong Cheong shares leadership of the practice with Shanghai-based Roy ChanPeter Shelford in Bangkok and John Goulios in Singapore.

Practice head(s):

Heng Loong Cheong; Roy Chan; Peter Shelford; John Goulios

Key clients

ACE Life Insurance

Aviva

Aetna

CVS Health

Ping An Insurance

China Life Insurance

Ironshore Insurance

Intellectual property Tier 4

Led from Hong Kong by the 'humble yet decisiveEdward Chatterton and able to leverage an 'impressive global platform', DLA Piper provides 'knowledgeable and pragmatic advice' to international and regional entities from IP-rich industries including, fashion and luxury brands, life sciences, pharmaceuticals and technology. Particularly strong in relation to IP portfolio management, the team is able to provide a very cohesive service to clients across the Greater China region, in particular, by virtue of a strong presence on the ground in Beijing and Shanghai. The team also regularly advises on IP-related commercial issues (including the drafting of license, franchising and  publishing agreements), while on the litigation front it has considerable experience handling domain name disputes, copyright litigation and trade mark enforcement matters.

Practice head(s):

Edward Chatterton

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Wong; Joanne Zhang; Liam Blackford; Wilson Lung

Testimonials

‘The team provides clear strategic guidance.’

‘Edward Chatterton has a sixth sense of what the client needs.’

‘Joanne Zhang is always reachable and knows our strategy and cases inside out.’

Key clients

McDonald’s Corporation

Pokerstars

Five Guys

Avon

Orkla

Stone Brewing

FA Premier League

Meltwater

ASOS

Cirque du Soleil

Corporate (including M&A) Tier 5

At DLA Piper, reflective of the continued growth of the practice and increase in workflows, Henry Cheng (who has over a decade of corporate and M&A experience) was hired from Kirkland & EllisLuke Gannon heads up the team in Hong Kong, which attracts a sizeable volume of large and complex deals, including public takeovers, private M&A, private equity investments, restructurings and related regulatory compliance matters. It demonstrates particularly strong capabilities in sectors such as healthcare, life sciences, insurance, renewable energy and natural resources, and technology. Other key practitioners are Heng Loong Cheong and Gloria Liu.

Practice head(s):

Luke Gannon

Key clients

Wanfeng

CVS Health

Aetna Global Holdings

Fosun Group

Ping An

Nanjing Xinjiekou Department Store

Laureate Education

Rajax

Silk Road Fund

Pearson Education

Qumei Home Furnishing Group

Private equity Tier 5

Praised for its 'excellent market insight', DLA Piper's Hong Kong office provides an 'exceptional service' for numerous major Chinese clients in the mid-market buyout space. The team has expertise throughout the fund lifecycle, from fund formation and ongoing operational needs, through to investments and exit strategies, and has particular strengths in theTMT, energy and education sectors.

Practice head(s):

Gloria Liu

Testimonials

Highly commercial and effective. 

Market insight; bench of expertise; good language capability; reasonable billing. 

Gloria Liu has an outstanding commercial sense. 

Key clients

China Ping An Insurance Overseas

Coatue

China Everbright

Silk Road Fund

Valuestone Global Resources Fund

Actis

OrbiMed

CICC

China Merchants Capital

EQT Asia Mid Market Fund

Macquarie Asia Infrastructure Funds 1 & 2

Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration > Leading firms Tier 2

At DLA Piper, Kevin Chan, Ernest Yang and Satpal Gobindpuri are notable names in Hong Kong, and Peter Shelford and Don Rojanapenkul are key contacts in Bangkok. Of counsel Xiaoshan Chen  is a key name in China, and Gitanjali Bajaj  in Sydney.

China > Shipping: foreign firms Tier 2

DLA Piper provides a full sector-focused service from dry shipping and marine casualty response to recoveries, shipbuilding and freight forwarding. The firm's enviable client roster acts for shipowners, charterers and operators, traders, shipyards, logistics providers and others operating in the shipping and international transportation industries. Jointly led from Hong Kong by Ernest Yang and Kevin Chan, the group is spread across the Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing offices. Also notable are Shanghai-based corporate and regulatory partner Roy Chan and senior associate Xiaoshan Chen.

Practice head(s):

Ernest Yang; Kevin Chan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘DLA Piper is one of the best shipping law firms in Asia. The legal services provided by DLA are client-oriented and best suit the client’s needs.’

‘All members of Kevin Chang’s team have impressed me with their legal ability, common sense, and commerciality.’

‘Kevin Chan, Leo Cheng and Yuki Chan demonstrate outstanding efforts of professionalism in analysing the merits and weaknesses of disputes.’

‘Kevin Chang is a highly experienced, insightful and commercial leader of the team. He is an excellent instructing solicitor and I have no doubt is equally excellent with his clients.’

Malaysia > Foreign firms Tier 3

DLA Piper's multi-jurisdictional team handles Malaysia-related capital markets, project finance, real estate and general corporate and commercial transactions, with particular expertise in the education, energy, financial services, real estate and technology sectors. Hong Kong-based Heng Loong Cheong heads the team and is known for his experience in M&A and expertise in Association of Southeast Asian Nations regulatory matters. Joe Bauerschmidt, who is based in Singapore, has experience in debt and equity capital markets and corporate transactions, while Melbourne-based Arthur Chong, has particular experience in assisting Malaysian clients investing in Australia. The team benefits from the addition in Singapore of debt capital markets partner Philip Lee, who joined from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

Practice head(s):

Heng Loong Cheong

Testimonials

They do not fall short of the standard expected of an international law firm. They always work in a team that comprises a good mix of lawyers with different seniority.

Cheong Heng Loong has good sound knowledge of the law and is able to offer practical solutions to address challenging issues faced in this transaction.

Key clients

Laureate Education

Rabobank; HSBC; Standard Chartered Bank; ICICI Bank

Experian Ventures

YTL Corporation Berhad

Magna Prima Berhad

Salcon Berhad

Serba Dinamik Holdings Bhd

SP Setia Berhad

UEM Sunrise

China > Projects and energy: foreign firms Tier 3

DLA Piper is experienced in acting for major Chinese clients on their outbound investments, particularly their outbound matters involving China's One Belt, One Road initiative. The practice is also well known for its track record in emerging markets. The Hong Kong-based team includes China energy head Carolyn Dong  and finance, projects and restructuring head Matthias Schemuth. On the mainland, senior associate Simin Yu in Shanghai has a particular focus on greenfield project development, construction, financing and M&A activities.

Practice head(s):

Carolyn Dong; Matthias Schemuth

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Carolyn Dong is efficient and always focused on clients’ needs‘.

The team has strong synergy, especially on multi-jurisdictional and cross-border collaborative operations‘.

Key clients

ENN Ecological Holdings

Arctic Green EnergyBarito Pacific

Indonesia Power

CCA Green

DBS

ING

DZ Bank

ANZ

Kerogen

ChemOne

Sky Solar Holdings

Global Co-Chairs: Roger Meltzer and Andrew Darwin
Co-Chief Executive Officers: Simon Levine and Cameron Jay Rains
Number of partners: 1,500
Number of lawyers: 5,000
Languages: The firm speaks over 60 languages
Offices: Lawyers located in more than 60 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

Please see https://www.dlapiper.com for further information about the firm.

Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Daniel Chan  photo Mr Daniel Chan
Mr Kevin Chan  photo Mr Kevin Chan
 Helen Colquhoun photo Helen Colquhoun
Mr Mark Fairbairn  photo Mr Mark Fairbairn
Mr Luke Gannon  photo Mr Luke Gannon
Mr Satpal Gobindpuri  photo Mr Satpal Gobindpuri
Mr Anderson Lam  photo Mr Anderson Lam
 May NG photo May NG
Ms Susheela Rivers  photo Ms Susheela Rivers
 Matthias Schemuth photo Matthias Schemuth
Mr Scott Thiel  photo Mr Scott Thiel
Mr Ernest Yang  photo Mr Ernest Yang
 Janice Yau  photo Janice Yau

At DLA Piper we are firmly committed to diversity and inclusion. For us, diversity isn’t just about visible differences, it’s the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual and we know it’s crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued. As a global business law firm, with a diverse client base, we know that our clients expect our people to represent the communities in which we work and value our ability to advise them on both local and global cultures and markets. We believe that our approach to diversity and inclusion enables us to attract the best talent, build the most effective teams and deliver the highest level of client service.

For more information on our specific D&I initiatives please see www.dlapiper.com