Firm Profile > DLA Piper > Hong Kong, Hong Kong

DLA Piper
25th Floor, Three Exchange Square
8 Connaught Place
Central, Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Domestic and International Corporate Tax Tier 1

Particularly adept on the non-contentious front, DLA Piper provides 'practical and solutions-based' tax structuring to local, regional and multinational corporates pursuant to transactional work handled by the firm (including M&A mandates and major restructuring projects), as well as on discrete advisory mandates, including advice on transfer pricing and executive compensation. Able to leverage tax experts spread throughout the firm's extensive international network, the team is regularly involved in multi-jurisdictional projects, including on the tax structuring pursuant to major global restructuring projects. Team head Anderson Lam takes the lead on many of the group's highest-profile local and cross-border mandates and regularly acts as coordinating counsel on pan-Asian matters. Fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, and English, Daniel Chan is a key member of the team and excels in providing tax structuring advice to international corporates establishing operations in mainland China.

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‘The team has good relationships with local tax bureaus and provides practical and solutions-based advice.’

Investment funds Tier 2

DLA Piper focuses on Hong Kong and China-based hedge funds, real estate funds and private equity funds formation work. Experienced in all types of funds and asset classes, the firm also handles licensing and regulatory matters. The Hong Kong team is a key part of the wider global team which has offices across Europe, the Middle East and the US. It attracts capital from US and European investors, and is experienced in the formation of various hedge fund structures, such as master-feeder, standalone and segregated portfolio company structures. It also advises on tokenised funds, hybrid funds and other alternative strategies. Luke Gannon heads the practice with over 25 years’ experience; he acts for financial institutions, investment banks, fund managers, sponsors and investors on the establishment of a broad range of investment products.

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Key clients

Avataar Venture Partners

Gaw Capital Partners

Crane Capital

Sylebra Capital

Willing Capital Management Limited

Nine Masts Capital Management

China Ping An Insurance Overseas (Holdings) Limited

Enhanced Investment Products Limited

CITIC Capital Holdings Limited

Hines Group

Labour and employment Tier 2

Able to draw from the expertise of lawyers on the ground in key strategic offices throughout Asia Pacific, including Australia, Singapore, and mainland China, DLA Piper's 'responsive' three-strong Hong Kong offering excels in advising local and multinational employers on pan-Asian labour matters that require a coordinated approach throughout the region. Particularly active for financial services, retail, technology, and transport clients, the scope of work handled by the team is broad and includes litigation regarding unpaid bonuses and restrictive covenants, advice on the Asia-related employment aspects associated with M&A in the region, as well as a considerable amount of HR-related training and advisory work. Triple qualified in the UK, New York, and Hong Kong, team head Helen Colquhoun has an excellent overarching perspective of the international employment law issues impacting multinational employers in the region.

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‘The team is responsive and displays strong problem-solving skills.’

 

Real estate Tier 2

Susheela Rivers heads up the team at DLA Piper. The team is well versed in assisting lender and sponsor entities with cross-border real estate transactional work for a client base made up predominantly of prominent corporations, investment managers, and real estate funds. Ed Sheremeta has rejoined as a senior partner from Ropes & Gray LLP.

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Professional manner but also easy to work with‘.

Key clients

Ping An Insurance

Five Guys

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Led from Hong Kong by Mark Fairbairn and also able to draw upon a significant presence on the ground in mainland China, Australia, and Singapore, DLA Piper has a strong reputation representing local and international creditors, investors, officeholders, and debtors across a wide range of Asia-related insolvency work, from distressed investment and special situations mandates, through to formal insolvency procedures. Carolyn Dong regularly advises Chinese corporates and banks (including China Development Bank) on their outbound distressed investments in the energy sector. Jonathan Leitch joined Hogan Lovells in January 2020.

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Clearwater Capital Partners

CQS

BFAM

Deutsche Bank

Jindal Steel

SSG

BlackRock Funds

Monarch Alternative Capital

China Development Bank

TMT Tier 2

With two-partners focused on TMT matters based out of Hong Kong and also able to draw upon the expertise of practitioners spread throughout the firm's international network, DLA Piper is particularly well-suited to advising global companies on cutting-edge technology matters, from a commercial, regulatory and corporate perspective. Himself benefiting from a computer science background, team head Scott Thiel has excellent insight into the underlying subject matter of his clients' businesses, enabling him to provide 'very commercial and effective legal advice' that is not delivered in a vacuum. Thiel is also particularly attuned to developments within the ever-evolving regulatory framework impacting fintech clients, including as it pertains to the growing adoption by clients of blockchain technology. Carolyn Bigg is the other partner in the team and excels at assisting clients on data projects throughout the region.

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‘Scott Thiel provides very commercial and effective legal advice.’

Key clients

Morningstar

Ping An Technology (Shenzhen) and various Ping An subsidiaries (including One Connect Financial Technology)

China Telecom

Dell

HCL Technologies

Genting

Lego

Midea

Barings

Diginex

Porsche

Hilton

Daimler AG

CBRE

Banking and finance Tier 3

DLA Piper’s China-based banking and finance team handles mandates throughout the region, with a focus on China, Singapore, Korea and Indonesia. The firm’s client base includes global credit and private equity funds at the top of the market. Under the leadership of recommended practitioner Matthias Schemuth, the practice acts for sponsors, developers, commercial banks, multilateral lending agencies and export credit agencies on project financings, particularly in the energy and mining sectors. Other areas of focus include structured commodity and trade finance, asset finance and leasing finance in emerging markets.

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‘The team is particularly good in the area of structured trade finance. They offer practical and sensible advice’.

‘Matthias Schemuth and Tom van Hoof are particularly good’.

‘Matthias leverages on his experience working with trading houses and other counterparties to give banks insight’.

‘Tom Van Hoof is a great senior member within Matthias’ team and manages transactions with an efficient and approachable manner’.

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BBVA

DBS

DZ Bank

Rabobank

Deutsche Bank

Credit Agricole

ANZ

ICBC Asia

Hang Seng Bank

Standard Chartered Bank

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank

Far Eastern International Bank

Tai Fung Bank

Construction Tier 3

May Ng and Harris Chan jointly lead the construction team at DLA Piper, which has a solid track record representing prominent clients in a range of contentious mandates. Of counsel Sandy Au is also recommended.

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The team are well established and connected across the sector; they provide pragmatic insight and accessible strategic guidance‘.

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 3

DLA Piper's litigation practice is 'very good at shareholder disputes in Hong Kong', often involving cross-border elements. Clients include corporations from the financial services, energy, retail and construction sectors, to name a few. Kevin Chan heads up the practice; corporate litigation expert Satpal Gobindpuri, Harris Chan and of counsel KC Tai are key contacts. In July 2020 associate Benjamin Ng moved to Ashurst.

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Harris Chan – exceptional lawyer, very efficient and able‘.

 

Key clients

Agricultural Bank of China

Bank of Communications

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

Shanghai Pudong Development Bank

Deloitte

China Huarong International Holdings Limited

Huatai International Financial Holdings (Hong Kong) Limited

Golden Music Limited

Everwill Industrial Limited

Hong Kong A-Sun Group

Power Securities Company Limited

China Agri-Products Exchange Co Ltd

DIO Corporation

Sand Aire Limited (Sandaire)

Dymocks Franchise Systems (China) Limited

Combest Holdings Limited

CST Fiduciaries Limited

Vulcan Holdings Limited

Newell Rubbermaid Asia Pacific Limited

Ubiquiti Networks International Limited

Digital Transaction Limited

Centric Software

Projects and energy Tier 3

DLA Piper is well known for its strong capabilities in handling project finance work. Recent areas of instruction for the team include oil, private natural gas, mining and geothermal power project mandates. The 'outstanding' Matthias Schemuth shares leadership of the practice with Carolyn Dong .

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‘DLA has an outstanding knowledge of the projects and energy practice in Asia. Together with ( their banking and finance experience in all relevant countries in Asia makes them unique. It is truly a very international firm that provides complete comfort with customers. That feeling of safety together with a talk tired practice makes you always want to work with them. They are also very committed to their capped fees which are very important for Banks nowadays.’

‘Matthias Schemuth has been the leading partner in a recent transaction involving Hong Kong, China, and Indonesia, and his performance, availability, knowledge have been outstanding. His constant looking for solutions to make the important happen has been of the essence. His personal engagement has made all the difference. His long experience in international trade transactions Has made things happen.’

‘Naomi Hong, an associate at DLA Hong Kong has also proved essential for the success of closing a very important transaction for the Bank. Her deep knowledge of international trade transactions has proven unbeatable. Her long hours of dedication to making the deal, her ability to make the parties come to an agreement always protecting her customer has been amazing.’

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ENN Energy Group

China Energy Investment Corp

Barito Pacific

Indonesia Power

Arctic Green Energy Corporation

Credit Agricole

Deutsche Bank

Ditrolic Solar

Veolia

Regulatory: anti-corruption and compliance Tier 3

At DLA Piper, recent work for the team includes handling internal investigations involving fraud, misconduct, and bribery-related issues. China head of compliance and investigations Sammy Fang  shares leadership of the practice with Asia head of investigations Nathan Bush, who is based in the Singapore office.

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Shipping Tier 3

Conversant with a range of arbitral rules and also well-positioned to handle multi-jurisdictional mandates by virtue of the firm's extensive international network of offices, DLA Piper provides a 'cost-effective and client-oriented service' to owners, charterers, operators and shipyards, across the spectrum of dry shipping and marine casualty work. Ernest Yang and the 'outstandingKevin Chan co-head the practice, which is also well-versed at handling big-ticket disputes involving overlapping projects and infrastructure mandates, where it is also able to leverage complementary practice areas within the firm.

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‘The firm provides a cost-effective and client-oriented service.’

‘The team as a whole demonstrated outstanding efforts of professionalism in analyzing the merits and demerits of the current arbitration case. The lawyers involved realistically anticipated the possible issues and unexpected events beforehand arising from the arbitration proceedings.’

‘Kevin Chan is an outstanding team leader, with a great commercial understanding of his cases and excellent client care skills.’

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Ping An Property & Casualty Insurance Company of China

Capital markets (equity) Tier 4

DLA Piper is active in the Hong Kong and US IPO spaces, as well as other high-value offerings. The China-based team handles corporate financing transactions, and provides post-listing and compliance counsel for PRC investment banks and SOEs. It also acts for clients in the in the e-commerce, technology, education, aviation, finance, transportation and life science industries. The team, which has China, Hong Kong, US and UK-qualified lawyers, is headed by Luke Gannon. Liu Wei is recommended for Greater China-related restructuring and listing matters. Melody He-Chen left for Ashurst.

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China Southern Airlines Company

Medialink Group

Sinopharm Group

Hydoo International

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation

Tianfeng Securities

Chengdu Expressway Co.

Benchmark

Valuable Capital

Maxim Group

China Merchants Securities (HK)

AMTD

BOC International

Intellectual property Tier 4

Led from Hong Kong by Edward Chatterton and also benefiting from practitioners on the ground in Beijing and Shanghai, DLA Piper provides 'commercial, responsive and pragmatic' advice to international companies on the IP-related issues associated with establishing and operating business activities in the region. The team has recently advised numerous high-profile global food and beverage companies, including Five Guys and McDonald's, on their Greater China-related IP portfolio management. The team also regularly advises on IP-related commercial issues (including the drafting of licenses, franchising and publishing agreements), while on the litigation front, it has considerable experience handling domain name, copyright and trade mark disputes.

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‘The team provides commercial, responsive, and pragmatic advice. Valuable in navigating complicated concepts and different jurisdictions.’

‘Edward Chatterton and Joanne Zhang provide spot-on advice. They fully understand our business and IP strategy and take the workload off of our internal legal counsels.’

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McDonald’s Corporation

Five Guys Enterprises

Moet Hennessy

Manolo Blahnik International

Avon Products

Oath Inc (Formerly AOL)

Pokerstars

Orkla

Papa John’s

G&W Distilling

Private equity Tier 5

As comfortable acting on the investor side as it is for the target company, the 'very responsive and commercial' team at DLA Piper has a balanced perspective of the anatomy of a deal and significant market penetration in M&A activity, throughout Greater China and beyond. The team is active throughout the private equity lifecycle, as was recently demonstrated by its work for China Ping An Insurance Overseas, on its $1.5bn exit from Singapore-based company Bigo (having previously advised the client on the fund raised to facilitate its investment in the company). 'Responsive, commercial, and diligent' team head Gloria Liu led on the aforementioned investment and exit for China Ping An, and has an excellent understanding of the Greater China private equity market.

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‘The team provides very responsive and commercial advice.’

‘The quality of work is consistently very high, and just as importantly, pro-active and creative in providing solutions and anticipation of issues.’

‘Seamless integration across different offices in different countries. When being referred to other offices, the other offices are well briefed and are able to be productive immediately. The quality of work by other offices is usually very high and response time quick. Never need to worry about working outside of the office we usually deal with or need to shop around for counsel in unfamiliar jurisdictions.’

‘Gloria Liu is responsive, diligent, and commercial.’

Key clients

China Ping An Insurance Overseas

Wise Road Capital

Valuestone Global Resources Fund

CMH Capital

SINO-BLR Industrial Investment Fund

Ping An Global Voyager Fund

China > Dispute resolution: Litigation: foreign firms Tier 2

DLA Piper focuses mainly on advising Chinese companies on international disputes, among which are shareholder disputes, high-value defaulted loans, insurance matters and securities litigation. It also handles high-value private client litigation. Many of its cases arise from the banking and finance, trading, investment, professional services, real estate, technology, energy and mining, shipping, construction, education and food production sectors. The practice has nine partners across its Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing offices. Kevin Chan in Hong Kong is Asia practice head for litigation and regulatory work. In the same office, Harris Chan acts for ultra-high-net worth individuals, executors, trustees, wealth advisors, fiduciaries and family offices in high-value litigation. In late 2019, the firm hired  Stephen Wong from Stevenson, Wong & Co to add expertise in compliance and regulatory matters. Lawyers in the mainland office, including newly promoted partner Xiaoshan Chen in Shanghai, also handle commercial litigation and insurance disputes.

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‘DLA Piper is a truly global brand of particular use to me through its strong NY insolvency and restructuring team alongside its equally strong HK team.’

‘Harris Chan is very commercial and super efficient.’

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Agricultural Bank of China

Bank of Communications

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

Shanghai Pudong Development Bank

Deloitte

China Huarong International Holdings Limited

Huatai International Financial Holdings (Hong Kong) Limited

Golden Music Limited

Everwill Industrial Limited

MHK Restaurants Limited, a McDonald’s franchised business

Hong Kong A-Sun Group Co., Ltd

Power Securities Company Limited

Mr Sung Chung Kwun

China Agri-Products Exchange Co Ltd

Dignari Capital Partners HK Limited / SG Sovereign Fund

Ping An Securities Group (Holdings) Ltd

DIO Corporation

Sand Aire Limited (Sandaire)

Dymocks Franchise Systems (China) Limited

Combest Holdings Limited

CST Fiduciaries Limited

Vulcan Holdings Limited

Newell Rubbermaid Asia Pacific Limited

Ubiquiti Networks International Limited

Digital Transaction Limited

Centric Software, Inc.

China > Banking and finance: foreign firms Tier 3

'A significant practice with longstanding relationships', DLA Piper's Greater China-based team distinguishes itself through its extensive geographic reach, particularly in relation to China, Singapore, Korea and Indonesia. Matthias Schemuth heads the Asia finance, projects and restructuring practice from Hong Kong, which also showcases Paul Lee, who has strength in cross-border financings, acquisition finance, syndicated loans and project finance; Carolyn Dong has approximately 30-years' experience in major cross-border transactions involving China. Senior consultant Matthew Worth focuses on banking and finance, distressed debt and special situations, while of counsel Tom Van Hoof plays a central role at the senior end of the banking and finance practice.

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The team is unique and plays a key role during transactions in the ECA financing sector for Chinese corporates.

Matthias Schemuth is very experienced in ECA financing, able to find practical solutions, very eloquent when it comes to joint marketing efforts, and has a high reputation in this sector. His being German speaking and English law-qualified are very important factors for us.

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BBVA

DBS

DZ Bank

Rabobank

Deutsche Bank

Credit Agricole

ANZ

ICBC Asia

Hang Seng Bank

Standard Chartered Bank

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank

Far Eastern International Bank

Tai Fung Bank

China > Investment funds: foreign firms Tier 3

DLA Piper's Asia practice head for funds and investment management, Luke Gannon, has practised in investment funds for over 25 years. The group is particularly experienced in the establishment of hedge and private equity funds in both Hong Kong and the PRC; it advises on investments in a range of asset classes, including infrastructure, real estate and alternative investments.

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Avataar Venture Partners

Gaw Capital Partners

Crane Capital

Sylebra Capital

Willing Capital Management Limited

Nine Masts Capital Management

China Ping An Insurance Overseas (Holdings) Limited

Enhanced Investment Products Limited

CITIC Capital Holdings Limited

Hines Group

China > Projects and energy: foreign firms Tier 3

Frequently acting on high-profile project and energy matters, DLA Piper 's team 'develops the best solutions for clients'. It is experienced in acting for major Chinese clients on their outbound investments, including outbound investments in line with China's major One Belt, One Road initiative. The practice's key jurisdictions range from Africa, South East Asia and Indonesia to Europe, Australia, Middle East and Latin America. In Hong Kong, China energy head Carolyn Dong has particular strength in handling mandates involving China and other jurisdictions, and Matthias Schemuth is finance, projects and restructuring head. Providing key support in Shanghai, senior associate Simin Yu is particularly focused on greenfield project development, construction, financing and M&A.

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Testimonials

Knows its clients very well and develops the best solutions.

The team members have high levels of professionalism and provide quick responses – they achieve very good results.

Key clients

ENN Energy Group

China Energy Investment

Barito Pacific

Indonesia Power

Arctic Green Energy Corporation

Rabobank

Credit Agricole

Deutsche Bank

ICBC

ANZ

ADB

BBVA

DBS

DZ Bank

China Huadian

Zhefu Holdings

Supreme Trading

TTCL Public Company

Sojitz Corporation

ACO Investments

Ditrolic Solar

Veolia

China > Regulatory/compliance: foreign firms Tier 3

DLA Piper's investigations team serves both multinational corporations in relation to their Greater China-related compliance issues and investigations, and Chinese corporations that face concerns over their global operations outside Greater China; it also acts in response to inquiries from overseas regulators. A significant proportion of the practice's work covers traditional internal fraud and anti-bribery and anti-corruption investigations; in recent years, it has also experienced an increase in cybercrime and data breach-related reviews and investigations. Hong Kong's Sammy Fang heads the compliance and investigations practice across Greater China, while Nathan Bush leads the Asia investigations group from Singapore.

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China > TMT: foreign firms Tier 3

DLA Piper has a wide ranging practice with regular complex engagements in digital transformation projects through to data privacy and protection. The team represents a range of multinationals, high growth technology businesses, and a number of Chinese enterprises. Hong Kong partner and department head Scott Thiel, has a computer sciences background, and is noted for IT and outsourcing projects; he recently advised Morningstar on a major outsourcing and commercial partnership agreement with BNP Paribas. Carolyn Bigg was made partner in May 2019 and is an experienced data privacy and protection expert.  

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Morningstar

Ping An Technology (Shenzhen) and various Ping An subsidiaries (including One Connect Financial Technology)

China Telecom

Dell

HCL Technologies

Genting

Lego

Midea

Barings

Diginex

Porsche

Hilton

Daimler

CBRE

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
 Carolyn Bigg photo Carolyn Bigg
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 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
 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