Hong Kong Teams 2018 – GC Powerlist
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A.S. Watson Group

| A.S. Watson Group

Consumer products

Part of the conglomerate CK Hutchinson Holdings, A.S. Watson Group is the largest global international health and beauty retailer with 14,400 stores in 24 markets serving over four billion customers...

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ABN AMRO Bank

| ABN AMRO Bank

Financials

Grant McIntyre, head of legal Hong Kong and senior counsel Asia, has led a regional legal team at international banking giant ABN AMRO since 2017, bringing his prior experience in...

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Agricultural Bank of China – Hong Kong Branch

| Agricultural Bank of China - Hong Kong Branch

Financials

The Hong Kong branch of the Agricultural Bank of China was founded in 1995 and was the first overseas branch of the Bank, providing a full range of banking services...

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AIA GROUP

| AIA GROUP

Financials

Since 2011 Mitchell New has led the legal team at AIA Group as group general counsel and company secretary. As the largest Asian Pacific insurance company, the company’s in-house legal...

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Alibaba Group Holding

| Alibaba Group Holding

Information technology

Chinese ecommerce and information technology giant Alibaba is a ubiquitous part of going online in China, as well as across Asia. The company is an online marketplace, infrastructure, marketing tool,...

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Ant Financial Services Group

| Ant Financial Services Group

Information technology

Ant Financial’s legal team is led by general counsel Leiming Chen and currently consists of approximately 200 legal and compliance professionals. This large operation is split into the following functional...

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Arcadis

| Arcadis

Materials and mining

The Asia legal team at Arcadis is comprised of eight lawyers and one non-lawyer in Hong Kong, and four lawyers and legal staff in the company’s global excellence centre in...

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Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

| Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

Financials

Ben Hamilton, head of legal for Asia and Hong Kong, leads the legal team at ANZ Bank of eight lawyers and two non-legal staff that support the whole region. The...

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AXA Insurance

| AXA Insurance

Financials

The legal team at AXA Insurance in Hong Kong is led by Maaike van Meer, chief legal and compliance officer, who is assisted by head of legal Ben Wang Pui...

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Bain Capital Private Equity

| Bain Capital Private Equity

Financials

Bain Capital’s Asia general counsel Melissa Obegi runs an Asia-based legal team consisting of two lawyers, two compliance personnel and two lawyers in affiliated entities. The team is responsible for...

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Bank of China (Hong Kong)

| Bank of China (Hong Kong)

Financials

There are 19 team members in the legal, compliance and operational risk management department of Bank of China (Hong Kong) including 17 legal counsels, most of whom are qualified in...

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Barclays

| Barclays

Financials

Rachel Huf leads the Hong Kong based legal team at Barclays in her role of general counsel Asia Pacific. The team contains 18 lawyers and two non-lawyers as part of...

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Bloomberg

| Bloomberg

Information technology

Bloomberg is a global giant of financial information, data and news with a large operation of research, technology and analysis relied upon around the world for up to the minute...

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Cheetah Investment Management

| Cheetah Investment Management

Financials

Cheetah Investment Management is a Hong Kong-based hedge fund and private equity firm founded in 1993, focusing particularly on long term investments starting from a low base using local expertise...

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Cheung Kong Group (CKG)

| Cheung Kong Group (CKG)

Industrials and real estate

Cheung Kong Group is a multi-national property development and investment company with an extensive portfolio in Hong Kong, where it is based, as well as mainland China, Singapore and the...

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China Resources (Holdings)

| China Resources (Holdings)

Industrials and real estate

The legal team at China Resources is responsible for the legal affairs relating to the company’s investments, its seven key strategic business units, 18 grade-1 profit centres, 1,987 business entities,...

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Chinese Estates Holdings

| Chinese Estates Holdings

Industrials and real estate

The legal department of Chinese Estates Holdings is led by Connie Mun-yi Cheung, who has been the head of the legal department at the real estate company since 2007. The...

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Chow Tai Fook

| Chow Tai Fook

Consumer products

Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group was listed on the main board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in December 2011, and has pride of place among the biggest retailers...

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CIMB Group

| CIMB Group

Financials

Banking and finance company CIMB has two branches in Hong Kong – the CIMB Bank Berhad Hong Kong Branch, which hongoffers full-service banking products for personal and commercial customers, as...

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Citi

| Citi

Financials

Kate Fewings, regional head of legal for global financial giant Citi in the Asia Pacific region, leads a team of approximately 220 lawyers in the Citi Asia Pacific legal team...

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CITIC Capital Holdings

| CITIC Capital Holdings

Industrials and real estate

CITIC Capital is one of the top 10 biggest financial groups in Hong Kong and in order to ensure its business is conducted smoothly and compliantly, a highly praised legal...

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Citrix Systems

| Citrix Systems

Information technology

Citrix Systems is an international giant in the information security and app development industry. It specialises in networks, application virtualisation, VDI technology, enterprise mobility management, and file sync sharing. Angie...

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CK Hutchison Holdings

| CK Hutchison Holdings

Industrials and real estate

CK Hutchinson Holdings is a Hong Kong based investment company specializing in ports and infrastructure and related industries across the world. It is considered a powerhouse of the Hong Kong...

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CK Infrastructure Holdings

| CK Infrastructure Holdings

Industrials and real estate

CK Infrastructure Holdings (CKI) is an international infrastructure company with a global footprint in infrastructure investments. It has a diverse portfolio of investments which include energy, transportation, water, waste, waste-to-energy,...

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CLP Group

| CLP Group

Energy and utilities

CLP Group was founded in 1901 and is one of the region’s biggest electric energy suppliers and producers, operating from Hong Kong, and serving customers in mainland China, India, Southeast...

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Credit Suisse

| Credit Suisse

Financials

Comprising of 20 lawyers across Singapore and Hong Kong that cover all of the Asia Pacific jurisdictions, the Credit Suisse Global Markets legal team provide legal, regulatory and transactional support...

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DBS

| DBS Group

Financials

A knowledgeable and business-enabling legal team covers institutional banking, treasury markets, technology and operations, as well as regulatory matters and other legal support to DBS (the Development Bank of Singapore)....

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Dragages Hong Kong

| Dragages Hong Kong

Industrials and real estate

A subsidiary of French international construction giant Bouygues Construction, Dragages has been operating in Hong Kong for more than 60 years and in its portfolio is a series of landmarks...

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EBAY

| eBay

Consumer products

The Hong Kong-based legal team of eBay supports a diverse range of work covering not only the country of Hong Kong, but also greater China and throughout the wider Asia...

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EY

| EY

Commercial and professional services

Brian Pong is EY’s Asia Pacific area counsel and general counsel of the Greater China region, supervising along with deputy general counsel, Judy Wong, a team of 15 legal counsel...

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FDG Electric Vehicles (FDG)

| FDG Electric Vehicles (FDG)

Consumer products

FDG is a world-leading electric vehicles manufacturer, developer and retailer based in Hong Kong with factories in six cities in mainland China as well as a US subsidiary, Chanje, based...

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FinEX Asia Group

| FinEX Asia Group

Financials

FinEX Asia Group’s legal and compliance department is led by its general counsel Phyllis Xu, who has over 15 years of experience in advising on M&A, financing, alternative investment, private...

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First Pacific

| First Pacific

Financials

Based in Hong Kong, Ray Espinosa is head of government and regulatory affairs and also head of the communications bureau for the Philippines at First Pacific, a Hong Kong located...

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Fox Entertainment Group

| Fox Entertainment Group

Sports and media

Fox Networks Group Asia manages the international output of the Fox branded television channels including FOX, FOX Sports, FOX Life, FOX+ and National Geographic Channel, FOX Movies, FOX Movies Premium...

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Fresenius Medical Care Asia Pacific

| Fresenius Medical Care Asia Pacific

Healthcare

The legal team at Fresenius Medical Care Asia Pacific is led by Jean DeSombre, senior vice president and general counsel of Asia Pacific, based in Hong Kong, the company’s Asia...

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Galaxy Entertainment Group (GEG)

| Galaxy Entertainment Group (GEG)

Hotels

GEG is a multinational hotel, casino, and entertainment company worth US$6.5bn and listed on the Forbes 2000. The company operates the largest landholding in Macau, and is continually expanding internationally,...

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Gammon Construction

| Gammon Construction

Industrials and real estate

Gammon Construction is a Hong Kong based international construction company with operations all across Southeast Asia and beyond. Ashley Howlett, director, general counsel and company secretary leads the legal team...

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Genting Group

| Genting Group

Hotels

Genting Hong Kong is a world leading leisure, hospitality and entertainment company specialising in both cruise lines and resorts. Its subsidiaries include Star Cruises, Dream Cruises and Crystal Cruises, along...

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Giordano

| Giordano

Consumer products

Giordano is a global fashion brand and clothing retailer with locations across 30 countries and 2,400 stores across Asia, Australasia and the Middle East. It operates the brands Giordano, Giordano...

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Hang Lung Group

| Hang Lung Group

Financials

Hang Lung Group is an industry-leading real estate development company headquartered in Hong Kong, and has offices and a portfolio across eight cities in mainland China. Margaret Yan is the...

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Hang Seng Bank

| Hang Seng Bank

Financials

Hang Seng Bank is the largest in Hong Kong and is one of the most innovative with heavy investment in AI technology and digital platform technology. As such the legal...

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Henderson Land Development

| Henderson Land Development

Industrials and real estate

Henderson Land Development Company (Henderson) is a large property development business based in Hong Kong with a portfolio of businesses in Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland. It specialises in...

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Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Group (HKEX)

| Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Group (HKEX)

Financials

HKEX is the operator of exchanges and clearing houses in Hong Kong, and one of the largest exchange groups in terms of market capitalisation in the world. It operates securities...

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Hong Kong Monetary Authority

| Hong Kong Monetary Authority

Financials

Karen Kemp, general counsel, leads the legal department at HKMA having been with the organisation since 1995. She is a dual Hong Kong and English and Welsh qualified solicitor and...

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Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels

| Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels

Hotels

HongKong and Shanghai Hotels (HSH) is a listed hotels company headquartered in Hong Kong, with operations in Asia, US and Europe, and the legal team in Hong Kong provides advice...

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HSBC

| HSBC

Financials

HSBC was founded in 1865 to facilitate trade between Asia and the West, in particular Great Britain. It has since become one of the largest global banking and financial services...

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Huarong Rongde (Hong Kong) Investment Management

| Huarong Rongde (Hong Kong) Investment Management

Financials

Nancy Yang (Na) is the general counsel and head of legal and compliance at Huarong Rongde (Hong Kong) Investment Management, a Hong Kong subsidiary of the Sino-foreign joint venture established...

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Hutchison Port Holdings

| Hutchison Port Holdings

Transport and infrastructure

Hutchinson Ports is a world-leading port network company with over 30,000 employees and ports or terminals in 26 countries across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe Americas and Australasia. It...

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Hysan Development Company

| Hysan Development Company

Industrials and real estate

Maggie Cheung, general counsel and company secretary at Hysan Development Company, has lead the company’s in-house legal team since 2016. Hysan Development is a leading property management, development, and investment...

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IBM

| IBM

Information technology

Lydia Yuen – counsel and director of IBM in China and Hong Kong – is the leader of a legal team covering both countries for the international cloud computing giant....

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ICBC International Holdings

| ICBC International Holdings

Financials

Han Wai Khor leads the legal team at ICBC International Holdings (ICBCI) as general counsel, managing director, supervising eight lawyers with qualifications from Hong Kong, PRC, Singapore, the UK and...

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Intel

| Intel

Information technology

As managing counsel of regional compliance for computing giant Intel, Iris Sung is responsible for the antitrust and anti-corruption compliance program in the Greater Asia region, which includes China as...

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Invesco Hong Kong

| Invesco Hong Kong

Financials

Headquartered and founded in the US, investment management company Invesco has been in Hong Kong since 1962 and is one of the most experienced investment management companies operating in the...

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Investment Banking and Capital Markets Team (ICBM)

| Credit Suisse - Investment Banking and Capital Markets Division

Financials

David Chu, managing director and head of Credit Suisse’s Investment Banking and Capital Markets (IBCM) legal team in Asia Pacific, has been the head of the team since 2011 and...

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Jardine Lloyd Thompson Asia (JLT)

| Jardine Lloyd Thompson Asia (JLT)

Financials

William Dobbins, general counsel, is the leader of the legal function of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Asia, a subsidiary of JLT Group. JLT is an international insurance company that also offers...

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Jardine Matheson Holdings

| Jardine Matheson Holdings

Industrials and real estate

Founded in China in 1832, Jardine Matheson (Jardines) is a Hong Kong based business conglomerate that has a broad portfolio of market-leading companies. There is a mixture of long term...

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Knorr-Bremse

| Knorr-Bremse

Industrials and real estate

Led by general counsel for Asia Pacific, Yan Zhang, the legal team of braking systems manufacturer Knorr-Bremse is divided by function and expertise in common law, mainland Chinese law, and...

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L’OREAL

| L'Oréal

Consumer products

French multinational L’Oreal has a well-established presence in the Asia market having a wide range of products available to consumers across the region. Asia general counsel Susin Chiam has lead...

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LexisNexis Group

| LexisNexis Group

Information technology

LexisNexis is a preeminent legal research, content and risk solutions company, and Vanessa Ziea is the head of legal for the company in Asia, and as an experienced in-house counsel...

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Li & Fung

| Li & Fung

Commercial and professional services

The legal department of Forbes 2000-listed Li & Fung is responsible for all of the legal matters related to the global operations of its supply chains. This includes – but...

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Link REIT

| Link REIT

Industrials and real estate

Ricky Chan Ming Tak, legal director and company secretary, has led the legal team at Link REIT since August 2010, bringing with him over 33 years of experience in the...

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Marriott International

| Marriott International

Hotels

The legal team for Marriott International’s Asia Pacific region is led by chief legal counsel Yibing Mao, and spreads across five offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore and India,...

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McKinsey & Company

| McKinsey & Company

Commercial and professional services

McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting giant, founded 90 years ago in Chicago and with a global footprint of 129 cities in 65 countries. It is well known...

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Medtronic

| Medtronic

Healthcare

Medtronic is a medical equipment manufacturer and innovation company, and takes a leadership role in what it calls “value based health care” in pursuing active “sharing-of-risk” with hospitals, reimbursement agencies...

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Melco Resorts and Enetertainment

| Melco Resorts and Enetertainment

Industrials and real estate

Stephanie Cheung, executive vice president and chief legal officer at Melco since 2008, has led a growing world class legal team that has seen a number of changes over the...

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Microsoft

| Microsoft

Information technology

In 2018 Microsoft Hong Kong entered a memorandum of understanding with The University of Hong Kong to create an AI research platform using mutual resources to accelerate scientific progress and...

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Morgan Stanley

| Morgan Stanley

Financials

Marco Chung is the regional head of legal for the private funds team and the investment banking M&A team at international finance giant Morgan Stanley, and leads a team consisting...

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MTR

| MTR

Industrials and real estate

MTR, Hong Kong’s mass transit railway corporation, was established in 1975 and is the provider of underground, overground and other mass transit services for the country. It accrued a revenue...

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Nan Fung Group

| Nan Fung Group

Industrials and real estate

The Nan Fung Group is a Hong Kong institution, one of the first companies listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and has cemented its place as a powerful property...

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NISI (HK)

| NISI (HK)

Healthcare

NISI (HK) is a Hong Kong based surgical and diagnostic innovation company developing industry leading technology to revolutionise the medical device market and improve surgical safety and precision. The company...

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Noble Group Limited

| Noble Group Limited

Industrials and real estate

Noble Group’s legal department is led by Jeffrey Alam, group general counsel since 2005, and includes a strong senior management team including UK – Hong Kong dual qualified commercial lawyers....

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Och-Ziff Capital Management HK Ltd

| Och-Ziff Capital Management HK Ltd

Financials

Oz Management’s Asia-Pacific team is responsible for advising on and managing all legal, regulatory, compliance and reputational risk matters in the region. David Zeiden, general counsel and chief operating officer...

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Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL)

| Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL)

Transport and infrastructure

OOCL is a major global integrated container transportation, logistics and terminal company, and one of Hong Kong’s most recognisable global brands. Its footprint covers Asia, Europe, North America and Australasia....

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Phillip Morris International (PMI)

| Phillip Morris International (PMI)

Food, beverages and tobacco

PMI employs 140 people in its Hong Kong office and is the largest tobacco producer in Asia. It is also an innovator in smokeless tobacco technology including its research, scientific...

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Power Assets Holdings

| Power Assets Holdings

Energy and utilities

Power Assets Holdings, a Hong Kong based investment company, through HK Electric Investments and CK Hutchinson Group, holds 33.37% of The Hong Kong Electric Company (HK Electric). Founded in 1889,...

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PPG Industries

| PPG Industries

Materials and mining

Horace Wenn has been with global paints, coatings, and specialty materials business PPG for more than 12 years. First starting as an external counsel from DLA Piper, he joined PPG...

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Ralph Lauren

| Ralph Lauren

Consumer products

The business of international fashion brand Ralph Lauren is ably assisted in the Asia Pacific countries by a legal team based in the region containing four lawyers, two paralegals and...

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Richemont

| Richemont

Consumer products

Richemont owns a number of leading luxury goods brands specialising in jewellery, luxury watches and pens including Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Piaget, Baume et Mercier, Chloe, Vacheron Constantin, A....

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Shanghai Industrial Holdings

| Shanghai Industrial Holdings

Industrials and real estate

Jackson Foo Hei Yee, company secretary and chief legal and compliance officer, leads the legal team at Shanghai Industrial Holdings (SIHL), a Forbes 2000 listed investment company based in Hong...

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Shangri-La Asia

| Shangri-La Asia

Hotels

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is a multinational hospitality company headquartered in Hong Kong, and the company’s legal team has been instrumental in leading the company through a number of business...

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SJM Holdings

| SJM Holdings

Hotels

Johnathan Pyne, general counsel, leads the legal team at SJM Holdings, the holding company of Sociedade de Jogos de Macau, one of six companies authorised to operate in the Macau...

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SOCAM Development

| SOCAM Development

Industrials and real estate

SOCAM is an international construction company specialising in niche property development and investment in mainland China, with 45 years of construction experience in Hong Kong and Macau. In particular, SOCAM...

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Standard Chartered Bank

| Standard Chartered

Financials

One of Asia’s most prominent banking and finance institutions, Standard Chartered Bank’s myriad of activities in the region require efficient, accurate and tailored legal advice to mitigate any challenges it...

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Sun Hung Kai Properties

| Sun Hung Kai Properties

Industrials and real estate

SHKP is one of the largest property developing companies in Hong Kong, first listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 1972. Last year it earned US$11bn in revenue and...

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Sun Life Hong Kong

| Sun Life Hong Kong

Financials

A major international insurance and retirement planning company, Sun Life Hong Kong has been operating since 1892, and is a truly international operation with offices across Asia, North America, Europe...

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T Stone Group

| T Stone Group

Financials

General counsel Antonio Ho works with two support staff, a project coordinator and project assistant, to deliver advice on all legal matters for T Stone Group. The team supervises the...

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Telstra

| Telstra

Telecommunication services

Lauren Ellison and Marcus Crachi, both supervising counsel, lead the legal team of seven lawyers and four non-lawyers at Telstra Enterprise in Hong Kong and report to Justine Rowe, general...

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Tencent Holdings

| Tencent Holdings

Industrials and real estate

Tencent is a Hong Kong based technology company specialising in innovative new communications platforms, among other digital software. Brent Irvin, is vice president and general counsel of the business and...

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Industrials and real estate

Richard Pu, deputy general counsel and general manager, oversees around 50 lawyers and one non-lawyer in the compliance and transactions department (CTD) at Tencent. The department is divided into four...

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The Hong Kong Jockey Club

| The Hong Kong Jockey Club

Sports and media

Founded in 1884, The Hong Kong Jockey Club is a world famous racing club with an integrated business model, comprising racing, entertainment, a membership club, sports betting and lotteries, as...

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The Lane Crawford Joyce Group

| The Lane Crawford Joyce Group

Consumer products

Lane Crawford Joyce Group is a global fashion brand with a diverse portfolio of products ranging from shoes, jewellery, and menswear to home and lifestyle brands. The company is advised...

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Transamerica Life (Bermuda)

| Transamerica Life (Bermuda)

Financials

Transamerica Life Bermuda (TLB) is an insurance company specialising in complex high value life insurance products issued to international high net worth individuals. The legal team supporting the business focuses...

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Uber

| Uber

Information technology

Uber is world famous for its point to point ride service, digital and mobile platform for calling “rides”, and its other technologically innovative services such as Uber Eats. The company’s...

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UBS

| UBS

Financials

In the role of managing director and general counsel since 2005, Francis Wong leads the legal function at global financial services institution UBS in Hong Kong. He presides over a...

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VF

| VF

Consumer products

Theo Pang, vice president and general counsel for Asia Pacific, leads the legal team at VF, a world leading active clothing and footwear company, with brands such as Vans, The...

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Viavi Solutions

| Viavi Solutions

Telecommunication services

Viavi Solutions is a prominent global IT services and network management solutions company. It specialises in delivering new technology and network management methods to its customers. In Asia, the legal...

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Wing Hang Bank

| Wing Hang Bank

Financials

Founded in 1933, Wing Hang Bank is one of the oldest Hong Kong originated banks in existence, and is currently one of the largest banks in Asia. Dr Alex Wong,...

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WSP

| WSP

Commercial and professional services

WSP is a global infrastructure engineering and sustainable energy engineering firm and its legal team in Hong Kong is led by head of legal for Asia, Chee Hoong Pang. Supporting...

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Yuexiu

| Yuexiu

Industrials and real estate

Yuexiu Group was established in Hong Kong in 1985, and today specialises in real estate, transport, infrastructure and banking services while it also conducts a finance and securities business through...

As Asia’s largest and most competitive financial centre, Hong Kong is an exciting and stimulating place to do business. The economy’s booming GDP growth, low inflation rate and access to Chinese mainland markets and consumers continue to make the market irresistible to investors, property developers and technology pioneers. This year the market recorded its largest quarterly growth rate since 2011, although Hong Kong’s strong position faces a number of future challenges, most notably in the form of a potential slowdown in investment from mainland China, as issues related to international trade tariffs with the US have recently arisen.

Nonetheless, Hong Kong continues to be an international gateway to the rest of the region, with its historical and political links between China, the rest of Southeast Asia, the US and Europe. Its lawyers are no exception, with many qualifying in multiple jurisdictions to accommodate this global scope. Hong Kong is home to some of the world’s most experienced and talented counsel with specialist in-house teams forming across the technology, financial, property and healthcare sectors, among others. In-house legal teams in the territory have been increasing their technological edge, integrating time saving and efficiency systems into their workflow, as well as broadening their jurisdictional reach and capabilities, reducing reliance on external counsel in the process. Hong Kong’s character as a global market with unique access to mainland China and the rest of the world make it a special legal environment and place to conduct business for lawyers and non-lawyers alike. As such, this year we are very pleased to present the GC Powerlist: Hong Kong Teams, showcasing some of Hong Kong’s most innovative and outstanding in-house legal departments.

Peter Tweedley
Research Analyst

Jones Day

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All of us at Jones Day are delighted to be a part of the inaugural GC Powerlist Hong Kong, together with the in house teams recognised. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to each and every one included in the GC Powerlist Hong Kong 2018 and celebrate your achievements and contributions to the corporate and legal ecosystems in Hong Kong and beyond.

We have had the privilege of working with many of you, and it is fantastic to see your efforts recognised.

As the dominant commercial hub in Asia, Hong Kong is home to the regional headquarters of the world’s top business organisations and the base from which PRC businesses commence their global growth. The role of an in-house lawyer in Hong Kong is a rapidly evolving one, shaped by the relentless pressures of the global marketplace. Most of you have a purview that extends beyond Hong Kong, covering multiple jurisdictions, different legal systems, various practice areas and at the same time, prioritising commercial concerns while minimising legal risks for your institution.

At Jones Day, we understand the challenges you face. As one of the first US law firms to expand into Asia, we have witnessed various business cycles since the opening of our Hong Kong office in 1986, and have been proud to support our clients in Hong Kong and throughout the region through our Greater China offices and other offices worldwide.

As one of the world’s largest and most geographically comprehensive law firms, Jones Day is synonymous with responsive and dedicated client service. Spread over five continents, Jones Day has more than 2,500 lawyers in 43 offices based in key cities and financial centres, working together as “One Firm Worldwide”, providing our clients with seamless access to a full spectrum of practice areas. When client matters
have an interdisciplinary dimension, we are proud
to make available to our clients our unique blend
of talent and service across specialties and jurisdictions.

Jones Day’s partners hold a core set of common values, with a unity of purpose in providing unparalleled service and quality to our clients, reflecting Jones Day’s deep-rooted set of shared professional values which can be traced to our beginnings in 1893.

Our dedication to client service has not gone unnoticed: in 2018 (for the 18th year running) we were ranked by BTI Consulting as one of the Top 5 firms clients recommend to their peers, based on unprompted responses from more than 350 in-depth interviews with in-house legal counsel from the Fortune 500. In addition, we were ranked Number 1 by BTI Consulting in its ‘Client Service A-Team’ survey for the second consecutive year, an unprecedented achievement which also saw us secure “Best of the Best” rankings in all 17 categories.

We are honoured to play our part, in cooperation with The Legal 500, in recognising all the efforts of the in-house lawyers in the inaugural GC Powerlist Hong Kong Teams, and look forward to more years working in close partnership with each of you.

Cognatio

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The Cognatio Law team is proud to sponsor the first edition of The Legal 500 GC Powerlist Hong Kong Teams 2018. We offer our sincere congratulations to all the successful in-house teams who were included in the final list. We are privileged to have been a part of this exciting journey for many nominees and look forward to continuing delivering positive business outcomes
for you and your teams.

Hong Kong is one of the leading legal centres in the Asia Pacific region. We have been at the heart of this revolution to challenge the ways in which legal services solutions were traditionally offered and delivered over the last century. The Hong Kong in-house legal community has been an integral part of this movement; within a short period they have changed the way teams and workstreams are structured to include flexible resourcing to achieve business and budgeting goals.

Cognatio Law was established in response to this changing paradigm and is the latest evolution in Hong Kong of the NewLaw model that first emerged globally in 2008 and then in Hong Kong in 2011. Cognatio designs tailor-made solutions for our
clients to enable efficiencies in their legal and compliance teams and to achieve cost-effective resourcing and business management solutions.
We do this by seconding experts, quickly and at short notice for any given project, removing the risk to the client of incurring additional permanent employee costs and minimising time spent recruiting.

Cognatio Law also seconds lawyers and consultants to professional services firms on either a flexible rate or fixed-cost basis, as well as providing our technology-forward clients with the best in cyber security 24 hours a day, seven days a week via our CognatioX consultancy team.

Cognatio Law is headquartered in Hong Kong and led by a management team with a thorough understanding of both local and regional business needs as well as legal and regulatory requirements. Our team has over 40 years’ combined experience of working with legal, compliance and risk professionals across the Asia Pacific region. Over that period we have established a proven track record placing professionals into household names within investment and private banking, funds, insurance, telecoms, media and technology, FMCG, manufacturing and professional services firms.

In closing, our congratulations once again to all the Hong Kong in-house legal teams whose hard work and team spirit has been recognised by their peers. We wish you all the best for the year ahead.

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GC Powerlist: Nigeria 2024

The Legal 500, in partnership with The New Practice (TNP), were incredibly proud to launch the first-ever GC Powerlist: Nigeria 2024 on the 23rd of February 2024. The highly anticipated event saw Nigeria’s most distinguished legal professionals gathered at the stunning Lagos Motor Boat Club, Ikoyi to celebrate their inclusion.

Setting the tone for the evening was a congratulatory message from Funke Olufon, lead researcher for GC Powerlist: Nigeria 2024. Baba Alokolaro, managing partner at TNP – the sponsor for the event and a longstanding Legal 500 partner – gave a lovely address highlighting the importance of celebrating the legal function. A rousing speech by the general counsel of the Nigerian Exchange Group, Irene Robinson-Ayanwale, rounded up the evening, which was followed by a networking reception.

The launch event of the inaugural GC Powerlist: Nigeria 2024 was a resounding success. Many thanks to all the speakers for contributing to the success of the event and sharing their insights. A special thank you to TNP for sponsoring the Powerlist.