Hong Kong Teams 2019 – GC Powerlist

Hong Kong Teams 2019

A.S. Watson Group

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With over 15,000 stores and 5.3 billion customers across 25 markets in Asia and Europe, A.S. Watson Group is the biggest health and beauty retailer in the world. It is...

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The ABN AMRO legal team in Hong Kong consists of four lawyers and one paralegal as part of a larger Asia Pacific team of 12 lawyers covering offices in Hong...

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Agricultural Bank of China – Hong Kong Branch

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Agricultural Bank of China’s Hong Kong Branch was established in November 1995 as the first overseas branch for the parent Bank, which is one of China’s “big four” banks. At...

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Alibaba Group Holdings

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‘Tim Steinert, who has led the [Alibaba] Hong Kong subsidiary’s legal functions for over a decade, is widely hailed as the forerunner and one of the most incisive legal minds...

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Allianz Global Investors

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Allianz Global Investors (AllianzGI or AGI) is a global investment management firm with €535bn assets under management offering equity, fixed income, alternative and multi-asset strategies. Founded in 1983, AllianzGI Hong...

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Editor Message

With its ideal location in fast-growing Asia and riding on the opportunities brought by the mainland economy, Hong Kong has developed into an international business hub, providing high value adding and knowledge intensive services to the globalised world. Hong Kong has recently seen new opportunities arising from the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA), China’s national strategy to fully leverage the composite advantages of the three areas and promote coordinated regional economic development. Hong Kong’s position as a global financial centre will also be strengthened and the in-house legal departments will have a large role to play in helping their businesses succeed.

The in-house legal market is characterised by Hong Kong’s status as a regional headquarters in Asia Pacific for multinational companies. In-house legal teams in Hong Kong are formed by talented lawyers who are able to handle multijurisdictional matters and keep up with regulatory changes in Asia Pacific as well as Europe and the US. With escalating trade tension between the US and China along with uncertainties surrounding the global economic outlook, the Hong Kong economy expanded modestly by 0.6% in the first quarter of 2019 and the in-house lawyers expect to see heightened regulatory control and a tighter market environment. Despite the challenges, the in-house legal teams selected for this list have demonstrated their exceptional ability by taking precautionary measures to mitigate any negative impact whilst working closely with business units to provide expert and tailored legal advice.

In this second edition of the GC Powerlist: Hong Kong Teams, it is our pleasure to again feature Hong Kong’s leading in-house legal functions. The in-house teams contained within these pages have successfully utilised their legal skills, commercial acumen and the latest technology to become true business partners at their respective organisations and are without question among the very best in the wider region.

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Jones Day

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All of us at Jones Day are delighted to be a part of the 2019 edition of the 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 Teams 2019 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. In particular, a special welcome back to those of you who were recognised in the 2018 edition of the GC Powerlist Hong Kong.

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: for example, in 2019, we were ranked Number 1 by BTI Consulting in its ‘Client Service A-Team’ survey for the third consecutive year, based on unprompted responses from more than 350 in-depth interviews with in-house legal counsel from the Fortune 500, and the 11th time since BTI has been publishing these results, 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, to once again congratulate all the in-house teams on their well-deserved inclusion in the GC Powerlist Hong Kong Teams 2019. We look forward to more years working in close partnership with each of you.

Blackstone Chambers

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Blackstone Chambers congratulates all of the in-house lawyers recognised in The Legal 500’s GC Powerlist Hong Kong Teams 2019.

Blackstone Chambers is a leading set of barristers based in London. Members of Chambers offer exoertise in the international arena acrossa range of specialist areas, including, arbitration, commercial litigation, financial services, public & regulatory law and international law.

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