Hong Kong is one of the world's most dynamic and challenging markets. The Hong Kong office is the lynchpin of our six-office Asian network, reflecting the prominence of Hong Kong as an Asian financial and business centre.
We are one of the largest firms in Hong Kong, the largest integrated international law firm in town. It was the first Clifford Chance base in the region when we opened it 25 years ago, and in a region where commitment counts for a great deal, our longstanding local experience is a vital aspect of the way we work.
Our clients are Hong Kong nationals, mainland Chinese, regional and international. They come to us for commercial, can-do advice. We have a reputation for deal-making and pragmatism that directly reflects their expectations. The office practices Hong Kong, English and US law with principal practice ares being corporate, finance, capital markets and litigation and dispute resolution. The remaining small practices work closely with them. We are market leaders in all these areas - in the last year we have been named IFLR Law Firm of the Year in 2006.
Regional merger and acquisition work is strong, and there are high levels of banking/project transactions. China's entry to the World Trade Organisation has led to rapid economy growth and a consequential increased activity across all practice areas. The breadth of our practice and our established client base means that whatever the economic outlook there is work to be done.
While there is a substantial mainland Chinese element to our work, we service the Asia Pacific region and intra-office co-operation on transactions is routine. The office's size ensures excellent resources and support, but its departmental structure - combined with the calibre of deals we encounter - means that, from an early stage, all our lawyers experience varied, high-quality work, and develop client management skills.
East meets West
The firm's global perspective is exemplified by the multicultural and friendly atmosphere of the Hong Kong office, which is itself centrally located in a landmark, harbour-facing building. While the principal business languages here are English and Chinese, we have lawyers who are also fluent in other languages including Japanese, Korean and German. Our lawyers are often qualified in more than one jurisdiction and come from Hong Kong, Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea and China. All our lawyers share offices, sometimes working in larger team rooms which encourage excellent communication and knowledge sharing. Secondments into and out of other Clifford Chance offices are regularly undertaken.
Nobody comes to Hong Kong for a rest, it truly is a city that never sleeps. The 'City of Life' is one of the world's most vibrant places - for work and play. It embraces modern international business and traditional Asian values in equal measure. The cocktail of high-adrenaline deals, pan-Asian experience and energetic lifestyle is, for many, an irresistible one. Just remember to pack your stamina.