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Asia Pacific

We opened our first Asia Pacific office in 1980 and have since gone on to build a significant market-leading presence in the region. Our 400-plus lawyers advise clients on the full range of business law for their regional and international activities. 

Our Asia Pacific network began with our Hong Kong and Singapore offices which opened in 1980 and 1981 respectively. Since then, we've invested to keep pace with our clients' businesses and worked on opportunities both within and beyond the region.

We now have seven offices in four Asia Pacific countries. These include Beijing (1985) and Shanghai (1993), Tokyo (1987), Sydney and Perth (2011). In other countries where we don’t have offices, we have close working relationships with local law firms. This gives us a cost-effective way to deliver results for clients in every country in the region.

Multi-jurisdictional teams with a dedicated ASEAN focus

The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) offers huge opportunities for investors. The ten country bloc – Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Brunei, Laos the Philippines and Cambodia – is one of the fastest growing regions in the world.

The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) was set up in 2015. It is built to create a single market across ASEAN nations. With the AEC beginning to emerge, we are one of the few firms with a dedicated taskforce of partners and associates focusing on industry trends, opportunities and challenges for clients in the ASEAN region. Our Country Focus Groups for Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, include teams of lawyers based in all our practice areas and offices worldwide. These teams pool their knowhow and expertise for issues involving ASEAN jurisdictions.

Directory and client comments

Directory Listings

  • Chambers & Partners, Asia Pacific 2022
  • Band 1 in Aviation: Finance
  • Band 1 in Banking & Finance
  • Band 1 in Capital Markets: Debt
  • Band 1 in Capital Markets: Derivatives & Structured Products
  • Band 1 in Capital Markets: Equity
  • Band 1 in Capital Markets: Securitisation
  • Band 1 in Corporate/M&A
  • Band 1 in Corporate/M&A: Private Equity
  • Band 1 in Investment Funds: Hedge Funds
  • Band 1 in Investment Funds: Private Equity
  • Band 1 in Projects & Infrastructure

Client comments

  • "professional, fast, and able to deeply understand customer requirements" 
  • "they can fully explore the logic behind the case, and the client's needs, and customise their legal services accordingly"

Chambers & Partners, Asia Pacific 2022 – Arbitration

  • "Clifford Chance is second to none in terms of quality of service from partners to associates, speed of execution, availability of partners and the global reach of its services"

Chambers & Partners, Asia Pacific 2022 – Aviation Finance

  • "Clifford Chance is a leading practice in the region and has excellent turnaround and resourcing, coupled with excellent technical ability. They are always across current market trends and developments"

Chambers & Partners, Asia Pacific 2022 – Banking & Finance

  • "strong capital market credentials and experts"
  • "excellent, very high level of performance"
  • "They have a wealth of experience in Reg S transactions"

Chambers & Partners, Asia Pacific 2022 – Capital Markets

  • "They are pretty consistent in performance and services"
  • "They are a safe pair of hands, and they give you the comfort that nothing will go wrong"

Chambers & Partners, Asia Pacific 2022 – Corporate/M&A

  • "They offer outstanding quality of work, which includes clear document drafting with an appropriate commercial consideration. They're an established and well-known firm with good services, that can address clients’ needs by leveraging their global network and footprint"

Chambers & Partners, Asia Pacific 2022  – Investment Funds: Private Equity

  • "really first-class service, taking ownership of matters and being proactive in their thinking. We could not have done it without them"

Chambers & Partners, Asia Pacific 2022 – Projects & Infrastructure

Awards

Our teams of talented lawyers have won us a string of awards that include:

  • International Firm of the Year
    China Law and Practice Awards 2022
  • Competition International Firm of the Year
    China Law and Practice Awards 2022
  • Aviation Law Firm of the Year
    Asian Legal Business Hong Kong Law Awards 2022
  • Investment Funds Law Firm of the Year
    Asian Legal Business Hong Kong Law Awards 2022
  • M&A International Firm of the Year
  • China Law and Practice Awards 2022
  • TMT International Firm of the Year
    China Law and Practice Awards 2022
  • International Firm of the Year
    IFLR Asia Pacific Awards 2022
  • China (International Firms) Corporate & Finance Firm of the Year
    Chambers Asia Pacific Awards 2021
  • Singapore Corporate & Finance International Law Advisers
    Chambers Asia Pacific Awards 2021
  • Asia Pacific Law Firm of the Year
    Chambers Asia Pacific Awards 2020
  • China practice of the year - International law firm
    IFLR Asia Pacific Awards 2020

2022 Responsible Business Report

Our reporting for the year 2021/2022 showcases how our Responsible Business strategy is deeply embedded in our daily work. We take this opportunity to thank our clients (paying and pro bono) and recognise our people, whose efforts make Clifford Chance a leading international law firm known for the quality of the advice that we deliver and the responsible way that we deliver it.

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