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Established, experienced and focused, we offer market leading expertise in Hong Kong across the full range of business law services for clients active in the region.

A top-tier track record and extensive resources

We opened our Hong Kong office, our first in the Asia Pacific region, in 1980 and today we are the leading international firm in Asia Pacific.

Our track record of top-tier deals is built on substantial resources – clients have access to more than 150 lawyers in our Hong Kong office, and 250-plus lawyers in our eight other Asia Pacific offices in China, Australia, Korea, Japan, Singapore, and Thailand.

When projects involve jurisdictions outside Asia Pacific, or the input of specialist lawyers, we can call on the wider resources of our 3,400-lawyer firm.

Experience that delivers for domestic, regional and international clients

We use our experience of complex cross-border deals to manage multi-office teams efficiently and work effectively with local law firms in Asia Pacific countries where we don't have an office.

International clients value our on the ground regional network, particularly if they want to develop business in China or the region's other fast-growing economies. They know that our advice is based on hands-on local market experience.

Domestic and regional clients draw upon our teams' local and regional know-how – we in turn utilise our international network to help them with their activities outside the region. Our people are well known for their work with clients who want to access Hong Kong's financial markets.

A team that mirrors Hong Kong's role as a regional hub

Hong Kong is a hub for Asian business and we reflect this – we combine regional reach and deep sector expertise in a single office.

We do this in a number of ways. For example, our teams in Hong Kong all have strong links with, and first-hand experience of, the intricacies of the markets in mainland China, Japan, Korea, South East Asia and other parts of the region.

Recent highlights

Awards and milestones

  • 2017: Equity Deal of the Year: Postal Savings Bank of China Hong Kong IPO (IFLR Asia Awards)
  • 2017: Debt & equity-linked Deal of the Year: China Yangtze Power dual currency exchangeable bond (IFLR Asia Awards)
  • 2017: Private equity Deal of the Year: MBK Partners and TPG acquisition of Wharf’s telecom unit (IFLR Asia Awards)
  • 2017: Structured finance and securitisation Deal of the Year: Bank of China green covered notes (IFLR Asia Awards)
  • 2017: Law firm of the Year: Private Equity (IFLR Asia Awards)
  • 2017: Syndicated Leveraged & Acquisition Finance Law Firm (APLMA)
  • 2017: Syndicated Corporate Loan Law Firm of the Year (APLMA awards)
  • 2017: Syndicated Project Finance Law Firm of the Year (APLMA awards)
  • 2016: Syndicated Corporate Loan Law Firm of the Year (APLMA awards)
  • 2016: Syndicated Project Finance Law Firm of the Year (APLMA awards)
  • 2016: Finance Deal of the Year: Banking – ChemChina – Pirelli acquisition financing (The Asian Lawyer's Asia Legal Awards)
  • 2016: Securities Deal of the Year: Debt – Bank of China's $3.55 billion four currency bond (The Asian Lawyer's Asia Legal Awards)
  • 2016: Securities Deal of the Year: Equity – PT Hanjaya Mandala's $1.4 billion rights issue (The Asian Lawyer's Asia Legal Awards)

Recent assignments

Directory listings and client comments

Directory Listings

Chambers Asia Pacific 2017

  • Tier One in Aviation: Finance (International Firms) in China & Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Banking & Finance (International Firms) in China & Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Banking & Finance: Leveraged & Acquisition Finance (International Firms) in China & Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Capital Markets: Debt (International Firms) in China & Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Capital Markets: Equity (International Firms) in China & Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Corporate/M&A (International Firms) in China & Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Corporate/M&A: Private Equity (International Firms) in China & Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (International Firms) in China & Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Dispute Resolution: Litigation (International Firms) in China & Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Financial Services (International Firms) in China & Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Investment Funds: Hedge Funds (International Firms) in China & Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Investment Funds: Real Estate (International Firms) in China & Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Private Equity: Buyouts & Venture Capital Investment (International Firms) in China & Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Projects & Infrastructure (International Firms) in China & Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Restructuring/Insolvency (International Firms) in China & Hong Kong

Chambers Asia Pacific 2016

  • Tier One in Aviation: Finance (International Firms) in China & Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Banking & Finance (International Firms) in China & Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Banking & Finance: Leveraged & Acquisition Finance (International Firms) in China & Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Capital Markets: Debt (International Firms) in China & Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Capital Markets (International Firms) in China & Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Corporate/M&A (International Firms) in China & Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Corporate/M&A: Private Equity (International Firms) in China & Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Corporate/M&A: The Elite (International Firms) in China & Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (International Firms) in China & Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Dispute Resolution: Litigation (International Firms) in China & Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Financial Services (International Firms) in China & Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Investment Funds: Hedge Funds (International Firms) in China & Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Investment Funds: Real Estate (International Firms) in China & Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Private Equity: Buyouts & Venture Capital Investment (International Firms) in China & Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Projects & Infrastructure (International Firms) in China & Hong Kong

Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016

  • Tier One in Banking and finance
  • Tier One in Capital markets (debt)
  • Tier One in Capital markets (equity)
  • Tier One in Corporate (including M&A)
  • Tier One in Dispute resolution: International arbitration
  • Tier One in Dispute resolution: Litigation
  • Tier One in Investment funds
  • Tier One in Private equity
  • Tier One in Real estate

IFLR 1000 (2016)

  • Tier One in Banking and finance
  • Tier One in Project finance
  • Tier One in Capital markets (debt and equity)
  • Tier One in Corporate (including M&A and Private Equity)
  • Tier One in Financial services regulatory
  • Tier One in Investment funds
  • Tier One in Restructuring and insolvency 

Client comments

  • "From the relationship perspective, I think they are the best. They do the top-notch market-leading jobs and stay close to their client – they are there when you need them."
    "They are very reliable. They will take into account a lot of factors for clients that you may not have thought of."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2017 – Aviation: Finance (International Firms)
  • "a big player for both sponsor and lender-side work."
    "Their quality is stable and many of the associates are quite experienced. You get quality when you go to Clifford Chance."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2017 – Banking & Finance (International Firms)
  • "They're strong in the regulatory space."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2017 – Banking & Finance: Leveraged & Acquisition Finance (International Firms) 
  • "The partners are easily accessible, responsive, experienced and practical."
    "We see them on a lot of investment-grade deals, they're very active."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2017 – Capital Markets
  • "They were a great sounding board. I really felt they gave a more customised approach as opposed to a tactical position. They were engaged, we debated and challenged each other."
    "They have a thoughtful and deep litigation team. The members all think about their cases very carefully."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2017 – Dispute Resolution: Litigation (International Firms)
  • "They have good strength in depth with industry-leading seniors and a strongly developing, high-calibre bench."
    "They're pretty practical. It's a combination of friendliness and approachability, plus dealing with matters and being hands-on. In terms of how we can plug in and get value, they've been able to provide very practical advice."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2017 – Financial Services (International Firms)
  • "The firm has the capability to help large international fund managers navigate the regulatory landscape in China. We go to Clifford Chance because this is extremely complex and so you need the highest quality."
    "I think highly of Clifford Chance. The firm is absolutely outstanding."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2017 – Investment Funds
  • "Their experience of having worked on many different types of investments and working with the regulators is very helpful."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2017 – Private Equity: Buyouts & Venture Capital Investment (International Firms)
  • "Their services are outstanding. They understand our needs, sometimes even better than us, and are always responsive. We trust Clifford Chance to fight battles for us, and they exceed our expectations."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2017 – Projects & Infrastructure (International Firms)
  • "They are absolutely dedicated to the matter at hand. They work around the clock, and facilitate the transaction while protecting our interests."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2017 – Restructuring/Insolvency (International Firms)
  • "They have strong negotiation power and knowledge of the market, in terms of various jurisdictions and regulations."

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