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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 over 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. We also have an association with Linda Widyati and Partners in Indonesia and with litigation boutique, Cavenagh Law in Singapore. 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

Our experience and legal expertise – we have more Tier One ranked lawyers than any other Hong Kong firm – have helped us build long relationships with industry-leading 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 (see recent highlights for examples of our work in India, Myanmar and Vietnam).

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 value our teams' local and regional know-how and the way we use our international network to help them with their activities outside the region. We're also well known for our 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.

These capabilities and connections – backed up by our market-leading sector teams – deliver results for clients across and beyond the region. One client recently put it like this: "A team that really gets into the trenches and gets the deal done… we achieved something that otherwise would have been described as impossible given the depth and breadth of what had to be completed."

Recent highlights

Recent assignments

Directory listings and client comments

Directory Listings

Chambers 2014 Hong Kong

  • 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: Derivatives & Structured Products (International Firms) in China & Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Capital Markets: Equity (International Firms) in China & Hong Kong 
  • Tier One in Dispute Resolution (International Firms) in China & Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Financial Services: Non-contentious Regulatory (International Firms) in China & Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Insurance: Non-contentious (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 (International Firms) in China & Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Projects & Infrastructure (International Firms) in China & Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Real Estate (International Firms) in China & Hong Kong

Client comments

  • "Their lawyers are outstanding and bring excellent legal skills as well as business intuition and deal management skills to the projects."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2014 – Aviation Finance China & Hong Kong
  • "The firm is one of the few firms that have one-stop offerings such as commodity finance, pre-IPO finance and real estate finance. They have specialists in every field of this practice."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2014 – Banking & Finance China & Hong Kong
  • "Their advantage is their larger international network and their presence in several Asian jurisdictions."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2014 – Capital Markets China & Hong Kong
  • "A market leader for regulatory matters and extraterritoriality in the context of Dodd Frank and EMIR."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2014 – Capital Markets China & Hong Kong
  • "Very active helping the business community in Hong Kong to understand the complexities of competition law."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2014 – Competition/Antitrust China & Hong Kong
  • "Top-notch, really high quality. Their lawyers are really diligent, they work harder than lawyers normally would."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2014 – Corporate/M&A China & Hong Kong
  • "Clifford Chance has real depth in its expertise, globally. Everyone on its team is very good technically."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2014 – Dispute Resolution China & Hong Kong
  • "It's a large team that works well together. They can provide experts in English law alongside native Mandarin speakers. It was quite impressive for me to see their efficiency."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2014 – Dispute Resolution China & Hong Kong
  • "One of the blue-chip funds practices in town. If you are looking to raise a lot, using them is seen as an endorsement of quality."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2014 – Investment Funds China & Hong Kong
  • "They made efforts to understand our business so that their advice would not sit in a vacuum and was always linked to our business concerns."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2014 – Life Sciences China & Hong Kong
  • "They can maintain a good standard; their lawyers are commercial, knowledgeable and strong in their field and we are very happy."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2014 – Private Equity China & Hong Kong
  • "A very deep understanding of financing and very familiar with the global energy and natural resources industry."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2014 – Projects & Infrastructure China & Hong Kong
  • "In our view, Clifford Chance's broad expertise and international presence make it the best one-stop shop in the region."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2014 – Real Estate China & Hong Kon
  • "The best thing about them is the good level of depth in the team. They are sensible and flexible."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2014 – Restructuring/Insolvency China & Hong Kong
  • "They are responsive and commercially smart."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2014 – Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) China & Hong Kong

Areas of expertise

Practice areas