Meeting Client Needs
Doing business in Asia can be rewarding, but it is also often complex and challenging. Success in the region requires commitment, local knowledge and adaptability.
Dechert lawyers in Hong Kong provide results-oriented legal and business solutions to corporations and funds investing in Asia. Clients rely on our deep understanding of both local and global business and regulatory practices to structure and devise solutions that bridge East and West. Whether we are representing the Asian company or the foreign investor, knowledge of both the commercial and legal frameworks that govern transactions in Asia allow us to meet the needs of our clients. Our lawyers in Hong Kong are regularly recognized by legal directories such as Chambers Asia and The Legal 500 Asia. This drive for excellence also applies when assisting our Asian clients on outbound transactions.
Multicultural and Multilingual Team
Our team of lawyers in Hong Kong speak several Chinese dialects, including Cantonese, Mandarin and Shanghainese, and Asian languages, including Korean and Malay (Bahasa Malaysia). Besides having native fluency in multiple languages, we are fluent in multiple Asian cultures as well, which has allowed us to gain substantial experience advising Asia-based clients, including Chinese and Korean clients, as well as international clients on a broad range of matters.
Areas of Focus
Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Clients call on our multilingual, multi-disciplinary dispute resolution team in Hong Kong when facing intricate commercial disputes. We are known for out-of-the-box thinking and have a strong track record in masterminding high-stakes disputes in which the governing law, the venue and the parties’ places of domicile are in different jurisdictions.
We advocate our clients’ interests robustly in the face of commercial litigation, white collar or securities litigation. We defend Chinese companies against litigation arising in the United States or Europe and provide international clients with powerful representation when litigating in China.
Unusually among Hong Kong law firms, our litigators are qualified in Hong Kong, U.S. and UK law.
Both Chinese and multinational issuers and underwriters seek out Dechert’s corporate finance team. We have a long history of securing successful public listings for clients in the Hong Kong, London and New York markets.
Our firm’s culture is focused on making things happen. We are relentless in serving clients in all types of public and private issuances of equity, debt and hybrid securities.
Global corporations operating in China rely on us as principal outside counsel when facing a full range of governance matters, including:
- board governance practices and procedures
- board composition
- succession planning
- business continuity management
- executive compensation
Company stakeholders trust us to provide practical judgment and high-quality legal expertise in areas that demand most of managers. We regularly advise on U.S. and Hong Kong securities litigation, shareholders’ disputes, corporate malfeasance and fraud.
Foreign Direct Investment
We understand business as well as the law. Multinational corporations and Chinese companies engage Dechert for our team’s deep industry expertise, which runs from aerospace and automotive to technology and telecommunications.
Hong Kong clients engaged in FDI projects routinely receive advice on offshore structuring and tax matters. Our primary focus is to achieve tax-efficient investment structures that generate optimum returns for our clients.
Companies seeking to protect their patents and technology while doing business with a Chinese partner regularly call on our intellectual property team in Hong Kong to help develop a brand-protection strategy.
Companies seek our counsel on issues surrounding PRC licensing regulations, patents, trademarks and copyrights. Life sciences companies, in particular, look to our IP lawyers in Hong Kong to assert, protect and defend patent rights when involved in collaboration, outsourcing, joint venture or licensing deals in China.
Our multilingual arbitration team in Hong Kong acts for clients on all sides of the table. State entities value our team’s experience, while multinational corporations, mid-sized companies and joint-venture shareholders seek out our expertise before arbitration courts and international panels.
Financial services entities of all types — from banks to broker-dealers, from investment managers to insurance companies — rely on Dechert’s investment fund lawyers in Hong Kong. With a reputation as market leaders in the funds space, we excel at hedge and registered fund work.
Fund managers regularly call us for practical, results-based advice on:
- compliance and governance
- fund formation and offerings
- fund restructuring and consolidation
- product development and regulation
- investigative proceedings and enforcement actions
Mergers and Acquisitions
Market sources regularly endorse the commercial outlook of Dechert’s Greater China M&A team. We apply a pragmatic, results-based approach that is sensitive to local economic, political and cultural factors, in addition to complying with legal and regulatory requirements. Above all, we know how to get deals done.
Global corporations rate our Hong Kong team’s international outlook and broad experience in advising on securities offerings on the NASDAQ, Hong Kong and Singapore exchanges. Companies also seek out our assistance for advice on Rule 144A equity and debt offerings and on listed Eurobond offerings.
Major players in the private equity and venture capital space trust in Dechert’s top-ranked Hong Kong practice for commercial, results-oriented advice when investing in China and elsewhere in Asia.
Our strategic advice and practical assistance spans the whole investment life cycle, from fund formation and structuring to IPOs, trade sales and other exits. Private fund clients value our expertise in executing follow-on mergers and acquisitions and in handling capital-raising transactions.
Our lawyers in Hong Kong work seamlessly with Dechert’s top-rated product liability practice in the United States. Clients see the benefits in the form of cutting-edge advice on new regulatory developments affecting non-U.S. manufacturers.
Clients rely on us for strategic advice that helps them to mitigate litigation risks. If an individual claim or class action suit should arise, corporations trust us to defend their interests in the most powerful, effective manner possible.
Domestic and global investors — and their financial services intermediaries — turn to us when developing comprehensive compliance programs across Asia and the United States.
Our primary aim is to help clients avoid regulatory and enforcement actions, such as those related to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. If an investigation should occur, we defend our clients’ interests robustly while minimizing the disruptive effect on the company. We have a proven record for achieving spectacular results on clients’ behalf.
Dechert in Hong Kong is a Hong Kong partnership regulated by the Law Society of Hong Kong.