We have a long-standing presence in Asia and opened our office in Hong Kong in 1974.
We have extensive experience of a wide range of work involving Hong Kong, the People's Republic of China and Asia.
We act for many of the world's leading companies who choose us because we share their ethos of excellence and because we consistently deliver outstanding results.
We practise English and Hong Kong law and provide US securities law capability for capital markets transactions in Hong Kong. We have a well established team of fluent Chinese US qualified securities lawyers who can advise on all aspects of Rule 144A offerings.
Our main areas of practice include:
- Asset Management
- Capital Markets
- Corporate and Commercial
- Debt Capital Markets
- Dispute Resolution
- Equity Capital Markets
- Infrastructure, Energy, Natural Resources (IEN)
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Private Equity
- Real Estate
- PRC Practice
There’s good partner participation throughout deals and it’s very responsive. The quality of senior associates is better than competitors, and the firm is perceptive and has a good understanding of commercial goals and intricacies. IFLR1000 Asia-Pacific - Hong Kong M&A, 2018
Our day-to-day involvement with the market enables us to provide sophisticated advice of the highest quality.
We act for domestic and international clients and advise on Hong Kong and English law and provide US securities law capability for capital markets transactions in Hong Kong.
Our key experience includes advising:
FWD on its US$3 billion acquisition of the life insurance business of Siam Commercial Bank and related bancassurance arrangements. The deal was signed on Monday 1 July 2019 and is the largest insurance deal in Southeast Asia in terms of value
OOIL in relation to the sale of LBCT LLC to a consortium led by Macquarie Infrastructure Partners, and the entry into a 20-year terminal services agreement, for a total consideration of US$1.78 billion. LBCT LLC operates the Long Beach Container Terminal in Long Beach, California, United States
Alibaba Group Holding on its: investments in Red Star Macalline Group Corporation and China International Capital Corporation; subscription in new shares in Alibaba Pictures Group; and cornerstone investments in Fosun Tourism Group, China Tower Corporation, and E-House (China) Enterprise Holdings
HNA Finance I and Hong Kong International Construction Investment Management Group (HKICIM), a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, in relation to the proposed disposal by HNA Finance I of its 69.5% shareholding in HKICIM to Times Holdings II
HKICIM on the acquisition of CentreHollywood, a 26-storey office building on Hollywood Road, Hong Kong
COSCO SHIPPING Ports on its conditional agreement with Volcan Compañía Minera S.A.A. and Terminales Portuarios Chancay S.A. (TPCH) to subscribe in 60% of the shares of TPCH for a total consideration of US$225 million
Swire Beverages Holdings on its joint venture with ALBA Group Asia and Baguio Waste Management & Recycling to build and operate Hong Kong’s first dedicated PET and HDPE recycling facility
Prudential on the renewal of its regional bancassurance arrangement with United Overseas Bank for a term of 15 years
Cathay Pacific Airways on its proposed acquisition of Hong Kong Express Airways for a consideration of HK$4.93 billion
Standard Chartered Bank on its strategic joint venture to build a new standalone digital retail bank in Hong Kong. The joint venture is among the first three successful applicants to have obtained a virtual bank licence from the Hong Kong Monetary Authority
China Power New Energy in relation to the proposed delisting of China Power Clean Energy Development Company from the Hong Kong Stock Exchange
The Airport Authority Hong Kong in relation to the HK$900 million acquisition of all rights and equity interest in Hong Kong IEC held by IEC Investments and of the ownership of AsiaWorld-Expo Management
MTR Corporation on the operational and financial arrangements for the HK$84.4 billion (US$10.7 billion) Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL)
the joint sponsors on the dual primary listing and global offering of shares of Yancoal Australia, Australia’s largest pure-play coal producer, on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, raising approximately US$151 million
Stelux Holdings International in relation to the strategic disposal of its optical retail, optical wholesale and related healthcare businesses in Hong Kong, Macau, the PRC, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand to Joseph C.C. Wong, the Chairman, CEO and controlling shareholder of Stelux
CIMB Group Holdings Berhad, one of ASEAN’s leading universal banking groups, on a joint venture with China Galaxy Securities, one of the PRC’s leading integrated service providers in the securities industry
Marks & Spencer (M&S) on the sale and franchise of its retail business in Hong Kong and Macau to its long-established franchise partner, Al-Futtaim
Wing Tai Properties on the disposal of the ‘Winner Godown Building’ in Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong
Alibaba on its US$2.9 billion stake in Hong Kong-listed Sun Art Retail Group, an operator of hypermarkets and e-commerce platform in the PRC
Alibaba on the US$2.6 billion privatisation of Intime Retail
Ideal Jacobs (Malaysia) Corporation Berhad on the Hong Kong aspects of the proposed disposal of Ideal Jacobs (HK) Corporation and Ideal Jacobs (Xiamen) Corporation to Oriental Dragon Incorporation
FWD Life Insurance Public Company on its bancassurance collaboration with TMB Bank Public Company Ltd (TMB) in Thailand for an initial term of 15 years; and its acquisition of AIG Fuji Life Insurance Company
Tenaga Nasional Berhad in relation to its stake and strategic partnership with GMR Energy in the power production business in India. The transaction was ranked Highly Commended in the Legal Expertise: Unlocking & Delivering Value (International) category in the FT Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers 2017 report published by the Financial Times
Prudential plc on the sale of its life insurance subsidiary in Korea, PCA Life Insurance to Mirae Asset Life Insurance for a total consideration of KRW170 billion
Alibaba Group in relation to its HK$2.06 billion acquisition of the media business of SCMP Group
COSCO SHIPPING Ports on its US$1.18 billion acquisition of China Shipping Ports Development
China Resources in relation to its acquisition of all the non-beer business segments of CRE for a total consideration of US$3.58 billion
OOIL in relation to the US$6.3 billion cash offer by UBS on behalf of Faulkner Global Holdings, a wholly-owned subsidiary of COSCO SHIPPING Holdings, together with Shanghai Port Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Shanghai International Port Group
Pacific Century Cyber Works on the sale of an approximate 11.10% shareholding in HKT
* Charlton Tse is the Chief Representative of our Beijing Office and is resident in Beijing
We use our skills and time in the community and in our pro bono work to make a positive social impact in Hong Kong. Our legal and non-legal volunteering and pro bono activities include:
Pro Bono – The University of Hong Kong’s Free Legal Advice Scheme
We are a partnering law firm to The Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) in respect of the Free Legal Advice Scheme on HKU Campus (FLAS). The FLAS is a clinical legal education programme run by HKU’s Faculty of Law in collaboration with the Hong Kong Government’s Duty Lawyer Service. The objective of the scheme is two-fold:
- to provide law students with hands-on experience in handling real cases (under the supervision of a qualified duty lawyer); and
- to provide free (preliminary) legal advice to the general public and hence improving accessibility to the legal system.
Our fee-earners have provided free legal advice as duty lawyers under the FLAS to cases involving different issues, including contract and business law disputes, copyright infringement, land and property disputes, judicial review, restitution and debt recovery.
We arrange a number of fundraising initiatives, including our Colour Fundraising Day which has supported a number of charities in Hong Kong including the Think Pink charity, which raises Breast Cancer awareness in Hong Kong, the Hong Chi Association, which is a charity that benefits individuals with intellectual disabilities, Youth Diabetes Action, which provides a reassuring resource for children and adolescents with diabetes, Access HK, a registered charity dedicated to serving underprivileged children in Hong Kong, and Redress, an environmental charity with a mission to prevent and transform textile waste. We also recently supported the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong’s Charity Ticket Scheme for underprivileged children in Hong Kong.
Our ‘Funds for Fundraisers Scheme’ provides matched funding for these fundraising initiatives in Hong Kong.
Government-led youth mentoring scheme
Each year, we support the Hong Kong Government-led youth mentoring scheme, 'Life Buddies', launched by the Commission on Poverty, which aims to provide “job tasting” opportunities and mentoring support to help youth from disadvantaged backgrounds to move upward in society. In June 2019, we hosted two batches of Form 4 to Form 6 secondary school students from Leung Shek Chee College (梁式芝書院) and Salvation Army Yau Ma Tei Integrated Service for Young People (救世軍油麻地青少年服務).
We are unable to accept unsolicited funding applications from schools, charities or individuals.
Hong Kong Takeover Code
We have developed a Hong Kong Takeover Code mobile app and e-book for the benefit of our clients. The Index and accompanying Help Notes are a user friendly resource that are easy to install, are interactive and provide detailed and up-to date materials on the Hong Kong Takeover Code with links to the relevant provisions of the Hong Kong Code. To access the app and e-book, please email us to request log-in details.
Every year we have places for graduates wishing to enter into a two year training contract. We welcome applications from undergraduates and postgraduates. Our aim is that our trainees stay with us on qualification and pursue their careers at Slaughter and May.
What are we looking for in our trainees?
To thrive in our environment and to take full advantage of the opportunities available to you, you will need to demonstrate intellect, enthusiasm, commitment and an ability to get on well with our clients and others. Above all we are looking for people with common sense and a willingness to accept responsibility.
What exam results do we ask for?
Our work is intellectually demanding. The minimum standard we are looking for is the equivalent of three strong grades at A-level and the equivalent of a first degree of good 2:1 standard or better - or other equivalent qualifications. We also require an appropriate reference from a tutor or another person who knows you and your work.
What courses do you need to attend before your training contract starts?
Before joining us as a trainee you will either have a law degree or have passed the Common Professional Examination (CPE) or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). In addition, you will have passed the Postgraduate Certificate of Laws (PCLL). We have no preference as to which PCLL course you attend.
Do we only select applicants who have participated in our vacation schemes?
While participating in our vacation schemes is not a prerequisite to applying for a training contract, many of our trainees have participated in our vacation schemes prior to applying for a training contract. If you are interested in applying for a training contract with us in the future, we strongly recommend that you also apply to our vacation scheme as this allows you to experience what life is like at Slaughter and May.
Our aim is to remunerate all our legal staff (including trainees) at the top end of the current market rates. We review trainee salaries at least once a year.
PCLL tuition fees
Our current policy is to pay our prospective trainees' course tuition fees (in addition to a maintenance allowance) for the PCLL course in Hong Kong. This assistance is, of course, provided on the basis that prospective trainees do in fact join us after passing the PCLL course.
We run vacation schemes during the winter and summer vacations for those considering law as a career and who have completed at least one year of a first degree course.
The principal aim of our vacation schemes is to give you an opportunity to experience the work and day to day life of a young solicitor. During your time with us, you will work with associates and trainees involved in corporate, commercial and financing transactions. In addition, we organise a programme of training, including seminars and presentations, and social events.
We accept applications throughout the year and offer places as we receive applications. Therefore, we encourage applications to be submitted as early as possible.
We are always happy to receive applications from qualified lawyers who meet our general criteria.
Applications and enquiries
If you would like to apply for a position with us, please write to our Recruitment Team, enclosing a cover letter, a CV, (including details of all examination results and the names and addresses of two referees, one of whom should be an academic referee), and copies of latest academic transcripts. We accept applications by email or post.
The Recruitment Team
Slaughter and May
47th Floor, Jardine House
One Connaught Place