About the Firm

  • Slaughter and May was founded in 1889 in the City of London. We are a leading international law firm, recognised by the global business community for its quality of service, commercial awareness and commitment to clients
  • We now have 111 partners and over 600 lawyers in our own offices in London, Hong Kong, Beijing and Brussels

  

 

  • We have a long-standing presence in China. We opened our office in Hong Kong in 1974 (being the first London law firm to establish a presence there) and our office in Beijing in 2009
  • Our China and China-related work are central to our practice and our Hong Kong and Beijing offices are continuously engaged in a broad range of work involving China (including corporate, commercial, financing and competition)
  • Our firm and our lawyers have pre-eminent positions in numerous legal league tables in Chambers, Legal 500 and IFLR 1000
  • We have 13 partners, over 40 other lawyers and a total staff of over 100 in our Beijing and Hong Kong offices. Many of our lawyers are fluent in Mandarin and are able to draft, negotiate and advise in a dual lingual environment.

 

Our China practice covers the full range of corporate and financial legal services, including:

  • Corporate and M&A: we advise on all aspects of mergers and acquisitions, corporate and commercial work, including FDI
  • Capital Markets: we have extensive experience of capital markets transactions, acting for both issuers (state-owned and private) and managers/underwriters
  • Private Equity: we advise on the full range of transactions, from initial investment to exit
  • Financing: we act for lenders, borrowers, issuers, underwriters and sponsors on a broad range of financing transactions
  • Competition: we advise on both merger-related and anti-trust work
  • Dispute Resolution: we advise on a wide range of matters, including arbitrations and regulatory inquiries and investigations
  • Property: we have a substantial property practice, including financing, acquisitions and disposals and REITs.

In addition, our business areas also cover financial regulation, pension and labour laws, information technology and intellectual property

 

Our international strategy focuses on providing the highest quality advice by co-operating with the leading independent law firms worldwide whose values, standard and approach match our own.

In Europe, the Best Friends group consists of BonelliErede, Bredin Prat, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Hengeler Mueller, Slaughter and May and Uría Menéndez with European offices in Italy, France, the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Spain and Portugal. Outside of Europe, we have offices in regions of strategic importance to our clients and their businesses, with a particularly strong presence in Asia and Latin America.

Together with our partner firms worldwide, we have advised on matters in more than 160 jurisdictions in recent years.

Our relationships are not exclusive and we are happy to work with the client’s existing legal advisers, if preferred.

 

Our experience and ability in offering our expertise with a comprehensive range of quality legal services is recognised by our clients and the legal directories.

The following are highlights of the awards we received in recent years:

  • Chambers Asia Pacific 2019: Corporate/M&A: The Elite (International Firms), China – Tier 1
  • Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019 Hong Kong – Corporate (including M&A) Top-Tier
  • IFLR1000 Asia-Pacific 2019 Highly regarded lawyers: M&A – Benita Yu, Charlton Tse; Banking – Lisa Chung, Peter Lake; Private Equity – Lisa Chung, Jason Webber; Capital Markets: Equity – Benita Yu, John Moore, Charlton Tse; Competition – Natalie Yeung
  • IFLR1000 Asia-Pacific 2018 Highly regarded lawyers: M&A – David Watkins, Charlton Tse; Banking – Lisa Chung, Peter Lake; Private Equity – Lisa Chung, Jason Webber, Benita Yu; Capital Markets: Equity – Benita Yu, John Moore, Charlton Tse; Competition – Natalie Yeung
  • Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 Hong Kong – Corporate (including M&A) Top-Tier
  • Chambers Asia Pacific 2018: Corporate/M&A: The Elite (International Firms), China – Tier 1
  • Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 Leading Individuals: Corporate (including M&A) - David Watkins, Peter Brien; Capital markets - Equity - Benita Yu, John Moore; Antitrust and competition - Natalie Yeung
  • The China Law & Practice Awards 2018 - M&A Deal of the Year: Alibaba’s acquisition of Sun Art Retail
  • IFLR Asia Awards 2018 - M&A Deal of the Year: Rosneft’s US$12.9 billion purchase of Essar Oil
  • Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017 Hong Kong – Corporate (including M&A) Top-Tier
  • Chambers Asia Pacific 2017: Corporate/M&A: The Elite (International Firms), China – Tier 1
  • Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017 Leading Individuals: Corporate (including M&A) – Benita Yu, David Watkins, Lisa Chung, Peter Brien; Banking and Finance – Lisa Chung, Peter Lake; Capital markets – Debt - Lisa Chung; Real estate - Lisa Chung, Peter Brien; Investment funds - Jason Webber, Peter Lake; Capital markets - Equity - Benita Yu, John Moore; Antitrust and competition - Natalie Yeung
  • The Asian Lawyer’s Asia Legal Awards 2017 - M&A Deal of the Year: North Asia (for Softbank’s $31B acquisition of ARM Holdings)
  • IFLR1000 Asia-Pacific 2017 Highly regarded lawyers: Banking – Lisa Chung, Peter Lake; Private Equity – Lisa Chung, Jason Webber, Benita Yu; Capital Markets: Equity – Benita Yu, John Moore; M&A – David Watkins; Competition – Natalie Yeung
  • Chambers UK 2017 Tier 1: Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability, Banking & Finance: Borrowers, Financial Crime: Corporates, Insurance: Non-contentious, Competition Law, Tax

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any of the following partners or your usual contact: