China

We have a long-standing presence in China. We opened our office in Hong Kong in 1974 and our office in Beijing in 2009.

We are continuously engaged in a broad range of work involving China. We advise PRC, Hong Kong, Asian and multinational clients with their inbound and outbound investments and other projects involving China including corporate, commercial, financing, dispute resolution, regulatory/investigations, real estate and competition and antitrust legal services.

Our lawyers practise English and Hong Kong law and provide a US securities law capability for capital markets transactions in Hong Kong. Most are fluent in Mandarin and are able to draft, negotiate and advise in a dual-lingual environment.

We work with the leading PRC law firms for Chinese law advice, drawing on their extensive expertise and standing in the PRC legal and business communities.

Slaughter and May in China
  • Our reputation in China is confirmed by our rankings in the Asia legal directories and our pre-eminent position in numerous league tables published by Bloomberg, Refinitiv and MergerMarket
  • We have 12 partners and over 60 associates, trainees and paralegals in our Beijing and Hong Kong offices who are engaged in a broad range of corporate, commercial and financing work.
Practice Areas

Our main areas of practice include:

  • Corporate and M&A - We advise on all aspects of mergers and acquisitions, often involving multiple jurisdictions, in China. We have experience of all types of corporate and commercial work, including general advice on listing, governance and board matters, joint ventures and other strategic co-operation arrangements and restructurings.
  • Competition - We advise on all aspects of competition law in China and Asia and work as an integrated team with our offices in London and Brussels. We have been at the forefront of Hong Kong’s sector-specific competition practice and in the Asia Pacific region our experience includes cross-border mergers and merger control regulation, competition litigation, including appeals and private actions, and antitrust advice.
  • Equity and Debt Capital Markets - We have extensive experience of equity and debt capital markets transactions, handling primary and secondary offerings in many different industry sectors and acting for both issuers and underwriters, as well as advising on bond issues and debt programmes. We provide US, Hong Kong and English law capabilities for capital markets transactions in Hong Kong.
  • Private Equity - We advise on the full range of transactions, from venture capital investments to cross-border deals and from initial investment all the way through to exit.
  • Financing - We act for lenders, borrowers, issuers, underwriters and sponsors on a broad range of financing transactions.
  • Dispute Resolution - We advise on a wide range of matters, including commercial and financial disputes, shareholder disputes, commercial fraud, domestic and international arbitrations, regulatory and other formal inquiries and investigations and judicial review.
  • Real Estate - We have a substantial property practice which covers commercial and residential property work, including property development and financing, acquisitions and disposals and REITs.
Rankings and Awards

RANKINGS

IFLR1000 Asia-Pacific 2022

Leading firm for:

  • Hong Kong – M&A – Band 1
  • Hong Kong – Banking
  • Hong Kong – Capital markets: Debt
  • Hong Kong – Capital markets: Equity
  • Hong Kong – Financial services regulatory
  • Hong Kong - Private Equity
  • China – M&A – Foreign
  • China – Capital Markets – Foreign

Highly regarded lawyers are:

  • Peter Brien - Capital Markets: Debt, Capital Markets: Equity, M&A
  • Benita Yu - Capital Markets: Debt, Capital Markets: Equity, M&A
  • Jason Webber – Private Equity
  • Lisa Chung – Banking, Private Equity
  • Peter Lake - Banking 
  • John Moore - Capital Markets: Equity
  • Natalie Yeung – Competition

Rising star partner:

  • Chris McGaffin – M&A
  • Jing Chen - Capital Markets: Equity

Rising star associate:

  • Vincent Chan - M&A
  • Jocelyn Poon - Banking

Chambers Asia Pacific 2021

Leading firm in Asia-Pacific Region for:

  • Corporate/M&A

Leading firm in China for:

  • Corporate/M&A: The Elite (International Firms)
  • Capital Markets: Equity (International Firms)  
  • Competition/Antitrust (International Firms)  
  • Banking & Finance (International Firms)  

Leading firm in India for:

  • Corporate/M&A (International Firms) (Desk based Abroad in UK)

Highly regarded lawyers are:

  • Banking & Finance: Hong Kong-based (International Firms) – China - Peter Lake
  • Capital Markets: Equity (International Firms) – China - Benita Yu and John Moore
  • Competition/Antitrust (International Firms) – China - Natalie Yeung (Band 1)
  • Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms) – China - Benita Yu (Band 1), Lisa Chung, Jason Webber, and Chris McGaffin
  • Financial Services: Non-contentious Regulatory (International Firms) – China – Peter Lake

Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021

Top bands for the following Hong Kong practice areas:

  • Corporate (including M&A) Tier 1
  • Antitrust and competition Tier 1
  • Banking and finance
  • Capital markets – Debt
  • Capital markets – Equity

Hong Kong Leading lawyers are:

  • Corporate (including M&A) – Peter Brien 
  • Capital markets – Equity – Benita Yu and John Moore
  • Antitrust and competition – Natalie Yeung 

Asian Legal Business 2020

Asia M&A Rankings for Hong Kong Band 1

Who's Who Legal 2020 – M&A

In the Who’s Who Legal 2020, we have nine partners in Hong Kong and London identified as Recommended in the area of M&A in business of law

H1 2019 Global M&A Legal Rankings

In H1 2019 Global M&A Market Review Legal Rankings reports, Slaughter and May was:

  • 1st place for Hong Kong announced deals by value and volume, published by Bloomberg
  • 1st place for Hong Kong announced deals by value and volume, published by Refinitiv
  • 1st place for UK announced deals by value, published by Refinitiv

FT Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers 2019

We were ranked:

  • Commended for advising the Lai Sun Group in the section Enabling Business Growth and Transformation 
  • Commended for advising the Hong Kong Association of Banks in the section Enabling Business Growth and Transformation

FT Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers 2018

We were ranked:

AWARDS

China Law Awards 2020

  • The firm is a finalist for M&A Deal of the Year – Alibaba’s strategic partnership with Richemont and joint venture with YOOX Net-A-Porter Group

The Asia Legal Awards 2020

IFLR Middle East Awards 2019

China Law & Practice Awards 2019

key Contacts

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

Jing Chen
Jing Chen Partner
Peter Brien
Peter Brien Partner
Benita Yu
Benita Yu Partner
Jason Webber
Jason Webber Partner
Lisa Chung
Lisa Chung Partner
Peter Lake
Peter Lake Partner
John Moore
John Moore Partner
Wynne Mok
Wynne Mok Partner
Clara Choi
Clara Choi Partner
Ben Heron
Ben Heron Partner

* Jing Chen is the Chief Representative of our Beijing Office and is a resident in Beijing