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
Sophisticated Hong Kong team with growing recognition for its strength in Mainland China. Instructed by a loyal portfolio of significant clients across Greater China and South-East Asia on inbound and outbound mandates, providing a pan-Asia service through working with 'best friends' in the region Chambers Asia, 2016
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:
Alibaba Group in relation to its HK$2.06 billion acquisition of the media business of SCMP Group Limited, a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange
COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited on its US$1.18 billion acquisition of China Shipping Ports Development Co., Limited. The acquisition formed part of the multi-billion dollar reorganisation of the businesses of the COSCO group and the businesses of the China Shipping group, the two leading companies in the PRC shipping industry
China Resources (Holdings) Company, controlling shareholder of China Resources Enterprise, 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, as joint offerors to acquire all the issued shares in OOIL. The offer was announcement on 7 July 2017
Pacific Century Cyber Works (PCCW) on the sale of an approximate 11.10% shareholding in HKT Limited (HKT). The disposal is being effected by way of a placing, with Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C. acting as placing agent. Following completion of the placing, PCCW will continue to hold an approximate 51.97% majority stake in HKT. The gross proceeds of the placing will amount to approximately HK$8.534 billion
Swire Beverages Holdings Limited on its entry into a conditional master agreement with The Coca-Cola Company and a subsidiary of China Foods Limited, and its proposed submission of a bid in an auction conducted in accordance with PRC law to acquire certain assets from the China Foods group
Zhong An Online P&C Insurance (Zhong An), China's first internet insurance company, in its first round of fundraising which raised RMB5.775 billion (US$931.3 million) by investors Morgan Stanley, CICC, CDH Investments, SAIF Partners and Keywise Capital, valuing Zhong An at US$8 billion. Co-founded in 2013 by Alibaba Group Holdings, Tencent Holdings and Ping An Insurance. This was one of the biggest fundraisings by a Chinese financial-technology company in 2015
HNA Group, as international counsel, on the acquisition of a 25% equity interest in Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. from its single largest shareholder Blackstone Group LP, for a total consideration of US$6.5 billion
Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited, the second largest financial services group in Southeast Asia by assets, on its pre-conditional voluntary general cash offer through its wholly owned subsidiary, OCBC Pearl Limited, to acquire the entire issued share capital of Wing Hang Bank, Limited for US$4.95 billion.
Dongfeng Motor Group Company Limited on its subscription for shares in Peugeot S.A. for approximately US$1.1 billion, and its further strategic partnership with Peugeot to enhance their collaboration in research and development and to establish a new joint venture to drive PSA Peugeot Citroën and Dongfeng vehicle sales in the rest of Asia. This is the largest overseas acquisition by a Chinese automaker since 2010.
Thermo Fisher Scientific on the competition aspects of its US$13.6 billion acquisition of Life Technologies, combining two of the leading laboratory and life sciences companies in the world.
* Chris McGaffin is registered as a foreign lawyer to practise English law in Hong Kong
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.
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 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 do not interview for places on our vacation schemes.
If you are unable to secure a vacation placement with us, this should not deter you from applying for a training contract. Many of our trainees did not gain work experience with us before joining.
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 Cecilia Ching, our Office Manager, enclosing a CV, including details of all examination results and the names and addresses of two referees, one of whom should be an academic referee. We accept applications by email or post.
Slaughter and May
47th Floor, Jardine House
One Connaught Place