Rankings

The legal directories rank us highly in a broad range of practice areas and industry sectors.
*Law firms are ranked in bands from 1 to 6, with 1 being the best.

Band 1

  • Hong Kong
  • China International

Band 1

  • Banking and Finance: Borrowers
  • Competition Law
  • Corporate M&A
  • Financial Crime
  • Insurance: Non-contentious
  • Tax

Band 2

  • Banking Litigation
  • Financial Services: Contentious Regulatory (Corporates)
  • Financial services: Non-contentious Regulatory
  • Litigation
  • Outsourcing
  • Pensions

Top band in Asia-Pacific Region for:

  • Corporate/M&A

Top bands in China for:

  • Corporate/M&A: The Elite (International Firms) Band 1
  • Capital Markets: Equity (International Firms)  
  • Competition/Antitrust (International Firms)  
  • Banking & Finance (International Firms)  
  • Capital Markets: Debt (International Firms)

Top band in India for:

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

Our lawyers are in the top bands for:

  • 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
  • Corporate/M&A: China-based (International Firms) – China - Lisa Chung
  • Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms) – China - Benita Yu, David Watkins and Jason Webber
  • Financial Services: Non-contentious Regulatory (International Firms) – China - Peter Lake
  • Financial Services: Contentious Regulatory (International Firms) – China - Mark Hughes (Recognised Practitioner)

Band 1

  • Banking Litigation: investment and retail
  • Bank Lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
  • Brexit
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Competition Litigation
  • Corporate Tax
  • Employee Share Schemes
  • EU and Competition
  • Fintech
  • Insurance: Corporate and regulatory
  • M&A: premium deals
  • Pensions
  • Regulatory Investigations and Corporate Crime
  • Tax Litigation and Investigations


Band 2

  • Commercial Contracts
  • Commercial Property: General/Corporate occupiers
  • Commercial Property: Development
  • Commercial Property: Hotels and Leisure
  • Commercial Property: Investment
  • Debt Capital Markets
  • Equity Capital Markets
  • Financial Services (contentious)
  • Financial Services (non-contentious/regulatory)
  • IT & Telecoms

Top bands for the following Hong Kong practice areas:

  • Corporate (including M&A) Band 1
  • Antitrust and competition
  • Banking and finance
  • Capital markets - Debt
  • Capital markets - Equity
  • Real estate

Top band in India for:

  • Foreign Firms

Hong Kong Leading lawyers are:

Band 1

  • Banking and Finance - Bank Lending: Borrower side
  • Corporate and M&A: M&A
  • Restructuring and insolvency - Restructuring: Corporate

Band 2

  • Banking and Finance - Financial restructuring
  • Capital Markets: Debt
  • Capital Markets: Equity
  • Capital Markets: Derivatives
  • Capital Markets: Structured Finance and Securitisation
  • Financial Services Regulatory: Contentious
  • Financial Services Regulatory: Non-contentious

Top bands for:

  • Hong Kong - Banking
  • Hong Kong - Capital markets: Debt
  • Hong Kong - Capital markets: Equity
  • Hong Kong - Competition
  • Hong Kong - Financial services regulatory
  • Hong Kong - M&A
  • Hong Kong - Private Equity
  • Hong Kong - Private Equity Funds
  • Hong Kong - Project Finance
  • China - M&A - Foreign
  • China - Capital markets - Foreign

Highly regarded lawyers are:

Rising star:

Band 1

  • Banking and Finance: Borrowers
  • Competition Law
  • Corporate and M&A: High end capability
  • Financial Crime: Corporates
  • Insurance: Non-contentious
  • Tax

Band 2

  • Banking Litigation
  • Litigation
  • Pensions
  • Financial Services: Contentious Regulatory (Corporates) 
  • Financial Services: Non-contentious Regulatory
  • Outsourcing
  • Retail: Corporate & Competition

Band 1

  • Banking and Finance - Bank Lending: Borrower side
  • Corporate and M&A: M&A
  • Restructuring and insolvency - Restructuring: Corporate

Band 2

  • Banking and Finance - Financial restructuring
  • Capital Markets: Debt
  • Capital Markets: Equity
  • Capital Markets: Derivatives
  • Capital Markets: Structured Finance and Securitisation
  • Financial Services Regulatory: Contentious
  • Financial Services Regulatory: Non-contentious