Linklaters has been in Hong Kong for over 30 years. As part of our Greater China offering, this office (alongside Beijing and Shanghai) is recognised as having the strongest international offering in the market by all benchmarking standards.
Across jurisdictions and practice areas, Linklaters’ lawyers in Hong Kong advise on the most innovative, complex and award-winning deals in the region.
Our reputation is based on an inherent ability to innovatively structure transactions in order to build a complete solution for clients. Our position in the market is best summarised by Finance Asia when it announced that Linklaters had won ‘Best Financial Law Firm’ for 2011:
''Last year we wondered if the competition would step up this year and challenge Linklaters' strong showing in our deals of the year, but if anything the firm was a clearer winner in 2011 than it was last year. Standing tall in difficult markets is a sure sign of strength in depth, and for that resilience we commend Linklaters once again."
Finance Asia, 2011
Linklaters’ clients in Hong Kong rely on the firm’s expertise in areas ranging from corporate/M&A, private equity, banking, projects, capital markets and anti-trust/competition law to litigation & arbitration, financial markets regulation, and employment. Hong Kong houses our Asia regional headquarters, with lawyers practising Hong Kong, English and U.S. law.
Recent significant transactions include advising
- PRC Ministry of Finance on its Renminbi (RMB) 23 billion (US$3.65 billion) sovereign bond offering in Hong Kong - the largest-ever offshore RMB bond transaction and a testament to Linklaters’ standing as the market leader for off-shore RMB financing;
- Glencore International AG on its Initial Public Offering on both the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange. The first company in 25 years and only the third company ever to enter the FTSE 100 at the close of business on the first day of trading. This is also the first simultaneous London and Hong Kong listing;
- Lone Star on its off market sale of its 51 per cent. stake in Korea Exchange Bank to Hana Financial Group;
- Minmetals Resources Limited on its unsolicited US$6.5 billion cash offer for Equinox Minerals Limited - the largest-ever unsolicited takeover attempt by a Chinese mining company;
- the Joint Bookrunners on the listing of Units in Hui Xian REIT on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange by way of a global offering - the first yuan denominated equity listing outside mainland China;
- a consortium of banks on the leveraged recapitalisation and capex facilities for the Permira portfolio business Asia Broadcast Satellite;
- Korea National Oil Corporation on the negotiation with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company of significant oil and gas concession arrangements for the exploration and development of three concession areas in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; and
- International Swaps and Derivatives Association on the new 2011 Equity Derivatives Definitions which were launched in July last year. The new documentation has set the new industry standard for documenting equity derivatives globally and in Asia.
Linklaters operates in Hong Kong through the Hong Kong branch of an English law partnership under the name of Linklaters.