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Annabella Fu van Bijnen

Financial Regulation Partner, Hong Kong SAR

“I specialise in financial regulation in Hong Kong and China as well as being an experienced practitioner of mergers and acquisitions in the financial services sector.”


Professional experience

Education and qualifications


Annabella is acknowledged as one of the few practitioners with in-depth knowledge of the financial regulatory environment in both Hong Kong and China. She advises financial institutions including banks, insurance companies and brokerages as well as investors on financial regulatory matters in connection with their operations in Hong Kong and China, including establishment and licensing, conduct of business requirements, client documentation and other areas across the banking, securities and insurance sectors.


Annabella also acts for financial institutions conducting corporate deals in the financial services sector, including mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures.


Annabella has specialist knowledge of fintech issues, including being well acquainted with the regulations under which fintech companies operate.


Annabella was based in the firm’s Beijing office between 2010 and 2016.


Work highlights

Among many transactions which she has led, Annabella advised:


  • AXA on its sale of its Swiss Privilege franchise in Hong Kong
  • the shareholders of Hong Kong Life on its sale to First Origin
  • Beijing Tongchuang Jiuding Group on its acquisition of the Hong Kong insurance subsidiaries of Ageas
  • China Construction Bank Corporation on its acquisition of a 72% stake in Banco Industrial e Comercial, the eighth largest private bank in Brazil
  • Crédit Agricole on establishing a foreign-invested fund management company in China
  • Bank of Montreal on its investment into COFCO Trust Co, a joint venture trust company in China
  • Nomura on its acquisition of a finance owned by GE Capital in China
  • BNP Paribas on its acquisition of ING’s shareholding in ING-BOB Life Insurance Co., an insurance joint venture company in China
  • J.P. Morgan on its securities joint venture in China
  • RBS on the 100% share sale of RBS Asia, RBS's HKEX clearing member

Professional experience

Annabella regularly speaks at conferences and contributes articles for publications such as the Hong Kong Lawyer.

Education and qualifications

Annabella studied law and accounting and finance at the University of Auckland.


She speaks English, Cantonese and Mandarin.