Hong Kong

Over the past 25 years our Hong Kong office has served as a major hub for clients operating across the region, acting as a conduit between Asia and the rest of the world.

Our Hong Kong-based lawyers regularly work on complex cross-border transactions and collaborate on a daily basis with colleagues in the US, Europe, and beyond to service the firm’s long-standing global clients operating in the region, as well as major Asian players seeking to do business overseas.

Our diverse team has a wide range of capabilities, from advising on some of the region’s most high-profile capital markets and M&A transactions, to navigating white collar crime investigations and compliance disputes, to supporting clients with complex financing structures and financial regulatory advice.

One Asia

Latham’s Asia offices work as one team, bringing together elite capabilities across practices and industries, native language and cultural knowledge, and on-the-ground support. Serving clients from the region’s major financial, commercial, and regulatory hubs we seamlessly integrate through Latham’s global platform to deliver sophisticated counsel and representation to clients on their most complex and consequential matters in Asia and around the world.

Our lawyers rank among the very top practitioners in the region. We regularly advise on the most transformative capital markets offerings, private equity, and M&A transactions in every major jurisdiction. We guide multinationals through the increasingly complex web of anti-money laundering, sanctions, and export controls regimes. We represent sponsors and lenders in the region’s landmark project finance matters and infrastructure projects. And increasingly, we advise on the emerging ESG and sustainability issues affecting companies with operations in Asia.

Giving Back

As one of the world’s largest pro bono providers, Latham takes on matters in nearly every area of public interest law. In Asia, our pro bono efforts include supporting asylum seekers, serving the elderly, and advocating for gender equality and the empowerment of women. We work extensively with the nonprofit Justice Centre Hong Kong to promote human rights and assist immigrants and asylum seekers, and our pro bono efforts have been recognized by the Law Society of Hong Kong.

 

Pro bono and community work is a key feature of Latham & Watkins' culture in the Hong Kong office. In 2015, the Hong Kong Council of Social Service recognized Latham as one of the “Caring Companies” in Hong Kong for the fifth consecutive year. The award honors our Hong Kong office’s dedication and commitment to social responsibility. It also recognizes the office’s green initiatives, encouragement of work-life balance, and efforts to promote wellness and a healthy lifestyle.

Areas of Pro Bono Engagement
  • asylum and immigration, anti-human trafficking and human rights, nonprofits and NGOs
Key Partner Organizations
  • PILnet, Justice Centre Hong Kong, Liberty Asia, Ashoka, Transgender Resources Center, ENGAGEHK/Asia Community Ventures, RainLily, Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre, iSEEK Culture Center and St. James Settlement
Recent Successes
  • Conducted a comparative analysis of laws pertaining to money laundering and criminal proceeds for the anti-slavery organization Liberty Asia in order to effect legal reform designed to detect and seize such funds
  • Researched legal issues relating to sexual violence for RainLily, which promotes women’s rights
  • Worked on asylum matters for Justice Centre Hong Kong
Survey of Pro Bono Practices and Opportunities

A multi-office team of Latham & Watkins lawyers and professional staff from across the firm’s offices globally conducted extensive research to prepare the 2016 edition of the “Survey of Pro Bono Practices and Opportunities” report. Conducted in conjunction with the Pro Bono Institute (PBI), the unique report is an essential resource for local practitioners, in-house teams and non-profits on pro bono practices around the world.

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