Hong Kong

Latham & Watkins delivers an exceptional combination of high-end legal services on corporate, finance and litigation matters under Hong Kong, US and English law.

For decades, Latham has served businesses and investors seeking innovative solutions to some of the most complex corporate, financial and litigation challenges. Latham's Hong Kong team provides strategic thinking and experienced counsel. Latham regularly serves as the firm of choice for local and international financial institutions, companies and investors conducting business in Hong Kong, as well as for local companies in their direct investment activities and capital markets transactions overseas. 

Latham's Hong Kong team leverages the experience and insight of some of Asia's most seasoned lawyers, who have advised on the region's most complex and high-profile transactions and disputes that have set milestones for our clients and precedents in the Asian market. 

The firm's team of Hong Kong, US and English law qualified lawyers are fluent in Mandarin and other Chinese dialects including Cantonese, Chiuchow, Shanghainese and Taiwanese, as well as Bahasa Indonesia, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Tagalog (Philippines) and Thai.

Latham provides clients an intimate understanding of the local marketplace, complementing the firm's global platform. For complex, cross-border transactions and disputes, our teams work seamlessly with Latham's offices throughout Asia and around the world, bridging across jurisdictions, languages, time zones and business cultures. 

Key Practice Strengths

The firm's Hong Kong office provides insightful representation in a broad range of practice areas, including:

Recognized for Excellence in China and Throughout Asia-Pacific

Latham earned the "Innovative Firm in Asia" recognition for its work on groundbreaking deals in the Financial Times’ 2016 “Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers” report, and was named to Asian Legal Business’ “Innovation List” in 2016.

In the 2018 edition of Chambers Asia-Pacific, Latham received a number of commendations for practice areas based in Greater China, including:

  • Banking & Finance – Interviewees praise the team's "ability to act commercially and identify commercial risks in addition to legal risks," adding that "the firm makes a decision and does not 'sit on the fence'."
  • Capital Markets – "It's very pleasant working with them, an experienced team...Their Chinese language capabilities are very important to me." Feedback highlights the firm's deal-making approach, with a client noting: "I'm highly impressed with their technical knowledge and ability to appropriately manage corporate issuers towards a successful and commercially viable outcome." Clients also praise the group's level of organisation, with one saying: "A very outstanding team with strong co-ordination and collaboration. They demonstrate very high efficiency in execution and each team member has high standards of professional ethics and high levels of expertise."
  • Corporate/M&A – "We are very impressed by Latham’s outstanding quality of services and professionalism. They have demonstrated a broad spectrum of capabilities and extensive experience across a wide range of practices such as M&A and corporate finance," one interviewee remarks, further stating: "The team is extremely competent and highly knowledgeable." Another market source lists the team's key strengths while acting on one recent matter: "They were very good and knowledgeable on US regulations, and were also aware of the differences and nuances within a Chinese environment."
  • Private Equity – "The team is very strong and has good connections to subject matter experts in global offices where required,"
  • International Arbitration – Clients are quick to highlight the team's dedication to service, with one source praising its "meticulous working attitude" and adding that it is "highly efficient and duly delivers on work, responds to feedback, collects all kinds of information, and follows up on the case." Certain sources highlight the "impressive bilingual capacity of the team" and describe the team as being "completely at home serving Chinese clients and understanding their strategic needs." Other commentators praise the firm for its ability "to produce innovative solutions to meet the demands of the case."
  • Litigation – Clients commend the team's responsiveness and ability to meet their needs. "They always meet my expectations and sometimes even go a step further," one client reports, adding that "the response time to all queries is impeccable." Another interviewee adds: "They take care of our commercial needs and objectives."   
  • Restructuring/Insolvency – One client affirms: "Latham has been our go-to law firm for a diversity of matters over the years," explaining that this is because "they are very strong and solid in many subject matters and in various countries." Another source highlights its international capabilities, rating it as a "top-tier global firm that we can rely on when a situation involves multiple jurisdictions."

(The guide is based on client and peer feedback as well as the firm’s work during the last 12 months.)

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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