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Charltons
Website: https://www.charltonslaw.com/
Tel: +852 2905 7888
Fax: +852 2854 9596

Managing Partners: Julia Charlton
Number of partners: 4
Number of lawyers: 12
Languages: Cantonese, English, Mandarin, Russian

FIRM OVERVIEW:
Charltons is a boutique Hong Kong corporate finance law firm with branch offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Yangon, Myanmar. Charltons focuses on Hong Kong corporate finance law and provides cutting edge legal advice to Hong Kong, PRC and international clients. The firm has a track record of over 20 years representing major multinational clients on complex cross border transactions as well as domestic transactions. Charltons has a substantial pro bono practice establishing and advising Hong Kong based charities and foundations.

MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:

Corporate Finance and Capital Markets
Charltons’ has extensive experience in Hong Kong corporate finance and capital markets, advising issuers, sponsors and underwriters in securities offerings. The firm represents sponsors and underwriters as well as companies seeking listing and listed companies carrying out placings, rights issues and other capital raising in Hong Kong and the investment banks involved in such transactions. The firm has a track record of acting for companies listing in Hong Kong on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and are often involved at an early stage in connection with pre-IPO financing and restructuring, as well as any pre-IPO submissions to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange if issues arise relating to suitability for listing. The firm also acts for sponsors and underwriters on Hong Kong IPOs and is involved throughout the listing process with particular focus on sponsor compliance with the Hong Kong Listing Rules, law and regulation. Charltons has significant experience in assisting sponsors liaising with regulators.

Mergers & Acquisitions
Charltons regularly advises a wide range of international corporate clients on cross border and multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions, complex joint ventures, disposals and general commercial and corporate governance issues. Charltons has been adviser of choice on a large number of the more complex public and private company Hong Kong M&A transactions, particularly on deals involving an international cross-border or significant PRC dimension. Charltons advises on public takeovers in Hong Kong, including compliance with the requirements of the Hong Kong Takeovers Code, private company acquisitions and disposals in Hong Kong, the PRC and other jurisdictions, transaction structuring, due diligence, private equity and venture capital investments and divestments, direct investment, equity and contractual joint ventures (including, in particular, investment in the PRC) general commercial agreements and documentation, shareholders and management agreement, distributorship agreements, agency agreements, licence agreements, management agreements and outsourcing agreements.

Regulatory, Securities and Derivatives
Charltons advises local and international clients on raising finance in Hong Kong’s securities markets and on Hong Kong securities law. The firm works with clients in structuring and executing initial public offerings (IPOs) on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong and on private placements, buybacks, block trades, convertible bond issues and rights issues. Charltons also structures and advises on bank loans and debt and derivative issues. These areas rely on the firm’s extensive knowledge of the Hong Kong regulatory regime. Other key areas of the practice involve advising financial service sector clients on setting up in Hong Kong and advising on the regulatory framework for offering investment products in Hong Kong.

Corporate and Commercial
Charltons has extensive experience of providing strategic tailored advice on the key areas of Hong Kong commercial law transactions, including manufacturing, outsourcing, sales, agency, distribution, franchising, marketing, logistics, licensing, employment, joint ventures and shareholder agreements. Charltons commercial team comprises multi-cultural and multi-lingual lawyers with experience of assisting clients with broad international presence and relationships. The firm can coordinate multi-jurisdictional legal advice in commercial transactions, offering a single point of contact and integrated legal solutions to the client. Charltons are particularly strong in China-related commercial transactions. For companies who do business or are planning to do business in China Charltons can provide advice on important issues such as the protection of confidential information, intellectual property protection and enforcement; technology transfers, regulatory matters related to market access and barriers, registration and licensing requirements, and establishing and operating foreign invested enterprises.

Private Equity and Funds
Charltons has significant experience advising on all stages of a private equity fund’s life cycle, including structuring and formation, marketing, portfolio investments and exits, redemptions, restructurings and termination. Charltons advises on fund establishment and operations in Hong Kong, China and offshore. Charltons fund clients range from global fund managers to smaller start-up managers. Charltons provides smart and practical advice from multidisciplinary lawyers with broad regulatory and transactional experience across funds and financial services, M&A, private equity and venture capital, lending and capital markets.

OFFICES:

Main Office
Hong Kong office
12th Floor,
Dominion Centre,
43-59 Queen’s Road E.
Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2905 7888
Fax: +852 2854 9596
Email: [email protected]

Branch Offices

Beijing office
3-1703,
Vantone Centre,
A6# Chaowai Avenue
Chaoyang District
Beijing, PRC, 100020
Tel: +86 10 5907 3299
Fax: +86 10 5907 3299
Email: [email protected]

Shanghai office
Room 2006, 20/F
Fortune Times
1438 North Shanxi Road, Shanghai
PRC 200060
Tel: +86 21 6277 9899
Fax: +86 21 6277 7899
Email: [email protected]

Yangon office
Charltons Legal Consulting Ltd
161, 50th Street
Yangon
Myanmar
Email: [email protected]