Senior Partner: Lilian Chiang
Number of partners: 52
Number of lawyers: 250
Languages: Korean, Spanish, Fujinese, Malay, French, Dutch, Hokkien, German, Japanese, Italian, Chaozhou, English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Swedish, Hindi, Norweigan, Portuguese, Sindhi, Shanghainese.
Established in 1851, Deacons is Hong Kong’s own world-class law firm and provides an extensive range of legal and commercial services to local and international businesses. With 16 key service areas and three representative offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, Deacons is the oldest and largest independent law firm in Hong Kong.
Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Finance:
Deacons has built a leading position in the sector over many years of working for some of the world’s biggest banks, financial institutions and trading companies in financings across the region.
Deacons’ extensive experience spans all areas of corporate finance, capital markets, structured products and regulatory work making us well-equipped to advise on fundraising solutions to suit any organisation.
China Trade & Investment:
With its Mandarin-speaking team it can assist with everything from gaining approval for investment projects, cross-border M&A, joint ventures with Chinese companies to setting up offices and operations in China.
The corporate M&A team serves an extensive client base, advising on all aspects of transactional work, including private mergers, acquisitions and disposals, private equity and venture capital investments and exits, and cross-border joint ventures.
Deacons advises companies and senior executives in high profile regulatory cases in Hong Kong, as well as on cross-border and domestic transactions.
The firm’s non-contentious work encompasses contractual and risk management advice, and spans both public and private sector projects, while the firm is equally confident resolving disputes through traditional and ADR techniques.
Employment & Pensions:
The team assists with employment documentation, employee benefits, day-to-day HR issues, labour and employment disputes, pension regulations, work and residence visas, and the employment aspects of M&A and restructurings.
Deacons advises international and domestic insurers, intermediaries and regulators on international insurance and reinsurance coverage disputes, regulatory issues, professional indemnity claims, insurance insolvencies and corporate deals.
The IP team offers seamless service across Hong Kong and China covering all areas of IP law, including the protection, exploitation and enforcement of copyright, designs, patents and trade marks.
The largest investment funds team in Hong Kong, the team acts for a high proportion of international and local asset managers on a range of matters including authorised funds and products to alternative investment funds and all related regulatory work.
Insolvency & Restructuring:
Deacons’ insolvency and restructuring lawyers have considerable experience rescuing companies that have encountered financial difficulties.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
Deacons handles large scale, complex, multijurisdictional litigation to more routine matters, in every area from general commercial and contractual cases, insurance and partnership disputes, to highly technical banking, IP, trusts, real estate, employment and tax litigation, and family-related disputes.
The team provides high-quality, integrated real estate advice on everything from the sale and purchase of real estate, property management and landlord/tenant issues, real estate finance, planning and zoning, real estate tax and dispute resolution.
The team is highly experienced in dealings with the HKMA, SFC, OCI and MPFA, and in handling wider issues concerning fund authorisation and insurance, as well as insider dealing and market misconduct.
The team advises on tax-efficient business or investment structures, exemptions, reliefs and concessions and represent clients in tax investigations or disputes.
Deacons provides individuals and their families with local and international tax planning, wealth management, succession planning, family office operations, philanthropy, property, probate and administration of estates, and trust and probate disputes.