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Oldham, Li & Nie

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Managing Partners: Gordon Oldham/Richard Healy
Number of partners: 12
Number of lawyers: 37
Languages: Cantonese, English, French, German, Mandarin

Firm Overview:
Oldham, Li & Nie (‘OLN’) is a highly regarded full-service law firm, whose commitment to professional excellence has been the cornerstone of the firm since its creation in 1987.
The firm possesses many years of experience practising in Hong Kong and have a diverse set of global employees, embodying the firm’s East-West culture.
OLN prides itself on having a practical approach as well as an innovative and commercially-minded outlook, stemming from over 32 years of experience in the private client and corporate commercial fields and their expertise in dispute resolution and the business world.
The firm currently has some 40 lawyers, admitted to one or more jurisdictions, including Hong Kong, France, the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia and Canada. OLN also has a thriving China practice, carried on from its Hong Kong and Shanghai offices and when necessary with its associate legal network in Mainland China.

Main Areas of Practice:

Corporate & Commercial:
This practice group offers comprehensive legal, services to meet the business needs of clients, with a presence in Greater China, including, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, banking and loan documents, corporate, structuring and restructuring, joint ventures, and shareholder agreements, licensing, and franchising, directors’ responsibilities, coordinating due diligence in numerous jurisdictions.

Dispute Resolution:
The firm has a substantial and wide-ranging litigation practice with a high reputation. It adopts an innovative and strategic approach to the resolution of disputes, including corporate and commercial litigation, banking and financial litigation, shareholder disputes, arbitration, mediation and alternative dispute resolution, regulatory and disciplinary proceedings, trust, probate and family related disputes.

Intellectual Property:
OLN provides a range of services in connection with the registration, protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights, including registration and protection of trademarks, patents and copyrights, anticounterfeiting and enforcement of intellectual property rights, licensing and franchising agreements, copyright and passing-off disputes, conduct of court proceedings including claims for damages and injunctions, IP Audit and registration of trademarks in both PRC and Hong Kong.

OLN’s highly regarded employment practice group deals with all forms of employment issues from team moves to boardroom dispute, from hiring’s to terminations and all related matters.

Insolvency & Restructuring:
Extensive experience in both insolvency and restructuring work, representing liquidators, banks, creditors and creditors committee and debtors in relation to receivership, liquidation and bankruptcy matters.

Private Client, Trust & Probate:
The firm’s private client department handles a range of issues that may confront private clients, including estate planning and the establishment and administration of trusts, probate and contentious probate matters, administration of estates.

China Practice:
OLN’s team advises on China related matters to give tactical and strategical overviews to international clients wanting to invest in China typically through Hong Kong. Such transactions are invariably multi-jurisdictional and involve restructuring, equity and asset transactions as well as ensuring all relevant intellectual property is sufficiently protected. In addition, through its Shanghai office the firm has a substantial intellectual property practice handling both contentious and noncontentious intellectual property matters. Its Shanghai office has a licence to file trademark applications directly in China and deal with PRC Enforcement Government Agencies directly.

This practice group has direct experience of the legal, regulatory and practical challenges facing insurers and reinsurers throughout the Asia region. Members of the group have extensive advising insurers and reinsurers on contractual and regulatory matters and risk management issues. OLN has particular expertise in the review and drafting of contractual documentation relating to insurance and reinsurance activities, including the development of policy wording for life, accident, medical and health insurance products, and the review and vetting of related proposals, product brochures and training materials.

Tax Advisory:
Staffed by a dedicated team of lawyers, certified public accountants and tax experts with expertise and practical experience, OLN’s tax advisory team prides itself in assisting clients to minimise tax risks and identifying tax saving opportunities in a tax effective manner. The range of tax advisory services include Full Scope Review on Group Structure, International, Hong Kong & PRC Corporate Tax Planning, Personal Tax Planning, and Property Related Tax Advice.