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The Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms) rankings table below has been designed to provide the most in-depth insights and reviews of the top ranked lawyers and law firms. The firms included in our rankings have been recommended by in-house counsel, other third-party experts and private practice lawyers. Our comprehensive research ensures you have all the information needed when looking to purchase legal services across China.

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  1. Robert Ashworth
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    Robert Ashworth
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Senior Statespeople | 22 Years Ranked
    Robert Ashworth is a pre-eminent lawyer who is singled out for his handling of sizeable acquisitions, joint ventures and investments for multinational entities across the technology and finance industries. He is co-head of the firm's global M&A practice.
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Band 1
  1. 1
    Benita Yu
    Slaughter and May
    Slaughter and May | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 1 | 20 Years Ranked
    Benita Yu's broad transactional expertise spans acquisitions, joint ventures and privatisations. She is admitted to practice in England & Wales as well as Hong Kong, and is frequently mandated by clients from the financial services sectors. She is also well versed in handling IPOs.
  2. Jonathan B Stone
    1
    Jonathan B Stone
    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Affiliates
    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Affiliates | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 1 | 20 Years Ranked
    Jonathan Stone advises financial institutions, multinational corporates and domestic companies on a range of M&A and corporate finance transactions. Leading the Hong Kong office of Skadden, he also assists with private equity matters.
  3. 1
    Kay Ian Ng
    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 1 | 16 Years Ranked
    Ng Kay Ian heads Sullivan & Cromwell's Hong Kong office and offers clients over 30 years' experience in handling a wide variety of corporate transactions. He has extensive experience handling M&A deals, debt issuances and initial public offerings.
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Band 2
  1. Betty Yap
    2
    Betty Yap
    Linklaters
    Linklaters | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 2 | 17 Years Ranked
    Betty Yap maintains a broad and respected corporate law practice. Her recent experience includes handling high-profile acquisitions and investments for international investors. She is well regarded for her expertise in handling the establishment of joint ventures.
  2. Daniel Dusek
    2
    Daniel Dusek
    Goodwin
    Goodwin | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 2 | 10 Years Ranked
    Daniel Dusek of Goodwin is a well-known expert with extensive experience handling sophisticated corporate matters. He frequently assists corporations and private equity investors with cross-border privatisations and joint ventures. Besides M&A matters, he is also well versed in IPOs.
  3. Denise Jong
    2
    Denise Jong
    Reed Smith Richards Butler
    Reed Smith Richards Butler | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 2 | 12 Years Ranked
    Denise Jong is a popular choice among PRC, Hong Kong and US-based corporates for her two decades of experience handling all manner of public and private M&A and private equity transactions. She also offers additional advice on restructuring, insolvency, capital markets and regulatory compliance.
  4. 2
    Matthew Middleditch
    Linklaters
    Linklaters | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 2 | 22 Years Ranked
    Matthew Middleditch chairs Linklaters' global corporate practice, possessing considerable expertise in M&A matters, disposals and joint ventures. Additionally, he has notable experience handling bancassurance matters and he is frequently mandated by leading investment banks.
  5. Miranda So
    2
    Miranda So
    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 2 | 14 Years Ranked
    Miranda So's wide-ranging expertise spans M&A transactions, joint ventures and investments, with additional experience in private equity matters. She is regularly mandated by clients from the financial services, technology and healthcare industries.
  6. Timothy Gardner
    2
    Timothy Gardner
    PAG | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 2 | 13 Years Ranked
    Timothy Gardner consistently wins instructions on high-profile cross-border M&A transactions, often involving a private equity element. Qualified in both Hong Kong and New York, he is actively sought after by clients from the financial services, automotive and technology industries.
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Band 3
  1. Andrew Whan
    3
    Andrew Whan
    Milbank LLP
    Milbank LLP | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 3 | 15 Years Ranked
    Andrew Whan brings to bear nearly two decades of transactional experience working on deals. His areas of expertise include M&A transactions, joint ventures, privatisations and restructurings.
  2. 3
    Lisa Chung
    Slaughter and May
    Slaughter and May | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 3 | 13 Years Ranked
    Lisa Chung attracts attention for her dual capital markets and corporate expertise, and continues to act on public and private M&A transactions as well as share disposals. She has a notable sector specialism in real estate.
  3. Marcia Ellis
    3
    Marcia Ellis
    Morrison Foerster
    Morrison Foerster | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 3 | 7 Years Ranked
    Marcia Ellis is a skilled corporate lawyer handling a range of transactional mandates, including disposals, private equity deals and restructurings. She routinely serves clients from the TMT, fintech and environmental protection sectors.
  4. Teresa Ko
    3
    Teresa Ko
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 3 | 24 Years Ranked
    "She always makes you feel like you're number one. She shows good attention to detail and understands what's being negotiated and agreed upon. She goes the extra mile to make sure she and I understand what we're signing up for."
  5. Simon Cooke
    Latham & Watkins | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 3
  6. Tommy Tong
    Herbert Smith Freehills | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 3
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Band 4
  1. Alex Bidlake
    4
    Alex Bidlake
    Clifford Chance
    Clifford Chance | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 4 | 3 Years Ranked
    Alex Bidlake is experienced in handling transactions involving public and private M&A, as well as privatisations, for domestic and international clients. She also has excellent knowledge of the fintech, infrastructure and TMT sectors.
  2. 4
    Amy Ho
    Clifford Chance
    Clifford Chance | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 4 | 16 Years Ranked
    Amy Ho’s wide-ranging transactional practice spans public and private M&A, covering joint ventures, acquisitions and business collaborations. She also advises China-based clients on outbound investments.
  3. Christopher Kelly
    4
    Christopher Kelly
    White & Case LLP
    White & Case LLP | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 4 | 18 Years Ranked
    Christopher Kelly heads White & Case's Asia-Pacific corporate and M&A practice and is well placed to advise on cross-border acquisitions and private equity investments. He frequently advises clients from the financial services, healthcare and technology sectors.
  4. Constance Choy
    4
    Constance Choy
    Sidley Austin
    Sidley Austin | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 4 | 16 Years Ranked
    Constance Choy heads Sidley Austin LLP's China corporate and finance group. She maintains an active practice advising Hong Kong and Mainland China-headquartered clients on their M&A transactions.
  5. Edward Freeman
    4
    Edward Freeman
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 4 | 5 Years Ranked
    Edward Freeman represents regional and international clients in acquisitions, investments and privatisations. He also has considerable experience advising on insurance matters.
  6. 4
    Emma Davies
    Clifford Chance LLP
    Clifford Chance LLP | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 4 | 16 Years Ranked
    Emma Davies is highly regarded for her extensive experience advising global companies on cross-border transactions involving Chinese counterparties and interests. She offers additional advice on competition law issues.
  7. Ian Ho
    4
    Ian Ho
    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 4 | 6 Years Ranked
    Ian Ho is a strong corporate practitioner who handles both public and private mergers. He focuses on cross-border M&A and private equity transactions spanning a range of jurisdictions including India, Japan and the USA.
  8. Neeraj Budhwani
    4
    Neeraj Budhwani
    Milbank LLP
    Milbank LLP | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 4 | 5 Years Ranked
    "Neeraj has been in the market a long time and knows us very well, so he understands the internal hot issues and can deal with business-side demands at the same time as the legal."
  9. Thomas T H Chou
    4
    Thomas T H Chou
    Morrison Foerster
    Morrison Foerster | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 4 | 14 Years Ranked
    Thomas Chou co-heads Morrison Foerster's Asia private equity practice. He continues to win mandates from TMT and life sciences companies as well as private equity investors looking to carry out international investments.
  10. 4
    Tracy Wut
    Baker McKenzie
    Baker McKenzie | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 4 | 16 Years Ranked
    Tracy Wut is the head of the M&A department at Baker McKenzie, acting for clients in the electronics and pharmaceutical sectors. She is well placed to handle cross-border mandates, including acquisitions, investments and joint ventures.
  11. Charles Butcher
    Eversheds Sutherland | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 4
  12. Frank Sun
    Latham & Watkins | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 4
  13. Nima Amini
    O'Melveny & Myers | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 4
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Band 5
  1. Anthony Woo
    5
    Anthony Woo
    Reed Smith Richards Butler
    Reed Smith Richards Butler | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 5 | 3 Years Ranked
    Anthony Woo routinely handles corporate mandates in relation to cross-border acquisitions, joint ventures and investments. He is a popular choice among Mainland China-based corporate clients from the shipping, transportation and education sectors.
  2. 5
    Christina Lee
    Baker McKenzie
    Baker McKenzie | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 5 | 3 Years Ranked
    Christina Lee is adept at handling private and public takeovers and privatisations. She has additional expertise in capital markets and regulatory compliance, and she is a popular choice among clients from the energy, engineering and manufacturing spheres.
  3. Christopher Cheng
    5
    Christopher Cheng
    Sidley Austin LLP
    Sidley Austin LLP | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 5 | 2 Years Ranked
    Christopher Cheng has an extensive corporate practice and regularly advises on M&A, joint ventures and privatisations. He also has notable expertise in real estate transactions.
  4. 5
    Christopher Yip
    Linklaters
    Linklaters | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 5 | 3 Years Ranked
    Christopher Yip's recent work involves advising regional financial institutions and international corporates on sales, acquisitions, joint ventures and restructurings. He is frequently sought after by technology, media and insurance sector clients.
  5. 5
    Edwin Northover
    Debevoise & Plimpton
    Debevoise & Plimpton | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 5 | 3 Years Ranked
    Edwin Northover co-heads Debevoise & Plimpton's corporate practice. He is experienced in M&A transactions, with a notable specialism in the insurance sector.
  6. 5
    Frank Voon
    K&L Gates | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 5 | 2 Years Ranked
    Frank Voon heads the global corporate department at K&L Gates, and adeptly advises on M&A, joint ventures and private equity transactions. He is regularly sought after by clients from the spheres of real estate, pharmaceuticals and transportation.
  7. Hannah C L Ha
    5
    Hannah C L Ha
    Mayer Brown
    Mayer Brown | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 5 | 14 Years Ranked
    Hannah Ha heads the corporate practice at Mayer Brown. Leveraging her expertise in antitrust, she is able to advise on cross-border transactions and international investments.
  8. Henry Ong
    5
    Henry Ong
    Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
    Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 5 | 18 Years Ranked
    Henry Ong has more than two decades of experience handling corporate affairs. He advises on acquisitions and disposals for international corporations and private equity investors, as well as acting for domestic companies on strategic partnerships.
  9. Raymond Oh
    5
    Raymond Oh
    Sidley Austin
    Sidley Austin | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 5 | 3 Years Ranked
    Raymond Oh co-heads the M&A practice at Sidley Austin, with expertise in handling cross-border investments in the technology, construction and real estate sectors. He has additional expertise in structured finance and private fund investments.
  10. 5
    Robert Wright
    Baker McKenzie
    Baker McKenzie | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 5 | 2 Years Ranked
    Robert Wright has a strong track record of handling corporate transactions, including M&A deals, strategic investments and PE/VC matters. He is a popular choice among corporate clients from the financial services, insurance and healthcare spheres.
  11. Yi Zhang
    5
    Yi Zhang
    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 5 | 12 Years Ranked
    Zhang Yi is consistently sought out by international clients looking to acquire and dispose of their China-based assets and business operations. His client roster includes private equity funds and real estate investment houses.
  12. Yuval Tal
    5
    Yuval Tal
    Proskauer Rose
    Proskauer Rose | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 5 | 12 Years Ranked
    Yuval Tal is consistently sought out by international clients operating in the hospitality and leisure sectors. He regularly advises on strategic partnerships, acquisitions, joint venture establishments and operational advice.
  13. Chin Yeoh
    Ashurst | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 5
  14. Joey Chau
    Kirkland & Ellis | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 5
  15. Mabel Lui
    Withers | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Band 5
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Up and Coming
  1. Chris Welty
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    Chris Welty
    Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
    Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP | Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
    2024 | Up and Coming | 4 Years Ranked
    Chris Welty advises on a broad range of M&A and private equity mandates, with experience in handling spin-offs, take-privates and disposals. He remains a popular choice among financial institutions, investment banks and private equity funds.