Greater China Practice

With offices in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai, Latham & Watkins’ lawyers have advised on some of the largest and most complex deals in Hong Kong and Mainland China.

Why Latham

Bridging Worlds, Building Business

Latham launched its Greater China Practice in 1994 with the opening of its Hong Kong office. In order to better meet the needs of clients, Latham opened an office in Shanghai in 2005, and further expanded its presence in Greater China by opening another in Beijing in 2010.

With more than 70 lawyers in Beijing, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, Latham provides clients with local expertise and an intimate understanding of the local marketplace complemented by our global network. Latham’s vast geographic reach serves the global needs of clients, while the firm’s strong local practices ensure close ties with the world's key financial centers and on the ground support where necessary.

Latham is one of only a few international firms in Asia with the ability to provide substantive United States (US), English, and Hong Kong law advice. Our team includes lawyers fluent in Mandarin and other Chinese dialects, as well as Bahasa Indonesia, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Tagalog, and Thai.

Innovative Solutions for Clients

Latham’s Greater China practice advises Asian, European, US, and Middle Eastern companies on all aspects of their transactions throughout Greater China and the rest of Asia. We also advise on a range of outbound acquisitions and divestments for Chinese buyers and understand the issues and commercial drivers for corporate and private equity players. We are familiar with all of the tools for mitigating execution risk and simultaneously managing financing.

Covering All Aspects of a Deal

Latham helps clients advance their business interests in the region, regularly advising clients in the following practice areas:  

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.)

Our Experience

Recent highlights of the Greater China Practice’s work include advising on:

  • CITIC's US$1.8 billion Hong Kong IPO
  • Corporate restructurings
  • Foreign direct investments
  • PRC-related and Hong Kong corporate finance transactions
  • Real property development in the PRC

Awards & Rankings

  • Hong Kong Partner Named Outstanding Practitioner of the Year - September 25, 2018
  • China Law & Practice Honors Latham’s Dispute Resolution and Corporate Work - September 19, 2018
  • Asia Teams Honored for Innovative Deal Work - July 25, 2018
  • Latham & Watkins Advises on 11 Groundbreaking Deals in Asia - May 23, 2018
  • Ing Loong Yang Named an Ambassador to ICC Court’s Belt and Road Initiative Commission - May 16, 2018

"The Latham team proves to be highly responsive, moves with urgency and understands the needs of all parties in order to ensure a deal gets done regardless of the tight deadlines."

– Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018

Media Coverage

Thirty Under 40: Amy BeckinghamBrain CampaignDealmaker Spotlight: Latham & Watkins' Cathy Yeung


Hong Kong Partner Named Outstanding Practitioner of the YearChina Law & Practice Honors LathamAsia Teams Honored for Innovative Deal Work

Thought Leadership

The SFC’s Guidance on Corporate Transactions and the Use of ValuationsPRC’s General Provisions of the Civil Law Enhance Personal Information Right and Data ProtectionChina Publishes Draft Measures Restricting Outbound Data Transfers