"They are a great team which is able to give a great all-round explanation of a situation." "They are very good in terms of the quality of advice and they are very responsive."
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017

Hong Kong

Latham & Watkins delivers an exceptional combination of high-end legal services on corporate, finance and litigation matters under Hong Kong, US and English law.

Hong Kong Skyline

For decades, Latham has served businesses and investors seeking innovative solutions to some of the most complex corporate, financial and litigation challenges. Latham's Hong Kong team provides strategic thinking and experienced counsel. Latham regularly serves as the firm of choice for local and international financial institutions, companies and investors conducting business in Hong Kong, as well as for local companies in their direct investment activities and capital markets transactions overseas. 

Latham's Hong Kong team leverages the experience and insight of some of Asia's most seasoned lawyers, who have advised on the region's most complex and high-profile transactions and disputes that have set milestones for our clients and precedents in the Asian market. 

The firm's team of Hong Kong, US and English law qualified lawyers are fluent in Mandarin and other Chinese dialects including Cantonese, Chiuchow, Shanghainese and Taiwanese, as well as Bahasa Indonesia, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Tagalog (Philippines) and Thai.

Latham provides clients an intimate understanding of the local marketplace, complementing the firm's global platform. For complex, cross-border transactions and disputes, our teams work seamlessly with Latham's offices throughout Asia and around the world, bridging across jurisdictions, languages, time zones and business cultures. 

Key Practice Strengths

The firm's Hong Kong office provides insightful representation in a broad range of practice areas, including:

Recognized for Excellence in China and Throughout Asia-Pacific

Latham was named to Asian Legal Business’ “Innovation List” in 2016, and the "Most Innovative Firm in the Asia-Pacific" by the Financial Times Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers in 2015, which recognizes the firm's impressive track record providing cutting-edge advice on some of the region’s most complex and innovative transactions.

In the 2017 edition of Chambers Asia-Pacific, Latham received a number of commendations for practice areas based in Greater China, including:

  • Banking & Finance – "The quality is pretty high - they are very responsive, very commercial."
  • Capital Markets – Clients praise the Latham team for its "wealth of expertise, very short response times and commerciality." "They're very responsible, efficient and always respond to our query promptly."
  • Corporate/M&A – "They have extremely good coverage in all the major markets we operate in - seamless global execution is the main draw." Another client appreciates that the team is "very quick, very flexible and available."
  • International Arbitration – Clients are impressed by the level of the team's service, saying: "The team is very focused, extremely competent and goes straight to the heart of the matter. Its ability to deal with the situation at hand is excellent."
  • Litigation – Clients hold the firm in high esteem for the quality of its work, one saying: "I am very happy and satisfied with the firm, as we have got the results that we expected."
  • Projects & Infrastructure – Clients highlight the firm's "highly regarded project finance lawyers" who are "very responsive to the needs of their clients and take a very practical and pragmatic approach to transactions." Others point to the firm's client-friendly approach, explaining: “They're extremely familiar with the constraints faced by clients. They provide excellent support as they know what the options are."
  • Restructuring/Insolvency – Clients appreciate the firm's willingness to work closely with their businesses: "I love working with them; it makes me a better professional, and I learn something every time." Sources also highlight the team's "responsiveness, quick turnaround times and efficiency."

(The guide is based on client and peer feedback as well as the firm’s work during the last 12 months.)

Pro bono and community work is a key feature of Latham & Watkins' culture in the Hong Kong office. In 2015, the Hong Kong Council of Social Service recognized Latham as one of the “Caring Companies” in Hong Kong for the fifth consecutive year. The award honors our Hong Kong office’s dedication and commitment to social responsibility. It also recognizes the office’s green initiatives, encouragement of work-life balance, and efforts to promote wellness and a healthy lifestyle.

Areas of Pro Bono Engagement
  • asylum and immigration, anti-human trafficking and human rights, nonprofits and NGOs
Key Partner Organizations
  • PILnet, Justice Centre Hong Kong, Liberty Asia, Ashoka, Transgender Resources Center, ENGAGEHK/Asia Community Ventures, RainLily, Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre, iSEEK Culture Center and St. James Settlement
Recent Successes
  • Conducted a comparative analysis of laws pertaining to money laundering and criminal proceeds for the anti-slavery organization Liberty Asia in order to effect legal reform designed to detect and seize such funds
  • Researched legal issues relating to sexual violence for RainLily, which promotes women’s rights
  • Worked on asylum matters for Justice Centre Hong Kong
Survey of Pro Bono Practices and Opportunities

A multi-office team of Latham & Watkins lawyers and professional staff from across the firm’s offices globally conducted extensive research to prepare the 2016 edition of the “Survey of Pro Bono Practices and Opportunities” report. Conducted in conjunction with the Pro Bono Institute (PBI), the unique report is an essential resource for local practitioners, in-house teams and non-profits on pro bono practices around the world.

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