Our work

The evolution starts here

Linklaters Hong Kong SAR is the ideal place to launch your legal career or take the next step. As part of Linklaters' Greater China presence, we are at home in a region that's recognised as being the strongest international offering in the market by all industry standards.

Best known for our leading work on international strategic investments into and out of mainland China, we handle everything from mergers and acquisitions, to private equity, capital markets, banking, energy & infrastructure, and dispute resolution. Our geographical footprint, strength and breadth across all practice areas is unparalleled in the Asian marketplace. And we're regarded as the top choice for corporates and investment banks, as they use Hong Kong SAR as a springboard into Mainland China and elsewhere in Asia.

We owe our success to an unwavering, shared sense of purpose, and our ability to adapt to – and drive – change. We achieve it through the strength of our relationships, going further for our clients, and building powerful bonds with both established and emerging businesses.

It's why joining us in Hong Kong SAR will take your career to the next level - wherever you're currently based in the world. You'll engage in deals similar to those at the world’s leading law firms in London and New York, while taking on the challenges of an evolving marketplace, while embracing future trends in technology and regulation. Yes, it's hard work. The learning curve is steep. But this is also a rare opportunity to work in a unique and complex environment. And you’ll have the support of our exceptional (and very helpful) junior and senior lawyers and business teams professionals.

So if you're looking for a career-defining challenge, it’s here. The experience you'll gain - and the speed at which you’ll gain it - are unlike anywhere else. We offer great exposure to a fascinating landscape, and as much responsibility as you can handle. You'll help to drive economic evolution and transform this developing region with the experience, knowledge and support of our people behind you.

Where strength meets depth

Rather than specialise in just one area, we’re proud to have leading practices in Corporate, Finance, and Dispute Resolution.

Our Corporate division is a world leader in mergers, acquisitions, equities, joint ventures and private equity. In our Finance division, we advise on the most complex financing and derivatives transactions for major financial institutions and private equity sponsors, and are a market leader in leading energy and infrastructure projects as well as structuring debt issuances for a variety of clients in the region.

Wherever you ultimately focus, you’ll be involved in the very best work. You’ll also be given continuous, tailored training by experienced lawyers.

Corporate

Mergers & Acquisitions

covers everything from public takeovers and complex multi-jurisdictional deals to corporate restructuring.

Private Equity

advises private equity houses and fund managers on all aspects of the industry.

Antitrust & Foreign Investment Group

handles merger control, cartels and dawn raids, competition litigation, market and sector investigations, abuse of dominance, state aid, public procurement and economic or utilities regulation.

Employment and Incentives

advises corporate and financial institutions on their share plans and tax incentives. The team also deals with many day- to-day issues, including remuneration, contracts, terminations, discrimination and dismissal, health and safety and immigration, as well as issues surrounding M&A transactions.

Financial Regulatory Group

With a truly robust financial institutions practice, our Finance division advises on many of the market-leading deals for our clients involving a variety of (and often innovative) debt structures. Innovation is the heart of our work. And the practices work closely with other divisions of the firm to consolidate our expertise in order to provide the most workable commercial and legal solutions for our clients. Here, experts act for major international corporations, international financial institutions and private equity and credit funds on complex, high-profile financing transactions.

Dispute Resolution

Handling our clients’ most sensitive and complex disputes is central to Linklaters’ strategy, and our market- leading Disputes division is a large and growing part of the firm. We have a reputation for major wins and an integrated, multi-jurisdictional team who focus on a range of specialisms. Considering the increasingly global nature of disputes, collaboration has never been more essential.

Our International Arbitration practice is one of the largest in the world. The team act as arbitrators and counsel in arbitral proceedings globally. We are regularly instructed by top corporates, financial institutions and nation states in both commercial and investment arbitrations, and we have an excellent track record of success. We also advise our clients on the pros and cons of using arbitration, the different geographical options available, and the use of arbitration to enhance the protection of “foreign” investments. And we advise on the options for tailoring arbitration clauses to the needs of different contracts, parties, geographies and legal systems.

We have extensive courtroom experience in many of the major financial and business centres across the world, and we’re well placed to provide Commercial Litigation. We’re instructed by top corporates, firms and financial institutions to act on high-profile and business critical litigation, covering a wealth of subject matters. Linklaters has broad experience of Regulatory Investigations worldwide.

We are market leaders in advising financial institutions on legal and regulatory risk, and we use our skills and expertise to investigate even the most complex of issues. A particular strength is our multi-jurisdictional presence, giving us the resources and cultural sensitivity to conduct global investigations. This also allows us to harmonise the reaction to regulatory investigation in numerous jurisdictions.

Whether it’s the actions of a rogue employee, a dawn raid, an oil spill, a liquidity crisis, a product recall, significant fraud, an accident, press attack or collapse of a key supplier – anything can threaten our clients’ business. We believe prevention is always better than a cure. And we bring unparalleled experience in Crisis Management to contain serious issues, thinking ahead to mitigate risk before a crisis occurs.

As well as active disputes, we also regularly undertake Advisory work for internal and external clients. For example, we advise on anti-bribery and corruption due diligence, compliance with global anti-corruption laws, contractual construction, negotiation management, and dispute resolution clauses. In doing so, we work seamlessly with our transactional colleagues.

Finance

Banking

guides clients on all elements of private bespoke debt finance, including acquisition and leveraged finance, real estate finance, financial structuring and regulatory finance, asset finance, trade and emerging markets finance, mainstream banking, and high-yield securities work.

Capital Markets (Equity and Debt Markets, Derivatives and Structured Products, Structured Finance Group)

helps international investment banks, governments and corporates to raise funds through international capital markets, and restructuring existing financial commitments.

Financial Regulation

advises clients on everything from becoming authorised to conducting regulated activities in the financial markets, to dealing with enforcement investigations and disciplinary action from regulators.

Investment Funds

consults on structuring, formation, taxation and regulation of all types of investment funds including real estate, securities and debt, as well as other financial instruments, such as large pension funds and private equity.

Energy & Infrastructure

is called upon to advise governments, corporates and banks on project financing that involves Energy, Infrastructure or Private Finance Initiative (PFI)/Public Private Partnership (PPP).

Restructuring and Insolvency

works on some of the most complex and innovative cross- border restructuring and insolvency transactions: debt restructurings, recapitalisations, distressed M&A, formal insolvency procedures and strategic distressed debt and equity investments.

All-round expertise

We are business partners as well as legal advisors. It means we’re committed to understanding sector-specific commercial challenges as well as legal requirements. And by specialising in both practice and industry areas, our lawyers can provide our clients with all-round expertise and unique perspectives. Our Training Contract provides an opportunity to experience work across these areas, while learning from leading industry experts.

17 global sector networks, serving every clients' industry:

Banks and other financial Investors Energy, Resources and Infrastructure   Technology, Healthcare and Consumer Industries
Banks Energy and utilities Technology
Private Equity & Financial Sponsors Infrastructure and Transport Healthcare
Investment Managers Mining Consumer 
Real Estate & Leisure Chemicals Sports
Insurance Automotive  Telecoms
FinTech Industrials