Christopher Hooley

Christopher Hooley

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Partner | Head of Corporate Commercial, China Practice and Employment and Business Immigration Group

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Chris was admitted as a Solicitor of England and Wales in 1980 and worked in the City of London before moving to Hong Kong in 1987 where he has worked for two large Hong Kong firms, being a partner and Head of the Corporate Commercial Department at both establishments.

Chris advises on a wide range of corporate commercial, corporate finance, mergers and acquisition, China investment, information technology, employment and business immigration matters.

Chris provides strategic planning and advice to commercial entities in Hong Kong and Europe and prides himself on providing practical business solutions to commercial problems.

He has written articles and conducted seminars on a variety of differential commercial topics in Asia, Europe and North America and has a strong commitment to social endeavours, one of which is the World Justice Project (WJP), where Chris is an accredited contributor to the WJP Rule of Law Index.

In addition to his Honours Degree in Law, Chris also has a Masters Degree in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law from Strathclyde University.

Chris is not only recognised by Chambers and Partners and Legal 500, but also by Asian Legal Business for his expertise in Mergers and Acquisitions and by the United Kingdom Legal Publisher, Practical Law, for being one of the leading employment lawyers in Hong Kong.

Awards

2017

  • Leading Individual in Corporate / M&A – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017
  • Leading Individual in Employment: Hong Kong Law – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017
  • Leading Lawyer in Corporate / M&A - Asialaw Profiles

2016

  • Leading Lawyer in Corporate / M&A - Asialaw Profiles
  • Immigration Law Firm of the Year – Macallan Asian Legal Business Hong Kong
  • Employment and Labour Law Firm of the Year – Finance Monthly - Global Awards 2016
  • Leading Individual in Corporate / M&A – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2016
  • Leading Individual in Employment: Hong Kong Law – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2016
  • Leading Lawyer in Corporate / M&A – Asialaw Profiles
  • Labour & Employment Lawyer of the Year - China – Finance Monthly - Law Awards 2016

2015

  • Leading Individual in Corporate / M&A – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2015
  • Leading Individual in Employment: Hong Kong Law – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2015
  • Leading Lawyer in  Corporate / M&A – Asialaw Profiles
  • Corporate Finance Law Firm of the Year - China – Corporate LiveWire M&A Awards 2015
  • Corporate Finance Law Firm of the Year - Hong Kong – InterContinental Finance 2015 Global Awards
  • Employment Law Firm of the Year - Hong Kong – Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards Excellence Awards 2015 
  • Employment and Labour Law Firm of the Year - China – Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards 2015
  • Business Immigration Lawyer of the Year - Hong Kong – Corporate Livewire

2014

  • Leading Individual in Corporate / M&A – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2014
  • Leading Individual in Employment: Hong Kong: Law – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2014
  • Best M&A Firm  -Hong Kong – World Finance Legal Awards
  • Commercial Law Firm of the Year - China – Dealmakers Law Awards
  • Corporate Finance Law Firm of the Year - Hong Kong  Lawyers World Country Awards
  • Best Employment Firm, Hong Kong – World Finance Legal Awards
  • Employment Law Firm of the Year - Hong Kong-Superior Lawyer – Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards Magazine
  • Employment Law Firm of the Year - China – Dealmakers Law Awards
  • Employment Law Firm of the Year (Finalist) – Macallan Asian Legal Business Hong Kong
  • Cross Border Terminations Team of the Year - Hong Kong – Global Mobility & Immigration Awards
  • Immigration Law Firm of the Year (Finalist) – Macallan Asian Legal Business Hong Kong
  • Employment Law Firm of the Year - Hong Kong – Global Mobility & Immigration Awards

2013

  • M&A Advisory Firm of The Year - Hong Kong – Acquisition International
  • Commercial Business Law Firm of The Year - Hong Kong  ACQ Global Awards 
  • Employment Law Firm of the Year – Asian Legal Business Hong Kong Law Awards
  • Employment Law Firm of The Year - Hong Kong – Lawyers World Law Awards
  • Employment Law Firm of the Year - Hong Kong – DealMakers Monthly

 

Corporate/M&A:

"Christopher Hooley is "responsive and helpful" and provides "excellent advice," according to commentators. He undertakes a range of work for clients, including commercial contracts, share transfers and investments." – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017

 

“Christopher Hooley has great analytical ability and attention to detail,” says a client. " Hooley is professional, knowledgeable and quick to respond," says another client. – Asialaw Profiles 2017

 

“Christopher Hooley provides strategic advice to commercial entities in Hong Kong and Europe. He has been described as someone who is clear, constructive and gets to the heart of the matter, quickly” – Asialaw Profiles 2016

 

“Christopher Hooley maintains "a good reputation in the Hong Kong market," according to sources. Of late, he has been assisting clients on outbound investment in the energy and insurance sectors. He is also commended for his advice on local employment law issues.” – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2016

 

“Christopher Hooley is "a good operator: experienced, commercial and savvy," affirm interviewees. He has substantial experience of advising foreign companies on Hong Kong law matters, including acquisitions and divestitures of shares in listed companies, and setting up their Hong Kong operations.” – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2015 

 

“Chris maintains a strong corporate and commercial practice in Hong Kong. Aside from assisting overseas companies with acquisitions and corporate reorganisations, he has further advised local clients on outbound investments into Europe in the past year.” - Chambers Asia Pacific 2014

 

“Oldham, Li & Nie has an impressive mix of local and cross border work, including deals involving other Asian jurisdictions and European countries. Chris Hooley is the leading team member.” - Legal 500, 2014

 

Employment:

Christopher Hooley has almost three decades of experience working in Hong Kong, and advises on employment issues connected with corporate and M&A matters. One source says that he is "very commercial, and very savvy." He acted for Aldi on employment matters connected to its work in Hong Kong." – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017

 

“Christopher Hooley is a general commercial lawyer, with noteworthy capabilities in handling employee transfers and senior executive exits. He led the team acting for Sunny Tadjudin against Bank of America in her successful claim for unpaid bonuses and malicious dismissal. A source identifies him as “approachable, insightful, creative and pragmatic.”” – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2016

 

“Christopher Hooley is a “seasoned, practical lawyer who cuts to the chase”” – The Legal 500, 2016

 

“Christopher Hooley has "in-depth experience of working with senior banking and finance professionals." He is recommended for his thorough approach: "He reminds us of the legal requirement, gives us his commercial experience and assesses the risk. He gives us the whole picture!"” – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2015

 

“Chris leads the practice and specialises in non-contentious work. He has handled a number of sensitive matters for high net worth individuals of late, including terminations, workplace harassment allegations and advice on restrictive covenants.” – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2014

 

“Oldham, Li & Nie’s employment team acts primarily for employees in disputes arising from termination, discrimination, and confidentiality arrangements. Practice head Chris Hooley comes highly recommended.” – The Legal 500, 2014

 

“Chris is the firm’s non-contentious employment specialist and practice head. He has extensive experience working in Hong Kong and is skilled in employment matters resulting from M&A transactions, employment contract drafting and review as well as employee transfers.” – Chambers Asia Pacific 2013