Corporate & Commercial Law
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Our Corporate and Commercial Practice Group offers comprehensive legal services to meet the business needs of clients having a presence in Greater China.
We provide legal advice on a broad range of business areas for individual, corporate and multinational clients. In particular, we advise on and undertake work in the following areas:
- Mergers and acquisition
- Corporate finance
- Regulatory matters
- Bank and loan documentation
- Corporate structuring and restructuring
- Joint ventures and shareholder agreements
- Licensing and franchising
- Directors responsibilities
- Corporate governance audits
- Trade services
- Company formations and the provision of nominee services
Documentation based on client needs
A common problem in any commercial transaction is the complexity and volume of documentation and the danger is losing sight of the goals that a client wants to achieve.
We try to tailor all documents to facilitate our clients' needs on a particular transaction and certainly our approach of understanding our clients' business and needs helps us keep this objective in focus throughout the process. We advise our clients at every stage of a transaction and are available to assist clients from the development of strategies through to their implementation.
Tax and regulatory advice
We also advise clients in respect of the tax issues and the ever-changing laws and regulations affecting their businesses, to help them to resolve all the legal challenges that they may face.
Our philosophy is to provide our clients with cost-effective legal solutions and personal attention to their needs at all stages of their business development. With the assistance of our full range of legal services, our clients are able to focus their resources in building and realizing their business aspirations.
Mergers and acquisitions
We represent all forms of business entities in the whole process of any merger and acquisition transaction. Making the correct first step is often the key to success in a merger and acquisition transaction. We therefore strategise with clients before the transaction proceeds so as to ensure we are all on the same page and that all necessary expert advisers are also "on board".
We carefully consider every aspect of a transaction in the light of the specific needs of our clients, to ensure that our clients' legal and economic concerns in the transaction are sufficiently and properly addressed and protected. Specific considerations include:
- The jurisdiction of the corporate vehicle
- Corporate structure
- Tax implications
- Operational issues
- Exit strategy
We aim to structure and conclude the transaction in a way that delivers most benefit to client.
We have acted for our clients on either the sale side or the buy side in respect of merger and acquisition transactions on businesses with different profiles ranging from SME to multinational conglomerates. Our clients are pleased with the effective and comprehensive manner that we handle the process, from the initial due diligence to the post-completion requirements.
With a team of experienced Hong Kong and China lawyers, and assisted by our associates across the Asia region, we have the ability to assist our clients in both local and cross-border mergers and acquisitions.
We are especially skilled at dealing with the legal issues facing international companies seeking to have a presence in Hong Kong and Mainland China.
Hong Kong's Competition Bill
The Companies (Amendment) Ordinance 2010 and the Business Registration (Amendment) Ordinance 2010
Hong Kong Tax Agreements
Implications of the Bribery Act 2010
Investing in an Idea
Disabling of Bearer Shares in BVI Corporations
Protecting Corporate Assets - restrictive covenants for employees
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