With over 35 years of experience in Asia, Cleary Gottlieb has a longer history in the region than most other international law firms. Our clients benefit from the intimate knowledge of local law and business custom our lawyers bring to every transaction.

Centered in our Hong Kong and Beijing offices, the China practice group consists of U.S.-, Hong Kong- and English-qualified lawyers; most of whom are native Mandarin speakers. Our practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions (including private equity) and capital markets transactions, with specific strength in the structuring, negotiation and documentation of a wide range of complex corporate and financing transactions.

  • Drawing on our global M&A practice and emerging markets practice (particularly in Latin America and Africa), we advise Chinese companies on their worldwide outbound investments.
  • In the capital markets area, we represent issuers and underwriters in a variety of capital markets transactions, including SEC-registered and Regulation S/Rule 144A IPOs, follow-on offerings and convertible bond offerings by private sector Chinese companies in a number of industries.
  • We also have a long history of coordinating global antitrust matters in China and elsewhere in the region for our global clients.  

Hong Kong Law Practice

A key distinction of our global practice is the integration of our international lawyers with a strong local law practice in many of our offices. We have approximately 20 Hong Kong-qualified solicitors who work closely with our international lawyers to deliver integrated U.S., Hong Kong and English legal services seamlessly to our clients. The practice focuses on Hong Kong-listed IPOs and other capital markets transactions, as well as private equity and other M&A transactions.

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