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Hong Kong is the most important international financial centre after New York and London, and the largest international private wealth management hub in Asia.

Many of the world’s leading creators and owners of private wealth are from the region.

We work with a diverse range of clients from high net worth individuals and families, family offices, wealth managers and charities to listed companies, banks, and financial institutions in the region and across the world. Our key focus is to ensure we deliver sophisticated yet practical solutions to achieve your personal and business objectives.

Our expertise covers a range of trust, international tax planning and corporate issues. These include succession and estate planning, family office structuring and operations, charities and philanthropy, Hong Kong, UK and Canadian tax, mergers and acquisitions, as well as strategic alliances. We deal with disputes arising out of trusts, wills, estate administration, family business arrangements, property, shareholdings, business partnership and corporate related matters. We have also expanded our offering recently with the additional of both local and international real estate capabilities to the office. Our partner-led team delivers a wealth of experience in relation to commercial property transactions.

Our team in Hong Kong is qualified to practise law in a wide-range of locations including Hong Kong, England and Wales, Canada, and the British Virgin Islands. Our team is also multilingual and speaks English, French, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Bahasa Malaysia. Our lawyers have consistently been recognised as leading practitioners in the fields in industry directories, including Chambers Asia Pacific, Chambers High Net Worth, Asia Pacific Legal 500, Citywealth and Legal Week.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s branch office in Hong Kong is a limited liability partnership established under the Hong Kong Legal Practitioners Ordinance with the name Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Each of our offices provides a gateway to our whole firm connecting you with the best advisers and serving your cross-border legal needs from our 11 offices across the UK, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

For more information please contact Simon Green.

Private Wealth

Our aim is to enable you to make the most of your wealth now and in the future.  We will support you to ensure a smooth succession, not just of family assets, but of the values which brought you wealth in the first place.

With a full service legal team, our advice is offered in the context of your succession planning, your marriage, your family life and values, your property and your assets.  We are deeply embedded in the world of private wealth, advising private banks, trust companies and family offices.

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Disputes and Regulatory

Our Hong Kong practice is part of our 150+ strong litigation team which acts for multinational corporations, major companies, governments, regulatory bodies, trust companies and high net worth individuals in resolving complex, high-value commercial disputes.

We will work quickly to get to the heart of your issue take the initiative and innovate where it is needed.  We know that off-the-shelf is off the table, so we draw on our experience with a range of clients to bring you tailored, strategic and pragmatic advice.  It is simple.  We are driven to achieve a successful outcome for every client – every time and whatever it takes.

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Real Estate

We deliver a comprehensive range of property related services both locally and internationally to a range of clients including occupiers, corporates, major investors, developers, government entities and high-profile families and individuals across Hong Kong and the wider Asia region.

We offer advice that spans the property asset life-cycle – from the development stage to the point of sale.  We will dig deep into your portfolio to help you realise its full value – tackling changing regulations or corporate structures. When it comes to disputes, we can call in the experience of our local team to minimise disruption and maximise net recovery – so that you can get on to the next challenge.

In addition, we have extensive experience of advising you in relation to investing into both commercial and residential property in the UK.

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Corporate

Wherever you are in your business growth story, you will not be doing it alone as you go forward.  We help start-ups find the right financial structure, connect with funding markets and prepare for the next stage of growth.  We give fast-growing companies responsive advice that lets you scale-up, develop brands, build market share and attract new investment.

We act as a partner to established multi-nationals who need full-service legal support to operate across multiple jurisdictions.

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One firm two systems: HK & BVI law in Hong Kong

Transactions and disputes in Hong Kong often involve both Hong Kong law and offshore law. Few law firms in Hong Kong practise both laws together but we are one Hong Kong law firm that does.

In Hong Kong, we are qualified, experienced and competent to provide offshore as well as onshore advice and representation; and we are able to communicate with clients and counterparts in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and/or Bahasa. Our BVI-admitted partner Ray Ng is uniquely the only onshore and offshore-admitted courtroom lawyer with resident BVI experience and Asian language capability. Further afield, we also have BVI and Cayman-admitted lawyers based in our London and Swiss offices who work with our Hong Kong team to provide seamless round-the-clock market coverage and client service spanning Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

For local representation in BVI or the Cayman Islands, not having our own local office is an advantage for you – it allows complete freedom of choice and means we can work with any local firm or lawyer we choose, and choose the local firm or lawyer we believe to be best for any given case; while at the same time, it does not preclude local representation by our own practitioners (either remotely or on island) where this is preferred and appropriate.

Our offshore legal services are comprehensive: on the non-contentious side, we advise on corporate and commercial transactions and provide legal opinions on issues such as capacity, validity and legality; we advise on regulatory matters including the economic substance rules; and we advise on and assist with the establishment of BVI corporate structures and trusts and the preparation of wills. On the contentious side, we specialise in complex high-value multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes relating to shareholder rights, directors’ duties, corporate governance, lending and security, cross-border restructuring and insolvency, asset-tracing and commercial fraud, trusts, probate, and matrimonial wealth.

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