Public and private M&A

Our focus

Whether you are a buyer or a seller, an SOE, a corporate or an investor, whether your deal is cross-border or domestic, our M&A team will support you through all stages of your transaction, from strategy through to execution. Beyond that, because we appreciate the real value of a deal is unlocked post-acquisition, our team never loses sight of our clients’ commercial drivers, working hard to ensure our legal advice is practical and solution-focused. 

Our clients and our reach

Our deal lawyers are very experienced in helping clients achieve their transaction needs across a wide range of sectors and in deals of all shapes and sizes, from advising entrepreneurs taking small strategic stakes, to working on huge global transactions for multinationals, private equity firms and wealth funds. Most of our lawyers are qualified in a variety of legal jurisdictions and have helped clients execute deals in China/Hong Kong, across Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, the United States and Africa. Due to our close working relationship with law firms in nearly 100 countries across the world, we are uniquely placed to provide premium international and local legal advice to support your M&A deals.

We work especially closely with trusted local Chinese law firms in Shanghai and Beijing (with contacts across all of China), helping foreign companies achieve their foreign direct investment goals into China in structures involving Hong Kong, as well as partnering with Chinese businesses looking to invest beyond their home market. In this way (and allied to close contacts in 12 jurisdictions across Asia-Pacific alone), we can deliver high-quality, practical and user-friendly deal services wherever you need our help.

Integrated deal services

We understand that legal issues are important, but by no means the only, issues to address when structuring, executing and completing a transaction. It’s no longer enough for legal advice ‘just’ to be technically accurate. It also needs to be solution-driven, market-appropriate and, crucially, take account of the client’s other drivers – financial, commercial, taxation, strategic etc. This is why our deal lawyers frequently work alongside other professionals such as financial diligence and tax specialists, corporate financiers, forensic accountants, strategy teams and so on. We work hard to streamline communications for you, working seamlessly alongside any other professionals you may appoint. We do this day in, day out and know how to form a valuable part of an overall deal team. In short, we do the ‘heavy-lifting’ for you.

Our skills

  • Full M&A support, drafting and negotiating all transaction documentation
  • Legal due diligence services – buyside and sellside (VDD)
  • Joint ventures and strategic alliances
  • China outbound support
  • Pre and post-deal corporate structuring
  • Carve-outs and spin-offs
  • HK Listing Rules compliance
  • Cross-border and global deal support and project management
  • Pre-deal corporate healthchecks
  • Corporate intelligence and forensic deal support
  • Post-deal support: contract harmonisation and database management, corporate governance etc.


For the right opportunity, technology can transform how a transaction is handled by your lawyers. Working with trusted colleagues in firms across the world, as well as non-legal and market-leading professionals, we can access technology in a way that delivers maximum value for our clients. From efficiencies in how legal due diligence is performed, through to post-completion digital management providing you with at-a-glance insights into the business, our M&A lawyers can help you unlock the value of your deal.

Awards and recognitions

M&A – Notable Firm in Hong Kong



Contact us

Martin Robertson
Tel: +[852] 2833 4948

Joyce Tung
Tel: +[852] 2833 4983

Otto-Hans Nowak

nicholas cook

Nicholas Cook
Tel: +[852] 2833 4906 

Otto-Hans Nowak