Greater China Practice

With offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, Latham has a dedicated Greater China team advising on many of the largest and most complex transactions, compliance, and controversy matters in Greater China.

Why Latham

Latham’s Greater China practice advises Asian, European, US, and Middle Eastern companies on all aspects of their transactions throughout Greater China and the rest of Asia. We also advise Chinese clients on a range of outbound acquisitions and divestments, leveraging a deep understanding of the industrial trends, legal issues, and competition law issues that arise in multinational M&A, as well as the commercial drivers affecting corporate and private equity transactions. We are one of the leading capital markets advisors on US and Hong Kong IPOs and we have an active restructuring practice involving Chinese and international parties, both borrowers and creditors. We provide clients with effective guidance and support, leveraging our familiarity with all of the tools for mitigating execution risk and simultaneously managing financing.

We draw on significant experience conducting cross-border investigations for Chinese corporations and multinational companies in different industries across a broad range of topics, including high-profile and sensitive matters related to bribery, economic sanctions and export controls, professional liability, antitrust, fraud and other securities enforcement. We assist clients with presenting investigation findings to and negotiating settlements with regulators in the US and China. We handle compliance-related due diligence and risk assessments, conduct compliance training, as well as design, implement, and review compliance programs.

If disputes arise, we advise Chinese corporations in challenging complex commercial litigations, including contract and shareholder disputes, as well as securities litigation and criminal proceedings.

As one of only a few international firms in Asia with the ability to provide substantive United States (US), English, and Hong Kong law advice, we provide clients local know-how and global capabilities. We also provide clients with information concerning the effects of the Chinese legal environment. Latham’s vast geographic reach serves the global needs of clients, while the firm’s strong local practices ensure close ties with the world’s key financial centers and on-the-ground support where necessary.

One Asia

Lauded as the “Most Innovative Firm in the Asia-Pacific” by the Financial Times, our united and diverse Asia team, including local and international lawyers, connects clients in the financial services, infrastructure, energy, media, and technology industries to world-class legal services in the region and to the full complement of Latham lawyers around the globe.

Our Experience

Recent highlights of the Greater China Practice’s work include advising on:

  • CITIC's US$1.8 billion Hong Kong IPO
  • Corporate restructurings
  • Foreign direct investments
  • PRC-related and Hong Kong corporate finance transactions
  • Real property development in the PRC

Awards & Rankings

  • China Law & Practice Recognizes Latham’s Banking & Finance Practice, Beijing Partner Hui Xu, and Corporate Work - February 28, 2022
  • Latham Advises on 5 China Business Law Journal Deals of the Year - February 25, 2022
  • Cathy Yeung Named to Asia’s Prestigious Top 15 Female Lawyers List - October 19, 2021
  • IFLR Honors Latham for Innovation and Corporate Deal Work in Asia - March 24, 2021
  • Two Partners Named to China Business Law Journal’s 2020 A-List - January 07, 2021

"The Latham team proves to be highly responsive, moves with urgency and understands the needs of all parties in order to ensure a deal gets done regardless of the tight deadlines."

– Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018

Media Coverage

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Thought Leadership

Restructuring & Insolvency in Hong KongThe SFC’s Guidance on Corporate Transactions and the Use of ValuationsPRC’s General Provisions of the Civil Law Enhance Personal Information Right and Data Protection