Within Bingham’s Hong Kong office, our lawyers — who are qualified in five jurisdictions, including Hong Kong, England and Wales, the U.S., Australia, and Ireland — have extensive experience in financial restructuring, corporate, M&A, investment funds, Asia funds, structured finance and derivatives, and securities and financial institutions litigation. Just as Bingham’s legal advice is precisely tailored to each client’s unique business goals, our office’s capabilities have been carefully shaped to meet the complex needs of demanding client segments — international financial institutions, corporates, hedge funds and capital markets participants.
The lawyers in our Hong Kong office are an integral part of our Financial Services Area.
Investment Funds Practice
Bingham’s investment management lawyers in Hong Kong and Tokyo, together with colleagues in Europe and the US, provide advice to a wide range of Asian-based institutional and boutique investment management companies on all aspects of investment fund formation and operations. The firm has experience with all types of investment funds and pooled investment vehicles, including retail mutual funds, hedge funds and private equity funds. In Hong Kong, the firm advises on Hong Kong licensing issues and represents fund managers in applying for Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) licences. It also advises on the SFC authorisation of mutual funds for distribution to the retail public in Hong Kong. Bingham’s team in Asia acts as transaction counsel in the establishment of European UCITS funds and European hedge funds, as well.
With a niche M&A practice in Hong Kong and a global network of offices, many of Hong Kong’s high net worth individuals…look to Bingham McCutchen for advice for complex cross-border matters. — IFLR 1000
Bingham principally advises institutional and corporate clients — including hedge funds, investment funds, banks, insurance companies and corporates — on special situations investments, stock exchange listings and high-end corporate work, including public/private M&A and takeovers, private equity, equity capital markets (including closed-end funds of hedge funds and other listings), debt capital markets, and strategic corporate advice (including activist shareholder and merger arbitrage). Most recently, the firm has acted on the acquisition by way of public takeover by a Hong Kong-listed company of UK-based Birmingham City Football Club and on the privatisation by way of a takeover offer and bond restructuring of China Central Properties (a Shui On Group member).
Financial Restructuring Practice
Bingham McCutchen...managed to secure deals that rival some of the leading practices in [Hong Kong], reflective of the added value that the firm’s lawyers are capable of providing. — IFLR 1000
Bingham is widely recognised as one of the world’s top-tier financial restructuring firms. The firm’s lawyers in Hong Kong have extensive experience in financial restructuring and debt and equity special situations. The team has also advised financial institutions, including hedge funds and capital markets participants, on transactions throughout the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia, China, India, Korea and the Philippines. The firm has played a leading role in representing creditors in numerous high-profile workouts and restructurings in Asia, including Asia Pulp & Paper, Centro, and Griffin Coal. The financial restructuring practice in Hong Kong is an integral part of the firm’s global Financial Restructuring Group, which consists of more than 100 lawyers operating across Asia, Europe and the US.
Structured Finance Practice
A level of experience and innovation that is legendary in the market. — Chambers USA
Bingham is building upon its US and UK strengths in structured finance by focusing on advising clients on complex asset-based transactions in Asia. The lawyers in this office have advised underwriters, portfolio managers, issuers, institutional investors and trustees on structured finance, derivatives (including credit, equity and commodity derivatives), structured credit, structured equity, securitisations, structured funds and other complex transactions governed by Hong Kong, English and US law. We also have extensive experience utilising structured finance techniques to assist in compliance with the Hong Kong stock listing rules.
Litigation and Arbitration Practice
Bingham’s litigation practice provides advice to financial institution clients – both within the Asia-Pacific region and internationally. Our solutions – in respect of investment, divestment and restructuring activities, as well as situations involving complex and international disputes – are based on a wealth of global experience of talented individuals – located throughout the firm’s global litigation area – who cover the spectrum of litigation advisory and international arbitration services. Our litigation capabilities include advising clients on contentious finance and securities law matters, as well as insolvency and restructuring situations and contentious regulatory disputes.
Bingham McCutchen LLP is the legal entity which operates in Hong Kong as Bingham and is registered with the Law Society of Hong Kong as a Foreign Law Firm in Hong Kong. Neither Bingham McCutchen LLP or any entities affiliated to it advise on Hong Kong law.