Greater China Practice

With offices in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai, Latham & Watkins’ lawyers have advised on some of the largest and most complex deals in Hong Kong and Mainland China.

Why Latham

Bridging Worlds, Building Business

Latham launched its Greater China Practice in 1994 with the opening of its Hong Kong office. In order to better meet the needs of clients, Latham opened an office in Shanghai in 2005, and further expanded its presence in Greater China by opening another in Beijing in 2010.

With more than 70 lawyers in Beijing, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, Latham provides clients with local expertise and an intimate understanding of the local marketplace complemented by our global network. 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.

Latham is one of only a few international firms in Asia with the ability to provide substantive United States (US), English, and Hong Kong law advice. Our team includes lawyers fluent in Mandarin and other Chinese dialects, as well as Bahasa Indonesia, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Tagalog, and Thai.

Innovative Solutions for Clients

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 on a range of outbound acquisitions and divestments for Chinese buyers and understand the issues and commercial drivers for corporate and private equity players. We are familiar with all of the tools for mitigating execution risk and simultaneously managing financing.

Covering All Aspects of a Deal

Latham helps clients advance their business interests in the region, regularly advising clients in the following practice areas:  

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

  • 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
  • Latham Named Regulatory Compliance Firm of the Year at China Law Awards - September 23, 2020
  • Hong Kong Partner Appointed to the HKIAC Council - March 13, 2019

"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

Thirty Under 40: Amy BeckinghamBrain CampaignDealmaker Spotlight: Latham & Watkins' Cathy Yeung


Cathy Yeung Named to Asia’s Prestigious Top 15 Female Lawyers ListLatham Secures Court Victory for HollySys in Shareholder DisputeLatham Advises the Underwriters in Transcenta’s Hong Kong IPO

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