Intellectual Property
Our IP practice covers contentious and non-contentious issues relating to trademarks, patents, trade secrets, copyright, industrial designs, passing off/unfair competition, plant varieties and integrated circuits. We work with clients to properly and cost-effectively register, secure, protect and enforce their IP rights in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand and globally.  We act  for some of the world's most well known companies in relation to IP rights, as well as counsel government regulators and industry groups.
Our technology practice is one of the leading boutique TMT/biotech/pharma practices in the Asia Pacific region.  We work with clients to identify risks and opportunities in new and developing technologies, with a view to developing legal models to isolate and reduce those risks, whilst capitalising upon opportunities.  In the ever-changing world of regulatory developments in telecoms/media, data protection, outsourcing, cybersecurity, fintech applications, life sciences, pharma and biotech areas, we are constantly developing legal and technical skills so as to be in the best position to be able to assist our clients in the most practical way.
Our business transactions practice covers complex international mergers and acquisitions, tax planning, corporate finance, franchising and IP commercialisation transactions, foreign direct investment advisory, restructuring, anti-trust and competition law, Asian labor relations, employment and consumer protection. We have acted in some of the most complex commercial transactions in Asia in recent times, independently or backing-up some of the largest US law firms in the world. We provide corporate/commercial advice to some of the world's largest companies, as well as SMEs, NGOs and start-ups.
Taxation and International Trade
Our market leading tax and Customs/trade team has assisted some of the world's major manufacturers in relation to transfer pricing disputes, process trade audits, Customs investigations, structuring of employment compensation arrangements, R&D incentive plannings and the taxation aspects of licensing and restructurings in the Asia Pacific region. Our firm was given the Tax Advisor of the Year Award in 2013, despite stiff competition from the larger law and accounting firms. Included in our tax team are lawyers, consultants and financial consultants.  Some of our people have focused on China/international Customs matters for over 20 years.