14 ASIAN LEGAL BUSINESS – JULY 2023 WWW.LEGALBUSINESSONLINE.COM Image: YIUCHEUNG/ Being one of the most vibrant business centres in the Asia Pacific region, Hong Kong has witnessed a rapidly evolving legal service landscape over the past decade. An increasing volume of boutique law firms has proven to be competitive players in the market with excellent credentials and reliability. In its inaugural list, ALB shines a spotlight on emerging law firms that have stood out from the crowd and have continued to make an impact on the market. The list is in alphabetical order, and some firms have been profiled. LIST BY ASIAN LEGAL BUSINESS, TEXT BY BINGQING WANG HONG KONG FIRMS TO WATCH 2023 HAN KUN LAW OFFICES Established as a prominent and highly regarded full-service law firm in China, Han Kun Law Offices has gained widespread recognition for its expertise in complex cross-border and domestic transactions. With a diverse range of practice areas, including private equity, capital markets, investment funds, and more, the firm offers comprehensive legal solutions to meet the evolving needs of its clients. With nearly 800 legal professionals distributed across strategic locations in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Haikou, Wuhan and Singapore, Han Kun Law Offices expanded its footprint as a registered foreign law office in Hong Kong in 2014, marking its first venture outside mainland China. Led by Dafei Chen, the Hong Kong office has enhanced the firm’s ability to cater to clients’ legal requirements in the Greater China region. Han Kun Law Offices and its associated firm officially merged in November 2022, enabling it to realise deeper integration in the local legal market. In recent years, the firm and its associated firm have garnered attention for its involvement in significant deals, such as representing Jiumaojiu, Yeahka and Kindstar Global in their Hong Kong IPOs and representing Yeahka in its issue and listing of convertible bonds on the HKEx. Han Kun Law Offices also advised several Hong Kong-listed companies, such as Ganfeng Lithium and Poly Property Services, on Hong Kong compliance matters. Driven by its commitment to growth, the firm has witnessed a significant increase in headcount, demonstrating its dedication to meeting the expanding demands of its clientele. The firm prides itself on maintaining a team of key members, including Tao Li, Ethle Tang, Felix Miao, and Adrian Yip, recognised professionals in their respective fields. Looking ahead, Han Kun Law Offices remains steadfast in its mission to provide top-tier legal representation and advisory services. ALB HONG KONG FIRMS TO WATCH 2023