15 ASIAN LEGAL BUSINESS – JULY 2023 WWW.LEGALBUSINESSONLINE.COM METHODOLOGY Law firms must be permanently based in Hong Kong with 10 partners or less. The list was chosen based on the following criteria: • Growth of the law firm in the past 12 months (new office opening, increase in headcount/revenue, other kinds of expansion, etc.) • Important deals or cases • Key clients • Significant accolades received in the form of public recognition, awards, etc. LING & LAWYERS Established in 2019, Ling & Lawyers has emerged as a dynamic and clientfocused law firm in the local legal landscape. With a strong focus on capital markets, corporate finance, and securities and funds, their proficiency extends to handling complex matters related to China and cross-border transactions, civil claims, regulatory investigations, and criminal litigation. Through their comprehensive range of services, the firm is committed to delivering exceptional legal solutions tailored to each client’s unique requirements. Boasting a duo of immensely skilled partners and a team of seven talented fee-earners, Ling & Lawyers has experienced significant growth and expansion over the past year. From its humble beginnings as a sole proprietorship, the firm has flourished with a substantial increase in headcount and revenue. Ling & Lawyers has successfully represented a Hong Kong-listed company in a rights issue and provided crucial legal opinions to an A-share listed company for financing purposes. Additionally, the firm has offered expert guidance for a proposed listing on NASDAQ and provided invaluable advisory services on Hong Kong law for the establishment of multiple Cayman hedge funds. Furthermore, Ling & Lawyers played a pivotal role in assisting a company in its proposed de-SPAC transaction and represented a state-owned enterprise in cross-border winding-up proceedings. William Ling, founder and managing partner of the firm, has been instrumental in driving its success. With extensive experience across various practice areas, he brings knowledge and a pleasant demeanour to client engagements. Looking ahead, Ling & Lawyers has ambitious expansion plans. In the coming months, the firm aims to establish an overseas branch office and set up one to two offices in mainland China. By broadening its geographical presence, Ling & Lawyers aims to serve its clients better and further strengthen its position as a leading provider of legal services. ALB HONG KONG FIRMS TO WATCH 2023 BEN MCQUHAE & CO CHARLES RUSSELL SPEECHLYS COCKING & CO COMMERCE & FINANCE LAW OFFICES IN ASSOCIATION WITH ERIC CHOW & CO. GALL GEORGIOU PAYNE STEWIEN H.Y.LEUNG & CO. HAIWEN & PARTNERS HAN KUN LAW OFFICES HAUZEN HUGILL & IP JC LEGAL LEWIS SILKIN LING & LAWYERS RITA KU & SER TIANG & PARTNERS WILLA LEGAL WILSON SONSINI GOODRICH & ROSATI