As a leading international law firm in Hong Kong, Appleby has established a diverse client base, from banks and state-owned enterprises, to investment funds, listed companies and high net worth individuals. Clients come to us for our unique ability to combine global offshore expertise with a deep understanding and experience of how to do business in Asia.

Our position as one of the leading offshore law firms in Hong Kong is supported by our rankings in highly respected legal directories including Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500 and IFLR1000, with recent praise reporting on our “professionalism, outstanding knowledge and quality of work” and how we are the “go-to firm for offshore law matters” (Legal 500).

In addition to Hong Kong, we also operate from another Asia office in Shanghai, becoming the first offshore firm in 2014 to be granted a licence to provide offshore legal advice in Mainland China. Together, our team of 25 lawyers and professional specialists provide clients with both an informed and integrated Hong Kong practice and a skilled and experienced offshore practice in Mainland China.


Appleby has a team of skilled and experienced offshore lawyers in Hong Kong who can provide on the ground advice on the laws of Bermuda, Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands and Jersey.

This in-depth knowledge and understanding of laws across multiple offshore jurisdictions means our team of lawyers in Hong Kong have the ability and knowledge to navigate multijurisdictional and, sometimes, complex legal issues with ease. Utilising Appleby’s global offshore presence, our Hong Kong team can also facilitate the provision of legal advice in Guernsey, Isle of Man, Mauritius and the Seychelles.

Our lawyers in Hong Kong are fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and other Chinese dialects.

Core Practice Areas


Our corporate lawyers in Hong Kong advise on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, including the establishment of investment funds, IPOs, equity and debt capital markets transactions. The team also advises on the full range of banking and financing transactions, including structured finance, and are well versed in methods of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) including cross-border joint venture-arrangements, corporate privatisation and the use of Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs).


Our dispute resolution lawyers in Hong Kong provide advice and representation with respect to disputes arising in or relating to our offshore jurisdictions including Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and Jersey across a wide range of shareholder disputes, insolvency and restructurings, funds disputes and M&A and privatisation disputes.


Appleby’s Hong Kong lawyers advise on all aspects of offshore trust law, including the establishment, administration, restructuring and termination of private, charitable, and commercial trusts and foundations. We provide counsel on international estate planning needs, help with difficult decisions when administering trusts and act for trustees, beneficiaries, settlors and protectors on all manner of claims.

Appleby Asia Talks

This podcast series delivers a casual and short discussion on the topical legal issues across practice areas of Corporate, Dispute Resolution and Private Client & Trusts in the Asia market and provides insights from an offshore perspective on a regular basis.

16 Apr 2024

Podcast: Latest guide on Cayman Islands' corporate governance and internal controls requirement

Join us as we shed light on the new corporate governance and internal controls requirement for all t...

3 Mar 2024

Podcast: Cayman Restructuring Officer Regime - An alternative approach for distressed companies

Join us as we discuss the developments in the RO regime in the Cayman Islands, including the very re...

6 Dec 2022

Podcast: Offshore Management Companies

Join us as we discuss the consequence of this legislative development on structuring the management ...

14 Nov 2022

Podcast: Segregated Portfolio Company

Join us as we discuss about structuring a SPC, and explore when and where they may be an appropriate...

Appleby Asia Alert

Every quarter, we bring you an overview of the latest legal and regulatory developments in the offshore world, with particular focus on Bermuda, Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands which are widely used in Asia.

To find out more please visit our dedicated Appleby Asia Alert thought leadership hub.

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Lawyers operating from Appleby’s Hong Kong office do not practice English law. A number of our lawyers may hold practising certificates in jurisdictions in which Appleby does not have a registered office, for the avoidance of doubt, these lawyers do not practise the laws of those jurisdictions.

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