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Fiona Chan is a partner in the corporate department of Appleby’s Hong Kong office, leading the Banking and Finance practice in the Hong Kong office as well as Appleby’s Technology & Innovation Group in Asia. Fiona has over 20 years of offshore and onshore experience in the Asian market and advises on the laws of Bermuda, British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands.

Her broad offshore law practice spans banking and finance transactions including acquisition, leveraged and project financing, privatisation financing, shipping and aircraft financing, structured products, fund financing, crypto/digital financing, non-contentious insurances, bond issuance and restructuring of corporates and financial institutions. Fiona is routinely instructed by major international and Asian financial institutions, listed and private companies, securities providers and leading law firms.

Fiona is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Work Highlights

Some of Fiona’s recent cases include:

  • acted as Bermuda and BVI counsel to the syndicate lenders led by Bank of China Limited on all the financing aspects of this 15-year USD975 million loan project for the construction and development of the Chancay Multipurpose Port Terminal in Peru. The port is 60% owned by COSCO Shipping Ports, China’s largest state-owned shipping company. This transaction had been selected as the iconic case of state-owned enterprise with sustainability investment strategy in July 2023 as part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, and also won the Finance Deal of the Year by ALB Hong Kong Law Awards 2023
  • acted as Bermuda counsel to the syndicate banks led by Bank of China Limited in a USD700 million facility to Asia Symbol China Holdings Limited, a RGE member company and a world leading manufacturer and distributor of paper products. The facility was linked to certain sustainability criteria verified by an independent environmental certification agency. This transaction was shortlisted for the Finance Deal of the Year by ALB Hong Kong Law Awards 2023
  • acted as Cayman counsel to Allied Group on the closing of Allied Merger Corporation’s private placement financing for approximately USD267 million relating to a series of transactions including a reverse take-over which culminated in the listing of the resulting issuer’s shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange, being Canada’s largest mining IPO since 2010 with a market capitalisation of CADD1.3bn (USD970m) on the first day
  • acted as Cayman counsel to Citibank N.A. Hong Kong Branch in relation to an over USD100m receivables-backed securitisation facility to Qupital Limited in the first e-commerce merchant financing securitisation in Asia to merchants on online platforms
  •  acted as BVI counsel to AngelHub, Hong Kong’s first SFC licensed equity crowdfunding plat form for professional investors and global technology startups, on a series of financing into the group, together with related corporate, trust, technology and general legal and regulatory assessment acted as Bermuda and Cayman counsel to the largest Norwegian financial services group in its global ship finance and vessel acquisition deals, including a USD240 million loan facilities for the acquisition of ten vessels and a USD700 million facility for the collateral arrangements for change of ownership of vessels


Her recent awards and recognition include:

  • Leading Individuals” (2023 – 2024) – Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide
  •  “Highly Regarded” and “Women Leaders” (2023) – IFLR 1000
  • “Offshore Client Choice List” – Asian Legal Business 2017 – 2021
  • “Lawyer of the year for Offshore” – Women in Business Law Awards 2020

Coverage & Insights

Fiona is the editor of the firm’s quarterly publication Appleby Asia Alert which provides offshore legal and regulatory updates to Asian clients. She regularly speaks at international conferences and offers seminars and training to various organisations. Her expertise is frequently sought by industry and legal journals and publications.

Qualifications & Education

  • University of Oxford (England)
  • College of Law, London (England)

Memberships & Associations

She sits on the firm’s global Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Committee and leads the Women’s Leadership Network in Hong Kong. She is also a committee member of the InsurTech Committee of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong, Women in Law Hong Kong and Greater Bay Area Young Talents Association.

We have worked closely with Fiona Chan and her team at Appleby on fintech matters that involve offshore elements. Fiona is well versed in fintech matters, providing comprehensive and considered advice. She is always timely with deadlines, and can also work under tight turnaround times to provide clients with cutting-edge opinions considering the ever-changing fintech landscape.

Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide

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