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Annie Tsoi

Annie TsoiCo-head of Intellectual Property Department


Hong Kong, China | Beijing, China | Guangzhou, China | Shanghai, China

Deacons's Overview

Deacons is Hong Kong's own world-class law firm. We are the largest full-service independent law firm in Hong Kong, as well as the oldest. Established in 1851, we have deep roots and strong relationships with Hong Kong's business community, having advised clients in the city for more than 165 years.

We understand our clients' businesses and time pressures, and act as 'trusted advisors' in helping them to make crucial business decisions. Blending traditional client care with modern technology and working practices, we provide clients with the highest quality advice to support their strategic business needs.

As well as our headquarters in Hong Kong, Deacons has representative offices in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai.

Our principal service areas include: banking & finance, capital markets, china trade & investment, construction, corporate and M&A, employment & pensions, insolvency & restructuring, insurance, intellectual property, investment funds, litigation & dispute resolution, private clients, real estate, regulatory and tax.

  • Year this Office was Established: 1851
  • Number of Offices Worldwide: 4
  • Lawyers Worldwide: 279


Areas of Practice
  • Banking & Finance
  • China Trade & Investment
  • Communications & Technology
  • Company Formation & Corporate Services
  • Competition
  • Compliance Services
  • Construction & Arbitration
  • Corporate Finance & Capital Markets
  • Entertainment & Media
  • Financial Services
  • Hong Kong and International Trade Mark Registration
  • Human Resources & Pensions
  • Insolvency & Restructuring
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Karen Chan

Karen ChanPartner

Elsie Chan

Elsie ChanPartners

Peter Cheng

Peter ChengPartners

Lilian Chiang

Lilian ChiangSenior Partner, Head of Property Department

Ronny Chow

Ronny ChowPartner, Head of Corporate Finance Practice Group

Cynthia Chung

Cynthia ChungHead of Corporate Commercial Group

Simon Deane

Simon DeanePartner, Head of Finance & Insolvency Department

Fiona Fong

Fiona FongPartners

Rory Gallaher

Rory GallaherConsultant

Taylor Hui

Taylor HuiPartner

Charmaine Koo

Charmaine KooCo-head of Intellectual Property Department

Joseph Kwan

Joseph KwanHead of Litigation and Dispute Resolution Dept.

Paul Kwan

Paul KwanPartner

Jeremy Lam

Jeremy LamHead of Financial Services Practice Group

Patsy Lau

Patsy LauPartner

Teresa Lau

Teresa LauPartner

Canny Lau

Canny LauPartners

Linda Lee

Linda LeePartner

Alwyn Li

Alwyn LiPartner

Ming Chiu Li

Ming Chiu LiPartners

Ian Liu

Ian LiuPartners

Gary Lui

Gary LuiPartner

Carmen Ng

Carmen NgPartner

Myles Seto

Myles SetoPartner

Dora Si

Dora SiPartner

Gere Sit

Gere SitPartner

Pinky Siu

Pinky SiuPartners

Peter So

Peter SoPartner

Alfred Tam

Alfred TamPartner

Kevin Tong

Kevin TongPartner

Annie Tsoi

Annie TsoiCo-head of Intellectual Property Department

Gary Wong

Gary WongPartners

Icarus Yuen

Icarus YuenPartners

Justin Yuen

Justin YuenPartners

Rhoda Yung

Rhoda YungPartner


Scott Carnachan

Scott CarnachanConsultant

Christine Chan

Christine ChanHead of Business Development and Marketing

Gavin Nesbitt

Gavin NesbittConsultant

Sharon Pang

Sharon PangPrincipal Economist, Competition

John Richardson

John RichardsonConsultant

John Rose

John RoseConsultant


How Far will the Rainbow Stretch?
Deacons, September 2020

Since 2017, the courts in Hong Kong have recognised various rights of same-sex couples, including the right to be granted a dependent visa, spousal benefits, and tax benefits. In 2020, two more cases went before the court seeking determination on issues relating to foreign same-sex marriage. In one case, the applicant applied for judicial review of a government’s decision refusing to recognise foreign same-sex marriage for the purpose of probate, inheritance and intestacy, while the other case sought the court’s recognition of foreign same-sex marriage in Hong Kong. The decisions of both cases were handed down by the Court of First Instance on 18 September 2020. A...

The Freezing of Customer Bank Accounts for Money Laundering Reasons
Deacons, September 2020

There a number of reasons why Hong Kong banks freeze a customer’s bank account but this article is limited to exploring why Hong Kong banks may be required to do so for money laundering reasons. The money laundering offence in Hong Kong law The offence of “money laundering” is prosecuted in Hong Kong under section 25(1) of the Organized and Serious Crimes Ordinance, Cap. 455 (“OSCO”). To paraphrase from the definition contained in the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Ordinance, Cap...

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Deacons’ Financial Services Team Advises StormHarbour on the Launch of the First Umbrella Private Open-Ended Fund Company in Hong Kong
Deacons, August 2020

Deacons advises StormHarbour Securities (Hong Kong) Limited (StormHarbour) on the establishment and registration of the first umbrella private open-ended fund company (OFC) in Hong Kong, the StormHarbour Fund Services OFC. The establishment of the fund follows the 2018 introduction by the Hong Kong regulator of a regime to allow investment funds to be set up in company form in Hong Kong, boosting the city’s status as an international asset and fund management centre, as well as a fund domicile hub...

Deacons advises on the Main Board IPO of JiaXing Gas Group Co., Ltd.
Deacons, July 2020

Deacons advises the joint sponsors BOCOM International (Asia) Limited and LY Capital Limited and underwriters in relation to the Main Board H-share IPO of JiaXing Gas Group Co., Ltd., seeking to raise up to approximately HK$400 million (subject to the exercise of over-allotment option). JiaXing Gas Group is the largest piped natural gas (PNG) operator in Jiaxing (??), a major prefecture-level city in Zhejiang Province, the PRC. The company published its IPO prospectus on 30 June 2020. Dealings in its shares on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange are expected to commence on 16 July 2020...

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