Herbert Smith Freehills is one of the world’s leading professional services businesses, bringing together the best people across our international network to meet all your legal services needs globally. We can help you realise opportunities while managing risk.

With 27 offices spanning Asia-Pacific, EMEA and the US, we offer local insight and seamless cross-border service in all major regions. Positioned to support the major global trade flows, we help the world’s top companies thrive in the global economy.

Understanding your requirements, objectives and operating environment is important to us - we listen and take time to do this. You have ready access to our deep global sector expertise, as well as our local market understanding, to help you achieve your commercial objectives.

Operating as one global team, we use innovative systems and processes to ensure work is delivered intelligently, efficiently and reliably. We care about the markets and communities we work within and constantly strive to make them better.

What does it all add up to? When you work with Herbert Smith Freehills, you are partnering with a world-class and diverse team of client focused professionals who can ensure you achieve your best results.


With over 30 years' experience in Greater China, we provide 'on-the-ground' expertise that understands the country's dynamic business environment through long-established offices in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Established in 1982, our Hong Kong office is the hub of Herbert Smith Freehills' Asia operations, and our largest office in the region.

We advise regional and international clients on M&A, regulatory matters, dispute resolution, capital markets, energy, telecommunications, media and technology, infrastructure projects, and finance.

Our Hong Kong team is drawn from a range of jurisdictions and backgrounds, including Hong Kong, mainland China, the UK, the US, Australia and Southeast Asia.


Our full-service Hong Kong office is one of the largest of any international law firm in the territory.

Our legal services include:

  • Banking and finance

  • Capital markets (equity and debt)

  • Commercial litigation

  • Competition and trade

  • Criminal and regulatory investigations

  • Crisis management

  • Cybersecurity

  • Data privacy

  • Employment

  • Energy

  • Financial services regulatory

  • Infrastructure projects

  • Insurance

  • International arbitration

  • M&A

  • Mediation

  • Private equity investments

  • Regulatory and corporate governance

  • Restructuring

  • Technology

  • Telecommunications

  • White collar crime


Alternative Legal Services (ALT) is a fully-integrated and integral part of Herbert Smith Freehills' international network.

We offer innovative, market-leading solutions in respect of high-volume, document-intensive legal work. By combining cutting-edge technology with legal expertise, we have created a cost-competitive, bespoke offering which is tailored to our clients' requirements.

Our teams, comprising lawyers, technologists and legal analysts, are located across nine hubs: Beijing, Belfast, Brisbane, Johannesburg, London, Melbourne, Perth, Shanghai and Sydney.

Together, they provide a seamless, round-the-clock service across a wide range of products and services, in support of a range of legal services areas and industry sectors.


We value all of the differences that make each one of our people unique and are deeply committed to creating a diverse and fully inclusive workplace for our employees and business partner for our clients.

Our vision is to:

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