About us

SF Lawyers is an independent law firm, which is in association with KPMG Law in Australia. As a member of KPMG’s Global Legal Services network, which has more than 2,700 legal professionals operating in 80 jurisdictions, we are able to not only provide quality legal services in Hong Kong, but also assist you with your business issues and challenges around the globe.

At SF Lawyers, we understand that ultimately what you want are commercial, innovative and pragmatic legal outcomes. We pride ourselves in our ability to apply our technical legal expertise and local experience, oftentimes alongside KPMG professionals, to deliver integrated business solutions. Working with us means having a trusted partner to help resolve legal issues, so that you can focus on growing your brand and your business.

Why SF Lawyers

Our unique approach

  • Commercial and pragmatic

    Commercial and pragmatic

    We work alongside you to reduce complexity through practical and integrated advice.
  • Client service

    Client service

    We believe in being client-centric through our excellence in service quality and timeliness.
  • Collaboration across disciplines

    Collaboration across disciplines

    We collaborate with our network of professionals, bringing you a one stop business solution.
  • Global footprint

    Global footprint

    We leverage our experiences in Greater China and our global network, which currently has over 2,700 legal professionals in 80 jurisdictions.
  • Innovation driven

    Innovation driven

    We deploy technology enabled solutions to help you identify and manage risks more efficiently and effectively.

Our services

Mergers and acquisitions

Mergers and acquisitions

M&A is an important part of business strategy, and we know that having a team of trusted advisers to rely on makes all the difference. This is especially true in Asia, which has its own cultural, language and multi-jurisdictional complexities as deals frequently have a cross-border element to them, often involving China.

Many of our lawyers have expertise and legal qualifications across multiple jurisdictions and they are adept at advising Hong Kong, mainland Chinese, U.S., European and other clients on complex M&A transactions, both public and private, and have developed a unique understanding of the issues arising in this region. We have advised on a wide range of transactions such as private equity, cross-border joint ventures, outbound investments, foreign direct investments and public and private acquisitions and divestitures.

We can assist you in each step of the deal, from the initial memorandum of understanding, due diligence and structuring, through to drafting, negotiation and execution of transaction documents, followed by post-merger integration, corporate governance and regulatory compliance. We do this by working closely with our colleagues with expertise in employment and intellectual property law, and leveraging our connections to the best professionals from the KPMG international network who can offer valuable tax, accounting and strategic advice. The end result is a one-stop integrated offering which delivers real value to your transaction, no matter where you are.

Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial

Every business encounters legal needs – whether as a result of commercial transactions, internal reorganisations, or specific projects. To help you in implementing these transactions effectively and efficiently, you will need a trusted, commercially savvy and responsive adviser.

With the support of multi-disciplinary professionals in the wider KPMG network, our team can offer a broad suite of support in general corporate and commercial matters, such as commercial contracts, corporate governance assistance, shareholder agreements, business set-up, Hong Kong employment and immigration law and technology licensing.

The team has advised on a wide variety of corporate matters in virtually every major sector, including technology, media and telecommunications, finance, pharmaceutical, steel, automotive, consumer products, healthcare, agriculture, aircraft, education, semiconductors, machinery, chemicals, infrastructure, construction and property development.

Employment

Employment

With companies and their employees increasingly becoming more global, acquisition and management of region-specific talent has also become increasingly important. At the centre of this trend is the Asia Pacific region, which can present challenges with often divergent employment regulations, languages and cultures. We can provide you with legal advice in Hong Kong, and also bridge the gap with other jurisdictions by tapping into our global network of experts.

Our expert employment team can assist you with the preparation or advice on employment contracts, executive stock option and related plans, the on-boarding and exits of employees (including internal transfers), privacy matters, corporate restructuring, employee handbook reviews.

Our team can advise you on employee investigations, advice on disciplinary actions and risk management issues, and on the development of best practice compliance programs to mitigate the risk of disputes.

Technology and intellectual property

Technology and intellectual property

In today’s dynamic commercial environment of new technologies, of explosive growth in personal data protection risk and regulation, and protection of intellectual property (IP) rights, present major challenges for any business. To succeed, businesses need to recognise and protect their intellectual property rights as key business assets, take steps to ensure their data and that of their customers and suppliers are protected and in compliance with regulations in the markets in which you operate, and manage and protect their technologies in an increasingly complex world of robotics, blockchain and artificial intelligence. Our team takes a business-driven approach which combines our legal expertise with our business acumen, to devise tailored solutions together with you in all aspects of knowledge-based assets, from creation, to commercialisation and protection.

Key areas where we can support you include:

  • Portfolio management and development: advising on brand creation, intellectual property counselling, registration, audits and due diligence exercises
  • Commercial exploitation and monetization of intellectual property: strategising on intellectual property structure in commercial deals; advising on, negotiating and drafting of a wide range of IP-related transactional agreements and collaborative development agreements
  • Reputation management
  • Know-how, trade secrets and confidential information protection and enforcement
  • Technology and Internet-related IP issues
  • Advertising, trade descriptions compliance

Data privacy and protection

Data privacy and protection

The SF Lawyers data privacy team is experienced in tackling complex issues relating to data protection and personal data privacy issues for multinational companies across a wide range of industries. In particular, the team assists clients on the collection, use, storage, disclosure, transfer and disposal of data.

In addition, the team often works together with KPMG Global Legal Services and other KPMG service lines to provide its clients with a complete offering on large data privacy projects. This is especially beneficial for multinational companies handling large volumes of data. The complete offering enables clients to understand and manage data privacy risks from multiple angles and jurisdictions.

Infrastructure

Infrastructure

Traditionally, delivering an infrastructure asset simplistically was no more than just building and supplying the physical asset for its intended purposes over a specific period. Nowadays, with global cities and their communities experiencing increasing expansion and growth, the demand for better technology and more efficient services, greater innovation and connectivity between global cities is becoming more of the day to day norm for everyday society. The community and market demands the development of long-term high-performing infrastructure assets that maximise social and economic return on the outlaying investment. No better example for this demand is evident than the unprecedented infrastructure growth taking place in the Asia Pacific region, and in particular, the Greater Bay Area.

The challenge has been laid down for the infrastructure industry to become more conscious of delivering long term responsible infrastructure that creates greater efficiency and technology, innovation and creativity, whilst being environmentally friendly. To deliver such success, requires strong collaboration, innovation and initiative from all stakeholders participating in an infrastructure project’s life-cycle. The Infrastructure team at SF Lawyers is a prime example of being able to demonstrate the capability, experience and more importantly, the responsibility to contribute to that success.

Working with commercially focused and experienced lawyers is one of the keys to creating infrastructure that provide long-term value for money and excellent results. Our team intimately understands the infrastructure market, and the specific drivers and KPIs infrastructure stakeholders need to successfully deliver. By balancing technical skills with deep market knowledge and the experience of working on complex and significant projects, our clients are provided with innovative and responsible, value for money and commercially focused solutions which reflect current market practices. Our rich experience across the full spectrum of a project’s lifecycle (starting from early project conception and development to full operations and maintenance) push our solutions to enable our clients to be able to future-proof their projects. Put simply, we get it.

Our team has experience in the delivery of all types of infrastructure projects globally including public transportation, airports, toll roads, power stations, schools, accommodation and hospitals, defence and office and commercial developments. The team has real experience across all contractual and commercial delivery arrangements ranging from the more complex multi-party privately financed initiative (or PPPs) structures, target cost/alliancing arrangements and the “more vanilla” direct construction delivery models.

Lastly, drawing on the vast experience of, and working in close collaboration with, KPMG’s global Infrastructure Advisory team, SF Lawyers provide a market leading and real “one-stop shop” solution and capability to clients.

Insights

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    Supply Chain Transformation

    June 2020 The supply chain is the lifeline of any business. Businesses therefore need to do everything in their power to ensure resilience and optimisation amid rapid change. Supply-chain problems can have complicated knock-on effects, and this is why solutions must be holistic. Read more »
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    Hong Kong directors under the spotlight

    May 2020 Are you a director of a Hong Kong company? Worried about your personal liability as a director, especially as your company struggles during COVID-19? Read on to find out more on directors’ duties in difficult times. Read more »
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    Employment Support Scheme Updates

    May 2020 A summary of the requirements and key considerations for businesses when evaluating whether to apply for the Employment Support Scheme, based on the details released by the Government on 19 May 2020. Read more »
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    How well are your joint venture arrangements performing?

    May 2020 Like many other commercial relationships, the joint venture arrangements between businesses often need regular appraisal (and re-evaluation) to ensure the underlying intent and purpose remains viable to the business. Read more »
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    Have you looked at your infrastructure financing and M&A transaction arrangements in light of COVID-19?

    April 2020 We have identified some of the more typical financial covenants that businesses should be looking at. Read more »
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    Restructuring your business to face the future

    April 2020 SF Lawyers analyses the extent to which a business restructuring can help address the current considerable risks and challenges. Read more »
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    Business transformation: Get ready for the new normal

    April 2020 Successful transformation requires a combination of business and legal skills, together with careful planning and diligent execution. Read more »
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    Through the barriers

    February 2020 Navigating the legal and commercial risks impacting the infrastructure sector in Mainland China and Hong Kong Read more »
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    How the coronavirus outbreak might affect your business

    February 2020 Legal considerations that businesses should bear in mind when faced with common contractual issues Read more »
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    Employment Issues in the Spotlight during Turbulent Times

    February 2020 Legal issues that businesses should bear in mind when considering common measures in handling employee related issues Read more »
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    Streamlining Social Insurance in Mainland China for Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan Residents

    December 2019 A recent change in the Chinese regulations for social insurance has sought to clarify social insurance arrangements for Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwanese residents. Read more »

Firm news

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    An important milestone

    21 January 2020 SF Lawyers held celebratory drinks to mark its first anniversary on 17 January 2020 Read more »

Media

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    SF Lawyers advises Suez NWS Limited on its acquisition of ALS Analytical Testing (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

    28 May 2019 SF Lawyers has advised Suez NWS Limited on its acquisition of 100% of the equity interest of ALS Analytical Testing (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. from ALS Limited. Read more »
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    Interview with Shirley Fu

    The Legal 500 Principal Shirley Fu talks about the strategies of SF Lawyers, the newest KPMG affiliated law firm in Hong Kong, with The Legal 500. Read more »
  • News

    KPMG expands Asia Pacific legal capabilities, opens an affiliated law firm in Hong Kong

    17 January 2019 · KPMG The KPMG Global Legal Services network is pleased to announce that it has expanded its legal capabilities in Asia Pacific by establishing a new law firm in Hong Kong, known as SF Lawyers. Read more »
  • Shirley Fu (left), principal at SF Lawyers and Stuart Fuller, head of KPMG Law.

    KPMG launches law firm in Hong Kong, unveils plans for another in Shanghai

    17 January 2019 · South China Morning Post SF Lawyers will be headed by Shirley Fu overseeing 20 lawyers. The Shanghai firm, set to open later this year, will feature a legal team of 22 lawyers. Read more »

Careers

SF Lawyers and KPMG’s Global Legal Services network are continuously expanding and evolving to cement itself as a leading legal advisor. Our clients are of various sizes and industries and are from around the world.

A copy of our recruitment brochure may be obtained upon request.

To facilitate our wide client base, we look for individuals with a diverse background and an open mind to challenge the traditional ways of how clients are served and how to add value to clients. At SF Lawyers, we are committed to continuously facilitate the growth of our people to ensure that they reach their maximum potential and provide an innovative work environment that encourages everyone to share viewpoints, approaches and ideas.

If you are a qualified legal professional who shares our vision and would like to form part of our collaborative and multidisciplinary team, we would love to hear from you.

Please get in touch with us at: info@kpmglegal.com.cn

Contact us

Tel:
+852 2833 1688
Email:
Address:
Units 1125-1127, 11th Floor
Prince's Building
10 Chater Road
Central, Hong Kong