Firm Profile


Dedicated to excellence in regulatory advice


In an environment where regulatory compliance is increasingly important, Deacons, Hong Kong’s leading independent law firm, is a one-stop-shop for all regulatory issues. 


Hong Kong is known as one of the most business-friendly financial hubs in the world. The Government is committed to upholding the rule of law and keeping intervention in the market to a minimum. As such its regulatory framework is commendably transparent and straightforward, with four bodies – the HKMA, SFC, MPFA and OCI – shouldering most of the regulatory burden.


However the global trend in recent years has been towards greater regulation of financial markets and products. Heightened scrutiny has led to more detailed regulation and oversight, and a greater emphasis on regulatory compliance.


Our highly experienced team acts for a wide range of clients in connection with all areas of Hong Kong’s regulatory framework. What sets us apart is our local knowledge, depth of resources and breadth of practice – we do not just deal with regulatory matters affecting fund managers, securities houses and other financial institutions, but with wider issues concerning fund authorisation and insurance, for example, as well as insider dealing and market misconduct cases. Much of our work raises novel points, and we address the matter from both a criminal and a civil perspective.


In addition our team advises on a wide range of commercial regulatory issues, from data protection to corruption, discrimination to competition. Our highly regarded lawyers have also been instrumental in the evolution of Hong Kong’s regulatory framework, and have been involved in a number of regulatory bodies, such as the Takeovers and Mergers Panel.

Noticeable Practitioners 

Joseph Kwan

Jane McBride 


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