China Practice Department
Ford, Kwan and Company was among the first ones in the Hong Kong legal profession
who served China enterprises and China-related clients. Our China
Practice Department is composed of three China-appointed Attesting Officers
appointed by the Ministry of Justice of The People’s of China, in-house
China lawyer and a number of Hong Kong practicing lawyers who possess
academic qualification in both common law and Chinese law. The
Department provides effective legal services to overseas and local
enterprises in PRC investment and legal services to PRC enterprises in
listing and investment in Hong Kong.
All the members of the Department are Chinese who are familiar with
Chinese culture as well as the practice and procedures in commercial
activities in China. In addition to English and Chinese languages,
including Putonghua and Guangdong dialects, we are also conversant in
other Chinese dialects, such as Shanghai dialect, that greatly facilitates
communication with our clients from different provinces and cities of
We have built up a close business relationship and network with the law
firms and intermediaries across major provinces and cities in China
including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Nanjing, Hangzhou,
Ningbo, Qingdao, Anhui Province and Hubei Province. With such a
large-scale network, we can meet different needs of clients and ensure
that timely, efficient and effective legal services are provided.
Since the establishment of our Firm in 1945, we have always been
advising enterprises, manufacturers, financing institutions, insurance
and trust companies in both Hong Kong and China.
We also have extensive experience in advising Hong Kong enterprises to
obtain banking facilities with PRC assets as security, drafting legal
documents and arranging the necessary legal formalities in relation
We are also the legal advisor of Chinachem Group, a major property
developer in Hong Kong, in its direct investment projects in China
including investments in electricity station, food processing factory,
oil refinery station, agricultural and minerals research projects, hotel
and shopping and entertainment arcade development projects.
We have extensive experience in the development and pre-sale of real
estates. We are also experienced in advising banks and financial
institutions in providing mortgage to individual purchasers of landed
properties in China.
The major areas of work of our China Practice Department include:
- setting up joint ventures, representative offices and chain stores for local or foreign enterprises in Mainland China;
- working out the feasibility of corporate finance projects across border; credit investigation and negotiation;
- advising foreign banks and corporations in legal proceedings for debts recovery and in arbitration proceeding;
- advising developers and financial institutions in the developments,
marketing (pre-sale, sale and purchase), preparation of management
contracts and arrangement of mortgage facilities;
- succession, assignment by way of gift and transfer in real estates;
- offering legal services in China enterprise reform, listing "
allotment of shares on the Main Board and Growth Enterprises Market in
The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong;
- applying for patent, registration of trademarks, copyrights, use and assignment of trademark