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Asia Pacific

We have been helping clients do business in Asia-Pacific for over 40 years. Our local knowledge coupled with our international strength provides you with the right legal guidance for both general corporate work and highly complex, strategic regional projects.

Sector focus is at our core, giving us better insight into your business priorities and allowing us to deliver industry-specific solutions. Whether you are an Asia-Pacific business seeking investments abroad or a company moving into the fast-growing Asia-Pacific economies, we have the talent and scale to support you.

Our lawyers deliver high-quality commercial legal advice in a region known for its complex regulatory systems and ongoing structural reform. With offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore, our team of 21 partners and 87 legal professionals can provide a full service, bespoke offering on the ground.

We have international expertise in English, French, German and other European languages, as well as Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Sinhalese and Tamil. We are one of very few firms in the region providing both civil and common law advice with qualified lawyers from the UK, Germany, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, US, Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia.

Through our established collaborations and associations across the Asia-Pacific region, we are also able to work alongside local law firms to deliver both international and local capability wherever you do business.

Contact us via our online form or give us a call if you are seeking experienced legal experts to help you successfully grow and expand your business interests in Asia-Pacific.

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On the Pulse webinar series 2024
Welcome to the 2024 On the Pulse webinar series.  This webinar series brings you updates on the latest legal and commercial developments in the life sciences & healthcare sector from around the world. Over the coming period, we will be hosting two webinars on:Unified Patent Court (UPC) - 23 AprilEU Pharma Package - 18 JuneEach webinar will be one hour in length with a 15-minute Q&A session.
Boarding the DORA Express: Directors' Duties, Risk Resilience and beyond
Don't miss this opportunity to gain insights into DORA, including how Directors' Duties intertwine with the Digital Transformation Maturity Model, Risk Management, and Liability within this context. Understand how these factors impact your institution's compliance.
On the Pulse Webinar Series 2023 - Autumn
On the Pulse webinar series brings you updates on the latest legal and commercial developments in the life sciences & healthcare sector. The Autumn edition will see our CMS sector specialists cover: Commercial - Deal landscape and transaction trends in the Life Sciences SectorDispute Resolution - The midnight clause: why choice of law and jurisdiction clauses matterPublic Procurement - Typical pitfalls to be avoided in a procurement process for pharma and medical devices suppliesequIP - Pitfalls for life sciences start-ups to avoidEach webinar will be one hour in length with a 15-minute Q&A session. To register for the full series or just the topics of interest to you, click on the registration links below. To watch the Spring webinars in the On the Pulse series, visit here.
CMS Infrastructure Index: Partnerships, policies and geopolitics
The Infrastructure Index is designed to help investors understand the environment they may encounter in 50 different jurisdictions. Data from the 50 jurisdictions was analysed against nine key criteria to create a guide to the most attractive destinations for infrastructure investment. We also look at developments in some of the nations included in the Infrastructure Index, this year highlighting in particular the situation in our top-ranked country Germany and the need for reconstruction in Ukraine.
On the Pulse webinar series 2023 - Spring
Welcome to the launch of the On the Pulse webinar series
Are you ready for the new PRC Personal Information Protection Law?
On 1 November 2021, the new PRC Personal Information Protection Law will come into effect. This is China's first omnibus personal data protection law, much like the GDPR. This new law will apply both...
Singapore VCC Guide
The Singapore Variable Capital Company (VCC) is a new corporate structure for investment funds constituted under the Variable Capital Companies Act, which took effect in January 2020. It is the first fund-specific entity to be launched in Singapore and it is intended to strengthen Singapore’s position as a leading Asian fund management centre. Over the past 20+ months the CMS Singapore funds team have taken the time to understand the legal and operational practicalities of launching, closing and operating a VCC fund, which go far beyond the VCC Act itself. As such, this guide reflects our team’s collective hands-on experience of the VCC gained over multiple VCC fund formation mandates. The purpose of this guide is therefore to provide an overview of the VCC and its key features, as well as of the VCC establishment process. It also addresses some of the VCC questions that have been frequently asked of us by both managers and investors alike.
What does China's Belt and Road Initiative mean for Latin America?
The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is China’s infrastructure and financing initiative, developing global land and sea trade routes around the world. Many Latin American nations have signed agreements...
Hydrogen projects: What’s ahead in Asia Pacific?
Recognising the growing role that hydrogen will play in the net-zero future, governments and policy makers around the world are ramping up efforts to bring forward policies that will facilitate the growth...
CMS Soil and Groundwater Contamination Guide
From the 1970s onwards, soil and groundwater contamination has become an increasingly important regulatory issue. However, there are still no uniform regulations. Numerous sets of rules have been developed...
Supporting you with data protection and cybersecurity
Our data protection team provides counsel across a wide range of areas including data protection registration and policy development, data security and mobile device encryption, data transfer procedures...