A team on the ground
We have a strong focus on the dynamic Asian market, being present in Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo, and supported by the pooled multidisciplinary expertise of our firm’s Asia-Pacific teams. With legal experts, tax advisers and civil law notaries under one roof, we are able to provide our Asian clients with a unique full-service package in their own time zones.
We have been closely connected to Hong Kong and Greater China for many years, advising our Hong Kong and mainland Chinese clients in respect of European M&A, international tax structuring, investment management, and banking and financing matters. We are also active in the academic field. Members of our firm teach at the Central University of Finance & Economics in Beijing and are visiting professors at the East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai. We have been the proud sponsors of international student programmes and scholarships for students of China’s Academic Institutions for many years. To have a team on the ground in Hong Kong makes perfect sense to us.
Ideal investment climate
Europe provides a wealth of opportunities for Hong Kong and mainland Chinese investors. The number of China’s cross-border investments connected to Europe is constantly growing, with a particular focus in the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium (the BeneLux) and Switzerland. Although a relatively small country, the Netherlands is China’s second largest trading partner and third largest investment country within the European Union. Luxembourg is recognised as a leading international financial hub for cross-border RMB business outside Asia and is actively building relationships with China and other Asian countries. Luxembourg is also a major player in the investment funds industry offering Chinese asset managers a platform to launch and distribute investment fund products in Europe and across the globe. Switzerland hosts a number of European or regional headquarters of foreign multinationals, as well as important operations and services for foreign multinationals to take advantage of. Besides, the banking industry places Zürich as one of the largest financial centres in the world. With a stable and welcoming investment climate, and an unparalleled network of tax treaties and bilateral investment treaties providing for tax efficiency and investment protection, our home markets in the Benelux and Switzerland are the ideal location for direct investment, mergers and acquisitions and international headquarters, financing and investment structures.
The very top of the market
Loyens & Loeff has a leading full-service practice and offers an expertise in areas such as corporate and M&A, banking & finance, private equity, capital markets, real estate, EU law, regulatory, IP / ICT, insolvency & restructuring and employment law. In addition, we are one of the few European law firms with a tax practice that operates at the very top of the market in international tax advice, and that places us in an excellent position to coordinate and handle international tax and legal matters for our clients.
Our team in Hong Kong is made up of seasoned Dutch and Luxembourg qualified tax advisers and attorneys with a strong focus on international tax planning, M&A, banking and finance and investment management.