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Hong Kong law firm promotes three new partners, demonstrating the continued growth and momentum of Financial Services and Intellectual Property practices
Deacons, Hong Kong’s longest established and largest independent law firm, has further strengthened the firm’s partnership bench with three new partner promotions, effective from 1 January 2023.
The newly appointed partners are Vincci Ip from the Financial Services group, and Tracy Li and Theresa Luk from the Intellectual Property group, thereby strengthening the firm’s core capabilities in the respective areas.
Lilian Chiang, Senior Partner, Deacons said: “It gives me great pleasure to welcome Vincci, Tracy and Theresa to our partnership, they have been with Deacons for over 10 years. These appointments reflect Deacons’ continued commitment and dedication to providing clients with top quality talents, continued growth and momentum of Financial Services and Intellectual Property practices, and emphasis to develop longstanding relationships across major industry sectors.”
Jeremy Lam, Partner and Head of Financial Services Practice Group, Deacons commented: “Vincci has played a key role in our retail funds team and has an impressive track record in handling challenging projects, some of which are industry firsts. She has an in-depth understanding of Hong Kong’s retail funds industry and her promotion will further strengthen our leading investment funds practice.”
Annie Tsoi and Catherine Zheng, Partners and Co-Heads of Intellectual Property Practice Group, Deacons commented: “We are delighted to welcome Tracy and Theresa to the partnership. Both of them have been recognised as leading and outstanding intellectual property practitioners, their strong background and expertise are crucial for us to further strengthen our award-winning Intellectual Property practice.”
These appointments bring the total number of partners at Deacons to 56. This announcement further cements the firm’s position as Hong Kong’s largest leading law firm.
Key details of the new partner appointments:
Vincci Ip, Partner, Financial Services
Vincci has extensive experience in advising clients on establishing and obtaining the authorisation of Collective Investment Schemes (CIS) including Hong Kong domiciled unit trusts, Hong Kong open-ended fund companies and UCITS. Her experience also includes advising on matters related to ongoing compliance issues for Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) licensed corporations and representatives, SFC-authorised CIS and marketing of SFC-authorised CIS in Hong Kong; as well as legal and regulatory matters in relation to approved pooled investment funds, MPF schemes and regulatory obligations of trustees, custodians and other service providers of CIS.
She has been in Deacons for over 10 years. She speaks English, Cantonese and Mandarin.
Tracy Li, Partner, Intellectual Property
Tracy is qualified as a solicitor in Hong Kong. She has extensive experience in advising strategic issues in IP protection and enforcement in Mainland China. Tracy has supported many multinationals and regional businesses in managing brands and trademark matters, particularly on IP portfolio management and anti-counterfeiting strategies. She has successfully obtained well-known trade mark recognition and has established personal name rights for international brands and renowned fashion designers in non-contentious proceedings. On commercial side, Tracy has represented clients in IP transactions, involving due diligence of IP asset for mergers and acquisitions, licensing, assignments, brand collaborations, and negotiation of co-existence agreements. She is also experienced in advising on entertainment matters such as movie clearance and music clearance in Mainland China.
Her clients are in a variety of industries, including luxury brands, fashion, hotels, advertising, venture capital funds, electronic payment services, and e-commerce platforms. Among them, she has assisted e-commerce platforms with compliance issues from time to time. Her in-depth understanding on e-commerce issues in Mainland China allows her to formulate pragmatic marketing and brand protection strategies for brand owners on e-commerce platforms. Tracy is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.
Theresa Luk, Partner, Intellectual Property
Theresa is qualified as a solicitor in Hong Kong. She has extensive experience in the field of Intellectual Property (IP) protection and enforcement in Hong Kong in areas such as trade mark, patents, registered designs, trade secrets, confidential information, passing off, copyright, company names and domain names. She also holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences from the University of Toronto. Her science and litigation background makes her one of the few patent litigators in Hong Kong. Theresa also advises on a wide range of IP commercial and legal compliance matters relating to clinical trials, advertising, copyright clearance, privacy and personal data protection, sale of goods, product guarantees, consumer protection, and trade description and unfair trade practices. Theresa is also one of the few lawyers in Hong Kong specialising in entertainment & media law. She has been assisting clients in various aspects of video / film production such as clearing chain of title, drafting and negotiating production, crew, cast and location agreements, and advising on the use of IP in films and advertisements. She also advises on artist service and management agreements, as well as agreements for engaging artists by advertising companies. She speaks English, Cantonese and Mandarin.
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