Deacons celebrates 170th anniversary as Hong Kong’s leading independent law firm.

Deacons, Hong Kong’s longest established and largest independent law firm, commemorates its 170th anniversary in 2021. While celebrations have been muted due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the firm has marked this milestone in a number of ways over the year.

This extraordinary achievement comes at a time when Hong Kong’s fast-paced business environment is evolving with the launch of the Wealth Management Connect and the increasing access to the dynamic markets of the Greater Bay Area. Rapid strides are being made in the area of Intellectual Property Rights with niche topics such as Plant Variety Rights and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) becoming more widely talked about. Digitalisation in the financial space is the norm and new grounds are being covered in FinTech, digital payments, cryptocurrencies every day. The first special purpose acquisitions companies (SPACs) listing on the city’s exchange seems imminent.

Back in 1851, who could have imagined that Hong Kong would become one of the top financial centres of the world? It has been an extraordinary journey, both for Hong Kong and for us as a firm. Deacons’ business has literally evolved with Hong Kong. As our clients’ needs have become increasingly diverse, there has been a constant need to adapt while being mindful of maintaining a strong culture of observing traditional values.

– Lilian Chiang, Senior Partner and Head of the Property Department

2021 was a milestone year for Deacons as we celebrated our 170th anniversary, marking our legacy as Hong Kong’s longest-established, independent, full service law firm. Some of our key initiatives included unveiling our new Deacons website and airing our corporate video in Central, Hong Kong.

The video highlights Deacons’ history and premier position in the Hong Kong legal industry. As a highly regarded, full-service commercial law firm, we have more than 50 partners and 200 lawyers who provide a spectrum of innovative legal solutions to our clients across different sectors.

Deacons is proud of the fact that women represent close to 50 per cent of our partnership, including the firm’s Senior Partner. With more than 60 per cent of our recent graduates being women, our leadership team in the years to come will surely continue to be diverse.

To commemorate Deacons’ 170th anniversary, a short corporate video was aired on the outdoor LED at Worldwide House in Central Hong Kong in November 2021. The video highlighted Deacons’ long-standing history and premier position in the Hong Kong legal industry.

In celebration of Deacons’ 170th anniversary, our Intellectual Property team including Partners Annie Tsoi, Charmaine Koo and Catherine Zheng share their more memorable experiences over the years. This includes insights from some of the most notable cases the firm has handled and also showcases how the practice has grown steadily over the decades.


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