Richards Butler, founded in London in 1920, opened the Hong Kong office in 1980. Today, trading as Reed Smith Richards Butler, the office has a leading presence in the market and works in close collaboration with other Reed Smith offices in Asia, the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.
The Hong Kong office has leading corporate, commercial litigation and finance practices and recognized expertise in property and intellectual property. The office has more than 100 lawyers offering extensive experience to key industries. Clients include public companies, commercial and merchant banks, airlines, financial institutions, ship owners, insurance companies, mutual insurance associations and property, manufacturing and trading businesses, media, entertainment and leisure, IT and telecoms companies. We enjoy an advantageous position, having benefited from early entry to the market, and have led the way on many significant matters in Asia. These include participating in the first Hong Kong listings of PRC enterprises, advising on the first wave of Insider Dealing inquiries and successfully defending the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in the highest appellate court.