Katrina Ho is a corporate finance and commercial associate at Nixon Peabody CWL. She was also a trainee solicitor of the firm for two years.
During my first position as a trainee solicitor in the commercial department, I had experience in various listings on the Growth Enterprise Market and Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, drafting and reviewing commercial and banking agreements, attending transaction completion meetings and assisting with post-completion formalities. I also assisted in other areas of law such as China practice, employment, trades description and unfair trade practices.
When I was in my second position in the Dispute Resolution department, where I had the opportunity to work on high-profile cross-border litigation and complex contentious probate matters that are proceeding to trial in the High Court.
Anti-competition law is a new legal regime in Hong Kong and the Competition Ordinance will come into full effect in December 2015.
Companies operating businesses in Hong Kong should be preparing now to identify risk areas and set up self-compliance programs. Companies that are anticipating collaboration with other business and M&A in the region should address the potential competition law risks to extract themselves from potentially infringing arrangements. Each business and deal varies significantly in aim, scope and complexity; potential competition law risks should be analysed on a case-by-case basis.