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Welcome to Haldanes' News, where you can find the firm's news releases and media coverage. Below are our recent news and events.

Oct 2014 - Jonathan Midgley in Who’s Who Legal Business Crime Defence 2014

Jonathan Midgley in Who’s Who Legal Business Crime Defence 2014 listed as “Most Highly Regarded in Hong Kong”

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Oct 2014 - Jonathan Midgley was invited by Bloomberg TV on 22 October 2014 to give a legal perspective on Occupy Central

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Oct 2014 - “Government Investigations 2015 – Hong Kong” jointly written by Partner Felix Ng and Trainee Solicitor Jane Ma is now published in the United Kingdom

Our Partner Felix Ng and Trainee Solicitor Jane Ma jointly prepared a book chapter “Government Investigations 2015 – Hong Kong” which is now published in the United Kingdom and circulated to legal practitioners worldwide. This inaugural “Government Investigations” is a practitioner’s guide to how government agencies around the world conduct criminal and civil investigations of businesses, and the unique strategic and legal issues in each of the 16 jurisdictions.

Our Hong Kong Chapter covers topics including serious fraud, bribery & corruption, financial regulations and money laundering in Hong Kong, explores the enforcement practices adopted by government authorities and provides practical tips to practitioners in handling these investigations.

“Government Investigations 2015 Hong Kong” is available to law firms, universities, regulators, and corporate counsel at leading multinational organisations worldwide. Felix Ng and Jane Ma are also named as “National Experts”.

The Article (reproduced with permission from Law Business Research Limited):
Government Investigations 2015.pdf

Expert profile of Felix Ng
http://gettingthedealthrough.com/people/60903/felix-kh-ng/

Expert profile of Jane Ma
http://gettingthedealthrough.com/people/60904/jane-y-ma/


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Oct 2014 - Partner Jonathan Midgley is interviewed by Bloomberg's Angie Lau on "Occupy Central"

Partner Jonathan Midgley is interviewed by Bloomberg's Angie Lau on "Occupy Central" and discusses the legal rights of the protesters, the state versus individual freedoms and the independence of the judiciary on Bloomberg TV.


http://www.bloomberg.com/video/hong-kong-protests-white-paper-was-wrongly-worded-midgley-AjULEdwyR~u1gishZ9jlbg.html

http://www.bloomberg.com/video/hk-protests-sunday-showed-judiciary-in-action-midgley-IYHpfa16TuShlP~ZqDSlTg.html

http://www.bloomberg.com/video/hk-protests-law-is-their-guarantee-of-fairness-midgley-7qzuie6_TY~FfG1BlkyQYg.html

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Sep 2014 - We are pleased to announce that Haldanes was awarded the Criminal Law Firm of the Year by Asian Legal Business.

We are pleased to announce that Haldanes has won the ALB Criminal Law Award for the 14th consecutive year. Haldanes were also finalists for matrimonial law and for law firm of the year.

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Jul 2014 - The Wiltshire Group of Companies Announces that Italian Court Absolves All defendants in Berlusconi-Mediatrade Case (意法庭豁免貝盧斯科尼與MEDIATRADE案件所有被告 )

MILAN, July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Wiltshire Group of Companies, represented in Hong Kong by Mr. Andrew Powner, Jonathan Midgley and Kane Mak of Haldanes, announced today that on July 8, 2014, after about 2 years and 6 months of trial, and after almost nine years from the starting of the investigations in October 2005, the Milan Court of first instance, section II criminal, in charge of the so-called Mediatrade proceeding, has issued a judgment of acquittal in relation to all charges for all defendants, including two Hong Kong business women, Paddy CHAN Mei Yiu and Katherine HSU May Chun, Pier Silvio Berlusconi, Fedele Confalonieri, Daniele Lorenzano, Gabriella Ballabio, Giorgio Dal Negro, Giovanni Stabilini, Paolo Del Bue, and US producer Frank Agrama. The Wiltshire Group of Companies, which is owned by Ms Paddy CHAN Mei Yiu, includes Wiltshire Trading Limited Hong Kong, Harmony Gold Limited Hong Kong, and Melchers Limited NV.

CONTACT:
Andrew Powner
Haldanes Solicitors and Notaries
+852-2868-1234
powner@haldanes.com

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米蘭2014年7月29日電 /美通社/ -- The Wiltshire Group of Companies (其在香港的法律代表為何敦麥至理鮑富律師行的鮑安迪, 麥至理, 麥健豐 律師) 今天宣佈,經過長達約兩年零六個月的審訊及由2005年10月展開、長達近九年的調查,負責處理 "Mediatrade" 訴訟的米蘭原訟法庭 (第二部份 刑事),於2014年7月8日就所有被告人的全部控罪判處無罪。有關被告人包括兩名香港女商人陳美瑤及許美琼、Pier Silvio Berlusconi、Fedele Confalonieri、Daniele Lorenzano、Gabriella Ballabio、Giorgio Dal Negro、Giovanni Stabilini、Paolo Del Bue、以及美國制片人 Frank Agrama。由陳美瑤女士擁有的 The Wiltshire Group of Companies 包括 Wiltshire Trading Limited Hong Kong、Harmony Gold Limited Hong Kong 及 Melchers Limited NV。

聯絡人﹕
鮑安迪
何敦麥至理鮑富律師行
+852-2868-1234
powner@haldanes.com

Link:

Judgment in English.pdf

Judgment in Italian.pdf

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July 2014 - Haldanes explored the Latin American market

Our partner, Felix Ng, represented Haldanes to take part in a two-week Business Executives’ Workshop held in La Jolla, California and Mexico City, Mexico. Co-organized by the Institute of Americas and ChinaGoAbroad, this workshop aimed at connecting Chinese business executives and professionals with prominent enterprises in Latin America.

With a view to expanding its existing network in Latin America, Haldanes was the only Hong Kong-based law firm that participated in the workshop whilst Felix has the advantage of being a Spanish speaker. Other delegates included China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), Chadbourne & Parke LLP (New York), DeHeng Law Offices (Beijing), TransAsia Lawyers (Beijing), Mural Táctil (Mexico) and Chinese Academy of Social Science.

The delegation visited various organizations and discussed the opportunities and challenges for Chinese enterprises in Latin America with numerous prominent speakers, including:

  1. Consul General of Brazil
  2. Trade Commissioner of Chile
  3. Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton on Latin American affairs
  4. ProMéxico, Ministry of Economy of the Mexican Government
  5. HSBC Mexico
  6. Deloittes Mexico
  7. Galicia Abogados (one of the largest law firms in Mexico)
  8. Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd (a leading Chinese enterprise that invests in Latin America)
  9. Tijuana Economic Development Council, Mexico
  10. Professors from University of California, San Diego

ChinaGoAbroad is a platform connecting leading law firms and business corporations in China with their global counterparts. Haldanes is an active member of ChinaGoAbroad, and our John McLellan and Felix Ng are the partners-in-charge.
More information on ChinaGoAbroad: [http://www.chinagoabroad.com/en]
Haldanes’ profile on ChinaGoAbroad: [http://www.chinagoabroad.com/en/contributor/haldanes-solicitors-notaries]

Haldanes participated in Business Executives’ Workshop in Latin America


June 2014 - Our “Doing Business in Hong Kong Guide” is published by LexisNexis in the United Kingdom

Our Felix Ng, Timothy Wan and Christina Ma jointly prepared a book chapter entitled “Doing Business in Hong Kong Guide” which is now published by LexisNexis in the United Kingdom. This chapter forms part of LexisNexis’ multi-jurisdictional guide to doing business in key global jurisdictions, and covers topics such as the business environment, securities regulations, anti-corruption law, anti-trust law, immigration controls, taxation regime, commercial law and employment issues in Hong Kong .

“Doing Business in Hong Kong Guide” is available to in-house counsel and lawyers in private practice around the world. Felix Ng is also named by LexisNexis as an “Expert”.

Authors of LexisNexis’ “Doing Business…A multi-jurisdictional guide”:
http://www.lexisnexis.co.uk/en-uk/practice-areas/in-house-experts.page?q=in-house-experts

Felix Ng’s expert profile on LexisNexis UK’s website
http://lexisweb.co.uk/users/felix-ng

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Apr 2014 - Victim's family thanks Haldanes' lawyer, Andrew Powner

Apr 2014 - John McLellan acts for Donnie Yen in negotiation of his lead in "Crouching Tiger:Hidden Dragon II

Dec 2013 - Collaborative Law Process

Five Haldanes lawyers are now members of the Hong Kong Collaborative Practice Group. Whilst the solicitors (Geoffrey Booth, Elsie Liu, Nicholas Hemens, Lucia Hui and Patricia Liu) are all involved in work in the Matrimonial Department, collaborative practice can also extend to civil litigation disputes.

In this process, what happens is that the clients sign a retainer letter with their lawyer, in which the lawyers' instructions are to assist the clients in reaching a settlement with each other. Each party has the same arrangement with their solicitors. It is one of the elements of Collaborative Practice, that the parties transparently discuss and work towards a settlement, and legal advice can be discussed openly by the lawyers in joint meetings. The process and meetings are conducted on a without prejudice basis, so that no matters discussed in the meetings, and no material exchanged or information provided, can be utilised in any proceedings without agreement. This encourages transparency and frankness from the lawyers and the parties, in attempting to reach a settlement.

In the event that a settlement can not be reached, the lawyers for the parties are not allowed to represent them in any subsequent litigation. Because the lawyers and the parties efforts are focused towards a settlement, and they are conscious that they are working with each other towards that end, collaborative process has a very high success rate, and it is estimated that as many as 90% of disputes settle when this process is adopted. For any further information, please contact any of our Collaborative Practitioners.

Nov 2013 - Oxfam Trailwalker 100 kilometre walk across Hong Kong

Congratulations to our Associate Eric Tang who on 15th November 2013 led a Law Society team of walkers in the annual Oxfam Trailwalker 100 kilometre walk across Hong Kong. Eric and his team finished within 23 hours.

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Nov 2013 - Debate with the Director of Public Prosecutions on money-laundering

Andrew Powner took part in a debate with the Director of Public Prosecutions on the issue of money-laundering at a conference organised by the Department of Justice on 2nd November, 2013. A copy of Andrew's presentation is attached

Seminar:
http://www.haldanes.com/doc/20131121111647620.pdf/

Presentation:
http://www.haldanes.com/doc/Money laundering - DOJ seminar - 02.11.13 (V3).pdf

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Nov 2013 - Haldanes' Client wins £19 Million Award in Court of Final Appeal

On 6 November 2013, the Court of Final Appeal handed down final judgment in the case of Libertarian Investments Limited v. Thomas Alexej Hall. The CFA upheld an earlier decision that Mr Hall is liable to compensate Libertarian for breach of trust and fiduciary obligations in respect of money entrusted to him for the purchase of shares. However, the CFA increased the award in Libertarian's favour to £19 million based on the value of the shares.
This brought to an end a 7 year legal battle. Libertarian was represented throughout by Haldanes' Commercial Litigation Department led by partners, David Hoare and Patrick Rattigan.

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Sep 2013 - We are pleased to announce that Haldanes was awarded the Criminal Law Firm of the Year by Asian Legal Business.

We are delighted to announce that Haldanes has been recognized by peers and industry as ‘Criminal Law Firm of the Year’ for the thirteenth year in succession.
Our reputation as the premier criminal law firm in Hong Kong has been built over four decades with a strong pedigree of local and international legal practitioners.
The commitment, credibility and client focus of our teams has been recognized once again and we would like to thank our staff, clients and industry partners for their loyalty and support.
We look forward to many more years of faithful service and dedication.

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Sep 2013 - We are pleased to announce that our partner Mr. Louis Fung has been appointed as a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

We are pleased to announce that our partner Mr. Louis Fung has been appointed as a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

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Apr 2013 - For the first time in Hong Kong, selected solicitors, 15 in all, have been made Solicitor Advocates with rights of audience in the High Court.

For the first time in Hong Kong, selected solicitors, 15 in all, have been made Solicitor Advocates with rights of audience in the High Court. Two partners, Jonathan Midgley and Geoffrey Booth, have been awarded higher rights of audience. This means they are able to appear for clients as advocate in all criminal proceedings in the High Courts of Hong Kong including appearance as advocate in jury trial.

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Sep 2012 - The ALB Hong Kong Law Awards recognises the excellence and outstanding achivements of Hong Kong's leading law firms and in-house legal team.

The ALB Hong Kong Law Awards recognises the excellence and outstanding achivements of Hong Kong's leading law firms and in-house legal team. We are very pleased to announce that Haldanes was once again awarded the Criminal Law Firm of the Year by Asian Legal Business at an awards ceremony held at the Conrad Hotel. The award was received by one of our partners Mr. Andrew Powner and our founder, Mr. Warwick Haldane. The ALB Hong Kong Law Awards recognise outstanding professional achievements in Hong Kong. Being the criminal law firm of the year for 12 consecutive years reflects market recognition of Haldanes' outstanding performance in the legal field in Hong Kong. All of the ALB awards were selected by a panel of independent judges based on nominations from leading practitioners and in-house counsel.

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Sep 2012 - Four lawyers at Haldanes have been chosen by outside and in-house counsel for inclusion in the 2012 Guide to the World' s Leading White Collar Crime Lawyers. They are partners Geoffrey Booth, Anita Chow, Jonathan Midgley and Christopher Morley.

Four lawyers at Haldanes have been chosen by outside and in-house counsel for inclusion in the 2012 Guide to the World' s Leading White Collar Crime Lawyers. They are partners Geoffrey Booth, Anita Chow, Jonathan Midgley and Christopher Morley.

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May 2012 - We are pleased to announce that our partner, Felix Ng, has been appointed as a Civil Celebrant of Marriages

We are pleased to announce that our partner, Felix Ng, has been appointed as a Civil Celebrant of Marriages.

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Feb 2012 - Felix Ng has been admitted as a Registered Practitioner at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts

Felix Ng has been admitted as a Registered Practitioner at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts.

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Dec 2011 - Andrew Powner spoke at the SFC Investigations & Enforcement Conference on 13th December 2011

Conference Programme: Please refer to link below for the final programme rundown.
http://www.courses-seminars.com/cs/conf/IHC1101307.1/

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 Dec 2011 - Sport News

Associate Eric Tang, Trainee Solicitor Tommy Liu and Partner Christopher Morley ran the Shanghai Half Marathon on December 4th 2011. For Eric the 21 Kilometre distance was comparatively easy, having last month joined the Hong Kong Law Society Team to run the gruelling 100 kilometre Trailwalker event across the Hong Kong SAR. For Tommy, this was his first half marathon, made all the more memorable as it took place in his home town. For Chris, the Shanghai half marked the end of a year of marathons having run in the New York and Beijing marathons earlier in the year.

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 Aug 2011 - We are pleased to announce that Jonathan Midgley has been accredited by the HKIAC as a HKIAC Accredited Mediator.

We are pleased to announce that Jonathan Midgley has been accredited by the HKIAC as a HKIAC Accredited Mediator.

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 Jun 2011 - Andrew Powner gave a speech in Amsterdam at the IBA Criminal Law conference on Mutual Legal Assistance.

Andrew Powner gave a speech in Amsterdam at the IBA Criminal Law conference on Mutual Legal Assistance.

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 Feb 2011 - Jonathan Midgley has been appointed the Regional Representative Asia General of the IBA organisation’ s Criminal Law Committee.

Jonathan Midgley has been appointed the Regional Representative Asia General of the IBA organisation’ s Criminal Law Committee.

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 Nov 2010 - New ties with Velletta & Company

Jonathan Midgley announced on 15 November 2010 close ties between Haldanes and Velletta & Company. Based in Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia, Velletta & Company is a firm with a focus on immigration, commerce and trade. It is hoped that the affiliation with Velletta & Company will strengthen Haldanes’ ties with Canada and North America.

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 Nov 2010 - Civil Celebrants of Marriages in Haldanes

Haldanes are pleased to announce that our partner Eric Seto is now a Civil Celebrant of Marriages.

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 Nov 2010 - Speech by Jonathan Midgley at the International Bar Association (IBA) Annual Conference 2010 in Vancouver, Canada

Jonathan Midgley was invited by the Criminal Law Committee of the IBA to give a speech entitled "Investigation of criminal cases, including Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) requests" at the IBA Annual Conference 2010 in Vancouver, Canada on 5th October 2010.

During the Session, Jonathan Midgley shared his experience in handling cross-border MLA requests and complex Letters of Requests proceedings. He also cited various high-profiled commercial crime cases conducted by him in the past involving Hong Kong and various jurisdictions, such as Germany, Italy, USA, UK and Macau.

Other speakers included various leading criminal practitioners from USA, UK and Argentina. The Session was well attended by over 30 delegates from all over the world.

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 Nov 2010 - Presentation by Felix Ng at the International Bar Association (IBA) Annual Conference 2010 in Vancouver, Canada

As a Committee Officer and a National Representative in the IBA, Felix Ng attended the IBA Annual Conference 2010 in Vancouver, Canada from 3rd to 8th October 2010. He also gave a presentation entitled "Tax offences in cross-border cases: evasion or avoidance?" at the Business Crime Session on 7th October 2010.

During the Presentation, Felix Ng explored various multi-jurisdictional tax planning cases, from legitimate avoidance to tax evasion that are considered criminal. He also discussed the recent criminal prosecutions taken out by the Inland Revenue Department in Hong Kong and the relevant Court rulings.

Other speakers on the Panel included various experienced tax and criminal practitioners from Italy, France, the Netherlands, Canada and USA.

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 Sep 2011 - Criminal Law Firm of the Year Award 2011

Haldanes was awarded the Criminal Law Firm of the Year by Asian Legal Business at an awards ceremony at the J.W. Marriott Hotel. The award was received by our partners Mr. Andrew Powner.

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 Jun 2010 - Seminar presented by Andrew Powner

Andrew Powner will be speaking at the Regulatory & SFC Investigations & Enforcement Conference on 28th & 29th June 2010. Click here for full details.

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 Jun 2010 - Andrew Powner attended the IBA Transnational Crime Conference

Andrew Powner attended the IBA Transnational Crime Conference in Paris from 3rd to 5th June 2010. Click here for full details.

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 May 2010 - Haldanes to sponsor the Music Matters Conference

Haldanes are pleased to announce its continued sponsorship of the Music Matters conference.Held this year from 26th-29th May,the conference is in its 5th year.For more details go to http://www.musicmatters.asia/2010/

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 May 2010 - Haldanes to Sponsor the HKFC International Soccer Sevens

Haldanes are pleased to be a sponsor of International Soccer Sevens at the Hong Kong Football Club between 14th and 16th May 2010. Click here for full details.

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 Mar 2010 - Haldanes Criminal Law Mooting Competition

The Finals of Haldanes Criminal Law Mooting Competition organised by the Hong Kong University Advocacy and Mooting Society will be held at the Moot Court (Room 303 of KK Leung Building) on 27th March 2010. Haldanes are very pleased to be a sponsor of this event.

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 Mar 2010 - ALB Employer of Choice for Hong Kong in 2010

Haldanes was awarded the ALB Employer of Choice for Hong Kong in 2010. Click here for full details.

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 Sep 2009 - Criminal Law Firm of the Year Award 2009

Haldanes was awarded the Criminal Law Firm of the Year by Asian Legal Business at an awards ceremony at the Conrad Hotel. The award was received by our partners Mr Geoffrey Booth and Mr. Eric Seto.

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 Jul 2009 - Felix Ng has been appointed as the National Representative of China & Hong Kong in the Young Lawyers’ Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA)

As a National Representative, Felix is responsible for furthering the interests and objectives of young lawyers from China and Hong Kong through participation in international conferences and working sessions of the IBA.  Click here for details of the Young Lawyers Association of the IBA

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2- 4 Jun 2009 - Haldanes to sponsor the "Music Matters" Conference, Grand Hyatt Hotel

Haldanes is proud to sponsor the "Music Matters 2009", which will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel between 2nd and 4th June 2009. Speakers include CEO and Chairman of Universal Music LLC Japan, Kei Ishizaka, Regional Managing Director of EMI Music Publishing, Susanna K. O. Ng, singer and songwriter, Jamie Cullum and chairman of the IFPI, John Kennedy. Learn more about the speakers.  Haldanes is sponsoring two sections, namely "Monetising Social Networks" and “Licensing 102” this year. 
Our Head of Commercial & Media and Entertainment Groups, John McLellan will be moderating a panel discussion on "Licensing 102" on 3rd June 2009. Click here for full details of the conference.

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May 2009 - West Brom,Sunderland and Newcastle relegated from EPL; Manchester United and Barcelona to contest Champions League finals; John McLellan picked for Hong Kong Football Club Chairman's Select at Hong Kong International Soccer 7s

McLellan selected in a 10 man squad in the "Masters" category of the Hong Kong International Soccer 7s to be played at the Hong Kong Football Club,29th-31st May 2009.Teams in the Open Event include Aston Villa,Glasgow Celtic,Birmingham City and Kaiser Chiefs.The Master Event includes ex-England Internationals Des Walker and Robert Lee.

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 Aug 2008 - Derek Finch and Eric Seto have been appointed as partners of Haldanes with effect from 1 August 2008

Please take a look at their profiles at the following links: (1) Eric Seto and (2) Derek Finch

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Sep 2007 - Criminal Law Firm of the Year Award 2007

Haldanes was awarded the Criminal Law Firm of the Year accolade by Asian Legal Business at an awards ceremony at the Conrad Hotel. The award was received by Christopher Morley and Derek Finch.

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May 2007 - Haldanes to Sponsor The HKFC International Soccer 7's

Haldanes are pleased to be a sponsor of this tournament at the Hong Kong Football Club between 25th and 27th May 2007, now in its seventh year. Entries this year include teams from Arsenal, Tottenham, Aston Villa, Celtic, PSV Eindhoven and Kaiser Chiefs. Haldanes have a personal representative in the event in the form of partner, John McLellan, who has been selected for the Hong Kong Football Club in the Masters category - oxygen will be on hand!

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May 2007 - Haldanes to sponsor the "Music Matters" Conference, Grand Hyatt Hotel - 29th to 31st May 2007

Haldanes are pleased to be a sponsor of the second "Music Matters" conference to be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel between 29th and 31st May 2007. Speakers include musician and producer Niles Rodgers, chairman of the IFPI, John Kennedy and legendary A+R man, Seymour Stein. Haldanes are sponsoring the section "The Business of Music Forum" with partner, John McLellan, speaking on the panel "Music and Money" on 31st May 2007.

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May 2007 - Civil Celebrants of Marriages in Haldanes

Haldanes are pleased to announce that the following partners are now Civil Celebrants of Marriages appointed by the Immigration Department.

(1) Andrew Powner (2) Christopher Morley (3) Geoffrey Booth (4) John McLellan (5) Louis Fung (6) Paul Lui
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