Tim Drew



Tim Drew represents and advises clients across a broad range of general corporate and commercial matters including mergers and acquisitions, sale and purchase of businesses, joint ventures, investment and shareholders agreements, private placements, corporate reorganisations and amalgamation, due diligence investigations, distribution, agency and franchise arrangements, manufacturing and supply contracts, terms of business and regulatory and compliance.

Tim also advises upon all aspects of employment from drafting contract documentation and share ownership/incentive schemes to handling work and investment visa applications.

Tim regularly receives client mandates from European, US and Asia-based law firms. His clients include financial institutions, multinational corporations, regional and local companies, small and medium-sized enterprises and entrepreneurs.

Tim has more than 30 years’ practice experience as a corporate lawyer, the last 25 of which have been spent in Hong Kong.



Key Cases

  • Acting for the Hong Kong office of an international accounting firm in the sale of its business recovery division to a listed company.
  • Acting for a German conglomerate in its US$10.1 million acquisition of a Hong Kong holding company holding a 55% equity interest in two PRC subsidiaries engaged in the business of the manufacture, processing and trading of textiles.
  • Acting for the senior management of the Hong Kong subsidiary of a London-based executive search firm in the management buy-out of the Hong Kong company from its UK parent company.
  • Acting for a South African-based global logistics group in its acquisition of a Hong Kong-based logistics group with subsidiaries in China, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, the Netherlands and Spain.
  • Acting for Hong Kong-based web-hosting company in its US $4.5 million disposal of its Hong Kong-related business and assets to a US corporation.
  • Acting for purchaser on its acquisition (through its Mauritian holding company) of a manufacturing facility in Dongguan, China, involved in the manufacture and supply of quality children’s clothing to the high-end retail sector in the UK.
  • Acting for the vendors in the disposal of their shares in a group of companies (headquartered in Hong Kong, with subsidiaries in China, Vietnam and Indonesia) involved in quality control, inspection and testing of household goods to a Jersey-registered French-owned investment fund.
  • Acting for a Hong Kong company in the disposal of its 50% interest in a Hong Kong joint venture involved in sewer, water and industrial pipeline rehabilitation to its Dutch joint-venture partner.
  • Acting for the Hong Kong office of Horwath CPA, the international accounting firm, in the merger of its business and operations with BDO.
  • Acting for a global communications group in the reorganisation of its subsidiary companies and businesses in Hong Kong.
  • Acting for the Saatchi & Saatchi Group in Hong Kong on the merger/reorganisation of its businesses in Hong Kong.
  • Acting for a Dutch multinational on its establishment of a joint venture in Hong Kong, establishment by the joint venture of a wholly foreign-owned enterprise in China and subsequent acquisition by the foreign-owned enterprise of the business and assets of its joint venture partner in China.
  • Acting for a leading international provider of corporate and trust services on its acquisition of the entire share capital of a Hong Kong-based corporate secretarial and trust services group.
  • Acting for an international insurance group on three substantial portfolio transfers of general insurance business as part of a regional group restructuring and subsequent merger of the Hong Kong business operations.



Chambers Asia Pacific 2020 notes: Tim Drew advises both corporates and private clients on acquisitions and sales, corporate structuring and joint ventures. One market source describes him as “a very experienced commercial all-rounder.”

Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020 lists Eddie Look, Tim Drew and Edmond Leung as jointly leading the Corporate and Commercial team, which is well-known among local businesses operating in the mid-tier segment of the Hong Kong market.

Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019 notes: Under the joint leadership of Eddie Look and Tim Drew, there has been a significant uptick in mandates, and the practice has been further buoyed by the recent arrival of Pádraig Walsh from Bird & Bird.

Chambers Asia Pacific 2019 notes: Tim Drew (Band 1 ranked lawyer) has attained a premier reputation for high-value corporate transactions, including M&A, joint ventures and corporate restructurings. He draws praise from clients for his responsiveness, with one stating: “He has strong experience and is always available and able to provide quick advice.”

Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 notes: Tim Drew is ‘responsive, experienced, pragmatic and client-friendly.

Chambers Asia Pacific 2018 notes: Tim Drew is well known for advising local and international clients on commercial and corporate work, frequently instructed by German companies investing in the region. “I think he has a very sound judgement of commercial issues, he doesn’t over or under-engineer and he comes up with practical and commercial solutions,” one satisfied client notes, adding: “He is very experienced and you don’t have to wait much for an answer.

Chambers Asia Pacific 2017 notes that Tim is “hands-on,” has a “brilliant perspective” and gives high-quality advice.” He deals with a variety of matters, including private equity, M&A and capital markets work.

Tim Drew is recommended in Asia Pacific Legal 500 2017.

Asia Pacific Legal 500 2016 notes that Tim Drew has a ‘strong sense for the needs of the client’ and ‘sets the right tone in negotiations’.

Tim receives praise in Chambers Asia Pacific 2016 from clients for his “pragmatism and commerciality” in advising on the Hong Kong aspects of M&A across a range of industry sectors.

Tim is singled out by Chambers Asia Pacific 2015 as a lawyer who “is very hands-on, and always responds fast to queries.” He has wide-ranging experience in advising on general corporate and other transactional matters, and has notable recent experience of representing international and regional companies in their investments into Hong Kong.

Asia Pacific Legal 500 2014 notes: “…Eddie Look, Tim Drew and Edmond Leung now form the senior team with plenty of experience in mid-cap deals for local and international corporates and investment funds.”



  • The Law Society of Hong Kong
  • The Law Society of England & Wales
  • Foreign Correspondents Club
  • German Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong
  • Dutch Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong
  • International Bar Association