Bronwen May

Bronwen May

Hong Kong

Email bronwen.may@​

Phone +852 2840 5630

Fax +852 2219 0222


Practice groupFinance

"Her team is praised as being 'Responsive and articulate'''

Legal 500, Asia Pacific, 2015

Bronwen May leads our Structured Finance & Derivatives practice in Asia, based in our Hong Kong office.

Bronwen provides clients with creative and actionable solutions. Whether structuring an OTC derivative, a debt issuance, or structured product programme, advising on the flood derivative regulations (Dodd-Frank, Volcker, EMIR, the SFO), handling a close out dispute, advising on valuation of bonds or other debt instruments in a stressed, distressed or insolvency situation or handling an enforcement scenario, she and her experienced team provide clear, practical advice in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Japanese.

Bronwen has a strong understanding of the Asian markets and cultural nuances, having lived in Asia for 20 years. She has been consistently recognized as a market-leading lawyer for many years. "She has broad experience and is able to tie it all together," a pleased client is quoted as saying in 2018 Chambers Asia-Pacific. Besides being ranked as 'highly regarded' in both Capital Markets Structured Finance and Restructuring and Insolvency in the 2018 edition of IFLR 1000, Bronwen was also ranked in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 Capital Markets: Derivatives & Structured Products - International Firms.

Her clients include banks, other financial institutions, funds, insurance companies, insolvency practitioners and HNWI.

Bronwen is passionate about gender diversity and promotes an inclusive culture both within the firm and in the wider community.

Awards and recognitions


Capital Markets: Derivatives & Structured Products - International Firms (China)
Chambers Asia-Pacific

Education and admissions


University College London

Nottingham Law School

Representative experience

Advising a major U.S. investment bank on US$350m bullion pre-pay derivative transactions.

Advising BNP Paribas on €50bn structured note programme and Note, Warrant and Certificate (NWC) Programme.

Advising a U.S. investment bank on a US$55m investment into a FinTech start-up for Japanese consumers.

Establishing and updating debt issuance programmes for a variety of issuers in Asia and Europe.

Advising J P Morgan on the licensing of a proprietary index to a PRC financial institution.

Advising Société Générale on a range of insurance derivatives.

Advising the Lehman liquidators on the close out of OTC derivative transactions and valuations disputes.

Setting up a range of standard form OTC documentation for major European, PRC and U.S. banks.*

Advising a major Asian airline on full suite of derivative documentation (including commodities hedging) and on a variety of derivative and regulatory matters.*

Advising major global financial institutions and insurance companies on PRC derivative matters: QFII, RQFII, Shanghai Hong Kong Stock Connect, Shanghai FTZ and derivatives regulation.

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

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