Sherry Xiao

Sherry Xiao

Senior Associate
Hong Kong

Email [email protected]​

Phone +852 2840 5643

Fax +852 2219 0222

LanguagesEnglish, Cantonese, Mandarin

Practice groupCorporate & Finance

As a member of our financial institutions team, Sherry specializes in financial services transactions and regulatory work. She supports banking, fund, insurance and brokerage clients on day-to-day legal issues involving compliance, corporate and commercial, employment and data privacy matters. 

Working closely with in-house counsel at banks, funds and brokerage firms, Sherry has an in-depth understanding of the Banking Ordinance and the Securities and Futures Ordinance in Hong Kong, as well as other financial services regulatory framework such as the rules and guidelines issued by the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA).

Another area of which she has extensive advisory experience is advising on employment issues arising from corporate transactions such as transfer of employment issues, cross border secondment arrangements, employment benefits schemes and termination of employees.

Education and admissions


P.C.LL., University of Hong Kong

LL.B., University of Hong Kong

Business Administration Degree, University of Hong Kong

Bar admissions and qualifications

Hong Kong

Court admissions

Hong Kong

Representative experience

Advising Prudential on the domestication of its Hong Kong branch insurance business, including the US$21 billion transfer of its life insurance business and transfer of its general insurance business to new locally incorporated insurers.

Advising Tencent on various regulatory issues arising from the launch of an online brokerage App by a brokerage firm and a WeChat account and preparing account opening documentations for the brokerage App.

Advising various global corporations (including a global leader in inter-dealer broking and an overseas clearing house) on regulatory requirements under the Securities and Futures Ordinance (SFO) in respect of their online platforms.

Preparing and updating banking/brokerage documents for Hong Kong banks and brokerage firms to ensure compliance with new regulatory changes such as the Fund Manager Code of Conduct.

Advising global and Hong Kong insurers on a wide range of regulatory issues in Asia including outsourcing arrangements, distribution of insurance through online models, general market admission, product development and bancassurance.

Advising on employment issues arising from a number of cross-border M&A transactions for multinational corporations such as Dell, Kodak and LabCorp.

Advising a Swiss bank on acquiring a Hong Kong fund manager and insurance broker.

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