Event - 14 January 2020

Hawksford is organising a seminar with Simmons & Simmons

Hawksford is delighted to partner with leading international law firm, Simmons & Simmons, to present a seminar on handling cross-border employment relationships between Hong Kong and Mainland China.

Cross-Border Employment Issues between Hong Kong & Mainland China

The seminar will consider the employment law aspects of various scenarios, including:

A. Hong Kong companies without a presence in Mainland China: 

a. Getting into the market – first steps:

  • Hiring a Chinese national in China to develop the local market
  • Dispatching a Hong Kong employee to work in China
  • Potential permanent establishment risk

B. Hong Kong companies with a presence in Mainland China:

a. Hiring locals and foreign nationals in China

b. Employees who split their time between Hong Kong and China:

  • Dual contracts
  • Secondments
  • Regular business trips
  • IIT withholding and reporting issues

C. Cross-border mobility: transfer of staff between China and Hong Kong

The seminar will consider the employment law, immigration and administrative consequences of the above scenarios and will be practical and solutions focused.

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Event Details

Date: 14 January 2020 
Time:  12:30 – 2:00 p.m. lunch is provided
Location:  30th Floor, One Taikoo Place, 979 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
Cost:  Free of charge 


Francesco Montonati, Associate Director, Hawksford

An International Law graduate, Francesco started his career at the Italian Chamber of Commerce in HK & Macau. He joined Hawksford in 2013 and has been working in both the Hong Kong and the Shanghai offices during the past years. During his years of practice, Francesco has extensively supported the establishment and business operations of foreign companies across Hong Kong and China, providing comprehensive advisory with outsourced administration services.

Francesca Biondi, Associate, Hawksford

Francesca has a Master Degree in Law and started her career in Italy as Italian Employment Law Consultant in 2011. She joined Hawksford in 2014 and has been working in the Hong Kong since then. During these years of practice, Francesca has supported our clients to understand Hong Kong system’s peculiarities, with a particular focus on Hong Kong Immigration characteristics, helping with various kind of visa applications and providing tailor-made support.

Sarah Berkeley, Partner, Simmons & Simmons

Sarah specialises in advising clients on their most sensitive employment law matters, with particular focus on the financial institution and asset management sectors. Sarah is a partner in the Employment group in Hong Kong. She has extensive experience of advising on all aspects of the employment relationship, including employment contracts and staff handbooks, bonus and employee incentive arrangements, negotiated terminations, employment investigations (with a focus on #MeToo issues), employment disputes and claims, restrictive covenants and the employment aspects of data privacy.

Sarah is listed as a leading practitioner in Chambers Asia Pacific and Legal 500. Since joining Simmons & Simmons in 2001, Sarah has completed secondments with General Electric, UBS and a global financial institution.

Matthew Durham, Partner, Simmons & Simmons

Matthew is a partner in the Asia Employment Group. He is based in Shanghai, where he has lived and worked since 1999. He specialises in China employment matters and is well known for advising multi-national companies in this market. He is also well versed in related China issues, such as commercial contracts, data privacy and business protection.

He has extensive experience in handling the full range of employment issues faced by companies, including the people related issues arising from transactions and restructurings, as well as investigations work. His particular strength is assisting clients to navigate the specific complexities and requirements of the China legal environment within the context of their international framework and standards.

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