Legal Business

Look back, face forward: 25 years of offshore in Asia – Frances Woo looks at the past and future of offshore.


Twenty-five years ago, when Appleby opened an office in Hong Kong in 1990, it was one of the first offshore law firms to establish a physical presence in Asia, delivering offshore legal services on the ground in the Asian timezone. We have seen first-hand the market-shaping events that have defined our clients’ requirements for offshore advice and services, and we have been on the frontline as Hong Kong, and Asia, has emerged as one of the world’s most vibrant economies.

We have witnessed the transitional period right after Tiananmen Square running up to the handover, the opening up of the Chinese market, the Asian financial crisis right after the handover, SARS, the global financial crisis etc.