Commercial Advisory

The business environment nowadays is ripe with opportunities but is also highly competitive. Corporations are often faced with a myriad of issues in establishing, managing and expanding a business, thus, a strategic focus and the ability to identify and address challenges and opportunities are needed. At ONC, we are committed to providing holistic guidance on our clients’ key business decisions.

Our commercial advisory team has longstanding expertise, extensive understanding of the market and coverage of a full range of business law to provide our clients with timely and pertinent advice on general corporate and commercial matters including manufacturing, outsourcing, agency, distribution, franchising, insurance, logistics, licensing, joint ventures, shareholders agreements, and insolvency and restructuring. 

Our flexibility, combined with a strong commercial focus, enables us to apply creative strategies in structuring a wide range of commercial transactions for clients across a broad spectrum of industries and business sectors.

We advised international, PRC and domestic companies engaging in a variety of industries and of different scales of operation.

If you would like to know more about our corporate finance practice or how we can help your business, please contact us at (852) 2810 1212 or at

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