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Samuel Chau, Partner

Samuel Chau



English, Mandarin and Cantonese

Practice areas

  • Banking and finance
  • Private equity
  • Real estate

Practice notes

Samuel Chau is a Partner in our Banking & Finance and Real Estate Finance Groups. He has 20 years’ experience working as a banking & finance lawyer and has been involved in almost all aspects of debt finance ranging from syndicated and leveraged finance, real estate finance, asset and project finance to capital markets. Samuel is currently ranked by Chambers as a Leading Banking & Finance Lawyer.

His experience includes advising:

Real Estate & Project Finance

  • leading PRC developers in the financing of limited recourse property development projects in various provinces of the PRC and  in Hong Kong and many other syndicated loan, secured loan, acquisition financing and private equity transactions
  • banks and developers on real estate construction and development loans for projects in various areas in Hong Kong
  • one of the largest and most reputable PRC developers on its co-investment arrangements with a Singapore sovereign wealth fund in real estate development projects in the PRC
  • a PRC policy bank in its multibillion pound financing of a nuclear plant project in the UK
  • a major PRC asset management company on a number of acquisition finance and private equity transactions, including its investments in 26 hotels around the UK

Acquisition Finance

  • banks on acquisition financing of high value commercial properties in central London (including acting for a syndicate of banks on their financing of the acquisition by a consortium of four listed companies of a property site for development)
  • a leading international bank in an acquisition financing involving cross-border elements and taking security in 8 different jurisdictions (including the PRC, Macau, Vietnam and Portugal)
  • a leading PRC securities group in the financing of its acquisition of a Hong Kong listed securities company by way of general offer
  • a PE fund in the acquisition financing of a PRC manufacturing group, the first genuine leverage buyout in the PRC

Capital Markets

  • financial institutions and issuers on pre-IPO financings and convertible and exchangeable bond transactions


  • a white knight in its rescue of a listed company in Hong Kong involving provision of a bridge loan, subscription of convertible bonds and standstill and restructuring arrangements with financial creditors
  • banks and creditors on standstill and loan rescheduling arrangements

Samuel graduated from the University of Hong Kong and Renmin University of China (LLM).

Prior to joining Eversheds Sutherland, Samuel was a partner of another international law firm and had worked for a pre-eminent U.S. law firm for over ten years as a team head of their Hong Kong banking practice.

Independent legal directories have highlighted Samuel’s experience and capability in Banking & Finance:

Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2020)

"Samuel Chau is an experienced and reliable partner, who our bank has worked with us over the years. He provides effective commercial advice within our budget constraints and timelines without fail."

Chambers Asia Pacific 2020

Samuel Chau advises lenders and borrowers on cross-border financing in a range of sectors. Clients report that he is "very agile and patient," "responsive and commercially sensible."

Legal 500 (2017)

“Samuel Chau is knowledgeable and practical.”

Chambers (2013)

“Samuel Chau is a noted expert on Hong Kong, PRC and Asia-wide banking and structured finance transactions. According to interviewees, he combines extensive experience with a high level of technical expertise.”

Chambers (2012)

“Samuel Chau brings a keen syndicated banking expertise to the team, though in the past year his practice has also encompassed asset finance. Sources laud his eye for banking and securities documentation, as well as his professionalism, efficiency and understanding of what his clients want."