[Nicholas Norris] is a top-tier M&A lawyer with impressive experience in public and private M&A. - Chambers Asia-Pacific 2022

Nicholas Norris is a corporate partner who has been based in Hong Kong since 1992. He has represented private equity firms, investment banks and major corporations on a wide variety of corporate matters including corporate finance, joint venture, public, private and cross-border M&A and private equity transactions. Nicholas is a member of the Hong Kong Takeovers and Mergers Panel and the Listing Review Committee of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited.

Asian Legal Business named Nicholas one of Asia’s Top 25 M&A Lawyers and Client Choice Hot 75 Lawyers. He has also been recognized for several years as a leading lawyer for corporate/M&A, private equity and capital markets work in Hong Kong and China by highly regarded legal industry publishers, including Chambers Asia-Pacific (Band 1) and Chambers Global (Band 1); Legal 500 Asia-Pacific (Hall of Fame); IFLR1000; Who’s Who Legal, Capital Markets and Who’s Who Legal: M&A and Governance. According to Chambers Asia-Pacific, clients indicated Nicholas is “unquestionably one of the best M&A lawyers and remains one of the most technically clever and creative lawyers in town”, “renowned for his knowledge of the Hong Kong Takeover Code” and “incredibly calm in tricky situations and a good person to have on your side during negotiations.” A client also opined that Nicholas “would definitely be someone we would think to use in the future.” According to Legal 500 Asia-Pacific, Nicholas is “‘one of the best lawyers in town’ and is ‘always on top of deal progress’”. According to IFLR1000, a client indicated that Nicholas is “hands on, user friendly and incredibly professional no matter what the circumstance,” and he “gives good advice and is very cognizant of client needs.”



“Hall of Fame”, Corporate (including M&A) - Hong Kong, Legal 500 (2021–2023)

“Highly Regarded”, Private Equity and M&A, IFLR1000 (2018–2023)

Band 1 Lawyer in Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-Based (International Firms) – China, Chambers Asia-Pacific (2012–2022)

“Leading Lawyer”, Private Equity: Buyouts & Venture Capital Investment – China, Chambers Asia-Pacific (2021–2022)

"Global Leader", M&A and Capital Markets – Structured Finance, Who's Who Legal (2022)

"Thought Leader", M&A - Mainland China & Hong Kong SAR, Who's Who Legal (2022)

"National Leader", Capital Markets, Corporate Governance and M&A - Mainland China & Hong Kong SAR, Who's Who Legal (2022)

“Leading Individual”, Corporate (including M&A) – Hong Kong, Legal 500 (2016–2020)

“Leading Lawyer”, Private Equity and M&A , IFLR1000 (2016–2017)

Memberships & Affiliations

Member of The Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong’s Takeovers and Mergers Panel

Listing Review Committee of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited

Member of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council Professional Services Advisory Committee


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1992, Hong Kong, Solicitor
  • 1988, Admitted to Practice as a Solicitor of England and Wales


  • Warwick UniversityLL.B.1985