Tuesdays with SOAS Alumni - Tommy Tong



Position: Partner in the Corporate group at Herbert Smith Freehills

Location: Hong Kong

Degree: LLB, 1991

What is your position at Herbert Smith Freehill's Hong Kong practice?

I am a Partner in the Corporate Group of Herbert Smith Freehills based in Hong Kong. I joined the firm in 1992 after finishing my LL.B. with SOAS and my Law Society Finals with the College of Law. My practice covers M&A, private equity, capital markets and corporate advisory matters.

Why did you choose the firm for your training and further career?

I was drawn to corporate legal work very early on because of its close connection with business and commerce. The fast-paced nature of mergers and acquisitions, especially public takeovers, also really appealed to me. Herbert Smith Freehills is a full service international law firm with a global footprint and a long-established presence in China. A key advantage of a platform like this is the opportunity to work with great clients and other industry professionals on a wide range of complex, cross-border matters, which are both challenging and rewarding. The firm also provides very structured training, which is important for young lawyers wanting to build a solid foundation for longer term success. Most importantly for me, the firm has a culture of excellence but yet is very collegiate. This has allowed me to pursue work that interests me in a supportive environment.

What advice would you give to current students considering a career as a corporate lawyer?

My advice to SOAS undergraduates considering a career as a corporate lawyer: it is a challenging and demanding career that requires commitment and dedication. But for those with a genuine passion in pursuing this path, it is hugely rewarding!