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Julia Charlton

Founder & Principal Partner

Charltons Law

Hong Kong, HK

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Julia Charlton’s Biography

Julia Charlton is the founder and a Principal Partner at Charltons Solicitors, Hong Kong, where she focusses on corporate finance, securities, virtual assets, funds, and mergers & acquisitions.

Julia established the boutique law firm, Charltons, in the late 1990s continuing a successful career in corporate finance law. Fluent in Mandarin and English, Julia has extensive knowledge of financial markets in both Hong Kong and the PRC and advises parties, within and outside of the region, on capital raising in a wide range of sectors.

In her capacity as Principal Partner, she advises Charltons’ clients, including listed companies, regulators and financial institutions, on the regulations of the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Charltons seeks to provide their clients with advice in the areas of investment, M&A, securities law, capital markets, and private equity.

After being admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales in 1985, Julia pursued her corporate finance law career as a solicitor and Partner at high-profile law firms including Slaughter and May in London and Hong Kong and Linklaters in Hong Kong. Julia was admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong in 1987, in Ireland in 2006 and in BVI in 2013.

Julia is a member of several boards and committees in Hong Kong, most notably the Takeovers & Mergers Panel, the Takeovers Appeals Committee of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission and the Listing Review Committee of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. She is also a Senior Fellow of the Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute and a member of the Working Party on Review of the Law Society’s Memorandum and Articles of Association.

Charltons was awarded Boutique Transactional Law Firm of the Year by Asian Legal Business in 2020 and 2021.

She was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Organisational Leadership from the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School, and studied a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) at Kings College London.

Julia Charlton’s Newsfeed

Charltons joins the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council as first Hong Kong member

Founder and Principal Partner of Charltons, Julia Charlton, expressed her delight at becoming a member of CWEIC and the Commonwealth Legal Network.

Julia Charlton’s Background

Charltons Law
Founder & Principal Partner
1998 - Present
Hong Kong, HK
Charltons is a leading boutique law firm that specialises in corporate finance. With offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing, Charltons focuses on advising businesses on Hong Kong and PRC-related corporate finance matters.
Slaughter and May
Solicitor
1982 - 1990
Slaughter and May specialises in high profile business transactions. Their legal expertise ranges from mergers and acquisitions to Premier League football club deals. Julia worked in Slaughter & May's London office from 1982-1987, and in Hong Kong from 1987-1990.

Current Board Positions

HKEX
Listing Review Committee
Hong Kong, HK
The Listing Review Committee of the HKEX acts as an independent body to assess the reviews and decisions made by the Listings Committee.
Planning and Lands Branch Appeal Tribunal Panel
Chair
Dec 2018 - Present
Hong Kong, HK
The Appeal Tribunal Panel is constituted under section 48 of the Buildings Ordinance, Chapter 123 of the Laws of Hong Kong, for the purposes of hearing and determining an appeal.
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Previous Board Positions

The Hong Kong Institute of Directors logo The Hong Kong Institute of Directors logo
The Hong Kong Institute of Directors
Deputy Chairman of the Standards and Ethics Committee
Hong Kong, HK
Julia formerly served as Deputy Chairman of the Standards and Ethics Committee of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors, a representative body for professional directors.
International Women's Forum Hong Kong
President
2018 - 2020
Hong Kong, HK
International Women's Forum is dedicated to promoting women as leaders across the world. The forum stands for worldwide equality and consists of over 7,000 dynamic female leaders from over 30 countries.
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Publications

Making inroads into good Corporate Governance and ESG management
Author
Dec 2020
Hong Kong, HK
Julia was the author of the chapter on ESG for HKEX listed companies.

Memberships

The Bulgakov Society
President
Hong Kong, HK
The Bulgakov Society was established in 2019 and focuses on the life and work of Mikhail Bulgakov (1891–1940). The society is a non-profit making organisation and attracts members from all over the world.
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Hong Kong Law Society
Member, Company Law Committee
Hong Kong, HK
The Law Society of Hong Kong was established in 1907 and is the professional body for solicitors in Hong Kong.
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Awards & Endorsements

Women in Business Law Awards | Asia Pacific
Nominee
Nov 2020
Julia was shortlisted as one of the top lawyers working in capital markets and equity in the Asia Pacific region.

Speaking Engagements

The British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong
Speaker
Feb 2021
Hong Kong, HK
Julia Charlton was a speaker at The British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong on the latest HKEX ESG requirements.

Julia Charlton’s Education

King's College London
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) (1st Class Honours, AKC)
1978 - 1981