F. Zimmern & Co.

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About the Firm

F. Zimmern & Co. was founded by the late Mr. Frederick Zimmern in 1935. In line with the growth and expansion of the Hong Kong economy after the War in 1940s, the firm provided a wide range of legal services to the Hong Kong community and assisted both the Chinese and Western property development companies in their property transactions. The operation often involved the acquisition of older buildings, the application to the Lands Tribunal and the Courts for vacant possession or alternatively buying land through tender or auction of government land. The firm's services included the teaming up of other professionals (e.g. architects and accountants) in formulating the projects; applying to the Courts for the appropriate orders; negotiating with and handling compensation to outgoing tenants; assisting clients in organising the necessary financing, generally to be secured by building mortgages; and advising on legal issues arising from construction and the subsequent sales. At that time, conveyances of properties in Hong Kong were carried out in respect of entire building blocks. F. Zimmern & Co. was one of the few pioneer law firms engaged in "strata" title developments in Hong Kong, Kowloon and the New Territories.

From the 1970s, Hong Kong gradually developed into one of the hubs of international trade and finance. In order to keep up with the changes, the firm has strengthened other areas of practice with particular emphasis on banking, corporate finance and listings of securities on the Main Board as well as on the Growth Enterprise Market (GEM) of Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Nevertheless, traditional areas of legal practice such as litigation, conveyancing, civil and criminal have not been ignored. After the reunification with China in 1997, the Chinese language has become more and more important, in particular indirect investments and other forms of commercial activities in Mainland China. The firm is well prepared in that regard and is capable of providing professional services in both languages with regard to the increasingly complicated legal and commercial issues. The firm also provides notarization services by notaries public and China-appointed attesting officers of commercial or other legal documents for use in Mainland China and overseas. With the increasing opening up of investment opportunities in China, the firm is in association with the Hong Kong office of Grandall Law Firm, one of the largest and well established law firm in China is committed to providing legal professional services in China practice.

Practice Areas

The firm's practice areas cover,

  • Corporate Financing
  • Banking and Commercial
  • Company Secretarial Services
  • Intellectual Property
  • Notarization
  • China Attesting Services
  • Canada Real Estate and Immigration
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Real Estate
  • Probate, Wills and Succession
  • Civil Celebrants of Marriages
  • Trust Advisory Services

Office Address

Wanchai Headquarter Suite 5608,
56/F Central Plaza 18 Harbour Road Wanchai,Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2526 4373
Fax: (852) 2530 2912
Email: fz1@fzimmern.com.hk