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About Charles Tay

Charles is an associate in the firm’s Antitrust, Competition & Trade Group and is based in the Hong Kong office. He specialises in the competition and foreign investment aspects of cross-border mergers and acquisitions, antitrust investigations and regulatory advice across Hong Kong, Greater China and the rest of the Asia-Pacific region.

He joined Freshfields in 2018 and has previously worked in the firm’s office in London.

Charles is fluent in English and Mandarin. 

Recent work

  • Shenzhen Mindray on its proposed acquisition of Hytest Invest Oy headquartered in Finland from Summa Capital 
  • Korean Air on its US$1.62bn proposed acquisition of Asiana Airlines 
  • A global digital platform on enforcement risks faced by digital platforms from incoming antitrust and merger control reforms across Europe and Asia





  • University of Sheffield (LLB)
  • University of Oxford (BCL)
  • BPP London (Legal Practice Course)  

Professional qualifications

  • Solicitor, England and Wales
  • Registered foreign lawyer, Hong Kong
  • Advocate and solicitor, Malaysia (non-practising)