Founder, Charltons

Julia Charlton is the Managing Partner and Principal of Charltons, which she founded in 1998 as a focused corporate finance firm. Julia was admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales in 1985 and has practised as a solicitor in Hong Kong since 1987. She is an experienced practitioner in the field of corporate finance, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity investment, securities, capital markets, investment funds, restructuring and regulatory issues. Julia has extensive experience of China work and is a Mandarin speaker.Julia Charlton

Julia was named the Hong Kong American Chamber of Commerce / South China Morning Post Women of Influence: Professional of the Year 2008. Charltons was named Hong Kong’s top Independent Law Firm in the Euromoney Legal Media Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2012 and 2013, in recognition of its flexible work arrangements to help women advance in the legal profession. Charltons was also shortlisted for the best independent Hong Kong firm for work-life balance in 2013.

Julia advises regulators, financial institutions and listed companies on the listing rules of both the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited and the Growth Enterprise Market. Julia’s aim is to give practical, creative and commercial solutions that match the business objectives and priorities of our clients. Her firm was awarded the "Boutique Firm of the Year" by Asian Legal Business for the years 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 &  2015.

Julia is a fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors, a fellow of the Hong Kong Securities Institute, a member of the Takeovers Panel and the Takeovers Appeals Panel of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission and a member of the Securities Law Committee of the Hong Kong Law Society. Charltons has received the “Legal Restructuring Deal of the Year” award in 2000 from the International Financial Law Review for its restructuring of Guangdong Enterprises. Charltons was a finalist for China Law & Practice’s “Deal of the Year (M&A)” 2007 for their work on Zjjin Mining Group Company Limited’s bid for Monterrico Metals plc., and for Asian Legal Business’s Equity Market Deal of the Year 2007 for their work on China High Speed Transmission Group Co.’s IPO and in 2011 for their work on AIA’s IPO.

Julia has founded and runs two charitable organisations. The Asia Education Foundation provides scholarship funds to support talented but poor students in China who would otherwise not be able to attend university.  The second charity, The Asia Environmental Foundation supported re-building work after Cyclone Nargis caused widespread devastation in Myanmar in 2008. Asia Environmental Foundation has provided relief for families who lost their livelihood and helped to rebuild a village.