Charles To


Hong Kong



3752 3872

Charles To heads up the Corporate and Commercial Department of ELLALAN and is an experienced lawyer with both a technical (electrical engineering) and business background (Kellogg-HKUST Executive MBA).  With both a technical and business background, Charles is often praised for being able to understand complex business models, identify potential legal pitfalls and provide timely and practical advice.  He has a diversified practice covering fintech, blockchain, property tech, insurance tech, commercial, corporate, entertainment, licensing, intellectual property, advertising, data privacy, e-commerce, employment, and general commercial matters in the TMT industry. 

Before joining our firm, Charles had extensive practical in-house experience where he served as Senior Legal Counsel for Tencent’s Technology Transactions Group and Fox Networks’ APAC Senior Legal Counsel where he was responsible for advising the businesses’ international commercialization of its services and platforms, covering music, video OTT, mobile games, advertising, social media, and cloud technology. Charles was also recognized as a five-star employee by Tencent, a highly distinguished recognition.

Charles also worked at Squire Patton Boggs and Clyde & Co where he gained substantive experience in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, employment and various intellectual property matters. In addition to handling corporate matters for Fortune 500 companies and technology startups, Charles advised clients in the media, life sciences, telecommunications and retail sectors on a wide range of issues including regulatory matters, data privacy, employment intellectual property and potential disputes. He also assisted his clients with their day-to-day commercial needs in contract drafting and negotiation.

Charles also published widely and had been invited as a speaker on issues relating to intellectual property, data privacy, cyber security, employment, and life science by various organizations including the Vocational Training Council, Hong Kong Council of Social Service, Hong Kong Medical and Healthcare Device Industries Association, APSCo, Law Society of Hong Kong and Law Asia.

Charles has a passion for technology and education and for serving the community.  Charles is also a Civil Celebrant of Marriages.

Charles speaks Cantonese, Mandarin and English.