We are proud that our clients and candidates reach out to us for assistance with their recruitment and job hunting needs.

Here is a selection of testimonials:


"Chris was a fantastic recruiter, he is the reason I'm in Hong Kong today! He put me in touch with HSF (my employer) back in 2013, and was a source of great advice and support throughout the recruitment process. He knows the market very well, gives very good advice, and is a great, trustworthy guy."

James MacKinnon, formerly of Herbert Smith Freehills

"I believe any recruiter can place jobs, but a GOOD recruiter that truly thinks and focuses on the best interest of the candidate is rare. Star Anise saw my abilities and matched me with a job that I could be challenged in, both professionally and personally - so far [out of all other recruiters], only Star Anise could do that."

Karen Cheung - Head of Business Development, Vistra (pictured above)

"Annie Tang is a recruiter I could trust, who took time to understand the requirements of the role and came up with the right candidate."

Peter Gregoire, General Counsel, US Insurer and Author

"Angel — I just want to say thank you for all of your efforts in getting me an excellent job! It has been a huge jump and a very important step in my career path. It is so impressive that you have followed up with your candidates including myself even when we have been on-boarding for a month. Although it was just a lunch, that indeed is a big help to ensure we are settled in a new working environment. Thanks again for encouraging me to try this and surprisingly I have made it here, the success belongs to you."

Jeffrey Tang, global investment bank

"Chris knows his clients and the industry very well and this gives him an edge in matching the candidate's experience and personal goals with those of a like-minded firm. He is upbeat and enthusiastic and operates with integrity and confidentiality, balancing the needs of the candidate with that of the hiring firms. I was very satisfied with the services of Chris and his team and you can deal with them with the highest of confidence”.

Rizuko Soo, RIZUKO SOO & CO

"Star Anise rapidly understood our company business and legal environment and the associated challenges. They presented only candidates with the suitable potential, experience and profile, who had a true interest for the position we needed to staff. They are transparent with the candidates, this helps install confidence and creates a good communication flow. The recruitment process was managed efficiently, a lot of time was saved. Annie has a good listening ability and understands that each client has his specific needs."

Wilfried Drean, Head of Legal (Asia), Suez Environnement Asia Limited

"The hallmark of a great customer-centric enterprise is an unparalleled understanding of the needs of the client. Star Anise has been quick to comprehend the nature of our business, and thus the type of candidates that we seek. Chris and Annie have always endeavoured to provide a carefully selected list of high-quality candidates every time we have asked them to fill one of our positions, and we have since engaged several candidates in full time senior appointments, both consulting positions and a senior administrative position. Star Anise's client engagement does not simply end upon the hiring of the candidate; not only are they great support during the selection process, offering organisational and interview support, but in particular their after placement contact and follow up is excellent. It is without hesitation that I can recommend their services."

John Mcfarland, former CEO, Hill & Associates

"As a fast growing, dynamic, entrepreneurial company, there lies a lot of opportunities for young professionals that are eager to take initiatives, learn and develop and are not scared of new challenges. Star Anise Recruitment was able to recognise our specific corporate culture and subsequently identify candidates that would best fit the company. It was quite interesting to see that Star Anise suggested a limited number of candidates as it knew that only very specific, entrepreneurial candidates would meet our requirements.

We are very pleased with the high quality candidate that is now amongst our ranks, and would not hesitate to recommend Star Anise Recruitment for their services."

Vincent Bremmer, Managing Director, Vistra

"Michael is very friendly, great with follow-up and is always very helpful. He gave me details on the interviewers and the company, which was very good preparation for me so that I felt confident with the interviews. I would love to work with Michael again."

Joanna, US FMCG

One thing in particular which separates Michael from other consultants is that he looks beyond the CV in finding suitable roles for candidates. Michael takes the time to understand the nuances of previous roles to get a better picture of the candidate and enthusiastically pursues employers which would be a unique fit. I would strongly recommend reaching out to Michael for advice.

Senior Legal Development Specialist, Leading Publishing Company

“Instead of using a buckshot approach like some recruiters, Michael only referred two vacancies to me, both of which I found highly relevant to my background and appears to be a perfect steppingstone for my career advancement. Michael's uncanny ability to match people with careers has helped me to identify my talents and consequently landed me an exciting and fulfilling job.”

Alvin Lui, US Apparel Company

First and foremost I would really like to thank Star Anise to find me a position which I really fit in well. The consultant was so helpful and put in a lot of time and effort in finding me the position I really wanted. What I was really happy about was that he kept me posted on each and every development through the way. I would highly recommend Star Anise to help you find a perfect position.  

Bindiya, legal secretary, international law firm

I've worked with Michael first as an applicant and later as a recruiter. Michael does more than matching skills to hiring needs. He seriously cares about whether you will feel happy in the next job and whether you will continue to develop your career, which is a rare feature among recruiters. Highly recommended. 

Pauline Lee, Legal Counsel

I have worked with Michael since 2014. As a recruitment consultant, he is not only able to refer company secretarial candidates who are relevant on paper, but also with cultural and motivational fit. Michael will never send me a bunch of candidates which I will need to shortlist by myself. Sometimes we do have different opinions on the profiles, but Michael is always patient to follow up and discuss with me. Michael has helped me a lot

HR, leading global logistics company

"Christy is a very energetic individual and is passionate about helping her candidates find the most suitable role. During the recruitment process, Christy was responsive, responsible and made sure to address any concerns by both parties in a timely fashion. She was reassuring, genuine, and very professional in her interactions with others. I would highly recommend contacting Christy as a recruiter."

Charmaine Yong, Paralegal, International Law Firm

"Christy's passion for her career and eagerness to provide her clients with the most suitable options is evident within moments of interacting with her. She does not recklessly force her clients into the next available role, understanding that her clients are looking to her for genuine assistance in developing their career, rather than arranging a mere arm's length commercial transaction.

Christy always has in-depth knowledge about the roles she assists on, and I wholeheartedly recommend Christy as a caring, responsible and responsive recruiter." 

Quinton Tse, Paralegal at Appleby

It is high time I wrote this recommendation. Christy has been very helpful and encouraging throughout the entire process. I must admit that my case was a bit different since I had been travelling aboard during the possible interview period. Christy has demonstrated at all times a highly professional and proactive approach as well as enthusiasm for her technical skills. She always thinks of the best for me while balancing the interest of the hiring employer. Without her guidance, I would not have survived rounds and rounds of interviews and tests and finally got the job that I am most satisfied. I would definitely recommend her to any candidate/employer without reservation!


Evon Hong, Senior Legal Executive, Rotam

"Over the past six months, I've had the distinct pleasure of getting to know Christy - both professionally and personally. She is kind, passionate and most importantly attentive. She's a very good listener and always puts your best interests at heart. These qualities make her brilliant at her job. When she's not busy taking care of people's professional needs, she's a smart, thoughtful and articulate person whom you'd love to have a meaningful conversation with. As a foreigner trying to establish a career in Hong Kong, Christy has made my transition a smooth process. I have the utmost respect for her professional capabilities, and I am honored to call her my friend."

Henry Wang, Paralegal, Paul Hastings

Michael is a friendly, cheerful and responsible recruiter, he gave me lots of advice during the job hunting process. He understood exactly what I was looking for, and I could trust him to keep me informed of my status every step of the way. I am sincerely grateful to Michael for finding me a great job, and would highly recommend him to anyone who is in the process of looking for a job! 


Fanny, Company Secretarial Officer, Hong Kong Listed Company

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