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Voon Keat Lai

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Managing Partner


Voon is the managing partner of Stephenson Harwood in Greater China. He is a senior corporate partner with a strong emphasis on international corporate finance, M&A, commercial contracts and technology practice.

Voon is a general corporate and commercial lawyer based in Hong Kong. He has broad experience in fund raising, cross-border restructuring, acquisitions and disposal of assets and shares, joint ventures and securities law, much of which relates to listed company clients. He also assists listed clients, both in Hong Kong and internationally, with on-going regulatory and compliance matters.

Apart from mainstream corporate and commercial work, Voon is actively involved in the firm’s business technology practice and advises on commercial agreements and contracts involving e-commerce businesses, software and website design and technology agreements.

Voon has an MBA from Ashridge Business School and previously worked as a corporate planning manager in a financial institution. He is ranked as an AsiaLaw leading lawyer for general corporate practice as well as a leading individual by Chambers Global for capital markets and corporate M&A.


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Hong Kong: Capital markets

Capital markets (equity)

Within: Capital markets (equity)

Stephenson Harwood has been an active player in the Greater China capital markets arena since the 1970s, and it significantly strengthened its offering recently by hiring a team of 11 fee-earners from Troutman Sanders LLP to its Beijing office. Allen Shyu, who led the group in the move across, divides time between his new firm's Beijing and Hong Kong offices, and handles Hong Kong and US capital markets transactions and regulatory issues. Paul Westover heads the practice, which covers a full spectrum of matters, including IPOs, secondary listings, dual listings and spin-off transactions. In a recent highlight, Anthony Chan and others acted as Hong Kong legal advisers to Zioncom Holdings on its GEM Board listing. In addition, Voon Keat Lai and Ivan Tan were part of a cross-office team that advised AIQ on its listing and admission on the Standard segment of the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange. Recently promoted partner Ivy Wong is also recommended.

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  • Companies should plan now to minimise their pension protection levy

    The amount that pension schemes have to pay to the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) for the year 2006/07 may have increased by as much as five times the previous year's levy. Employers who ultimately bear the cost of many pension schemes will need to make plans now to ensure the levy payable for the year 2008/09 is kept to a minimum.
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