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Eversheds Sutherland

21/F, GLOUCESTER TOWER, THE LANDMARK, 15 QUEEN'S ROAD, CENTRAL HONG KONG
Tel:
Work +852 2186 3200
Fax:
Fax +852 2186 3201
Email:
Web:
www.eversheds-sutherland.com

Stephen Mok

Tel:
Work +852 2186 3213
Email:
Eversheds Sutherland

Work Department

Stephen is the Head of Corporate, Asia. He has 20 years of Corporate finance experience advising Chinese enterprises (including state-owned enterprises and privately-owned enterprises) and international investment banks.  He has assisted over 30 companies to list successfully on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Stephen also specialises in cross-border mergers and acquisitions including private sales and purchases and public takeovers.

His recent experience includes:

  • New World China Land Limited on its proposed privatisation by Easywin Enterprises Corporation Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of New World Development Company Limited, by way of a scheme of arrangement at a cash offer up to HK$18,603 million and proposed withdrawal of the listing on HKSE (financial adviser to the offeror: HSBC). 
  • Guotai Junan Capital Limited as sponsor and underwriter in connection with the listing of China Creative Home Group Limited on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (“HKSE”) raising approximately HK$648 million 
  • BOCI Asia Limited as sponsor and underwriter in connection with the listing of Consun Pharmaceutical Group Limited on HKSE raising approximately HK$1.09 billion 
  • Eagle Ride Investments Limited on its HK$270 million conditional voluntary cash offer to acquire all shares and to cancel all warrants in Radford Capital Investment Limited which is listed on the HKSE 
  • AID Partners Capital Limited on its acquisition of minority stake in Prime Focus World N.V. for a consideration of US$10 million and formation of joint venture with Prime Focus Limited 
  • AID Partners Capital Limited on its acquisition of entire issued share capital of HMV Hong Kong Limited, HMV Singapore Pte Ltd and brand rights in Greater China 
  • Xiwang Special Steel Company Limited on its listing on HKSE raising approximately HK$1.3 billion (sponsored by J.P. Morgan Securities (Asia Pacific) Limited)

Recognitions:

  • Listed as recommended individual in “Hong Kong Capital Markets: Equity” by Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2013)

  • Listed as recommended individual in “Hong Kong Corporate (including M&A)” by Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2012, 2013)

  • Listed as Leading Individual in "Corporate/M&A: Mid-market (International Firms): China" by Chambers Asia (2012)

  • Leading Individual in “Corporate/M&A: Highly Regarded (International Firms): China" and “Capital Markets: Equity (International Firms)” by both Chambers Asia (2014) and Chambers Global (2014).

‘A source noted that Stephen Mok of Eversheds possesses "sound legal expertise" and is a responsive practitioner with considerable knowledge of the PRC business environment.’

"He is responsible, client responsive, technically competent and gives sound advice."
Chambers Asia (2014)

"Sources acknowledge he is 'very experienced in IPOs and M&A; he is a smart professional who provides very good advice. When it comes to negotiations he always gets good results.'" - Chambers Asia (2012)

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Position

Partner


Hong Kong

Corporate (including M&A)

Within: Corporate (including M&A)

Eversheds Sutherland handles the full range of cross-border transactions for Chinese corporates, state-owned enterprises and international clients through its network of offices in Greater China. With practitioners in Beijing and Shanghai focused on inbound and outbound matters, the Hong Kong team has a particular specialism in Asia-Pacific regional transactions and wider global deals. The group includes Charles Butcher, who has been instrumental in the growth of the practice; he recently led a cross-office team that acted for Baird Capital on its acquisition of an indirect interest in the Malaysia-based Nirvana Asia via a vehicle controlled by Nirvana's founder and CEO. Butcher also co-led an international team that advised global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will on its acquisition of Danish outfit Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects. Other clients of the firm include Avis Budget Group, New World China Land and China Everbright. Asia corporate head and Hong Kong senior partner Stephen Mok has more than 25 years of deal experience. In recent developments, Dickson Ng joined from Taylor Wessing LLP, while Amy Yu and Rachel Han were promoted to partner and consultant respectively.

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Hong Kong: Capital markets

Capital markets (equity)

Within: Capital markets (equity)

Eversheds Sutherland's global footprint makes it a strong choice for issuers seeking to list in Hong Kong and elsewhere in Asia, as well as for those looking to raise capital through public markets further afield, particularly in the US. Under the leadership of Stephen Mok, the team is particularly active in complex offerings including groundbreaking listings. Mok recently led a team that included Norman Hui and consultant Sin-Joh Chuang in advising Datang Power on its non-public issuance of A-shares to its controlling shareholder (China Datang Corporation, hereafter CDC), and also its non-public issuance of H-shares to a wholly owned subsidiary of CDC for circa $2.1bn; this marked the first time a whitewash waiver was used in Hong Kong for such issuances. Mok, Hui, Amy Yu and others acted as Hong Kong counsel to Precision Tsugami (China) on its $64m spin-off listing on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange; this listing was the first in Hong Kong to involve a spin-off from a Japanese company listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. In addition, Mok's team served as Hong Kong legal advisers to Nomura as the sole sponsor on Nissin Foods' circa $121m spin-off listing on the Main Board; this was the second listing in Hong Kong to involve a spin-off from a Japanese company listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Beyond new listings and follow-on offerings, other work included Mok and others advising listed company New World Department Store (China) on its proposed privatisation by parent firm New World Development.

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