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Paul Lee

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Finance & Projects


Paul is a partner and is based in DLA Piper's Hong Kong office. He has a broad background in banking and finance specialising in complex cross-border financings, acquisition finance, syndicated loans and project finance and including receivables financing, cash management arrangements and vendor financing involving a number of jurisdictions such as England, Hong Kong, PRC, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Laos and the Philippines. Paul's experience includes restructuring work, standstill arrangements, creditors’ schemes of arrangement and enforcing security.


English; Chinese (Cantonese); Chinese (Mandarin)


Admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales Admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong


Cardiff University, LL.B.

China: Banking and finance

Banking and finance: foreign firms

Within: Banking and finance: foreign firms

Finance partners in DLA Piper's Hong Kong and Beijing offices are perhaps best known for advising international lenders on commodity and asset finance transactions involving Chinese borrowers, though the team has also acted for Chinese financial institutions. Recent highlights have included Paul Lee acting for Huatai Financial Holdings, as financial adviser, in relation to a HKD3.5bn loan to finance the privatisation of Bloomage BioTechnology Corp. Having grown considerably since 2016, the Hong Kong team has continued to make significant hires, having recently brought to the team Douglas Murning from Kirkland & Ellis and of counsel Tom Van Hoof from Watson Farley & Williams. Additional contacts include Hong Kong-based department head Matthias Schemuth and Carolyn Dong, who specialises in the energy sector and splits her time between Hong Kong and Beijing.

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Hong Kong

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

DLA Piper's banking practice has gained momentum, following a number of key hires in 2017. Matthias Schemuth, who joined from Ashurst in February 2017, heads up the team, which was strengthened by the more recent arrivals of Douglas Murning and of counsel Tom Van Hoof from Kirkland & Ellis and Watson Farley & Williams respectively. The group has served as a trusted adviser to clients in a number of highly complex domestic and cross-border transactions, as was evidenced when Schemuth and Van Hoof acted for ANZ (as arranger) and a syndicate of 20 banks on the $200m financing to China Water Affairs for the development, construction and purchase of water-integrated projects in the PRC. Schemuth has also acted for Rabobank in a series of domestic Hong Kong and cross-border commodities finance transactions. Paul Lee is advising Huatai Financial Holdings as financial adviser on its HK$3.5bn financing of the privatisation of Bloomage BioTechnology from the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Head of energy Carolyn Dong is another key figure.

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