Firm Profile > Stephenson Harwood > Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Stephenson Harwood Offices
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Stephenson Harwood > The Legal 500 Rankings
Tax and trusts Tier 1
Headed by Ian Devereux, Stephenson Harwood's five-partner team provides 'legally sound, commercial and practical' private client-related tax and trusts advice to an impressive array of high-net-worth individuals and family offices. The firm is particularly noted for its 'range of expertise on North America tax planning'. In this regard, Erik Wallace is noted for his 'vast experience in the cross-border US tax planning space', and is a key member of the team that also includes the 'responsive and intellectually curious' Kevin Lee, who as a dual-qualified Hong Kong and Canadian lawyer is able to provide a unique offering to private clients in Hong Kong and mainland China who have Canadian citizenship. Benefiting from Mandarin language capabilities, the 'very knowledgeable' Laurence Ho is also gaining an excellent reputation in the region for US-related private client matters and is known in the market as a go-to person for handling US tax compliance matters.
‘The firm provides comprehensive jurisdictional coverage for tax and trust advisory work, across Hong Kong, UK, Canada and US.’
‘Kevin Lee is one of the very few experienced Canadian private client lawyers practising in Hong Kong.’
‘Kevin Lee has great intellectual humility and is excellent at asking questions and helping the client and their family think through what they are trying to achieve and what their options are.’
‘Laurence Ho is a rising star US private client lawyer with Mandarin capability.’
‘Erik Wallace is the most experienced lawyer in the US cross-border planning space.’
Shipping Tier 2
Led out of Hong Kong by the 'hardworking and skilled' Andrew Rigden Green, and also able to leverage the expertise of practitioners based in Shanghai and Singapore, Stephenson Harwood has an excellent reputation in the local market across a range of litigation, arbitration and commercial shipping work. In addition to his transactional and advisory expertise (which includes advice on the sale and carriage of goods; the chartering, maintenance and operation of ships), Ridgen Green also has a 'very wide range of disputes expertise in the sector', running the gamut from charterparty and cargo disputes, through to the representation of trade finance banks seeking to enforce security over bills of lading. Hong Kong-, UK- and Australia-qualified senior associate Elizabeth Sloane has a flourishing reputation across a range of multi-jurisdictional disputes, and has handled numerous high-profile casualties, collisions and groundings across the Asia Pacific region.
Ivan Ng heads up the litigation team at Stephenson Harwood, which acted for Dan Form International (DFIL) and its major shareholder in a dispute with Grassmere, a minority shareholder in the company, after Grassmere commenced winding-up proceedings against DFIL in the British Virgin Islands.
Employees of China Shanshui Investment Limited
China Construction Bank (Asia) Corporation Limited
HWH Holdings Limited (a BVI company)
Hong Kong Zhixin Financial News Agency Limited
Dymocks Holdings Limited
Raiffeisen Bank International
Boer Power Holdings Limited
Hong Kong Export Credit Insurance Corporation
Labour and employment Tier 3
Led by the 'very responsive' Jezamine Fewins, Stephenson Harwood provides 'practical and highly tailored advice' to local businesses and multinational corporates with operations in Hong Kong across a range of employment matters, including on trade secrets issues, employment contract drafting, and restrictive covenants. Fewins is well-versed at handling contentious employment mandates for both employers and employees, particularly as it relates to claims/defences of disability/sex discrimination, and in relation to advice (for former employees) on the enforceability of restrictive covenants.
‘Yeeling Wan provides responsive and practical advice and is an expert in her field.’
‘The exceptionally talented Ian Childs provides highly tailored advice which is relevant to your business needs.’
China Singkong Investment Holdings
China Singkong Mentougou Cement Inv’t Limited
Jet Aviation Business Jets (Hong Kong) Limited
Phillips Fine Watches Limited
s. Oliver Asia Limited
Alcohol Countermeasures Systems (HK) Limited
Emirates Shipping (Hong Kong) Ltd
Formia Airline Supplies Limited
FlightSafety International Limited
Formia Airline Supplies Limited
Regulatory Tier 3
Mark Reed heads up the non-contentious side of Stephenson Harwood's practice, while Ian Childs leads on the contentious side. A number of major asset managers, investment companies, and international banks instruct the group. Katherine Liu made partner in May 2019.
Goldenwise Capital Group
Guggenheim Investment Advisors (Hong Kong)
AC Asset Management
Impax Asset Management (Hong Kong)
Wykeham Capital Asia Value Fund
Kaiyuan Education Fund GP
Akami Master Fund
The Bank of East Asia
Dah Sing Bank
Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3
Led by litigator Jamie Stranger, who has a raft of 'experience advising on the restructuring of distressed situations', Stephenson Harwood is primarily focused at handling contentious insolvency matters for many of the leading IPs in the market. The team has also been increasingly active on corporate restructuring matters, where it is able to leverage the strengths of the office's banking and corporate firepower to enhance the resources available to clients.
‘Jamie Stranger has extensive insolvency and litigation experience – a good combination.’
‘Alexander Tang has in depth knowledge of the Hong Kong corporate and insolvency/restructuring laws and regime, and at the same time has very strong commercial acumen.’
‘Eloise Fardon and Alexander Tang are rising stars and are great at providing tailored solutions and managing relationships with counterparties.’
‘Eloise Fardon is a proactive member of the team and definitely partnership material.’
Kingston Management Consultancy
Briscoe Wong Advisory
Banking and finance Tier 4
Stephenson Harwood has a particularly strong capability in the trade finance arena; the scope of its work in this space includes assisting clients with supply chain finance arrangements and the development of standard factoring and security documents. Other areas of expertise include asset finance, structured finance, investment products and secured and unsecured lending. Stephanie Wong handles a wide range of transactions for Hong Kong, PRC and international banks, with ship finance being one notable area of strength. Mark Reed leads the team, which also includes King-Tak Fung and Elton Chan. Reflective of the ongoing growth of the practice, Katherine Liu recently made partner.
‘The team delivers a professional service, which is provided in timely manner’.
‘Willing to fight hard to negotiate terms and conditions with counter-parties’.
‘Extremely knowledgeable about banking, particularly in relation to trade finance’.
‘Fast responses to client’s requests’.
‘The finance team, which is led by Mark Reed, always puts the client first’.
Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited
Metro Holdings Limited
TNG (Asia) Limited
Intellectual property Tier 4
Spearheaded out of Hong Kong by Jezamine Fewins, Stephenson Harwood's team provides 'client-oriented and insightful' advice across a range of matters, particularly as it pertains to the enforcement of IPR. Increasingly visible in the local market and also able to leverage the expertise of lawyers on the ground in mainland China, the team has recently handled a raft of passing off and infringement actions on behalf of domestic and international clients from the technology and financial services sectors. Leveraging her employment law expertise, Fewins also has a particular specialty in representing clients on matters involving the theft of trade secrets and confidential information by employees. Former practice co-head Jonathan Chu, together with senior associates Mengyi Chen and Candy Tong agreed to join CMS associated Hong Kong firm Lau, Horton & Wise LLP in January 2020.
‘The team displays superb market insight, has good language capability and reasonable billing practices.’
Eu Yan Sang International
Hot Toys Limited
Bonhams 1793 Ltd
All In Pay Network Service Co.
FDG Electric Vehicles
Orange Sky Golden Harvest
Asia Standard Management Services
LRS (Lucozade Ribena Suntory)
Capital markets (equity) Tier 5
Stephenson Harwood has been active in capital markets transactions in Greater China since the 1970s, making it a top choice among many companies, banks, nominated advisers and brokers. The firm has recently seen an increase in mandates from sponsors for advice on IPOs. Other cornerstones of the practice include subscriptions, placings, rights issues, transfers between markets and dual listings. The team is jointly led by Voon Keat Lai (who is managing partner for Greater China offices), Ivy Wong, Chun-Hui Lin (Hong Kong/Beijing) and Ivan Tan (Hong Kong/Shanghai). Jane Ng has over 20 years of corporate finance experience. Notable developments at the firm saw Allen Shyu join Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP while Anthony Chan moved to Squire Patton Boggs.
‘Voon Keat Lai always provides responsive, professional, practical and client-focused advice’.
‘Stephenson Harwood has served as an important resource for us and we have benefited greatly from its expertise and long reach’.
Design Capital Limited
Zhejiang New Century Hotel Management Co., Ltd.
eBroker Group Limited
Metropolis Capital Holdings Limited
Hang Yick Holdings Company Limited
KOS International Holdings Limited
AB Builders Group Limited
Byleasing Holdings Limited
HPC Holdings Limited
Sunlight (1977) Holdings Limited
Corporate (including M&A) Tier 5
Stephenson Harwood has been active in the Greater China market for over 40 years. Led by Paul Westover, it handles a wide variety of corporate matters for companies listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, international corporates and regional businesses. It also generates a significant amount of work from overseas-based law firms. The team's workload includes M&A, fundraisings, cross-border restructurings, acquisitions and disposals of assets, joint ventures and regulatory compliance. It acts for clients across multiple industries, such as manufacturing, technology, sports and entertainment, among others. Westover works with Jane Ng and Ivy Wong. In 2019, Allen Shyu departed for for Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, while Anthony Chan moved to Squire Patton Boggs.
Duff & Phelps, LLC
Blue Umbrella Limited
The joint provisional liquidators of CECEP COSTIN New Materials Group Limited/ PricewaterhouseCoopers
eSun Holdings Limited
Headed out of Hong Kong by Hongkai Zhou, and also benefiting from an international network which includes key Asian offices in Singapore and Shanghai, Stephenson Harwood's shipping finance team is well-placed to advise a 'balanced roster of borrowers and lenders' on new money and restructuring deals in the region and beyond. The scope of the firm's work in the sector runs the gamut from syndicated and bilateral debt financing on behalf of international banks (in addition to work for lessors), through to advice for investors, including private equity sponsors and hedge funds, which are increasingly active in the maritime market. The 'very capable' Elton Chan is also recommended for his work for owners and banks on debt financing mandates, as well as for investors seeking to realise value in the sector. The 'highly technical' Simon Wong leads the office's aviation finance team that is noted for the 'strong service' it provides to borrowers and lenders on the financing of commercial aircraft and corporate jets. The team has also recently handled a significant amount of work for Chinese leasing companies.
‘The team has extensive aviation finance experience, with familiarity across various transaction structures and different transaction entities.’
‘The firm provides a very commercial service to clients and does not become entangled in negotiating arcane points that add no ultimate value to the matter at hand.’
China Development Bank
Cinda Financial Leasing
Everbright Fortune International Leasing
ICBC Financial Leasing
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China
The Export-Import Bank of China
The multi-disciplinary offering at Stephenson Harwood is best known for its work on fintech regulations, corporate transactions, ICOs and blockchain issues. In Hong Kong, Mark Reed focuses on the financial sector where he advises on financing transactions, regulatory, commercial, insolvency and employment issues. Also notable are newly promoted partner Katherine Liu, who sits in the regulatory compliance team, and Jane Ng, a corporate partner who also services the firm's fintech clients; both are based in Hong Kong.
‘The breadth of strength across industry sectors and the combination of standalone attention and specific expertise are what makes this firm a real standout.’
‘Katherine Liu maintains a great balance between legal advice and commercial realities. Conrad Lam has outstanding knowledgeable and independent proactivity to directly engage the relevant partners for complicated matters.’
TNG (Asia) Limited
IQ Options Limited
HEX Technologies Limited
In addition to Stephenson Harwood's advice to banks and other financial institutions on the lender side, the practice is regularly instructed in borrower matters. Representative work includes bilateral loan transactions and general banking matters. The Hong Kong-based team's principal contacts are Mark Reed and Stephanie Wong; King-Tak Fung is also a key adviser.
Bank of China (Hong Kong)
China Construction Bank (Hong Kong Branch)
The Hong Kong-based IP team at Stephenson Harwood receives plaudits for its 'exceptional client service' and counts multinational companies from numerous sectors among its clients. Jezamine Fewins specialises in IP litigation and also has a notable track record in representing clients in matters involving the theft of trade secrets and confidential information by employees. Jonathan Chu, who co-heads the practice with Fewins, has a comprehensive IP practice that includes contentious and non-contentious issues.
‘Recommended for its market insight, bench of expertise, good language capability and reasonable billing‘.
‘Provides exceptional client service‘.
Eu Yan Sang International Limited
Hot Toys Limited
Bonhams 1793 Ltd
All In Pay Network Service Co., Limited
FDG Electric Vehicles Limited
Orange Sky Golden Harvest
Asia Standard Management Services Limited
LRS (Lucozade Ribena Suntory)
Stephenson Harwood > Firm Profile
The firm: Stephenson Harwood is a law firm with over 1000 people worldwide, including more than 170 partners. Our people are committed to achieving the goals of our clients – listed and private companies, institutions and individuals.
The firm offers multilingual and multidisciplinary services from three offices in Greater China. Its lawyers based in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai have been providing quality English and Hong Kong law advice to clients within and outside Greater China since 1979. The firm’s lawyers also advise on selected aspects of laws of other jurisdictions.
Established in 1979, the Hong Kong office was the first of Stephenson Harwoods’ Greater China offices. However, the firm has a long history of acting as a gateway between East and West, starting in 1867 when one of the firm’s founders William Harwood opened an office in Shanghai. The firm was one of the first UK firms to open in Hong Kong and then mainland China (PRC). We are celebrating our 40 years anniversary in 2019.
Stephenson Harwood’s Greater China offices offer a comprehensive spectrum of its global services including finance, corporate, dispute resolution and private wealth. Working hand-in-hand with our regional offices and associations in Guangzhou, Jakarta, Seoul, Singapore, Yangon and other parts of Asia, the firm is able to provide a comprehensive Asian law service to clients operating within Asia.
In 2016, Stephenson Harwood entered into a CEPA association under the name ‘Stephenson Harwood – Wei Tu (China) Association’ with independent PRC law firm Wei Tu. CEPA (Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement) is a free-trade agreement concluded between PRC and Hong Kong. Under CEPA, Hong Kong-law firms are permitted to operate in association with PRC law firms to provide comprehensive legal services in PRC governed by PRC and non-PRC laws. The association allows Stephenson Harwood to offer a ‘one-stop service’ for Hong Kong, English and PRC law advice, with Wei Tu providing the PRC advice.
Through the Shanghai office, established in 1993, the firm is one of the few law firms based in China with the ability to undertake corporate finance work involving the securities markets of Hong Kong, Singapore and the United Kingdom. The office is also one of the few law offices based in China with an international private wealth and trust practice, also covering competition, corporate, finance, commercial, regulatory, inbound/outbound investment work and maritime and international trade work.
The Beijing office, established in 2013, focuses on corporate and finance work. Many of the clients of our Beijing office are PRC state owned enterprises (SOEs). Working with our international offices, associations and network of friendly law firms, the firm helps these SOEs in all aspects of their investments and financing outside PRC, from initial planning to investing, operating, disposal and resolution of disputes.
The depth and importance of the firms relationships with our clients and our common sense approach to achieving results allow Stephenson Harwood to become your trusted advisor.
|Dispute resolution||Malcolm Kemp|
|Capital markets||Ivy Wong|
|Dispute resolution||Richard Wilmot|
|Asset finance: aviation||Simon Wong|
|Asset finance: shipping||Roy Chan|
|Asset finance: shipping||Hongkai Zhou|
|Banking and finance||Elton Chan|
|Banking and finance||Mark Reed|
|Banking and finance||Stephanie Wong|
|Capital markets||Paul Westover|
|Capital markets||Paul Westover|
|Insurance||Andrew Rigden Green|
|Intellectual property||Jezamine Fewins|
|Capital markets||Jane Ng|
|Marine and international trade||Andrew Rigden Green|
|Private wealth||Ian Devereux|
|Real estate||Ian Devereux|
|Dispute resolution||Ian Childs|
|Dispute resolution||Ivan Ng|
|Regulatory (contentious)||Ian Childs|
|Regulatory (non-contentious)||Mark Reed|
|Restructuring and insolvency||Jamie Stranger|
|Trade finance||King Tak Fung|
|Capital markets||Voon Keat Lai|
|Private wealth||Kevin Lee|
|Private wealth||Silvia On|
|US tax||Laurence Ho|
|US tax||Erik Wallace|
|Marine and international trade||Guijun Wang|
|Marine and international trade||Evangeline Quek|
|Asset finance: shipping||Jessie Chen|
|Real estate||Jovanne Zee|
|Regulatory (non-contentious)||Katherine Liu|
|Restructuring and insolvency||Eloise Matsui|
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Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 500+ Greater China : 70+
LanguagesEnglish Chinese (Mandarin) Cantonese Shanghainese Malay Korean French Russian
OtherContacts : Voon Keat Lai (managing partner - Greater China) Contacts : Tinny Ip (head of business development - Greater China)
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Dispute resolution: litigation
- Labour and employment
- Restructuring and insolvency
- Banking and finance
- Intellectual property
- Capital markets (equity)
- Corporate (including M&A)
- Asset finance (including aviation and shipping finance)