Firm Profile > Stephenson Harwood > Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Stephenson Harwood
18/F, UNITED CENTRE
95 QUEENSWAY
HONG KONG
Hong Kong

Private Client (tax, trusts, wealth management and contentious probate) Tier 1

Although it was weakened on the US tax front by the departure of both Erik Wallace  and Laurence Ho  to Loeb & Loeb LLP in June 2020, Stephenson Harwood still maintains a strong overarching offering across a broad range of private client, tax and trusts matters, many of which involve cross-border issues and complex structures. Led by the 'highly responsive and knowledgeableKevin Lee, the team has successfully secured mandates from the growing number of ultra-high-net-worth individuals and families based in mainland China and is well-placed to advise these on their increasingly sophisticated succession and wealth preservation plans, not only by virtue of its core tax and trusts expertise, but also its ability to leverage the office's full-service offering. A dual-qualified Hong Kong and Canadian lawyer, Lee is also able to provide a unique offering to private clients in Hong Kong and mainland China who have Canadian citizenship. Ian Devereux is also widely experienced in the private wealth space and regularly advises Hong Kong-based individuals and families on a variety of issues, ranging from wills and probate to complex trust structures to achieve family succession and estate planning objectives.

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‘One of the rare teams in Hong Kong with depth in trust expertise, combined with practical experience across many jurisdictions.’

‘Strong professionals and very knowledgeable in their areas of expertise. Strong ability to advise Chinese families and their succession planning options.’

‘The highly responsive Kevin Lee has broad, practical knowledge on trusts and tax.’

‘Silvia On is very experienced and understands North Asia clients’ culture and needs.’

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Led by the 'highly strategicJamie Stranger and aided by a strong overarching commercial litigation offering, Stephenson Harwood's particular sweet-spot lies in advising IPs on contentious insolvency mandates throughout Greater China and Asia, more generally. The team also handles a significant flow of corporate restructuring matters, particularly within core areas of sector focus, including within the shipping and oil and gas sectors. On the non-contentious front, the team is able to leverage the strengths of the office's banking and corporate firepower to enhance the resources available to clients.

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‘Hard-working, willing to go the extra mile and think outside the box. Aggressive when needed – great value for money.’

‘This team has a real focus on restructuring and insolvency practice. Everyone in the team is very familiar with the relevant laws and have up to date knowledge in the practice.’

‘The well-resourced and experienced team is able to demonstrate not just technical know how, but considerable depth of hands-on experience too.’

‘Jamie Stranger is excellent on litigation, extremely strong strategically, and provides great client service.’

‘Jamie Stranger thinks outside the box to achieve clients’ goals.’

‘Eloise Matsui is very easy to work with and has great commercial sense in dealing with the matters. Her advocacy skills were very impressive too.’

‘Alexander Tang is calm, measured, and detail-oriented.’

‘Alexander Tang has in-depth knowledge of Hong Kong insolvency and restructuring laws.’

‘Alexander Tang – a very technical partner in the firm. I always receive updates on the latest case law and attend his seminar. He is also fluent in Chinese which is quite important in Hong Kong.’

‘Ivan Ng and Emily Li are very proactive and always available to assist.’

Shipping Tier 2

Led out of Hong Kong by the 'practical and pragmaticAndrew Rigden Green, and also able to draw upon the expertise of shipping lawyers based out of Singapore and Shanghai, Stephenson Harwood has the resources and knowledge to handle a tremendous range of contentious and non-contentious shipping-related work throughout Asia Pacific. On the litigation front, the team has garnered a particularly strong reputation handling cross-border enforcement work, including injunctions and forum challenges, while shipbuilding arbitration is another niche area of expertise. Recently promoted partner Elizabeth Sloane has 'substantial experience' across a range of wet and dry litigation, as well as trade finance and banking disputes with a shipping and commodities focus.

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‘The shipping disputes team is very strong and reliable – I know I am going to get clear, straightforward, and accurate advice. I find the team very easy to work with, approachable, accessible, and responsive.’

‘Andrew Rigden Green provides practical and pragmatic shipping advice.’

‘Andrew Rigden Green is a standout practitioner. He has the expertise to assist us with a range of matters, but also makes himself available for ad hoc questions and assistance.’

‘Elizabeth Sloane is a strong practitioner and we particularly appreciate her ability to reality check junior staff while at the same time providing pragmatic advice.’

‘Elizabeth Sloane has substantial experience in shipping (wet and dry), trade, fraud, and insolvency matters, which gives Elizabeth a broad context when seeking her advice. She is very responsive and understands what in-house counsel needs.’

Key clients

China Development Bank

China Development Bank Financial Leasing

Everbright Fortune International Leasing

Guodian Shipping (Hong Kong) Co. Ltd

ICBC Financial Leasing Ltd.

The People’s Insurance Co of China (Hong Kong) Ltd

The Export-Import Bank of China

CMB Financial Leasing Ltd.

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 3

Stephenson Harwood houses a team noted for providing 'invaluable advice that is both practical and effective' and are 'very professional and thorough in their approach'. Shareholder and trade disputes are key areas of strength for the group. Practice head Ivan Ng has expertise in commercial litigation; the 'responsive' senior associate Emily Li is also singled out.

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Ivan Ng and Emily Li  are very proactive and always available to assist.’

Professional and understand well the needs of the customer.’

Ivan Ng’s attention to detail is impressive and he is also very responsive.’

Usually can give prompt response within a reasonable time. Their advice and suggestion are relevant and to the point. Proposed strategies are practical.’

Energetic, knowledgeable, and willing to give a quick response. Able to listen and understand the client’s actual need. Problem-solving attitude. Trustworthy and willing to help.’

Key clients

Television Broadcasts Limited

Employees of China Shanshui Investment Limited

China Construction Bank (Asia) Corporation Limited

Société Générale

HWH Holdings Limited (a BVI company)

Dymocks Holdings Limited

Rabobank

OCBC

ICBC

Raiffeisen Bank International AG

PricewaterhouseCoopers

KBC Bank NV

Agricultural Bank of China

Labour and employment Tier 3

Stephenson Harwood advises a compelling mix of multinational corporates, SMEs and executives, across a broad spectrum of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, ranging from advice on trade secrets and restrictive covenants, through to general employment contract drafting, and strategic counselling on team moves. 'Highly responsive, practical and knowledgeable' team head Jezamine Fewins is a seasoned litigator, who is equally as comfortable representing large multinational employers, as she is senior executives. This balanced offering ensures that Fewins has an excellent perspective for both respondents and plaintiffs across a range of labour disputes, including as it relates to the misuse of confidential information, the enforcement of restrictive covenants, and discrimination.

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‘The firm has the ability to explain complex legal jargon to HR functions in an approachable and practicable manner, allowing non-legal colleagues to understand the position and what actions need to be taken.’

‘Jezamine Fewins is highly responsive, practical, and extremely knowledgeable of the civil litigation procedure in Hong Kong and definitely the counsel you would like in your corner.’

 

Key clients

China Singkong Investment Holdings Limited and China Singkong Mentougou Cement Inv’t Limited

Jet Aviation Business Jets (Hong Kong) Limited

Phillips Fine Watches Limited

Utmost Worldwide Limited

Alcohol Countermeasures Systems (HK) Limited

Emirates Shipping (Hong Kong) Ltd

Bonhams (Hong Kong) Limited

Mango (Hong Kong Limited)

Formia Airline Supplies Limited

FlightSafety International Limited

Christie’s Hong Kong Limited

FFP (BVI) Limited

BVI Financial Services Commission (HK) Limited

Regulatory Tier 3

At Stephenson Harwood, Ian Childs heads up the contentious side of the practice, while Mark Reed leads on the non-contentious side. Fintech mandates are a core strength for the team, which also handles licensing, compliance, and financial regulatory matters. Katherine Liu is 'efficient and authoritative'. Associate Conrad Lam is 'able to explain complex issues in a logical concise way'.

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Katherine Liu is easily reachable and quickly responsive.’

Conrad Lam is very experienced and his communication skills are also very strong, both on paper and verbally.’

Key clients

Airstar Bank

Black Crane Investment Management

HKT Flexi

PrimeCredit

Banking and finance Tier 4

Stephenson Harwood is well-regarded for supply chain finance arrangements and the development of standard factoring and security documents. It is also experienced in asset finance, structured finance, fintech, investment products and secured and unsecured lending. Head of practice Mark Reed handles general banking, finance, insolvency and regulatory advice. King-Tak Fung specialises in international trade law. Stephanie Wong left for Eversheds Sutherland.

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‘They always offer ideas to solve problems’ 

‘The team is highly practical and diligent, and offers clients with cost-efficient solutions’.

‘Elton Chan is technically strong and commercial, and extremely responsive, which ensures a smooth process’.

Key clients

Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited

China Construction Bank Corporation, Hong Kong Branch

China Construction Bank (Asia) Corporation Limited

FundPark Limited

Metro Holdings Limited

TNG (Asia) Limited

Intellectual property Tier 4

Although it was weakened somewhat following the departure of Jonathan Chu to CMS in December 2019, Stephenson Harwood maintains a solid IP offering. The 'very responsive and thoroughJezamine Fewins heads the team and excels at handling IP matters at the intersection of employment law, including representing clients on issues relating to the theft of confidential information and trade secrets.

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‘Jezamine Fewins is very responsive, thorough, and pleasant to work with.’

Key clients

Eu Yan Sang International Limited

Asia Standard Management Services Limited

Allianz Se

GSK

Bonhams 1793 Limited

Jette Joop

CHINA KWEICHOW MOUTAI DISTILLERY (GROUP) CO., LTD. 贵州茅台酒厂(集团)有限责任公司

S E A Holdings Limited

Coindu , Componentes Para A Industria Automovels S.A.

Utmost Worldwide Limited Hong Kong branch

Slide & Hide Systems Pte Ltd

Peter Stupp Design Mode GmbH

Corporate (including M&A) Tier 5

With over 40 years’ experience in Greater China, Stephenson Harwood handles private and public M&A, greenfield joint ventures, and general corporate and commercial work. Head of team Paul Westover advises on acquisitions and disposals across Asia. Jane Ng jointly heads the team. Marco Pocci and Penelope Shen both joined as partner from Winston & Strawn LLP and Kwok Yih & Chan, respectively. Michelle Chung was promoted to partner.

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China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co., Ltd.

SOCAM Development Limited

The joint provisional liquidators of CECEP COSTIN New Materials Group Limited/ PricewaterhouseCoopers

Asset finance (including aviation and shipping finance)

Benefiting from vast industry knowledge, as well as deeply rooted ties with many of the most active regional and international financiers, lessors, and operators, the 'superb' team at Stephenson Harwood is regularly engaged in the highest-profile aviation and maritime financing mandates in the market. The firm's robust ties with leading PRC-based lessors, including ICBC Financial Leasing, generate a huge amount of work for the aviation team that is headed by the 'excellentSimon Wong. Although traditionally most of this work has been on the new money front, often involving complex leasing structures, including JOLCOs, in the aftermath of the Covid pandemic, the team has been particularly busy assisting lessors on a slew of aircraft repossession and restructuring transactions. Hongkai Zhou leads on the shipping front, and as well as advising on conventional commercial debt financing and leasing matters, also has a strong reputation in relation to export credit-backed financings. Elton Chan is recommended across a range of debt financing mandates for owners and lenders, as well as on distressed asset sales and investments.

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Key clients

ICBC Aviation Leasing (also known as ICBC Financial Leasing)

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

CIB Leasing

China Development Bank

Cinda Financial Leasing

The Export-Import Bank of China

Everbright Fortune International Leasing

JIC Leasing

Spring Airlines

Minsheng Hong Kong International Leasing

China Development Bank Financial Leasing

Compnia Sud Americana de Vapores (“CSAV”)

Guodian Shipping (Hong Kong) Co. Ltd

ICBC Financial Leasing Ltd.

Michharry and Company Nigeria Limited (“MCN”).

The People’s Insurance Co of China (Hong Kong) Ltd

CMB Financial Leasing Ltd.

China > Fintech: foreign firms Tier 2

Stephenson Harwood has extensive experience in advising fintech sector clients on the application of new technologies to finance, such as the digitalisation of money lending, P2P lending, banking, investment and payment services, as well as the creation of financial technology ecosystems that combine payment, personal finance and remittance functions. Its experience also extends to advising sponsors on their collaboration with start-up companies. With over three decades of experience, Hong Kong-based finance practice head Mark Reed specialises in advising fintech companies on general banking, finance, insolvency, employment, and financial services regulatory compliance advice; and regulatory team partner Katherine Liu's practice recently involved assisting fintech startups and established financial institutions with establishing their online businesses. In 2020, the firm closed its Beijing office.

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PrimeCredit Limited

Airstar Bank Limited

HKT Flexi Limited

Convoy Global Holdings Limited

Futu Securities International (Hong Kong) Limited

Futu Lending Limited

HEX Technologies Limited

Xero Limited

FundPark Limited

China > Insolvency and restructuring; foreign firms Tier 3

Led from Hong Kong by 'excellent' litigator Jamie StrangerStephenson Harwood has a focus on formal insolvency procedures, often with a contentious angle, much of which has a connection to mainland China. The firm has strong ties with local IPs which are appreciative of its ability to 'think outside the box' and to provide 'practical and flexible solutions'.

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Testimonials

‘The team provides practical and flexible solutions.’

‘They are multi-jurisdictional, with a very strong focus on insolvency and restructuring. All of the partners and associates are top-notch and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Jamie Stranger is excellent, engaged and thinks outside the box to achieve clients’ goals.’

‘Eloise Matsui is on top of breaking legal developments and extremely efficient.’

‘Alex Tang is calm, measured, detail-oriented.’

‘Ivan Ng and Emily Li are very proactive and always available to assist.’

Key clients

PwC

Societe Generale

Rabobank

FTI

Duff & Phelps

China > Banking and finance: foreign firms Tier 4

Stephenson Harwood's Hong Kong-based banking and finance team is 'highly practical and diligent, and offers clients cost-efficient solutions'. It stands out for its trade finance expertise; its other specialisms cover asset finance (including shipping and aviation finance), structured finance, fintech, investment products, and secured and unsecured lending. Mark Reed heads the non-contentious side of both the finance group and the regulatory practice; and former trade finance head at Bank of America, King-Tak Fung, specialises in banking and international trade law and practice. In 2020, the firm experienced both the closure of its Beijing office and the departure in Hong Kong of Stephanie Wong to Eversheds Sutherland.

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The team is highly practical and diligent, and offers clients cost-efficient solutions.

It understands the needs of clients and how to construct terms and conditions that protect the client.

Key clients

Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited

China Construction Bank Corporation, Hong Kong Branch

China Construction Bank (Asia) Corporation Limited

FundPark Limited

Metro Holdings Limited

TNG (Asia) Limited

China > Dispute resolution: Litigation: foreign firms Tier 4

Stephenson Harwood frequently advises on large, complex and multi-jurisdictional disputes relating to PRC. 'The firm provides flexible and practical solutions', notes one client. The practice is led from Hong Kong by Ivan Ng, whose work focuses on shareholders disputes, contractual disputes, letters of credit disputes and insolvency matters. In the same office, Jamie Stranger handles corporate insolvency, commercial litigation, fraud and professional liability, and senior associate Emily Li has experience in advising PRC and international clients on shareholders disputes matters. Evangeline Quek is the managing partner of the Shanghai office and focuses on trade and shipping matters, which frequently involves cross-border litigation concerning companies in PRC and Taiwan. The firm has an association with Chinese law firm Wei Tu Law Firm in Guangzhou.

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‘The firm provides flexible and practical solutions.’

‘Ivan Ng and Emily Li are very proactive and always available to assist.’

Key clients

Television Broadcasts Limited

Employees of China Shanshui Investment Limited

China Construction Bank (Asia) Corporation Limited

Dan Form International Limited (a BVI company) and its owner (a PRC individual)

Société Générale

HWH Holdings Limited (a BVI company)

Hong Kong Zhixin Financial News Agency Limited

Dymocks Holdings Limited

Rabobank

OCBC

ICBC

Raiffeisen Bank International AG

PricewaterhouseCoopers

China Tailong Green Power Group Limited

KBC Bank NV

Agricultural Bank of China

China > Intellectual property: foreign firms Tier 4

Stephenson Harwood's Hong Kong-based IP team is headed up by seasoned litigator Jezamine Fewins. Its client base covers the TMT, retail and luxury goods, hotel and leisure, life sciences, construction, and food and beverage sectors. The firm closed its Beijing office in 2020, while former partner Jonathan Chu left for CMS' Hong Kong office in late 2019.

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Very practical advice – the team at SH does not sit on the fence and is dynamic in its handling of work. The practitioners are responsive, aware of cost sensitivities and give advice in easy-to-understand language.

Jezamine Fewins is commercially savvy and understands the China market, as well as what we need in order to protect our business while not incurring a large legal bill. She is efficient and lets her team deal with the straightforward aspects, but is always on call should we need reassurance on technical issues.

Key clients

Eu Yan Sang International Limited

Asia Standard Management Services Limited

Allianz Se

GSK

Bonhams 1793 Limited

Jette Joop

China Kweichow Moutai Distillery (Group)

S E A Holdings Limited

Coindu , Componentes Para A Industria Automovels S.A.

Utmost Worldwide Limited (Hong Kong Branch)

Slide & Hide Systems Pte Ltd

Peter Stupp Design Mode GmbH

China > Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 5

Stephenson Harwood's corporate and M&A work includes private and public matters, greenfield joint ventures, general corporate and commercial work, and compliance issues. The practice works closely with its associated PRC law firm, Wei Tu Law Firm in Guangzhou, but closed its own Beijing office in 2020. Hong Kong's Paul Westover and Jane Ng are the principal contacts.

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The team members are familiar with the investment paths of Chinese-funded enterprises and overseas investment projects, and provide constructive suggestions in relation to transaction structures and foreign investment risks.

They have strong language skills, and use simple and easy-to-understand language to explain complex structures and matters.

Key clients

China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co., Ltd.

SOCAM Development Limited

The joint provisional liquidators of CECEP COSTIN New Materials Group Limited

The firm: Stephenson Harwood is a law firm with over 1,100 people worldwide, including more than 180 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 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 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Asset finance: aviation Simon Wong
Asset finance: shipping Hongkai Zhou
Banking and finance Elton Chan
Banking and finance Mark Reed
Capital markets Paul Westover
Employment Jezamine Fewins
Employment Ian Childs
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
Private wealth Kevin Lee
Marine and international trade Evangeline Quek
Real estate Jovanne Zee
Regulatory (non-contentious) Katherine Liu
Restructuring and insolvency Eloise Matsui
Restructuring and insolvency Alexander Tang
Trusts Kevin Lee
Funds Penelope Shen
Photo Name Position Profile
 Elton Chan  photo Elton Chan Partner
 Ian Childs  photo Ian Childs Partner
 Michelle Chung  photo Michelle Chung Partner
 Ian Devereux  photo Ian Devereux Partner
 Eloise Fardon  photo Eloise Fardon Partner
 Jezamine Fewins  photo Jezamine Fewins Partner
 King Tak Fung  photo King Tak Fung Partner
 Peter Hodson  photo Peter Hodson Consultant
 Anna Kwong photo Anna Kwong Associate
 Conrad Lam photo Conrad Lam Associate
 Vivian Lau photo Vivian Lau Associate
 Kevin Lee  photo Kevin Lee Partner
 Emily Li  photo Emily Li Senior Associate
 Katherine Liu  photo Katherine Liu Partner
 Matthew Love  photo Matthew Love Of Counsel
 Jane Ng  photo Jane Ng Partner
 Ivan Ng  photo Ivan Ng Partner
 Silvia On  photo Silvia On Partner
 Marco Pocci  photo Marco Pocci Partner
 Mark Reed  photo Mark Reed Partner
 Andrew Rigden Green  photo Andrew Rigden Green Partner
 Penelope Shen  photo Penelope Shen Partner
 Nathalie Sit photo Nathalie Sit Associate
 Elizabeth Sloane  photo Elizabeth Sloane Partner
 Jamie Stranger  photo Jamie Stranger Office managing partner Greater China
 Alexander Tang  photo Alexander Tang Partner
 Teresa Tsoi photo Teresa Tsoi Associate
 Paul Westover  photo Paul Westover Partner
 Richard Wilmot  photo Richard Wilmot Partner
 Simon Wong  photo Simon Wong Partner
 Ian Yeung photo Ian Yeung Associate
 Karis Yip photo Karis Yip Associate
 Chryseis Yu  photo Chryseis Yu Senior Associate
 Jovanne Zee  photo Jovanne Zee Senior Associate
 Hongkai Zhou  photo Hongkai Zhou Partner
Number of lawyers : 500+
Greater China : 70+
English
Chinese (Mandarin)
Cantonese
Shanghainese
Malay
Korean
French
Russian
Contacts : Jamie Stranger (office managing partner Greater China)
Contacts : Tinny Ip (head of business development - Greater China)