Kevin Lee > Stephenson Harwood > Hong Kong, Hong Kong > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Private Wealth

Position

Partner

Career

Kevin is the head of our wealth and corporate practice in Greater China. He has been consistently ranked in Band 1 by Chambers for Private Client lawyers in Hong Kong. He is one of the leading private wealth, tax and trust practitioners in Asia Pacific. Kevin also advises on family businesses, and has represented corporate clients on commercial transactions and establishing operations in Hong Kong.

Qualified in Hong Kong and Canada, Kevin advises clients in respect of both jurisdictions. Kevin acts as counsel for major corporations headquartered in Hong Kong, China, the USA, Canada, Japan and other jurisdictions. He advises on the registration, corporate tax, intellectual property, employment and immigration aspects of doing business in Hong Kong as well as on cross-border transitions. Kevin also represents numerous high net worth clients from around the world on diverse matters including succession planning, family trust, tax advisory and compliance, wills and estates, asset preservation, family business succession and governance, private equity investments and philanthropy.

Aside from representing trust settlors and beneficiaries, Kevin also advises trust companies on Hong Kong registration, licensing and regulatory compliance issues.

Kevin co-authored the Hong Kong Q&A chapter for the 2019 edition of the Practical Law Private Client Global Guide.

Kevin is fluent in English, and also communicates well in Mandarin and Cantonese.

Languages

English, Mandarin and Cantonese

Lawyer Rankings

Hong Kong > Private Client (tax, trusts, wealth management and contentious probate)

(Leading individuals)

Kevin LeeStephenson Harwood

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 knowledgeable‘ Kevin 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.

Philippines > Foreign firms

Stephenson Harwood LLP‘s wide-ranging Philippines practice spans a number of areas, including disputes, corporate, private client and TMT. The firm is particularly active in asset finance work, and has been instructed to advise on some of the largest aircraft orders anywhere in Asia; in 2019, Saugata Mukherjee led a team that assisted Cebu Pacific with financing the $227m acquisition of four new Airbus A321neos. Corporate specialist Tom Platts has advised several international companies on their entry into the Philippines market, most notably in the agri-business, logistics, energy services and telecoms sectors. Kevin Lee oversees the wealth and corporate practice and advises high-net-worth individuals on tax and trusts related to estate management.