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Stephenson Harwood Offices
Suite 2010, China World Office 2
1 Jian Guo Men Wai Avenue, Chaoyang District
Stephenson Harwood > The Legal 500 Rankings
Shipping: foreign firms Tier 1
At Stephenson Harwood, Vincent Xu leads the shipping finance offering while Evangeline Quek sits at the head of the shipping litigation sub-team; they are both based in Shanghai. The group advises nearly all major international banks which are active in the market as well as large and major finance leasing companies from China. On the contentious front, Quek's department specialises in cross-border enforcement work, shipbuilding work and the oil and gas and offshore industry. Andrew Rigden Green, Roy Chan and legal director Guijun Wang are also names to note from its Hong Kong office.
Fintech: foreign firms Tier 2
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.
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.
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.
Stephenson Harwood's practice in mainland China regularly works alongside its associated PRC law firm, Wei Tu Law Firm. The team covers the full range of Greater China-related M&A transactions, including public and private, domestic, cross-border matters. Chun-Hui Lin is a partner in the Hong Kong and Beijing offices; former corporate and capital markets partner Allen Shyu left for Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.
Stephenson Harwood, which enjoys an association with PRC law firm Wei Tu Law Firm, acts in large, complex and multi-jurisdictional disputes, and is regularly instructed by banks and commodity trading companies in international trade finance disputes. Ivan Ng heads the litigation practice of the Hong Kong office and Evangeline Quek is the principal Shanghai contact.
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.