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Stephenson Harwood

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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.

  • Contacts

  • Voon Keat Lai (managing partner - Greater China)

  • Tinny Ip (head of business development - Greater China)

  • Number of lawyers: 500+
  • Greater China: 70+
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • Cantonese
  • Korean
  • Malay
  • Russian
  • Shanghainese
  • Chinese (Mandarin)

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Stephenson Harwood

  • Companies should plan now to minimise their pension protection levy

    The amount that pension schemes have to pay to the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) for the year 2006/07 may have increased by as much as five times the previous year's levy. Employers who ultimately bear the cost of many pension schemes will need to make plans now to ensure the levy payable for the year 2008/09 is kept to a minimum.
    - Stephenson Harwood

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