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Eversheds Sutherland
Units 2201-2203, 22nd Floor, North Office Tower Beijing Kerry Centre, 1 Guanghua Road
Chaoyang District
Beijing 100020

China > Fintech: foreign firms Tier 2

Routinely acting for large institutional clients and fast-growing unicorns, Eversheds Sutherland‘s Hong Kong-based Asia technology group assists with a broad-spectrum of fintech-related matters. The team is particularly focused on strategic and bet-the-farm technology and digital transformation projects, which lie at the intersection of financial services and technology. Its recent experience includes several high-end, regulated fintech transactions; and the group is regularly sought out by international banks and global technology organisations in relation to virtual banks, merchants, technology service providers, and payment providers and processors. It is also increasingly active on behalf of multinational financial services, retail and technology companies, in relation to core banking and payments platforms. Fintech transactions specialist Rhys McWhirter leads the firm’s fintech and technology practice group across Asia, while the practice of Asia banking and finance head Michael Yau also covers fintech matters. Of counsel Frankie Tam is a technology specialist.

Practice head(s):

Rhys McWhirter; Michael Yau

Other key lawyers:

Frankie Tam; Philip Chow; Kenny Tam

Key clients

Thought Machine Group

Ping Pong Global Payments

Mox Bank

Blackhawk Network

AXA Asia

China CITIC Bank International

Work highlights

  • Advised Thought Machine Group on a number of strategic technology arrangements throughout Asia, which involved the licensing of its core banking platform, Vault, to various financial institutions.
  • Advised international unicorn Ping Pong Global Payments on its charge card, merchant acquiring and payment facilitator businesses in Hong Kong.
  • Advised Blackhawk Network on its gift card and reward card distribution offering and associated data privacy regulatory matters in multiple APAC jurisdictions.

China > Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland‘s Beijing and Shanghai offices work closely with the firm’s team in Hong Kong to advise on a variety of deals involving the PRC, ranging from the Chinese aspects of multi-jurisdictional deals to joint ventures by companies entering the PRC market. In Beijing, Jay Ze is the key name to note and is recognised for his expertise in energy and natural resources, where his workload includes advising Chinese companies on outbound investments. Jack Cai is managing partner of the firm’s Shanghai office and also takes the lead on inbound M&A, where his client base includes foreign companies across a range of sectors.

Practice head(s):

Jay Ze; Jack Cai; Charles Butcher; Stephen Mok


Eversheds Sutherland shows absolutely excellent and truly sophisticated ability to handle complex matters. They provide clear, innovative, thorough and extremely responsive advice with an excellent sense of pragmatic business considerations. Eversheds Sutherland was able to identify potential obstacles in advance and propose practical solutions.’

Eversheds Sutherland organizes their global resources efficiently and effectively.’

We have benefitted significantly from the deep and wide connections that Eversheds Sutherland’s lawyers have with the industry’s key players and other intermediaries such as the technical advisers, financial advisers and lenders. They can quickly make sound recommendations to us.’

Eversheds Sutherland is able to accommodate our schedule across jurisdictions and time zones to ensure that the firm delivers a 24/7 seamless global service. Their attorneys are very proactive and always meet our tight timelines and deliver quality work products under extreme time pressure.’

Their attorneys of diverse gender, ethnicity and professional background are participating in our transaction and making valuation contribution. Eversheds Sutherland also encourages young attorneys to take on important roles, and they always deliver.’

‘Jay Ze in essence stands for the highest quality you can get. Combining his solid legal expertise with his business and political acumen, Jay is guiding us through challenging legal issues in this complex project. He goes above and beyond offering proactive commercial advice tailored to our risk appetite. Jay does not wait for the client to come to him – he presents the solutions to the client a few steps ahead of the process.’

Jay Ze has a deep understanding of the client’s key commercial motives and focus. His proactive thinking and excellent commercial senses make it not only valuable in identifying legal risks, but also in selecting the best commercial strategies.’

Key clients

Baird Capital

Busy Bees

Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group

CITIC Resources Holdings

Ethemba Capital

edotco Group

Helly Hansen

Hutchison Port Holdings and CK Hutchison Holdings

JAS Worldwide

Naked Brand Group


Store Friendly Self Storage Group

Swire Properties

TOM Group

Vega Global

VFS Global

Work highlights

  • Advised JAS on its multijurisdictional acquisition of Tigers Limited from Geopost S.A.
  • Advised Baird Capital on its LBO of Vega Global Limited, and advised Vega Global on the subsequent bolt-on acquisition of a majority stake of Kodum Limited, a leading technology services provider operating in ANZ and the Pacific Islands.
  • Advised Naked Brand Group in relation to the China and Hong Kong aspects of its combination with Cenntro Automotive Group.

China > Projects and energy: foreign firms

Led by Jay Ze, the Greater China energy team at Eversheds Sutherland regularly acts for Chinese SOEs and corporates in a range of transactional work.

As a global top 15 law practice, Eversheds Sutherland provides legal advice and solutions to a global client base ranging from small and mid-sized businesses to the largest multinationals.

Our teams of lawyers around the world operate seamlessly to deliver the legal know-how and strategic alignment that clients need from their advisors to help further their business interests. Clients describe us as creative and well-versed in cutting edge legal work – we listen well in order to understand how and where we can be most effective and add the greatest value.

We shape our advice to the unique circumstances and challenges of each project, and ensure the right people are in the right places to offer insight and certainty – from the day-to-day to the most complex, multijurisdictional matters.

What unites us is our commitment to service excellence through a solution-oriented approach. We know our clients’ businesses, the industries and markets they operate in, and we know that great relationships yield the best outcomes.

Managing Partner Asia Stephen Kittsstephenkitts@eversheds-sutherland.com+852 2186 3262
Corporate Stephen Mokstephenmok@eversheds-sutherland.com+852 2186 3213
Banking and Finance Michael Yaumichaelyau@eversheds-sutherland.com+852 2186 3237
Litigation and Dispute Resolutions Mark Yeadonmarkyeadon@eversheds-sutherland.com+852 2186 3225
Intellectual Property Cedric Lamcedriclam@eversheds-sutherland.com+852 2186 3202
Employment Jennifer Van Dalejennifervandale@eversheds-sutherland.com+852 2186 4945
Commercial Rhys McWhirterrhysmcwhirter@eversheds-sutherland.com+852 2186 4969
Qiao Kang photo Qiao KangAssociate
Richard Tan photo Richard TanSenior Associate
Jay Ze photo Jay ZePartner
Ingrid Zhu-Clark photo Ingrid Zhu-ClarkManaging Partner Beijing
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Eversheds Sutherland: Wenzel Röhsner has been admitted to the Vienna bar

Wenzel Röhsner, LL.M. (29) has been admitted to the Vienna bar in March 2022 and appointed Legal Director at Eversheds Sutherland in Austria. He specializes in intellectual property and litigation law with a focus on tort, civil and corporate law.

Eversheds Sutherland is pleased to announce the admission of Michael Röhsner to the Vienna bar

Michael Röhsner, LL.M. (26) has been admitted to the Vienna bar in December 2021 and has been promoted to Legal Director at Eversheds Sutherland in Austria. He focuses on data protection, IT law and cybersecurity.

Eversheds Sutherland berät Reconomy bei Übernahme der deutschen Noventiz-Grupp

München, 10. Dezember 2020 - Die globale Wirtschaftskanzlei Eversheds Sutherland hat Reconomy, den führende Anbieter von Entsorgungs- und Rücknahmelösungen in Großbritannien, bei der Übernahme des deutschen Entsorgungsfachbetriebs Noventiz beraten. Verkäufer ist das deutsche PE-Haus SEAFORT Advisors.