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Voon Keat Lai

Voon Keat Lai
Managing Partner

T: +852 2533 2790 Email Voon | Vcard Office: Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai

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We offer multi-lingual and multi-disciplinary services from three offices in Greater China. Our 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. Our lawyers also advise on selected aspects of laws of other jurisdictions.
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In an industry where technical knowhow is a given, we differentiate ourselves by our honesty, creative thinking and attention to client care. Our lawyers are bright, fun, commercially minded and have strong inter-personal skills. We achieve this by focusing on talent recruitment and enrichment across all aspects of our human resource management. We aim to ensure that our clients have access to top-notch, consistent and unequivocal legal advice in plain language wherever we operate.

We are relationship driven, both with our clients and internally. With our clients, we seek to build deep, meaningful relationships and an understanding of their businesses and cultures. Internally, we invest in building camaraderie, teamwork and commitment to common goals.

Our Greater China offices offer a comprehensive spectrum of Stephenson Harwood’s global services including dispute resolution, commercial, outsourcing and technology, competition, corporate, employment, finance, intellectual property, marine and international trade, projects and infrastructure, private wealth, real estate, regulation and restructuring and insolvency.

Working hand-in-hand with our regional offices and associations in Guangzhou, Jakarta, Seoul and Singapore and our friendly law firms in other parts of Asia, we are able to provide a comprehensive Asian service to clients operating within Asia.

We have a diverse group of clients from individuals to small and medium enterprises, multi-nationals and state-owned enterprises across many industry sectors. The common feature of most of our clients is that they are either based in Asia (especially the Greater China region) or have commercial interests in this region.

"A great team of professionals who care deeply about their clients' needs."
Chambers Asia Pacific 2015

Acted as the legal adviser to Best Pacific International Holdings Limited. The company is headquartered in Dongguan City, Guangdong Province, China, is a one-stop solution for customers lingerie materials suppliers, according to 2012 sales revenue calculation, the company is the world's largest manufacturer of women's underwear material.

Acted as the legal adviser to D&G Technology Holdings Limited for the listing of its securities on the Main Board of the HKSE. The Issuer is a leading market player in the PRC focusing on the production of medium to large scale asphalt mixing plants.

Acted for a syndicate of banks in a HK$2.12 billion to a subsidiary of a locally listed company

Acted for a major US bank on negotiating new office leases in CBD Central and extending other office leases pending the move

Acted for a listed company landlord of a major shopping complex in CBD Tsimshatsui

Acted for UHNWIs in setting up trust structures for their children

Acting as an external in-house adviser to banks on a wide variety of issues arising in the course of their day-to-day business, including in relation to financing transactions, regulation, security enforcement, restructuring, employment and commercial arrangements.

Counselling American multinational financial institution, on redundancy issues in China, and coordinating defence proceedings and successful settlement of labor actions brought in Shanghai labour tribunal by ex-employees.

Provided preliminary antitrust advice to major state-owned Chinese company in consumer goods sector in connection with a proposed auction bid for a UK retail business, and formulating optimal competition law strategies

Advising high net worth individuals, trustees and other fiduciaries on alternative dispute resolution processes such as arbitration, mediation, facilitation and evaluation.

Mediated an insurance dispute recently involving many millions of dollars, the parties being a number of Lloyd’s Syndicates and a large global commodity trader.

Voon Keat Lai

Voon Keat Lai Managing Partner

T: +852 2533 2790
Email Voon | Vcard Office: Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai

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