Our roots in Guangzhou trace back to 1994 when the Hong Kong office of Stephenson Harwood opened its first China representative office in the city. In 2014, Stephenson Harwood decided to withdraw from Guangzhou and an independent Chinese law firm Wei-Tu was established by former colleagues. Wei Tu and Stephenson Harwood are now in an Association* under the name “Stephenson Harwood - Wei Tu (China) Association”.
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The association allows us to offer a ‘one stop service’ for Hong Kong, English and PRC law advice (with the PRC advice offered by Wei Tu) to banks, all types of enterprises and individuals.

Based in Guangzhou, Wei Tu is led by Xianming Lu, who formerly worked for Stephenson Harwood for a number of years. As such, he has an in-depth understanding of our clients and our ethos, and the high standards of advice and service our clients expect to receive. The Wei Tu team is therefore in a unique position in being able to offer Stephenson Harwood clients a genuinely seamless and complementary service in the PRC.

Xianming is particularly experienced in cross-border financing transactions. His team is experienced in various fields, particularly corporate, foreign investment, banking, finance, commercial litigation, employment and marine and international trade.

They all read law at reputable law schools in China or abroad and before joining Wei Tu. Many of them have many years of experience working in leading PRC firms and international law firms and serving clients from all over the world.

* Wei Tu (a PRC law firm registered in Guangzhou) and Stephenson Harwood (a law firm registered in Hong Kong) are in a CEPA association under the name “Stephenson Harwood - Wei Tu (China) Association”. CEPA (Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement) is a free trade agreement concluded between Mainland China and Hong Kong. Under CEPA, Hong Kong based law firms are permitted to operate in association with Mainland Chinese law firms to provide comprehensive legal services in Mainland China governed by Chinese and non-Chinese laws.


Advised DNB Shanghai on legal and regulatory requirements in relation to onshore general working capital loans (in RMB and USD) and assisted with standardising documentation.

A Swedish shipowning company 

Advised and assisted a Swedish shipowning company on the acquisition of two chemical tankers in China.


Advised CEXIM on Sinosure short term export credit policy.

E. Sun Commercial Bank

Acted as the PRC counsel for E. Sun Commercial Bank in relation to a syndicated term loan facility to a PRC leasing company.

CDB Leasing

Acted as PRC counsel for CDB Leasing on restructuring of bareboat chartering arrangements for five bulk carriers.

A major UK electronics products distributor

Assisted a major UK electronics products distributor in relation to the acquisition of shares in a Chinese producer of power supply fittings.

A major UK consulting company

Advised a major UK consulting company in relation to the shareholder dispute with its Chinese partner.

A Hong Kong listed company

Assisted a Hong Kong listed company in relation to the liquidation of one of its factories with more than 20 years of history and around 1,000 staff in Guangdong province.

An European manufacture

Advised a European manufacturer in implementing mass layoffs in its PRC subsidiary.

Various foreign invested enterprises

Represented various foreign invested enterprises before labour arbitration tribunals and PRC courts in relation to various labour disputes.

Xianming Lu

Xianming Lu Managing partner

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