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Eugene Lai

T: +852 2533 2759 M: +852 9842 8089 Email Eugene | Vcard Office: Beijing, Hong Kong

Eugene Lai Partner

Contact details

Eugene Lai

Eugene Lai
Partner

T: +852 2533 2759 M: +852 9842 8089 Email Eugene | Vcard Office: Beijing, Hong Kong

Eugene has 20 years of experience in advising clients on legal aspects of their foreign investments and business operations within China. Clients highly value his commercial approach and responsiveness in offering tactful and pragmatic solutions.
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Eugene advises multi-national corporations, private equity funds, banks and securities companies on their direct investments, joint ventures, disposals and restructurings as well as mergers and acquisitions in China.

He has also represented PRC state-owned and private enterprises on setting up their overseas businesses, pre-listing restructurings, listings, financing, out-bound mergers and acquisitions, as well as debt restructuring and international tax planning. He has particular experience in representing clients on in-bound or out-bound investments in a wide range of business sectors such as energy, oil and gas, financial institutions, real estate, mining, IT, logistics, construction and construction materials, manufacturing, distribution and retail and infrastructure projects.

Eugene is a joint company secretary of Sinopec Kantons Holdings Limited (stock code: 934), a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited.

  • Corporate
  • Public & Private M&A
  • Regulatory Compliance

Initial public offerings

Acted for Sinopec Kantons Holdings Limited on its listing on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (“Stock Exchange”).

Acted for Guotai Junan Holdings on its listing (a red chip company) on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange.

Acted for Techcomp (Holdings) Limited, on its dual listing in Hong Kong. The shares are concurrently listed in Singapore.

Acted for Hengxin Technology Limited, on its dual listing in Hong Kong. The shares are concurrently listed in Singapore.

Acted for SFK Construction Holdings Limited on its listing on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange.

Acted on the H shares listing of Anhui Conch Cement Company Limited on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong.

Backdoor listing

Acted for Tianjin Bohai Chemical Corporation Limited in the delisting of its existing chemical business and the new listing of its new toll road and sewage water treatment business. This was the first H shares back-door listing transaction in Hong Kong.

Migration from the GEM board to the Main Board of the Stock Exchange

Acted for Cash Financial Services Group Limited and Miland IC & I Holdings Limited on their migration from the GEM board to the Main Board of the Stock Exchange.

Rights issue

Acted for Sinopec Kantons Holdings Limited in a rights issue and raised up to HK$3.5 billion (about US$450 million). The rights issue was fully underwritten by BoA Merrill Lynch Hong Kong.

Share placement

Acted for Sinopec Kantons Holdings Limited in a share placement which rose up to approximately HK$2.68 billion (equivalent to approximately US $345 million). BofA Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan and Nomura were appointed as underwriters and placing agents on this deal.

Debt financing

Acted for Sinotruk Holdings Limited, a red chip company listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange, on the issuance of RMB 20 billion 2 years fixed rate notes.

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Investments in a wide range of business sectors

Representing clients in investments in a wide range of business sectors such as energy, oil and gas, financial institutions, real estate, mining, IT, logistics, construction and construction materials, manufacturing, distribution and retail and infrastructure projects.

Cross-border investments

Acted for Sinopec Kantons Holdings Limited in conducting cross border acquisitions and investments, including businesses and infrastructure projects in countries like Indonesia, UAE and in the EU.

In-bound investments

Acted for ICBC in its acquisition of Union Bank in Hong Kong (now ICBC Asia), a licensed bank listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited.

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Corporate governance

Advising various listed companies in Hong Kong on Hong Kong Listing Rules and relevant regulatory requirements.

Regulatory investigations

Advising clients on inspections and investigations conducted by regulatory authorities in Hong Kong.

Company secretary

Eugene is a joint company secretary of Sinopec Kantons Holdings Limited (stock code: 934), a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited.

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