Voon Keat Lai  

Voon Keat Lai
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Established in 2013, our Beijing office is part of our Greater China practice. Based in three offices in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai, our Greater China lawyers have been providing, multi-lingual 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.

The Beijing office has a particular focus on dispute resolution, corporate, energy and projects and infrastructure.

Along with our other Greater China offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai and our alliance in Guangzhou, we provide a comprehensive range of legal service to clients operating within the Greater China region.

Many of the clients of our Beijing office are Chinese state owned enterprises (SOEs). Working with our international offices, associations and network of friendly law firms, we help these SOEs in all aspects of their overseas investments and financing, from initial planning to investing, operating, disposal and resolution of disputes.

Energy and resources


Wide-ranging experience in advising, drafting, negotiating and reviewing agreements including the long term and spot (LNG SPA) and gas sale and purchasing agreements (GSA), transportation agreements, LNG time and voyage charterparties and LNG terminal use agreements, EPC for LNG and gas pipeline agreements, etc.


Advised CNPC and PetroChina on a proposed acquisition of a complex US$10 billion upstream equity of Woodside in Australia.

Power plant, mining and other natural resources related experience

Advised mine sponsors and owners including BHP Australia, China Nonferrous Metals, China Coal, Yanzhou Coal, Shanghai Power, CITIC Resources, on their acquisitions and development of mining projects of coal, tin, copper, gold, aluminium in China, Indonesia, and Australia.

Infrastructure projects

Advised China Merchants Holdings (International) Co Ltd on its US$10 billion investment and project development of special economic zone, container terminal and port, highway and rail project in Bagamoyo, Tanzania.

Power plants

Advised Electricite de France and GEC Alstom on the 2X360 MW Laibin B BOT power project (i.e. FIGLEC) as project sponsors from the early bidding stage to the winning and completion stage. Advisied FIGLEC Project Company on dealing with the Guangxi government and other Chinese authorities in relation to the concession agreement, power purchase agreement, loan agreements, investor equity transfer agreements, settlement agreement and other project documents.

Project finance

Act as the international counsel for Standard Chartered bank on its first non-recourse project finance of the largest operating waste-to-power project in Asia which treats 1,600 tonnes of municipal solid waste per day in Beijing.

Advised Asian Development Bank (ADB) on its first natural gas distribution network project supported by ADB as well as ADB's first long-term local currency debt financing arrangement in the PRC. The loan facility is part of ADB's US$150 million financing package of "A loan" and "B loan", partnering with 12 commercial banks.

Merger and acquisition

Advised on the US$800 million acquisition of House of Fraser in the UK and was also the lead lawyer of the French state-owned post office La Poste and its subsidiary GeoPost (DPD) on its first M&A activities, operation of logistic and express delivery business in Asia and China.

Energy related M&A project

Advised CNOOC Limited on one of the largest upstream acquisitions in Australia (Gorgon LNG Project), including preparing due diligence reports, drafting, negotiating and advising on the equity sales and purchase agreement in both Chinese and English.


Assisted a number of PRC companies on their overseas listings, including acting as the lead lawyer to advise Sinopec on its US$3.4 billion IPO, the PRC company’s first ever triple listing in Hong Kong, New York and London.

Advised sponsors Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse First Boston and Bank of China International on a dual listing by IPO of shares and ADSs of CNOOC Ltd on the Hong Kong and New York Stock Exchanges.

Voon Keat Lai

Voon Keat Lai Managing Partner

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


Stephenson Harwood Beijing Representative Office
10308, 3rd Floor, Plaza A, Galaxy SOHO
Dongcheng District
Beijing 100010
People's Republic of China

T: +86 10 5921 7600 │F: +86 10 5921 7611

How to find us

  • By subway
Chaoyang Men Station (Line 2 or Line 6)

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03 Oct 2017

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Stephenson Harwood named International Shipping & Aviation Firm of the Year

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has been named International Shipping & Aviation Firm of the Year at the China Law & Practice Awards 2017, held in Beijing.


02 May 2013

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Stephenson Harwood opens Beijing office

International law firm Stephenson Harwood opens an office in Beijing today - the fourth office for the firm in Greater China and ninth worldwide.


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