Hong Kong


Voon Keat Lai  

Voon Keat Lai
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Hong Kong

Established in 1979, our Hong Kong 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 Hong Kong office is Stephenson Harwood’s largest office outside London. The office offers 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.

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

We have a diverse group of clients from individuals to small and medium enterprises, multi-nationals and state-owned enterprises across many industry sectors.

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

Recent IPOs

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 and, 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 as the legal adviser to Steed Oriental Holdings Limited for its listing on the GEM Board of the HKSE. The company is principally engaged in the manufacture and sale of a variety of customised plywood products.

Real estate

Acted for a syndicate of banks in a HK$2.12 billion financing for 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.

Private wealth

Acted for UHNWIs in setting up trust structures for their children.

Acted for patriarchs in setting up a trust structure with foundations, PTCs and family councils to cater for the next few generations.

Banks and banking

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.

Funds and asset management

Providing regulatory advice to fund managers and other service providers in the asset management industry.


Structuring, documenting and negotiating debt/equity financing transactions entered into by hedge and private equity funds.

Fiduciary services

Advising trustees on the establishment of private trusts for high net worth individuals, preparation of all trust documentation leading to the establishment of trust structures and the take on of trust assets.

Advising high net worth individuals on the appropriate trust structure and jurisdiction, including the establishment of private trust companies in jurisdictions such as Jersey, Guernsey, BVI and the Cayman Islands.

Advising high net worth individuals on establishing a variety of different legal associations such as companies, partnerships, foundations, investment vehicles in Hong Kong and other offshore locations.

Corporate governance

Advising trustees, directors and other fiduciaries on their duties when discharging administration and fiduciary duties.

Advising trustees, directors and other fiduciaries on the processes to record appropriate minutes, resolutions and other corporate documentation to implement their functions and duties.

Advising trustees, directors and other fiduciaries on applicable regulations and compliance duties when discharging their functions.

Dispute resolution

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

Act as an independent arbitrator or mediator in trust related disputes.

Marine and international trade

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.

Joint venture project in a Brunei-based shipping and logistics operation for import and export of non-petroleum products.

Voon Keat Lai

Voon Keat Lai Managing Partner

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


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