Mark Reed

Mark Reed

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[Mark Reed is] very intellectual, detail-oriented, and very good at dealing with complex documents and legal questions

Chambers Asia 2014

Mark heads the finance and regulatory groups of Stephenson Harwood in Greater China.

From a wide-ranging commercial law background, he specializes in providing general banking, finance, insolvency, financial/investment regulatory and employment advice to financial and investment institutions and intermediaries, fund managers, insolvency practitioners, borrowers, investors and issuers. He handles transactions involving secured and unsecured lending; asset, trade and structured finance; and finance asset sales and bank mergers. He also works on the structuring, issue and marketing of debt, equity and derivative products; and contractual debt restructurings and insolvencies.

Mark has been recognised as a leading lawyer by both Chambers Asia and Asia Pacific Legal 500 for many years and is currently ranked by the China section of the 2014 Chambers Asia in the three areas of banking and finance, financial services regulatory and restructuring/insolvency. Clients have commented to Chambers Asia that he is “a hugely responsive and attentive lawyer who possesses excellent knowledge of the Hong Kong regulatory regime" and he is "very intellectual, detail-oriented, and very good at dealing with complex documents and legal questions". In the 2014 Asia Pacific Legal 500, Mark is described as “a Hong Kong stalwart” for banking and finance, doing a “superb job” on regulatory work and a “name to note” on restructuring/insolvency work.

Receiving a BA (Hons), Jurisprudence from Oxford University in 1978, Mark joined Stephenson Harwood London in 1979. Mark became a partner in 1988 and has worked extensively in both locations. He is now based in Hong Kong and has worked there for over 25 years.

Mark concentrates on the financial services sector, advising not only financial and investment institutions and intermediaries but also their customers on the borrower, issuer or investor side. As a result of servicing his clients' needs in many areas, Mark's experience allows him to advise such clients not only on their core financial services activities, such as financial and investment services and products, but also on regulatory, compliance, employment, insolvency and corporate law issues. Clients include major US and European banks, such as Wachovia, State Street, Société Générale and Natixis, and brokers and fund managers, such as CVC, DB Zwirn, Icap and Stark Investments.

Having worked through several economic downturns in the UK and Hong Kong, Mark has applied his commercial, finance and insolvency expertise to good use in many insolvency-driven debt and corporate restructurings, including those involving Wah Kwong Shipping in the 1980s, BskyB in the 1990s and a number of manufacturing and retail corporate groups in recent years.

Mark is perhaps now best-known in Hong Kong for his regulatory advice to financial and investment institutions and intermediaries, such as banks, brokers and investment funds.

This advice covers all the important HK regulatory regimes and supports financial services businesses starting with their initial set-up and authorisation and continuing through their operation and compliance. Clients in this practice area include Wachovia, Société Générale, State Street, Natixis, CVC, Newedge and DB Zwirn.

Mark is one of the few lawyers in Hong Kong having extensive trade finance experience, ranging from the documenting of trade finance facilities to the structuring and documenting of innovative trade finance products.

His work covers L/C business and UCP advice, secured and unsecured credit facilities, receivables and commodity finance and cross-border security issues.

Clients in this practice area include Wells Fargo, Bank of New York Mellon, Société Générale and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria.

Having advised so many financial and investment institutions on set-up, expansion and downsizing programmes, Mark has developed extensive employment law expertise and regularly advises financial services sector clients in this area.

Clients in this practice area include Stark Investments, Wachovia, Bank of New York Mellon, Old Mutual and DB Zwirn.