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Kevin Lee

T: +852 2533 2843 Email Kevin | Vcard Office: Hong Kong

Awards

Tax and Trusts  (Hong Kong)

Tax and Trusts (Hong Kong)

Legal Week's Private Client Global Elite 2017 and 2018

Legal Week's Private Client Global Elite 2017 and 2018

Citywealth Leaderslist 2017 and 2018

Citywealth Leaderslist 2017 and 2018

Kevin Lee Partner

Contact details

Kevin Lee

Kevin Lee
Partner

T: +852 2533 2843 Email Kevin | Vcard Office: Hong Kong

Kevin has been consistently ranked in Band 1 by Chambers for Private Client lawyers in Hong Kong. He is one of the leading private wealth, tax and trust practitioners in Asia Pacific. Kevin also advises on family businesses, and has represented corporate clients on commercial transactions and establishing operations in Hong Kong.
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Qualified in Hong Kong and Canada, Kevin advises clients in respect of both jurisdictions. Kevin acts as counsel for major corporations headquartered in Hong Kong, China, the USA, Canada, Japan and other jurisdictions. He advises on the registration, corporate tax, intellectual property, employment and immigration aspects of doing business in Hong Kong as well as on cross-border transitions. Kevin also represents numerous high net worth clients from around the world on diverse matters including succession planning, family trust, tax advisory and compliance, wills and estate, asset preservation, family business succession and governance, private equity investments and philanthropy.

Aside from representing trust settlors and beneficiaries, Kevin also advises trust companies on Hong Kong registration, licensing and regulatory compliance issues.

Kevin co-authored the Hong Kong Q&A chapter for the 2019 edition of the Practical Law Private Client Global Guide.

Kevin is fluent in English, and also communicates well in Mandarin and Cantonese.

  • Private wealth
  • Public and private M&A
  • Private equity and venture capital
  • Tax

Advisor to prominent Hong Kong families on establishment of family governance and succession in conjunction with family trusts and corporate group restructuring.

Legal advisor for institutional trustees on their various Hong Kong registration, licensing, disclosure of interests filings and other regulatory compliance needs.

Advisor to various Hong Kong listed company founders on pre-IPO and post-IPO trust structuring including in respect of family succession plan, tax, securities disclosure and compliance, and relevant Takeovers Code issues.

Helps oversee the team’s wills and estates practice.

Advised the investor group on structuring of acquisition of controlling interest in an English Football League team.

Legal counsel for project manager for global blockchain research enterprise including establishment of structures in various jurisdictions.

Lead regional counsel for US international school chain in joint venture with PRC education group.

More: Public and private M&A

Acted as the joint advisor for founders of a Cayman Islands private equity fund on capital raises, and as lead advisor for the fund on equity and equity-like investments in start-up and growth-stage companies operating in various sectors including e-commerce, internet portals, media, ticketing, human resources, advertising, logistics, information technology and publishing.

Acted as lead counsel for private equity group to coordinate due diligence on target publishing house with operations in Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

Acted as co-counsel for lead PE investors in a regional airline, and advising the airline Board on numerous matters including human resources, government bridge financing, disputes and other issues. 

Provide Canadian tax advice in respect of non-resident trusts, charitable structures, inbound investments, insurance, pre-migration planning and real property holding structures.

Provide Canadian tax residency advice.

Provide Hong Kong tax advice in respect of profits tax, stamp duty, tax exemptions for philanthropy, tax residency for corporate clients and individuals.

Advise clients on compliance with reporting obligations.

More: Tax

  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • North America

Advisor to Mainland China families on asset restructuring in connection with increased globalization of business opportunities and migration of family members to various destinations including U.S., UK, Singapore, Canada and Australia.

Legal project manager for leading bank-owned trust company on obtaining regulatory advice on Shenzhen Stock Connect investments in A-shares.

Advisor to PRC founders of listed companies on pre-IPO and post-IPO trust structuring including on tax and securities regulatory compliance.

Advisor on sale of PRC international school to well-known UK education group.

Advisor for institutional trustees and listed companies on Hong Kong employee benefits trusts in respect of trust documentation, tax and employment law issues.

More: China

Lead external counsel for a major Japanese automobile manufacturer headquartered in Hong Kong.

Advisor to US conglomerate on establishment of Hong Kong regional base.

Advisor to shareholders of a Hong Kong licensed financial advisor corporation in the sale of their entire issued share capital to a U.K. financial institution.

Advisor for institutional trustees and listed companies on Hong Kong employee benefits trusts in respect of trust documentation, tax and employment law issues.  

More: Hong Kong

Regional counsel for an American leather products group in their negotiations with joint venture partners in Korea, Vietnam and Indonesia.

Advisor to Hong Kong listed group on joint venture with Canadian hotel chain.

Advisor to foreign trustee investing in significant bloc of US listed securities on behalf of a family trust.

Awards

Tax and Trusts  (Hong Kong)

Tax and Trusts (Hong Kong)

Legal Week's Private Client Global Elite 2017 and 2018

Legal Week's Private Client Global Elite 2017 and 2018

Citywealth Leaderslist 2017 and 2018

Citywealth Leaderslist 2017 and 2018

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14 May 2018

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