Vivian W. Ho

Vivian Ho is an associate in the Corporate Department. Vivian’s practice focuses on corporate and commercial transactions with broad experience in corporate reorganizations, asset and share acquisitions and dispositions, financing, partnerships and joint ventures. Her experience also includes working on numerous hotel, resorts and tourism projects.

Firm Overview:

Our Hong Kong office provides clients with high-value advice on the laws of Hong Kong, the U.S. and the UK, and has extensive and in-depth understanding of People’s Republic of China laws.

Our client base spans a number of industries from finance and private equity to hospitality and real estate, and we provide guidance to multinational clients on investing and doing business in Asia, as well as Asian companies investing and doing business around the world.

Having deep ties to our community, our office won The Asia Legal Awards 2015’s Pro Bono Citizenship Prize for its work on behalf of the Angkor Hospital for Children, Cambodia’s first teaching hospital.

Sonia Li

Sonia Li is an associate at the firm’s Hong Kong office. Ms. Li’s practice focuses on corporate finance and commercial matters. She has experience in mergers and acquisitions, regulatory compliance, PRC–related transactions and initial public offerings of Main Board and GEM companies in Hong Kong.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Li practiced with the Hong Kong office of one of the leading PRC firms where she worked on a mixture of merger & acquisition, regulatory compliance, initial public offerings and general commercial matters.

Firm Overview:

K&L Gates’ Hong Kong office was established more than 15 years ago as the first of our offices in Asia. The office provides the full range of business law services to our clients.

Our core practices are corporate and securities law, private equity investments, cross-border M&A, private client and intellectual property law. In addition to the contingent of Hong Kong qualified lawyers, we have a number of PRC trained and qualified lawyers on staff in Hong Kong to provide support on cross-border transactions involving the PRC. We also offer experienced litigation and real estate teams that work closely with the other groups in the office to round out the services available to our clients.

Our Hong Kong corporate and securities practice acts for issuers across the region, underwriters and sponsors on equity and debt capital markets transactions and compliance matters. We frequently advise issuers and underwriters on listings, rights issues and other fund raising on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. We also act for China-based companies in listings and compliance matters in international markets. We frequently represent clients on inbound investments into China as well as exits from these investments, devising structures to meet tax, foreign ownership, protection of intellectual property, currency transfer and other requirements. Our private equity team acts for some of the most active funds and strategic investors in the region. Working with our capital markets group, we take founders and investors from their initial investment through listing, further M&A and continuing compliance matters. We have assisted companies in growing from small local enterprises to leading global businesses. We are noted for our use of innovative deal structures to achieve our clients’ objectives. As an example of our many “firsts,” we acted for the first Chinese company to list on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Hong Kong office has also been at the forefront in the redevelopment of the adjacent city of Macau. Since representing the successful bidder in the first tender for a gaming license in 2003, we have represented clients in all major facets of Macau’s continuing development including hotel acquisitions and developments, infrastructure projects, formation of local operating companies for foreign investors, entertainment specialists and other new entrants into the market.

Our intellectual property practice plays an integral role in many of our clients’ M&A, private equity, and listing transactions as well as outsourcing and direct investments into China. We provide IP counseling and licensing advice as well as litigation, enforcement and prosecution services where necessary.

Our Hong Kong office has one of the leading private client practices in the region. Much of Asia’s wealth is held by families, and we count among our clients many of the individuals and families on the Forbes wealthiest and similar lists. We work closely with the largest financial institutions in the world and other intermediaries and our offices around the world to provide integrated strategic counsel for clients in tax, succession planning, corporate reorganization, and private investments, asset protection and the management and mitigation of risks.

Sylvia W. Y. Siu

Ms Sylvia SIU Wing-yee, BSc, MBA, LLM, FCIAb, FHKIArb, JP

– Consultant Solicitor, Sit, Fung, Kwong & Shum
– President of HK Institute of Arbitrators
– Chairperson, ADR & International Relation Committee, Hong Kong Federation of Women Lawyers
– Vice-Chairperson, Nansha International Arbitration Centre
– Vice-President, Guangdong, Hong Kong & Macao Commercial Mediation Alliance

Solicitor admitted in HK, UK, Singapore & Australia, Ms Siu is an accredited mediator and listed on panels of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Dongguan Court No.2, Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (“HKIAC”), the Law Society of Hong Kong, HK Institute of Arbitrators, Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association Limited and Hong Kong Mediation Centre (“HKMC”). She is also a conciliator of World Trade Centre (“WTC”) Macau Arbitration Centre.

Ms. Siu is also an arbitrator on many arbitration panels, such as HKIAC, WTC Macau Arbitration Center, China International Economic & Trade Arbitration Commission and numerous PRC panels of Arbitration Commissions such as Guangzhou, Zhuhai, Wuhan.

Being an experienced mediator, arbitrator and trainer in alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”), Ms. Siu has a sound profile in the ADR field where she has been at many local and international ADR conferences as a speaker. She is the founder of the HKMC and the China Chapter of Club Espanol Del Arbitrajie.

On the academic side, Ms. Siu was the ADR PCLL Examiner of the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the City University of Hong Kong, a PCLL Academic Board Member and External Academic Advisor of the City University of Hong Kong

She is President of HK Chinese Women’s Club, Vice-Chairlady of Executive Committee of HK Society for Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention and Executive Council Member of HK Family Welfare Society. Ms. Siu is a Member of the Steering Committee on Arbitration, Steering Committee on Mediation and Accreditation Subcommittee of the Department of Justice . She was a member of the Judiciary’s Working Party on Mediation as well as the Working Party for the Reform of the Law of Arbitration in Hong Kong, and the Vice Chairlady of Town Planning Appeal Board.

蕭詠儀女士 BSc, MBA, LLM, FCIAb, FHKIArb, JP

– 薛馮鄺岑律師行顧問律師
– 香港仲裁司學會會長
– 香港女律師協會另類爭議解決方案主席
– 南沙國際仲裁中心副會長
– 粵港澳商事調解聯盟副會長

蕭女士為香港、英國、新加坡及澳洲註冊律師,亦是中國國際貿易促進委員會、東莞二院、有效爭論決議中心、香港國際仲裁中心、香港律師會、香港仲裁司學會、香港調解資歷評審協會及香港和解中心的認可調解員,同時亦是澳門世界貿易中心仲裁中心的調停員。

蕭女士亦為仲裁員,並在香港國際仲裁中心、澳門世界貿易中心仲裁中心、中國國際經濟貿易仲裁委員會、以及內地多個仲裁會獲得認可,包括廣州、珠海、惠州、武漢、等。

作為一個經驗豐富的調解員、仲裁員及替代爭議解決方式的導師,蕭女士在替代爭議解決方案界別內擁有卓越成就,她活躍於業界,並經常獲邀擔任多個本地及國際替代爭議解決方案會議的講者。她亦是香港和解中心及西班牙國際仲裁會中國分會的創辦人。

在學術方面,蕭女士曾是香港大學、香港中文大學、香港城市大學法學專業證書課程替代爭議解決方式的考官及香港城大法學專業證書課程學術委員會委員及校外顧問。同時,她現在也是香港中國婦女會會長、香港善導會副主席及香港家庭福利會執行委員會委員。

蕭女士為律政司仲裁、調解督導委員會及評審資格小組委員會成員,她亦曾任司法機構調解工作小組,香港仲裁法改革工作小組成員及香港城市規劃上訴委員會副主席。

Diana Chan

Diana Chan is an associate in our corporate practice in Hong Kong. She has experience in a variety of corporate matters including mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets transactions, joint ventures and post-listing regulatory compliance. Prior to joining Kirkland & Ellis, Diana worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Hong Kong, London and Shanghai. Her experience includes secondments to the legal & corporate affairs department of Japan Tobacco International and the in-house legal team of DBS Bank.

Bar Admissions:

  • 2015, Hong Kong, Solicitor

Education:

  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong, P.C.LL., 2013
    Law Society of Hong Kong / Bloomsbury Books Prize Winner
  • London School of Economics and Political Science, LL.B., 2012
    First Class Honours

Law Firm Overview:

For more than 100 years, Kirkland has provided exceptional service to clients around the world in complex litigation, corporate and tax, intellectual property, restructuring and counselling matters. The groundwork has been established for another century of superior legal work and client service.

Ms Wendy Lam

Wendy Lam is the Partner of Stevenson, Wong & Co. She was admitted to practise as a solicitor in Hong Kong in 1992 and joined the firm in 2001. She specializes in all aspects of family law disputes. She has extensive experience in:

  • handling complex cases with an international dimension, especially those involving disputes over jurisdictions, financial issues involving multiple jurisdictions, trusts and applications under Part IIA of the Hong Kong Matrimonial Proceedings and Property Ordinance
  • drafting pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements
  • advising on children related matters including relocation of children, wardship applications and applications under the Hague Convention on Abduction of Children.

Wendy served as an Honorary Secretary of the Hong Kong Family Law Association from 2009 to 2014. She was, in 2014, admitted to become a Fellow of the renowned International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a worldwide association of practising lawyers who are recognised by their peers as the most experienced and skilled family law specialists in their respective countries.

Wendy also specializes in succession planning and probate work, assisting both local and expatriate clients in estate planning, including drawing up complicated Wills, advising clients on the setting up of trusts and handling probate applications with estates in multiple jurisdictions.

Wendy is the contributor to the Hong Kong Chapter of “International Succession”. She was also one of the speakers at the STEP Asia Conference 2016 on “Trust under attack – Spousal attack and community property restrictions”

Education:

  • ŸUniversity of Hong Kong (LL.B., 1989)
  • University of Hong Kong (PCLL, 1990)

Professional Qualification:

  • ŸSolicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong – 1992
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales – 1994
  • Civil Celebrant of Marriage

Professional Membership:

  • Ÿ   Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers

Language:

  • ŸEnglish
  • Cantonese
  • Mandarin

 

Patrick Hamlin

Patrick’s practice focuses on trust and succession litigation including Inheritance Act claims, breach of trust actions and applications for construction of trust documents and wills. He also advises on removal of personal representatives and trustees.

He gives advice on all types of charity litigation, dealing with the Charity Commission and Attorney General in latter’s role as protector of charity, as well as fraud and asset tracing. He has a particular interest in SE Asia, having practised in Hong Kong for 16 years.

Law Practice:

As wealthy families get larger and issues become more complex, there is a growing need to resolve some of the issues by means of alternative dispute resolution and sometimes, by referral to the courts.

We have one of the largest international teams dedicated to dealing with such issues as they arise, or with such disputes where no internal resolution is possible.

We deal extensively with such claims before probate, surrogate’s and chancery courts in the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and certain offshore jurisdictions, and in other offshore jurisdictions, where we are not admitted to the courts, we work closely with local lawyers to provide a seamless service to our clients.

Claims take numerous forms, but areas of concentration include working with families to avoid these problems in the first place. In a number of circumstances, issues relate to the performance (or non-performance) of trustees, their relations with beneficiaries, or claims by non-beneficiaries with respect to trust assets.

In many cases we help clients resolve issues without the need for personal details to be made public through litigation.

Withersworldwide:

Withers has been acting for successful individuals, families and institutions for over 100 years. We advise clients on their business and personal legal needs both at home and abroad. In this fast moving and increasingly regulated world the need for integrated and timely advice has never been more urgent.

2014 was book-ended by the opening of our San Francisco office, which was launched in January in order to better service the needs of our growing Californian client-base, and ended with the arrival of our first Australian office in Sydney. This coincided with the launch of Withers SBL, an alliance established by Withers, BLW and SBL Shmith to offer tax and estate planning, corporate and commercial and immigration law services.

 

Bernadette Chen

Bernadette Chen is a Partner in the Corporate department in the Hong Kong office of Conyers Dill & Pearman. Bernadette joined Conyers in 1997 and became a partner in 2012.

Bernadette’s practice includes all aspects of corporate law with particular focus on corporate finance. Bernadette advises clients on private equity transactions, joint ventures, initial public offerings matters including pre-IPO financings and listings of shares of Bermuda and Cayman companies in Hong Kong, Taiwan and the United States of America. Bernadette also has experience in privatization and corporate restructuring matters.

Conyers Dill & Pearman:

Founded in 1928, Conyers Dill & Pearman is an international law firm advising on the laws of Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and Mauritius. With a global network that includes 140 lawyers spanning eight offices worldwide, Conyers provides responsive, sophisticated, solution-driven legal advice to clients seeking specialised expertise on corporate and commercial, litigation, restructuring and insolvency, and trust and private client matters. Conyers is affiliated with the Codan group of companies, which provide a range of trust, corporate secretarial, accounting and management services.

Todd Beutler

Todd is co-head of DLA’s global private client practice group and leads the international private client practice from Hong Kong and Singapore with frequent travel to the Middle East and Europe, as well as the Americas.

He represents wealthy individuals and families, along with their family-controlled businesses, trusts, foundations, and family offices, as well as the global financial institutions, private banks, and corporate and individual fiduciaries who assist them with wealth management. His practice focuses on family business governance and transition, international tax and business planning, cross-border investment structuring, estate and trust planning and administration, charitable planning, and tax and fiduciary litigation. While many of his clients come from a family business background, other clients include executives leading a company to an IPO or M&A transaction, entrepreneurs creating new technologies and building new industries, as well as athletes, entertainers and artists, all of whom require bespoke, individually-tailored solutions to their tax and business issues.

Given the global scope of his practice, Todd has significant experience implementing complex, multi-jurisdictional structures for family businesses and the families themselves, ranging from setting up private trust companies, family offices and onshore and offshore trust structures and other vehicles to help clients safeguard wealth for generations, to establishing private equity and hedge fund structures and implementing cross-border sales and acquisitions, to implementing pre-IPO and exit structures to optimise the after-tax return from an investment and to secure pre-immigration and expatriation benefits. Recent projects have included working with mature family businesses to ensure succession and growth from the first through the fourth generations, to taking a technology start-up from its inception in a founder’s basement to the boardroom of the Global 50 company that acquired the developed technology, to assisting the founders of a large private company with their charitable goals in the various countries where the company operates.

For clients with US tax issues, Todd advises on corporate, partnership and individual income, estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax matters, as well as on the special rules affecting persons with connections to the US and other jurisdictions, including persons married to non-US citizens, US beneficiaries of foreign trusts and foreign persons owning US assets. He has also focused on intrastate residency and trust planning, with an eye to reducing the burden of state level income tax as well as state death taxes. He has also advised hundreds of clients on participation in the US tax amnesty programmes, helping many avoid significant criminal and civil penalties.