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

 

Benny Pang

Benny Pang practices corporate finance and securities law in Hong Kong, focusing on equity capital markets and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Pang has worked on a broad range of corporate transactions with private and public companies. In addition, he has substantial experience representing issuers and underwriters in equity fundraising transactions, including share placements, rights issues and open offers, and he has completed over 100 and participated in more than 120 Hong Kong initial public offerings, including global offering of H-shares of SOEs. He has represented client in Europe, Russia, Central Asia, North Asia and South East Asia, the Middles East, the United States, Canada, South Africa, India, and Australia.

Prior Work Experience:

Prior to joining Loeb & Loeb LLP, Mr. Pang was managing partner of the Hong Kong office of an international law firm headquartered in Europe.

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Loeb & Loeb LLP; is a multiservice law firm with approximately 350 attorneys and offices in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Nashville, Washington, DC, and Beijing and Hong Kong. We focus on select core industries and practice areas rather than endeavoring to be all things to all clients. The firm represents multinational, Fortune 100 companies in their mid-market transactions and litigation matters, and serve as primary outside counsel to a multitude of mid-market clients. We also represent clients ranging from emerging companies to high-net-worth individuals and families.

Loeb & Loeb has an established history and nationally recognized reputation in the entertainment and media industry, and is highly regarded for its depth in financial services, private client services and real estate. The firm has a broad array of experience and continues to grow and thrive in its substantive core practice areas, which include the following:

  • Advanced Media and Technology
  • Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditors’ Rights
  • Capital Markets
  • Corporate
  • Employment and Labor
  • Entertainment
  • Finance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate
  • Tax
  • Trusts and Estates

Firm History:

Loeb & Loeb was established in 1909. Founders Edwin and Joseph Loeb played a major role in the development of the city of Los Angeles in the early 1900s, helping establish such institutions as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Union Bank of California. In 1986, Loeb & Loeb merged with Hess Segal, a New York firm of comparable quality and vintage.

The firm has since undergone focused and strategic expansion in key markets. In 1994, Loeb & Loeb opened an office in Nashville as a specialized extension of our Music Industry and Entertainment and Media practices. In 2003, the firm opened its office in Chicago with five attorneys from an IP boutique. Today, the growing Chicago office has more than 30 attorneys practicing in IP and patent law, advanced media and technology, finance, corporate, bankruptcy, and business litigation.

Active in China for nearly 20 years, the firm opened a representative office in Beijing in 2009 to service a rapidly growing number of Asian clients and to support a robust international practice. In that same year, the firm expanded its transactional and regulatory platform with the addition of a premier Energy Practice team and opened the Washington, DC, office. The DC office has since grown to include a leading group of trusts and estates attorneys, who add to Loeb & Loeb’s national capability in this area.

Most recently, the firm further expanded its practice in Asia with the launch of a Hong Kong affiliate office, which is initially focused on capital markets transactions, as well as mergers and acquisitions and general corporate and commercial transactions.

 

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.

Richard Stock

Richard Stock is a partner in the Hong Kong office of Mayer Brown JSM’s finance practice. He focuses his practice on the aviation industry, with nearly twenty years experience assisting airlines, lessors and financial institutions to negotiate and document leasing and financing arrangements for commercial aircraft. He also has a busy corporate jet practice, representing owners, lessors and financial institutions in the purchase, leasing and financing of corporate jets.

Richard has represented airlines, lessors and owners who intend to purchase new aircraft from OEMs; the total value of these transactions exceeds USD 20 billion. He has also represented airlines, lessors and owners in equipment procurement programmes and out-fitting agreements for new and used aircraft.

Richard has a particular interest in used aircraft and in aircraft and engine maintenance. Richard has assisted airlines to negotiate service agreements for airframe and engine maintenance. Many of these service agreements involve sizeable revenue streams; the engine service agreements alone involve revenues in excess of USD 7 billion.

Richard also advises investors seeking to establish joint ventures in the aviation industry, including the establishment of new airlines, the re-purposing of existing airlines and other aviation-related matters.

Mayer Brown JSM:

Mayer Brown JSM (formerly known as Johnson Stokes & Master) is one of the leading law firms in the world’s fastest-growing legal market. Mayer Brown JSM was established in 1863 in Hong Kong and has offices in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Mayer Brown JSM has a multinational, multilingual team of 800 staff, including 300 lawyers who are qualified in local and international jurisdictions.

Our proven record of experience, culture and networks in Asia means we are closely tuned in to regional issues and policy development – a factor that we will leverage to our clients’ advantage. Our long-term, on-the-ground experience and knowledge of Asian markets and networks have been the key to building our reputation. We are known as the law firm that “opens doors and closes deals in Asia”.