Diana Chan

Leaders in Law endorses Diana Chan as our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in Hong Kong. If you wish to get in touch with Diana please use the contact information provided above.

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

Firm Description

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

Leaders in Law endorses Bernadette Chen as our exclusively recommended Capital Markets Law expert in Hong Kong. If you wish to get in touch with Bernadette please use the contact information provided above.

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.

Bernadette has been recognised in the 2020 Edition of IFLR1000. A client commented that she is “Responsive, helpful” and provides “excellent services” as well as “the answers that we require most of the time.”

Experience Highlights

  • Provided Bermuda legal advice to Road King Infrastructure Limited (“RKIL”) and BVI legal advice to RKIL’s subsidiary (“Issuer”) in relation to the issue of RMB guaranteed senior notes (“Notes”) by the Issuer and the guarantee of the Notes by RKIL and 66 BVI subsidiaries of RKIL.
  • Acting for Beijing Enterprises Water Group Limited (“BEWG”) on numerous occasions regarding the issue of guaranteed bonds by BEWG and its BVI subsidiaries.
  • Providing legal advice to various Cayman companies listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on the restructuring of the senior notes and/or convertible bonds they issued.

Professional Background

  • Banking & Finance lawyer, Kao Lee & Yip, Hong Kong

Education

  • University of Hong Kong, PCLL, 1993
  • University of Hong Kong, LLB, 1992

Bar Admissions

  • Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands), Solicitor, 2014
  • Bermuda, Registered Associate, 1998
  • England & Wales, Solicitor, 1997 (not currently practising)
  • Hong Kong, Solicitor, 1995 (not currently practising)

Awards & Accolades

  • Recognised as notable practitioner in the 2021 edition (and recognised in 2019) of IFLR1000
  • Recognised in the 2018 edition (and 2016, 2014) of Legal 500 Asia-Pacific (offshore law)

Languages

  • Cantonese
  • English
  • Mandarin

Firm Description

Conyers is a leading international law firm with a broad client base including FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies, international finance houses and asset managers. The firm advises on Bermuda, British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands laws, from offices in those jurisdictions and in the key financial centres of Hong Kong, London and Singapore.

Through our global network we provide responsive, sophisticated, solution-driven advice to clients on matters including:

  • Corporate
  • Capital markets
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Banking & Finance
  • Insurance & Reinsurance
  • Investment Funds
  • Private Equity & Venture Capital
  • Asset finance, including shipping and aircraft finance
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Insolvency & Restructuring
  • Private Client & Trust

We also provide a wide range of registered agent, registered office, corporate director and secretarial services, as well as specialised company trust, management, compliance and governance services.