Stephenson Harwood gains new China partners from 2Birds and Bakers

Stephenson Harwood has strengthened its China corporate practice by hiring a new partner each for its Hong Kong and Shanghai offices from Bird & Bird and Baker & McKenzie respectively. 

Former Bird & Bird corporate partner Matthew Wong joins Stephenson Harwood in Hong Kong. Wong, a solicitor qualified in Hong Kong, England and Australia with 18 years of experience in Hong Kong, focuses his practice in corporate finance, capital markets, private equity, venture capital and M&A.

ChunFai Lui joins the firm’s partnership from Baker & McKenzie’s Shanghai office, where he served as a special counsel. A Singaporean lawyer qualified in Hong Kong, Singapore and England, Liu’s experience lies mainly in antitrust and competition law and issues relating to cross-border and M&A transactions.

Stephenson Harwood Greater China managing partner Voon Keat Lai stated that his firm has been working towards enhancing its corporate and corporate finance capability in Greater China and the arrivals of the two new partners have pushed the size of the team to 25 lawyers.

Stephenson Harwood’s Greater China team currently has 17 partners and 80 fee earners in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Guangzhou offices. The firm is understood to be in the process of applying for a Beijing licence (21 November 2011).