Haiwen Opens an Office in Hong Kong
Haiwen & Partners (“Haiwen”) is delighted to announce that it has recently established a new office in Hong Kong, which has entered into an association with local Hong Kong law firm Lu & Associates, formed by a partner of Haiwen. This association has now been approved by the Hong Kong Law Society. Haiwen’s new Hong Kong office is its fourth – sitting alongside the firm’s offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen – and is its first office outside of mainland China. Haiwen’s scope of practice now extends to Hong Kong as well as mainland China, allowing the firm to offer fully integrated, quality legal services covering both mainland Chinese and Hong Kong law to its clients at home and abroad.
There are currently four Haiwen partners stationed in Haiwen’s Hong Kong office and its associated Hong Kong firm – Lu Guiping, Wu Zuolong, Hua Yichun (Max Hua) and Huang Lixin – as well as one counsel, Andrew Wood. Their practice areas include Hong Kong public offerings and listings (IPO), Hong Kong bond offerings, public and private mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, listed companies regulatory compliance matters and other general corporate matters. Set out below is a brief description of our main lawyers in Hong Kong:
Huang Lixin. Huang Lixin has over 20 years of experience in providing legal services. He joined Haiwen as a partner in 2007. Before joining Haiwen, Huang Lixin worked in the Hong Kong office of the internationally renowned UK law firm Herbert Smith Freehills for 10 years. He specializes in capital markets offerings of both shares and bonds, corporate restructurings, private equity investments and other general corporate legal matters. He received a bachelor of laws degree from the People’s University of China in 1993 and a master of laws degree from the University of International Business and Economics in 1996. He obtained a postgraduate certificate in laws (PCLL) from the University of Hong Kong in 2001.
Lu Guiping. Lu Guiping has more than 16 years of experience in providing legal services, and joined Haiwen as a partner in early 2016. Prior to joining Haiwen, Lu Guiping has approximately 12 years of experience with U.S. law firms, and was a counsel at Latham & Watkins. He has extensive experience in, among other areas, capital markets, cross-border mergers and acquisitions and private equity financing. He received a master of laws degree and a juris doctor degree from the University of Washington Law School in 1998 and 2003, respectively. Lu Guiping is qualified to practice law in mainland China, Hong Kong and Washington State.
Wu Zuolong. Wu Zuolong has more than 13 years of experience in providing legal services, and joined Haiwen as a partner in late 2016. Prior to joining Haiwen, he worked at several internationally renowned law firms including Freshfields, Shearman & Sterling, Paul, Weiss and Wilson Sonsini. He specializes in, among other things, private equity investments, going private transactions of China-based U.S. listed companies, and cross border mergers and acquisitions including both outbound and inbound investments. He received a bachelor of laws degree from Wuhan University Law School, a master of laws degree from the Law Department of Lund University in Sweden and a master of laws degree from Fudan University in 2000, 2002 and 2003, respectively. He also received a master of laws degree from New York’s Columbia University Law School in 2008.
Hua Yichun. Hua Yichun has more than 11 years of experience in providing legal services, and joined Haiwen in May 2017 as a partner. Prior to joining Haiwen, Hua Yichun worked at Norton Rose, an internationally renowned UK law firm, and Cleary Gottlieb, a top-tier US law firm. He specializes in Hong Kong equity capital markets, public mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments and listed companies compliance matters. He received a bachelor of laws degree from the University of Nottingham in the UK in 2005, a postgraduate certificate in laws (PCLL) from the University of Hong Kong in 2006 and a bachelor of laws degree from Peking University in 2010. Hua Yichun is qualified to practice law in Hong Kong, England & Wales and New York State.
Andrew Wood. Andrew Wood has more than eight years of experience in providing legal services, and joined Haiwen in January 2017 as a counsel. Prior to joining Haiwen, Andrew worked in the London, Shanghai and Hong Kong offices of the UK firm Eversheds for two years, and the Hong Kong office of Freshfields for six years. In 2006, Andrew received a bachelor of arts degree in Chinese Studies from Robinson College, Cambridge University, from which he also received a master of arts degree in 2009. Andrew specializes in, among other things, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, foreign direct investment and capital markets transactions. Andrew is a native English speaker, and is fluent in Mandarin. He is admitted to practice law in Hong Kong and England & Wales.
The contact details of Haiwen’s Hong Kong office and its associated firm are as follows:
In Association with Lu & Associates
Room 1902, New World Tower, 16-18 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong
Tel: (+852) 3952 2222 Fax: (+852) 3952 2211
We look forward to providing thoughtful, efficient and high-quality legal advice to, and growing together with, both our mainland Chinese and international clients!