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Woo Kwan Lee & Lo is recommended by the IFLR 1000 (2011)
Capital Market

Woo Kwan Lee & Lo has featured in a number of equity transactions this year, such as its representation for Shenzhen Investment on the HK$1.11 billion ($142 million) placing and subscription of 300 million shares, and advising Sundart International Holdings on its HK$600 million global offering and listing on the HKSE in August 2009.

Media China Corporation also engaged the firm on an open offer and placing of 2 billion new shares valued at HK$433 million.

Leading lawyers
Carmelo Lee
Agnes Lau
Brian Leung
Jackson Yip

 

Mergers and acquisitions - foreign firms

Woo Kwan Lee & Lo has assisted Shanghai Industrial Holdings in a number of transactions, including the transfer of shares to Shanghai Pharmaceuticals and the merger between Shanghai Industrial Pharmaceutical Investment and Shanghai Pharmaceuticals, valued at Rmb5 billion ($737 million).

The team also advised China Insurance International Holdings on its acquisition of a 47.08% stake of Ming Ah Holdings, and its proposed privatisation of Ming Ah by way of a scheme of arrangement. The deal was valued at HK$3.8 billion ($488 million).

Leading lawyers
Agnes Lau
Carmelo Lee
Sandy Lee
Brian Leung
Jackson Yip

 

 

Capital markets - equity

Woo Kwan Lee & Lo is the favourite long-standing local law firm among Hong Kong publicly listed companies. Although the firm was less active than its competitors in IPO and listing work, Woo Kwan Lee & Lo was kept busy throughout the year by bonus issues, top-up placings, and open offers for clients with an established relationship with the firm.

Most notable was the firm's representation of Henderson Land Development Company in relation to its bonus issue of 429 million warrants, valued at HK$24.9 billion ($3.2 billion). Of the IPOs the firm was involved in, leading lawyer Carmelo Lee acted for the issuer Sundart International Holdings in its HK$600 million ($77 million) global offering and HKSE listing.

Leading lawyers
Carmelo Lee

 

 

Mergers and acquisitions

Woo Kwan Lee & Lo works with a wealth of publicly listed companies in Hong Kong on numerous matters ranging from general corporate work to high-profile M&As. Leading the team are two seasoned commercial lawyers, Carmelo Lee and Frank Yuen, with extensive experience on the local scene.

Included in the highlights this year is the firm's representation of Hutchison Whampoa Limited in its HK$4.2 billion ($540 million) privatisation of the HKSE- and NYSE-listed Hutchison Telecommunications International, and acting for Cosco Pacific on a connected transaction relating to its $520 million acquisition of a 13.7% stake in Sigma Enterprises.

Leading lawyers
Carmelo Lee
Frank Yuen

 

 

Other notable firm

Woo Kwan Lee & Lo is a particularly active local firm for its representation of Hong Kong-listed blue-chip corporates. The team has acted on a number of single-issues, most notably its role in relation to New World Development Company's $500 million guaranteed notes.

However Woo Kwan Lee & Lo also exhibits experience in establishing MTN programmes, as demonstrated by its involvement in one of the largest in Hong Kong, The Hong Kong and China Gas Company's $1 billion MTN programme.