Highly regarded for conveyancing work, Woo Kwan Lee & Lo's 24-strong practice handles a variety of real estate development projects and tenancy matters, including property litigation. It recently acted for a vendor group in its HK$875m sale of a 92,000sq ft bare site in the New Territories. The firm also continues to advise Hong Kong Housing Society on real estate matters relating to elderly housing projects. Ma Ho Fai and Rita Tsang are recommended.
Banking and finance
Woo Kwan Lee & Lo is recommended for real estate finance with it acting largely on the borrower side for its potent developer client base. The firm recently acted for Henderson Land in connection with a large term loan and revolving credit facility.
Capital markets (equity)
With a prestigious portfolio of Hong Kong-listed clients, Woo Kwan Lee & Lo maintains an active ECM practice, acting as issuer's counsel on the major Hong Kong offering of Hui Xian Real Estate Investment Trust. Angelina Lee, Frank Yuen and Carmelo Lee are recommended.
Corporate (including M&A)
With its prestigious Hong Kong-listed company client base, most notably major property developers, Woo Kwan Lee & Lo has a steady diet of corporate and M&A work. In 2010, the firm acted for Shanghai Industrial Holdings in connection with its acquisition of a majority stake in Shanghai Industrial Development. Clients value the 'professional' and 'Chinese style' advice delivered with a 'personal touch'. Carmelo Lee is 'very experienced', 'sharp' and has 'wide connections'.
With a roster of blue-chip Hong Kong clients including major Hong Kong developers, Woo Kwan Lee & Lo has a solid dispute resolution practice, with a considerable emphasis on property and construction disputes. Media disputes are another key area. Cheung Wai Hing is recommended by clients.