Stephenson Harwood - Hong Kong


Stephenson Harwood is a law firm with over 900 people worldwide, including more than 140 partners. Our people are committed to achieving the goals of our clients - listed and private companies, institutions and individuals.
Our headquarters are in London, with nine offices across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. In addition we have forged close ties with other high quality law firms. This diverse mix of expertise and culture results in a combination of deep local insight and the capability to provide a seamless international service.
The firm has a long history of acting as a gateway between East and West since 1867 when the firm’s founder William Harwood started practising in Shanghai. With over 30 years’ presence in Hong Kong and being one of the few international law firms first entering China in the 1990’s, it has unparalleled experience in assisting local, regional and international families and companies in a full spectrum of legal services.
Our business model
As a full service international law firm in a matured market, we build our business model on the strong working relationship with our clients, timely delivery of our services and continual development of our people.
Our success can be attributed to a strong commitment to working closely with our clients to help them achieve their commercial objectives.
Outstanding quality is what we deliver to our clients. You will find that our people are approachable, enthusiastic and highly attuned to the market's commercial issues.
We have lawyers qualified to practise in Hong Kong, England, Malaysia, New Zealand, PRC, Singapore and Australia, and many of them are fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin and other Chinese dialects. Our lawyers and legal assistants are also familiar with law and practice in mainland China, and experienced in handling general corporate and commercial matters, mergers and acquisitions, local and overseas listings, real estate and employment matters in relation to investment in the Asia region, as well as a wide range of litigation and intellectual property issues.
Associations & Strategic Alliances in Asia
Stephenson Harwood has entered into a formal association with Wei Tu, a PRC law firm based in Guangzhou, China established in 2014. Wei Tu is licensed to provide a full range of legal services under PRC law. This association of Stephenson Harwood and Wei Tu provides clients with access to a blend of high quality international and PRC law expertise for issues in China.
Stephenson Harwood LLP is a member of the Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance, a formal law alliance with Virtus Law LLP. The Alliance enables us to offer clients an integrated service in multi-jurisdictional matters as well as matters involving permitted areas of Singapore law.
Wide range of capabilities in supporting business in China
Our approach is driven by a sound understanding of our clients' commercial objectives and our aim is to provide a one-stop service to our clients. We take a proactive approach to transaction, case management and identify practical and cost effective solutions to potential problems. We strive to add value to our clients' business at all times.
Our Services
•Corporate and commercial
•Dispute Resolution
•Employment and pensions
•Financial services
•Intellectual property
•Marine and international trade
Projects and infrastructure
•Real estate and construction
•Restructuring and insolvency
•Trade finance
•Wealth management
Our clients include multinational corporations, listed and unlisted companies, and individual entrepreneurs from a wide range of industries in Hong Kong, mainland China and the rest of the Asia region as well as Europe and North America.
“Stephenson Harwood has a substantial team, built on the back of its traditional asset finance expertise.”
Legal 500 Asia 2016
"Stephenson Harwood’s established team in Hong Kong and growing presence in the PRC ensures a steady flow of challenging mandates in Greater China and the Asia Pacific region."        
 Legal 500  Asia 2015       
"Stephenson Harwood has many years of experience in Hong Kong IPOs and with its burgeoning team in mainland China, it is a popular firm for PRC issuers."      
Legal 500 Asia 2014