Billy has over 19 years of private practice experience. Prior to joining Cheung & Choy in September 2012, he was a partner in an established local firm. He is also a Notary Public and a Civil Celebrant of Marriages.
His legal works include entertainment, intellectual property, civil/commercial litigation, corporate and commercial, property, tenancy, employment, probate, health care and notarial practices.
Billy represented the “4 Major” music record companies, namely Universal Music Limited, Warner Music Hong Kong Limited, Sony Music Entertainment Hong Kong Limited and EMI Group Hong Kong Limited in their licence dispute with Television Broadcasts Limited. He also acts for two leading music licensing bodies in Hong Kong - Hong Kong Recording Industries Alliance Limited and Hong Kong Karaoke Licensing Alliance Limited in Copyright Tribunal cases, infringement actions and advises them extensively on licensing matters.
He frequently advises local and overseas clients on various IP right acquisition, protection, exploitation and enforcement issues and handles contentious IP cases. He has a strong and diverse commercial/civil litigation practice.
His also advises clients from different sectors on commercial/corporate matters including formation of companies, shareholders agreement, joint venture, business acquisition, loan, guarantee, licence agreement, distribution agreement, employment, restrictive covenants, management agreement, personal data protection, insurance, ORSO/MPF, discrimination, competition, trust and insolvency.
He is a member of the Asian Patent Attorney Association.
He speaks fluent English and Cantonese.
Lawrence completed his computer science and law degree from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1997 and Postgraduate Certificate in Laws from The University of Hong Kong in 1998. He was admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong in 2000. Prior to joining Cheung & Choy, Lawrence has worked in an international law firm for over 10 years.
Lawrence has extensive experience in capital markets and corporate finance. He advises on every stage of development of his corporate clients’ businesses, including the initial set-up, private equity investments, group reorganization, listings, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, rights issue and share placement, board migrations, spin-offs, corporate governance, general offers, whitewash waiver applications, share buy-backs, privatizations and resumption applications. He also advises leading private equity firms and financial advisers in corporate finance transactions.
Lawrence’s expertise is to design the deal structure to fulfil the objectives of different parties in a transaction. With his extensive knowledge of securities law, listing rules and takeovers code in Hong Kong and his experience in multi-jurisdiction transactions, Lawrence provides innovative solutions with sound legal and commercial considerations to resolve the complicated issues faced by clients in structuring a deal.
Lawrence has advised on projects related to a wide range of trades such as information technology (system integration, enterprise resource planning software, computer graphics animation), media (television and radio broadcasting, newspaper, outdoor media, advertising and internet), infrastructure (railways, highways, natural gas liquefaction and regasification, telecommunication equipment and network construction), power plants (coal-fired, hydro plants, solar and wind farms), energy and natural resources (oil and gas, petrochemicals, metals, coal and forestry), LED lighting, energy-saving projects, traditional manufacturing, electronics, semiconductor, retail, agriculture, financial services (loans, project finance, fund establishment, asset management, financial advisory, small-sum lending in China, third party payment systems in China), culture and education, construction materials, furniture, pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, casino and lotteries, hotel management and property development.
During the past fourteen years, Lawrence has advised private and listed clients, ranging from start-up firms to blue chip companies such as:
Recent projects of Lawrence include:
Lawrence speaks fluent Cantonese, Mandarin and English.
Lena Chan has about 20 years experience in the legal field. She primarily focuses on corporate finance and listing. Lena has worked at a number of law firms and a leading investment bank in Hong Kong. She has experience in outbound investments of Chinese companies, acquisitions of overseas listed companies, joint venture, private equity investment, M&A, listings, corporate governance, regulatory compliance and various commercial transactions.
The transactions handled by her include:
Lena obtained her Bachelor degree in Commerce from the University of British Columbia, LLB (Hons) from the University of London and PCLL from the University of Hong Kong. She is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.
Jeffrey principally engages in Hong Kong listing projects (including IPO on both Main board and GEM board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange as well as transfer listing from GEM board to Main board) and assists in listing rules compliance of Hong Kong listed companies (including continuing obligations, notifiable transactions, connected transactions, share options schemes, open offers and share subdivision). Jeffrey’s practice also covers mergers and acquisitions matters and other corporate finance matters (including but not limited to preparation of documents relating to placing of shares, convertible bonds and issuance of warrants).
Jeffrey successfully handled a number of IPO projects including two Main board cases, three GEM board case and two transfer listing cases. The recent IPOs which Jeffrey was involved in include but not limited to the following:-
Jeffrey also has experience in handling SFC investigation cases on insider dealing and other SFC offences. Before joining Cheung & Choy, Jeffrey worked in both international and reputable local law firms and is currently an independent non-executive director of China Eco-Farming Limited (08166.HK).
Jeffrey obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in surveying from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2007. He subsequently obtained the Juris Doctor degree as well as the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL) from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2009 and 2010. He was admitted to the High Court of Hong Kong as qualified to practise as a solicitor in 2012.