Partner, Corporate Finance
Bachelor of Laws, The University of Hong Kong
Bachelor of Social Sciences (Economics & Physiology), The University of Toronto
My first Deacons Encounter
Joining the firm as a Vacation Student
I joined Deacons as a summer vacation student and was very impressed by the firm’s dynamic working environment, prominent clientele, liberal culture and the collegial atmosphere. It has been a great pleasure and privilege to work with my very talented and friendly colleagues at Deacons.
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I principally handle corporate finance and securities work, public and private mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganisations, private equity transactions and general regulatory compliance matters.
I have acted for a diverse group of clients and helped some well-known Hong Kong businesses, such as Tsui Wah and Hung Fook Tong, to be listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Our team (together with the firm’s real estate, intellectual property, litigation and corporate services practices) advised on Wharf’s HK$9.5 billion sale of its telecoms unit, which was recognised as the Private Equity Deal of the Year by IFLR Asia in 2017. We also advised on the spin-off of Wharf REIC from Wharf, which was reported as the highest-value deal relating to M&A activities in Hong Kong that same year.
Growing up in the firm, I treasure my role as a mentor and friend to vacation students, trainees and other junior colleagues and hope to offer them practicable tips and pass on Deacons’ tradition of nurturing young legal talents for the profession.
Although the life as a corporate finance lawyer is never easy, I have received tremendous support and guidance from countless talented and intelligent colleagues along the way, who help me acquire substantial knowledge and a diverse skill set necessary for building a legal career, from my days as a trainee and associate, to now as a partner.
I find the most important part is to pick up soft skills from getting involved, and to develop a sense of how issues are practically resolved. There are always something new to learn even when you work on seemingly repetitive or mundane tasks. Deacons offers lots of world-class learning opportunities, in the form of legal topic seminars and specialised business skills training.
I strive to maintain a good work life rhythm and my diverse hobbies. I enjoy listening to music and going to gym. My favourite “hobby” is to go on vacation and visit great museums in different cities. Our colleagues are so close that we often meet and have fun, like going to hiking and potluck parties, outside work and on weekends. Of course, family time is always the most precious.
At the start of any career, you have to be a sponge and soak up everything that you can learn. Deacons has a diverse, collaborative and energised culture, which welcomes and encourages an open mind. People here express their highest potential in work and create value to clients, keeping everyone to stay ahead in the profession.
Go to gym
Arrive at the office, discuss with project teammates on the latest progress of different projects, and start work
Attend call with the Stock Exchange / the Securities and Futures Commission
Lunch with clients, colleagues or friends
Attend due diligence interview
Attend conference call with other client and professional parties (e.g., bankers, auditors, other legal advisers and property valuers)
Assess what remains to be finished for the day and prioritise
Dinner to recharge
Great if I have finished my work; reflect on why, if I have not
Completed four successful IPOs in the first half of 2019, and advising on two privatisation / takeover projects and several private equity transactions
Became partner at Deacons
In addition to IPOs and private mergers and acquisitions, started to get involved in more takeovers works
Started working in corporate finance
Started training at Deacons
Graduated from LL.B. and received the Deacons Prize in Law at the University of Hong Kong
Joined Deacons as a summer vacation student in the property department