Graham Harris SC

Graham Harris is our exclusively recommended Criminal Law expert in Hong Kong on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Graham directly using the contact details listed above.

Graham is a specialist in criminal law – with an emphasis towards ‘White Collar Crime’ and regulatory matters. As well as defending cases of serious and complex fraud, he also handles ICAC and SFC prosecutions and Market Misconduct Tribunal Inquiries. In addition, his services are frequently engaged in Professional Disciplinary Proceedings, particularly in cases in which criminal misconduct is alleged.

Graham was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1975. From 1976 to 1983 he practiced from Common Law Chambers at the London Bar and on the Midland and Oxford Circuit. His practice was widespread in criminal and regulatory work both prosecuting and defending. In January 1984 Graham was appointed Crown Counsel in Hong Kong in the then Attorney General’s Chambers. He joined the Prosecutions Division but was soon seconded as ‘in house’ counsel at the Independent Commission against Corruption where he remained until 1985 at which time he was promoted to Senior Crown Counsel and required to return to the mainstream of the Prosecutions Division. It was at this time that Graham was also admitted to the Hong Kong Bar.

In 1986 Graham was recruited by the Commercial Crimes Unit (“CCU”) of the Attorney General’s Chambers, an elite unit dedicated to the prosecution of serious corruption and white collar crime. There he remained as a Deputy Principal Crown Counsel (Consultant) until leaving Government to enter private practice in early 1995.

In 1995 Graham joined the Chambers of Gilbert Rodway Q.C., where he remained until December 2003 when he co-founded “Liberty Chambers” with Alexander King S.C. Whilst Graham continues to prosecute for the Securities and Futures Commission, his role has switched in recent years to the Defence.

In May 2011 Graham took silk and, upon the sad death of Alexander King SC, he took over as Head of Liberty Chambers.

Throughout his career, Graham has also lectured extensively in all aspects of Criminal Law and Procedure. He is a regular speaker at Law Society and Bar Association CPD and ALE courses; the University of Hong Kong; and as a guest lecturer at a number of universities in The People’s Republic of China. Graham has also been retained as an expert witness in cases overseas requiring consideration of Hong Kong Criminal Law and Procedure.

Firm Overview:

Established by Alexander King SC and Graham Harris SC in 2003, Liberty Chambers is home to a group of independent barristers, with a wealth of experience in a wide range of legal practice areas.

Situated directly opposite and adjacent to the High Court of Hong Kong, our modern, Philip Liao designed workplace, reflects the dynamic and innovative approach we bring to our practice of the law.

Our members include internationally qualified lawyers who have made Hong Kong their home and locally trained professionals.

We act for clients facing investigation and prosecution for corruption, commercial crime, and regulatory matters; by the Independent Commission against Corruption (ICAC); the Commercial Crime Bureau of the Police (CCB) and the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC). Our members are constantly inter-acting with the Hong Kong Government, its’ tribunals and statutory bodies.

William Leung

William Leung is our exclusively recommended Arbitration expert in Hong Kong on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact William directly using the contact details listed above.

William has been a practicing solicitor of the High Court of the Hong Kong SAR since 1988. He graduated from University of London with a Master of Law degree in 1988, Master of Business Administration (MBA) from University of Hong Kong in 1992. Prior to and shortly after the re-unification of Hong Kong and China in 1997, he has also taken the initiative to polish his legal expertise in China by obtaining a Bachelor in Chinese Law from China University Politics and Law in 1997 and a Master in Economic Law from Peking University, China in 2002. Mr. William Leung is a Fellow with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK; the Hong Kong and Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and he is a Panel Arbitrator with Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre; Singapore International Arbitration Centre; China International Economic Trade Arbitration Commission, China Maritime Arbitration Commission; Korean Commercial Arbitration Board; and Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration in Malaysia.

William since the year of 2001, has been appointed by both the Hong Kong High Court and the Hong Kong Official Receiver, in acting as company liquidators in liquidating company assets.

In year of 2016, William has been granted the status of Solicitor Advocate* having higher right of audience to appear and make submissions in any higher courts (including the Court of Final Appeal) in Hong Kong (Law Society Circular 16-857).

Firm Overview:

William KW Leung & Co a solicitors firm located in Hong Kong providing legal services of specified areas in insurance, international trade, shipping and transportation, intellectual property, corporate finance restructuring and initial public offering law and having solid, extensive experience in handling complex corporate, commercial and international trade litigation and corporate rescue operations.

We succeed in the year of 2001 acting for a private enterprise from city of Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province China in winning against Jardine group company for mis-delivery of cargo: Centre Optical (Hong Kong) Limited -v- Jardine Transport Services (China) Limited which was reported in the reputable Lloyd’s Law Reports (2001) Vol 2. page 678 – 690.

We also succeed in the year of 2005 acting for a Hong Kong shipper in winning against an international logistics service provider: Vastfame Camera Limited -v- Birkart Globistics Limited which was reported in three Law Reports of worldwide-fame: American Maritime Cases (2005) AMC page 2864 – 2879; European Transport Law (2006) Vol. XLI No.2 page 182 – 195 and Hong Kong Cases (2005) 4 HKC page 117 – 135.

Stephen Kitts

Stephen Kitts is the Managing Partner for Eversheds Sutherland in Asia. He is responsible for the offices in Hong Kong, China and Singapore. Stephen also is a member of Eversheds Sutherland’s Global Board and its International Leadership team. Key to Stephen’s responsibilities is the development of the firm’s strategy in Asia with particular reference to client development and alignment with the global business.

Stephen has over 30 years of corporate finance expertise in providing advice to a diverse group of clients from entrepreneurs to financial institutions to international corporate. He has a particular specialism in international M&A transactions where he has successfully acted for clients on cross border acquisitions and disposals. Stephen uses his project management skills to ensure that his clients get the best deal done on the best terms – on time and on budget.

Stephen also focuses on private equity work acting for institutions on new investments, portfolio work and exits. He also has wide experience of acting for management teams as they work with private equity houses on new investment opportunities.

Recent deals include:

  • CKI on its bid to acquire London City Airport
  • Joy Global Inc, the NYSE list mining equipment manufacturer, in its US$1.1 billion acquisition of LeTourneau Technologies Inc
  • Rolls-Royce plc, the world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, in its $160m joint venture with Temasek to establish Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems to carry out research and development into hi-tech fuel cell technology
  • Caudwell Group, the Phones4U mobile telephone retail and distribution business, in its £1.46 billion sale to Providence Equity Partners and Doughty Hanson
  • Management on £180m MBO of Wiggle funded by Bridgepoint Capital

Stephen is recognised as a leading corporate lawyer by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. He is renowned for delivering pragmatic and commercial advice. Chambers describes him as “tenacious, good at solving problems and possesses tons of commercial nous” and “leads the team from the front”.

Paul K. C. Chan

After graduation from McGill University in Montreal, Canada with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Civil Engineering with Great Distinction in 1976, Mr. Paul K.C. Chan furthered his studies in law and obtained his Juris Doctor Degree from University of Toronto in 1979 and was admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor in Ontario, Canada in 1981, and as a solicitor in Hong Kong in 1984 and in England and Wales in 1988, and as a barrister and solicitor of the Australian Capital Territory in 1991, and an advocate and solicitor of Singapore in 1995. He became a China Appointed Attesting Officer in 1995, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 1996, a Notary Public in Hong Kong in 1997, HKIAC Accredited Mediator in 1999, HKCAC Accredited Construction Adjudicator in 2014 and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 2016.

Mr. Paul K.C. Chan first started his practice as a solicitor in Hong Kong in January 1984 and became a partner of one of the leading law firms in Hong Kong in February 1986. He continued to pursue his career in the legal field and moved on to start his own firm in 1992 under the firm name of Paul K. C. Chan & Partners., Solicitors and Notaries. Mr. Paul K.C. Chan has extensive experiences in construction law contracts and litigation, land development and commercial matters.

Firm Overview:

Paul K. C. Chan & Partners consists of an energetic team of professionally-minded staff headed by lawyers who have been admitted to practice in Hong Kong, Canada, England, Australian Capital Territory and/or Singapore, and provides good and professional quality works and services in Construction and Commercial Disputes; Corporate and Commercial Matters; Intellectual Properties; Corporate Finance and Securities; Immigration, Estate Planning and Trust; Divorce and Probate Practice; and Company Secretarial and Ancillary Services.

Mimi Hutton

Mimi Hutton is our exclusively recommended Tax Law expert in Hong Kong on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Mimi directly using the contact details listed above.

Mimi has over 30 years’ experience advising on global tax, trust and estate planning matters, charities and philanthropy matters, and US and Hong Kong trust and tax matters for individuals, families and financial institutions. She is a Hong Kong and US qualified lawyer and her expertise also covers strategic estate and charitable planning. She is recognised by Chambers HNW 2017 as a standout private client specialist who is “one of the great lawyers in her field” and “an excellent adviser for HNW clients.“. Mimi also holds the Financial Times Non-Executive Director Diploma Asia.

Mimi advises Asian families on a wide range of private client matters. She advises Asian clients on the creation of charitable structures and on their ongoing philanthropy. She also advises charities on tax and structuring and governance matters. She works with clients who have US family members, who are investing in the US, moving to the US or expatriating. She also advises in connection with international probate matters where the estate owns US assets and/or has US beneficiaries. She assists clients who have US citizenship or green card status on trust and estate planning strategies.

Mimi Hutton is named as a leading individual for private client/wealth management in the Chambers Asia Pacific Directory 2017, Citywealth 2016 and 2017 ‘Powerwomen’ list and Citywealth 2017 Leading Lawyers list. She has also been recommended as a leading private client lawyer in Who’s Who Legal.

Firm Overview:

Since 1896 we have been trusted advisors to successful people and businesses with complex legal needs, in good times and bad.

We champion our clients’ interests, locally and globally, from offices across the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific. We are proud to help many of our clients use their success to make the world a better place.

Elisa Yu

Elisa Yu is our exclusively recommended Assurance Services expert in Hong Kong on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Elisa directly using the contact details listed above.

Elisa has extensive experience in providing audit and business advisory services. She deals with a wide range of Hong Kong companies, including companies listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong.

Elisa is also involved in various transaction support assignments including initial public offerings, financial due diligence in acquisitions of companies and review of certain internal controls of a hotel.

Elisa Yu is a Hong Kong Certified Public Accountant (Practising) and a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

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