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.

Sylvia W. Y. Siu

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

Solicitor admitted in HK, UK, Singapore & Australia, Ms Siu is an accredited mediator and listed on panels of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Dongguan Court No.2, Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (“HKIAC”), the Law Society of Hong Kong, HK Institute of Arbitrators, Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association Limited and Hong Kong Mediation Centre (“HKMC”). She is also a conciliator of World Trade Centre (“WTC”) Macau Arbitration Centre.

Ms. Siu is also an arbitrator on many arbitration panels, such as HKIAC, WTC Macau Arbitration Centre, China International Economic & Trade Arbitration Commission and numerous PRC panels of Arbitration Commissions such as Guangzhou, Zhuhai, Wuhan.

Being an experienced mediator, arbitrator and trainer in alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”), Ms. Siu has a sound profile in the ADR field where she has been at many local and international ADR conferences as a speaker. She is the founder of the HKMC and the China Chapter of Club Espanol Del Arbitrajie.

On the academic side, Ms. Siu was the ADR PCLL Examiner of the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the City University of Hong Kong, a PCLL Academic Board Member and External Academic Advisor of the City University of Hong Kong

She is President of HK Chinese Women’s Club, Vice-Chairlady of Executive Committee of HK Society for Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention and Executive Council Member of HK Family Welfare Society. Ms. Siu is a Member of the Steering Committee on Arbitration, Steering Committee on Mediation and Accreditation Subcommittee of the Department of Justice . She was a member of the Judiciary’s Working Party on Mediation as well as the Working Party for the Reform of the Law of Arbitration in Hong Kong, and the Vice Chairlady of Town Planning Appeal Board.

Mimi Hutton

Mimi Hutton is of counsel in the private client team and tax team.

She 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 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.

Hong Kong:

Hong Kong is one of the world’s leading financial centres and has long prospered thanks to its links with mainland China, a strong rule of law in business matters, low personal and business tax rates and its open economy.

Since the UK transferred sovereignty to China in 1997, the territory’s autonomous nature has enabled it to ride on the crest of China’s economic development. Hong Kong continues to act as an intermediate jurisdiction for much of the personal investment capital flowing out of China.

We’ve been established in Hong Kong since 2008, offering tax and wealth planning, trust, family law, charity and corporate advice to clients. We advise many international families and businesses on their activities in Hong Kong, as well as assisting local clients with access to international markets.

Law Firm:

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.

Why BDO?

We could tell you about our 60+ offices across the U.S. or our 1,401 offices worldwide. We could mention our comprehensive service offerings, our experience across virtually every major industry, or the wide range of clients we serve, from regional businesses to global leaders.

But what truly sets BDO apart is our commitment to exceeding expectations on every engagement, big or small, for every client, local or multinational. It’s about more than our depth of experience or technical excellence, more than our open, communicative culture. It’s about a firm-wide dedication to delivering service to every single client that is, without exception, exceptional.

Alan Chiu

Recognized as one of the top lawyers under the age of 40 in Asia, our Managing Partner Alan Chiu, ranked as an IP Star by the Managing IP 3 years in a row, has a diversified practice ranging from intellectual property, civil and commercial litigation, anti-counterfeiting, advertising and trade description, product labelling and safety, data privacy, computer forensic, internet security, e-commerce, employment, mediation as well as leasing and conveyancing matters. In particular, Alan has handled a number of headline IP litigation in Hong Kong and is renowned for his sophisticated strategies in handling cross-border and convoluted IP disputes for international fashion brands, technology giants and food and beverages companies.

Before combining with Ella Cheong to run our own firm Ella Cheong & Alan Chiu, Solicitors & Notaries, Alan was a partner at Mayer Brown JSM and then Hogan Lovells, responsible for managing both their Hong Kong and China IP, Media and Technology practices. Alan was also the Managing Director of Mayer Brown JSM’s Beijing IP Agency and led their Beijing IP team, where he gained substantial experience in managing IP practices and developed close relationships with government officials and IP lawyers/professionals of different levels in the Greater China Region.

Alan currently serves as a member of the East Asia & Pacific Subcommittee of the INTA Anti-Counterfeiting Committee and a member of the Technology Committee of the Law Society of Hong Kong. He also chairs the Technical Support Interest Group of the LawSo Technology Committee.

He is an accredited mediator, a China-Appointed Attesting Officer appointed by the PRC Ministry of Justice and an Adjunct Professor of Law appointed byHong Kong Shue Yan University. In recent years, he has been widely recognized in the market and received a number of industry awards, some of which are listed below.


– LLB, City University of Hong Kong
– LLM in Computer & Telecommunications Law, King’s College London
– PCLL, City University of Hong Kong
– LLM in IP & IT laws, The University of Hong Kong
– PgDlp in IT Forensics, The University of Hong Kong
– Admitted as Solicitor, Hong Kong since 2004
– China Appointed Attesting Officer
– Civil Celebrant of Marriages
– Accredited Mediator, Law Society of Hong Kong, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre and Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association Limited
– Adjunct Professor of Law, Hong Kong Shue Yan University
– Member, HK Group, Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA)
– Committee Member of the Joint Committee for the Promotion of the Basic Law of Hong Kong
– Practising Solicitor Member of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal Panel
– Committee Member of INTA Enforcement Committee

Awards, Rankings & Accomplishments:

– Ranked as IP Star (Hong Kong, Trademark), Managing IP, 2017
– Ranked as IP Star (Hong Kong, Trademark), Managing IP, 2016
– Ranked as IP Star (Hong Kong, Patent), Managing IP, 2015
– Ranked as IP Star (China, Trademark), Managing IP, 2015
– Ranked as IP Star (Hong Kong, Patent), Managing IP, 2014
– Recommended Lawyer (Hong Kong: Patent Litigation and Transactions), IAM Patent 1000, 2015, 2016 and 2017
– Leading trademark expert 2018, by WTR 1000
– Leading individuals: enforcement and litigation 2018 by WTR 1000
– Leading individuals: transactions 2018 by WTR 1000
– Leading patent lawyers, agents and attorneys by Who’s Who Legal: Patents 2018
– Top 40 Lawyers under the age of 40 in Asia, Asia Legal Business, 2015
– Intellectual Property: Trademark awards, Client Choice Awards 2018
– Chambers Global 2017 Guide
– Individual Silver Award, The Law Society 2016 Pro Bono and Community Service Award
– IP Lawyer of 2017, LawyerIssue Awards
– Mainland Related Legal Services Solicitor of 2017, Hong Kong, Finance Monthly Global Awards 2017
– Intellectual Property Solicitor of 2017, China, Lawyer Monthly

Law Firm:

Our former name is Ella Cheong Law Office founded in 2005 by Ella Cheong, a highly respectable IP figure in Hong Kong and recognized as one of the best woman lawyers in Asia. We used to be an IP boutique firm with a focus on IP licensing, franchising and transactional issues. Ella Cheong Law Office has been recognized as one of the best IP firms in Trade Marks, Patents and Franchising in 2016, see below:

– Best IP Strategy and Analysis (Asia Pacific) & Intellectual Property Practitioner of the Year by AI Global Media
– IP Law Firm of the Year by ACQ
– Franchise Law Firm of the Year by Superior Lawyers
– Law Firm of the Year – Franchise – Hong Kong by Global 100
– Franchise Law Firm of the Year by Lawyers Worldwide Awards

Alan Chiu, recognized by Asian Legal Business as one of the top lawyers under the age of 40 in Asia in 2015, is renowned for his anti-counterfeiting, IP litigation and advisory practices. Following the arrival of Alan and his team, we changed our firm name to Ella Cheong & Alan Chiu with effect from 17 October 2016. With our expanded team of 20+ people of diversified background, apart from IP, we are now able to offer legal services in a wider range of practice areas including civil, criminal & commercial litigation, defamation, mediation and arbitration, employment, shareholder disputes landlord and tenant, conveyancing transactions, wills & probate and matrimonial matters.

Between Ella, as a Notary Public, and Alan, as a China-Appointed Attesting Officer appointed by the PRC Ministry of Justice, our firm can provide the services of both notarizing and attesting of all documentation for use throughout the world.

Separately, Ella also founded, at the invitation of the Singapore government, the Singapore firm of Ella Cheong LLC and a supporting office of Ella Cheong IP Services Sdn Bhd in Malaysia, which will assist for all legal issues in the 10 ASEAN countries, namely Singapore, Malaysia, Viet Nam, Thailand, Philippines, Myanmar, Lao PDR, Indonesia, Cambodia and Brunei Darussalam.