Mabel Lui

Head of Greater China Commercial

Mabel is head of our Greater China commercial team.

She is a recognised corporate lawyer with extensive experience in transactional work across Asia, particularly in Hong Kong and Mainland China. Mabel focuses on cross-border and international mergers and acquisitions and investment of diverse nature. She advises on investment structures to achieve regulatory compliance, tax and economic efficiency, investment treaty protection and political risk mitigation, and cover corporate governance, exit mechanics, allocation of rights and liabilities between partners and shareholders, which are important aspects of joint ventures and strategic alliances.

Mabel has more than 40 years of experience advising clients on China-related business matters. She was advisor to the foreign investor in the first Sino-foreign joint venture in China in 1979 and was on the Hong Kong team of counsel advising one of the first H share issues by Chinese corporations with dual listing in Hong Kong and New York Stock Exchanges in 1993. On both occasions, she participated in the clarification and formulation of important regulatory issues in the relevant areas.

Her clients include multinational and regional corporations, financial institutions, state-owned enterprises, listed companies, private companies, high net worth individuals and entrepreneurs, across a multitude of industries including food and beverage, hospitality, real estate, luxurious goods, renowned brands, education, adverting and media. Mabel advises them on the development and implementation of their international expansion strategies and the corresponding re-engineering of their business.

Mabel is a Justice of the Peace of Hong Kong, an international Notary Public and an Appointed Attesting Officer in Hong Kong appointed by the Ministry of Justice of the Government of the People’s Republic of China. She was also government appointed member of, amongst others, the Administrative Appeals Board, Air Transport Licensing Authority, the Appeal Panel (Housing), the Inland Revenue Board of Review, Post-Release Supervision Board, Disciplinary Panel of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Deposit Protection Appeals Tribunal.

Secretary Wincy Tang

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Mabel Lui of Withers is a “very experienced, professional and dedicated lawyer.” She is an experienced practitioner who represents clients in joint ventures, M&A and corporate restructurings. One client comments on her negotiation skills, noting that “she is very convincing to parties on the other side of a transaction.”

Corporate/M&A, Chambers Global 2019
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A client appreciates that she “gives specific recommendations that are short and easy to understand,” as well as her ability to “turn around a new contract overnight.”

Real Estate, Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019
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Mabel is a very experienced, professional and dedicated lawyer. She is an experienced practitioner who represents clients in joint ventures, M&A and corporate restructurings. Mabel is very convincing to parties on the other side of a transaction.

Chambers Global 2019

Track record

Admissions

Qualifications

Represented SOCAM Development Limited in the sale of the Four Seasons Hotel and Four Seasons Place in Shanghai to B.M. Holding Group for RMB1.323 billion.

Represented Shun Ho Property Investments Limited, a public limited company incorporated in Hong Kong, in the acquisition of Newton Inn for HK$1 billion.

Represented Fosun Property Holdings (Hong Kong) Limited in the HK$990 million acquisition of Coastline International Limited.

Hong Kong, 1977

England and Wales, 1983

Victoria, Australia, 1983

New York, 1986

Singapore, 1991

Notary Public

China Appointed Attesting Officer in Hong Kong appointed by the Ministry of Justice of the Government of the People’s Republic of China.

STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners)

Education


Languages


  • Cantonese
  • English
  • Mandarin

Dates


Joined

2017

Recognition


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