Mabel Lui

Head of Greater China Commercial

Mabel is head of our Greater China commercial team.

She has extensive experience in transactional work in Hong Kong and China, with a focus 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, advising them on the development and implementation of their international expansion strategies and the corresponding re-engineering of their business.

Secretary Wincy Tang


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

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

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



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, 1984

New York, 1986

Singapore, 1991

Justice of the Peace of Hong Kong

International 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.

Administrative Appeals Board

Disciplinary Panel of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Deposit Protection Appeals Tribunal.



  • Cantonese
  • English
  • Mandarin





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