Vincent Chan

Joined firm 2012. Partner since 2022.

Vincent is a corporate partner in our Hong Kong office with extensive experience in Hong Kong public takeovers, domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, joint ventures, listings and other equity capital markets transactions, and general corporate advisory work.

He is recognised as a “Next Generation Partner” in Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2024 for Corporate (including M&A) in Hong Kong and as a “Rising Star” in IFLR1000 Asia-Pacific 2023 for M&A in Hong Kong.

Vincent also regularly advises banks, insurers, SFC-licensed corporations, fintech and other financial institutions on Hong Kong regulatory issues, both in a transactional context, such as in relation to M&A transactions and group restructurings, and in a non-transactional context, such as in relation to regulatory requirements on licensing, corporate governance, fitness and properness, disclosure, capital and recovery and resolution planning.

Vincent is an author or contributor of the Hong Kong chapter of the Fintech Laws and Regulations (ICLG), the Blockchain Comparative Guide (The Legal 500), the Banking Regulation Review (Lexology In-Depth) and the Lending and Secured Finance Review (Lexology In-Depth).

Vincent read law at the University of Cambridge and is admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong and England and Wales. He speaks fluent English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

His experience includes advising:

Hong Kong public takeovers

  • on the privatisations of Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering (HAECO) by Swire Pacific, Li & Fung by a consortium between the Fung family and GLP, China Agri-Industries Holdings by COFCO Hong Kong and Xiamen International Port by Xiamen Port Holding, China VAST Industrial Urban Development by China Jinmao and Hunan Nonferrous Metals Corporation by its controlling shareholder
  • on the mandatory general offers for shares in Sun Art Retail Group by Alibaba (and on the two share acquisitions by Alibaba triggering such mandatory general offers), and in Hong Kong International Construction Investment Management Group (HKICIM) by an entity controlled by Blackstone (and on the share disposal by HNA Finance I triggering such mandatory general offer)
  • on the voluntary partial offer for shares in Chong Hing Bank by Yue Xiu
  • on the whitewash waiver applications in relation to Honghua and Chiho-Tiande Group (and on the related share subscriptions)
  • on the successful MGO waivers relating to Xiamen International Port, Qingdao Port and UEG

Corporate / M&A

  • Swire Pacific on its disposal of Swire Coca-Cola, USA
  • MTR on its acquisition of an approximately 6.6% shareholding in Octopus from Citybus and New World First Bus Services
  • Alibaba on its strategic cooperation, and the reorganisation of its joint venture, with E-House, a Hong Kong-listed company, and the subsequent debt restructuring by E-House
  • Swire Pacific on the HK$39 billion recapitalisation of, and the issue of the HK$6,740,000,000 2.75% convertible bond due 2026 guaranteed by, Cathay Pacific
  • Baring Private Equity Asia on its issue of exchangeable bonds to, and its subscription of convertible bonds issued by, China Water Affairs Group, a Hong Kong-listed company
  • Alibaba on its subscription for new shares in Alibaba Pictures, a Hong Kong-listed company
  • CNBM on its subscription for new shares in China Glass and China Shanshui Cement Group
  • China Power New Energy Development Company Limited (CPNE) and China Power Clean Energy Development Company Limited (CPCE) on the re-domiciliation of the holding company of the listed group, from Bermuda-incorporated CPNE to Hong Kong-incorporated CPCE by way of a scheme of arrangement

Financial regulation

  • An internationally active insurance group on Hong Kong regulatory matters relating to various M&A transactions and group restructurings
  • A Europe-based multinational banking group on the Hong Kong regulatory aspects of a major restructuring exercise involving the transfer of a Hong Kong banking business
  • A global systemically important bank on Hong Kong regulatory matters relating to recovery and resolution planning
  • A US-based asset manager on ongoing Hong Kong regulatory compliance
  • A Hong Kong licensed bank on regulatory issues regarding compliance with the Code of Conduct for Persons Licensed by or Registered with the SFC
  • A Hong Kong licensed bank on regulatory implications of proposed marketing activities under Hong Kong securities law
  • A large systemically important financial markets infrastructure client on the regulatory implications of certain changes at its Hong Kong branch
  • A UK-based financial services firm on Hong Kong regulatory implications of certain changes to its distribution model