Stephenson Harwood appoints energy partner in China

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Stephenson Harwood appoints energy partner in China

International law firm Stephenson Harwood has appointed Lynia Lau as a partner in Greater China to head Stephenson Harwood’s Energy & Resources group.

Lynia joins from Clyde & Co, where she was a partner and chief representative of the Beijing office.

Lynia focuses on the energy sector, particularly in relation to PRC outbound transactions, and she has extensive experience in infrastructure project development, restructuring, M&A, financing and outbound investment.

Her sector expertise includes coal, hydropower, nuclear, national power grid, oil and gas, LNG import terminals and trunk lines, airport and public utilities. Prior to qualifying as a lawyer, she worked in senior commercial roles at BP and Sinopec, accumulating over 10 years’ industrial experience.

She has advised on some of the largest and most complex projects and transactions including advising China Merchant on the US$10 billion Bayamoyo Special Economic Zone project in Tanzania, a Shanghai Stock Exchange listed company on the US$800 million acquisition of House of Fraser in UK, and advising the three Governments involved in the multi-billion Hong Kong - Zhuhai - Macau Bridge project.

Commenting on Lynia's appointment, Voon Keat Lai, managing partner of Greater China, said

"Lynia has a considerable state-owned enterprise client base in Greater China and an in-depth understanding of the energy sector. We are confident that our Asian energy practice will grow dramatically under Lynia's leadership."

Lynia is dual-qualified in Hong Kong and England and Wales and is fluent in Mandarin and English.

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