Alwyn Li

Partner | Financial Services

alwyn.li@deacons.com
+852 2825 9627
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"Alwyn Li wins praise for his excellent local industry knowledge and being able to point out potential pitfalls based on work he has done for other clients."

"Alwyn Li wins plaudits for his ability to give practical guidance on issues where there seems to be no clear answer."

Alwyn has extensive experience in establishing and seeking SFC-authorisation of unit trusts and mutual funds domiciled in Hong Kong and overseas, with particular expertise in ESG funds, RMB denominated funds, QFI funds and UCITS funds. He also advises on fund restructurings, and assists clients with on-going compliance and post-authorisation issues.

In addition, Alwyn advises on the structuring and establishment of private investment funds. He regularly advises on regulatory matters across a broad spread of issues affecting the asset management industry in Hong Kong. He helps clients to set up their Hong Kong offices and obtain appropriate SFC licences.

Alwyn is experienced in advising on Hong Kong profits tax and stamp duty issues.

Highlights

As one of the leading partners in the area of Mainland China-related investment funds, Alwyn and his team advised over 90% of the first two batches of South-bound funds to obtain SFC approval under the Mainland-Hong Kong mutual recognition of funds scheme since its launch in 2015. Other highlights include:

  • assisting a leading global investment firm in obtaining SFC authorisation of index funds tracking the reference portfolios of the MPFA’s Default Investment Scheme regime
  • advising on the setting up and authorisation of the first unlisted public SFC-authorised open-ended fund company (OFC) in Hong Kong
  • advising a client on transitioning its SFC-authorised futures and options fund into a retail hedge fund it is the only SFC-authorised retail hedge fund in the market
  • advising a major fund house on its entry into Switzerland under the Swiss-HK mutual fund recognition scheme – the first in the market
  • advising multiple fund managers on Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect issues in relation to their Hong Kong offering documents

More about Alwyn Li

Recognised as leading individual in the area of China, Investment Funds (International Firms) by Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific, 2014 to 2020

Mentioned in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 for Investment Funds, 2014 to 2020

Acknowledged as World’s leading Private Funds Lawyers in Who’s Who Legal: Private Funds 2020

Recognised in the Formation & Regulatory chapters of Who’s Who Legal: Private Funds 2018

Awarded International Law Office’s Client Choice Award for Excellence in Capital Markets, 2016

Recommended in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 for QFII and RQFII funds expertise

Named in the Client Choice Hot 75 Survey by Asian Legal Business

Member, Regulatory Sub-Committee of the Hong Kong Investment Funds Association

BA (Political Science), The University of British Columbia, Canada (1995)

LLB, The University of Hong Kong (1996)

PCLL, The University of Hong Kong (1997)

"Alwyn Li wins praise for his excellent local industry knowledge and being able to point out potential pitfalls based on work he has done for other clients."

"Alwyn Li wins plaudits for his ability to give practical guidance on issues where there seems to be no clear answer."

Languages

  • English
  • Cantonese
  • Mandarin

Jurisdictions

  • Hong Kong
  • England and Wales (non-practising)

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