Stephen Birkett

Stephen Birkett

Senior Consultant

Hong Kong, 852 25850818

Education

University of Cambridge (B.A., 1980)
University of the West of England (C.P.E., 1982)
University of the West of England (LSF, 1983)
University of Cambridge (M.A., 1984)

Bar Admissions

England & Wales
Hong Kong (Solicitor)

Stephen Birkett specializes in corporate finance and securities matters, including public offerings, public and private mergers and acquisitions, regulatory compliance, corporate restructurings, and other commercial transactions. His experience includes more than 20 years of handling such matters in Hong Kong and London.

Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Mr. Birkett served for three years as Senior Director of Corporate Finance with the Securities and Futures Commission in Hong Kong. Before that he was a partner and Head of Corporate Finance in a leading international firm in Hong Kong. Mr. Birkett is a member of the Hong Kong Government Standing Committee on Company Law Reform. He has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer for Capital Markets by Asialaw 2013 and by Asia Pacific Legal 500. Mr. Birkett is a frequent speaker at conferences on Hong Kong securities legal issues, and has authored chapters on the Hong Kong Takeovers Code and Listing Rules in the popular “Practitioner’s Guide” series.

Mr. Birkett received an M.A. degree in modern languages from Cambridge University and is qualified to practice in England and Hong Kong. He is fluent in French and Spanish.

Zall Development's US$195 Million IPO.
Represented BNP Paribas Capital (Asia Pacific) Limited and BOCOM International (Asia) Limited as joint sponsors in the US$195 million initial public offering of Zall Development on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Zall Development is a leading developer and operator of large-scale, consumer product-focused wholesale shopping malls in China. (2011)
Chaowei Power Holdings Limited's US$70 Million IPO.
Represented BNP Paribas Capital (Asia Pacific) Limited as sole book runner and lead manager in the US$70 million initial public offering of Chaowei Power Holdings Limited on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Chaowei is a leading lead-acid battery manufacturer in China and best known for its products sold under the CHILWEE brand. (2010)
China Zhengtong Auto Services Holdings Limited US$470 Million IPO.
Advised JP Morgan and CCB International as joint bookrunners in the US$470 million initial public offering of China Zhengtong Auto Services Holdings Limited on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. China Zhengtong is the second largest BMW dealer and a major 4S dealership group in China. (2010)
Man Wah Holdings Ltd. IPO
Advised Macquarie Capital Securities Limited as sole lead manager in the US$242 million Hong Kong initial public offering of China-based furniture manufacturer Man Wah Holdings Ltd. (2010)
Ruinian International's US$115 Million IPO.
Represented HSBC and CCB International as joint lead managers in the US$115 million initial public offering of Ruinian International on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Ruinian is the largest manufacturer of amino acid-based nutritional supplements in China. (2010)

Stephen Birkett is recommended as a leading lawyer by Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2010-2011 and IFLR1000 2012.

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