River Stone



River joined Tanner De Witt as a trainee solicitor in September 2009, was admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong in 2011 and made Partner in 2017.

River is from Mainland China and co-heads the China Practice Group of the firm. His practice focuses on Corporate and Commercial law and he advises on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity deals, fund formation (including private equity, venture capital and hedge funds), and banking and finance matters. He also advises clients on financial section regulatory and compliance matters and other general corporate and commercial matters. He advises western clients in transactions related to China. Meanwhile, he assists Chinese clients in their business development in other parts of the world.

River holds a Bachelor of Law from the Shanghai International Studies University in China and a Juris Doctor and Postgraduate Certificate in Laws from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin and can read and write both simplified and traditional Chinese.



River advises on merger and acquisitions, establishment, development and protection of business, joint venture agreements, commercial agreements and various China related matters. He also advises on SFC regulatory matters, trademark registration and employment visa applications.

Recent cases include acting for one of the oldest and largest asset management groups and a well-known car manufacturer in the PRC on general commercial matters and mergers and acquisitions.

  • Assisted a French PE fund in acquiring 51% shares of a Hong Kong company which owns a chemical factory in PRC for a consideration of USD 5.5 million
  • Assisting a world leading green fuel technology company in Germany to set up a JV in Hong Kong with two state-owned PRC companies for developing the green fuel business in Chinese market. The initial investment of this project is RMB 650 million
  • Assisting a leading retailer of unused and second-hand luxury branded handbags and apparel products in Hong Kong in its internal restructuring arrangement including re-drafting its JV agreement, licence agreement and management agreement with its Japanese partner
  • Assisting a leading baby & children’s products manufacturer in PRC in drafting and negotiating their Hong Kong JV agreement and arrangement with a famous baby & children’s products design company in Spain
  • Assisting a leading PRC real estate company in issuing its USD 80 million debenture to a Hong Kong branch of a mainland Chinese bank
  • Assisting one of the major Chinese banks in providing legal opinion in respect of the loan facility arrangement
  • Assisting a PRC state-owned asset management company in Hong Kong in negotiating and preparing their investment management agreements and investment sub-management agreements in both English and Chinese and advised it on SFC regulatory matters
  • Advising a leading state-owned financial institution in Hong Kong in respect of money lender licence and SFC regulatory matters
  • Advising and assisted a leading French private equity fund on its sale and purchase of equity interest in a leading PRC pharmaceutical & chemical product manufacturer and also in its shareholders’ arrangement and call option arrangement with the PRC manufacturer
  • Advising and assisted a newly established Hong Kong financial institution in preparing their corporate structure and drafting their client agreement and other related documents in both English and Chinese
  • Advising a world leading luxury property fund in their private placement and relevant regulatory issues in Hong Kong


    Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide 2020: River is ‘recommended’.

    Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide 2019: Active at mainland events, River is ‘a fluent speaker of English, Cantonese, Mandarin and Shanghainese.’.

    Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide 2018: River is noted by clients for providing ‘solid advice in a reasonable period of time’ and having ‘a great attitude to service’.



    • Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA)
    • Asia Pacific Loan Market Association (APLMA)
    • The Law Society of Hong Kong
    • The Dutch Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong’s China Committee