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.



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’.