Lily Gao

Senior Paralegal

Lily specialises in corporate & commercial matters and regulatory compliance, with a focus on licensed activities, FinTech and data intelligence. She has extensive experience assisting in venture capital financing, employee share option structuring, data privacy protection and licensing for startups and regulated financial institutions. She also provides legal support in cross-border mergers & acquisitions and dispute resolution.

Lily passed the National PRC Judicial Examination in 2017 and holds a Master of Common Law from the University of Hong Kong as well as a Bachelor of Law from Shantou University.

Lily is native in Mandarin and speaks fluent English and Cantonese.


Academic Excellence Scholarship 2015-2017 (Top 15%), Shantou University

Corporate and Individual Donation Scholarship for Outstanding Students 2017-2018, Shantou University

Notable Experience

Corporate & Commercial – Startups & SME

  • Assisted a multinational investment management services firm to raise funds from a listed company in the sum of USD10 million
  • Assisted a UK company in acquiring a Hong Kong video production company for a consideration of around USD3 million (subject to price adjustment mechanism)
  • Assisted a high-net-worth individual in acquiring a Hong Kong company holding insurance broker and MPF intermediary licences for a consideration of HKD4.8 million
  • Assisted a company in acquiring a Hong Kong company holding insurance broker licences for a consideration of HKD1.2 million

Regulatory Compliance

  • Assisted in advising a licensed equity crowdfunding firm on the removal or variation of licensing conditions imposed by the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC)
  • Assisted in advising a FinTech company on whether its business model would fall into Types 1, 2, 4 and 5 regulated businesses of the SFC