Larry Kwok (BEc ’79 LLB ’81 LLM ’86)
Managing Partner of Asia Strategy and Markets,
King & Wood Mallesons
A respected corporate lawyer and University of Sydney graduate, Larry Kwok counts the recent merger of one of Australia’s largest law firms with the China’s leading law firm as a highlight of his illustrious career so far.
“Because of my Chinese background, I helped to bring together [Australian firm] Mallesons Stephen Jaques and King & Wood (being rated as the largest law firm in China),” says Kwok, who is now Managing Partner, Asia Strategy and Markets of the newly merged King & Wood Mallesons firm. “The merger was seen in the global legal markets as a transformational event. We are now the largest international legal network with its headquarters based in Asia.”
Based in Hong Kong, Kwok’s practice covers areas such as corporate finance and direct investments; he advises on matters such as insider dealings and accounting irregularities; and has been focussing increasingly on advising those in the mining and resources sector. He has held several roles on government boards and committees in Hong Kong, including current Chairman of the Hong Kong Government’s top transport advisory body, the Transport Advisory Committee, and the Traffic Accident Victims Assistance Advisory Committee.
In 2008, two University of Sydney scholarships were established through donations from Kwok - the Larry Kwok Australia-China Scholarship and the Gough Whitlam Australia-China Scholarship. Both aim to promote a stronger link between Australia and China in the future, which is important for the Hong Kong-born Kwok. “I have a long history of family connection with Australia, commencing with my grandfather arriving in Australia about a century ago,” he says.
The scholarships also aim to promote University of Sydney profile in China and support alumni living in Hong Kong. “The University of Sydney has become an excellent preparatory platform for gaining international perspectives and cross-cultural exposure,” says Kwok, counting his time at International House as particularly formative. “The University of Sydney has a reputation where the best and brightest students in Australia would come and pursue studies. It helps to grow talents for Australia.”