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Edith Lai, Senior Associate

Edith specialises in advising institutional lenders, private banks, non-bank lenders, borrowers and private equity and venture capital firms on a variety of banking and finance transactions, including corporate lending, debt and equity financing and debt restructuring.


Her focus includes real estate investment and development finance across a wide range of asset classes: commercial and residential properties, data centres, aparthotels and student accommodations. She has experience in cross-border transactions, in particular, acting for lenders and investors based in the Far East.

Edith is fluent in written and spoken Chinese (both Mandarin and Cantonese). She is part of our Asia Focus Group, which coordinates the firm’s business campaign in Asia.

Edith is active within the Chinese business community in the UK. She chairs the Business Network of the Hong Kong Society, a leading professional networking group which aims to foster closer ties between the UK and Hong Kong.

Edith is admitted to practise in England and Wales.


  • Acting for a leading Singapore-listed property developer on the debt financing of their investment in central London offices and development of an aparthotel complex in London.Acting for a major Asian bank on the financing for the acquisition and development of aparthotels in Central London.
  • Acting for a leading European bank in relation to a multicurrency uncommitted receivable financing to a leading multinational construction group
  • Acting for Rockpool Investments on a series of its debt investments towards management buy outs in SMEs.
  • Advising an English commercial real estate investment group in relation to its financing from multiple lenders for the development of a data centre in the Midlands
  • Acting for the portfolio companies of FPE Capital including the financing for the bolt-on acquisition for David Phillips, the leading furniture supplier in the UK to the professional residential property market