Dechert opens office in Hong Kong

The US law firm teams up with Hwang & Co to offer services from Hong Kong.
Dechert has opened an office in Hong Kong and established a formal association with Hwang & Co. The firm will be known as Dechert in association with Hwang & Co.

Basil Hwang, who has been elected a partner of Dechert and is managing partner of Hwang & Co, is qualified to practice law in Hong Kong, England, and Singapore. He focuses his practice on advising private equity, venture capital, and hedge funds investing in China and advising issuers and underwriters in securities offerings.

"The decision to establish an office in Hong Kong results from our assessment of our clients' current and potential business interests in Hong Kong and mainland China," says Dechert chairman, Barton Winokur. "It is clear that many of our clients consider a China strategy imperative."

Dechert's Hong Kong office will focus on: cross-border mergers and acquisitions; private equity, venture capital, and hedge fund formation and investing; capital raising and sales of equity stakes through capital markets offerings; and Asia-bound and outbound strategic and financial investments.

Keith Robinson, a partner in the firm's financial services group, is transferring to Hong Kong from Washington DC, to work in the area of financial services and investment funds.

Additionally, Craig Godshall, a partner in the corporate and securities group, has received authorisation from the Hong Kong Law Society as a "registered foreign lawyer" practicing in Hong Kong. Other Dechert corporate and securities partners, notably James Lebovitz and James Croock, will focus on the US and UK law aspects of client transactions.

Candy Tsui, a Hong Kong and UK-qualified lawyer, has joined the office in Hong Kong along with Juliana Kho, an associate, and Carmen Cheng, a trainee solicitor. Derek Newman will transfer to the Hong Kong office while Jianlin Song and James Stonehill will share time between Hong Kong and other Dechert offices.

Dechert is an international law firm first established in the US in 1875 and now has more than 1,000 lawyers around the world in 17 offices in the US, Europe and Asia.

Hwang & Co focuses on private equity and growth capital transactions in greater China, IPOs and listings in Hong Kong and the US, Hong Kong corporate and securities law, and mergers and acquisitions.
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