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Christopher Williams

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Corporate/Commercial and Corporate Finance.


Chris is one of the founding partners of HWB. Chris specialises in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, direct investment and corporate restructurings and reorganisations. He also advises on corporate governance and compliance. His practice encompasses Hong Kong and the Asia Pacific region, particularly Indonesia and Singapore.


Chris qualified as a solicitor of England & Wales in 1986 and practiced with Richards Butler in London. He then moved to Richards Butler Hong Kong in early 1991. He was admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong in 1991. Chris left Reed Smith Richards Butler to set up HWB in 2012.

Hong Kong

Corporate (including M&A)

Within: Corporate (including M&A)

Howse Williams has a well-established reputation in public and private M&A transactions, as well as private equity and venture capital deals. In addition, it also assists clients with shareholder agreements, joint ventures and corporate restructurings. Another area of strength involves handling various types of commercial contracts matters, including those involving outsourcing arrangements, distribution agreements and licensing agreements. One of the firm's founding partners is Chris Williams, whose practice covers Hong Kong and the wider Asia-Pacific region, particularly Indonesia and Singapore. Gilles Cardonnel, who advises on corporate transactions under Hong Kong law, is particularly knowledgeable about the luxury and retail industry. Heidi Lee is experienced in assisting Hong Kong-listed companies with M&A and regulatory compliance issues. Other key figures are Brian Ho, Denise Che, Christopher Yu and Chia Ching Tan.

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Hong Kong: Capital markets

Capital markets (equity)

Within: Capital markets (equity)

Howse Williams is particularly active in advising small- to mid-cap companies, as well as sponsors, on Hong Kong Stock Exchange listings; it completed 11 IPOs in 2017, and completed another three in the first quarter of 2018. Several of the listings handled by the firm involved companies with operations in Singapore and Malaysia. Brian Ho and Denise Che recently acted as Hong Kong counsel to Singapore-headquartered asset manager ZACD Group on its HK$160m global offering and GEM Board listing. The firm also advised on the IPOs of Chinese companies, including Morris Holdings, Trio Engineering and Wah Sun Handbags. Elsewhere, beyond IPOs, another highlight involved acting for China Oceanwide International Financial on a HK$5.1bn rights issuance. Other recommended practitioners are Chia Ching Tan, Chris Williams, Christopher Yu and Heidi Lee.

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