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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Hong Kong

Corporate (including M&A)
Corporate (including M&A) - ranked: tier 4

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP garners wide acclaim for its market-leading private equity practice but the firm also has an excellent reputation for corporate transactions in the financial services and insurance sectors, where it undertakes some of the most significant deals in the Asia Pacific region. In 2016, Drew Dutton was the lead adviser to American International Group (AIG) in the $1.2bn sale of a stake in PICC Property and Casualty by way of a block trade. Dutton also worked with recently promoted partner Edwin Northover and others to assist AIG with selling its Japanese life insurance division to FWD for JPY33bn. The team has also recently acted for clients such as Anbang Insurance Group, Ally Bridge, Ant Financial Services Group and Hony Capital. Another name to note in the team is William Chua, whose broad experience includes leveraged buyouts, going-private transactions and divestitures.

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Insurance - ranked: tier 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has a tremendous record in insurance sector transactions, including hotly contested deals. It has advised on many of the biggest insurance deals in the region, including the Asian segment of global transactions. The Hong Kong office advised Prudential Financial on the creation of a life insurance joint venture in Indonesia with CT Corp. It also represented AIG in the sale of its Japan life insurance business to FWD Group. Corporate partners Edwin Northover and William Chua have extensive experience in the insurance sector, and senior figure Drew Dutton splits his time between New York and Asia.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Private equity powerhouse Debevoise & Plimpton LLP undertakes the largest and most sophisticated fundraisings for many of the largest and most prominent sponsors in Asia, including AIF Capital, Baring Private Equity Asia and The Carlyle Group. Team head Andrew Ostrognai, tax partner Mai Shapiro and Shawn Yang are acting for Hony Capital in the formation of its innovative $2.2bn China buyout fund Hony Capital Fund VIII, which brings together two capital streams (dollars held by foreign investors and RMB held by domestic investors) under one investing platform. Another recent highlight saw the team assist VIG Partners with fundraising for its $600m Korea-focused fund Vogo International Fund III. Partner Gavin Anderson is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Andrew Ostrognai - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Hong Kong: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 4

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

At Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, team head Mark Johnson is acting for a shareholder of a Hong Kong-listed company in a $23m claim against a US company and related parties to revoke transactions where the claimants listed shares were transferred to the US company. In another matter, the firm is representing the board of a Hong Kong-listed company in a dispute in connection with land development rights in Macau, and is handling a dispute for a BVI-incorporated company concerning asset recovery relating to artwork. The Hong Kong team works closely with colleagues in other offices, such as London and New York.

Leading individuals

Mark Johnson - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Hong Kong: Regulatory

Anti-corruption and compliance
Regulatory: anti-corruption and compliance - ranked: tier 3

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has a number of senior-level litigators that are now at the forefront of white-collar and regulatory defence work in Asia. Much of the Hong Kong office’s practice centres on financial services and private wealth, and it is able to leverage the firm’s global standing in anti-corruption and compliance. Mark Johnson is one of Hong Kong’s premier litigators and has a significant focus on white-collar and regulatory defence matters across Asia.

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  • Anomalies of insurance law

    Although the courts are often at pains to point out that insurance law is merely a subset of general contract law and should be applied without any concession or discrimination simply because the subject matter is insurance, there are, in fact, several aspects that are peculiar to insurance. An understanding of these anomalies will assist in penetrating the sometimes arcane depths of insurance law. They include:
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