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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

21/F AIA CENTRAL, 1 CONNAUGHT ROAD, CENTRAL, HONG KONG
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Work +852 2160 9800
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Hong Kong

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

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's Asian M&A practice has seen an increase in client demand for advice on high-end corporate transactions; this has led to the firm reinforcing its offering, with Allison Lee recently being promoted to international counsel. The team covers the entire range of transactions for clients, including divestitures, spin-offs, going-private transactions and joint ventures. A major area of strength is the firm's work for clients in the financial services and insurance sectors. In 2017, Edwin Northover, Lee and associate Wen-Wei Lai acted for AIA on its $2.94bn acquisition of the life insurance business of Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) in Australia, and its life and health insurance business in New Zealand; the team also advised on related 20-year strategic bancassurance agreements. In addition, Northover and Drew Dutton advised Prudential Financial on its investment in Hong Kong-based reinsurer Peak Reinsurance Holdings. Other clients in this space include AXA and FWD Group Management Holdings. Elsewhere, William Chua recently led a cross-office team that acted for Clearwater Capital Partners on its acquisition by Fiera Capital. Brian McKenna has joined Mayer Brown.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

‚ÄėVery good negotiator‚Äô Edwin Northover¬†and Drew Dutton¬†head up the team at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, which possesses ‚Äėa high degree of transactional and execution knowledge in terms of insurance-specific M&A work‚Äô. Recent work includes advising PFI on the creation of a $200m joint venture with CT Corp to provide life insurance solutions in Indonesia through a multi-channel distribution strategy. AIA Group, Prudential and Standard Chartered also instruct the team.¬†Associate Jan Bushmann¬†joined from Hogan Lovells.

Next Generation Partners

Jan Bushmann - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's practice is jointly led by Andrew Ostrognai and Gavin Anderson, who was promoted to partner in 2017. It is well-known for its standout private funds practice, and has featured in many of the largest and most sophisticated fundraisings in Asia for over 15 years. Its leading reputation ensures that it attracts high-quality work from clients such as The Carlyle Group, China Life, DE Shaw and HarbourVest Partners. In 2017, Anderson and associate Shawn Yang acted for Baring Private Equity Asia on the fundraising for various co-investment vehicles with commitments in excess of $1.6bn to facilitate the privatisation of Nord Anglia Education. Another mandate saw Ostrognai, Anderson and Yang advise Advantage Partners on the formation of its debut $380m Asia-focused fund. Elsewhere, Ostrognai has expertise in structuring and forming country and sector-specific funds, separately managed accounts and foreign-sponsored, RMB-denominated private equity funds, as well as secondary transactions.

Leading individuals

Andrew Ostrognai - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Regulatory
Leading individuals

Mark Johnson - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Mark Johnson and Lord Peter Goldsmith head up the practice at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, routinely handling civil and criminal investigations, litigation and parallel administrative proceedings involving the FCPA, SEC regulations, money laundering statutes, antitrust laws and other laws and regulations. Litigation associate Elly Tso is another key contact, with experience representing companies and liquidators in international insolvency proceedings, as well as advising clients in anti-bribery, corruption and money laundering investigations, including FCPA.

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Hong Kong: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution: litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Mark Johnson¬†and Lord Peter Goldsmith¬†QC lead the team¬†at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Johnson has¬†significant experience advising clients in relation to litigation in other Asian jurisdictions including Indonesia, China and Thailand; Goldsmith spearheads¬†the firm‚Äôs European and Asian litigation efforts. The team regularly represents financial institutions including investment banks, brokers, asset managers, private equity firms and high-net-worth individuals. The practice has been significantly bolstered by¬†Gareth Hughes' arrival from Ashurst¬†in October 2018, a¬†‚Äėhighly professional and skilled legal operator who inspires confidence and is an extremely safe pair of hands‚Äô.

Leading individuals

Gareth Hughes - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Mark Johnson - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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