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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 2


The team at Dechert provides ‘a generally better combination of knowledge, responsiveness, commercial sense and value for money than other similar firms’. In addition, ‘it has a global reach, which is needed for Asia-based fund managers’. Michael Wong joined the firm from K&L Gates in January 2017 (succeeding the outgoing Angelyn Lim as practice head, following Lim’s departure to become an independent consultant). Wong has broad experience across a range of alternative investment funds, including hedge funds, private equity buyout funds, infrastructure funds, debt funds and real estate funds. In 2016, the team acted for China Everbright in the formation of CEL Global Investment Fund, which targeted $500m in capital commitments to invest in industrial companies in the US and Europe. It also assisted Capital Focus Asset Management with the formation of the Elephant Club Consumer Debt Fund, which is one of the first peer lending funds in Hong Kong. In the retail funds arena, Alquity, Wells Fargo and Manulife are among the firm’s key clients. Karl Egbert, who divides time between Hong Kong and New York, has vast experience acting for Asia-based and US hedge fund managers. Associate Simon Wong, who is another recent hire from K&L Gates, is also highly regarded.

Next generation lawyers

Simon Wong - Dechert

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 3


Dechert made a splash in 2017 with the hire of a cross-office team from Vinson & Elkins LLP, including Hong Kong partner Xiao Yong and Beijing’s Nicholas Song. The team is especially prominent in energy and has an impressive following of Chinese clients such as Sinopec and China Zhenhua Oil. The group closed a series of headline deals before the move.

Leading individuals

Xiao Yong - Dechert

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Regulatory - ranked: tier 3


Dechert’s two-partner team handles various regulatory matters, such as cross-border disputes and mandates involving mainland Chinese elements and American issues. Michael Wong, a new hire from K&L Gates, ‘delivers more than the scope of the work: his quick responses and outstanding knowledge impress clients: he is the one they have in mind when they need compliance advice’. Wong advised Stifel Financial on the Hong Kong aspects of its purchase of Eaton Partners, with Kareena Teh the other partner in the team. Angelym Lim is now an independent consultant.

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Hong Kong: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 6


The team at Dechert is acting for a US-listed conglomerate in a dispute regarding the enforcement of a $500m HKIAC arbitral award obtained against a BVI holding company. Kareena Teh leads the practice with strengths in cross-border corruption, market misconduct and securities fraud investigations, as well as insolvency and shareholder disputes.

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Hong Kong: Regulatory

Anti-corruption and compliance
Regulatory: anti-corruption and compliance - ranked: tier 4


Dechert is another big global player in anti-corruption and compliance, with Kareena Teh building the firm’s presence in Asia from Hong Kong. The team now covers a broad geographic region and advises clients in multiple industries, including oil and gas, life sciences and financial services. The Hong Kong team also draws on the resources and expertise of colleagues in other offices, particularly Beijing, London and New York.

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