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David Cho

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Dechert LLP

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David Cho, a Registered Foreign Lawyer in Dechert's Hong Kong office, focuses his practice on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and capital markets transactions, including U.S. SEC-registered public offerings, Rule 144A/Regulation S equity/debt and equity-linked offerings, and other corporate matters. Mr. Cho represents major companies across a broad range of sectors, including manufacturing, technology, chemicals, telecommunications, insurance, energy and private equity, in transactions throughout Asia, particularly in China, South Korea, Indonesia and Taiwan.


Member, American Bar Association; Member, The Law Society of Hong Kong


University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 1992; Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 1995

Hong Kong

Corporate (including M&A)

Within: Corporate (including M&A)

Dechert is active in high-profile domestic M&A and cross-border transactions. As part of an expansion of the firm's corporate platform globally, the hires of Xiao Yong, counsel Nicholas A. Molan and associate Jason Wu (all arrivals from Vinson & Elkins LLP in March 2017) have seen the firm step up its capabilities in energy sector deals. Yong and Wu advised TerraPower LLC on the formation of a joint venture in China with China National Nuclear Corporation, which is intended to develop Travelling Wave Reactor technology that promotes the growth of clean energy; this is the first civil nuclear corporation involving the US and China. Stephen Chan's corporate experience spans industries such as healthcare, media, real estate, metals and mining and financial services. Chan was the lead adviser to China Financial Services Holdings on the $139m acquisition of certain loan portfolio and equity interests of three Chinese companies from The Bank of East Asia and Credit Gain Finance (a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Bank of East Asia). Another highlight involved advising the same client on its acquisition of Brilliant Star Capital from Value Partners Group for $41m. Chan co-heads the practice with David Cho, who is sought for his expertise in Asia-US transactions.

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South Korea: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A – Foreign firms

Within: Corporate and M&A – Foreign firms

Dechert's Hong-Kong based David Cho was active in several significant cross-border outbound M&A and private equity transactions related to South Korea.  Recent standout mandates include advising semiconductor supplier SK Hynix, as part of an investor consortium, on the proposed $18bn acquisition of Toshiba’s NAND flash memory and solid-state drive business. Cho is also advising e-commerce and energy companies on disposal of business assets, equity finance and joint ventures. Iris Park is active on several transactions and is another name to note.

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