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Hong Kong

Corporate (including M&A)
Corporate (including M&A) - ranked: tier 5

Howse Williams Bowers

Howse Williams Bowers 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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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

Howse Williams Bowers

Howse Williams Bowers primarily acts for underwriters, brokers and intermediaries regarding policy issues, in coverage disputes as well as personal injury and employee compensation claims. It also has a substantial professional indemnity defence practice acting for indemnity insurers and providers for a wide range of professions in Hong Kong, including advising the majority of private hospitals in Hong Kong on clinical risk management, use and storage of dangerous drugs, claims, inquests, liaison with the department of health, disciplinary proceedings and crisis management. Kevin Bowers and Chris Howse are key contacts.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Howse Williams Bowers

Active across the full range of employment, regulatory and immigration matters, independent Hong Kong firm Howse Williams Bowers has strong ties with many local businesses, and provides 'practical, responsive and solutions-oriented advice' to both employers and employees. Recently promoted partner Patricia Yeung has a core focus on employment matters, and is the go-to practitioner for many clients' highest-profile strategic and advisory employment matters, including advice relating to high-level terminations, discrimination claims and team moves. The 'excellent' Kevin Bowers has 'a solid understanding of employment legislation in Hong Kong', and is noted for his contentious expertise, where he has a particularly strong reputation advising on internal disciplinary investigations and proceedings. Michael Withington handles employment litigation for both employees and employers, and has experience in handling termination, remuneration and discrimination claims.

Leading individuals

Kevin Bowers - Howse Williams Bowers

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 3

Howse Williams Bowers

Independent local law firm Howse Williams Bowers provides 'a very strong shipping litigation service' to owners, insurers, charterers and freight forwarders across both wet and dry matters occurring throughout Asia. The 'excellent' Chris Howse is regularly engaged in high-profile maritime disputes before the Hong Kong courts, and in international arbitration. Howse also has a particular specialism in handling problems arising from the shipment of coal, iron ore, nickel ore and fluorspar. Himself a former seafarer, David Coogans has a unique insight into the shipping industry and is active across both wet and dry matters. Coogans is also involved in non-contentious matters and is regularly engaged by clients to negotiate and draft a wide variety of commercial contracts, including those concerning container leasing, trans-shipment and off-take agreements contracts for iron ore export projects in Australia. Emma Day and William Leung are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Chris Howse - Howse Williams Bowers

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Hong Kong: Capital markets

Capital markets (equity)
Capital markets (equity) - ranked: tier 5

Howse Williams Bowers

Howse Williams Bowers 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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Hong Kong: Dispute resolution

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

Howse Williams Bowers

Name partners Chris Howse¬†and Kevin Bowers,¬†who are ‚Äėalways expedient, with a strong understanding of dispute resolution‚Äô,¬†are the key contacts at Howse Williams Bowers.¬†On the corporate and regulatory side, clients include internationally-listed and private companies as well as multi-national conglomerates and family-owned businesses. The firm also has a large clinical negligence practice, acting for private hospitals as well as medical professionals, group practices, and their respective insurers.

Leading individuals

Chris Howse - Howse Williams Bowers

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