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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Hong Kong

Hong Kong > Investment funds Tier 2

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP's one-partner team, led by Anne-Marie Godfrey, punches above-its-weight, due, in part, by its ability to work in an integrated fashion with practitioners based in situ in several key fund jurisdictions, including Singapore, New York and London. It is regularly instructed by a broad coverage of stakeholders in the funds space, including asset managers, trustees, custodians and institutional investors. The team is best-known for its hedge fund expertise, and is also active in the closed-end space, including in relation to offshore China and China-oriented US dollar private equity funds, as well as Hong Kong-based credit funds.

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‘Akin Gump has represented our company on several of our investments into hedge funds. The firm is widely known for its investment management expertise and has developed a niche in LP representation.’

‘At a time when keeping abreast of developments has become critical when faced with zero face-to-face contact, Akin have led the way in assisting their clients to maintain relevance and understanding of the changing terms of reference.’

‘Anne-Marie Godfrey is an aggressive negotiator with good commercial sense.’

‘Anne-Marie Godfrey remains the standout service provider in the funds industry in Hong Kong/Asia. Accessibility, energy and up-to-date understanding of the legal developments are the primary reasons for this.’

‘The very detailed and responsive Dan Morrissey is a stand-out lawyer with a strong understanding of hedge funds.’

Hong Kong > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s Hong Kong team works very closely with counterparts in the US and Europe, to provide a truly international restructuring practice. It acts for groups of bondholders, distressed-debt investors, mezzanine lenders and other creditors, and has considerable experience in the real estate, technology, retail and energy sectors. Naomi Moore heads the practice and is the key name for distressed debt and restructuring transactions across Asia-Pacific; she has particular experience in insurance and reinsurance insolvency and restructuring.

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‘The team is technically strong, with broad experience, and in particular with bonds and other structured products’.

‘Naomi Moore is responsive, hard working and commercially minded, with a highly collaborative approach’.

Key clients

Voluntary Administrators (and later, deed administrators) of Virgin Australia

Ad Hoc Committee of Noteholders of New Cotai LLC

Informal Steering Committee of Noteholders of Hyflux Limited

Payless ShoeSource, Inc.

Ad Hoc Group of Noteholders of Valaris plc

Holders of various private placement notes issued by ED&F Man Treasury Management plc

Work highlights

  • Advised the voluntary administrators (and later, deed administrators) of Australia’s second-largest airline, Virgin Australia, as special noteholder liaison counsel, liaising with noteholders under several issuances of notes with an aggregate value of approximately AUD$1.9bn, in connection with the company’s voluntary administration.
  • Represented an ad hoc committee of holders of Payment -in-Kind (PIK) notes issued by New Cotai, LLC and New Cotai Capital Corp. in its restructuring through chapter 11 proceedings in the United States Bankruptcy Court.
  • Representing an informal steering committee of holders of S$265m Medium Term Notes issued by Hyflux Limited, an SGX listed, global environmental solutions company with more than S$2bn debt which was subject to s211B moratorium proceedings and recently placed into judicial management proceedings in Singapore.

Hong Kong > Dispute resolution: international arbitration

China > Restructuring and insolvency: foreign firms Tier 2

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP‘s Hong Kong-based restructuring group has a strong reputation in the market for Asia-related creditor work. The practice also routinely leverages the credentials of its financial restructuring teams in both the US and Europe. Recent activity for the group ranges from major, cross-border financial restructurings, to sizeable Asia-Pacific-related distressed mandates. Highly focused on finance and alternative credit transactions, cross-border restructurings, insolvencies and workouts, Naomi Moore recent experience covers Australia, Greater China, India, Indonesia, Japan and Singapore, along with the UK and the Caribbean. The practice’s key counsel, Jeremy Haywood, is experienced in advising on all aspects of corporate restructuring and insolvency.

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Firm Overview:

Akin Gump is one of the world’s largest law firms, with 20 offices and over 900 lawyers and advisors worldwide, handling high-profile and high-value matters for clients around the globe. In Asia, the firm advises its clients across a wide range of practices and industries, working closely with the firm’s European, Middle East and US offices.

*The firm’s legal entity in Hong Kong is Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, a firm of solicitors which is regulated by the Law Society of Hong Kong.

Main Areas of Practice:

Financial Restructuring:

Akin Gump’s Asia financial restructuring team is widely recognised for its representation of creditors and, combined with the firm’s market-leading US and European financial restructuring teams, is an integral part of a top-tier global financial restructuring practice. With unrivalled experience acting for bondholders, noteholders and other creditors of companies in financial distress on complex, cross border restructurings, the team plays a leading role in most major Asia- Pacific restructurings.

Corporate/M&A & Private Equity:

Lawyers in the Hong Kong, Beijing and Singapore offices guide clients through all stages of their corporate and private equity transactions, from deal structuring, through negotiation to post-acquisition issues. Akin Gump represents clients across numerous industries and sectors in relation to private and public company mergers, acquisitions and disposals, joint-ventures and buyouts.

Corporate Investigations:

Well-known for its deep knowledge of business practices in the region, the firm’s Asia-based investigations team covers antibribery and FCPA-related investigations, antitrust, fraud, sanctions, export controls, World Bank issues and securities-related matters.

International Trade:

The firm’s international trade team advises clients on all aspects of international trade law including on the regulatory and compliance aspects of cross-border transactions and a range of trade related issues, including compliance trade policy and WTO matters. The firm represents a number of Asia-Pacific governments with many of its lawyers serving as former government officials, offering significant insight into the workings and considerations of governments.

Investment Management:

As a leading alternative investment management practice serving clients in the world’s primary financial centres, Akin Gump offers unparalleled depth of technical knowledge and experience. The firm’s investment management practice encompasses all aspects of fund formation and ongoing operations including fund structuring and management, investor relations and portfolio company representation. Akin Gump’s representation of a broad range of asset managers and institutional investors gives it proprietary insight on emerging private equity and hedge fund market trends.

Capital Markets:

From its Beijing and Hong Kong offices, Akin Gump represents investment banks, issuers and securities houses as well as venture capital and private equity firms in the full range of public and private debt and equity transactions, including initial and secondary public offerings, Rule 144A/Regulation S offerings, traditional private placements and debt restructurings.


The firm’s finance and alternative credit team represents investor clients on new debt and equity investments throughout Asia-Pacific, including secured and unsecured credit facilities, straight and convertible bonds and other debt instruments. The team also advises on alternative financing solutions, including pre-IPO investments and other financing structures.


Akin Gump advises clients on many of the largest and most complex energy projects across Asia-Pacific, regularly advising exploration and production clients on LNG project development and upstream oil and gas acquisitions and divestitures. The firm acts on conventional and renewable energy project development and financing, as well as the purchasing and selling of power projects and companies.

Litigation & Dispute Resolution:

The dispute resolution practice advises investment firms, financial institutions, corporations and insolvency office holders on contentious matters across Asia. The team represents clients in commercial litigation and international arbitrations related to distressed debt and equity investments, finance arrangements, contentious insolvency and restructuring situations, bondholder disputes and shareholder activism campaigns.

Additional Information




Hong Kong Partner in Charge Sebastian Rice
Corporate and commercial
Corporate investigations/anti-corruption
Cross-border transactions
Customs and import control
Dispute resolution
Export controls and economic sanctions
Financial restructuring
Global project finance
Hedge funds
International trade
Investment management
Private equity funds
Mergers and acquisitions
Daniel Cohen photoMr Daniel CohenDaniel Cohen handles complex, cross-border disputes in the Asia-Pacific region, a significant…
Steven Franklin photoMr Steven FranklinSteven Franklin’s practice focuses on public and private cross-border transactions, including M&A,…
Anne-Marie Godfrey photoMs Anne-Marie GodfreyAnne-Marie Godfrey has extensive experience of advising investment managers throughout Asia on…
Stephen Kho photoMr Stephen KhoStephen Kho focuses on trade and investment policy, and dispute resolution, including…
Naomi Moore photoMs Naomi MooreAs a partner in Akin Gump’s financial restructuring group, Naomi’s practice focuses…
Matthew Puhar photoMr Matthew PuharMatthew Puhar focuses on public and private cross-border corporate, corporate finance, debt…
Tatman Savio photoMs Tatman SavioAs a partner in Akin Gump’s international trade practice, Tatman Savio counsels…
Firmwide lawyers and advisors : 900+
Hong Kong lawyers : 20
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Diversity and Inclusion  

At Akin Gump, we believe the various perspectives and experiences of our lawyers and staff help us achieve exceptional results for our clients and bring important insights into all aspects of the firm.   

Firmwide Resource Group 

Our firm sponsors seven firmwide resource groups (FRG) for lawyers and staff focused on Abilities, Asian, Black, Latinx, LGBTQ+, Parents/Caregivers, and Women. These FRGs complement the firm’s efforts related to recruiting, professional development, and fostering inclusive workplaces. They are voluntary and open to all attorneys and staff 

Local Diversity and Inclusion Councils 

Akin Gump has a firmwide Diversity and Inclusion Council to guide the execution of the firm’s diversity and inclusion strategy. We also have local diversity and inclusion councils in each U.S. office, and London. Diversity and inclusion councils offer lawyers and staff a chance to communicate ideas to firm management and to recommend additional initiatives to enhance diversity and inclusion at the firm.   

Family Friendly Policies 

At Akin Gump, we support lawyers through policies and programmes that enable them to effectively manage and integrate work, family, and other responsibilities. The firm has a Reduced Work Schedule Policy, which allows lawyers to work reduced schedules and remain on partnership track. In particular, we have a significant track record of promotions of women who have availed themselves of the policy. 

We also have an Agile Work Programme that recognises that agile work arrangements play an important role in providing excellent client service at the highest levels while also providing flexibility for our lawyers. 

The firm works with Bright Horizon’s Family Solutions to offer our employees care for children and dependent adults. 

Pro bono 

Our lawyers defend human rights by representing asylum seekers, victims of trafficking and the NGOs that assist them. Our pro bono matters include public interest litigation, legislative counselling, poverty law and transactions, in each of Akin Gump’s offices. The firm is also focused on leveraging our tremendous pro bono commitment to address injustice and pursue equality throughout our communities. 


Akin Gump’s Asian offices are committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment where all members of the Akin Gump community can thrive and grow.  We maintain a culture that sees differences as strength. Local chapters of our firmwide resource groups support our LGBTQ+, women lawyers, and also support family and caregivers. 

We have an active chapter of our Women’s FRG in the Hong Kong office. The group provides a forum for the firm’s women to build relationships internally and externally and provide targeted professional development.  In Hong Kong, in addition to local social events, our Women’s FRG were sponsors of The Women’s Foundation’s International Women’s Day lunch, the annual Women of Influence Conference by American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, Tedx TinHau Women event, and hosted an in-house training session on communicating and presenting with impact and confidence.  

We are also sponsors of the Hong Kong LGBT+ Attorneys (HKGALA) Network, which aims to promote LGBT+ diversity and inclusion in the legal profession in Hong Kong.