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Gareth Hughes is a partner in the firm’s Hong Kong office and a member of the International Dispute Resolution Group. His practice focusses on major commercial disputes and investigations work, with a particular focus on financial institutions and contentious regulatory matters.

With over 18 years of experience in the region, Mr. Hughes has built a successful practice specializing in commercial litigation, international arbitration and investigations work in relation to financial services, corporate finance, fraud, insurance and shareholder-related disputes. Mr. Hughes has acted for major corporates and financial institutions, with many of his matters involving the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the Independent Commission Against Corruption.


Mr. Hughes joined Debevoise in October 2018. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Hughes was a partner at a leading international firm in Hong Kong, where he oversaw the opening of the firm’s dispute practice in Hong Kong and was head of the firm’s Asia disputes group.


Mr. Hughes holds a law degree from Manchester University. He is admitted to practice as a solicitor in Hong Kong and England & Wales.

Lawyer Rankings

Hong Kong > Regulatory: anti-corruption and compliance

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s ‘excellent, very astute and diligent’ team is adept at handling internal and government investigations into allegations of bribery and corruption, fraud and false accounting. The group’s work is multi-jurisdictional, often involving agencies in other Asian jurisdictions, the US and Europe; in this respect, it draws on the expertise of teams abroad. Mark Johnson and Gareth Hughes share leadership of the department.

Hong Kong > Dispute resolution: international arbitration

Excellent for large scale arbitrations‘, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP‘s international dispute resolution group has a ‘lean but mean Asian presence‘ known for handling high-value banking and finance and private equity disputes. ‘Absolute starMark Johnson leads the team alongside Tony Dymond (who splits his time between Hong Kong and London). Gareth Hughes and the ‘excellent‘ international counsel Cameron Sim are other key contacts.

Hong Kong > Dispute resolution: litigation

(Hall of Fame)

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP‘s litigation practice provides ‘a first-class service‘ to various financial institutions, private equity firms, investment banks and high-net-worth individuals – on contentious mandates, often with a cross-border element. Department heads Mark Johnson and Gareth Hughes specialise in commercial disputes involving white-collar crime and regulatory elements, with recent cases ranging from internal investigations regarding financial malpractice to whistleblowing complaints against senior-level staff. Senior associates Emily Austin and Allison Lau are further key contacts.