Firm Profile > Dechert > Hong Kong, Hong Kong

31/F Jardine House
One Connaught Place, Central
Hong Kong

Investment funds Tier 2

Dechert advises on private equity funds, private credit funds, hedge funds, retail funds, mutual funds, venture capital and co-investments, as well as regulatory, licensing and downstream investment matters. The firm has a global network of offices and mainly focuses on Asia, the US and Europe. Areas of expertise include fund formation and registration, investor representation and fund due diligence work. Clients include international and PRC asset managers, sovereign wealth funds, investment banks, trustees, venture capitalists and institutional investors. Team head Michael Wong is recommended for his experience in fund formation and registration, among other areas. Simon Wong left the firm for Minter Ellison.

Key clients

China Everbright

Ping An Insurance

China Resources


Brilliance Capital


Silk Road Fund


China Orient Asset Management

UG Investment Adviser

Projects and energy Tier 3

Xiao Yong is the key name at Dechert, which counts upstream, downstream, LNG and nuclear power projects as core areas of expertise, as well as the oil and gas industry as a key sector strength. Cross-border mandates also feature prominently in the team's workload.

Key clients



Regulatory Tier 3

Michael Wong and Maria Sit head up the practice at Dechert. The team acted for the Investment Company Institute in the SFC's consultation concerning revisions to the Hong Kong Code on Unit Trusts and Mutual Funds, and changes to the regulations for reporting OTC derivatives. Kareena Teh departed for LC Lawyers LLP in December 2018.

Key clients

China Everbright

Stifel Financial Corporation


Investment Company Institute

Bank of Singapore Limited

Red Gate Asset Management

Corporate (including M&A) Tier 5

Dechert serves as a one-stop shop in strategic corporate and M&A transactions, where its ability to cover all related matters (including finance, real estate and commercial litigation) comes to the fore. Although the overwhelming majority of its work has a cross-border component, the firm is also highly active in domestic mandates. Stephen Chan and David Cho co-head the team, which acts for clients on public and private M&A, private equity transactions, restructurings and joint ventures, among other matters. Stephen Chan has over 15 years of transactional experience. The team also includes Yang Wang, who made partner in January 2019, and associate Jason Wu.

Key clients

Fortune Group Holdings Limited


MIE Holdings Corporation

TerraPower, LLC

Lone Star Fund

China Financial Services Holdings Limited

Portico International Holdings Limited

Songbird SG Pte. Ltd.

South Korea > Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 3

Dechert's Hong Kong office head David Cho, who leads the firm's Korea practice, undertakes large global transactions for major multinational companies (including many Korean conglomerates) by working closely with other practitioners in the firm's global network, such as Siew Kam Boon and counsel Timothy Goh in Singapore. Also notable is that there are a number of Korean-speaking lawyers located in New York, Boston, Chicago and Washington, D.C. Susan Yoon is another name to note in Hong Kong. Iris Park recently joined Samsung Electronics as a senior legal counsel.

Key clients

OCI Company Ltd

SK hynix Inc

MBK Partners L.P

Gioisis Pte Ltd

Dechert lawyers in Hong Kong provide results-oriented legal and business solutions to corporations and funds investing in Asia. Clients rely on our deep understanding of both local and global business and regulatory practices to structure and devise solutions that bridge East and West. Whether we are representing the Asian company or the foreign investor, knowledge of both the commercial and legal frameworks that govern transactions in Asia allow us to meet the needs of our clients. This drive for excellence also applies when assisting our Asian clients on outbound transactions.

Our team of lawyers in Hong Kong speak several Chinese dialects, including Cantonese, Mandarin and Shanghainese, and Asian languages, including Korean and Malay (Bahasa Malaysia). Besides having native fluency in multiple languages, we are fluent in multiple Asian cultures as well, which has allowed us to gain substantial experience advising Asia-based clients, including Chinese and Korean clients, as well as international clients on a broad range of matters.

Department Name Email Telephone
Head of Office David Cho +852 3518 4797
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Stephen Chan  photo Mr Stephen Chan
Mr David Cho  photo Mr David Cho
Mr Nicholas A. Molan  photo Mr Nicholas A. Molan
Mr Eng-Lye Ong  photo Mr Eng-Lye Ong
Ms Iris H. Park  photo Ms Iris H. Park
Mr Michael Wong  photo Mr Michael Wong
Mr Simon Wong  photo Mr Simon Wong
Mr Jason Wu  photo Mr Jason Wu
Mr Xiao Yong  photo Mr Xiao Yong
Number of lawyers : Approximately 1000 worldwide
Malay (Bahasa Malaysia)