Firm Profile > Dechert > Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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

Investment funds Tier 2

Dechert draws on strength from its European and US-qualified partners to offer a holistic approach to fund formation, fund raising, fund investments, and regulatory and fund disputes matters. The firm is well-versed in private equity funds, hedge funds, registered funds and regulatory matters, including licensing, non-contentious regulatory advice and compliance. It counts investment funds and asset managers, diversified financial institutions, insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds, investment banks and private banks amongst its clientele. Michael Wong, who has deep regulatory experience, heads the practice.

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‘Strong knowledgeable team that is very available and provides swift responses’.

‘Michael Wong is the partner I work with, he is very knowledgeable, straight to the point, available and swift’.

‘A friendly and professional team with a broad base of knowledge and a willingness to help with any issue that arise’.

‘They have been excellent in helping us through the entire structuring and documentation processes.

‘Innovative result-driven solutions’.

‘In cross-jurisdictional projects, Dechert’s teams in different jurisdictions are highly collaborative and efficient’.

‘Michael Wong fully understands our company’s business characteristics and structure, and truly works with our best interests at heart’.

‘Michael Wong has a high-level of professionalism and rich industry experience’.

Key clients

Apeiron Capital Limited

Brilliance Capital

China Resources Capital Management

China Everbright Limited

Greenwoods Asset Management Hong Kong Limited

Hauck & Aufhauser Asset Management

JIC Capital Management

Manulife Asset Management

Ping An Insurance

Prudence Capital

Projects and energy Tier 3

The team at Dechert 'has a deep understanding of the industry' and is especially strong in handling cross-border mandates for clients in the oil and gas sector. Other areas of instruction for the group include LNG, upstream, downstream, and renewable energy power projects. Xiao Yong is the main practitioner to note.

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Regulatory Tier 3

Dechert garners praise for its 'strong industry knowledge'. Recent work for the team includes handling SFC investigations for a client base of asset managers, financial institutions, and insurance companies. Michael Wong  'is equipped with strong industry knowledge on funds and regulator's views'; he shares leadership of the practice with Maria Sit.

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Corporate (including M&A) Tier 5

The corporate team at Dechert handles complex complex cross-border M&A transactions across Asia, Europe, North America and South America. Head of practice Stephen Chan is noted for his expertise in corporate finance transactions, including public and private mergers and acquisitions, private equity, takeovers, REIT listings, restructuring, IPOs and general compliance matters. David Cho jointly heads the team. Maria Tan Pedersen joined as partner from Jones Day.

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Key clients

Fortune Group Holdings Limited


CLSA Capital Markets Limited

China Financial Services

Norinco International

New Century REIT

MIE Holdings Corporation

China Galaxy International Financial Holdings Limited

South Korea > Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 4

David Cho, who is the head of Dechert’s Hong Kong office and Asia co-managing partner, focuses his practice on cross-border M&A. He frequently advises multinational companies on global transactions in a broad range of sectors, including manufacturing, technology, chemicals, telecommunications, insurance, energy and private equity. Associate Susan Yoon is also noted.

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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 Partner
Mr Nicholas A. Molan  photo Mr Nicholas A. Molan Counsel
Mr Eng-Lye Ong  photo Mr Eng-Lye Ong Counsel
Mr Michael Wong  photo Mr Michael Wong
Mr Jason Wu  photo Mr Jason Wu Associate
Mr Xiao Yong  photo Mr Xiao Yong
Number of lawyers : Approximately 1000 worldwide
Malay (Bahasa Malaysia)