Doing business successfully in Asia Pacific requires commitment, local knowledge and adaptability. Faced with complex regulations and business practices, incoming investors appreciate counsel that combines robust representation with respect for local sensitivities. Asian corporations, in turn, often require a law firm with sophisticated commercial judgment and cross-border capabilities when establishing or expanding a footprint outside the region.
A Multicultural, Multilingual Team — On the Ground
With offices in the financial hubs of Beijing, Hong Kong and Singapore, Dechert helps global corporations, financial institutions and private investors meet their legal and regulatory needs. Our team includes eminent legal figures, who facilitate clients’ expansion by maintaining a network of relationships with regulatory authorities throughout Asia, including China, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea.
Dechert is regularly recognized by legal directories such as Chambers Asia Pacific and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific. Qualified in multiple jurisdictions, and fluent in several Asian languages, including, Cantonese, English, Korean, Malay (Bahasa Malaysia), Mandarin and Shanghainese, we provide commercially minded solutions that bridge business cultures.
Meeting Client Needs Wherever They Do Business
Dechert’s commitment to Asia Pacific reaches far beyond our office network. We provide results-oriented legal and business solutions to corporations and funds investing throughout the region. We also assist entities from across the Asia Pacific when planning or executing a regional or global investment.
Moreover, by working closely with colleagues in Dechert offices throughout the world, our Asia Pacific lawyers help clients fulfill their strategic objectives in Asia and beyond.
Areas of Focus
Corporate Investigations and Anti-Corruption
Our anti-corruption compliance and investigations lawyers in Asia Pacific advise companies across a wide range of industries. Our services cover all phases of the compliance and risk mitigation timeline, from pre-investment risk assessment and due diligence to post-investment compliance advice, compliance policy reviews and training, and internal or government investigations.
With detailed knowledge of anti-corruption laws and enforcement agency practices, we regularly coordinate complex, multi-jurisdictional investigations for clients based or operating in Asia Pacific that exhibit anti-corruption indicators or are subject to enforcement investigations.
Dechert represents buyers, sellers and advisers in complex commercial transactions throughout Asia Pacific. We focus on structuring successful deals, ensuring speed-to-market execution and protecting our clients’ interests in all phases of a transaction.
We are also recognized in the region as a leading M&A adviser. Issuers, underwriters, placement agents, sponsors, investors and selling shareholders have learned to rely on Dechert lawyers when conducting equity, debt and hybrid security issuances — public or private — across a wide range of industries.
Clients from every level of the value chain in the energy and natural resources industries rely on Dechert’s timely counsel when carrying out cross- border transactions or navigating the industry’s complex and evolving regulatory and litigation landscape. From hydrocarbon fuels and shale gas to renewable energy, climate change and emissions trading, Dechert combines experience and practical know-how to help clients achieve their goals.
Financial Services Disputes and Contentious Regulatory
Dechert litigators and disputes lawyers in Asia Pacific have amassed an enviable body of experience representing clients in the financial services industry. We regularly advise and represent clients in cross-border litigation and international arbitration, internal regulatory compliance investigations and external investigations by financial regulators and law enforcement agencies, providing specific compliance and contractual advice as needed.
Recognized internationally as a leading adviser for the hedge fund industry, Dechert is the firm of choice for many of the world’s largest hedge fund and emerging fund managers seeking comprehensive, cross-border service. Our lawyers help clients launch funds, raise capital, achieve tax efficiency and meet regulatory requirements. We advise hedge and alternative asset/strategy funds that engage in private equity/activist strategies through the use of tailored fund structures.
Dechert’s IP team boasts a strong record in litigation, counseling and transactional matters in Asia Pacific. Our lawyers combine decades of IP experience with knowledge of the underlying science through training in technology, engineering, medicine and business. Our fluency in sophisticated subject matters affords our clients an advantage in court and at the negotiating table.
We are adept at all aspects of IP protection, including idea development; patent prosecution and portfolio enhancement; trademark, trade secret and copyright protection; and licensing arrangements. Clients’ interests are protected by deploying strategies that enhance their market position and protect their assets from infringement and unfair competition.
Regularly ranked among the world’s top firms for international arbitration by Global Arbitration Review, our arbitration team provides forceful and persuasive representation for corporations, investors and states in complex and high-stakes commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. Aware of the risks and costs of protracted disputes, we strive to offer creative solutions to help resolve complex disputes as early as possible.
With one of the leading investor-state practices, we regularly appear as counsel for both investors and states. We advise corporations on how to structure or restructure investments in order to attain (or maintain) investment treaty protection. Conversely, we also advise public officials on their obligations under investment treaties. In addition, we are one of the few firms whose lawyers not only appear as counsel but also sit as arbitrators in investor-state cases.
Investment Funds - Retail/Registered Funds
Dechert’s offices in Asia are staffed by an interdisciplinary team comprised of U.S.-qualified, U.K.-qualified and locally qualified lawyers. As a result, financial services entities of all types — from banks to broker-dealers, from investment managers to insurance companies — rely on Dechert’s investment fund lawyers in Asia. Our clients in Asia include both U.S. and European financial services companies of global breadth, as well as Asian financial services companies of all sizes.
Dechert’s life sciences team in Asia Pacific represents companies across the entire spectrum, including biotechnology, bio-informatics, drug discovery, genomics, biopharmaceutical, diagnostic and medical device companies. We understand the complex interplay of business, legal and regulatory issues that confront life sciences companies at all stages of growth.
One-stop services aimed at ambitious, IP-focused companies include identifying licensing or joint development opportunities, registering specific drug products, transactional advice and help in navigating regulatory compliance risks. We also advise large pharmaceutical companies with an established presence in Asia on licensing transactions, disputes with partners and on regulatory and anti-bribery compliance issues.
Leveraging on our knowledge and experience in Asia, US and Europe, we assist China-based companies in taking their first steps outside China, guiding their way through acquisitions and joint-ventures in the western markets.
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
With a proven track record of success in Asia-related matters, Dechert lawyers represent clients in complex domestic and cross-border commercial litigation cases. Backed by a global, full-service platform, our Asia Pacific disputes team is regularly asked to provide advice on dispute resolution clauses, pursue litigation or arbitration, obtain interim measures such as injunctions, and enforce judgments and arbitral awards throughout the world.
Private Equity - Funds and Investment
Private equity funds headquartered in Asia Pacific and funds investing in the region call on Dechert for advice at every phase of the investment life cycle. We help private equity sponsors to form funds and assist as they raise capital by structuring, negotiating and executing investments on their behalf. We structure funds for good governance and strive at all times for cost and tax efficiency, executing transactions that maximize portfolio value and, ultimately, help achieve successful exits. Our experience includes secondary transactions, carried interest and co-investment plans, team spin-outs and co-investments.
Fund managers, intermediaries and banks come to Dechert for comprehensive, multi-jurisdictional financial services expertise that includes corporate and securities-related regulatory guidance, and advice on compliance and internal controls. Our clients, including financial regulators and institutional investors, benefit from our in-depth knowledge of the latest securities-related regulatory developments and initiatives in different jurisdictions across Asia and the rest of the world.