Michael P. Wong


Michael P. Wong


Hong Kong | Dechert, 31/F Jardine House, One Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong
+852 3518 4738 | +852 3518 4777

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Michael P. Wong’s practice focuses on fund formation, fund investments and retail fund registration. Mr. Wong covers a broad range of investment funds, including hedge, private equity, debt, real estate and venture capital. His clients include international and PRC asset managers, sovereign wealth funds, investment banks, trustees, venture capitalists and institutional investors.

Mr. Wong also has extensive experience advising on financial services regulatory matters such as licensing requirements and applications, compliance, marketing and distribution of financial products, disclosure of shareholding interests and issues relating to market misconduct, and has been very active advising PRC financial institutions on acquisitions of financial intermediaries in Hong Kong and Asia.

Mr. Wong is recommended in the areas of investment funds and financial services regulatory by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018, noting him for delivering "more than the scope of the work: his quick responses and outstanding knowledge impress client," and the 2017 edition described him as “an excellent, efficient and professional lawyer, with strong industry knowledge and high integrity." He is a frequent contributor to funds and financial services publications and is a regular speaker at industry events.

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Wong was a partner in the investment management practice at another international law firm.

Significant Representations


  • A PRC financial institution on the formation of a US$500 million global mergers and acquisitions fund.
  • A PRC asset manager on the formation of a US$800 million fund that invests in private debt and convertible securities.
  • A sovereign wealth fund on its investments in two US domiciled and managed hedge funds.
  • A PRC financial institution on the formation of a private master-feeder fund with capital protection and preferential payment features.
  • A PRC financial institution on the establishment of the first RQFII "open-ended" fund listed on the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange.

Financial Services Regulatory

  • A Hong Kong financial institution on "peer-to-peer" money lending and borrowing platform.
  • A PRC financial institution on requirements regarding licensing, client onboarding, suitability and outsourcing with respect to its operations between its US and Hong Kong subsidiaries.
  • A PRC financial institution on the acquisition of an asset management and investment advisory company in Hong Kong.
  • A Singapore-based private bank on referral business and distribution of financial products through a mobile application in Hong Kong and Singapore.
  • A European bank on the sale of its private banking business in Hong Kong and Singapore.

Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.

  • University of New South Wales, B.Com., 1999
  • University of New South Wales, LL.B., 2000
  • The University of Hong Kong, P.C.LL., 2001
  • The College of Law, Sydney, Graduate Diploma in Law, 2002
  • Hong Kong
  • Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • Cantonese
  • Mandarin
  • English

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