THE FIRM This team remains a premier name on the scene, wielding formidable accumulated experience and excellent practice breadth to tackle the largest and most complex matters in the market. It is also making notable inroads into the anti-corruption field, adding to its established expertise in tax investigations, major shareholder disputes and contentious regulatory matters. It operates out of Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai.
Sources say: "There’s a consistently high quality there. This is the only firm I know where all of the team are either very good or brilliant; no one there is just good or average."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Mark Johnson has more than 20 years of experience in the Hong Kong market. His practice incorporates both commercial litigation and regulatory compliance matters. Clients enthuse about his abilities and identify him as “a go-to guy for banking regulatory work.”
Asia disputes head Gavin Lewis won warm praise for his approach, characterised by one client as “measured and thoughtful, and very deliberate. He’s not pompous or flashy and is good for complex litigations that will last for the long haul.” Regulatory disputes is a particular specialism of his.
Gareth Thomas calls upon his formidable experience to tackle high-profile disputes. One source commented that “he’s very good at the big-picture stuff but he also gets involved in the nitty-gritty understanding of his cases, just what you’d expect of a top partner there.” His expertise encompasses matters related to insolvency and negligence, among other areas.
Senior associate Dominic Geiser impresses sources, who describe him as a “proactive, sharp and responsive litigator with strong commercial awareness.”
Kyle Wombolt won plaudits for his high-quality anti-corruption practice. Clients praise his “accurate and practical advice,” with one remarking that “he stands out among other counsel for being very user-friendly. He’s got terrific communication skills, he conveys things well and he’s reliable.”