The new partner will help Ashurst expand its offering in what the firm says is “an important financial hub”
Ashurst has beefed up its disputes resolution team in Hong Kong by snapping up a lawyer from Allen & Overy as a partner.
Cliff Chow has advised on complex, cross-border regulatory, corruption and FCPA investigations involving parties in China, US, UK and Europe. He is also experienced in the management of financial mis-selling, litigation and arbitrations, and complex commercial disputes.
His clients include both international and regional banks and financial institutions, and he has acted on what Ashurst said are “some of the most significant regulatory matters impacting on Hong Kong's financial institutions in recent years.”
The addition of Chow to the partnership bolsters the firm’s offering in an important market in Asia.
“Hong Kong is an important financial hub. It is the home of many APAC headquarters of global and regional banks and financial institutions,” said Ashurst Asia regional head Jini Lee. “The appointment of Cliff will be instrumental as we continue to expand our client offering in a competitive marketplace and enhance our position as a leading legal advisor to major financial institutions on complex matters.”
James Comber, a dispute resolution partner in the Hong Kong office, lauded Chow’s language skills and considerable experience.
“Cliff has impressive credentials and is well-liked and respected by his clients. His technical skills and Chinese language capability will enable us to strengthen our contentious regulatory and financial services litigation offering across a wider range of clients,” Comber said. “Cliff's joining will broaden our bench-depth and cement our reputation as a top class disputes and contentious regulatory offering in the region.”
Chow expressed his desire to contribute to Ashurst’s growth across the APAC region.
“Ashurst has a reputation for high quality legal service and a strong transactional, disputes and regulatory advisory practice in Hong Kong and globally,” he said. “The firm has demonstrated its commitment in the growth in Asia and Greater China. I am looking forward to working with James and in collaboration with other practice groups and offices to continue that growth.”