Davis Polk Launches Hong Kong Law Practice

Competitors predict that Davis Polk's move will shake up the Hong Kong market, with more leading U.S. firms expected to follow

, The American Lawyer


Davis Polk & Wardwell is launching a Hong Kong law practice with two new partners. Bonnie Y.T. Chan comes to the firm from the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, while Antony Dapiran was most recently the Beijing managing partner for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. The news puts to rest months of speculation over Davis Polk's Asia plans. William Barron, the firm's Hong Kong-based Asia head, says Davis Polk had decided some time ago to launch a Hong Kong practice but it had been waiting to find the right people.

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