DWF has secured an affiliation agreement with Hauzen, a Hong Kong law firm specialising in financial services regulation, contentious insurance, complex commercial problems and arbitration.
Basil Hwang, Hauzen’s managing partner, founded the firm in 2017 after four years at Zhong Lun Law Firm in Hong Kong as a partner. Hwang was managing partner at Dechert in Hong Kong from 2007 to 2014.
Hauzen, which currently has five partners and one of counsel, is also affiliated with Chinese law firm Anjie which merged with another Chinese firm, Broad & Bright, last year.
Nigel Knowles, CEO of DWF Group in London, said the latest agreement signed with Hauzen showed that the firm saw a clear opportunity to increase activity in a key global financial centre in areas where it held sector strength without overcommitting operationally.
“This will strengthen our offering to our global clients with interests in China and Hong Kong, whilst also improving our ability to directly support Chinese clients,” said Knowles.
DWF and Hauzen also hired insurance and maritime disputes expert Anthony Woo as a partner. Woo joined from Clyde & Co where he was a partner for six years.
Following the agreement with Hauzen, DWF will have a global footprint in 19 jurisdictions.