Debevoise & Plimpton partner Drew Dutton will relocate to Hong Kong from Paris, in a strategic move to expand the firm’s financial services and transactional private equity platforms in Hong Kong.
Dutton will focus his practice on domestic and international transactions throughout Asia, advising both Asian entities and international parties interested in investing in the region. He will also lead transactional matters for the firm’s private equity clients, including both M&A and capital markets work.
Dutton is proficient in Mandarin and fluent in English, French and German.
Presiding partner of Debevoise Martin-Frederic Evans said he expects Dutton to play a leading role in the long-term growth of the firm’s Asian practice, which is integral to the firm’s global growth strategy.
According to Evans, Dutton’s relocation will support and expand the firm’s insurance and private equity practices.
Most recently, Dutton worked extensively with American International Group (AIG), representing the company on several Asian-focused deals including the proposed sale of its Asia life insurance unit American International Assurance (AIA), and its Taiwan-based life insurance unit, Nan Shan.
Debevoise & Plimpton’s Asia team, based in Hong Kong and Shanghai, is made up of over 20 corporate lawyers, most of whom are admitted in the US and are seconded to Asia.ALB
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