Proskauer Expands Litigation Practice into Asia with Addition of White Collar Law Authority David Chu in Hong Kong

Global law firm Proskauer announced today that David Chu will join the firm as a partner to lead its Asia litigation practice, resident in Hong Kong.  Mr. Chu is both U.S. and Hong Kong qualified and has a wealth of experience advising on securities-related litigation, regulatory compliance and commercial litigation.  His addition expands the firm’s prominent Litigation and White Collar Defense & Investigations practices into Asia.

Mr. Chu represents multinationals in litigations before the Hong Kong High Court and advises major Hong Kong and PRC-based companies doing business in the U.S. in litigation in the U.S. federal courts. Over his career, he has handled numerous matters on behalf of Chinese and international companies and private equity investors involving regulation both in Hong Kong and in the U.S. under various legislation, including the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Ordinance, the Import and Export Ordinance, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the U.S. Patriot Act.

“David’s contributions as a seasoned white collar and commercial litigator will greatly enhance our service offerings for clients in Asia and further strengthen our team globally,” said Proskauer Chairman Joseph M. Leccese. “We are very pleased to welcome him to the firm as we continue to expand our presence in this important market.”

Mr. Chu has handled leading cases in Hong Kong regarding director misfeasance and shareholder disputes. He has served as a consultant for auditors from leading global accounting firms and for Asia-based U.S. issuers on compliance issues that relate to both U.S. and Hong Kong legislation. He has also represented private equity funds and financial services firms in connection with litigation and in regulatory and compliance matters.  He has considerable expertise in FCPA and other anti-corruption cases.

“Asia is an active market for FCPA enforcement activity. Given the heightened demand for attorneys specializing in white collar defense and investigations in the region, David’s top-tier litigation and FCPA experience will be a tremendous asset to our burgeoning cross-border practice,” said Robert J. Cleary, co-Chair of the White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice Group. “We look forward to drawing from David’s diverse knowledge to provide our international corporate clients with on-the-ground, regional support.”

Yuval Tal, head of Proskauer’s Hong Kong office, added, “As financial reforms increasingly gain traction, particularly in Asia, David’s expertise in guiding local and internationally-based companies through the rapidly evolving regulatory environment will be very valuable. His arrival marks a significant milestone in the development of our team and capabilities as he joins recent additions to our Private Investments Funds practice, Yong Ren and Lynn Chan.”

Mr. Chu joins Proskauer from Dechert LLP, where he led its Asia litigation practice. He began his career at the Canadian law firm Borden Ladner Gervais (formerly Ladner Downs). He holds an LL.B. from the Dalhousie Law School in Halifax, Canada, and is admitted to practice in New York, Hong Kong and British Columbia, Canada. He is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin and English.

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