Hill Dickinson set to complete successful transition in Hong Kong

International law firm Hill Dickinson has announced that its application to operate as a single entity in Hong Kong has been approved by the Law Society of Hong Kong following the completion of a three year period of association with a local Hong Kong firm, as required by local regulations.

Currently operating as Hill Dickinson Hong Kong LLP in association with Laracy & Co, the transition will marry the two firms together as one single Hong Kong firm under the name Hill Dickinson Hong Kong, taking effect from 1 April 2017.

Hill Dickinson opened its Hong Kong office in 2013 providing a convenient pan-Asia base for its clients, following expansion into Singapore in 2009. The Hong Kong office is led by highly regarded and experienced litigator and arbitrator Damien Laracy, alongside master mariner and partner Mike Mallin, who relocated from Hill Dickinson’s London City office to spearhead the firm’s venture into Hong Kong. As part of the broader Asia growth strategy, it has already made two recent senior lateral partner hires - Caroline Thomas, a highly regarded insurance, shipping and competition law specialist and Bryan O’Hare, to strengthen and further develop the successful commercial disputes and insolvency litigation practice.    

Offering a broad range of legal services, the office is best recognised for its commercial litigation and international arbitration work, as well as contentious shipping and trade matters, servicing a diverse range of institutional, corporate and private clients across the globe.

Commenting on the transition, Hill Dickinson chief executive officer, Peter Jackson, said: “Both Damien and Mike have been instrumental in the success of our operation in Hong Kong. We are now in an ideal position to build on this success and further extend our international footprint in the Asian market.”

Hong Kong office principal, Damien Laracy, added: “As our international client base continues to grow, this exciting new venture will allow us to broaden our capabilities to meet the evolving needs of our clients.”