Private Equity in Asia

Debevoise Was One of the First Firms to Advise Private Equity in Asia, and Continues to Lead the Market Today


Debevoise’s private equity team in Asia was one of the first to advise the private equity sector as the industry emerged in the region, and today continues to blend its international strength with an intimate knowledge of local markets.

Debevoise has one of the foremost private equity practices in the world, and its global Private Equity Group is structured to provide a “one-stop-shop” service for the sector’s most successful financial sponsors. This approach continues in Asia, combining a market-leading fund formation practice with some of the region’s most talented transactional lawyers.

As one of the few firms to couple fund formation capacity in Asia, Europe and the United States with an acclaimed private equity transaction practice in the same markets, Debevoise is uniquely qualified to assist clients in navigating the complex issues surrounding fund formations, downstream investments, strategic as well as transformational transactions, and exits.

The team has a diverse client base in Asia, including sponsors, investors and portfolio companies. This sector-wide experience gives the team distinct insight into private equity in Asia, allowing them to remain at the cutting edge of market practice and the wider commercial environment.

The head of the Private Equity Group in Asia is Andrew M. Ostrognai. With over 20 years’ experience working in Asia, Mr. Ostrognai is recognised by Private Equity International as one of the 30 most influential private equity lawyers globally. He was also named by China Business Law Journal as amongst the top 100 private practice lawyers for the China market.

The transactional team includes William Y. Chua, who has successfully advised on M&A, private equity and financing transactions in Asia for over 15 years, and is described by Chambers Asia Pacific as “one of the most diligent US lawyers in town”. The team also includes E. Drew Dutton, who was named by The Asian Lawyer as an “All-Star” in its inaugural list of leading lawyers in the region.