Gareth Hughes is a partner in the firm’s Hong Kong office and a member of the International Dispute Resolution Group. His practice focusses on major commercial disputes and investigations work, with a particular focus on financial institutions and contentious regulatory matters.
Mr. Hughes joined Debevoise in October 2018. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Hughes was a partner at a leading international firm in Hong Kong, where he oversaw the opening of the firm’s dispute practice in Hong Kong and was head of the firm’s Asia disputes group.
With over 18 years of experience in the region, Mr. Hughes has built a successful practice specializing in commercial litigation, international arbitration and investigations work in relation to financial services, corporate finance, fraud, insurance and shareholder-related disputes. Mr. Hughes has acted for major corporates and financial institutions, with many of his matters involving the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the Independent Commission Against Corruption.
Mr. Hughes has become one of Asia’s most respected and experienced litigators. The Legal 500 Asia Pacific lists him in its Hall of Fame and he is also recognized as a leading individual for dispute resolution in PLC, Chambers Asia-Pacific and Chambers Global. Benchmark Litigation (Asia-Pacific) (2021) names him a Dispute Resolution Star, and he is also recognized by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2021) for his anti-corruption and compliance practice and by Chambers Asia-Pacific (2021) as a leading individual for Contentious Regulatory Financial Services-related matters. Mr. Hughes has been described in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific as a “highly professional and skilled legal operator who inspires confidence and is an extremely safe pair of hands,” and Chambers Asia-Pacific has noted that he “always has his eye on the right outcome for the client,” with clients saying that “he knows the regulators very well and has a sophisticated and commercial approach to investigations which is quite unique.” He has also received praise for his “considerable experience advising on regulatory matters and investigations,” his “clear, unambiguous advice” and being “technically extremely sound but also highly pragmatic.” According to clients, “he never fails to deliver as promised.”
Mr. Hughes’ recent publications include “Insider Dealer or unknowing Participant: HK Court of Appeal confirms SFC’s broad powers to pursue insider dealing and fraud offences” (Emerald Publishing, 2018).
Mr. Hughes holds a law degree from Manchester University. He is admitted to practice as a solicitor in Hong Kong and England & Wales.