William Chua is a corporate partner based in Hong Kong. Mr. Chua is a broad-gauged transactional lawyer with deep experience in private equity and strategic M&A, finance and capital markets. He also has substantial experience counselling on corporate governance matters, including advising, structuring and implementing insider trading programs, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance procedures and board crisis management response plans, as well as designing and implementing due diligence programs under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and laws and regulations relating to economic sanctions. Mr. Chua leads Debevoise’s private equity investment, buyout and M&A practices in Asia.
Mr. Chua has advised on public and private M&A deals throughout Asia, including leveraged buyouts, such as the Focus Media LBO, and public company acquisitions, such as the Yue Xiu Enterprises-Chong Hing Bank transaction. His experience spans private equity and strategic deals and includes takeovers, buyouts, “going private” transactions, asset purchases, business combinations, divestitures, “carve-outs” and spin-offs. He also has a significant finance and capital markets practice, including debt and borrower-focused acquisition and leveraged finance, and IPOs.
Mr. Chua has significant experience in transactions involving financial institutions, including banks, insurance companies, asset managers and broker-dealers. In recent years, these matters have spanned acquisitions and other control transactions, securities offerings, strategic investments, financing transactions, asset sales and other divestitures as well as regulatory matters.
The major legal directories recognise Mr. Chua as one of the leading lawyers in the region, with Chambers Asia-Pacific (2022) and Chambers Global (2022) ranking him for M&A work. Chambers Global (2022) also recommends Mr. Chua for M&A in India, and in Chambers Asia-Pacific (2022), he is further recommended for private equity. The guides state that he is “a big talent and a very careful lawyer” and that he has a “strong M&A skill set,” “good interpersonal skills, and he’s always looking out for the client.” The guides have also stated that “he is very hands-on, meticulous and very thoughtful,” and “he offers a wealth of expertise on corporate transactions, spanning from private equity and acquisitions to going-privates and divestitures.” According to clients, he is “one of the most diligent US lawyers in town,” and “has substantial experience of handling PRC-related deals.” Mr. Chua is recommended by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2023) for M&A, Private Equity and for his India practice. The guide, which has described him as “proactive and responsive,” has also noted that he is a “go-to partner for all matters in Asia-Pacific.” IFLR1000 (2022) recommends Mr. Chua for Equity Capital Markets and M&A, and he is also recommended by Expert Guides for Capital Markets.
Mr. Chua has worked on some of the largest and most cutting-edge cross-border transactions, including: the largest global IPO ever (Alibaba Group); the largest LBO of a U.S.-listed Chinese company (Focus Media); the first takeover in the PRC Internet sector (Sohu-ChinaRen); the largest Hong Kong IPO in history and the largest IPO in the insurance sector (AIA); the largest Asian corporate bonds (Alibaba Group; Hutchison Whampoa); the first hostile takeover attempt in the PRC Internet sector (Shanda Interactive-Sina); the first control transaction involving a publicly listed company in Hong Kong using a partial offer structure under the Hong Kong Takeovers Code (Yue Xiu Enterprises-Chong Hing Bank); and the first successfully completed spin-off by a Nasdaq-listed company via a listing in Hong Kong (CHNR).
Mr. Chua is actively involved in various bar associations, including having served as an officer of the International Bar Association’s Corporate and M&A Law Committee, as Vice Chair of the Mergers & Acquisitions Subcommittee and as an officer of the IBA’s Securities Law Committee. He is also serving on the Asia Advisory Council of The Lawrenceville School and is a sub-committee member of the Diocesan Boys' School Foundation.
Mr. Chua joined Debevoise in 2015. He was previously a partner for over a decade at a leading Wall Street law firm, where at various times he was resident in the New York, Beijing and Hong Kong offices. A Hong Kong native, Mr. Chua began his career in New York and has practised in Asia for over 15 years.
Mr. Chua graduated from Princeton University with a bachelor’s degree in 1991, and from Harvard Law School with a J.D. in 1994. He is admitted to the bar in New York and Hong Kong, and speaks Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese.
蔡律师被众多主流法律媒体评为该地域的顶尖律师之一。《全球钱伯斯》（2022）和《亚太钱伯斯》（2022）高度认可蔡律师在并购领域的工作。《全球钱伯斯》（2022）将其列为印度并购领域的推荐律师，《亚太钱伯斯》（2022）将其列为私募股权领域的推荐律师。上述指南评价称他是“一位才华横溢且非常细心的律师”，并且有“很强的并购业务能力”，“很好的人际交往能力，而且总是为客户着想”。“他总是亲历亲为、一丝不苟、考虑周全”，并“提供了处理公司类交易的丰富专业知识与技巧，涵盖私募股权和收购以及私有化和资产剥离等交易。” 客户表示他是“城中最勤勉的美国律师之一”，“在处理中国相关交易方面具备丰富经验”。《亚太地区法律500强》（2022）称赞蔡律师是“亚太地区所有事务的首选合作伙伴”，将其列为并购、私募股权和印度业务的推荐律师，并称赞其“积极主动，回应迅速”；《国际金融法律评论1000》（2020）将其列为股权资本市场和并购领域的推荐律师；《专家指南》（Expert Guides）将其列为“资本市场”的推荐律师。