Jonathan Culshaw, Asia managing partner of Harneys.

Jonathan Culshaw, Asia managing partner and global head of the investment funds and regulatory practice at offshore firm Harneys, died last week. He was 48. The firm declined to comment on the cause of his death.

Next month would have marked a decade with Harneys for Culshaw, who was based in Hong Kong. He joined the firm as a London-based partner from rival offshore outfit Walkers in November 2008 and relocated to Hong Kong in 2012 to lead Harneys’ Asia practice. Earlier in his career, Culshaw trained and qualified with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London and practiced as an associate with the Magic Circle firm until 2000.

Under Culshaw’s leadership, Harneys expanded its Asian presence. In 2014, the firm opened a second Asian outpost in Singapore; the next year, the firm launched in Tokyo; and last year, it entered mainland China with an office in Shanghai.

“We are heartbroken,” Harneys said in a statement about Culshaw’s passing. “He was a highly valued colleague and close friend to us all. Our thoughts and heartfelt condolences are with his family and friends. Jonathan was an integral part of our success over the past decade and he had a bright future at the firm.”

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