Davis Polk & Wardwell will promote Hong Kong counsel Karen Chan to partner on July 1, making it the first partner promotion in the office since 2011.
Chan advises financial institutions and companies on litigation and regulatory matters related to local regulators such as the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission. She joined the firm in 2013 from Clifford Chance as part of a litigation and enforcement team led by partner Martin Rogers, then Asia head of disputes for the Magic Circle firm. Rogers, alongside partner James Wadham, left to launch a disputes team for Davis Polk.
This is Davis Polk’s first partner promotion in Hong Kong since 2011 when the firm promoted corporate partner Miranda So. The Wall Street firm has one of the largest Hong Kong offices among its U.S. peers, with 86 lawyers in 2016, but only eight of them were partners that year. The majority of the lawyers in Hong Kong practice corporate law, but the four-year-old disputes team has grown significantly to having close to 30 lawyers now.
Chan will be the fourth litigation and enforcement partner at Davis Polk in Hong Kong. In addition to Rogers and Wadham, the firm also hired U.S. investigations partner Patrick Sinclair in April from Ropes & Gray. Sinclair was the deputy chief of the general crimes section at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York before joining private practice.