Former Davis Polk & Wardwell partner Antony Dapiran will join Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom as of counsel in Hong Kong.
Dapiran left Davis Polk’s Hong Kong office earlier this year after spending seven years with the firm handling securities offers and M&A deals related to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. He joined the Wall Street firm in 2010 from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he had been managing partner for the Beijing office and made his name for representing large Chinese state-owned enterprises such as the Agricultural Bank of China, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the People’s Insurance Company of China and China International Capital Corp. on overseas listings and cross-border transactions.
He made partner at the London-based legal giant only two years earlier, having first joined the Magic Circle firm in 1999.
Dapiran’s Hong Kong capital markets and M&A experience will complement Skadden’s existing resources in China and reflects the firm’s ongoing commitment to the region, said Julie Gao, the Hong Kong-based head of Skadden’s China practice. Gao also used to be a rising star of Dapiran’s generation, having built her reputation by taking Chinese companies public on the U.S. capital markets.
Dapiran, who starts on Sept. 1, will also work closely with Hong Kong-qualified M&A partner Christopher Betts. Earlier this year, Skadden also launched a private funds practice in Asia by hiring partner Geoffrey Chan from Ropes & Gray.
In addition to his law practice, Dapiran published a book on July 1, the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover from the U.K. to China, titled City of Protest: A Recent History of Dissent in Hong Kong, where he outlined the city’s history of civil disobedience, from the leftist riots in the 1960s to the recent Occupy Central movement in late 2014.