Proskauer Welcomes Lateral Hires In Hong Kong And London

Friday, January 17, 2014 - 11:52

Proskauer has announced that David Chu will join the firm as a partner to lead its Asia litigation practice, resident in Hong Kong.  Mr. Chu is both U.S. and Hong Kong qualified and has a wealth of experience advising on securities-related litigation, regulatory compliance and commercial litigation.  His addition expands the firm's prominent Litigation and White Collar Defense & Investigations practices into Asia.

Mr. Chu represents multinationals in litigations before the Hong Kong High Court and advises major Hong Kong and PRC-based companies doing business in the U.S. in litigation in the U.S. federal courts. Over his career, he has handled numerous matters on behalf of Chinese and international companies and private equity investors involving regulation both in Hong Kong and in the U.S. under various legislation, including the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Ordinance, the Import and Export Ordinance, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the U.S. Patriot Act.  

Mr. Chu has handled leading cases in Hong Kong regarding director misfeasance and shareholder disputes. He has served as a consultant for auditors from leading global accounting firms and for Asia-based U.S. issuers on compliance issues that relate to both U.S. and Hong Kong legislation. He has also represented private equity funds and financial services firms in connection with litigation and in regulatory and compliance matters.  He has considerable expertise in FCPA and other anti-corruption cases.

“Asia is an active market for FCPA enforcement activity. Given the heightened demand for attorneys specializing in white collar defense and investigations in the region, David’s top-tier litigation and FCPA experience will be a tremendous asset to our burgeoning cross-border practice,” said Robert J. Cleary, co-chair of the White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice Group. “We look forward to drawing from David’s diverse knowledge to provide our international corporate clients with on-the-ground, regional support.”

Mr. Chu joins Proskauer from Dechert LLP, where he led its Asia litigation practice. He began his career at the Canadian law firm Borden Ladner Gervais (formerly Ladner Downs). He holds an LL.B. from the Dalhousie Law School in Halifax, Canada, and is admitted to practice in New York, Hong Kong and British Columbia, Canada. He is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin and English.

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In addition, Robert Gaut is joining Proskauer as partner and head of the firm’s Tax practice in London.

Mr. Gaut has represented many of the world’s preeminent multinational corporations, investment banks and private equity funds on a full range of UK and international tax strategies relating to inbound and outbound transactions, capital market offerings and financing matters. He has advised on transactions with an aggregate value exceeding US$26 billion in the past 12 months alone. He also counsels clients on timely issues such as the UK’s proposed changes to the treatment of partnerships and LLP structures, and tax considerations for technology companies investing in the U.S.

 “Our clients come from a broad spectrum of industries and require a sophisticated understanding of the evolving tax environment and how to address challenges that can arise when operating on a global basis,” said Proskauer chairman Joseph M. Leccese. “Robert’s extensive cross-border M&A and private equity experience and in-depth knowledge of UK tax schemes will be a great complement to our expanding Corporate and Private Investment Funds practices.” 

Thomas W. Dollinger, head of Proskauer’s London office, stated, “We have a robust corporate platform and Robert’s arrival is an important step forward in the continued development of our London office as we replicate the firm’s strengths globally. Having experienced and respected tax expertise is a critical component as we increase our presence in the UK and Europe.”

“Tax issues play an integral role in the successful execution of a deal, particularly in cross-border matters,” said Ira G. Bogner, chair of Proskauer’s Tax department. “The international scope of Robert’s practice will be a valuable resource for clients and greatly enhance our continued efforts to broaden the reach of our tax practice across multiple jurisdictions.”

Mr. Gaut joins Proskauer from Fried Frank, where he was a partner since 2005.