A&O adds to Hong Kong office as insolvency market heats up

Allen & Overy is expanding in Hong Kong to cash in on lucrative litigation work.

It has shipped out insolvency litigator Andrew Jeffries, who is a partner at A&O's London office.

Jonathan Hitchin, partner in A&O's Hong Kong litigation and dispute resolution team, says: “For better or for worse there is a good deal of insolvency litigation in Hong Kong. It seemed to be appropriate to bring more people in to deal with the work.”

Senior associate Michael Cheng is also joining him this week.

The moves bring the number of partners in the team to four, with 12 fee-earners.

But Hitchin anticipates further growth of the group, and does not rule out lateral hires.

A&O's Hong Kong practice covers a broad range of legal areas including banking, capital markets, corporate and China work. The firm now has 17 partners and 93 fee earners in Hong Kong.