Experienced Derivatives Lawyer Joins Latham & Watkins in Hong Kong

Firm adds talented capital markets lawyer with strong track record advising on complex transactional and regulatory matters.

October 09, 2017

Latham & Watkins is pleased to announce that Derek Chua has joined the firm’s Hong Kong office as a counsel in the Financial Institutions Group. Chua is an experienced capital markets and equity derivatives lawyer with a strong track record advising banks, securities firms, stock exchanges and other financial institutions on a wide range of complex securities matters. 

Chua has substantial experience advising global, Hong Kong and PRC investment banks and financial institutions on various debt- and equity-linked securities, structured equity financings, corporate derivative transactions, and a variety of retail and institutional structured products. He has advised the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on the establishment of its OTC derivatives clearing house and the Shanghai and Shenzhen Stock Connect platform. Chua also has significant experience advising on the regulatory aspects of debt securities, derivatives and structured products, with a focus on Hong Kong and PRC regulations. 

“We are delighted to welcome Derek to the firm,” said Josef Athanas, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in Hong Kong. “Derek brings a wealth of specialized experience and deep product knowledge to our team, and his arrival adds more depth to our transactional and regulatory practice in Asia and globally. We have a strong presence in the capital markets in Hong Kong and across the region, and Derek’s competitive drive and technical skills make him an exciting addition to our team.” 

Witold Balaban, Global Co-Chair of Latham & Watkins’ Financial Institutions Group and Global Co-Chair of the firm’s Capital Markets Practice, added: “We are committed to building the market leading practice advising financial institutions in Asia and globally, delivering exceptional service and integrated advice for our clients’ toughest and most sophisticated transactional, regulatory and disputes matters. Derek’s experience and reputation in the derivatives arena brings added strength to our team in the region, and we’re thrilled to add his many talents to the practice.”

“I am excited to be joining the exceptional team at Latham,” said Chua. “The firm has built a robust capability around the world and it has got tremendous forward momentum in Asia and globally. Latham offers an ideal platform to further grow and develop my practice.”

Chua joins Latham & Watkins from Linklaters where he was a managing associate in the Hong Kong office. He earned a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) as well as a Bachelor of Laws from The University of Sydney. 

About Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins is a global law firm with more than 2,400 lawyers in its offices located in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States, including: Barcelona, Beijing, Boston, Brussels, Century City, Chicago, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Orange County, Paris, Riyadh, Rome, San Diego, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. For more information on Latham & Watkins, please visit the website at www.lw.com.

Notes to Editors

Latham & Watkins operates as a limited liability partnership worldwide with affiliated limited liability partnerships conducting the practice in the United Kingdom, France and Italy and affiliated partnerships conducting the practice in Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. Latham & Watkins operates in Seoul as a Foreign Legal Consultant Office. Latham & Watkins practices in Saudi Arabia in association with the Law Office of Salman M. Al-Sudairi.


Josef Athanas, Hong Kong Office Managing Partner, +852.2912.2718

Witold Balaban, Global Co-Chair of the Financial Institutions Group and Global Co-Chair of the Capital Markets Practice, +1.212.906.4550

Posit Laohaphan, Former Global Co-chair of the Financial Institutions Group, +852.2912.2698

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