Press Release: Debevoise Hires Leading Disputes Lawyer, Mark Johnson, in Hong Kong

Hong Kong, November 7, 2014 – Debevoise & Plimpton LLP today announced that Mark Johnson will join the firm as a litigation partner in the Hong Kong office. Mr. Johnson’s arrival will solidify Debevoise’s expanding litigation strength in Asia, in addition to its already prominent practices in the United States, UK and Europe.
Mr. Johnson will join from Herbert Smith Freehills in Hong Kong, where he has been a partner for more than 20 years. While a partner, he oversaw the opening of the firm’s disputes practices in Singapore, Jakarta, Bangkok, Beijing, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo.
Both Chambers and Legal 500 list Mr. Johnson as a top-tier adviser for dispute resolution in China and Hong Kong respectively. Chambers Global states that he “continues to be a leading name in commercial litigation and contentious regulatory work in Hong Kong and the wider region,” while Chambers Asia Pacific has said he is “acknowledged as a leader in this field.”
Mr. Johnson first moved to Hong Kong in 1987 and has become one of the region’s most respected and experienced litigators, working with an Asian and international client base largely on white collar and regulatory defense matters.

For more than 25 years in the region, he has built a successful practice advising on shareholders’ and directors’ disputes, internal and regulatory investigations, commercial litigation and inquiries from a range of regulatory bodies, both in Asia and elsewhere. These include matters involving the Hong Kong Securities & Futures Commission, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Debevoise lawyers have represented Asia-based clients and multinational clients for decades in Asia-focused disputes and white collar matters. The team includes on-the-ground presence in Hong Kong and Shanghai, as well as senior partners in New York, Washington, D.C. and London, with particular focus advising clients in the region.
Michael W. Blair, Presiding Partner at Debevoise, commented: “Mark is an exciting addition to our global Litigation practice. We now offer clients an unparalleled lineup of deep regulatory and white collar strength in each of the key markets of the U.S., London, Europe and Hong Kong.”
Lord Goldsmith QC, Chair of European and Asian Litigation at Debevoise, commented: “Mark has a long and successful track record in the Asia market and has built an impressive reputation as a leading white collar and regulatory lawyer. His addition to the team will benefit our clients not only in Asia, but also around the world. It adds further weight to our global White Collar & Regulatory Defense practice, and ensures we continue to have market-leading teams in the world’s major financial hubs.”
Mark Johnson commented: “Debevoise has an impressive reputation in white collar matters around the world, starting with its historic strength in the U.S., but extending to Europe and Asia, too. Joining a team with such an existing global pedigree was an attractive proposition, as was working to help continue to grow the firm’s capabilities in Asia. The team in Hong Kong and Shanghai is made up of some incredibly talented lawyers, and I am looking forward to being part of the continued success of the practice.”
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a leading international law firm, representing a wide range of clients in transactions and disputes around the world. Founded in 1931, the firm has offices in New York, Washington, D.C., London, Paris, Frankfurt, Moscow, Hong Kong and Shanghai.