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Mr. Basil Hwang

Mr. Basil Hwang


Basil H. Hwang is the managing partner of the Hong Kong office of Dechert LLP and the head of Dechert’s Asia Private Equity practice. He is also the founding partner of Dechert’s Asia practice. Mr. Hwang’s practice is focused on advising on private equity and growth capital transactions in Greater China. He also advises portfolio companies and their investors and shareholders on IPOs and listings in Hong Kong and the United States, Hong Kong corporate law and Stock Exchange matters, buyouts and divestitures through trade sales, and financial and securities regulation in Hong Kong. Mr. Hwang is recognized by clients for his business insight and the quality of his advice, his familiarity with regulations and business practices in China and Hong Kong, and his ability to reliably and successfully execute transactions.

Mr. Hwang's private equity and venture capital practice includes structuring and executing over 50 successful investments and buyouts in China and elsewhere in Asia. He also counsels strategic buyers and sellers in mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. He advises some of the most successful investment funds in Greater China with their activities, including:

- Investor Growth Capital
- Susquehanna International Group
- Granite Global Ventures
- IDG Technology Ventures
- TDF Capital (now known as KPCB China)
- JAFCO Asia Investment Fund
- Sequoia Capital China

Mr. Hwang has advised on numerous buyout and M&A transactions, including:

- $120 million sale of to Yahoo! Inc.
- Sale of by Time Warner of its Hong Kong-based Time Life publishing business to Ripplewood Holdings

In addition, Mr. Hwang has advised on numerous high-profile securities offerings, including Shanda Interactive Entertainment’s market-leading IPO and listing on Nasdaq, China Finance Online’s IPO and listing on Nasdaq, ST Assembly Test Services’ and Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing’s IPOs and dual Nasdaq and Singapore listings, Star Cruises’ Hong Kong listing and other ongoing flotations on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Mr. Hwang has also advised on other significant securities offerings and private placements, including representing the Government of Singapore in its Rule 144A and Regulation S offering of $1 billion of privatization exchangeable notes, the underwriters in Neptune Orient Lines’ $500 million Rule 144A and international share offering, Jurong Town Corporation in its $4 billion medium term note program, DBS in the private placement of covered warrants over ordinary shares of Keppel TatLee Bank, and Asia Pulp & Paper Company in its exchange offer of $600 million floating rate notes.

Professional Qualifications
Mr. Hwang received his education in Singapore, Canada and England. He is a graduate of the National University of Singapore and a postgraduate of the Board of Legal Education. He graduated in the top tenth of his law school class. Mr. Hwang is fluent in Mandarin. He is admitted to practice in Hong Kong, Singapore, and England and Wales.

Publications and Lectures 
-Publication: Private Equity and Venture Capital Investing in Asia
-Publication: Renminbi (RMB) Denominated Funds – An Emerging Platform for Private Equity Investment in China
-Lecture: Asian Private Equity Deal Terms