DESMOND ANG is counsel in the firm's Hong Kong office and a member of the International Arbitration group. He focuses on international commercial arbitration, with an emphasis on high-stakes disputes involving business relationships and investments with companies in China, Japan and South Korea.
Desmond has represented clients in proceedings conducted under ICC, HKIAC, SIAC, CIETAC, JCAA, ICDR and UNCITRAL arbitration rules. He has experience in disputes involving mergers and acquisitions, price adjustments, scope of indemnities, trademark licensing, patent royalties, Sino-foreign joint ventures, general corporate issues and private equity, which have been heard in arbitral seats such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, California and Switzerland.
Desmond develops practical dispute resolution strategies underpinned by a thorough analysis of the relevant facts. He crafts these strategies to fit into the overall commercial goals of his clients with the ultimate objective of providing high-quality, responsive and cost-effective legal representation.
He has counseled individuals and businesses in a wide spectrum of industries, including oil and gas, retail (luxury and mass market), private equity, pharmaceuticals, real estate, technology and telecommunications, natural resources and mining, and sports.
Desmond has also developed a regulatory practice focused on advising Chinese companies and individuals in financial services regulatory matters before the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) and the Hong Kong Takeover and Mergers Panel (Takeover Panel).
Prior to joining Sidley, Desmond was a counsel at the Hong Kong office of another leading U.S. law firm. Desmond is fluent in English, Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese.
Education: National University of Singapore (2004, Dean's List)
Admitted: Singapore (Advocate & Solicitor) (non-practising); England and Wales (Solicitor)
Member: Singapore Academy of Law; LCIA Young International Arbitration Group; Law Society of England and Wales