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Denise is co-chair of the Global Corporate Group and has been a partner of Reed Smith Richards Butler since 1998. She is based in Hong Kong and her career of more than 20 years has been built on transactions mainly in Greater China and also South-east Asia. The diversity of practice has seen her hand hold start ups, be in the thick of private equity investments, negotiate and execute both public company takeovers and private company M&A and lead more than 50 successful IPOs on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. After IPO, she continues to advise her clients on secondary debt and equity issues, spin-offs, corporate governance and compliance, regulatory investigations and throughout her career, she has also advised on a number of high profile corporate restructurings and privatisations of listed companies in Hong Kong. Denise is a popular choice among PRC, Hong Kong and US-based corporates for her two decades of experience handling all manner of public and private M&A and private equity transactions. She has been recognised and ranked by legal directories including Chambers, IFLR 1000 for consecutive years where clients have said she is " an all-round lawyer with extensive experience in advising listed and private companies". Denise was a member of the firm’s Executive Committee in 2008-2015 and the firm’s Asia Pacific Managing Partner from 2018 to June 2020.


  • London School of Economics and Political Science, 1990

  • England and Wales
  • Hong Kong

  • Cantonese
  • English
  • Mandarin
  • Hakka

Awards & Recognition

  • Ranked in Chambers Asia Pacific / Greater China Region for Hong Kong Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms) , 2015-2023
  • Ranked in Chambers Asia Pacific / Greater China Region for China Capital Markets: Equity (International Firms), 2019-2020, 2023
  • Ranked in Chambers Global for China Capital Markets: Equity (International Firms), 2017-2020, 2023
  • Ranked in Chambers Global for China Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms), 2017-2023
  • Listed as a Leading Individual in The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific for Hong Kong Corporate (including M&A), 2022-2023
  • Recommended by Legal 500 Asia Pacific for Capital Markets (Equity), Corporate (including M&A) and Private Equity, 2015 – 2020
  • Listed as Highly Regarded in IFLR1000 Global for Hong Kong Capital markets: Equity, 2013-2023
  • Lead partner in Hsu Fu Chi/Nestle M&A – Winner of ALB SE Asia Law Awards 2012 for “Singapore M&A Deal of the Year” 
  • Sole winner in Hong Kong for the General Corporate category for ILO Client Choice Awards 2010