HWB advises on Medicskin IPO
Howse Williams Bowers ("HWB"), a leading Hong Kong independent law firm, advised the sole sponsor Shenyin Wanguo Capital (H.K.) Limited ("SYWG") and the underwriters, as the Hong Kong legal counsel, on the listing of the shares of Medicskin Holdings Limited ("Medicskin") on the Growth Enterprises Market ("GEM") of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Founded in 2000, Medicskin is a medical skin care group in Hong Kong that focuses on the treatment of skin diseases/problems and/or improvements in the appearance of its clients. The shares commenced trading on GEM on 18 December 2014.
This transaction was the first collaboration between the capital markets and medico-legal teams of HWB and has demonstrated HWB's unique and unrivalled expertise in medico-legal work and its strong presence in the IPO market in Hong Kong. Medicskin is the fourth IPO that HWB has completed in 2014.
The HWB team was led by corporate partner, Brian Ho and medico-legal partner, Dr David Kan who were assisted by senior associate Karen Lam, associates Sherman Wong and Katherine Chan and trainee solicitors Christie Tsang and Isabel Hou. The team had lead responsibility for legal documentation, corporate and regulatory issues, communication with the regulators and general transaction management.
Howse Williams Bowers is an independent law firm which combines the in-depth experience of its lawyers with a forward thinking approach.
Our key practice areas are corporate/commercial and corporate finance; commercial and maritime dispute resolution; clinical negligence and healthcare; insurance and professional indemnity insurance; employment; family and matrimonial; property and building management; intellectual property and financial services/corporate regulatory and compliance.
As an independent law firm we are able to minimise legal and commercial conflicts of interest and act for clients in every industry sector. The partners have spent the majority of their careers in Hong Kong and have a detailed understanding of international business and business in Asia.
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Holman Fenwick Willan’s Sydney head David Coogans is moving to Hong Kong to join Howse Williams Bowers, a firm established earlier this year by three of Reed Smith Richards Butler’s founding partners in Hong Kong.
Coogans, a shipping lawyer with a focus on collision and salvage work, will join his former Richards Butler colleagues in Hong Kong. He joined Richards Butler Hong Kong in 1989 and became a partner at Richards Butler Hong Kong in 1994. In 2004, he moved to Australia to work in the shipping industry and joined Holman Fenwick’s Sydney office in 2011.
Howse Williams Bowers (HWB), was established on 1 January 2012 when a group of 50 staff including 15 lawyers, led by partners Chris Howse, Chris Williams and Kevin Bowers, resigned from the Hong Kong office of Reed Smith Richards Butler (previously Richards Butler Hong Kong) in order to set up the new firm (9 January 2012).
In addition to Coogans, who will start later this year, HWB has also taken on a seven-member family and matrimonial practice headed by partner Linda Heathfield. The team joins from Hong Kong family law boutique Ip & Heathfield, and they will bring all their clients to the new firm. Heathfield is also a Richards Butler Hong Kong alumni, having worked at the firm in the 1980s.
“The PI clubs we work for want us to have wet work capability. David’s industry knowledge and ability can fill the missing piece of the jigsaw in our shipping practice,” said Howse, managing partner of HWB. “It’s great to be able to work together again with our former colleagues David and Linda.”
The latest recruitment has pushed HWB’s total staff headcount to 70, including eight partners.
4 September 2012 | By Yun Kriegler