Deacons, Hong Kong’s longest established and largest independent law firm, has deepened its regulatory expertise by bringing in Isabella Wong as a Partner in the Financial Services Practice Group.
Isabella has re-joined Deacons from a global asset manager after acquiring in-house experience by counselling the manager’s investment management and funds distribution businesses in APAC (ex-Japan) regions. Before moving to an in-house counsel role, Isabella worked at Deacons as a regulatory lawyer for 8 years. As a former regulator, Isabella also gained hands-on experience in dealing with SFC regulatory matters (covering licensing and compliance aspects) for different financial institutions, alongside participating in policy drafting and consultation works in relation to new regulatory regimes.
Jeremy Lam, Partner and Head of Financial Services Practice Group, Deacons commented: “We are delighted to have Isabella re-join our team as a partner, to further strengthen our market leading regulatory and compliance practice. Isabella will play a key role in supporting our clients expand their offering in the virtual assets space, where there are significant growth opportunities as Hong Kong’s regulatory environment continues to evolve.”
With experience in servicing financial institutions in private practice, coupled with her recent in-house counsel experience and regulatory background, Isabella will help us deliver quality legal services with business acumen, provide practical solutions to clients, and bridge the gap between industry practice and regulatory expectations. She was recognised as a “Finance Rising Star” by Women in Business Law Awards Asia in 2021. She speaks English, Cantonese and Mandarin.
Isabella joins our highly ranked Financial Services practice which now comprises 10 partners, 1 consultant and more than 30 legal professionals.