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Paul Haswell joins K&L Gates as Hong Kong-based partner

19 September 2023

Paul Haswell joins K&L Gates as Hong Kong-based partner

Tech lawyer Paul Haswell has joined K&L Gates as a partner in the firm’s Hong Kong office. He joins the firm from Seyfarth Shaw (Hong Kong), where he led that firm’s regional technology practice, handling both contentious and non-contentious technology matters.

Haswell has been practicing in Hong Kong for more than 12 years and is dual qualified in Hong Kong and England and Wales. He is a well-known technology lawyer in Asia who advises clients on wide-ranging issues including data and cybersecurity, telecommunications, outsourcing, licensing, cloud and datacenters, and evolving technologies such as artificial intelligence, cryptocurrency and blockchain. He has worked on major technology disputes that have been resolved through litigation, arbitration, and mediation, and is ranked among the leading TMT lawyers in Hong Kong and China by multiple legal publications.

Haswell also regularly speaks and presents on technology matters across Asia, on topics ranging from cloud computing and data protection to social media and AI.

David Tang, K&L Gates’ Seattle-based managing partner, Asia, commented: “Paul brings a wealth of complementary experience and capability to our Hong Kong and firmwide technology practices and his addition enhances the synergy and engagement our firm is known to have with the technology sector. His versatile practice nicely aligns with our existing capabilities and we are thrilled to welcome him to the firm.”

Frank Voon, a Hong Kong-based leader of K&L Gates’ global corporate practice, said: “We are truly excited to welcome Paul to the firm. He is highly regarded in the market for his extensive experience and broad focus in technology and TMT. Paul is a terrific addition to our global technology transactions practice and further advances our capabilities to service our clients in this area at a time when technological advancements are impacting almost every sector.”

K&L Gates’ corporate practice is one of the most substantial in the legal industry, with more than 500 lawyers in offices on five continents assisting clients in the structuring, financing, and completion of domestic, international, and cross-border transactions. The group serves as counsel to a broad array of Global 500, Fortune 100, FTSE 100 corporations, privately held and venture-backed companies, partnerships, private equity firms, other investment funds, management groups, and entrepreneurs.

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