DESMOND ANG focuses on international commercial litigation and 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, joint ventures, general corporate issues and private equity, which have been heard in Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing, Tokyo, 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 also serves as an arbitrator, having been appointed by both the ICC and the HKIAC.
Desmond has also developed a regulatory practice focused on counseling hedge funds and corporations in financial services regulatory matters before the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) and in internal investigations.
The 2020 edition of Chambers Asia-Pacific praised Desmond who “always maintains an overview of highly complex proceedings, down to the smallest detail.” In the 2019 edition, Desmond was praised by clients that “he pays great attention to detail and is very good at communicating with clients.” In the 2018 edition, Desmond was described by clients as a “lawyer who can understand what his international clients really need and can provide any advice and support as they need it.” Legal 500 Asia Pacific noted Desmond as one of the “very strong arbitration lawyers” who is “a pleasure to work with”. He was also recognized in the International Arbitration category by Chambers Global as “Up and Coming” in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.
Desmond is fluent in English, Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese.
Admissions & Certifications
- England and Wales (Solicitor)
- Hong Kong (Solicitor)
- Singapore (Advocate & Solicitor)
- National University of Singapore, LL.B., 2004 (Dean's List)
- Chinese - Cantonese
- Chinese - Mandarin