"Simon Berry...is greatly valued for his extensive regulatory experience. He has a broad corporate practice and his work includes advising on licensing and regulations in respect of securities, commodities, derivatives and asset management." Chambers Asia-Pacific 2012

Simon H. Berry

Hong Kong
  • 18th Floor, One Exchange Square
  • 8 Connaught Place, Central
  • Hong Kong

Simon Berry is Counsel in the Hong Kong office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Corporate Department.

Mr. Berry has extensive experience in regulatory law and has an excellent reputation for financial institution regulatory advice. Mr. Berry's experience in regulatory matters includes licensing and advisory work covering regulated activities including securities, commodities, foreign exchange, futures and other derivatives, asset management and clearing settlement systems.

His practice also focuses on a broad range of mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, post acquisition integration and corporate finance transactions involving regulated entities such as banks, insurance companies and financial institutions. Mr. Berry's experience includes:

  • Take-over offers
  • Sales and purchases
  • Direct investments
  • Private equity
  • M&A and joint ventures
  • Initial Public Offerings
  • Equity offerings

Mr Berry is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences and regularly provides in-house training to clients.  He has also authored a number of publications including:

  • Foreign Investment Review – Hong Kong Chapter: Getting The Deal Through (2012) (co-author)
  • The Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review – Hong Kong Chapter, Law Business Research (2010, 2011) (co-author)
  • Asian-Counsel – Detailed Proposals for a Competition Law in Hong Kong (2008)

Mr. Berry's representative transactions includes advising:

  • Daiwa Capital Markets in connection with its US$1 billion acquisition of global convertibles and Asian equity derivatives businesses of KBC Group NV
  • DBS/JPMorgan in connection with the secondary listing of Fortune REIT, the first listing in Hong Kong to utilize a bridging facility to enhance liquidity
  • On the acquisition and disposal of a number of licensed entities as well as members of stock exchanges, futures exchanges, clearing companies and other regulated entities
  • Banks and other financial institutions on a wide range of regulatory and compliance issues, including offerings of investment products, outsourcing, settlement clearing systems, e-commerce-related issues, data privacy, internet securities trading and e-banking matters