Gibson Dunn Adds Leading Four-Partner Corporate Team to Hong Kong Office

April 21, 2017

​Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce the addition of four partners to its Hong Kong office: Paul Boltz, Scott Jalowayski, Michael Nicklin and Brian Schwarzwalder.  The team, which joins from Ropes & Gray’s Hong Kong office, will continue their private equity, finance and securities practice at Gibson Dunn.

"We are delighted to welcome Paul, Scott, Michael and Brian to the firm," said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn.  "They have spent the bulk of their careers in Asia, working primarily with private equity, asset manager and other sophisticated investors across many types of cross-border transactions, with particular experience in China, India, Southeast Asia, Japan and Australia.  Having a market-leading private equity practice in Asia is a key component in our global private equity strategy, and we are deeply committed to building our presence in Asia. This integrated team of partners who have worked together for many years will complement and broaden our Asia offering, which includes corporate, anti-corruption and compliance, arbitration and dispute resolution, and projects and energy."

"Our new partners represent a transformational step for the development of our Hong Kong office," said Kelly Austin, Partner in Charge of the Hong Kong office.  "Our new partners are extremely well regarded in the Asia market, and their addition will enhance not only our transactional practice in Asia but also the firm’s broader private equity and corporate practices globally."

"We look forward to joining our new colleagues at Gibson Dunn," said Boltz.  "This is a great opportunity to join a firm that is committed to expanding its international footprint and has a thriving practice in Asia and throughout its offices."


About Paul Boltz

Boltz, who served as the managing partner of Ropes & Gray’s Hong Kong office, focuses his practice on capital markets and M&A transactions.  With more than 15 years of experience in Asia, Boltz represents issuers and underwriters in U.S. and Hong Kong IPOs and advises U.S. and Hong Kong listed and pre-IPO companies in M&A, joint venture, PIPEs and registered secondary offerings, privatizations and compliance matters.  He represents numerous companies in the high-tech and life sciences sectors and has significant experience representing sovereign and institutional investors in their investing activities in Asia and elsewhere.  He is a guest lecturer on U.S. securities law at the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong. 

Boltz practiced with Ropes & Gray since 2009.  Before that, he practiced with Morrison & Foerster in Hong Kong.  He received his law degree from Villanova University School of Law in 1996. 


About Scott Jalowayski

Jalowayski has practiced in Asia since 2000.  He advises private equity funds, their portfolio companies, and other global and regional investment managers on their investment and M&A transactions in Asia, including leveraged and unleveraged control acquisitions, minority investments, joint ventures, divestures and restructurings.  He has significant experience representing asset managers in active and passive co-investments and in consortium arrangements.  He represents clients in a wide range of industries, including health care, chemical, solar energy, telecommunications, media, retail and technology. 

Jalowayski practiced with Ropes & Gray since 2008, and prior, he practiced with Morrison & Foerster in Tokyo and Hong Kong and Kellye Drye & Warren in New York.  He received his law degree, summa cum laude, in 1998 from New York Law School, where he was the Articles Editor for New York Law School Law Review


About Michael Nicklin

Nicklin’s practice covers a broad range of debt financing transactions across the Asia-Pacific region, with particular experience in leveraged finance.  He regularly advises private equity sponsors and other sophisticated investors on complex, cross-border acquisition financings, including public to private transactions.  He also has significant experience in special situations transactions, including direct lending, bridge financing, rescue financing, junior capital, convertible debt, restructurings and other event-driven financings. 

Nicklin practiced with Ropes & Gray since 2011.  Prior, he practiced in the London and New York offices of Weil, Gotshal & Manges and DLA Piper in London and Leeds.  He received his LLB from University of Hertfordshire in 1995.


About Brian Schwarzwalder
Schwarzwalder has practiced in Hong Kong since 2004.  He represents global and Asian private equity funds and other asset managers in some of the largest transactions across Asia and Australia/New Zealand.  He has extensive experience in advising lead sponsors in leveraged buyouts and significant minority investments.  He also represents limited partners who invest as active consortium members and passive equity financing sources.  His practice covers a wide range of industries, including life sciences, technology, media, publishing, real estate and manufacturing. 

He has practiced with Ropes & Gray since 2008.  Prior, he practiced with the Hong Kong offices of Morrison & Foerster and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.  He received his law degree in 1997 from the University of Washington School of Law, where he served as Articles Editor for Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal.  He is fluent in Chinese (Mandarin).