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William F. Barron

A Davis Polk partner resident in Hong Kong, Mr. Barron has over 30 years of experience advising corporations, investment banks and financial investors in connection with capital markets, leveraged finance, M&A and other corporate finance transactions. He has worked in New York, London, Tokyo and, for the last 23 years, Hong Kong, and on transactions in every major country in Asia.

Work Highlights

Mr. Barron has substantial experience in investment-grade and high-yield debt (including RMB bonds) and leveraged finance, having worked on numerous transactions in the PRC, Southeast Asia (including Indonesia) and elsewhere in Asia. He also has worked on a number of significant mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity transactions in Asia. 

He has worked on many of the landmark securities offerings in the region, including Indian IPO of ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, the spin off listing of Thailand’s TRUE Telecommunications, NASDAQ IPO of and the privatizations of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, China Unicom, China Construction Bank and Sinopec.


Mr. Barron is listed as a leading lawyer in numerous legal industry publications, including:

  • FinanceAsia:
    • Named as one of the “50 Most Influential People in Asia’s Financial Markets” (the only lawyer on the list)
    • Recognized as being “widely regarded as the region’s leading legal adviser on international capital markets transactions, by both clients and peers”
  • Chambers Asia-Pacific:
    • Capital Markets: (Debt) (International Firms): China, Band 1, Leading Individual
    • Capital Markets: U.S. Law: High-Yield; China, Band 1, Leading Individual
    • Capital Markets (International Firms, Experts Based Abroad): Indonesia, Leading Individual
    • “Outstanding Contribution Award,” 2012
  • IFLR1000:
    • Capital Markets (Equity): U.S. Law: Hong Kong, Leading Individual

    • Capital Markets (Debt): Hong Kong, Leading Individual

  • Legal 500 Asia-Pacific:
    • Capital Markets (Equity): Hong Kong, Leading Individual

    • Capital Markets (Debt): Hong Kong, Leading Individual

Professional History

  • Partner, Davis Polk since 1995
  • Associate, 1984-1995
  • London office, 1987-1990
  • Tokyo office, 1992-1993
  • Hong Kong office, 1993-present


    • Davis Polk & Wardwell
      Hong Kong Solicitors
      The Hong Kong Club Building
      3A Chater Road, 18/F
      Hong Kong
      P: +852 2533 3303
      F: +852 2533 1703

    Bar Admissions

    • Hong Kong
    • State of New York


    • A.B., Dartmouth College, 1979
      • with distinction
    • J.D., Columbia Law School, 1984
      • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar