The State of Insurance - Hong Kong and Asia 2018

Chambers General Counsel seminar in association with Debevoise  


Date:            14th September 2018

Venue:         Conrad Hotel, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong


08:00 – 08:30 – Breakfast and Registration
08:30 – 08:45 – Welcome Remarks
08:45 – 10:00 – Panel discussion
10:00 – 10:30 – Q&A / Networking / Close

Welcome remarks by Dr Moses Cheng, Chairman of the Insurance Authority


The insurance sector in Asia has continued to change shape in the last twelve months, with some areas seeing consolidation, others rapid growth, and Asian insurers taking an increasingly active role on the international stage.

In this session, we will discuss some of the drivers of the sector, both in Hong Kong and more widely around the region. Key topics include:

- Foreign investment in the Chinese insurance sector
- Enforcement Update: Hong Kong Regulation and the Insurance Authority
- Asian regulatory and market review

The seminar is being held with the intention that its attendees qualify for 2 CPD credits for their participation.


This event is open to in-house counsel and industry-specific business professionals. There is no cost to attend.





Edwin Northover
Debevoise & Plimpton

Edwin Northover is an Asia-based, corporate partner. Edwin has a broad cross-border public and private mergers and acquisitions practice, with a particular focus on mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures and distribution agreements in the insurance industry. Since moving to the Hong Kong office in 2012, he has worked on several of the most significant insurance M&A transactions in Asia. He also has extensive private equity experience, having worked on a number of strategic and co-investments. Edwin joined Debevoise in 2007 and was based in our London office prior to his move to Asia. He is qualified in both England & Wales and Hong Kong.

During 2013, Mr. Northover spent six months on secondment to the Mergers & Acquisitions team of a multinational insurance company in Paris. In 2015, he spent a period in the Financial Institutions Group of our New York office.

Edwin graduated in 2001 with a Double First Class Honours degree in Modern History from Merton College, University of Oxford. He went on to study at BPP Law School, London (2002-3).


Mark Johnson
Debevoise & Plimpton

Mark Johnson is a partner in the firm’s Hong Kong office and a member of the International Dispute Resolution Group. His practice focuses on white collar/regulatory defense matters, cybersecurity matters and commercial litigation in Hong Kong and across Asia.

Mr. Johnson joined Debevoise in March 2015. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Johnson was a partner at a leading international firm in Hong Kong, where he oversaw the opening of the firm’s disputes practices in Singapore, Jakarta, Bangkok, Beijing, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo.

For more than 25 years in the region, Mr. Johnson has built a successful practice advising on shareholders’ and directors’ disputes, internal and regulatory investigations, commercial litigation and inquiries from a range of regulatory bodies, both in Asia and elsewhere. These include matters involving the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the Independent Commission Against Corruption. Much of his work is in the financial services and private wealth sectors.

Mr. Johnson has become one of Asia’s most respected and experienced litigators. Chambers Asia Pacific (2018) ranks him as a Band 1 lawyer in China for financial services: contentious regulatory matters and as a leading lawyer for litigation. He is also ranked for dispute resolution in Chambers Global (2018).


Jan Buschmann
Senior Associate

Debevoise & Plimpton 

Jan Buschmann is a corporate associate based in Debevoise’s Hong Kong office. He has extensive experience advising on insurance transactions and regulation.

Mr. Buschmann joined Debevoise in 2018 from another leading international law firm, where he advised global insurance companies and other financial institutions on M&A transactions, portfolio transfers, reinsurance arrangements and the full range of regulatory matters. He is admitted to practice as a solicitor in Hong Kong and England & Wales.

Mr. Buschmann holds law degrees from the University of Cologne, the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and the University of London, as well as a doctorate in law from the University of Bonn.

Mr. Buschmann speaks German, French and intermediate Mandarin.