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Paul Westover is a counsel in Tilleke & Gibbins’ regional corporate and commercial group, overseeing complex transactional matters in Laos and Thailand. Paul started his career with a magic circle firm in London and has over 30 years’ experience of working in Asia with leading law firms, having been admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales since 1987 and in Hong Kong since 1991.

His particular focus is on cross-border M&As and related due diligence, as well as private equity and inward investment into Asia. Paul’s experience encompasses advising on complex M&A transactions, joint ventures, corporate and debt restructurings, corporate finance matters, outsourcing, and other high-value commercial agreements, as well as the establishment of offshore funds, across the Asia region. He has worked on transactions in a range of industries, including manufacturing, supply chain operations, corporate services, laboratory testing services, real property, technology, sports, and entertainment.

As part of Paul’s broad corporate and commercial practice, he is also frequently called upon to provide board-level advice on matters of corporate governance and corporate compliance.

Paul regularly speaks at conferences on a variety of topics and has lectured on company law at the University of Hong Kong. He is a member of the International Bar Association.


  • Advised a listed company on its acquisition of a majority stake in a regional media and entertainment group and on its future arrangements, including exit options, with the minority shareholder.
  • Advised a listed company on its acquisition of three operating and one under-construction data centers in China, Hong Kong, and Singapore, involving complex negotiations with the sellers due to the structure of the target companies.
  • Advised a listed multinational company involved in public relations and advertising in respect of a complex corporate reorganization of its subsidiaries in certain countries in Asia, involving share buybacks, distributions, and subsequent liquidations.
  • Advised a government fund in relation to establishment and operation of a technology-based business incubation scheme to provide funding and other assistance to technology startup companies.
  • Advised a bank on its multimillion-dollar banking application software project, involving the drafting and negotiating of software procurement and development agreements and a software license.


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