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About Howie Farn

Howie Farn is a partner in our global transactions group based in the Hong Kong office. He focuses his practice on capital markets transactions, including advising clients on SEC-registered and Rule 144A/Regulation S offerings of equity and debt securities and listings in New York, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Singapore, London and Vienna for companies based in China and Taiwan from various industries. He also advises these companies in their pre-IPO and post-IPO financings and investments as well as various general corporate and regulatory matters related to U.S. securities law.

Howie speaks native Mandarin and English and he is dual qualified in Hong Kong and New York.

Recent work

  • Advising on Panjit International’s US$151m new offerings of 50m Global Depositary Shares, representing 50m new common shares, in Taiwan. The company is one of the top 20 global discrete power semiconductor companies and ranked among the top ten diode manufacturers in the world; 
  • Advising on Li Auto’s US$1.52bn dual primary listing in Hong Kong (dual primary NASDAQ and Hong Kong);
  • Advising on Canaan’s US$90m IPO listing on NASDAQ and US$170m SEC-registered direct offering of American Depositary Shares;
  • Advising on Yum China’s US$2.2bn secondary listing in Hong Kong and its SEC-registered global offering (primary NYSE and secondary HKEX) (the first Delaware-incorporated company to list in Hong Kong);
  • Advising on Alibaba Group’s US$12.9bn secondary listing in Hong Kong and its SEC-registered global offering of US$5bn investment grade notes (primary NYSE and secondary HKEX) (Hong Kong's largest and world's second largest public offering in 2019); 
  • Advising on Xiabuxiabu Catering’s US$146m listing in Hong Kong;
  • Advising on United Microelectronics’ US$400m offering of currency-linked zero-coupon exchangeable bonds; and
  • Advising on Hon Hai Precision Industry’s US$500m offering of currency-linked zero-coupon convertible bonds.


Professional qualifications

Licensed to practise as a solicitor in Hong Kong and New York


  • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D.;
  • Peking University Law School, LL.B.