Board of Directors

Mr. Christopher James Williams

Mr. Christopher James Williams was appointed as a Non-Executive Non-Independent Director on 19 July 2006 and became Deputy Chairman of the Board with effect from 9 March 2010. He was last re-elected as a Director at the Annual General Meeting held on 22 May 2020.

Mr. Williams is a founding partner of Howse Williams, Hong Kong, which he co-founded in 2012 as an independent Hong Kong law firm. Mr. Williams was responsible in particular for establishing the non-contentious area of the practice. Howse Williams has subsequently grown to become one of the leading independent law firms in Hong Kong.

Prior to co-founding Howse Williams, Mr. Williams was from 1994 a partner in Richards Butler, an international law firm which merged with the US law firm Reed Smith in 2008 and was throughout this period based in Hong Kong.

Mr. Williams has been the chairman and non-independent non-executive director of First REIT Management Limited, the manager of First Real Estate Investment Trust, since 26 October 2018 and a director of OUB Centre Limited since 28 January 2014.

Mr. Williams specialises in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, direct investment and corporate restructurings and reorganisations. He also advises on corporate governance and compliance. His practice encompasses Hong Kong and the Asia Pacific region, particularly Indonesia and Singapore. He has been named in the Guide to the World’s Leading Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyers, published by Euromoney Publications PLC, and the International Who’s Who of Merger and Acquisition Lawyers, published by Law Business Research, as one of the world’s top mergers and acquisitions lawyers.

Mr. Williams qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1986 and was admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong in 1991. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in International Relations and Economics from the University of Reading, United Kingdom.