Denis Petkovic

Partner | Hong Kong

Denis is a partner in the banking and finance team.

He has a broad range of experience in finance and corporate transactions including structured finance, project financings, securitizations and derivatives, acquisitions and disposals, acquisition financings and insolvencies and restructurings.

His projects and finance experience includes representing lenders, developers and investors in transactions in the energy, telecommunications, ports, oil and gas, transportation, steel, hotel and other sectors in Asia, Europe (with particular emphasis on Eastern Europe), the Commonwealth of Independent States, Africa and the Middle East.

Denis has been listed in Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Project Financing Lawyers, Project Finance Legal Advisers Review and Legal Business’ Legal Expert Report (for project finance and energy and resources).

Denis is commended for his diligence and thoroughness on banking issues. Apart from his banking and finance experience, Denis is able to advise businesses on a range of employment related matters.

He has been a visiting professor at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, LL.M. program.

Secretary Erny Sendjaja


Denis is a different kind of lawyer. The kind of lawyer a business-owner wants to work with. He speaks plain human English rather than Legaleze. He instinctively understands the nature and flow of business and works with his clients towards their big picture objectives of company growth and business development – while supporting on the nitty gritty of specific legal agreements – and advising on legal problems and structures.

Alexander Wood, vice chairman - AWR Lloyd

As a growing business looking to expand internationally, the assistance of Withers as our legal counsel has enabled us to meet the challenges of this growth and expand our reach into Asia, allowing us to bring our unique water disinfectant technology to new markets.  Denis and his team manage all of our international matters with experience, skill and speed, guiding us through the process of setting up our corporate structure, contractual documentation matters, capital raising projects and negotiating with Asian parties as required.

Mark Carey - Hydro-dis

Track record


Advising a family office on establishment of operations in Hong Kong including tax and regulatory issues and on investment agreements.

Acting for European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the International Finance Corporation and other multilaterals on numerous financings in the CIS, the Balkans and other emerging markets in the banking, energy, real estate and other sectors.

Acting for a European technology owner on potential joint venture projects with PRC parties.

New South Wales, Australia, 1983

England and Wales, 1990

Hong Kong, 1990

British Virgin Islands, 2014

Me in a minute

My career can be split in two parts

Initially I represented financial institutions on the full range of issues associated with their business. The work ranged from syndicated and bilateral loans, trade finance matters, structured notes and derivatives to insolvencies and regulatory matters. This was a fabulous foundation for what was to follow.

Since 2000 I have been increasingly also representing other stakeholders as well as lenders particularly in project and infrastructure matters. This work has included acquisitions of energy companies and development of energy projects, advising on toll road and large real estate development projects and looking after the interests of substantial and minority shareholders in an array of projects and commercial transactions. A great portion of my work has been in emerging markets including Eastern Europe and the CIS, the Middle East and of course Asia where I now am based.



  • English






Hong Kong


Gloucester Tower,

The Landmark,

15 Queen's Road Central

View Office


Regularly works with...