Evan Jowers

Hong Kong

evan@jowersvargas.com

HK: +852 5502-3361

US: +1 (917) 292-8657

Evan Jowers (JD, Boston U. ’01) is based in Hong Kong and is a co-founder of our company. He has made or played a significant role in well over 400 US attorney big law placements in Asia since 2006. His focus is moving US associates, counsel and partners to Asia and within Asia, with particular emphasis on Hong Kong / China. Evan has represented and career advised a substantial portion of the US trained partners at top US and UK law firms in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul and Singapore who were promoted in the past 5 or so years. Many of these attorneys Evan has had relationships with since their junior to mid-level associate years, and in some cases all the way back to their law school studies.

Evan has placed, at their current firms, partners at numerous top US and UK firms in Asia, including for example eight current partners at Latham. Other firms where Evan has placed current partners at their current firms in Asia include Cleary, Simpson Thacher, Ropes & Gray, Gibson Dunn, Kirkland & Ellis, Cooley, Linklaters, Allen Overy, DLA Piper, Gunderson, Weil Gotshal, White & Case, and Baker McKenzie, among others.

Numerous major media outlets have interviewed Evan for his insight on Asia big law, such as New York Times, Legal Week, American Lawyer, Asia Counsel, California Lawyer, Business Insider and CNBC, among many others. For example, Evan was the only attorney recruiter contact for the New York Times back in 2008 regarding the alarming trend of legal talent leaving the US for Asia during the global recession. Evan created and put up the original investment for the Asia Chronicles series blog featured at Abovethelaw.com (from 2008 to 2012 was regularly read by most of US to Asia associate movers, as well as the majority of US-based big law attorneys at the time).

Harvard Law School has invited Evan for many years to participate in their “Ask the Experts” program as their expert on the Asia markets (Harvard has since 2018 added a second Asia expert – our co-founder Alejandro Vargas). He also advises numerous other JD programs and their law students on their potential future Asia careers.

Evan has also helped a number of firms build new offices and practice groups in Asia over the years. Credit is given by some in the industry to Evan for playing a role in bringing about for the first time a proper structure for big law US attorney recruiting in Hong Kong / China from 2007 to 2010. During those years he also helped a number of top US and UK firms draft up for the first time or revise their expat / cola policies, most of which have not changed much since then.

Attorney recruiting since ’03 and with a focus on Asia since ’06, Evan has made placements at most of the major US and UK law firms in Asia, in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Seoul, and Singapore. He has also made in-house placements in various banks, companies and funds in Asia, with a particular focus at senior Asia GC type levels, and at tech companies. Outside of Asia, Evan has also made placements in London, Dubai, Moscow, Sydney, and the following US markets: New York, San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Chicago, Boston, Denver, Boulder, New Orleans, Washington DC, Atlanta, Northern Virginia, and Charlotte.

Prior to his recruiting career, Evan worked as an associate at Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft in New York. He later served as general counsel for an international garment manufacturing company, based in Miami, with operations in Russia and Ukraine, with over 3000 employees.

From 2007 to 2015, Evan lived in Miami and spent about 25% of his time in Hong Kong, before moving to Hong Kong in 2015.

Evan received his JD from Boston University School of Law and completed part of his law degree abroad at Oxford. He received a BA at the University of Florida in Russian and is a former US Marine, where he served as a Russian Linguist. Evan was born in Singapore and grew up mostly in New Orleans and other parts of South Louisiana.