Damien Coles is highly rated by sources for his impressive handling of a wide array of matters including distressed acquisitions, debt financing and cross-border insolvencies." - Who’s Who Legal

Damien Coles is a restructuring partner in the Hong Kong office of Kirkland & Ellis.

Damien’s practice focuses on special situations financings, distressed acquisitions, restructuring and insolvency. He has over 10 years of experience advising on cross-border investments, restructurings and insolvency proceedings throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Damien has particular experience in the restructuring of bonds issued by Asian debtors and frequently advises both issuers and bondholder groups. 

Damien has been identified as a leading lawyer for Restructuring and Insolvency in The Legal 500 Asia-PacificChambers Asia, IFLR Asia and Who’s Who Legal. He was also selected as one of the 40 leading restructuring lawyers in the world under the age of 40 by Global Restructuring Review in 2016. According to Chambers Asia-Pacific, clients described Damien as “brilliant, very commercial and very creative” and “the top person for workouts in emerging markets”. (2019/2020)


Memberships & Affiliations

INSOL International


Admissions & Qualifications

  • Hong Kong, Solicitor
  • Admitted to Practice as a Solicitor of England and Wales


  • BPP Law School, LondonLegal Practice Course2004
  • BPP Law School, LondonCommon Professional Examination2003
  • University of OxfordM.A., Modern HistoryHons.2002