Founded in 2010, Widus Partners was established to provide practical solutions and advice to start-ups and growth enterprises in Asia and the U.S.

We have since expanded our offerings to include M&A and Investment Advisory, Private Equity and Principal Investments, and blockchain-based Digital Assets Advisory services to support a diverse array of clients and partners. Because of our reputation for getting transformative deals done, our unwavering ambition to “connect-the-dots” across markets with state of the art solutions, and our focus on building our franchise around long-term relationships, we are quickly becoming one of the premier go-to “deal makers” in Asia and beyond.

What makes us unique is that we are led by seasoned, multi-faceted professionals who were previously corporate securities and M&A lawyers at elite international law firms, management consultants at McKinsey & Company, deal makers at leading investment banks, and public and private equity investors, having lived and worked in many of the key markets around the world, including London, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, Seoul, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore, and now working together under one roof, Widus Partners.

We believe in the virtues of long-term relationships, finding and creating synergy, and executing transformative deals.

We aim to bridge the friction cost of collaborating, investing, financing, and doing control deals across borders in order to unleash the potential synergy value realizable from bringing the relative strengths and assets of differently situated buyers and sellers, investors and advisors, partners and collaborators, across markets.

Steve J. Byun

Hong Kong / Seoul

University 02

University 02

Steve is Managing Partner and Founding Member of Widus Partners. Steve has advised and invested in growth and venture stage companies in Korea, Hong Kong and the US since 2008. He also has experience working as a corporate lawyer specializing in private equity and M&A transactions at Ropes & Gray, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Kim & Chang in Hong Kong and Korea. Prior to founding Widus Partners, Steve also worked at KPMG in the Financial Advisory Services group in Seoul and San Francisco, advising on various cross-border investments. He holds a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and an M.B.A. from Kellogg School of Management with concentration in finance and entrepreneurship. Steve holds a B.A. in political science from University of California, Berkeley.

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Jack Wang

San Francisco

University 03

University 03

Jack is a Partner and Founding Member of Widus Partners. Jack is also the founder and CEO of a venture-backed cryptocurrency company with investors including Lightspeed China, Ceyuan Ventures, and Y Combinator. He previously developed a digital asset exchange, bitcoin wallet, and the world’s first decentralized gold-backed token, and is an occasional investor and advisor to startup companies. Jack previously practiced law at Gunderson Dettmer in Silicon Valley advising startups on technology and financing matters. Jack has a J.D. from the University of Chicago, and a M.S. and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

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Neil I. Chang

Seoul

University 04

University 04

Neil is a Partner and Head of M&A and Investment Advisory Practice at Widus Partners. Neil is a leading private equity, M&A and capital markets lawyer and a former McKinsey consultant based in Seoul with a wide array of experience, multi-jurisdictional knowledge, unique and diverse skill set and extensive network. Neil was previously head of Korea practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Debevoise & Plimpton, two premier international law firms. Neil’s sector focus includes e-commerce, Web applications and business models, electronic components and hardware, financial services, energy and infrastructure. His clients have included Amazon, Alibaba, Gmarket, WeMakePrice, LG Electronics, Doosan, Hyundai Capital, GE, AIG, AIA, Neowiz, Gravity, and a number of venture capital and private equity funds based in the West coast of U.S. Neil holds an M.B.A. from University of Oxford, Said Business School, a J.D. and B.A. from University of Washington School of Law, and an M.A. from the University of Chicago.

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David D. H. Lee

Singapore

University 05

University 05

David is a Director at Widus Partners Singapore. David primarily advises on token projects and ICOs, corporate and financial transactions on behalf of buyers, issuers and underwriters including cross-border M&A, debt/equity offerings and various other fundraising efforts and strategic investments. David has previously worked at leading global law firms including Latham & Watkins LLP and Sidley Austin LLP, where he had advised clients across the corporate and emerging tech sectors in the Asia Pacific, particularly in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, India and Korea. David holds a J.D. from University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. from Emory University.

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