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What the team is known for Growing team advising across the spectrum of regulatory issues. Offers particular expertise in cross-border investigations and proceedings arising out of regulatory inquiries and allegations of market misconduct, as well as internal investigations. Experienced in dealing with domestic and foreign regulators, including the SFC, the HKMA, the FCA and the SEC. Also advises clients on the regulatory aspects of M&A transactions and investments in the insurance and financial service sectors.
Work highlights Represented HarbourVest Partners in its approximately USD100 million investments in Janalakshmi Small Finance Bank, a digitised bank headquartered in India.
Gareth Hughes advises banks and financial institutions on internal investigations and reviews of regulatory obligations, as part of his broader contentious practice. He is co-head of the firm's financial institutions department.
Mark Johnson is held in high regard by market commentators, who regard him as a clear leader and longstanding member of the financial services regulatory sphere. He primarily handles contentious matters, advising international banks, PRC corporates and brokers on share ownership disputes, HKEX, SFC and US DOJ investigations, as well as internal investigations.