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What the team is known for

Hugely respected integrated team advising on the full spectrum of regulatory issues, including compliance, disciplinary proceedings and investigations. Frequently assists investment banks, private wealth managers and hedge funds with governance and other matters. Well reputed for advising on regulatory reform issues, including in relation to the implementation of the 'manager in charge' regime and proposed changes to the OTC derivatives licensing regime. Regularly instructed by major banks and financial institutions on SFC and HKMA investigations and enforcement actions. Additionally well placed to assist with data privacy and cybersecurity issues.

Strengths

A client appreciates that the team is "particularly strong on China regulatory matters and has an excellent feel for the expectations of the various regulators."

A second client applauds the team for being "prompt and efficient and where we needed them to be, often at a moment’s notice," adding: "Most importantly, their work ethics reflect their high level of experience and expertise in their field."

Work highlights

Advised Jardine Strategic Holdings on the formation of a new virtual bank joint venture, in conjunction with BOC Hong Kong and JD Digits.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Chung leads advice for banks and financial institutions on both internal and external investigations. One market source values the perspective he brings from his experience in-house, stating: "We rate him very highly" and describing him as a "super bright" partner who "used to work in-house at a bank, so is very familiar with issues that are sensitive to banks."

Melvin Sng remains an active adviser on regulatory enforcement cases, dawn raids and other investigations, with recent experience representing IPO sponsors in regulatory enforcement actions. He splits his time between Singapore and Hong Kong.

Sumit Indwar serves a diverse clientele of international and domestic banks and corporates operating in the financial services and tech sectors. "I find Sumit extremely approachable and appreciate the broad perspective he brings to his work," reveals a client, while another source especially likes that he is "very accessible, no matter how difficult the situation, so we can easily reach him and deal directly."

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Overview

Our fully integrated, market-leading Financial Regulatory practice combines experts in both non-contentious and contentious transactional and non-transactional regulatory advisory work. Consequently, given our ability to deliver a ‘one-stop shop’ advisory service, we are the preferred counsel for many leading financial institutions, assisting them with the full range of regulatory matters – from establishment and acquisitions, licencing and compliance policies and procedures, to investigations, litigation and arbitration. Our team is uniquely positioned in the market because we have equal capability with both front and back end financial regulatory work and we take a ‘one-team’ approach to provide a seamless service.

Apart from our top-flight regional team, we are also plugged into the global financial regulatory network and can bring to bear our leading experience in other regions. Our financial services specialists in Hong Kong, the PRC, Singapore, Japan and Thailand operate on an integrated team approach which ensures we can offer seamless services across jurisdictions whilst benefiting from local knowledge.

We regularly act for many of the leading global and regional financial institutions, investment and commercial banks, private banks, asset managers, insurance companies, private equity firms and hedge funds. This client book reflects our comprehensive expertise in the field of regulatory advisory services.

Financial Services (International Firms) Department

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Hong Kong

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China

Financial Services: Contentious Regulatory (International Firms)


Andrew Chung
Band 3
Melvin Sng
Band 4

Financial Services: Non-contentious Regulatory (International Firms)


Sumit Indwar
Band 4