Mark has an Asia-wide Dispute Resolution practice which includes High Court litigation, international arbitration, proceedings before specialist tribunals, regulatory investigations and enquiries and the management of foreign disputes. He qualified in London and has been based in our Hong Kong office since 2010.
Mark has advised clients in relation to investigations and enquiries in Hong Kong by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), the Broadcasting Authority, the Privacy Commissioner and the Joint Financial Intelligence Unit, including:
- a Hong Kong-listed company in respect of an investigation by the ICAC into the activities of certain employees in relation to overseas contracts and in respect of a subsequent prosecution of former employees
- various Hong Kong financial services and listed clients in respect of investigations by the SFC into allegations of market manipulation, insider dealing and other breaches of the SFO. These matters have included subsequent criminal prosecutions
- advising an international banking group in respect of the global IBOR investigations, including the HKMA’s HIBOR investigation in Hong Kong
Mark’s international regulatory and investigations practice has included advising:
- an international banking group regarding an investigation by the UK’s FCA into alleged regulatory breaches
- a UK engineering company following the discovery of alleged bribery in its agency network in Asia. The matter also involved allegations of fraud and computer hacking
- a large construction company regarding potential exposures under UK and Hong Kong anti-corruption legislation following allegations of bribery on a project in the Middle East
- a large Japanese engineering company on its potential exposure under the UK Bribery Act following allegations of corruption involving a subsidiary in South East Asia
He has also participated in a series of seminars in Japan to businesses, lawyers and regulators introducing the UK Bribery Act.
Mark is a Recognised Practitioner for Financial Services: Contentious Regulatory (International Firms), China in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019, and recommended for Dispute resolution in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015. He is the author of the current chapter on Hong Kong in The Dispute Resolution Review published by Law Business Research.
Mark is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales and Hong Kong. He has also trained as a general mediator.
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