Stephen is a Partner in the dispute resolution department in Hong Kong. He is a qualified solicitor in Hong Kong and as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand.
Stephen’s practice includes multi-jurisdictional fraud and asset tracing involving freezing, gagging and other urgent interim injunctive measures, technology-related disputes, shareholder and company disputes, and contentious employment matters.
Stephen is also experienced in conducting arbitration under HKIAC, SIAC, ICC, UNCITRAL and other institutional arbitral rules worldwide. He is a committee member of the Law Society of Hong Kong’s Arbitration Committee.
Professional associations & memberships
- Arbitrator of Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration
- Present Committee Member of the Law Society of Hong Kong’s Arbitration Committee
- Member of the Law Society of Hong Kong
- Member of the Law Society of New Zealand
- Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
- Associate of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators (HKIAB)
My matter highlights
Prior to joining the firm, Stephen has advised on the following matters:
- Acted on behalf of liquidators against directors of a Hong Kong publicly listed company claiming breach of fiduciary obligations and director’s duties and damages of over HK$100 million.
- Acted on behalf of shareholders in a statutory derivative action alleging unlawful conspiracy by directors to injure a Hong Kong company claiming damages of over US$40 million.
- Asset tracing and recovery on behalf of U.S. based corporation to obtain successful Mareva (freezing) injunction orders against parties involved in internet and email fraud schemes.
- HKIAC arbitration on behalf of a large New York-listed pharmaceutical company in relation to a sellers’ warranties dispute over a manufacturing site in China producing animal vaccines.
- SIAC arbitration on behalf of a multinational India-listed tech company in a telecommunications and digital transformation project dispute with a well-known telecommunications, mobile and broadband provider in Hong Kong.
- HKIAC Ad-Hoc Arbitration representing claimant from Dubai against respondents in Egypt involving supply of iron ore.
- ICC international arbitration representing a well-known brand in Hong Kong involving disputes between parties in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Korea for breach of licensing agreements and claim of damages of over US$20 million.
- HKIAC arbitration representing a respondent in a dispute of breach of commercial agreements and loans exceeding US$10 million.
Fintech and Cryptocurrency:
- Acted for and advised victims of cryptocurrency fraud and scams, asset tracing, freezing and court ordered disclosure of KYC/AML documents of customers.
- Advised a well-known Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange on the virtual asset service provider (VASP) opt-in licensing regime operated by the Hong Kong SFC.
- Advised various Fintech and Virtual Asset operators in respect of spot exchange, derivative exchange, lending and borrowing cryptocurrencies, stablecoins and stored value facilities (SVF) and automated trading services (ATS).
- Successful claim for discretionary bonus and establishment of the implied term of anti-avoidance in Hong Kong (HCA 322/2008 and CACV 12/2015).
- Springboard injunction proceedings acting on behalf of former employees and Hong Kong based companies in relation to post-termination restrictions.
Intellectual Property Disputes:
- High Court proceedings acting on behalf of a Hong Kong publicly listed company seeking a permanent injunction to restrain a defendant from using its registered company name and registered domain name.
- Acted on behalf of major international architectural firm against allegations of passing-off and malicious falsehood.
- Acted on behalf of multi-national company in the first proceeding in Hong Kong under Section 55 of the Registered Designs Ordinance (Cap. 522) seeking declaration of non-infringement of a Hong Kong registered design.
My recent publications
News / Cryptocurrency Fraud and Asset Tracing Legal Service of Documents through NFT - A Hong Kong Perspective
14-06-2022 / TMT
In June 2022, LCX, a prominent centralised cryptocurrency exchange based in Liechtenstein, effected legal service upon anonymous hackers through the use of NFT.