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Martin Rogers

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One of Asia’s leading litigation and financial services regulatory lawyers, with over 30 years of experience in the region. Chair of our Asia practice.

Martin is regarded as one of Asia’s leading litigation, financial services regulatory and corporate governance lawyers, with over 30 years of experience in the region. He is the chair of our Asia practice and also the head of our Asia litigation team. His practice includes complex litigation, dispute resolution, regulatory, white collar defense and fintech/regtech matters, with extensive experience advising leading corporates, the financial services industry and government bodies.

Martin has a strong relationship with the regulators in Hong Kong and substantial experience with securities and banking regulators in China, India, Japan, Korea and Singapore.

He is consistently recognized as a leading lawyer by the foremost legal directories, including Chambers Asia-Pacific, IFLR1000 and Legal 500 Asia Pacific. In 2021, Asian Legal Business included Martin on its inaugural list of “Asia’s Top 15 Litigators.”

Experience highlights

Regulatory Investigations & Enforcement
  • Advising major banks, funds and corporations on hundreds of regulatory investigations in Hong Kong (including the SFC, the HKMA, HKEX, the PDPO and the ICAC) and across Asia (including China, India, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia), on issues including corruption, fraud, insider dealing and market manipulation
  • Consulting with regulators on major regulatory reforms and market developments, including market structure, Listing Rules amendments and emerging technologies
White Collar Crime
  • Representing major corporates in criminal investigations of employees, particularly alleged financial fraud and corruption
Litigation, Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Lead representation of clients in complex disputes, particularly:
    • Private equity investments
    • Partnerships and joint ventures
    • Shareholder litigation
    • Cross-border litigation
  • Leading complex international arbitrations (particularly investment disputes and matters in the energy and resources sector), including LCIA, ICC, HKIAC and SIAC Rules; he is on the CIETAC Panel
  • Advising clients, including major media outlets, on defamation claims
Corporate Governance & Compliance
  • Advising boards of directors on critical developments in corporate governance, shareholder activism, cybersecurity and ESG
  • Developing smart and practical risk management and compliance solutions for institutional clients, including anti-corruption and AML compliance programs
  • Conducting internal investigations in the property, natural resources, financial services, hospitality and TMT sectors
Fintech and Regtech
  • Advising virtual banks, crypto trading platforms, high-tech broker-dealers, asset managers and payment service providers
Private Banking & Wealth Management
  • Representing and training private banks and wealth managers on a full range of compliance issues, particularly KYC and selling
Hong Kong Public Law
  • Extensive public law work advising major corporates, financial institutions and public bodies on issues under the Hong Kong Basic Law and National Security Law
  • Bringing and defending administrative law claims in Hong Kong, in a variety of venues
Pro Bono and Public Service
  • Representing under-served members of the community, particularly in the areas of immigration, asylum and LGBTQ+ rights
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Credentials

Recognition
Chambers Global and Asia-Pacific – Dispute Resolution, China, Band 1
Chambers Asia-Pacific – Financial Services: Contentious Regulatory, China, Band 1
According to Chambers, he is “hailed by sources as a man of a lot of experience and stature in the market with others highlighting his stellar reputation in the litigation space.”
Sources quoted by Chambers describe him as “the financial services king and one of the hardest-working lawyers in Hong Kong.”
IFLR1000 – Financial services regulatory: Hong Kong
Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific – Commercial and transactions, White collar crime, Government and regulatory, Hong Kong and China, Litigation Star
Asian Legal Business – "Asia’s Top 15 Litigators," 2021
Financial Times – “Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyer,” 2015
Asian-mena Counsel – “The In-House Community Commended External Counsel of the Year,” 2019, 2020
Education
LL.B., King's College London
  • Sweet Maxwell Prize Winner
  • first-class honours
Professional history
  • Partner, Davis Polk, 2013-present
  • Partner, Clifford Chance, 2002-2013
  • Partner, Herbert Smith, 1995-2002
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