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Martin Rogers


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 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 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 has top rankings from Chambers, IFLR1000, Legal 500 Asia Pacific and Benchmark Litigation, and he is on Asian Legal Business’s list of “Asia’s Top 15 Litigators.” Sources quoted by Chambers describe him as “the financial services king and one of the hardest-working lawyers in Hong Kong” and “in another league to everyone else.”

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
  • Member, Advisory Boards of the Asian Academy of International Law and the CUHK Faculty of Law
  • Consultant to the Basic Law Institute of Hong Kong
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Chambers Global and Greater China Region – Dispute Resolution: Litigation (International Firms) – China, Band 1

Chambers Greater China Region – Financial Services: Contentious Regulatory (International Firms), China, Band 1

IFLR1000 – Financial Services Regulatory, Hong Kong, Market Leader

Legal 500 Asia Pacific – Dispute Resolution: Litigation, Hong Kong, Hall of Fame

Legal 500 Asia Pacific – Regulatory, Hong Kong, Hall of Fame

Benchmark Litigation  – Commercial and Transactions, Government and Regulatory, Hong Kong, Litigation Star

Asian Legal Business – “Asia’s Top 15 Litigators,” 2021 and 2022

Asian Legal Business – “North Asia’s Top 15 Litigators,” 2023

Asian-mena Counsel – “The In-House Community Commended External Counsel of the Year,” 2019, 2020

Who’s Who Legal – Business Crime Defence (Individuals and Corporates), Thought Leader, National Leader and Global Leader


LL.B., King's College London
  • first-class honours
  • Sweet Maxwell Prize Winner

Professional history

  • Davis Polk since 2013
  • Partner, Clifford Chance, 2002-2013
  • Partner, Herbert Smith, 1995-2002

Qualifications and admissions

  • Hong Kong
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