Lisa Martin
  1. Counsel

Ms. Martin is counsel in Davis Polk’s Litigation Department, resident in Hong Kong. Her practice focuses on regulatory advice, investigations and enforcement for the financial services industry and listed companies.

Before joining Davis Polk, Ms. Martin served as an Executive Director and Legal Counsel of a leading European investment bank in its Hong Kong office, where she lead and advised on litigation matters, regulatory inquiries and internal investigations for the investment banking and private banking divisions in Asia. Previously, Ms. Martin worked at leading international law firms in Hong Kong and Australia.

Work Highlights

Ms. Martin has advised:

  • International financial institutions and listed companies on complex regulatory matters, including conducting large-scale internal investigations (local and cross-border), responding to regulatory inquiries and investigations as well as disciplinary proceedings across the Asia-Pacific region
  • International financial institutions and corporates regarding investigations (across the Asia-Pacific region) in relation to alleged or potential corrupt activities
  • A consortium of blue chip investors in a cross-border joint venture dispute, culminating in SIAC arbitration proceedings in Singapore, in relation to power generation projects

Before joining Davis Polk, Ms. Martin’s experience included:

  • Advising on a wide range of regulatory and compliance issues across investment banking and private banking businesses in 13 jurisdictions in the Asia-Pacific region
  • Conducting complex internal investigations arising out of system and process failures, employee misconduct and whistleblowing
  • Managing a range of complex disputes and litigation with a particular focus on disputes and claims relating in Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Australia and New York
  • Advising on responses to investigations conducted by regulators and law enforcement agencies in Asia, in particular, in Hong Kong, Singapore and India
  • Advising private banking clients in connection with mis-selling claims and client complaints concerning, amongst other things, structured products
  • Advising on enforcement and conflict of laws issues relevant to the Asia-Pacific region
  • Managing and advising on employment related complaints, litigation and disciplinary action with a particular focus on employment matters in Hong Kong
  • Committee member of the Asia Pacific Risk & Control Committee and Asia Pacific Reputational Risk Committee of a leading European investment bank for five years

Professional History

  • Counsel, 2014-present
  • Davis Polk since 2013
  • Executive Director – Legal Counsel, UBS AG (Hong Kong), 2007-2013
  • Head of Legal & Transactions, Global Fund Exchange (Hong Kong), 2006-2007
  • Clifford Chance (Hong Kong), 2002-2006
  • Allens Arthur Robinson (Australia), 1999 -2002

Bar Admissions

  • Hong Kong
  • Supreme Court of Queensland


  • B.Bus., Queensland University of Technology, 1999
    • with honors
  • LL.B., Queensland University of Technology, 1999
    • with distinction