Martin Rogers
  1. Partner

Mr. Rogers is a partner in Davis Polk’s Litigation Department, based in Hong Kong. He 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. His practice includes complex litigation, dispute resolution, regulatory, white collar crime and fintech/regtech matters, with extensive experience advising leading corporates, the financial services industry and government bodies.

Mr. Rogers 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.

Mr. Rogers is consistently recognized as a leading lawyer by the foremost legal directories, including Chambers Asia-Pacific, IFLR1000 and Asia Pacific Legal 500.

 

Work 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

 

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 describe him as “the financial services king and one of the hardest-working lawyers in Hong Kong.”
  • IFLR1000 – Financial services regulatory: Hong Kong
  • Asia Pacific Legal 500 – Litigation and International Arbitration Regulatory, Hall of Fame
  • 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

Of Note

  • Former Chairman, SFC’s Share Registrars’ Disciplinary Committee, 2003-2007
  • Member of the Hong Kong Law Reform Commission; Member of the Class Actions Sub-committee
  • General Editor of The Hong Kong White Book
  • Fellow of Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute
  • Former Hong Kong and PRC representative, TRACE (an international nonprofit anti-corruption body)

Professional History

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