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 and financial services regulatory lawyers, with over 25 years’ experience in Asia. His practice includes complex litigation, dispute resolution, regulatory and white collar crime 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 other Asian countries, including China, India, Japan, Korea, 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

Mr. Rogers has an extraordinarily broad and diverse practice. What follows is a summary of his experience in each of his primary major practice areas.

Regulatory Investigations & Enforcement

  • Advising major banks, funds, and corporations on hundreds of investigations by regulators in Hong Kong (including the Securities and Futures Commission, the HKEX, ICAC, and the HKMA) and across Asia (including China, India, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia), on a wide array of issues, including corruption, fraud and insider dealing, default and distress situations, and HKEX listing sponsor obligations
  • Consulting with regulators on an array of issues, including major regulatory reforms and complex market developments, including market structural issues, investor compensation schemes, major amendments to the Listing Rules and emerging financial technologies

White Collar Crime

  • Representing individual clients on high-profile criminal investigations and prosecutions, particularly relating to financial fraud and corruption cases

Litigation, Arbitration & Dispute Resolution

  • Advising clients on the resolution of complex disputes, in relation to, e.g.: 
    • Private equity investments
    • Partnerships and joint ventures 
    • Private banking disputes, e.g., allegations of mis-selling
    • Cross-border insolvency and default issues
  • Leading clients through complex international arbitrations (with particular experience in investment disputes, and in the energy and resources sector), including LCIA, ICC, HKIAC and SIAC Rules; Martin is also on the CIETAC Panel of Arbitrators
  • Advising on defamation claims, including both defensive advice for major media outlets, and representing individuals with their claims as plaintiff

Corporate Governance & Compliance

  • Advising listed companies and their boards on the critical developments in corporate governance, shareholder activism, cybersecurity and other key matters
  • Evaluating, developing and implementing smart and practical risk management and compliance solutions for multinational and regional corporates, funds  and financial institutions, including anti-corruption and AML compliance programs
  • Conducting internal investigations (particularly with regard to fraud) at companies in the property, natural resources, financial and professional services, hospitality, and TMT sectors

Private Banking & Wealth Management

  • Representing private banks and wealth manages on a full range of regulatory and litigation matters in Hong Kong, Singapore and China, including mis-selling, insider dealing, and fraud
  • Delivering training and designing controls and procedures to prevent and mitigate the risk of non-compliance

Hong Kong Public Law

  • Advising clients on issues under The Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, its interpretation and application
  • Bringing and defending administrative law claims in Hong Kong, in a variety of venues

Pro Bono and Public Service

  • Representing and advocating under-served members of the community, particularly in the area of immigration and asylum

Recognition

Mr. Rogers is recognized as one of the leading lawyers in Asia:

  • Chambers Asia-Pacific – Financial Services: Contentious Regulatory (International Firms): China, Band 1, Leading Individual: “Sources hail him as the financial services king and one of the hardest-working lawyers in Hong Kong.

  • Chambers Asia-Pacific – Dispute Resolution (International Firms): China, Band 1, Leading Individual: “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.

  • IFLR1000 – Financial Services Regulatory: Hong Kong, Leading Individual

  • Financial Times – an “Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyer,” 2015

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