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Tim Mak

Tim Mak

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Hong Kong, , HKG


Tim Mak is a partner in our Asia dispute resolution group, based in Hong Kong.

Tim’s practice focuses on regulatory compliance, investigations and enforcement, often with a multi-jurisdictional or cross-border angle. 

Starting out as a commercial litigator with an international firm in Hong Kong in 1998, Tim moved in-house to the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission’s Legal Services Division in 2000.  While in-house, he advised the Commission on numerous matters relating to the performance of its regulatory functions, focusing in particular on cases involving compliance, discipline and enforcement.

Since moving back to private practice in 2002, Tim has acted for securities regulators (Hong Kong and overseas), international and regional investment banks, commercial banks and private banks, listed companies, listed company directors, investment funds/managers, brokers and inter-dealer brokers, market professionals and others in relation to a multitude of complex legal, regulatory and reputational issues.

In additional to his core financial services regulatory and white-collar crime enforcement practice, Tim’s work also encompasses assisting clients with legal and regulatory risk management, by helping them to identify and where possible appropriately manage legal, regulatory and reputational risk (often in context of live transactions) and to train their staff.  Tim’s work has also increasingly been international.  In recent years, for example, he has advised on significant regulatory matters in (or involving) the USA, the UK, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan.

Tim speaks fluent English, Cantonese and Mandarin.  He is recognised in leading legal publications, including Chambers Asia, Asia-Pacific Legal 500 and ILFR1000, as one of Hong Kong’s leading contentious and non-contentious practitioners in the financial services regulatory arena. Tim is admitted in Hong Kong and England & Wales.

Rankings

Band 1 – Financial services: Contentious regulatory (International firms), China, by Chambers Asia 2014 and 2015

Band 1 – Financial services: Non-contentious regulatory (International firms), China, by Chambers Asia 2014

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