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Paul Li

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Dispute Resolution


Paul is a specialist in the field of financial markets regulation. He advises clients on both contentious and non-contentious aspects of their financial services businesses and specialises in related claims and regulatory and criminal investigations.


Paul is the head of the firm's Asia offices. Paul is consistently recognised as a "Leading Individual" in Regulatory in Asia Pacific Legal 500. Clients comment that he is "undoubtedly [an] expert in [his] field and combines a tremendous working knowledge with excellent client service" and is "very competent in advising on dealings with the SFC".

Hong Kong


Within: Leading individuals

Paul Li - Simmons & Simmons LLP

Within: Regulatory

Simmons & Simmons LLP’s ‘very good’ team handles regulatory work including matters concerning fintech (in particular stored value facilities), derivatives and capital markets, some of which with links to mainland China. Jay Lee advised the Credit Guarantee and Investment Facility on the regulatory aspects of a cross-border bond issuance designed to be issued in Singapore and traded in Thailand. Ian Wood handles fintech matters, including advising Neat on providing a stored value facility that can be used like a bank account, while Rolfe Hayden has private equity regulation expertise. Contentious work saw Paul Li representing the former CFO of CITIC Pacific, who was cleared, in the long-running Market Misconduct Tribunal case.

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Hong Kong: Dispute resolution


Within: Litigation

Simmons & Simmons LLP’s six-partner team is led by Tom Fyfe, who specialises in disputes relating to financial products and services, fraud and breach of trust claims, accountants’ liability, and disputes arising out of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. Paul Li and Marc Thorley are other names to note and they specialise in regulatory investigations and commercial litigation respectively. Consultant Melissa Chim focuses on shareholder and joint venture disputes, professional negligence and fraud claims. The team is defending The Bank of East Asia in an unfair prejudice petition brought by Elliott International against the bank and 18 of its current and former directors.

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  • Failure to counter financial crime: Norwich Union Life

    In December 2007, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) imposed a fine of £1.26m on Norwich Union Life (part of the Aviva Group), one of the largest life insurance businesses in the UK with around seven million customers. The fine related to failures to take reasonable care to establish and maintain effective systems and controls for countering the risks of financial crime. The fine is the latest confirmation of the emphasis being placed on protecting clients and customers from the threat of financial crime.
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