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Sara Or

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Mayer Brown

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Financial Services Regulatory & Enforcement.


Sara Or is a partner of Mayer Brown. Sara currently heads up the Financial Services Regulatory & Enforcement practice in Mayer Brown's Hong Kong office, a key focus of which is to provide a full range of legal services to financial institutions. Sara advises clients on banking, securities and insurance regulations on a regular basis. In addition to helping clients structure and set up regulated businesses, she also provides legal services needed by clients in operating the businesses. Sara's practice also includes provision of strategic advice and assistance to clients in connection with enquiries, inspections or investigations by regulators. She has established good working relationship with both financial institutions and regulators (including, Hong Kong Monetary Authority, Securities and Futures Commission and Insurance Authority), and accumulated invaluable experience and knowledge on market practice as well as supervisory philosophies of regulators.

Sara has experienced with clients and the Hong Kong market the developments and events in the past 30 years, including the establishment of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority and its replacement of the Banking Commission, the enactment of the Securities and Futures Ordinance in replacement of the Securities Ordinance and other statutes then governing the securities market, the public consultation on and the establishment of an independent insurance authority to replace the previous regulatory body which was a governmental agency, the enactment of the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance and public debates on handling of customer data, and the global financial crisis in 2008 and ongoing evolution of the regulatory landscape.

Sara is a member of Hong Kong Securities Institute. She was listed as an Up-and-Coming Financial Services Lawyer by Chamber Asia Pacific (2010). In 2011, Chambers Asia Pacific praised Sara's "quality advice and timely service". She has been nominated as a Leading Financial Services Regulatory Lawyer in the 21st/2011 Edition of the IFLR1000. Sara speaks English, Cantonese and Mandarin.


Admitted in Hong Kong


English, Cantonese and Mandarin.


The University of Hong Kong, LLB.

Hong Kong


Within: Insurance

Angela Yim and Sara Or lead the ‘prompt, pro-active and commercial’ team at Mayer Brown. Clients include Wesurance, AXA and QBE Insurance Group's Hong Kong and European operations. The team represented the motor vehicle insurers of KMB in respect of HK$100m worth of claims arising from the second deadliest accident in Hong Kong to date, and successfully defended the employer on instructions from Zurich Insurance in a Court of Appeal case which involved a suspicious work injury claim. Tow Lu Lim is 'a subject-matter expert in insurance’ with ‘the ability to cultivate common ground with the claimant, diffuse a contentious atmosphere, and skilfully negotiate a settlement’. Jacob Tse has retired.

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