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Fraud and corporate crime – Leading silks

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    • Jonathan Caplan QC - 5 Paper BuildingsHe appears in Hong Kong criminal appeals.’
    • Hodge Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHis expertise includes Indian cases.’
    • Clare Montgomery QC - Matrix ChambersA London Silk with Hong Kong experience.’
    • Tim Owen QC - Matrix ChambersHis work includes Hong Kong fraud and asset recovery matters.’
    • David Perry QC - 6KBW College HillHe prosecutes some of Hong Kong’s most politically-charged fraud trials.’
    • Jim Sturman QC - 2 Bedford RowHis practice includes heavyweight cross-border corporate crime.’
    • Collingwood Thompson QC - 7BRA name of note for legal professional privilege in Hong Kong.’
    • Ian Winter QC - Cloth Fair ChambersHe appears in Hong Kong’s biggest fraud appeals.’

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At 2 Bedford Row, Jim Sturman QC’s work includes cross-border sports corruption matters in jurisdictions across Asia.

5 Paper Buildings’ Jonathan Caplan QC represented the Hong Kong government in the 2016 Court of Final Appeal case surrounding former Birmingham City Football Club owner Carson Yeung and his 2014 conviction for money laundering.

6KBW College Hill’s David Perry QC has a strong track record of handling some of the largest corruption and fraud prosecutions in Hong Kong; he prosecuted Donald Tsang, the jurisdiction’s former chief executive, in his January 2017 corruption trial, securing a conviction and a 20-month sentence.

7BR’s Collingwood Thompson QC successfully represented Larry Yung – the son of the founder of CITIC Pacific in Market Misconduct Tribunal proceedings regarding allegedly misleading information to investors in the wake of its loss of HK$15bn in 2008 due to unauthorised Australian dollar hedges.

At 3 Verulam Buildings, Hodge Malek QC’s practice includes India-related work, as well as cross-border bribery and asset-tracing matters.

Cloth Fair Chambers’ Ian Winter QC represented Hong Kong property developer Thomas Chan in the Court of Final Appeal case against his 2014 conviction for bribing Rafael Hui when he was Chief Secretary for Administration.

Matrix Chambers includes a number of silks known for handling the highest-profile financial crime cases in Hong Kong. Tim Owen QC represented the directors of a fuel company, who were convicted of money laundering and fraud after illegally importing untaxed diesel, in asset recovery proceedings. In a headline case, Clare Montgomery QC defended former Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Donald Tsang, in his corruption trial.

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