Joseph Kwan > Deacons > Hong Kong, Hong Kong > Lawyer Profile

Hong Kong

Work Department

Commercial Litigation practice group


Partner, head of Commercial Litigation practice group


Joseph is the head and leader of our Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department. He is a very experienced and highly regarded lawyer who regularly helps clients to resolve disputes by providing legal advice with strategic insight.  For over 29 years of practice, he has represented clients in many substantial and/or high profile commercial litigations, SFC initiated proceedings and commercial fraud/bribery cases.

Joseph’s practice includes estate and trust matters, shareholders disputes, companies matters, listed companies investment disputes, cross border disputes and other types of complex litigation of substantial value.  Joseph and the team that he leads regularly advise clients on Regulatory investigations by the SFC, HKMA or the Stock Exchange. He also advises corporate clients and individuals in relation to bribery and fraud investigations.  His clients include Hong Kong listed companies, Fortune 500 companies, senior executives and Chinese families with significant investments in Hong Kong and overseas. He also regularly advises PRC based companies and their executives.




Member, The Law Society of Hong Kong

Member, Civil Litigation Committee of The Law Society of Hong Kong

For a period in 2017 and 2018, Joseph was appointed and sat as a Deputy High Court Judge

For a period in 2010, Joseph was appointed and sat as a Deputy District Judge


LLB, University of Birmingham

PCLL, University of Hong Kong

Lawyer Rankings

Hong Kong > Regulatory

(Hall of Fame)

Joseph KwanDeacons

Deacons has a large financial services regulatory team based in Hong Kong, utilising specific experience of senior partners across banking and finance to offer comprehensive advice on both contentious and non-contentious matters. The firm focuses its attention on the Hong Kong regulatory terrain, building connections with statutory regulators such as the SFC, and sitting on government-facing committees to offer recommendations on incoming legislation. The firm offers tailored advice for finance clients entering the region, such as institutional asset managers, securities houses and investment banks, and is particularly well-regarded for its fund management regulatory services. The expertise of contentious and non-contentious practice heads respectively, Joseph Kwan and Jeremy Lam, are valued highly in this practice area.

Hong Kong > Dispute resolution: litigation

(Leading individuals)

Joseph KwanDeacons

Independent Hong Kong-based heavyweight Deacons provides ‘exceptional value and quality advice’ to local and regional companies, public sector entities and private clients, across a wide variety of disputes. ‘Extremely innovative and hardworking’ team head Joseph Kwan‘s eclectic practice – which includes advice on shareholder disputes, financial services regulatory mandates and trusts matters – is emblematic of the diversity of the firm’s offering, ensuring that clients are well-served irrespective of the nature of the dispute. Other key practitioners include the ‘innovative and approachable’ Peter So, who excels at advising financial institutions on contentious regulatory and securities law-related issues, the ‘very experiencedKK Cheung, and associate Michelle Li.