Mr John Hickin > Mayer Brown > Hong Kong, Hong Kong > Lawyer Profile

Mayer Brown
Hong Kong

Work Department

Banking & Finance; Litigation & Dispute Resolution.


John has been a partner of Mayer Brown since 2005 and is one of the global co-heads of the firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice. He has extensive experience of dispute resolution (including arbitration and mediation) in banking and commercial matters in Hong Kong. He advises banks and corporates on regulatory matters including Competition Commission and SFC investigations and ICAC investigations into corporate bribery offences. He also has experience of appearing before domestic tribunals and of handling administrative law remedies, including judicial review. John has been named a dispute resolution star by Benchmark Asia Pacific (2018).

John is also co-head of the Competition Law group in Asia, which is consistently ranked by various directories as one of the top tier international practice teams for China/Hong Kong antitrust. He has advised a large number of clients regarding compliance activities and investigations following the introduction of the laws in China (2008) and Hong Kong (2015). Chambers Asia, Asia Pacific Legal 500 and IFLR1000 (2018) have recognised John as a leading individual in this practice area in their 2018 rankings for China/Hong Kong Antitrust and Competition lawyers.


Admitted in Englang and Wales and Hong Kong.



Lawyer Rankings

Hong Kong > Antitrust and competition

Mayer Brown’s antitrust and competition team draws on strength from its global network in Asia, the Americas and Europe to provide a joined-up approach to cross-border matters. The team is led by John Hickin, and Cantonese and Mandarin speaker Hannah Ha; with Hickin handling court disputes work and regulatory investigations, and Ha assisting clients with investigations conducted by the Hong Kong Competition Commission. It acts for large companies and multinational brands, often advising on merger control issues in mainland China, and on interactions with the regulator. Given the firm’s focus on real estate and construction sector, it regularly advises a range of major clients in the sector on their competition needs.

Hong Kong > Dispute resolution: international arbitration

Mayer Brown‘s ‘highly efficient‘ international arbitration team counts disputes arising from construction and infrastructure projects among its specialisms, within which Menachem Hasofer is particularly experienced. Hasofer and John Hickin (who focuses on banking and commercial matters) jointly lead the team alongside Singapore-based Yu-Jin Tay.

India > Foreign firms

Yu-Jin Tay heads the Mayer Brown International LLP team, based largely in Hong Kong and Singapore, which has an acknowledged reputation for its extensive work in the energy sectors; LNG, traditional oil and gas, renewable power and energy-related commodities. Infrastructure/construction and natural resources are other areas of strength. Renewable energy-related disputes is a growing source of disputes and arbitrations with an India, (Indonesia and Vietnam) aspect. Yu-Jin Tay is a prominent arbitration specialist, well known for his extensive Asian practice, and the group’s international arbitration capabilities have been increased with the arrival of partner Paul Teo in Singapore, who joined from Baker McKenzie FenXun in October 2020, bringing a specialism in construction and infrastructure disputes. Menachem Hasofer and John Hickin in Hong Kong are other noted international arbitration and disputes specialists.

Singapore > International arbitration

Mayer Brown‘s international arbitration team is well-versed in energy, infrastructure, construction and TMT sector disputes. The ‘excellentYu-Jin Tay (who is particularly active in disputes involving Singapore and Indonesia) leads the team alongside Hong Kong-based Menachem Hasofer and John Hickin. Paul Teo‘s arrival in Singapore from Baker McKenzie bolstered the group’s energy and projects international arbitration expertise, as has Kay-Jannes Wegner who has joined from Kim & Chang in South Korea.