Duncan Watt > Eversheds Sutherland > Hong Kong, Hong Kong > Lawyer Profile

Eversheds Sutherland
37/F, One Taikoo Place, Taikoo Place
979 King's Road, Quarry Bay
Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Position

Legal Director

Career

Duncan is a Legal Director specialising in financial services disputes and contentious regulatory issues.

Duncan has a particular interest in the development of cybersecurity regulations in Hong Kong and elsewhere in Asia, from both a contentious regulatory and a compliance perspective. He is an active member of Eversheds Sutherland’s global Cybersecurity and Data Privacy team and regularly publishes articles and speaks at external events on these issues.

He has recently acted for a global insurer designing and implementing its cybersecurity response policy and procedures across its Asian footprint. He has also been recently engaged by a global bank to assist it responding to sensitive allegations of an insider data leak that were published on internet forums, including engagement with the bank’s Hong Kong regulators.

More generally, Duncan regularly acts on behalf of both international banks and senior employees in relation to a range of regulatory inquiries and investigations, including matters related to alleged manipulation of benchmark indices, mis-selling of regulated products and market manipulation. Most recently, this work has included advising clients in relation to regulatory investigations connected to market manipulation and investment product suitability as well as assisting a client respond to an ICAC dawn raid.

Duncan is admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong, England & Wales and Ireland.

Lawyer Rankings

Hong Kong > Dispute resolution: litigation

The ‘meticulous’ Eversheds Sutherland litigation and dispute management team is particularly strong in the administrative law, regulatory and financial services domains. Led by Mark Hughes, who has experience handling internal investigations and alleged misconduct enquiries, it also works on enforcement actions, primarily through competition specialist Adam Ferguson. Also of note are John Siu and Duncan Watt who are able to provide the commercial edge’ in disputes. Rachael Shek departed and previous practice head Mark Yeadon  left for Conyers earlier in 2021.