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Christina Ma


Hong Kong
Cantonese • English • Mandarin


(852) 2230 2807
(852) 2845 1637
  • Profile

    An antitrust and competition lawyer, Christina has expertise at all levels of criminal defence work and has been involved in a number of high-profile cases in Hong Kong. She has particular expertise in handling complex white-collar crimes, such as corruption, fraud, and money laundering cases as well as matters dealing with issues of restraint. She has also developed a practice in securities and regulatory matters and competition law.

    Having joined the Criminal Defence Department at Haldanes as a paralegal in 2012, Christina completed her training at Haldanes as a trainee solicitor and became a qualified solicitor in 2019.

    With her years of experience in the Criminal Defence Department, Christina has solid experience dealing with different authorities on behalf of her clients, including the Hong Kong Police Force, Commercial Crime Bureau (CCB), the Customs & Excise Department (C&E), the Department of Justice (DoJ), the Immigration Department, the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), the Securities and Future Commission (SFC), the Accounting and Financial Reporting Council (AFRC) and the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (SEHK).

    Christina is known for her attention to detail and preparation, especially in complicated cases or those requiring systematic approach, coupled with her tenacity to fight for the best results for her clients.

    Christina maintains a close working relationship with a variety of leading counsel, including Senior Counsel and Queen’s Counsel, which enables her to instruct the suitable counsel for her clients when needed.


    • Postgraduate Certificate of Laws, University of Hong Kong
    • Bachelor of Laws, University of Durham, United Kingdom


    • Mondaq “Hong Kong: Competition Litigation Comparative Guide”
    • Five Major Trends in Competition Law – A Year in Review: 2020/2021
    • Haldanes’ Practical Guide 2021 to Competition Commission investigations
    • “Cartels and Leniency Review” – published by the Law Reviews, United Kingdom
    • “Doing Business in Hong Kong Guide 2014 – 2023” – published by LexisNexis, United Kingdom
    • Money Laundering laws in Hong Kong: The latest interpretation
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    Notable Cases:

    • Criminal Defence
      • Assisted in a criminal appeal case at the Court of Appeal and the Court of Final Appeal concerning jurisdiction issue as to when an offer of bribery is made.
      • Assisted in a criminal appeal case at the Court of Appeal and the Court of Final Appeal concerning the meaning of “connected persons” and “connected transactions” under the Listing Rules of SEHK, followed by its two retrials at the Court of First Instance (60-day trial which involved numerous pre-trial arguments, stay application, discharge of jury application and costs application).
      • Defended 2 directors against allegations of utilising complex group structure to defraud several leading banks in Hong Kong and obtaining over HKD400 million trade loans in a 55-day High Court jury trial and its appeal at the Court of Appeal and Court of Final Appeal.
      • Successfully defended a client in a 70-day District Court money laundering trial, involving the taking of evidence from Chinese witnesses in the People’s Court of Shenzhen under a Letter of Request to the mainland Chinese authorities. The case also involved issues of extradition and abuse of process elements which various exclusion of evidence and stay application have been made.
      • Successfully defended two clients in an 86-day District Court trial involving 2 public doctors who were charged with Conspiracy to Commit Misconduct in Public Office.
      • Defended clients in a 37-day District Court trial who were alleged of money laundering over HKD1 billion. The case involved the usage of money exchangers and frequent transactions with the mainland.
      • Successfully defended a client in a 19-day District Court conspiracy to defraud trial, involving over HKD3 million trade loans.
      • Successfully defended a client in a highly contested 15-day trial in the District Court concerning one count of Conspiracy to Defraud and 3 counts of Money Laundering. The case involved the calling of two immunised prosecution witnesses and rebuttal evidence. 
      • Defended a client who is a member of the Medical Council and was alleged of Misconduct in Public Office in a 13-day District Court trial.
      • Various experiences in assisting in magistracy trials and mitigations, as well as applications for the admission of overseas counsel.
      • Various experiences in dealing with disclosure obligation under restraint order as well as making applications for variation of restraint orders.
    • Regulatory & Competition Law
      • Preparing submissions to SEHK for disciplinary proceedings of a number of Hong Kong listed companies’ chairmen.
      • Replying to SFC production notices in relation to various Hong Kong listed companies
      • Advising and preparing various Hong Kong listed companies’ chairmen, directors and non-executive directors for the attendance of SFC and AFRC interviews.
      • Advising an international chain in the implications of the First Conduct Rule under the Competition Ordinance.
      • Advising corporate clients in case of dawn raid and office searches by SFC, Competition Commission, ICAC and/or the Police.
      • Representing senior executives in Competition Commission investigations, including replying to Production Notices, attending investigation interviews and applications for leniency.

    What the legal directories say:

    • Recognised by Asian Legal Business as ALB Rising Stars Hong Kong 2023.
    • Recognised by Doyle’s Guide as Hong Kong Criminal Law Rising Star 2023.
    • Recognised by Mondaq as Mondaq Thought Leading Author for Anti-Trust / Competition Law, Hong Kong Autumn 2023.
    • Recognised by The Legal 500 as a Recommended Lawyer in Regulatory: Anti-Corruption and Compliance 2024: “The unbelievably hard working, clever and caring associate Christina Ma is developing an excellent reputation in the field, regularly working on high-profile matters, including cases of fraud and money laundering.”


“A good, successful lawyer is one who can roll up his or her sleeves and do the hard, unexciting work in order to understand and thoroughly prepare a case; thoroughly understands the facts and legal issues it presents; is able to work under pressure and time constraints; is able to work closely with clients and develop a forthright, trusting relationship with them; and through it all, keep calm and cheerful. Ms Ma has these abilities and qualities.”

Senior Counsel

“I would like to thank Christina for her “I can and will get everything done” attitude and her “I will take care of everything” deliverables…Her advices and work have now set an example for everyone at our Company who have had the fortune of working with her.”

Client Quote

“Christina Ma is a delight to work with…Her preparation of difficult material is outstanding and she envelopes the team with the warmth of her personality, inspiring loyalty and affection.”

Legal 500

“Ms Ma has admirable skill, demonstrable intellect and unyielding commitment.”


“Christina is excellent in handling document-intensive complex white-collar crime trials. She is hardworking and has a positive attitude even under stress.”



Doyle’s Guide 2023 – Leading Criminal Lawyers – Hong Kong (Rising Star)

ALB – Rising Stars 2023

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