Paul is a criminal litigator with a focus on white collar crimes, securities and regulatory enforcement matters. He has been handling a wide array of cases involving complex commercial crime, corruption, money laundering and fraud.
He frequently represents clients in tackling investigations and prosecutions taken by various governmental or regulatory bodies, including the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (SEHK), the Commercial Crime Bureau (CCB), the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), the Hong Kong Police Force, the Department of Justice, the Immigration Department and the Customs & Excise Department.
Paul is the first native Mandarin and Cantonese speaking partner of our Criminal Defence Department with law degrees from both Civil Law and Common Law jurisdictions and the first solicitor of the firm who has passed the Legal Qualification Examination in Guangdong-HK-Macau Greater Bay Area. Such qualifications and experiences have equipped him with great edge in dealing with PRC-related matters and clients, in particular in assisting the listed companies which have nexus with PRC in dealing with the commercial crime and/or regulatory investigations against them.
As an advocate, Paul appears before the Magistrates’ Courts and the District Court for bail applications, pleas in mitigation, trials and other ancillary applications. He is also selected by the Department of Justice as a fiat prosecutor in prosecuting cases at the Magistracy level.
- Represented a defendant in a 70-day money laundering trial which partly took place in Mainland China using Hong Kong laws under a Letter of Request and involved examination of witnesses in a PRC courtroom before a HK and PRC Judge. Various complex legal issues including extradition, stay application due to abuse of process and exclusion of evidences were argued in Court;
- Represented defendants in a 37-day District Court trial who were alleged of money laundering for over HKD1 billion. The case involved the elements of gambling at Hong Kong Jockey Club and frequent uses of money remittance agents.
- Represented a prestigious construction consultancy firm in defending the industrial summonses concerning fatal accidents, which is the first case in which the prosecution tried to hold the consultant, instead of the contractor, liable for a site accident on the basis it was a “proprietor”;
- Defended two company directors who were charged with defrauding various banks for over HK$400 million in a 50-day High Court trial;
- Represented three directors of a listed pharmaceutical company who were simultaneously investigated by ICAC, SFC and SEHK;
- Represented an ex-director of a listed company in an SEHK investigation and secured a satisfactory closure without enforcement action;
- Represented a director of a state-owned enterprise in U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)-related investigations;
- Represented the largest television broadcaster in Hong Kong in a high-profile Takeovers & Mergers Panel hearing;
- Represented a sub-contractor in the MTR Public Enquiry involving construction law and criminal law aspects of the investigation.