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  Matt Bower


Hong Kong

Matt Bower is a partner in Allen & Overy's litigation and dispute resolution department. Matt advises investments banks, financial institutions and other clients in High Court litigation in England and Wales and Hong Kong and regulatory investigations. He has particular experience of disputes arising from derivative, syndicated loan and asset management complaints and extensive trial experience, having acted among other matters for six former non-executive directors of Equitable Life in defending one of the largest claims ever brought before the English Commercial Court against individual directors. Matt has advised on benchmark investigations across Asia Pacific, liaising with financial services and competition regulators throughout the region. He advises financial institutions on self-reporting obligations and the prospects of regulatory sanction. Matt is described by Legal 500 has having “a brilliant brain and cool mind”.

His regulatory experience includes advising:

-    A global bank in regulatory investigations across APAC regarding its foreign exchange trading. The Hong Kong aspects of the investigation lasted 12 months. Allen & Overy prepared investigation reports for submission to the HKMA and other regulators within the region. The Hong Kong regulator took no enforcement steps against the bank.

-   A global bank in an internal investigation regarding wash trading in government debt securities in Hong Kong. Allen & Overy assisted with reporting to the HKMA and the SFC, and responses to the regulators’ follow-up queries. Neither regulator took enforcement steps against the bank.

-   A global bank on regulatory enquiries from a number of Asian regulators in relation to a client’s suspicious transactions and allegations of fraud. This involved advice on self-reporting obligations, strategies to protect the  bank’s interest and reputation and its internal investigation.

-   A former rates trader of a global investment bank in respect of an SFC investigation regarding his conduct. We advised on jurisdictional strategy and questions of privilege in response to the investigation.

Professional qualifications

Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 2003

Admitted as solicitor, Hong Kong, 2007

Academic qualifications

BA, Law, Durham University, 1999

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