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Matt Bower


Hong Kong

Matt Bower


Hong Kong

Matt Bower is a partner in Allen & Overy's litigation and dispute resolution team in Hong Kong. He is qualified as a solicitor both in Hong Kong and England & Wales.

Matt advises financial institutions, corporates, funds and asset managers in connection with internal and regulatory investigations and litigation before the High Courts in Hong Kong and England & Wales. In particular, Matt has substantial experience of advising clients on the conduct of regulatory investigations across the Asia-Pacific region, having advised on some of the most high profile benchmark investigations in the region, and on derivative disputes. He also advises on a range of tech sector and cyber-security related issues, including on the recovery of funds stolen by cyber fraud and on the removal of fraudulent websites or other social media.

Matt is ranked in Chambers Asia Pacific 2021, which reports that he "is well equipped to advise financial institutions and corporate clients on cross-border disputes, often involving the cooperation of multiple offices." Chambers also noted that "A client characterises him as a ‘practical, smart lawyer who understands the needs of his clients.’" Chambers Asia Pacific 2020 noted that clients say "his technical knowledge is excellent and he runs matters so that you don’t have to worry about things, because he’s got everything covered procedurally". Legal 500 also recommends Matt, noting in 2019 that he "comes highly recommended as ‘one of the best litigation partners in Hong Kong’". Matt is also recommended by Who's Who Legal Investigations.

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Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 2003

Admitted as solicitor, Hong Kong, 2007


BA, Law, Durham University, 1999

Other noteworthy experience


  • An international investment bank in connection with a sensitive investigation arising out of the listing of a PRC technology company in the U.S., including on the application of new data and national security laws in APAC when responding to U.S. government investigations.
  • A global media group in the defence of proceedings brought against it by a shareholder claiming to have been unfairly prejudiced by the management of the company.
  • A global bank in regulatory investigations across APAC regarding its foreign exchange trading operations, the Hong Kong aspects of which lasted 12 months.
  • A hedge fund on an investigation by the SFC into suspected insider dealing, including liaising with, and assisting with the preparation of responses to information requests from, the SFC.
  • An international investment bank on global issues arising from a request by the Monetary Authority of Singapore for our client to undertake an enquiry into its submissions for SIBOR, SOR and NDFs.
  • A financial institution in defence of multiple investigations by the Korean competition authority for breach of Korean anti-trust law, via conduct both onshore and offshore the Korean market.
  • One of the largest private investment firms in Asia in relation to cyber-security matters, including the removal of a fraudulent website and WhatsApp / Telegram chat groups.
  • A state-owned alternative investment management company on its litigation strategy in connection with the realisation of its stake in a private equity investment fund.
  • A global bank in respect of proceedings brought against it for alleged mis-selling of derivative trades in Mainland China and its strategic options to seek declaratory relief in England as a defence.
  • An Australian medical research company on a sophisticated business email compromise fraud, of which it was the victim, leading to the client obtaining full recovery of all monies known to remain within Hong Kong.