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Matt Bower

Partner

Hong Kong

Matt Bower

Partner

Hong Kong

Matt Bower is a partner in Allen & Overy's litigation and dispute resolution department in Hong Kong. Matt advises financial institutions and corporates in connection with litigation in the High Courts of Hong Kong and England & Wales, as well as on internal and regulatory investigations.

Matt has particular experience of disputes arising from derivative, syndicated loan and asset management complaints and extensive trial experience. Matt also has substantial experience of advising clients on the conduct of regulatory investigations in the Asia-Pacific region, having advised on some of the most high profile benchmark investigations in the region concerning financial services conduct and competition issues and a number of investigations regarding the assessment of client suitability for financial products. 

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. 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.

He is qualified as a solicitor both in Hong Kong and England & Wales.

Other noteworthy experience includes advising:

  • 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 private equity fund on an HKIAC arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules arising from a failure to complete its investment in a crypto-currency exchange. 
  • An international hedge fund in relation to the theft of valuable algorithmic trading strategies by a rogue employee who fled to Hong Kong from the UK.
  • A global bank on the defence of proceedings brought in Mauritius in respect of its custody services, and in respect of its obligations and rights to assets held in custody while subject to restraint orders in Hong Kong.
  • 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.
  • An institution in the defence of proceedings brought against it arising out of the automatic termination and close out of 176 derivative positions.
  • A global bank in respect of proceedings brought against it for alleged mis-selling of derivative trades in China and its strategic options to seek declaratory relief in England as a defence.
  • 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.
  • An international investment bank on investigations by the Hong Kong and Chinese regulators into suspected market manipulation in China.
  • A global financial services group on an investigation by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority in connection with the sale of chapter 37 bond to non-professional investors. 

News & insights

sun casting shadow on building wall

Publications: 28 JULY 2021

Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission’s recent regulatory enforcement trends

Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has recently published its annual report for the period dated April 2020 to March 2021 (the 2020/2021 Period). The report takes a look back at the…

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Hong Kong's Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) Enforcement Actions Tracker

Publications: 30 JUNE 2021

Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) Enforcement Actions Trends and Tracker

The SFC's latest annual and quarterly reports highlight the SFC's regulatory work since April 2019 and illustrate some key trends in its enforcement agenda.

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Coding on an LCD computer screen

Publications: 21 JUNE 2021

A guide to Hong Kong’s cyber security laws and practices

The past decade has seen a huge increase in the incidence of cyber crime in Hong Kong. This has been exacerbated by the global pandemic, which has forced criminals online, with the number of cases in…

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Publications: 07 JUNE 2021

Singapore’s Proposal to Mandate Reference Checks and Misconduct Reporting

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has issued a Consultation Paper on Proposals to Mandate Reference Checks. 

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Hong Kong

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Hong Kong

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Qualifications

Professional

Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 2003

Admitted as solicitor, Hong Kong, 2007

Academic

BA, Law, Durham University, 1999