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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. Matt advises financial institutions and corporates in connection with internal and regulatory investigations as well as litigation before the High Courts in England and Wales and Hong Kong.

Matt has particular experience of disputes arising from derivative, syndicated loan and asset management complaints. Matt also 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 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 2020, which reports 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.

Noteworthy experience includes advising:

  • 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 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 on an internal inquiry relating to potential insider dealing concerns.
  • A crypto-currency derivatives trading platform in connection with a U.S. Government investigation into suspected breaches of sanctions and anti-money laundering laws.
  • An alternative investment management company on its litigation strategy in connection with the realisation of its stake in a significant private equity investment.
  • A subsidiary of a Hong Kong listed company in the financial services sector in a dispute against a Chinese investor for payments due under a total return swap.
  • A Taiwanese bank on a dispute concerning whether or not it had entered into a binding contract for the purchase of secondary debt and involving a claim for damages for failure to complete the trade.
  • An Asia Pacific based bank on a dispute with an international school in Cambodia over release of funds under an escrow agreement in light of certain findings of fact following an award in an arbitration.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • An international investment bank on investigations by the Hong Kong and Chinese regulators into suspected market manipulation in China.
  • A global bank, as trustee of a bond issuance, to obtain judgment in the English High Court for repayment of all outstanding sums following default, and taking steps in various jurisdictions to enforce the judgment.
  • An international bank to investigate, and manage the consequences of, an internal fraud on the bank and related regulatory investigation and litigation.
  • An international investment bank on global issues arising from a request by the Monetary Authority of Singapore for our client to undertake an inquiry into its submissions for SIBOR, SOR and in respect of NDFs including issues such as anti-trust implications, self-reporting obligations and maintenance of privilege in the context of the investigation.

News & insights

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

Publications: 29 JULY 2020

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

Our Enforcement Actions Tracker provides details of the SFC's enforcement actions in Hong Kong where fines of more than HKD1 million have been imposed. 

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Publications: 09 MARCH 2020

Hong Kong Court of First Instance confirms SFC's powers to seize digital devices and demand passwords

The recent High Court decision of Cheung Ka Ho Cyril v Securities and Futures Commission and another [2020] HKCFI 270 confirmed the powers of the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) to (i) seize…

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Boat on a river

Publications: 08 JANUARY 2020

Hong Kong insurance market: growth and change

The Hong Kong insurance industry is going through an exciting period of growth and regulatory transition. The current regulatory framework has changed somewhat since the Insurance Authority (IA) took…

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Partner Matt Bower

Publications: 03 JANUARY 2020

Preferential treatment of heterosexual married couples in Hong Kong

In the largest pro bono project led by our Hong Kong office, earlier this year A&O published a report showing how people in heterosexual marriages receive preferential treatment under Hong Kong law…

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Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 2003

Admitted as solicitor, Hong Kong, 2007


BA, Law, Durham University, 1999