Peter So
Peter So

Peter So

Partner

LOCATION:
Hong Kong
DIRECT:
+852 2825 9247

Peter So

Partner

LOCATION:
Hong Kong
DIRECT:
+852 2825 9247


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Peter specialises in litigation and dispute resolution and has experience in a broad range of litigation matters, including contentious regulatory, financial services litigation, investigations by the SFC, HKMA, ICAC and FCPA, injunctions and commercial disputes.

Peter regularly advises financial institutions, banks and licensed persons on contentious regulatory and securities law related issues, including insider dealing, market misconduct, mis-selling, disclosure of interests, sponsors’ liabilities, anti-money laundering, anti-bribery and corruption and unlicensed regulated activities.  In particular, Peter has extensive experience in advising banks on mis-selling of financial products and dealing with complex issues arising from regulatory / criminal investigations and civil proceedings.

Peter regularly conducts training and seminars to clients on insider dealing and the Hong Kong Prevention of Bribery Ordinance.

Peter also advises clients on competition law related issues and has provided training and seminars to clients on the Hong Kong Competition Ordinance.

Acted for a major private bank in defending proceedings commenced by investors alleging mis-selling of structured products and claiming damages of millions of US dollars.

Acted for a bank in investigations by the HKMA on regulatory issues which resulted in a Compliance Advice Letter and no action being taken.

Acted for a financial institution in SFC disciplinary proceedings which resulted in a reduced fine and sanctions.

Acted for foreign parties in discharging a s.21M injunction which went to the Court of Appeal.

Acted for a large European manufacturer of electronic products in proceedings against the factory for defective products and claiming substantial damage and achieving a settlement after mediation.

Regularly acting for and advising companies, banks, brokerage companies, financial institutions and individuals on SFC and HKMA investigations.

Memberships

Member, The Law Society of Hong Kong

Education

BSc., LLB, University of New South Wales, 2001

PCLL, University of Hong Kong (Distinction), 2003

Accolades

Recognised in Legal 500 (2018) – “… and newly promoted partner Peter So is ‘sensible, practical, and a sharp-shooter’

Publications/Articles

Contributor to The Securities and Futures Ordinance (Cap. 571): Commentary and Annotations (Sweet & Maxwell), September 2015 (1st Ed.), October 2016 (2nd Ed.), 2017 (3rd Ed.)

Numerous in-house articles on insider dealing, anti-money laundering, anti-bribery and corruption and regulatory related issues, including commentaries on the following cases:

  • Competition Commission v Nutanix Hong Kong Limited & Ors (3 October 2017) relating to admissibility of employee’s compelled interview statement;
  • MMT Report on Greencool Technology Holdings Limited (23 June 2017) relating to duties of Independent Non-Executive Directors;
  • SJ v Stephen Chan Chi Wan (14 March 2017) relating to section 9 of Prevention of Bribery Ordinance (Cap 201);
  • MMT Report on Warderly International Holdings Limited (4 August 2016) relating to materiality of inside information;
  • MMT Report on Evergrande Real Estate Group Limited (26 August 2016) relating to publication of reports by a short seller, Citron Research and Andrew Left;
  • HKSAR v Carson Yeung (11 July 2016) and HKSAR v Pang Hung Fai (10 November 2014) relating to section 25 of Organized and Serious Crimes Ordinance (Cap 455);
  • Moody’s Investors Service Hong Kong Limited v SFC (31 March 2016) relating to misleading statements;
  • MMT Report on Asia Telemedia Limited (26 November 2015) relating to no profit motive defence in insider dealing;
  • Interush Limited v Commissioner of Police (5 August 2015) relating to “no consent” letter issued by Joint Financial Intelligence Unit; and
  • SFC v Ernst & Young (23 May 2014) relating to production of documents under section 183 of Securities and Futures Ordinance (Cap 571).

“Mis-selling financial products”, South China Morning Post - Point of Law, 2 January 2013

“Beware, SFC Raid may Remain Confidential”, Hong Kong Lawyers, July 2012

Annotator of Butterworths Hong Kong Arbitration Law Handbook, Butterworths, June 2012

Contributor to Hong Kong White Book on High Court Suitors Funds Rules

“Final Appeal Criteria for Civil Appeals - Part II”, Hong Kong Lawyer, January 2010

“Is a Sanctioned Offer or Payment Useful Any Longer?”, Hong Kong Lawyer, September 2009

“Final Appeal Criteria for Civil Appeals involving Damages Claims”, Hong Kong Lawyer, July 2009

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