Michael Lamson

Dispute Resolution Counsel, Hong Kong

“I focus on investigations and compliance for clients in their most pressured situations, offering calm, assured and practical advice to achieve optimum solutions. I bring nearly a decade of experience in private practice and in-house offering a broad commercial perspective.”

Overview

Education and qualifications

Published works

Overview

Michael represents individuals, corporates, financial institutions and other public and private institutions in litigation and enforcement matters, as well as in criminal and regulatory investigations. He also advises on corporate governance and compliance. He is the U.S.-qualified lawyer on the firm’s Hong Kong and Asian white collar crime team.

Michael has extensive experience defending companies and individuals in a range of cross-border proceedings involving law enforcement and regulatory agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as UK, Mainland Europe, and Asian regulatory bodies. He has particular expertise in financial crime and market abuse and misconduct. He also counsels clients about compliance, corporate governance and disclosure issues.

Michael works in close collaboration with the firm’s market-leading securities and capital markets lawyers.

Michael worked for more than three years as in-house counsel for HSBC in London, primarily leading international investigations. Before moving in-house, Michael worked at a leading international law firm in the Securities Litigation and Enforcement and Investigations and Criminal Litigation practice Groups.

After law school, Michael served as a law clerk for District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr., United States District Court for the District of Maryland.

Education and qualifications

Michael studied international relations at Tufts University, Medford, U.S, and holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law, where he was also editor-in-chief of the Maryland Law Review.

Published works

  • Leading by example”, International Financial Law Review, February 26, 2019
  • SEC Enforcement Developments: Renewed Focus on Lawyers, 45 Bloomberg BNA, Securities Regulation & Law Report (2013), with William McLucas and Douglas Davison.