Michael Lamson

Dispute Resolution Counsel, Hong Kong SAR

"International corporates and financial institutions regularly face cross-border regulatory and enforcement risks to their operations. I bring a decade of global experience in private practice and in-house to help clients through their most pressured situations"

Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Published works

Overview

Michael is the U.S. qualified lawyer in the Hong Kong and Asia white collar crime team. He has extensive experience representing companies and individuals in a range of cross-border disputes and investigations across Asia, Mainland Europe, the U.K., and the U.S. Michael focuses his practice on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and financial crime related matters. He also regularly advises clients on identifying and mitigating potential risks arising from U.S. economic sanctions, including most recently related to the newly announced Hong Kong program. Additionally, Michael counsels clients on contentious regulatory matters both in Asia and the U.S.

Michael previously led global investigations for more than three years as in-house counsel for a global financial institution in London.  Before moving in-house, Michael worked at a leading international law firm in Washington, D.C., specializing in corporate investigations and white collar criminal defense matters.

Work highlights
  • advising global financial institutions in investigations into historic-pricing and disclosure practices in Singapore and Hong Kong
  • multiple multinationals: representing in connection with US DOJ FCPA investigations into activities in high risk jurisdictions
  • acting on compliance consultant team for global construction company arising from US DOJ and EPA Clean Air Act resolutions

Professional experience

Michael regularly speaks at seminars about financial crime and regulatory matters, including the below:

Conferences and Seminars
  • Panelist, US economic sanctions - Navigating the rocky shoals to minimise impacts on your business, Linklaters Webinar, July 22, 2020
  • Panelist, Practical Tips for Financial Institution In-House Lawyers: Applying Lessons Learned from the GFC, Linklaters Webinar, June 17, 2020

Education and qualifications

Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from Tufts University, and a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the University of Maryland School of Law, where he was also editor-in-chief of the Maryland Law Review.

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.

Michael is a member of the District of Columbia and New York State Bars, United States.

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.