His practice straddles over 4 principal areas: (1) commercial fraud and corruption; (2) criminal appellate matters; (3) financial market regulatory and misconduct cases; and (4) professional disciplinary matters. He regularly appears in all levels of criminal courts in Hong Kong.
Edwin has represented and advised clients ranging from senior government officials, chairmen/senior executives of listed companies, banks, investment banks and trading companies, as well as lawyers and members of regulated professions, in criminal and other regulatory proceedings. Edwin regularly advises clients subject of SFC or SEHK investigations or inquiries, as well as conducts advocacy work in the relevant tribunals.
Starting from an early stage of his career, Edwin has acted in a number of cases in the Insider Dealing Tribunal, both as counsel representing implicated parties and also as counsel for the Tribunal. He has also conducted cases as the Presenting Officer in the Market Misconduct Tribunal, as well as defending specified persons against allegations of market misconduct.
Edwin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University in Philosophy and Classics, a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of London and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Hull concentrating on Investment and Finance.
Edwin served as a Deputy Magistrate in 2008 and as a Deputy District Judge in 2014.
He took silk in 2018.
The Shanghai Land Case –HKSAR v Abdullah Rahman & ors: Edwin was led by the late Mr. Edmund Lawson Q.C. and the late Mr. Alexander King S.C. to represent a senior solicitor of a major law firm in Hong Kong alleged to have assisted in a fraudulent scheme involving M&A and subsequent asset injections. On appeal, Edwin was led by Mr. Ian Winter Q.C. The case was won on appeal at the Court of Final Appeal.
The Grand Field Case – HKSAR v Wayland Tsang & ors: Edwin represented the Chairman and an executive director of a listed company in a case involving the acquisition of a business in mainland China.
The Moulin Case – HKSAR v Ma Bo Kee & ors: Edwin represented the financial controller of a listed company in a High Court Commercial Crime trial relating to multiple banking fraud and misrepresentations in publicly disclosed documents. The client, a professional accountant, was acquitted on all charges after a High Court jury trial.
The Tungda Case –HKSAR v Chu Chien Tung & 4 ors: Along with Mr. Bernard Ryan and Ms. Annie Lai, Edwin prosecuted this listing fraud case in the High Court of Hong Kong. Three principal defendants were all convicted after a trial before a jury. Prior to the retrial of one of the remaining defendants, the defendant changed her plea to a guilty plea.
The Brian Kan Case – HKSAR v Kan Ping Chee Brian: Edwin prosecuted this election corruption case. The defendant was a former chairman of a rural council and a reputable race-horse trainer. The Defendant was convicted after trial.
The Sun Hung Kai Case – HKSAR v Rafael Hui Jr. and 4 ors: Edwin defended the former Chief Secretary in this 100+ day case in 2014. Edwin also handled the appeal for Rafael Hui at the Court of Final Appeal.
The Days Impex / Days International Case – HKSAR v Dayaram and 2 ors: Edwin successfully prosecuted the bosses of a trading group for defrauding banks with import and export loans to the tune of several hundred million dollars. Edwin also represented the prosecution at the Court of Appeal, as well as the Appeals Committee of the the Court of Final Appeal.
The Carrian / Wardley Case – HKSAR v Ewan Launder: Edwin was part of the defence team before both the Court of Appeal and the Court of Final Appeal representing the former chief of a leading Hong Kong merchant bank, accused of accepting bribes from George Tan of the Carrian Group. The Appeal was allowed by the Court of Final Appeal and the defendant’s conviction was quashed.
The Allied Case – HKSAR v Lee Ming Tee: Edwin was part of the defence team before the Court of Final Appeal in relation to the prosecution’s appeal against the Court of First Instance’s grant of a permanent stay.
The Gold Wo Case – HKSAR v Fu Chu Kan & ors: Together with Mr. Phillip Chan, Edwin conducted the appeal for one of the defendants in this listing fraud case.
The Shanghai Land Case – HKSAR v Abdullah Rahman & ors: On appeal, Edwin was led by Mr. Ian Winter Q.C. The appeal was won on appeal to the Court of Final Appeal.
The Ocean Grand Case – HKSAR v Yip Kim Po & ors: Edwin successfully represented the sixth defendant in her appeal against conviction.
The China Mining Resources Group Case – HKSAR v Luk Kin Peter Joseph & anor: Edwin represented the appellant in the Court of Final Appeal to argue two points of law concerning the construction of Prevention of Bribery Ordinance.
Financial Market Regulatory and Misconduct cases:
The HKCB Insider Dealing Case – Led by Mr. Lawrence Lok S.C., Edwin defended the Chairman of a listed group against allegations of insider dealing. The case was conducted at the Insider Dealing Tribunal. The client was found not to have committed any insider dealing.
The Easy Concept Insider Dealing Case – Edwin defended 2 relatives of a CFO of a listed group against allegations of insider dealing. The case was conducted at the Insider Dealing Tribunal.
The Tingyi Insider Dealing Case – Together with the late Mr. Peter Ip, Edwin acted as counsel for the Tribunal in this insider dealing case concerning allegations against a fund manager, an analyst and a corporate relations manager of a listed company. The case was conducted at the Insider Dealing Tribunal.
The Vanda Insider Dealing Case – Led by Mr. M.K. Wong S.C., Edwin defended an investor accused of having purchased securities on insider’s information. The case was conducted at the Insider Dealing Tribunal.
The Mobicon Market Misconduct Case – Led by Mr. Andrew Bruce S.C., Edwin acted as a Presenting Officer in this market misconduct case, in which the Chairman and the CFO of a listed company were alleged to have created a false market. The case was conducted at the Market Misconduct Tribunal.
The Mirabell Insider Dealing Case – Edwin acted as the Presenting Officer in this insider dealing case, where a trainee solicitor of a “Magic Circle” law firm was alleged to have supplied insider’s information she obtained from working on a corporate transaction to her boyfriend, who purchased securities as a result. The case was conducted at the Market Misconduct Tribunal.
The Chaoda Insider Dealing Case – Led by Mr. Lawrence Lok S.C., Edwin defended the Chief Financial Officer of a listed agricultural company against allegations that he committed insider dealing with the Chairman of the company and a Fidelity fund manager. Both the Chairman and Edwin’s client were found not to have committed insider dealing.
The Egana Jewellery Insider Dealing Case – HKSAR v Ma Hon Yeung & ors: Edwin defended an investment banker accused of passing insider’s information on a deal to relatives. The case was conducted in the District Court.
The Macquarie Covered Warrants Case – HKSAR v Fu Kor Kuen Patrick: Led by Mr. Peter Duncan S.C., Edwin defended an investor in a market manipulation case. The defendants were accused of creating a false market in their attempt to earn commission rebates offered by Macquarie and their brokers. The defendants’ convictions were quashed on appeal by the Court of Final Appeal.
Other cases of interest:
The 7-Police Officers Case – HKSAR v Wong Cho Shing & 6 ors: Edwin defended one of the seven police officers accused of assaulting a protester during the occupied Central period.
The Civic Square Unlawful Assembly Case – HKSAR v Wong Chi Fung Joshua & 2 ors: Edwin, along with Joe Chan, defended Alex Chow accused of participating in an unlawful assembly. At the Court of Final Appeal, Edwin succeeded in reversing the Court of Appeal’s decision to impose an imprisonment sentence.
The Mong Kok Riot Case – HKSAR v Leung Tin Kei & 4 ors: Edwin defended Edward Leung accused of inciting riot and participating in the Mong Kok riots in the Court of First Instance.