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Former Securities and Futures Commission regulator Alan Linning joins Mayer Brown JSM’s litigation practice in Hong Kong

28 August 2017
Mayer Brown JSM announced today that Alan Linning has joined the firm’s Hong Kong office as a partner in its Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice. Previously, Mr. Linning was a Hong Kong-based partner at Sidley Austin.

With more than 25 years of experience, Mr. Linning focuses his practice on financial services regulatory matters, investigations and proceedings, as well as commercial litigation. In particular, he advises companies that are facing investigations and are defending civil claims and criminal prosecutions brought by various regulatory agencies, including the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), Hong Kong’s securities regulator; the Hong Kong Monetary Authority; and the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. Mr. Linning’s clients include international and Chinese banks, private equity funds, asset and fund managers, and listed companies and their directors.

“As regulatory enforcement and related compliance concerns continue to top our clients’ lists of concerns, Alan’s in-depth knowledge of Hong Kong’s regulatory landscape acquired from his senior roles in the public and private sectors and experience in commercial litigation will significantly enhance the firm’s capabilities in these areas,” said John Hickin, a co-leader of Mayer Brown’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice. “We are delighted to welcome him to the firm.”

“Alan’s arrival is the latest in an impressive series of new partners who have joined our growing offices in Asia,” said Terence Tung, the senior partner of Mayer Brown JSM. “Just as we have augmented our Banking & Finance practice with two new partners in Singapore and another in Hong Kong, Alan adds to our litigation practice in Asia and around the world.”

Before his most recent stint in private practice, Mr. Linning was the managing director and head of Asia regional compliance at a leading investment bank. Previously, he served as the executive director of enforcement and a board member of the SFC. Earlier in his career, Mr. Linning was the co-head of the dispute resolution practice in the Hong Kong office of another well-known international law firm. He is qualified to practice Hong Kong law and is admitted in Scotland.

“Mayer Brown’s world-renowned reputation and core commitment to first-rate client service were significant factors in my decision to join the firm,” said Mr. Linning. “I look forward to additional opportunities to serve clients by leveraging the firm’s global platform and impressive capabilities.”
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