Sara Or is a partner of Mayer Brown JSM. Sara currently heads up the Financial Services Regulatory and Enforcement practice in Hong Kong, a key focus of which is to provide a full range of legal services to financial institutions. Sara advises clients on banking, securities and insurance regulations on a regular basis. In addition to helping clients structure and set up regulated businesses, she also provides legal services needed by clients in operating the businesses. Sara's practice also includes provision of strategic advice and assistance to clients in connection with enquiries, inspections or investigations by regulators. She has established good working relationship with both financial institutions and regulators (including, Hong Kong Monetary Authority, Securities and Futures Commission and Office of the Commissioner of Insurance), and accumulated invaluable experience and knowledge on market practice as well as supervisory philosophies of regulators.
Sara has experienced with clients and the Hong Kong market the developments and events in the past 20 years, including the establishment of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority and its replacement of the Banking Commission, the enactment of the Securities and Futures Ordinance in replacement of the Securities Ordinance and other statutes then governing the securities market, the public consultation on the proposal to establish an independent insurance authority to replace the current regulatory body which is a governmental agency, the enactment of the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance and recent public debates on handling of customer data, and the global financial crisis and ongoing evolution of the regulatory landscape.
Sara is a member of Hong Kong Securities Institute. She was listed as an Up-and-Coming Financial Services Lawyer by Chamber Asia Pacific (2010). In 2011, Chambers Asia Pacific praised Sara's "quality advice and timely service". She has been nominated as a Leading Financial Services Regulatory Lawyer in the 21st/2011 Edition of the IFLR1000. Sara speaks English, Cantonese and Mandarin.