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Mark Reed

T: +852 2533 2888 M: +852 9353 1359 Email Mark | vCard Office: Hong Kong

Awards

Recommended lawyer for Banking and finance: foreign firms - China/ Fintech: foreign firms- China/ Insolvency and restructuring: foreign firms - China/ Banking and finance – Hong Kong/ Regulatory – Hong Kong/ Restructuring and insolvency – Hong Kong

Recommended lawyer for Banking and finance: foreign firms - China/ Fintech: foreign firms- China/ Insolvency and restructuring: foreign firms - China/ Banking and finance – Hong Kong/ Regulatory – Hong Kong/ Restructuring and insolvency – Hong Kong

Chambers Asia Pacific 2020 (China) – Financial Services: Non-Contentious Regulatory

Chambers Asia Pacific 2020 (China) – Financial Services: Non-Contentious Regulatory

GRR 30 2019 – The World's Top 30 Law Firms for Cross-Border Insolvency and Restructuring

GRR 30 2019 – The World's Top 30 Law Firms for Cross-Border Insolvency and Restructuring

Mark Reed Partner

Contact details

Mark Reed

Mark Reed
Partner

T: +852 2533 2888 M: +852 9353 1359 Email Mark | vCard Office: Hong Kong

Focusing on the financial services sector, Mark structures and drives financing transactions and advises on regulatory, commercial, insolvency and employment issues.
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His technical strength, hands-on approach and 30+ years in Hong Kong enable him to get the results his clients want. Mark heads the Hong Kong office’s finance group.

With a wide-ranging commercial law background developed in London and Hong Kong, Mark specialises in providing general banking, finance, insolvency, employment and financial services regulatory compliance advice.

His clients range from financial services providers such as banks, brokers, financial advisers, asset managers and fintech providers, to financial services users such as borrowers, investors and issuers as well as insolvency practitioners. He is known to be technically strong in English and Hong Kong laws but focused on results: "Mark is very responsive and pragmatic in providing services in a prompt fashion.” (IFLR1000 ranking 2021)

Mark is also well known for his regulatory licensing and compliance advice and has helped establish many businesses in Hong Kong, overcoming regulatory problems. He is described as having over three decades of experience in handling regulatory compliance matters (Chambers Asia Pacific 2020) and leading the non-contentious side of the Hong Kong office’s regulatory team with “excellent knowledge of the banking and financial sectors” (Asia Pacific Legal 500 2019). Mark is also ranked in the 2021 IFLR 1000 as a highly regarded individual for Hong Kong financial services regulatory.

He has experience of most types of finance transactions and is one of the few Hong Kong lawyers having trade and commodity finance expertise. In addition, Mark has worked on many high profile insolvent restructurings in London and Hong Kong, including acting on successful restructurings for Sky TV in the UK and Wah Kwong Shipping Group, TSL Jewellery and Winsway in Hong Kong. Mark“Offers expansive explanation of the legal issues that may be confronted in a transaction.” and "despite his seniority is very responsive. Provides detailed analysis.” (IFLR1000 ranking 2021) 

Mark "has an outstanding combination of legal/business/commercial acumen. He has deep knowledge of every aspect of financial services regulation in Hong Kong. He was very quick with completing all aspects of the project. His explanations and analysis were clear and articulate. It was one of the most enjoyable experiences even though the actual project was complicated and meant the 'life or death' of our company.” (IFLR1000 ranking 2021)

“The finance team, which is led by Mark Reed, always puts the client first” 

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020

  • Finance
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Trade finance
  • Restructuring and insolvency
  • Employment

Lender's side

Structuring, documenting and negotiating secured and unsecured financings of all kinds for banks, money lenders, funds, family offices and other lenders.

Borrower's side

Negotiating secured and unsecured financings of all kinds for financial institutions, corporates, individuals, funds and other borrowers.

Finance asset sales and mergers

Advising buyers and sellers of loans and other finance assets, including on mergers of financial institutions.

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Financial business licensing

Advising what regulatory licences are needed for banking, lending, broking, advisory, asset management, fintech and other financial services businesses and obtaining those licences.

Financial product authorisation

Advising on whether and, if so, how financial products may be marketed and obtaining any regulatory authorisations needed.

Financial services compliance

Advising on compliance with financial services laws, regulations and codes and assisting with investigations by regulatory bodies.

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Vanilla trade finance

Advising on structures and documentation involving letters of credit, bills of exchange and performance bonds.

Receivables finance

Structuring, documenting and advising on all types of receivables and inventory financings, including warehouse financing, factoring and forfaiting, lending on the security of receivables and open account finance.

Disputes

Advising on disputed claims on letters of credit, demand guarantees and other similar bank undertakings.


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Trade finance

Restructuring

Advising borrowers and lenders on consensual debt restructuring and security enforcement in respect of borrowers in financial difficulties.

Insolvency office holders

Advising insolvency office holders on the validity and/or enforcement of security or the close-out of financial transactions entered into by the insolvent corporate.

Insolvency risks

Advising finance providers and users on the risks of challenge to finance transactions on insolvency and corporate law grounds.

More: Restructuring and insolvency

Hiring

Advising employers and employees on new employment in the financial services industry, particularly in relation to bonuses, restrictive covenants and termination provisions.

Firing

Advising employers and employees on employment terminations in the financial services industry.

Employment visas

Obtaining employment visas for expatriates coming to work in Hong Kong.

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  • Banks and banking
  • Funds and financial services

External in-house adviser

Acting as an external in-house adviser to banks, money lenders and fintech providers on a wide variety of issues arising in the course of their day-to-day business, including in relation to financing transactions, regulation, security enforcement, restructuring, employment and commercial arrangements.

Trade finance

One of the few trade finance experts in the Hong Kong market serving banks such as Wells Fargo, JP Morgan and HSBC.

Regulatory

Adviser of choice on financial services regulatory issues for several household names in banking.

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Regulation

Providing regulatory advice to fund managers, asset managers and other service providers in the asset management industry.

Transactions

Structuring, documenting and negotiating debt/equity financing transactions entered into by hedge and PE funds.

Employment

Advising fund managers on their staff hiring and firing programmes.

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  • China

Hong Kong as gateway into and out of mainland China

Advising on the use of Hong Kong as a conduit for investment into or out of mainland China.

Cross border financing for mainland China business

Advising on Hong Kong and English law financing transactions for borrowers whose businesses and assets are principally in mainland China.

Regulatory

Co-ordinating regulatory advice for financial service businesses wanting clients or business in mainland China.

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Awards

Recommended lawyer for Banking and finance: foreign firms - China/ Fintech: foreign firms- China/ Insolvency and restructuring: foreign firms - China/ Banking and finance – Hong Kong/ Regulatory – Hong Kong/ Restructuring and insolvency – Hong Kong

Recommended lawyer for Banking and finance: foreign firms - China/ Fintech: foreign firms- China/ Insolvency and restructuring: foreign firms - China/ Banking and finance – Hong Kong/ Regulatory – Hong Kong/ Restructuring and insolvency – Hong Kong

Chambers Asia Pacific 2020 (China) – Financial Services: Non-Contentious Regulatory

Chambers Asia Pacific 2020 (China) – Financial Services: Non-Contentious Regulatory

GRR 30 2019 – The World's Top 30 Law Firms for Cross-Border Insolvency and Restructuring

GRR 30 2019 – The World's Top 30 Law Firms for Cross-Border Insolvency and Restructuring

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