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James Wong

T: +852 3166 6933 M: +852 9447 7337 Email James | vCard Office: Hong Kong

James Wong Associate

Contact details

James Wong

James Wong

T: +852 3166 6933 M: +852 9447 7337 Email James | vCard Office: Hong Kong

James is a banking and finance lawyer. He focuses on financial regulation and compliance, lending and asset financing. He is also a core member of the firm's superyacht team and advises on non-contentious matters in the sector.
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James regularly advises clients on issues regarding financial regulation and compliance (particularly those relating to the SFC and HKMA), regulatory investigations, money lending, data privacy and virtual assets. He has represented several high-profile securities brokerage firms, insurance brokerage firms, fund houses, money lenders and large banks. He has assisted several such firms on revamping their standard form documentation.

James also advises multi-national financial institutions in their lending and asset financing transactions.

James has also developed a niche practice in high value superyachts, having represented a range of individuals and companies in their financing, sale and purchase of yachts, often spanning across several Asian and European jurisdictions.

James is a native English and Cantonese speaker and is also fluent in Mandarin.

  • Regulatory compliance
  • Yacht and superyacht
  • Finance

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, including the drafting and revamping of standard documentation.

Sale and purchase

Advising both sellers and buyers on the legal aspects of a yacht sale and purchase, particularly as it pertains to documentation, title due diligence, closing, flagging and title transfer.

Yacht financing

Advising lenders on yacht financing loans as regards both new builds and non-new builds.

Yacht advisory

Advising yacht owners, shipbuilders and berth managers on yacht-related regulatory and licencing issues.

Lender side

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

Borrower side

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

Finance assets

Advising buyers and sellers of loans and other finance assets.

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