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Andrew Powner

( Managing Partner )

PERSONAL DETAILS

Languages

English and French

Admissions

Hong Kong
England & Wales

Other Qualifications

Civil Celebrant of Marriages

Practice Areas

Criminal Defence
Securities, Regulatory & Disciplinary Matters

CONTACT

TEL (852) 2868 1234 ( during office hours )
FAX (852) 2845 1637

 

EXPERIENCE

Andrew has been practising as a criminal defence lawyer in hong kong with Haldanes since 1993 after completing his articles with Lovells in Hong Kong and in London. Andrew has defended many large scale "white collar" commercial crime cases brought by the Independent Commission Against Corruption ("ICAC") and the Commercial Crime Bureau ("CCB"), as well as by the Hong Kong Police Force. He has also represented clients in many investigations by the Securities and Futures Commission ("SFC"), the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong ("SEHK") and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority ("HKMA").

Andrew has acted for the defence in a number of well known trials in Hong Kong including the former CEO of Wardley (HSBC) (acquitted in the CFA); the Financial Director of Yaohan (acquitted in the High Court); Lee Ming-tee, the CM of Allied Group; HKSAR v Nina Wang (charges withdrawn); the Shanghai Land case involving the trial of prominent lawyers (won with costs in the CFA in 2012); the Yau Hai shipping trial (won with costs in 2013 in the Court of Appeal); the TSL jewellery trial in the District Court; as well as in a well known case of Fetish Fashion (also won with costs). In 2013, Andrew won a lengthy SFC trial (with costs) concerning offences of false trading under S295 of the SFO.

Andrew conducts his own trials, mitigations, and bail applications in the Magistrates and District Courts, as well as instructing suitable counsel, when required. He engages in detailed preparation of cases for the High Court, Court of Appeal and Court of Final Appeal. Andrew has also assisted in the prosecution and detection of crime and advised companies on possible criminal conduct by directors or employees, including advice to the victims of crime; most recently in the Kissel murder trial (see April 2014 News item). In the field of criminal litigation, in addition to his regulatory SFC practice, Andrew has developed strong international ties and represented clients in a wide range of offences including commercial crime, fraud, theft, money laundering, computer crime, vice, dangerous drugs and assaults.  Most recently, he has been involved with a case involving former President Berlusconi of Italy, which concluded in the Court of Final Appeal in 2013. The clients were acquitted in Milan in July 2014.

PROFILE

  • Managing Partner 1997 - Present
  • Andrew Powner in Expert Guide - Fraud and White Collar Crime for 2014 to 2017 
  • Recommended for business crime defence: "Who’s Who Legal 2015 to 2017"
  • Recommended by Global Investigations Review 2016 to 2017
  • Recommended in "2013 to 2017 Who’s Who Criminal Defence Lawyer"
  • Recommended in Chambers Asia 2010 Client Guide as one of the "leading individuals" in criminal litigation in Hong Kong"
  • International Bar Association - Criminal Law Representative for Hong Kong (2014 to 2016)
  • Speaker at criminal litigation, "white collar crime", regulatory and SFC enforcement seminars
  • Department of Justice Debate: Debated with the Director of Public Prosecutions on the anti-money laundering laws of HK in October 2013
  • Winner of the Asian Law Awards for "Managing Partner of the Year" in 2001.
  • Member of Criminal Law and Procedure Committee of The Law Society of Hong Kong (2000 to present)
  • Appointed to The Law Reform Commission to review the law relating to sexual offences (2006 to present)
  • Member of Law Society sub-committee to discuss and review legislation on covert surveillance with the Government of the HKSAR
  • Member of Law Society of Hong Kong
  • Member of Law Society of England & Wales
  • Professional mentor to law students at the Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Assessor in criminal advocacy for the University of HK
  • Speaker at International Bar Association conferences on white collar crime

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