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Kingsley Ong

Head of Structured Finance and Restructuring/Insolvency (Asia)

Lau, Horton & Wise LLP, in Association with CMS Hasche Sigle, Hong Kong LLP
8th Floor, Nexxus Building, 41 Connaught Road Central,
Hong Kong
Languages English, Mandarin, Chinese

Kingsley is a partner based in Hong Kong, and the Head of Structured Finance and Restructuring/Insolvency (Asia). He specialises in all types of financing and debt restructuring, including debt capital markets, derivatives, structured finance, securitisation, restructuring and insolvency. He also handles related arbitrations and disputes. He is a Hong Kong Notary Public, a Solicitor in Hong Kong, a Barrister & Solicitor-Advocate in England & Wales, and an Advocate & Solicitor in Singapore.  

Ranked as a Leading Lawyer in five practice areas (Banking & Finance, Structured Finance, Securitisation, Derivatives, Restructuring/Insolvency) across three jurisdictions (China (Hong Kong), India, South Korea) by Chambers, he is the only lawyer in Asia to be recognised in all these categories and jurisdictions.

He actively acts on behalf of arrangers, borrowers, collateral managers, enhancement providers, finance leasing companies, investors, issuers, lenders, liquidators, liquidity providers, originators, rating agencies, receivers, servicers, sponsors, swap counterparties, trustees, and underwriters.

Kingsley is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Law Faculty of The University of Hong Kong. His published opinions have been cited as legal authority in the US Court (Lehman Brothers Special Finance vs Bank of New York, 2010), the Hong Kong Standing Committee on Company Law Reform, the Financial Stability Board (FSB), and leading textbooks.

In 2015, he was appointed to the Professional Working Group advising the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) on policies to position Hong Kong as a leading Corporate Treasury Centre. The new CTC Policy became law in June 2016.

In May 2016, Kingsley served as a Hong Kong Law Expert Witness before the US Bankruptcy Court (District of New Jersey), in connection with a landmark US litigation (Re Manley Toys Case No.16-15374) where the recognition of Hong Kong liquidators appointed under Hong Kong’s voluntary liquidation regime was being contested.

Kingsley also serves as the Secretary-General of APSA (www.apsa-asia.com), a Member of the Hong Kong Law Society’s Islamic Finance Working Group, an External Examiner for HKIB, and a Consulting Editor at Lexis Nexis. He is a regular speaker at conferences, seminars and trainings.

Kingsley also actively takes appointments as Arbitrator in arbitrations conducted in English and Chinese. He is a member of the HKIAC List of Arbitrators, the JCAA Panel of Arbitrators and the CAA Panel of Arbitrators.

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“One of the pre-eminent practitioners in the market.”

Legal 500, 2020

“Kingsley Ong is an absolute superstar.”

IFLR1000, 2019

“Revered by clients for his ability to advise on complex financial structures.”

Chambers, 2017

Relevant experience

  • Hong Kong Liquidators of Lehman Brothers on unwinding Lehman’s complex derivatives, repos, securitisations. 
  • Hong Kong Liquidators of MF Global on unwinding MF Global’s derivatives and flow positions.
  • Expert witness for the Hong Kong Liquidators of Manley Toys in contested US Chapter 15 recognition proceedings.
  • Gibson Brands, the famous guitar maker, on the 2018 liquidation of its Gibson Innovations business across over 20 jurisdictions.
  • Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP’s Hong Kong partners in its 2012 insolvency.
  • ALB “Finance Deal of the Year for Restructuring 2018” for PT Bumi.
  • HK$ 2bn RMBS securitisation programme. (Closed April 2021).
  • US$ 1bn Trade Receivables securitisation programme. (Closed October 2020).
  • IFR “Securitisation Deal of the Year 2015” for DBS US$1bn Covered Bonds.
  • Sitting as Sole Arbitrator and Co-Arbitrator in HKIAC administered arbitrations.
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Memberships & Roles

  • Notary Public, Hong Kong Society of Notaries
  • Secretary-General, APSA (www.apsa-asia.com)
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Law Faculty, The University of Hong Kong
  • External Examiner, The Hong Kong Institute of Bankers (HKIB)
  • Solicitor, Hong Kong Law Society
  • Solicitor-Advocate, Law Society of England & Wales
  • Barrister, Inner Temple
  • Advocate & Solicitor, Law Society of Singapore
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Fellow, Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators
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  • Hong Kong Encyclopedia of Forms & Precedents, “Companies: Financing and Taking Security”, Lexis Nexis (2021).
  • General Editor, “The Hong Kong Companies Ordinance (Cap. 622): Commentary & Annotations” (1st - 7th Editions, 2014-2021), Sweet & Maxwell.
  • Halsbury Laws of Hong Kong, “Banking & Finance Law” (Volume 3), Lexis Nexis (2020, 2023).
  • Chitty on Contracts: Hong Kong Specific Contracts” (5th - 7th Editions, 2019-2023), Sweet & Maxwell.
  • General Editor, “Structured Finance & Securitisation in Asia”, Sweet & Maxwell (2018).
  • “Review of Asian Securitisations and China’s Securitisation Performance: 18 months into the COVID-19 Crisis”, The Securitsation & Structured Finance Handbook 2022 (12th edition), Capital Markets Intelligence.
  • “The Impact of COVID-19 on Securitisations in Asia”, The Securitisation & Structured Finance Handbook 2021 (11th edition), Capital Markets Intelligence.
  • “Mutual Recognition between China and Hong Kong”, Asia Pacific Restructuring Review (2019).
  • “The Implications of Brexit for the Restructuring & Insolvency Industry”, INSOL International (2017).
  • “The Influence of Public Law on the development of China Securitisation”, Capital Markets Law Journal (2015).
  • “The Enforceability and Characterisation of Retention of Title Clauses under Hong Kong Law”, Journal of International Banking and Financial Law (2014).
  • “From ISDA to NAFMII: Insolvency Stalemate & PRC Bankruptcy Jurisprudence”, Capital Markets Law Journal (2013).
  • “Closing out ISDA Contracts: a Practical Guide”, INSOL World (Dec 2012).
  • “Repos & Securities Lending: the accounting arbitrage and their role in the global financial crisis”, Capital Markets Law Journal (2011).
  • “The ISDA Master Agreement: Insolvency Stalemate and Endgame Solutions for Hong Kong Liquidators”, Hong Kong Law Journal (HKLJ) (2010). 
  • “A Comparative Study of the Fundamental Elements of Chinese and English Company Law”, International and Comparative Law Quarterly (ICLQ) (1999).
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