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Kingsley Ong 王 世 偉

Adjunct Associate Professor


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Kingsley Ong is a Partner at an international law firm in Hong Kong. He is a Notary Public, a Hong Kong Solicitor, a Barrister and Solicitor-Advocate of England & Wales, and an Advocate & Solicitor of Singapore.

He advises on all types of financings, securitisations, structured products, derivative products, debt capital market transactions, insolvency workouts, restructurings, and unwinding of complex financial instruments. He has acted on behalf of arrangers, borrowers, collateral managers, enhancement providers, finance leasing companies, investors, issuers, lenders, liquidators, liquidity providers, originators, rating agencies, servicers, sponsors, swap counterparties, trustees, and underwriters.

He has been described by independent legal publications as: “a trusted advisor” (IFLR1000, 2012), “top-tier finance capability” (Legal 500, 2012), “impressive technical ability” (Legal 500, 2016), “extremely knowledgeable” (Legal 500, 2013), “brilliant lawyer… extensive experience” (Chambers, 2013), “first class expertise” (IFLR1000, 2013), “very unique and rare” (Legal 500, 2012), “truly understands how the derivatives and securitisation markets work” (Legal 500, 2014).

His published opinions have been cited as authority in the US Court (Lehman Brothers Special Finance v Bank of New York, 2010), the Hong Kong Standing Committee on Company Law Reform, and leading textbooks.

In 2015, he was appointed to the Professional Working Group advising the HKMA (Hong Kong Monetary Authority) on policies to position Hong Kong as a leading Corporate Treasury Centre. The new CTC Policy became law in May 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 where the recognition of Hong Kong liquidators appointed under Hong Kong’s voluntary liquidation regime was being disputed.

Kingsley also serves as an External Examiner at HKIB (Hong Kong Institute of Bankers), the Secretary-General of APSA (, a Senior Fellow of The Chinese University of Hong Kong CFRED, an Editorial Board Member of Lexis Nexis, and a Member of the Hong Kong Law Society’s Islamic Finance Working Group.

Specialised Areas: Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate Restructuring/Insolvency, Derivatives, Notarial Law & Practice, Securitisation, Structured Finance, Securities Regulation.

Selected Publications:

Refereed journal articles

  • A Comparative Study of the Fundamental Elements of Chinese and English Company Law” (1999) 48 International and Comparative Law Quarterly 88.
  • The ISDA Master Agreement: Insolvency Stalemate and Endgame Solutions for Hong Kong Liquidators” (2010) 40 Hong Kong Law Journal 337.
  • The influence of public law on the development of China securitization” (2015) 10 Capital Markets Law Journal 329.
  • From ISDA to NAFMII: Insolvency Stalemate and PRC Bankruptcy Jurisprudence” (2013) 8 Capital Markets Law Journal 77.
  • Repos and Securities Lending: the accounting arbitrage and their role in the global financial crisis” (2011) 6 Capital Markets Law Journal 92.
  • Disqualification of Directors: A Faulty Regime?” (1998) 19 Company Lawyer 7. 

Book chapter

  • Chitty on Contracts: Hong Kong Specific Contracts (5th Edition)”, Sweet & Maxwell, October 2016.
  • The Hong Kong Companies Ordinance (Cap. 622): Commentary & Annotations (3rd Edition)”, Sweet & Maxwell, October 2016.
  • The Hong Kong Companies Ordinance (Cap. 622): Commentary & Annotations (2nd Edition)”, Sweet & Maxwell, November 2015.
  • The Hong Kong Companies Ordinance (Cap. 622): Commentary & Annotations (1st Edition)”, Sweet & Maxwell, June 2014.
  • Hong Kong International Securities Law and Regulation”, International Securities Law and Regulation (Edited by D. Campbell, 2013, 2nd Edition, Juris Publishing).