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Jonathan Crompton

Jonathan Crompton helps clients navigate complex cross-border disputes, specialising in litigation and investigations involving the financial services industry.

Jonathan advises companies and individuals across industries on disputes and investigations involving their Asian operations. He advises clients in litigation before national Courts (with experience assisting clients before the Courts of Hong Kong, Mainland China, Thailand and England & Wales), in arbitrations (in particular under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules and the HKIAC Administered Arbitration Rules), and in direct settlement negotiations. He has a tactical, as well as legal, awareness of issues arising in Asian cross-border disputes.

Jonathan also has extensive experience representing licensed corporations and individuals in investigations by regulators (in particular the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission) into insider dealing, market misconduct, and other regulatory infractions.

In addition, Jonathan advises clients on the application of Hong Kong laws, such as the Securities and Futures Ordinance, the Employment Ordinance, and the Personal Data Privacy Ordinance, to their ongoing business operations.

Relevant work

Advised and represented Hong Kong-licensed asset managers in investigations by the Securities and Futures Commission into alleged misconduct including insider dealing/ market manipulation, breach of disclosure obligations under Part XV of the Securities and Futures Ordinance, and other breaches of the SFC's Code of Conduct

GE Transportation (Shenyang) Co., Ltd. v Lu Xinjiang - advised a China-based subsidiary of a global technology company on enforcing an arbitral award of approximately US$300m against a BVI-incorporated Chinese company and its PRC-based chairman

AR Evans Capital Partners Limited v Gen2 Partners Inc - advised and represented a Hong Kong-licensed asset manager and its Responsible Officers in a complex hedge fund start-up dispute involving three sets of proceedings before the Hong Kong High Court, including an action for breach of shareholders’ agreement, an unfair prejudice claim by minority shareholders, and an application to bring a derivative action on behalf of the company

Deutsche Bank AG and others v Asia Pacific Broadband Wireless Communications Inc. and another

Morgan Stanley Asia Limited v China Haisheng Juice Holdings Co., Ltd

Advised and represented the world’s premier golf course design company in a claim for breach of confidentiality and breach of contract by former Hong Kong and PRC-based employees

Directory quotes

Crompton has an ‘uncanny ability to grasp the case very early, continually proving himself to be extremely competent, with exemplary attention to detail.’ - Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2019