Michael Lok

Michael is one of the most sought-after junior barristers in town. He is no doubt a guru of company law matters. On top of his superb legal skills, he always keep the client’s commercial objectives in mind and is always able to identify the best possible strategy to serve those objectives.


Michael Lok is a member of the Hong Kong Bar, and practises from Des Voeux Chambers as Barrister and Arbitrator.   

Michael Lok’s practice spans all areas of commercial litigation and arbitration as well as public and administrative proceedings.  On the commercial front, Michael particularly focuses on bankruptcy, company and insolvency, regularly acting for financial and banking institutions, listed companies and professional clients.  Michael is also experienced in land/property disputes (having acted for e.g. developers as well as the Government).  Michael also provides expert opinion on Hong Kong law for listing applications as well as for non-HK proceedings (e.g. in the Shanghai Court and the Singapore Court).

In the public sphere, Michael has advised/appeared for a number of public bodies and government departments, in judicial review and related proceedings as well as death inquests before the Coroner’s Court. Michael has appeared for multiple times in the Court of Final Appeal as well as the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

In addition to the Hong Kong Bar, Michael is one of the first batches of Hong Kong barristers to have passed the Greater Bay Area Legal Professional Examination.  Michael is also granted rights of audience in the Astana International Financial Centre Court as well as a Registered Foreign Lawyer of the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC).

Michael regularly advises on/participates in arbitration proceedings (including HKIAC and ICC).  Michael has been appointed to HKIAC’s List of Arbitrators.

Michael has also been appointed by the Chief Justice to sit as a Deputy Judicial Officer at the Labour Tribunal and the Small Claims Tribunal, for multiple periods between 2019 to 2023.

Michael sits on the Hong Kong Bar Association’s Committee on Arbitration, one of the specialist practice area committees of the Hong Kong Bar, and is responsible for, amongst others, representing the Hong Kong Bar at international arbitration events and conferences.  Michael has also delivered multiple lectures and talks on arbitration-related matters, such as the 8th Lujiazia Legal Forum, delivering a lecture entitled “Internationalization of Legal Services: Cross-Border Arbitration in Hong Kong”, and delivering a speech at the Renmin University’s ‘International Disputes Resolution Along “Belt and Road” Initiative’.

Michael has also been appointed as a Non-Clinical Lecturer as well as Examiner of the University of Hong Kong’s Department of Law (LLB) and Department of Professional and Legal Education (PCLL).

Michael has appeared as Counsel in:-

  • Company/commercial proceedings in respect of/relating to e.g. Suning International Group Co., Limited (苏宁国际集团); Fantasia Investment Holdings (花样年集团); Dangdai International Investments Ltd (当代国际);Hsin Chong Construction Company Ltd (新昌营造建筑); China Properties Group Ltd; Target Insurance Co Ltd (泰加保险); GTI Holdings Ltd (共享集團): China Greenfresh Group Co, Ltd (中绿集团); Lamtex Holdings Ltd (朗华国际); Anxin-China Holdings Ltd (中國安芯控股); Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange Ltd (香港商品交易所); Madison Holdings Group Limited (麥迪森控股集團有限公司); National Arts Entertainment and Culture Group Ltd (国艺娱乐); Convoy Global Holdings Limited (康宏环球)
  • Banking/commercial proceedings representing e.g. Allahabad Bank; Bank of Baroda; Citibank, N.A.; CNCB (Hong Kong) Investment Limited; Credit Suisse AG, Hong Kong; CTBC Bank Co., Ltd; DBS Bank (Hong Kong) Ltd; Export-Import Bank of India; Freeman Securities Ltd; HSBC; Habib Bank Zurich (Hong Kong) Ltd; ICICI Bank; SBM Bank (Mauritius) Ltd; The Bank of New York Mellon, London Branch; Union Bank of India; United Overseas Bank Ltd
  • Public/regulatory proceedings representing e.g. Chief Executive-in-Council; Secretary for Justice; Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs; Secretary for Development; Secretary for Security; Commissioner of Police; Director of Fire Services; Director of Immigration; Auxiliary Medical Service; Buildings Authority; Environmental Protection Department; Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data; Securities and Futures Commission
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