Monday, 14 October 2019, 18/F Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong

E-mail Tel: +44 203 780 4160


Kyle Wombolt

Herbert Smith Freehills

Kyle is regarded as one of the Asian market's leading white collar and regulatory lawyers. He has been described as "one of the cornerstones of investigations work in Asia" and "an exceptional lawyer".  Kyle has led investigations and compliance projects in more than 40 countries worldwide. He focuses on multi-jurisdictional corruption, money laundering, regulatory, fraud and accounting investigations, as well as trade and sanctions issues involving multinational and major regional corporates. 

K Lesli Ligorner

Morgan Lewis

K Lesli Ligorner has more than 20 years of experience serving clients on a wide range of labor and employment matters, with more than 10 of those years spent on the ground in China. She has been advising a broad range of financial services; telecommunications, media, and technology; life sciences; and general manufacturing clients on the full suite of employment issues in China, including involving hiring and termination, establishment and enforcement of company policies, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and local anticorruption compliance, and discrimination and harassment policies, training, and investigations.

Keynote Speaker

Thomas Atkinson

Executive Director, Enforcement, Securities and Futures Commission

Mr Thomas Atkinson is an Executive Director with responsibility for the Enforcement Division. That Division is responsible for the surveillance of the securities and futures markets to identify unacceptable conduct as well as for investigating statutory offences and breaches of the legislation enforced by the SFC. It also disciplines licensed persons and initiates prosecutions where appropriate.
Prior to joining the SFC, Mr Atkinson was Director of Enforcement at the Ontario Securities Commission, Canada. Before that he was President and CEO of Market Regulation Services Inc., previously a national regulator of equity trading in Canada, and from 1996 to 2001 he held progressively senior positions with the Toronto Stock Exchange.


Vena Cheng

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Gary Gao

Zhong Lun

Susanne Harris

Mayer Brown

Mark Johnson

Debevoise & Plimpton

Andrew Powner


James Wadham

Davis Polk & Wardwell

Pei Li Wong



8.30: Welcome coffee and registration

9.00: Chairs’ opening remarks

Kyle Wombolt, Herbert Smith Freehills 
K Lesli Ligorner, Morgan Lewis & Bockius

9.10: Keynote address

Thomas Atkinson, Executive Director, Securities and Futures Commission

9.30: Session one: A mock investigation: navigating technology transfer issues in multiple jurisdictions

This session will discuss a scenario concerning multijurisdictional accounting and technology transfer issues implicating China, Hong Kong and the US.

Matters our panel are expected to consider include:

  • Data privacy, data collection, and data transfer in the context of an investigation
  • The art of interviewing witnesses, and addressing witnesses with different cultural backgrounds -- is your approach driven by the ultimate enforcer you are going to deal with?
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Dealing with whistleblowers
  • Difficulties in employment law issues

Kyle Wombolt, Herbert Smith Freehills 
K Lesli Ligorner, Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Vena Cheng. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Gary Gao, Zhong Lun
Andrew Powner, Haldanes

10.45: Coffee break

11.15: Session two: GIR Live Question Time

A panel of leading names will discuss hot topics submitted by the audience and moderators in advance.

Kyle Wombolt, Herbert Smith Freehills 
K Lesli Ligorner, Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Susanne Harris, Mayer Brown
Mark Johnson, Debevoise & Plimpton
James Wadham, Davis Polk & Wardwell
Pei Li Wong, BDO

12.30: Chairs’ closing remarks

Kyle Wombolt, Herbert Smith Freehills 
K Lesli Ligorner, Morgan Lewis & Bockius

12.40: Networking Lunch

13.40: Close of conference


For further information or sponsorship opportunities, please call +44 203 780 4137 or email



18/F Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong


  • "Nice case study and interesting panelists." Lisa Brander, CLSA

  • "This conference featured highly experienced and well-informed panelists, who were all very engaged in the disussion of very relevants issues to this audience." Wendy Wysong, Clifford Chance


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