Kevin Yam

Kevin Yam

Partner Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Kevin joined Kennedys as a Partner in the Hong Kong office in 2013. He qualified in Hong Kong in 2005 and was a trainee and then an associate at a market-leading disputes and regulatory team of an international law firm from 2002 to 2006. He then became an in-house legal counsel at a big four accounting firm in Hong Kong from 2006 to 2009. He re-joined the same international law firm as a senior associate from 2009 to 2013.

Kevin primarily represents financial sector entities, listed companies, professional services firms and their senior personnel.  His main specialisation is in advising clients on handling a wide range of investigations and proceedings instituted by financial and professional services regulators, as well as law enforcement agencies.  These include: (i) handling inquiries, investigations and proceedings against sponsors, underwriters and bookrunners in initial public offerings; (ii) handling investigations and proceedings relating to allegations of misconduct by financial sector entities and professionals, market misconduct, bribery and/or fraud; (iii) handling investigations into allegations of misconduct in the selling of investment products; and (iv) advising on anti-money laundering compliance issues.

In addition, Kevin is an experienced litigator.  His particular focus is on cases and crisis scenarios where an understanding of the wider financial regulatory and law enforcement environment is important, as well as where a strong appreciation of the wider political and publicity context is vital.   

Kevin Yam ‘gets what it takes to help business people and senior managers; he understands their perspectives, needs and risks.'

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018

Market recognition

  • A Recommended Lawyer for ‘Regulatory (Hong Kong)’
    “Kevin Yam is described as ‘a safe pair of hands and one of few trilingual experts in the contentious regulatory space’.”
    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017
  • A Recommended Lawyer for ‘Regulatory (Hong Kong)’
    “Kevin Yam ‘gets what it takes to help business people and senior managers; he understands their perspectives, needs and risks’.”
    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018
  • A Noted Practitioner for ‘Financial Services: Contentious Regulatory (International Firms) – China’
    Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific Guide 2018
  • A Recommended Lawyer for ‘Regulatory (Hong Kong)’
    "'Trilingual, expertly strategic and very experienced in dealing with difficult regulatory investigations', Kevin Yam…head up the team at Kennedys."
    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019
  • A Recognised Practitioner for 'Financial Services: Contentious Regulatory (International Firms) – China'
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2019

Work highlights

  • Acting for financial institutions or their senior personnel in high profile regulatory investigations and proceedings into the conduct of sponsors, underwriters and bookrunners in the context of initial public offerings on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong
  • Acting for a listed company director in a highly publicised joint Hong Kong law enforcement agency and financial regulator investigation
  • Advising a high profile member of listed company senior management in relation to a commission of inquiry that has been the subject of much political and media attention
  • Acting for certain directors of a listed company in a test case before the Market Misconduct Tribunal as regards the ambit of the requirement to disclose inside information in major transactions contexts
  • Representing a listed company chairman in court proceedings brought by the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission under section 214 of the Securities and Futures Ordinance
  • Representing a leading international private bank in its successful defence at trial of a structured products mis-selling claim brought by one of its former customers in Hong Kong
  • Advising a Hong Kong retail bank in relation to legal and regulatory issues arising from its selling of Lehman Brothers Minibonds and structured products to its customers
Market recognition
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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019