Andrew Lee

Partner
“A very experienced Hong Kong lawyer with a highly diverse practice but a hands on and client-friendly approach.”

Andrew has been with Robertsons for over twenty years.  He is a partner in the Dispute Resolution Department and the Commercial Department as well as being a member of the firm’s management committee.

He has a wealth of experience in both commercial and criminal litigation.  He has been an advocate on numerous injunction applications and has also acted on a wide range of regulatory matters, most notably in investigations by the Securities and Futures Commission and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority.

Andrew also represents several Hong Kong main board listed companies, large insurance and banking clients as well as high net worth individuals as their general legal counsel.

Andrew was a member of the Standing Committee on Compliance of The Law Society of Hong Kong from 2011 to 2017.

Outside of the profession, Andrew was an External Examiner of the PCLL Course at The City University of Hong Kong from 2010-2016.

CASES


  • Acted for a major distributor of beverage products in Hong Kong in a case brought by the Customs Department of the Hong Kong Government involving dutiable commodities. This case remains the leading case on the Hong Kong Bill of Rights. After this case, it became established law that, whilst the prosecution does not have to prove knowledge in a strict liability offence, it will be a defence for the accused to prove, on balance of probability, that he had an honest and reasonable belief of compliance with the requisite legal requirements (HCMA000604/1994);
  • Leading a team advising three major banks in Hong Kong on investigations by The Hong Kong Monetary Authority and the Securities and Futures Commission concerning the alleged mis-selling of Lehman Brothers related investment products.
  • Leading a team to advise a Hong Kong main board listed company in the purchase of a renowned chain of regional coffee shops. Also advised the same company in the sale of the majority stake of the coffee shop chain to a PRC State Company.
  • Advising a Hong Kong main board listed company on its joint venture with a western restaurant chain to become the biggest western restaurant chain in Hong Kong (with over 40 restaurants) after the joint venture.
  • Advised a main board listed company in the sale of its shares by the major shareholder which led to the making of a general offer to shareholders under The Hong Kong Code on Takeovers and Mergers.
  • Leading a team to advise an Insurance Company (a joint venture between 5 renowned financial institutions) to proceed a claim against staffs misappropriating funds belonging to the company, which includes the taking out of a mavera injunction order to freeze the assets of the Defendants, and the taking out of Norwich Pharmical Discovery Orders to proceed with the tracing claim on the misappropriated funds, and successfully recovered part of the misappropriated funds.
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EXPERTISE


Speaks Cantonese and English

QUALIFICATIONS


  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of London, United Kingdom
  • Solicitor, Hong Kong (1990)
  • Solicitor, England & Wales (1991)
  • Solicitor, Canberra, Australia