Simon Hui

Fung (Simon) Hui

Partner
Baker & McKenzie LLP
Not admitted to practice law in this jurisdiction

Biography

Simon Hui leads the Firm's Investigations, Compliance & Ethics and Dispute Resolution team in Shanghai. With more than 25 years of practice experience, he has in-depth experience in handling dispute resolution as well as compliance/regulatory matters including anti-bribery/anti-corruption, unfair competition and supply chain management related risks and issues.

Simon is a skilled investigator and has conducted complex internal investigations for a large number of multinational companies across a range of industries. He also has experience in dealing with PRC judiciary bodies and regulators such as SPC, SAIC and SAFE. He assists various multinational companies with conducting due diligence, risk assessment and compliance system structuring, and provides training to their management and business teams on anti-corruption, anti-bribery and cybersecurity related issues.

He has been interviewed by leading business media such as the Financial Times for his work on assisting the SOE in the establishment of compliance system as the country pushes for its SOEs to participate in the Belt & Road Initiatives.

From 2016 to 2022, Simon was recognized as the "Tier 1 Leading Individual" in the field of Regulatory & Compliance and Dispute Resolution in China by Legal 500 for seven consecutive years. In 2022, Simon earned the recognition of the "Leading Individual" in Corporation Investigations/Anti-Corruption by Chambers Greater China. He has recently been awarded "Regulatory & Compliance Lawyer of the Year" in the 2022 China Law & Practice (CLP) Awards. Simon is also an arbitrator of the Shanghai Arbitration Commission and an arbitrator of the Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration (formerly known as the "South China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission" the "Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area International Arbitration Center" and the "Shenzhen Arbitration Commission").

Practice Focus

Simon's practice focuses on commercial and insurance litigation, international arbitration, and regulatory and compliance.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Acted as the lead regulatory compliance counsel for Volkswagen in relation to two major investments in China's electric vehicle market. He led the team to develop an effective compliance management program for the client.
  • Assisted a major multinational pharmaceutical company to conduct a large-scale anti-bribery/corruption internal investigation in respect of its business activities in China. Conducted interviews with employees, reviewed evidence and provide recommendations.
  • Assisted a US-based aircraft leasing company to repossess an aircraft against a delinquent Chinese freight carrier. Assisted the US leasing company to participate in a bankruptcy proceedings in the PRC to recover the outstanding rental hire and repossession costs and expenses totaling USD 20 million.
  • Assisted a Lloyds Syndicate in the handling of a multimillion pounds product liability claim against several animal feeds manufacturers in Hunan Province.
  • Assisted a Swiss manufacturer of fuel injection machinery in a CIETAC arbitration proceeding against a local purchaser.
  • Assisted an Italian glass manufacturing company in a CIETAC arbitration against a US supplier in respect of disputes arising out of a gas supplying agreement.
  • Assisted a US-based aircraft leasing company to repossess an aircraft against a delinquent Chinese freight carrier. Assisted the US leasing company to participate in a bankruptcy proceedings in the PRC to recover the outstanding rental hire and repossession costs and expenses totaling USD 20 million.
  • Represented an Egyptian travel company in a contract dispute with one leading Chinese travel agency which subsequently entered bankruptcy proceeding during the litigation proceeding; acted for this client (as the creditor) in the bankruptcy proceeding against the same Chinese company.
  • Advising a top UK-based insurance company on the acquisition of a top four P&C insurance company in China.
  • Advising a Europe-based Fortune 500 company on establishing a joint venture fund management company in China.

Professional Honors

  • Awarded "Regulatory & Compliance Lawyer of the Year" in China Law & Practice Awards 2022
  • Leading Lawyer: Regulatory & Compliance, China - Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2018 - 2022)
  • Leading Lawyer: Dispute Resolution, China - Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2016 - 2022)
  • Leading Lawyer: Corporation Investigations / Anti-Corruption - Chambers Greater China (2022)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Law Society of England & Wales - Member
  • Law Society of Hong Kong - Member
  • Shanghai Arbitration Commission - Arbitrator
  • Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration - Arbitrator

Admissions

  • England & Wales~United Kingdom (1999)
  • Hong Kong (1995)

Education

  • The University of Hong Kong (LL.M.) (1996)
  • College of Law, Chester (1993)
  • University of East Anglia (LL.B.) (1992)

Languages

  • English
  • Mandarin
  • Cantonese