FitzGerald welcomes IP partner in Hong Kong Office

01 Jun 2017

Hong Kong based international law firm FitzGerald Lawyers (FitzGerald) is proud to announce the addition of a new partner to our Hong Kong office.

Hans Lee is a chartered patent attorney (UK) and Hong Kong qualified lawyer, working extensively in patents, trademarks, copyright, designs and trade secrets.  He has particular experience in telecommunications, semiconductors, electronic devices, power tools, biotechnology, anti-counterfeiting technology and software. Hans will head the IP practice at FitzGerald.  


CEO fraud

10 May 2017

Cross-border financial crimes: the growth and evolution of "CEO fraud

Many victims of “CEO fraud” (otherwise known as “business email compromise”) are companies involved in cross-border businesses that routinely make international money transfers.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reports that:

  • Most of the victims are based in the U.S., but companies from over 100 other countries have been defrauded;
  • Although fraudulent transfers have been sent to over 79 different countries, most of the money is sent to banks in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Hong Kong (HK); and
  • The first 24 hours after the fraudulent transfer are critical.

The following 'Immediate Action Plan' outlines steps to 'freeze' accounts and recover funds...


Indemnity costs for unsuccessful challenge to an arbitration agreement

22 Jan 2016

The Hong Kong Court has clarified in a recent decision by Madam Justice Mimmie Chan in Chimbusco International Petroleum (Singapore) Limited v Fully Best Trading Limited [2015] HKEC 2573 that absent special circumstances, the costs to be borne in an unsuccessful challenge to an arbitration agreement should be ordered on an indemnity basis.