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Kingsley Ong, Partner

Kingsley Ong



English and Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien and Teochew)

Practice areas

  • Banking and finance
  • Commercial agreements
  • Corporate
  • Derivatives
  • Financial services
  • Financial services and markets regulation
  • International arbitration
  • Restructuring and insolvency

Practice notes


“Revered by clients for his ability to advise on complex financial structures.” – Chambers (2017)

Kingsley Ong is a Partner specialising in all types of Financing and Debt Restructuring (including related Arbitration and Dispute Resolution). He leads the firm’s DCM, Derivatives, Structured Finance, Securitisation, Restructuring and Insolvency practices in Asia.

Professional Qualifications: Notary Public (Hong Kong), FCIArb (Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators), FHKIArb (Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators), Solicitor (Hong Kong), Barrister and Solicitor-Advocate (England & Wales), Advocate & Solicitor (Singapore).

Ranked as a Leading Lawyer in 5 practice areas (Banking & Finance, Structured Finance, Securitisation, Derivatives, Restructuring/Insolvency) across 3 jurisdictions (China (Hong Kong), India, South Korea) by Chambers, he is the only lawyer in Asia to be recognised in all these categories and jurisdictions.

He actively acts on behalf of arrangers, borrowers, collateral managers, enhancement providers, finance leasing companies, investors, issuers, lenders, liquidators, liquidity providers, originators, rating agencies, servicers, sponsors, swap counterparties, trustees, and underwriters.

Kingsley is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Law Faculty of The University of Hong Kong. His published opinions have been cited as legal authority in the US Court (Lehman Brothers Special Finance vs Bank of New York, 2010), the Hong Kong Standing Committee on Company Law Reform, the Financial Stability Board (FSB), and leading textbooks.

In 2015, he was appointed to the Professional Working Group advising the HKMA (Hong Kong Monetary Authority) on policies to position Hong Kong as a leading Corporate Treasury Centre. The new CTC Policy became law in June 2016.

In May 2016, Kingsley served as a Hong Kong law Expert Witness before the US Bankruptcy Court (District of New Jersey), in connection with a landmark US litigation (Re Manley Toys Case No.16-15374) where the recognition of Hong Kong liquidators appointed under Hong Kong’s voluntary liquidation regime was being contested.

Kingsley also serves as the Secretary-General of APSA (, a Senior Fellow of CFRED at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, a Member of the Hong Kong Law Society’s Islamic Finance Working Group, an External Examiner for HKIB, and a Consulting Editor at Lexis Nexis. He is a regular speaker at conferences, seminars and trainings.

What others say: 

  • “The responsive Kingsley Ong has great expertise in the area.” - Legal 500 (2020)
  • "Kingsley Ong is noted for his work in securitisation. A client reports: 'He is very experienced, responsive and knowledgeable. But more importantly, he has developed a trusted partner-adviser relationship with us. He understands the Korean culture and the high demands of our Korean clients.'" - Chambers Asia Pacific (2020)
  • "Kingsley Ong is well regarded for handling both securitisation and derivatives mandates. 'Kingsley Ong is very good, especially for trade receivables securitisation,' says one client, adding: 'He is extremely familiar with market practice, which is invaluable. We rely on his judgement on all tricky and technical issues.'" - Chambers Asia Pacific (2020)
  • "Kingsley Ong maintains a broad practice and acts for liquidators, creditors and distressed companies on various restructuring and insolvency mandates. A client comments: 'Kingsley is very knowledgeable in his area of practice and has an acute commercial sense in helping clients resolve difficult issues.' He also gains praise for his Chinese language skills." - Chambers Asia Pacific (2020)
  • “An expert in the unwinding of complex financial instruments.” – Legal 500 (2019)
  • “Kingsley Ong is able to offer beyond what we expect from an ordinary insolvency lawyer – he always thinks a few steps ahead and presents real solutions.”  Chambers Asia Pacific (2015)
  • “He thinks out of the box, and by drawing on his deep expertise and knowledge base he is adept in solving problems in complex securitisation transactions. He is very well respected in the Asian securitisation industry.” Chambers Asia Pacific (2019)
  • “Kingsley Ong of Eversheds Sutherland has a solid reputation as quality counsel on derivatives and securitisation matters.” - Chambers Asia Pacific (2018)
  • “Head of department Kingsley Ong has a real blend of experience… He has a phenomenal client base among Mainland Chinese and the Cantonese community. That is what differentiates him from other professionals in the market.”  Chambers Asia Pacific (2018)
  • “Extremely knowledgeable... first port of call for transactions involving complex securities and financial instruments.” Legal 500 (2013)
  • “[Kingsley] Ong has top-tier finance capability.” Legal 500 (2012)
  • “Kingsley is a trusted advisor… It’s critical that his insight is embedded in our team.” IFLR 1000 (2012)
  • “Very unique and rare expertise.” Legal 500 (2012)
  • “Well-liked by our entire team, mainly for his strong level of knowledge, commercial sense and responsiveness.”  Chambers Asia Pacific (2013)
  • “[Kingsley] Ong’s clients, both longstanding and new, have praised his ability to handle the most sophisticated transactions on the market.” IFLR 1000 (2013)

Kingsley has published widely in leading refereed academic journals and reference books. His recent publications include:

  • General Editor, “The Hong Kong Companies Ordinance (Cap. 622): Commentary & Annotations” (1st - 6th Editions, 2014-2019), Sweet & Maxwell.
  • “Chitty on Contracts: Hong Kong Specific Contracts” (6th Edition, 2019), Sweet & Maxwell.
  • “The influence of public law on the development of China Securitisation”, (2015) Capital Markets Law Journal.
  • “From ISDA to NAFMII: Insolvency Stalemate and PRC Bankruptcy Jurisprudence”, (2013) Capital Markets Law Journal
  • “Repos & Securities Lending: The Accounting Arbitrage and its Role in the Global Financial Crisis”, (2011) Capital Markets Law Journal.
  • “The ISDA Master Agreement: Insolvency Stalemate and Endgame Solutions for Hong Kong Liquidators”, (2010) Hong Kong Law Journal.