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Kingsley Ong, Partner

Kingsley Ong



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

Practice areas

  • Banking and finance
  • Corporate
  • Derivatives
  • Financial institutions
  • 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).

Kingsley is ranked by Chambers (2018) as a Leading Lawyer in FIVE practice areas [Banking & Finance, Structured Finance, Securitisation, Derivatives, Restructuring/Insolvency] across THREE jurisdictions [China (Hong Kong), India, South Korea]. 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 May 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.

What others say: 

  • "Working with Kingsley Ong is absolutely a pleasure. 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)
  • "He is proactive in seeking practical solutions in the most efficient way and does a good job in keeping other legal counsels in the same transaction updated on the progress and timeline for completion." – Chambers Asia Pacific (2019)
  • "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. I would wholeheartedly recommend him." – Chambers Asia Pacific (2019)
  • "Kingsley Ong of Eversheds Sutherland has a solid reputation as quality counsel on derivatives and securitisation matters. "Kingsley impresses with his knowledge, efficiency and down-to-earth approach. He’s able to think outside the box, someone I totally respect and recommend highly." He advised Fitch Ratings on its rating of a SGD223 million credit card securitisation originated by Diners Club Singapore and issued by DFS Asset Purchase Company." - 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)
  • “Kingsley Ong is very well known in the Asia Pacific market for his securitisation expertise and is regularly involved in many of the most significant transactions in the region.” – Legal 500 (2018)
  • “Stands out in particular in relation to his expertise in derivatives and structured finance.” – Chambers Asia Pacific (2016)
  • “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)
  • “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)

Under his stewardship:

  • “[Eversheds] advised on over 80% of all rated securitisation transactions in Asia across jurisdictions such as Hong Kong, India, Korea and Singapore.” – IFLR 1000 (2015)
  • Eversheds is shortlisted as a finalist for the award of “Insolvency and Restructuring Law Firm of the Year 2016” by Asian Legal Business (ALB)
  • Eversheds was named as “one of the leading international law firms for India work” in 2016 by India Business Law Journal.
  • Eversheds’ Derivatives practice became recognised as among Asia’s top 5 at the GlobalCapital Derivatives Week magazine’s “Asia-Pacific Law Firm of the Year 2014” Award.
  • Eversheds won the “China Business Law Journal Award 2014” for Restructuring and Insolvency.

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” (4th Edition, 2017), Sweet & Maxwell.
  • “Chitty on Contracts: Hong Kong Specific Contracts” (5th Edition, 2016), 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.

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.