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Michael Yau, Partner

Michael Yau


Asia Head of Banking & Finance


English, Cantonese, Mandarin

Practice areas

  • Banking and finance
  • Commercial agreements
  • Crypto assets
  • Financial services

Practice notes

Michael is the Asia Head of Banking & Finance practice. His experience covers a broad range of banking and finance matters, including corporate lending, receivables and supply chain financing, securities and investment products, digital banking, cash management and payment services, derivatives and ISDA documentation, loans distribution and participation, banking regulation and compliance and various general banking matters.

He has also represented various banks in banking disputes, asset recovery, debt restructuring, receivership and liquidation and is familiar with security enforcement and insolvency issues encountered in the process (both contentious and non-contentious).

Michael has worked with many local and international banks on a diverse range of China-related finance matters, including cross-border lending and taking security, onshore and offshore collaboration financing structures and related foreign exchange control compliance.

He is also a frequent speaker in training workshops for bankers in both Hong Kong and overseas on various banking and finance topics.

Michael was recognised as a leading Banking & Finance lawyer by Chambers Asia 2013-2014 and Chambers Global 2013.

"Michael Yau is very experienced in trade finance; his advice on both contentious and non-contentious matters is prompt and practical." - Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2020)