Thomas S. T. So: Lawyer with Mayer Brown JSM

Thomas S. T. So

Hong Kong,  China
Phone+852 2843 4502

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Practice Areas

  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Banking & Finance
  • Derivatives & Structured Products
  • Corporate & Securities
  • Financial Institutions M&A
  • Financial Services Regulatory & Enforcement
  • Investment Management
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Banking & Finance Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Consumer Litigation & Class Actions
  • Contentious Insolvency
  • Electronic Discovery & Information Governance
  • International Arbitration
  • Logistics Dispute Resolution
  • Securities Litigation & Enforcement
  • Telecommunications
  • Private Investment Funds
  • Restructuring
  • Bankruptcy & Insolvency
  • Sports
  • Entertainment & Media
  • Technology
  • Media & Telecommunications
Contact InfoTelephone: +852 2843 4502
Fax: +852 2103 5057
EducationChina University of Political Science and Law (LL.B.); The College of Law, Guildford; The University of Hong Kong (LL.M.); Tsinghua University Beijing (Doctor of Laws)
Admitted1988, Hong Kong; 1991, England and Wales; 2009, PRC

•Arbitrator, Zhuhai Court of International Arbitration
•International Mediator & Arbitrator Panel, IIAM
•Approved Mediator, Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association
•Council Member, Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators
•Member, Administrative Appeals Board
•Arbitrator and Mediator, Panel of the Macau Arbitration Centre
•Arbitrator, Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Panel of Arbitrator
•Arbitrator, CIETAC
•fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
•Member, Court of Final Appeal Rules Committee
•Founding Arbitrator Member, Club Espanol del Arbitraje (China Chapter)
•Accredited Mediator and Arbitrator, Panel of HKIAC
•Accredited Mediator, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre
•Accredited Mediator, Hong Kong Mediation Centre
•Accredited Mediator and Arbitrator, Panel of the Law Society of Hong Kong
•Vice President and Council Member, The Law Society of Hong Kong
•Director, The Law Society of Hong Kong Publication Limited
•Arbitrator, Panel of Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration
•Arbitrator, Panel of South China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission / Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration
•Arbitrator, Panel of Shanghai International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission
•Arbitrator, Panel of Wei Hai Arbitration Commission

LanguagesEnglish; Cantonese; Mandarin

“So does a lot of China-related matters and disputes. Clients find him a good person to work with and very personable.”

Benchmark Asia Pacific (2014)
Thomas So is a partner of Mayer Brown JSM. He advises on shareholders- and equity-related disputes, property-related litigation, libel litigation and media-related litigation work, and litigation and arbitration in the PRC. He represents banks and financial institutions, property developers and corporations as well as Mainland China enterprises on securities- and equity-related disputes. He is dually qualified in both Hong Kong and Mainland China and provides legal support to clients and advise on cross-border dispute strategy in both jurisdictions.

Thomas has acted as Arbitrator and Mediator in shareholders and other disputes. He is on the Council of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators and on a number of panel of arbitrators in Asia. He has also acted as Deputy Judge at the District Court (18/11/2002-13/12/2002) and Temporary Deputy Registrar at the High Court (8/12/2003-10/1/2004). He is a China-Appointed Attesting Officer (appointed by the Ministry of Justice of PRC). He is currently the Vice President of the Law Society of Hong Kong.

Thomas was praised by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2010/2011 for providing sound knowledge and practical solutions to clients. Chambers Asia Pacific 2011 describes Thomas is instrumental in many cross-border cases. Thomas speaks English, Cantonese and Mandarin.


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PRC Laws No Excuse for Non-compliance with SFC Requests
Susanne J. Harris,John M. Hickin,Nicholas D. Hunsworth,Billy Y. C. Lam,Thomas S. T. So, June 11, 2014
On 23 May 2014, the Court of First Instance ordered Hong Kong accounting firm Ernst & Young (EY) to produce documents relating to a PRC company, Standard Water Limited (the "Company"), to the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC). The court rejected EY's argument that it did not...
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Thomas S. T. So

10 Chater Road, Central
Hong Kong 

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