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

Thomas S. T. So

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


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

Member, The Board of Inland Revenue

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

Thomas So is a familiar name in the market, specialising in PRC matters. His array of expertise encompasses shareholders' disputes and commercial arbitration, among others.

Chambers Asia Pacific (2013)

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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