Simon Hawkins

  • Partner
  • Esimon.hawkins@lw.com
  • 18th Floor, One Exchange Square
  • 8 Connaught Place, Central
  • Hong Kong
  • T +852.2912.2733
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Profile

Simon Hawkins is a partner in the Hong Kong office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Corporate Department and Financial Institutions Group. Mr. Hawkins serves a leading role in handling the firm's non-contentious financial regulatory work in Asia and is Co-Chair of the firm’s Global Digital Assets & Web3 Practice.

Mr. Hawkins advises clients on financial regulation, including licensing matters, prime brokerage arrangements, securities dealing, financial market regulations, intermediary and distribution arrangements, product development and structuring, and fintech. Mr. Hawkins also advises on the regulatory aspects of capital markets and M&A deals involving financial institutions, and he has particular experience in structuring and negotiating bancassurance arrangements.

Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Hawkins worked in the London, Shanghai, and Hong Kong offices of a leading international law firm.

Experience

Mr. Hawkins' experience includes advising:

  • A global asset manager specializing in alternative investment strategies in connection with the establishment of its distressed debt trading platform in Hong Kong
  • A private bank in Singapore on the establishment of its bespoke investments business platform for its Hong Kong private banking business 
  • A leading investment bank in connection with the establishment of its Hong Kong Stock Exchange designated specialist program
  • A leading investment bank on Asia Pacific regulatory considerations relating to the Asia Pacific launch of its investible indices product
  • A leading investment bank on its acquisition of a minority stake in a Hong Kong based fintech company
  • A leading investment bank on the design and launch of its Liquidity Investment Solutions platform (part of the Global Liquidity and Cash Management business) in Hong Kong
  • A leading blockchain software technology company to create Singapore’s first licensed tokenized securities trading platform, 1 Exchange 
  • A Hong Kong-headquartered global capital markets and investment group on the establishment of a tokenized securities exchange in Singapore
  • A leading Chinese tech giant in connection with its subsidiary company’s successful application to the HKMA for a virtual banking licence
  • A leading crypto platform in South Korea, on international aspects of its global initial coin offering
  • A blockchain platform on Hong Kong, PRC, Singapore, and Korean regulatory and securities law aspects of its offering of Stacks Tokens, conducted via the first ever SEC-approved Reg A+ offering of cryptographic tokens

Thought Leadership

  • Hong Kong’s Listing Rules Amendments Relating to Bookbuilding and Placing Activities in ECM Transactions -  May 05, 2022
  • Hong Kong’s New Crypto Regulatory Framework to Facilitate Greater Institutional Participation -  February 04, 2022
  • Hong Kong Monetary Authority Consults on Stablecoin Regulation -  January 20, 2022
  • Singapore: MAS Issues Guidelines on Promoting Digital Payment Token Services  -  January 19, 2022
  • Crypto-Asset Trading Platforms: Another Regulatory Trip Around the World  -  November 11, 2021
  • BIS Issues Consultation on Stablecoin Regulation -  October 19, 2021
  • ESG in Asset Management: A Global Perspective -  October 01, 2021
  • Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT) Resources -  September 28, 2021
  • Hong Kong Confirms New Regulatory Licensing Regime for Virtual Asset Exchanges -  May 26, 2021
  • ESG and Cryptocurrency: Considerations for Market Participants -  April 12, 2021
  • Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission Publishes Consultation Paper on Bookbuilding, Placing Activities and Sponsor Coupling  -  March 05, 2021
  • Key Regulatory Developments in Hong Kong and Singapore: December 2020 -  January 07, 2021
  • Key Regulatory Developments in Hong Kong and Singapore: November 2020 -  December 09, 2020
  • Hong Kong Consults on a New Licensing Regime to Regulate Virtual Assets Exchanges  -  November 05, 2020
  • Hong Kong Fintech Week 2020: SFC Announces New Crypto Regulatory Regime for Virtual Asset Exchanges -  November 04, 2020
  • Hong Kong Fintech Week 2020: 3 Key Policy Initiatives of the HKMA -  November 03, 2020
  • A Map for the New World of Blockchain -  October 15, 2020
  • Key Regulatory Developments in Hong Kong and Singapore: September 2020  -  October 14, 2020
  • Crypto-Asset Trading Platforms: Another Regulatory Trip Around the World -  October 05, 2020
  • Hong Kong SFC Consults on Enhancements to Anti-Money Laundering Guideline -  October 02, 2020
  • Key Regulatory Developments in Hong Kong and Singapore: July 2020 -  August 13, 2020
  • Key Regulatory Developments in Hong Kong and Singapore: June 2020 -  July 07, 2020
  • Hong Kong SFC Refines OTC Derivatives Licensing Regime -  June 15, 2020
  • Hong Kong: HKMA Issues Report on Bank Culture -  June 05, 2020
  • Singapore: MAS Confirms Regulatory Approach for Derivative Contracts on Payment Tokens -  June 05, 2020
  • FSB Launches Consultation on Global Stablecoins -  April 29, 2020
  • HK SFC Reiterates Key Regulatory Obligations Amidst COVID-19 Market Volatility -  March 30, 2020
  • Chain Reaction: Blockchain Enters the Mainstream -  February 26, 2020
  • Singapore’s PSA Boosts Rapidly Evolving Payment Services Landscape -  January 31, 2020
  • World Economic Forum Launches CBDC Policy-Maker Toolkit -  January 29, 2020
  • Hong Kong FinTech Week: Day 1 in Review -  November 07, 2019
  • The G7 Draws a Line in the Sand for Global Stablecoins -  October 29, 2019
  • Cryptoasset Trading Platforms: A Regulatory Trip Around the World -  August 19, 2019
  • Crypto-Asset Trading Platforms: A Regulatory Trip around the World -  August 13, 2019
  • Singapore Proposes Regulatory Enhancement to Detect Market Abuse -  August 08, 2019
  • Hong Kong Regulators Consult on Enhancements to OTC Derivatives Regime  -  May 08, 2019
  • Hong Kong Moves Closer to Interest Rate Benchmark Reform -  April 03, 2019
  • Hong Kong’s SFC Issues Policy Statement on Security Token Offerings -  April 03, 2019
  • Recent SFC Enforcement Action: 5 Key Takeaways for Hong Kong IPO Sponsors  -  March 29, 2019
  • Hong Kong’s SFC Issues Significant Announcements on the Regulation of Virtual Assets -  November 06, 2018
  • Crypto Utopia -  July 17, 2018
  • ASIFMA Best Practices for Digital Asset Exchanges -  June 26, 2018
  • Global Developments on Best Execution -  May 03, 2018
  • Are Your Employees Trading Bitcoin? Addressing Cryptocurrencies in Compliance Policies -  April 13, 2018
  • Regulatory Sandboxes — a Global Stocktake -  November 13, 2017
  • SFC Obtains Disqualification and Court Orders Against Hanergy’s Former Directors  -  September 15, 2017
  • Coining It In: ICOs As the New Fundraising Paradigm? -  September 05, 2017

According to clients:

"His advice is well thought out, considered, and helpful”

“He understands very complex issues and is able to advise in a simple-to-follow manner"

Chambers Greater China 2022
Bar Qualification
  • England and Wales (Solicitor)
  • Hong Kong (Solicitor)
Education
  • LPC, BPP Law School, London, 2007
  • BA in Chinese & Asia Pacific Studies, University of Leeds, 2005
    joint honours
Industries
  • Financial Institutions
  • Fintech
Practices
  • Emerging Companies
  • Greater China Practice
  • Financial Regulatory
  • Payments & Emerging Financial Services
  • Technology Transactions
  • Capital Markets
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Banking
  • Investment Funds
  • Derivatives