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Dominic Wai

Dominic Wai

/ Partner
Direct Line
(852) 3906 9649
Email
dominic.wai@onc.hk

Additional Areas of Practice

Regulatory, Compliance & Internal Investigations

Criminal Litigation

Trade & Customs Litigation

Shareholders’ Dispute and Insolvency matters

Domestic and International Arbitration

Cybersecurity & Privacy Law matters


Education

1985        Professional Diploma in Business Studies (Banking) Hong Kong Polytechnic University

1994        LLB (Hons) City University of Hong Kong

1995        PCLL City University of Hong Kong


Admission

1997        Solicitor, Hong Kong

2011        Civil Celebrant of Marriages


Professional Activities & Organisations

Panel member to the Disciplinary Panel A of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA) 2017-2021


Publications

  • “Legal Shadow over Moonlighting”, an article on LinkedIn, 2018
  • “Minimising Corporate Liability: Advice from Outside Counsel”, a publication for IR Global and Association of Corporate Counsel, 2018
  • The Annotated Ordinances of Hong Kong – Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Ordinance (Cap 615), LexisNexis, 2018 reissue (annotator)
  • Article on practical guidance on GDPR, LexisNexis, 2018
  • “The Role of Company Secretaries and Directors in Anti-Money Laundering Compliance”, CSj, the journal of the Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries, June 2017 edition
  • “How to deal with the “3Cs” when they come knocking your door”, CSj, the journal of the Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries, January 2017 edition
  • “Directors Beware: Business Email Compromise - The Latest Fraud Scam Threatening Hong Kong Companies”, The 21st Century Director/The Hong Kong Institute of Directors, 2015
  • “Cybersecurity for the 21st Century Director”, The 21st Century Director/The Hong Kong Institute of Directors, 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • HKICPA, talk on dealing with the 3Cs, 2018
  • IHRM, talk on “Legal Shadow on Moonlighting”, 2018
  • Innoxcell Annual Symposium, panel speaker on GDPR and data privacy, 2018
  • Academy of Law, presentation on “Managing Data Breach”, 2018
  • LexisNexis, seminar on GDPR, 2018
  • HK Arts Development Council, presentation on “Legal Shadow on Moonlighting”, 2018

Overseas Speaking Engagements

  • Primerus APAC meeting, Singapore, presented on GDPR, 2019
  • Primerus APAC meeting, Sydney, presented on cybersecurity matters, 2018
  • US-ASEAN Business Council, presented on cybersecurity matters, 2014

Experience

Before joining the legal profession, Dominic has worked in the banking sector and as well as in the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

Dominic’s practice focuses on advising clients on matters relating to anti-corruption, white-collar crime, law enforcement, regulatory and compliance matters in Hong Kong, including advice on anti-money laundering. He also handles cases involving corporate litigation, shareholders’ disputes and insolvency matters, defamation cases, domestic and international arbitration cases, cybersecurity, data security and privacy law issues, competition law matters, e-Discovery and forensic investigation issues as well as property litigation. His expertise includes:

  • Advised Hong Kong listed, US multinational companies and money service operators (MSO) on anti-money laundering matters and practices.
  • Advised major international companies and Hong Kong listed companies on anti-corruption and bribery and other white-collar crime issues.
  • Advised and assisted clients on urgent asset freezing injunctions and liaising with law enforcement agencies concerning fraudulent fund transfers due to business email scams and hacked email systems.
  • Advised the joint and several liquidators of a liquidation matter for over 10 years with considerable recovery for the creditors over the years.
  • Advised a major broadcasting company on defamation issues, judicial review applications, investigation by regulators and shareholders’ dispute issues.

Dominic is currently a board member of a charity that provides a home service for sick children and their families. He is supportive and actively participating in the activities of the charity.


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