Michael Szeto

Michael Szeto

/ Partner
Direct Line
3906 9645

Additional Areas of Practice

Arbitration & Mediation

Complex Commercial Disputes

Company & Shareholder Disputes

Corporate Fraud

Criminal Litigation

Debt Recovery

Regulatory Enforcement & Compliance


1997        LLB (Hons), City University of London, England

1998        PCLL, The University of Hong Kong


2000        Solicitor, Hong Kong

2018        Civil Celebrant of Marriages


Speaking engagements

  • CPD webinar on “Navigating your pressing Employment Law Issues in Economic Downturn”, September 2020
  • “Challenges in International Business”, Association of Corporate Counsel, September 2020
  • CPD webinar on “Navigating your pressing Employment Law Issues in Economic Downturn”, Aug 2020
  • CPD webinar on “COVID-19 Employment Law Special: What Every Employer and Employee Should Know”, May 2020
  • “Regulatory Actions and Investigation against Listed Companies and their Officers”, Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, May 2020
  • CPD webinar on “COVID-19 from an Employment Law Perspective – What Every Employer and Employee Should Know”, LexisNexis, April 2020 
  • “Practical Employment Issues arising out of COVID-19 Outbreak”, Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, March 2020
  • “Employer’s and Employee’s Rights, Duties and Obligations – COVID-19”, Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries, March 2020
  • “Overview of Important Legal Issues for HR Professionals”, Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management, January 2020
  • CPD seminar on “Tricky Issues in Hong Kong Employment Law”, July 2019
  • “Anti-corruption Enforcement and Compliance Update”, panel discussion moderator, Association of Corporate Counsel Asia-Pacific 2019 Annual Meeting, April 2019


Michael Szeto is a litigation partner of ONC Lawyers and heads the firm’s Employment practice. Prior to joining the firm, he had practised with various prominent law firms in Hong Kong. He has many years of experience in handling complex commercial dispute resolution, shareholders’ and joint venture disputes, bankruptcy and insolvency matters, debt recovery and mortgagee actions. He also routinely deals with regulatory actions and compliance matters under the Securities and Futures Ordinance, the Hong Kong listing rules and anti-money laundering laws and guidelines.

On the employment side, Michael often advises on various contentious and non-contentious employment matters, covering contract reviews, termination disputes, injunctive relief, discrimination and harassment claims, data privacy matters, as well as advice on matters relating to team moves, remuneration packages and employee incentive schemes. He is a frequent author of employment articles in industry publications and presenter to legal and human resource professionals.

Michael’s broad clientele includes listed companies, directors, shareholders, local and overseas banks, financial institutions, local and international corporations as well as statutory bodies.

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