Sherman Yan

Sherman Yan

Managing Partner, Head of Litigation & Dispute Resolution
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(852) 2107 0343


1991       LLB (Hons), University of London

1993       Law Society Finals, Manchester Metropolitan University

1999       LLM (Admiralty), University of Southampton



1995       Solicitor, Hong Kong

2009       Solicitor, England & Wales

2010       Notary Public

2011       Civil Celebrant of Marriages



Sherman Yan is the Managing Partner and Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution of ONC Lawyers. He has many years of experience in handling complex commercial disputes, especially shareholders’ disputes in listed companies including proxy fights, and regulatory issues under the Securities and Futures Ordinance.

Sherman has frequently acted for listed companies, their shareholders or directors and securities investors in dealing with inquiries and investigations by regulatory bodies such as the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited, and the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong. He is a member of the Civil Litigation Committee of the Law Society of Hong Kong with extensive experience in handling and reviewing new laws and regulations relating to litigation. He also speaks regularly on regulatory and compliance matters for professional bodies.


Professional Affiliations

·           Member, the Civil Litigation Committee of the Law Society of Hong Kong


Speaking Engagements

·           For the following organisations:

-       Hong Kong Institute of Directors

-       Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants

-       Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries

-       The Chamber of Hong Kong Listed Companies

-       Hong Kong Society of Chinese Auditors and Accountants


Overseas Speaking Engagements

·           Lloyd’s Maritime Academy, 2013, 2014

·           BIT’s 2nd Annual World Congress of Ocean, 2013

·           3rd Asia Maritime Law Conference, 2010   



·           Co-author, A Practical Guide to Resolving Shareholder Disputes - Second Edition, LexisNexis, September 2023

·           Co-author, A Practical Guide to Resolving Shareholder Disputes, LexisNexis, February 2021

·           Co-contributor, ‘Hong Kong Chapter’, Shareholder Activism & Engagement 2020, Lexology GTDT, May 2020

·           Contributor, Securities and Futures Ordinance (Cap.571): Commentary and Annotations, Sweet & Maxwell, December 2019

·           Contributor, Tort Law & Practice in Hong Kong, Sweet & Maxwell, November 2014

·           Contributor, ‘Logistics – Shipping’ (Volume 24), Hong Kong Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents, LexisNexis Hong Kong

·           Contributor, Hong Kong English-Chinese Legal Dictionary, LexisNexis Butterworths, September 2005


Featured Stories

Sherman Yan on Hong Kong’s business environment


A Practical Guide to Resolving Shareholder Disputes

Interview with the Author: A Practical Guide to Resolving Shareholder Disputes - First Edition

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