Michael Kan is a Counsel in Dentons' Hong Kong office. Michael has led a diversified practice on both contentious and non-contentious sides, both in private practice and as in-house legal counsel at the Hong Kong Hospital Authority. Michael has particular experience in commercial disputes, contractual disputes, shareholders disputes, SFC investigations, fraud, corruption and bankruptcy/insolvency matters, as well as defending judicial review applications and advising on product liability/recall issues. Michael also has broad experience in all aspects of employment and labour law.

Michael formerly served as a solicitor in the Hong Kong offices of Hammonds, Kennedys and as in-house legal counsel at the Hospital Authority (Hong Kong).


Experience

  • Representing founders of a Chinese social networking website in HKIAC arbitration proceedings against investors claiming declaratory relief and damages arising from the investors' wrongful exercise of share repurchase right under the terms of the investment agreement.
  • Acting for a leading US wire and electricity and cable manufacturer in defending a claim of over USD 9.6 million brought by a Chinese copper company and pursuing a counterclaim against the same Chinese party in the sum of over USD 5.4 million in connection with a dispute relating to the performance of a contract signed between them in a SIAC arbitration seated in Singapore.
  • Representing a Chinese State-Owned Enterprise in successful defense of ICC arbitration brought by Iranian sub-contractor for breach of contract in relation to construction of two thermal power plants in Iran.
  • Representing PE fund manager in enforcement of put options.
  • Representing various foreign clients in recovery actions (including urgent Mareva injunctions) in Hong Kong for damages arising from email fraud.
  • Representing Chinese State-Owned bank in s21M HCO application for injunction against disposal of assets against Chinese guarantor of defaulting loan in Mainland China.
  • Representing Russian bank in s21M HCO application for injunction against disposal of assets and appointment of receivers in world-wide recovery action for defaulting loan, alleged to have been perpetrated by fraud.
  • Representing an international logistics company in defending a negligence claim in Hong Kong proceedings and settling on favorable terms.
  • Representing various creditors in successful execution of judgments and/or contested winding up proceedings in Hong Kong.
  • Representing an international electronics manufacturer in successfully resisting an application to set aside an arbitral award at first instance and on appeal in Hong Kong.
  • Representing two Hong Kong listed companies in SFC investigations and resumption of trading.
  • Representing European client in pursuing a specific performance claim in a R&D contract in CIETAC arbitration.
  • Representing Chinese SOE in defending breach of commodity contract claim in SIAC arbitration.
  • Representing Chinese SOE in successfully defending claim for breach of sub-contract relating to construction of two power plants in Iran in ICC arbitration.
  • Representing Chinese telecommunications product manufacturer in debt recovery claims in several HKIAC arbitrations.
  • Representing client in pursuing claim for recovery of pre-payment sum in a contract for the supply of solar power cells in HKIAC arbitration.
  • Representing client in a shareholders’ dispute and successfully obtaining a court order for the convening of an EGM to pass a resolution to replace a director pursuant to s114B of the Companies Ordinance (the case is one of the leading decisions in Hong Kong on the law relating to such applications).
  • Representing two Chinese creditors in court applications challenging the joint liquidators' non-admission of their claims in the total sum of circa US$200 million and seeking removal of the joint liquidators on grounds of bias.
  • Conducting FCPA due diligence review in relation to acquisition of a Japanese medical corporation group by MNC.
  • Conducting compliance review for a network infrastructure service provider in relation to its operations in Myanmar and Cambodia.

Activities and Affiliations

Memberships

  • Law Society of Hong Kong