Martin joined the London office of the firm in November 2005 as a Partner in the Firm’s Corporate and Regulatory practice group; he then established the Hong Kong office in August 2006. Martin brings to the Firm market-leading capability in Hong Kong and Chinese insurance law and regulation. As an English solicitor, he also advises on English law matters and adds further strength to the Firm's international insurance practice.
The principal areas of Martin’s practice include mergers and acquisitions, regulation and compliance, and policy and contract drafting. He has advised for over 28 years in Hong Kong on the sale and purchase of insurance companies and intermediaries, insurance joint ventures and the transfer of general and long-term insurance business portfolios. He also advises on the establishment and regulation of insurance companies, insurance businesses (life and general) and insurance intermediaries and has worked closely with the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance on behalf of many insurance companies and intermediaries; he has assisted with investment-linked product authorisation with Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission; and has experience of start-ups and investments by insurance companies in China. Martin has also advised on and assisted with the sale and purchase of a variety of companies and businesses, as well as sale of goods, IT and other commercial contracts, trust structures and arrangements, tax and employment issues and the establishment of numerous retirement schemes and provident funds in Hong Kong.
Martin is noted in the current edition of the established legal directory Chambers & Partners Client's Guide to Asia's Leading Lawyers, where he appears in the highest ranking (Band 1) for Insurance: Non-contentious lawyers in Hong Kong. The directory describes Martin as "a full-time specialist in non-contentious work" and "extremely good at corporate insurance work". Martin has also been described as "an esteemed and towering presence with a well-defined focus in this area". Martin is listed in the current edition of the Legal Media Group Guides to the World's Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers. Additionally, he is listed in The International Who's Who of Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers 2013. The listings for all of these directories are based on independent research processes.