Mark Johnson

Debevoise & Plimpton

Mark Johnson is a partner in the firm’s Hong Kong office and a member of the International Dispute Resolution Group. His practice focuses on white collar/regulatory defense matters, cybersecurity matters and commercial litigation in Hong Kong and across Asia.

Mr. Johnson joined Debevoise in March 2015. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Johnson was a partner at a leading international firm in Hong Kong, where he oversaw the opening of the firm’s disputes practices in Singapore, Jakarta, Bangkok, Beijing, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo.

For more than 25 years in the region, Mr. Johnson has built a successful practice advising on shareholders’ and directors’ disputes, internal and regulatory investigations, commercial litigation and inquiries from a range of regulatory bodies, both in Asia and elsewhere. These include matters involving the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the Independent Commission Against Corruption. Much of his work is in the financial services and private wealth sectors.

Mr. Johnson has become one of Asia’s most respected and experienced litigators. Chambers Asia-Pacific (2019) ranks him as a Band 1 lawyer in China for financial services: contentious regulatory matters and as a leading lawyer for litigation. Clients praise his skill, saying that “complex regulatory matters in difficult jurisdictions are his sweet spot,” and he has “very strong judgement, creativity and excellent insight.” The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2019) lists Mr. Johnson as a leading individual for litigation, as well as for his regulatory practice. He is also recommended for his anti-corruption and compliance work. He is ranked for dispute resolution in Chambers Global (2019), with previous editions of the guide noting that he is “very, very knowledgeable,” while The Legal 500 Asia Pacific labels him an “Asia disputes doyen.” IFLR1000 (2019) also recommends Mr. Johnson for Financial Services Regulatory work.

Mr. Johnson holds a law degree from Bristol University. He is admitted to practice as a solicitor in Hong Kong and England & Wales.