Karen Lam

Managing Associate

Hong Kong

Karen Lam, a managing associate in Orrick’s Hong Kong office, is a member of the firm’s Litigation Group.

Karen has extensive experience in a broad range of business disputes, with a focus on complex commercial litigation. She regularly conducts litigation in the High Court of the Hong Kong SAR.

Karen also handles regulatory, FCPA, SFC and internal investigations, arbitration, employment and data privacy law issues. She is an accredited general mediator since 2012.

Her clients include private and listed companies, state-owned enterprises, multinationals and conglomerates in the financial services, insurance, electronics, energy, food and beverage, and pharmaceutical sectors.

Prior to joining Orrick, Karen was an associate at Sidley Austin in Hong Kong.

  • Commercial Litigation

    • Representing a state-owned enterprise to enforce a foreign judgement of MOP 359 million in the Hong Kong Court of First Instance.
    • Successfully representing a U.S.-listed manufacturer of photovoltaic products in its defence of Hong Kong High Court proceedings commenced by a purchaser alleging a failure to deliver products. The claim was dismissed with costs after trial, as were all subsequent appeals.
    • Representing a Hong Kong listed company in resisting vexatious proceedings brought in the Hong Kong Court of First Instance in connection with historic transactions alleged to have been based on the advice of an inadequately qualified expert.
    • Acting for various international financial institutions who have been the victim of fraud whereby stolen funds were remitted to Hong Kong. Taking action to freeze and trace the stolen funds, including ex parte urgent injunctions.
    • Acted for a subsidiary of an international electronics company and successfully obtained a Mareva Injunction against employees for funds up to US$6.6 million.
    • Acted for a German company discharging a Mareva Injunction for funds up to HK$6.9 million.
    • Acted and negotiated settlement for overseas clients in disputes over sales of goods (metals and cables) involving German, PRC and Hong Kong companies.
    • Successfully obtained Norwich Pharmacal orders against banks and third parties for their disclosure of documents.


    • Advising various local, offshore and large PRC funds on section 182 SFC investigations and section 183 production of documents notices.
    • Representing a Chinese oil and gas company conducting internal investigation and interviews of its senior management for suspected corruption activities in China.
    • Advising a U.S. foods exporter/supplier and several international/U.S. pharmaceutical companies conducting internal investigations for suspected corruption activities in the Asia-Pacific region.
    • Acting for a multinational banking corporation in a global monitorship programme.


    • Advising multinationals and local hedge funds on recruitments and/or exits of employees.
    • Representing insurance companies in claims of personal injuries, employees’ compensation, indemnity proceedings and property damage claims.
    • Representing a multinational company in the embezzlement of funds totalling US$6.6 million by its employee and third parties.