Kevin Warburton



Kevin Warburton is a Partner with a practice focusing on arbitration, litigation, regulatory investigations and inquiries, data privacy and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. Kevin is experienced in advising clients in Hong Kong and overseas, including private and listed companies, financial institutions, high net worth individuals, entrepreneurs and multinational organisations on the following:

  • arbitration proceedings in front of a wide range of arbitral institutions including the HKIAC, ICC, LCIA and other bodies;
  • commercial litigation in Hong Kong and the UK;
  • investigations in Hong Kong (SFC, ICAC) and overseas (UK SFO and FCA as well as various US agencies including the DOJ, OFAC and others);
  • matters regarding data privacy and cybersecurity, including in relation to compliance, data breaches and investigations/enforcement.

Kevin read Law at the University of Oxford and completed his LPC in London in 2007 before passing the OLQE in 2019 in Hong Kong. Prior to joining Tanner De Witt, Kevin worked in the disputes, investigations and privacy teams of a Magic Circle firm in their London and Hong Kong offices for 13 years.



  • Advised a Hong Kong-listed energy company in LCIA arbitration proceedings in relation to an indemnity claim for tax liabilities arising out of an acquisition.
  • Advised a large listed company in Hong Kong in respect of its status and involvement as an interested party in judicial review proceedings affecting one of its projects.
  • Acted for a Hong Kong based private equity manager and fund in parallel Hong Kong court and ICC arbitration proceedings arising from the disposal of a large overseas media licensing and manufacturing company.
  • Acted for a major European television and entertainment company in relation to the settlement of an HKIAC arbitration with a Chinese counterparty, including advising on related anti-money laundering issues.
  • Acted for an aviation and aeronautics company in relation to an ad hoc arbitration regarding certain financing arrangements.
  • Acted for a multinational engineering company in relation to series of LCIA arbitrations regarding various commercial agreements.
  • Acted for a client in respect of the successful defence of charges under the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance.
  • Advised a number of Hong Kong and overseas clients in interlocutory and substantive proceedings in the Hong Kong courts to recover funds defrauded from such clients in email phishing and other attacks.

Speaking experience

Kevin has written articles on important procedural and legal developments in relation to arbitration, litigation and regulatory investigations as well as articles on privacy law in Hong Kong and the implications for clients in the current climate. He has also written book chapters containing overviews of Hong Kong’s court and arbitral procedures, regulatory investigations landscape and class actions regime. He has delivered a number of seminars throughout Hong Kong, China, the wider APAC region and the UK on various litigation, arbitration, investigations and privacy-related topics.



  • HKIAC HK45
  • ICC Young Arbitrators Forum
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Hong Kong Data Protection Officers Club
  • PrivacyRules
  • The Oxford and Cambridge Society of Hong Kong
  • The Law Society of Hong Kong
  • The Law Society of England and Wales