Commercial litigator Pamela Mak was born in Hong Kong and studied law in Hong Kong, Australia and England.
Pamela qualified as a Hong Kong solicitor in 1998 and joined Tanner De Witt in 2003. In February 2010 she became a partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department. She is co-head of the China Practice Group.
Pamela focuses her practice on general commercial litigation with an emphasis on shareholders’ disputes, contentious probate, arbitrations, claims against banks for negligent investment advice/mis-selling, asset tracing, urgent injunction applications including Mareva injunctions and non-molestation injunctions.
She frequently acts for individuals in investigations conducted by the Securities and Future Commission (SFC), and the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) .
Pamela is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin and English. She spearheads Tanner De Witt’s Chinese language practice, ensuring that we continue to adapt to increased market activity in this area.
experience and key cases
- Acting for a high net worth individual who has suffered losses in the order of US$5 million to claim against his bank for negligent investment advice.
- Acting for a global private markets investment management firm to claim damages in the order of US$10 million and to apply for disclosure orders and anonymity orders against several major banks in Hong Kong to assist in the investigation of the flow of investment funds on a confidential basis before commencing legal proceedings.
- Acting for two UK plaintiffs seeking damages of more than HK$24.3 million against a Hong Kong company for breaches of duty as an agent, including failure to obtain the best prices available for products sold in the PRC and failing to disclose its interest in the PRC factory introduced by the agent to manufacture one of the plaintiff’s products.
- Acting for the only issue of a deceased in a contentious probate action against the surviving spouse of the deceased who had a large personal fortune. Concurrent legal proceedings are involved in the United States.
- Obtaining, implementing and defending Mareva injunctions
- Treatment of pension benefits upon members’ bankruptcy
Pamela is a key contact for dispute resolution and litigation in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 2018 guide which notes that she is ‘careful to avoid any unnecessary litigation’. The 2016 guide notes: “The highly regarded Pamela Mak’s recent cases include multi-jurisdiction probate proceedings and Sino-American telecoms sector disputes.“
Asia Pacific Legal 500 2015 notes: “Commercial litigation specialist Pamela Mak is ‘exceptionally enthusiastic, considerate and professional’.”
Asia Pacific Legal 500 2014 notes: “Independent Hong Kong firm Tanner De Witt has a dynamic practice thanks in part to the efforts of senior litigator Mark Side. The firm often represents senior executives and employees, including in breach of fiduciary duty cases. Fraud is another area of expertise for the department, which also includes Pamela Mak and Jonathan Gray.”
Asia Pacific Legal 500 2013 notes: “Tanner De Witt has a genuinely broad litigation practice, which has been handling a number of negligence and breach of fiduciary duty cases. The eminent Mark Side, Pamela Mak and insolvency expert Ian De Witt are key members of the team.”
- Member of Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)
- The Law Society of Hong Kong
- The International Chamber of Commerce – Hong Kong