Mark Johnson


Mark Johnson
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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 the Asia’s most respected and experienced litigators. Chambers Asia Pacific (2016) ranks him as a Band1 lawyer in China for litigation and financial services: contentious regulatory matters. The Legal 500 (2016) lists Mr. Johnson as a leading individual for dispute resolution and regulatory work in Hong Kong. He is ranked in Band 1 for Dispute Resolution in Chambers Global (2016), which states that he “continues to be a leading name in commercial litigation and contentious regulatory work in Hong Kong and the wider region,” while Legal 500 Asia Pacific labels him an “Asia disputes doyen”.

Mr. Johnson’s recent publications include “Singapore’s Chief Justice Clarifies Sentencing Guidelines For Private Sector Bribery,” Global Investigations Review (May, 2015).

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