Insurance & Reinsurance
Simon is the Chair of the Asia Pacific Board, and a member of the firm’s Global Insurance Executive. Simon is recognised as a leading expert in the areas of complex financial lines disputes and insurance, insolvency, regulatory investigations and commercial litigation.
Simon has extensive expertise in acting for financial institutions, their directors and senior management and professionals in financial insurance, insolvency and litigation; which includes their cyber, regulatory investigations and employment needs.
Simon has a high profile in financial lines insurance, particularly in trade-credit cover, directors and officers claims, financial institutions blanket bond cover, professional indemnity and fraud cases. Simon regularly acts in cyber attacks, incident response, and breach coach roles. His practice extends across the Asia Pacific region.
Apart from shareholders disputes, fraud, accounting irregularities and bribery/corruption, Simon’s financial institutions practice incorporates regulatory investigations. He currently acts for a number of financial and securities industry clients in confidential regulatory matters in Hong Kong and regionally.
Simon's employment practice is employer orientated and often involves contentious, complex matters in the Hong Kong Courts relating to team moves, senior management issues, breaches of duty, confidentiality, and restrictive covenant enforcement. It also extends to corporate restructuring, redundancy, employment contract and company policies.
Simon is a Council Member of Law Society of Hong Kong.
Simon is also a committee member of Hong Kong Insurers Club. Simon is ranked in Chambers Greater China 2023 (and has been for over a decade) in Band 1 for contentious insurance lawyers. Chambers states: “Simon McConnell is a market-leading lawyer specialising in contentious financial lines insurance matters.” “Simon has extensive knowledge and experience of handling contentious matters in the US, which is quite a unique skill set.” according to one client, elaborating that “Simon is always responsive to all enquiries and provides the best advice.” Another client praise for Simon: “A recognised expert, and great to work with.”
Simon is ranked in Chambers Greater China 2023 (and has been for over a decade) in Band 1 for contentious insurance lawyers, is again named in Insurance in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2023 “Hall of Fame”, Who’s Who Legal – Global Leaders – Insurance and Reinsurance 2022 and 2023, and the National Leaders and Thought Leaders (Mainland China & Hong Kong) for Insurance and Reinsurance 2022.
In 2023, Simon was also ranked in the 2023 Insurance Business Global 100 list. The Insurance Business Global 100 celebrates “the best insurance professionals globally for 2023.” It is a prestigious list which features outstanding insurance professionals who are “making waves” in the global insurance industry.
Simon is also ranked and recommended in Legal 500 (2021) Dispute Resolution: Litigation, as the head of a "clear thinking" Litigation team.
Simon is praised for providing "very pragmatic service for local and multinational corporates across the spectrum of their employment needs, from day-to-day human resources requirements to critical global business change projects" (Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020: Hong Kong – Labour and Employment).
Financial Institutions, Directors, Regulatory Investigations and Cyber Experience
Restructuring & Insolvency Experience
Insurance & Reinsurance
Climate Change Risk Practice
Data Protection & Privacy
Employment, Pensions & Immigration
Insolvency & Reorganisation
Regulatory & Investigations