Alexander Stock SC practises principally in the area of commercial litigation and arbitration. He is listed as a “leading silk” for commercial disputes in Hong Kong, in the 2021, 2022 and 2023 Editions of the Legal 500, Asia-Pacific. Recent editions describe him as a “calm advocate with excellent judgment, and quietly persuasive in court”; “unruffled in the face of difficult opposition”; working “very well as a team member … [and] extremely calm when under pressure”.
Alex’s commercial practice includes arbitration, banking, company law, insurance, professional negligence (auditors, solicitors, banks, brokers), and sale of goods. His regulatory experience extends to advising investment banks and others in relation to the Securities and Futures Ordinance, appearing before the Market Misconduct Tribunal, and cases involving the regulation and discipline of certified public accountants. Alex has acted for financial institutions on various cases regarding alleged mis-selling of investment products and derivative instruments, as well as unauthorised trading, letters of credit and issues arising from fraud claims. He has substantial experience of international arbitration, and challenges to arbitration awards before the Hong Kong courts.
Alex has also been instructed in numerous sets of judicial review proceedings, for both applicant and respondent, with an emphasis on town planning and matters relating to the Buildings Ordinance.
Commercial Leading counsel in a Hong Kong-based international arbitration regarding sale of a textile business (2021-2022)Autonomous Non-Commercial Organization “Organizing Committee of XXII Olympic Winter Games and XI Paralympic Games of 2014 in Sochi” v. Pico Projects (International) Ltd  2 HKLRD 246,  6 HKC 171,  5 HKLRD 754,  HKCA 1798 – common law enforcement of Russian judgment in Hong Kong, principle against enforcement of foreign revenue and penal laws But Ka Chon v. Interactive Brokers LLC  4 HKLRD 85,  5 HKC 238,  HKCA 873 - principles governing the exercise of insolvency jurisdiction where the disputed debt is subject to an arbitration agreement Securities & Regulation The Registrar of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants v. the Disciplinary Committee of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants  HKCFI 2553,  5 HKLRD 262Registrar of Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants v. X  3 HKLRD 541 (CA) Advising a leading financial institution in a regulatory investigation as part of a team of London and Hong Kong counsel (2017-2018) Professional Liability Acting for an auditor in a professional negligence claim in excess of USD500 million (2019 to 2022)Asia-Pac Infrastructure Development Limited v Shearman & Sterling, Herbert Smtih and others  HKCFI 1380 – trial of preliminary issue in professional negligence claim for over USD300 million (also  3 HKLRD 321 (CA)Topping Chance Development Ltd v. CCIF CPA Ltd  HKCA 478 – alleged audit negligence, reflective loss Jin Wei Cheng v. UBS AG HCA 632/2012China Man-Made Fibre Corporation v. Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC HCA 2756/2008 Formosa Taffeta Co Ltd v. Banque Indosuez  1 HKLRD 568 (CFI) Planning Hysan Development Co Ltd & Ors v. Town Planning Board (2016) 19 HKCFAR 372 (CFA),  1 HKLRD 865 (CA),  5 HKC 432 (CFI) Building Authority v. Appeal Tribunal (Buildings) (2015) 18 HKCFAR 317 (CFA),  1 HKLRD 716 (CA),  1 HKLRD 716 (CFI) Real Estate Developers Association of Hong Kong Limited v. Town Planning Board  2 HKC 327,  2 HKLRD 642 Public Law / Judicial Review Law Fei Shing v. The Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants HCMP 748/2015, 21 April 2016 (CA) Kwok Ping Sheung Walter v. Law Society of Hong Kong, HCAL 73/2013, Au J, 27 September 2013 Rowse v. Secretary for Civil Service  5 HKLRD 217 (CFI) Li Shiu To v. Cheung Pik Ng  1 HKLRD 42 (CA)Chinachem Charitable Foundation Limited v. Chan Chun Chuen  4 HKC 582 HKSAR v. Kong Hing Agency Ltd  2 HKLRD 461 (CA) (acted as amicus curiae)