Gerald Lam is an associate in the Government & Internal Investigations Practice Group in the Hong Kong office of Kirkland & Ellis.

He advises multinational clients on international risk related to cross-border investments and operations, including on anti-corruption, economic sanctions, anti-money laundering and financial fraud, with a special focus on the financial services, private equity, life sciences and TMT sectors.

Gerald has particular experience in global anti-corruption and compliance matters, and has conducted numerous cross-border FCPA investigations, compliance risk assessments and investment due diligence spanning multiple jurisdictions, including the U.S., Hong Kong, China, Australia, India, Japan, Korea, South East Asia and the Middle East. He has also defended corporations and individuals in government investigations (including those undertaken by the SFC and the HKMA), and has extensive experience in complex multi-jurisdictional litigation and arbitration disputes in Hong Kong in the areas of corporate fraud, shareholder disputes, and cross-border disputes.

He previously acted as legal and compliance counsel (on secondment) for a NY-listed multinational pharmaceutical company for two years, and advised the company on its operations in Asia.


Thought Leadership


Co-author, "INSIGHT: Hong Kong Financial Regulator Can Seize Devices, Access Accounts", Bloomberg Law (April 2020)

Co-author, "A Shift in U.S. FCPA Policy—Should Chinese Companies be Worried?" Bloomberg Law (June 2019)

Co-author, "Anti-corruption due diligence in cross-border transactions", Thomson Reuters (March 2019)

Co-author, “Heads or Tails?  Are Europe’s GDPR and China’s Cybersecurity Law Two Sides of the Same Coin?” China Business Law Journal (May 2018)

Co-author, “Hong Kong’s push to usher in a new era of ‘smart banking’”, Payments & Fintech Lawyer (November 2017)

Co-author, “FinTech and Regulatory Sandboxes in the UK, Hong Kong and Singapore”, Lexology (September 2017)

Co-author, “Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission's Consultation on Proposals to Reduce Hacking Risks in Internet Trading”, Lexology (August 2017)

Co-author, “Singapore’s Privacy Watchdog Proposes Changes to Personal Data Protection Act”, Lexology (August 2017)

Co-author, “New Chinese National Security Law brings further focus to global cybersecurity”, Lexology (July 2015)


William Blumenthal, Kayla Feld and Gerald Lam, “Competition Law in the US, Singapore and Hong Kong”, Hong Kong (April 2016)


Gold Award for Pro Bono and Community Service, The Law Society of Hong Kong, 2019

Honorable mention, Best Individual Oralist; Finalist for Best Team Orals, Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Vienna), 2010

The Chinese University of Hong Kong PCLL Distinguished Scholarship, 2010

Memberships & Affiliations

Member, The Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Committee Member, Young Solicitors’ Group, The Law Society of Hong Kong 

Chairman, McMaster Alumni Association Hong Kong


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2013Hong KongSolicitor


  • Cantonese
  • English
  • Mandarin


  • The Chinese University of Hong KongPCLL2011
  • The Chinese University of Hong KongJ.D.2010
  • McMaster UniversityB.A., Political ScienceHonors2006