'A total professional who understands the region well' - Chambers Asia-Pacific

Richard Sharpe is a partner in the Government & Internal Investigations Practice Group in the Hong Kong office of Kirkland & Ellis. He assists multinational clients with a variety of business-related criminal matters, including anti-bribery and corruption, anti-money laundering, international sanctions, cyber-crime and other cross-border investigations.

A Hong Kong-qualified solicitor, and an England and Wales barrister, Richard’s experience includes representing financial institutions and individuals under investigation by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority; Securities and Futures Commission; and the Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Corruption.

In addition, he has significant experience in complex civil litigation and arbitrations arising from fraud and other criminal misconduct, as well as obtaining supporting ancillary relief. He also advises global companies on investment-related international risk and the design and implementation of compliance programs.

Richard was a barrister in England and Wales for the first 11 years of practice, focusing on the prosecution and defence of complex business crime and civil asset recovery, before relocating to Hong Kong in 2013.

In a Chambers Global 2020 interview, clients describe Richard as “a total professional” who “understands the region well.” He advises global organisations on a range of compliance mandates including anti-corruption, anti-money laundering and trade controls.

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2020 named him as an “up and coming lawyer”: “Richard Sharpe receives praise for his ability to handle complex regulatory investigations and is singled out for his expert knowledge of the UK Bribery Act. Sources note that his experience acting in court as a barrister in the UK enables him to ‘appreciate the nuances of how the prosecutors will think’ and gives him ‘a great edge’. Clients refer to him as a ‘star performer,’ citing his ‘excellent advice’ and ‘strong work product’ as key strengths.” Clients describe him as “a good guy who is making an impact”, and note: “he knows what he is doing.”

Legal 500 Hong Kong 2018 names him as a “next generation lawyer”: “Richard Sharpe is qualified as a barrister in London and solicitor in Hong Kong, giving him a ‘unique perspective to analyze complex regulatory/white-collar issues’.”


Thought Leadership


Co-author, “INSIGHT: Hong Kong Financial Regulator Can Seize Devices, Access Accounts,” Bloomberg Law (April 27, 2020).

Co-author, “Hong Kong’s Corruption and Markets Regulators Have Signed a Collaboration Memorandum to Combat Financial Crime,” Hong Kong Lawyer (December 9, 2019).

Co-author, “Newly Released Draft Measures on Data Security Management Strengthen China’s Data Protection Framework,” Pratt's Privacy & Cybersecurity Law Report (November–December 2019).

Co-author, “Anti-corruption due diligence in cross-border transactions,” Thomson Reuters (March 19, 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 25, 2018).

Co-author to the “GIR guide to conducting regulatory investigations in Hong Kong” (2018).

Co-author to “Chambers & Partners guide to anti-bribery and corruption in Hong Kong” (2017).


“Up and Coming”, Corporate Investigations / Anti-corruption – China, Chambers Asia-Pacific (2019–2022) 

“Future Star”, White Collar Crime, Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific (2021–2022) 

“Dispute Resolution Star”, White Collar Crime, Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific (2019) 

Middle Temple Scholarships:

  • The Queen Mother Scholar 2002

  • The Hardwicke Exhibitioner 2002


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2014, Hong Kong, Solicitor
  • 2002, Admitted to Practice as a Barrister of England and Wales


  • Inns of Court School of LawBar Vocational Course2002
  • New College, University of OxfordM.A., Jurisprudence (Law Concentration) (Oxon)2000