Position Senior Advisor
Specialties Compliance and Regulatory matters (Anti-Money Laundering). International Commercial transactions.

01. About

Michael Lintern-Smith joined Leaf as a Senior Advisor and Director in 2023 to assist with the development of the firm outside of China.  Michael has been a solicitor in Hong Kong since 1982 and he continues to hold a practicing certificate as both a Solicitor and Notary Public in Hong Kong.  He has extensive experience with international clients and has guided them through the whole wave of inward investment into the PRC as well as their international development in South East Asia.  He has practiced law throughout the opening up of China and its development into an international power house.

He is a regular speaker at conferences on matters related to China business, Legal professional ethics and Legal practice.

In recent times, he has devoted his services to assisting clients in developing  Customer Due Diligence awareness and risk assessment plans and advising on international regulations with regard to Anti-Money Laundering legislation and  rules relating to Sanctions, Financial Restrictions and Anti-Proliferation.  He is well placed to advise as he has chaired the Anti-Money Laundering Committee of the Law Society of Hong Kong for the past twenty years.

He has sat on many governmental and professional groups and committees.  He is a Past President of the Law Society of Hong Kong and served for more than twenty years on its governing Council.

02. Education

Bachelor of Arts, University of London

03. Licenses & Certifications


Solicitor, England & Wales



Solicitor, Hong Kong



Notary Public


Roll of Honour:

Law Society of Hong Kong


Fellowship of the Hong Kong Chartered Governance Institute


Honorary Membership Confederation of Insurance Brokers


Member of Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce – former Head of European Committee


Member International Bar Association, Inter Pacific Bar Association, Hong Kong Institute of Directors, Hong Kong Institute of Non-Executive Directors