Johnathan Lai
Partner, Corporate Advisory Services

Office : RSM Hong Kong
Service : Corporate advisory
Sector :
About Johnathan

Johnathan obtained a Bachelor of Commerce (First-class Honors) (major in Accounting and Finance) from The Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. Johnathan was born in Hong Kong and educated in Canada. He is a Director with over nine years of corporate advisory experience. He specializes in forensic accounting and litigation support and his areas of expertise also include corporate restructuring, insolvency, financial review and due diligence.

He completed numerous civil and criminal litigation support and forensic assignments which relate to assets tracing, commercial fraud, employee fraud, FCPA, insurance claim, internal audit and shareholders disputes. His experience spans a wide range of industries, including accounting & auditing, electronics, I.T., manufacturing, power equipments, refinery and property development.

Johnathan’s notable assignments include supporting the audit negligence claims in a major corporate collapse in Hong Kong, conducting investigation for a dual-markets listed group and supporting the management in negotiating financial restatement under U.S. GAAP with its Big Four auditor and preparing expert report in relation to auditing and accounting issues for various civil and criminal cases in Hong Kong.

Johnathan also has extensive experience in assisting distress companies in restructuring and managing their orderly winding down. He participated in several large scale cross-border restructuring involving Hong Kong, Mainland China, South Korea, the U.S.A. and other overseas jurisdictions. His notable assignment includes leading the restructuring and disposal of assets in South Korea after a leading U.S. investment bank filing for Chapter 11 as a result of the financial tsunami.

Before joining RSM Hong Kong, Johnathan spent four years with one of the top U.S.-based consultancy firms in Hong Kong focusing on forensic accounting and litigation support.


  • Member, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
  • Certified in Financial Forensics and Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Member, CFA Institute
  • Member, Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP)
  • Member,  Restructuring and Insolvency Faculty (RIF), Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA)


  • Corporate advisory services
  • Forensic accounting
  • Litigation support
  • Corporate restructuring
  • Insolvency
  • Financial review and due diligence