Ian De Witt


The Global Legal Post: Commercial Litigation and Cross-border Enforcement in Hong Kong

This article was initially published by The Global Legal Post. 1 . What is the structure and organisation of local courts dealing with commercial claims? What are the main procedural rules governing commercial litigation? The Basic Law of Hong Kong (HKBL) is the constitutional document…Read More


Stay of Play: Winding-Up v. Arbitration (Again)

The recent Hong Kong Court of First Instance decision of Re Shandong Chenming Paper Holdings Limited marks another intersection between the public domain of insolvency and the private realm of arbitration.  In this and previous decisions, the Hong Kong courts have grappled with the issue…Read More


Will the Real Bondholder Please Stand Up? Unravelling the Locus Standi of Global Note Investors in Winding-Up Petitions

Introduction In a landmark decision issued in July, Re Leading Holdings Group Limited [2023] HKCFI 1770, the Hong Kong Courts addressed, for the first time, the right of an investor of a global note to present a winding-up petition as a contingent creditor. The Case…Read More


Recent Changes to Hong Kong Bankruptcy Laws; a win for creditors and the environment

The Government of Hong Kong continues its push towards favouring digitisation over using hardcopy documents.  The new changes to local bankruptcy laws allows: (1) electronic service of statutory demands; (2) using electronic bundles and skeletons for winding-up and bankruptcy applications; and (3) allowing electronic submission…Read More


Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific 2023 Recognizes Tanner De Witt

We are pleased to announce that Tanner De Witt has received recognition in the Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific Guide 2023 across five practice areas, including Insolvency, Commercial and Transactions, Family and Matrimonial, Private Client, and Labor and Employment.  Tanner De Witt has received the following awards: Tier…Read More


The Chambers and Partners Greater China Region 2023 rankings are announced

Tanner De Witt is delighted once again to be recognised by Chambers & Partners in their inaugural 2023 Greater China Region Guide for each of its main practice areas. Please see full results and editorial commentary below.   Corporate/M&A: Independent Hong Kong Firms (Band 2)Full ranking here. Tanner…Read More


The Legal 500 2023 rankings are announced for Asia-Pacific

Tanner De Witt is proud to again be recommended in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide 2023 for employment, restructuring and insolvency, dispute resolution, technology, media, telecommunications (TMT), commercial, corporate and M&A, private client and family. Legal 500’s Hall of Fame includes Partners Ian De Witt and Robin Darton, while Pamela Mak and Russell Bennett are…Read More


The Alternative to Class Action Litigation in Hong Kong

Class actions are not recognised by Hong Kong Courts, so, an individual’s right of action may not be as effective as it might otherwise be. It is for this reason that jurisdictions which do not recognise class actions often have a counterbalance in strong regulation…Read More


Service by NFT – Court serves defendants by ‘airdrop’ into digital wallet

BACKGROUND In D’Aloia v (1) Persons Unknown and (2) Binance Holdings Limited and others, the High Court of England and Wales granted the claimant permission to serve court proceedings on ‘persons unknown’ over blockchain, by way of non-fungible tokens (NFTs). NFTs NFTs are a relatively…Read More


Leading Firm – Asset Recovery – Asia Pacific

Tanner De Witt is the only leading Hong Kong law firm listed by Who’s Who Legal (WWL) Asia Pacific – GIR – Asset Recovery 2022! Jeff Lane, Ian De Witt, Robin Darton and Pamela Mak have once again been listed for the 2022 edition with Jeff Lane being the only onshore lawyer listed…Read More


Ian De Witt and Jeff Lane attend C5 Fraud, Asset Tracing and Recovery Miami

Restructuring and Insolvency Partner Ian De Witt and Fraud and Asset Tracing Partner Jeff Lane are in Florida for the 11th Edition of the C5 Fraud, Asset Tracing and Recovery Conference. Held in Miami, the conference gathered the full spectrum of professionals specialising in fraud,…Read More


Tanner De Witt is the only law firm listed in 2022 by Who’s Who Legal with Hong Kong qualified thought leading lawyers covering asset recovery and insolvency

Ian De Witt, Robin Darton and Jeff Lane are listed in the 2022 edition of Who’s Who Legal (WWL) as Global Thought Leaders in Restructuring & Insolvency and Asset Recovery. For Ian, WWL states, “Ian De Witt is considered a top name for commercial litigation…Read More