The Legal 500 2017 rankings are announced for Asia Pacific


Tanner De Witt is delighted to be recommended again this year in The Asia Pacific Legal 500 Guide 2017 for its four main practice areas; corporate and commercial, labour and employment, restructuring and insolvency and litigation and dispute resolution. We are proud to announce that along with recognised leading individuals Ian De Witt, Robin Darton and Kim Boreham, solicitor Sunny Hathiramani has been selected as a new generation lawyer for our top tier Restructuring and Insolvency Practice. The full rankings can be found here.

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Dispute resolution: litigation – ranked: tier 3

The practice at Tanner De Witt is led by Mark Side, who is acting for a high-net-worth individual in a professional negligence claim against an international bank. Jeff Lane is ‘a true market leader in fraud and asset recovery claims, with tremendous experience and local knowledge’. Lane is defending Yves Bouvier against a Russian billionaire accusing the client of defrauding him out of $500m. Pamela Mak is also a key contact.

Restructuring and insolvency – ranked: tier 1

An expert in the field of insolvency-related matters’, Tanner De Witt has a well-established practice and enjoys strong relationships with key insolvency practitioners; Robin Darton acted for the liquidators of OW Bunker in Hong Kong following the highly publicised collapse of the group. ‘All-round expertIan De Witt is noted for his ‘practical advice’; he recently assisted a well-known Hong Kong-based company with the winding up of several entities. Among other headline mandates, Darton represented Kaisa Group during the complex restructuring of its offshore debt amounting to over $2.5bn.

Employment – ranked: tier 2

Tanner De Witt handles complex and sensitive employment matters for a client base that is divided evenly between companies and employees. The team saw an uptick in discrimination-related claims in 2015 and 2016; in one recent case, Russell Bennett advised a listed company on pregnancy rights and discrimination in the context of termination of employment. Recent instructions on the employee side include Kim Boreham’s advice to a former CEO regarding a high-value separation package.

Corporate (including M&A) – ranked: tier 6

Independent Hong Kong firm Tanner De Witt has an impressive mix of multinational and Hong Kong-based clients. It benefits from an extensive referral work from overseas law firms and handles a range of corporate work that includes frequent advice on Hong Kong’s regulatory landscape. Tim Drew, Eddie Look and Edmond Leung are recommended.

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