The Legal 500 2020 rankings are announced for Asia-Pacific


Tanner De Witt is proud to once again be recommended this year in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide 2020 for its four main practice areas; corporate and commerciallabour and employmentrestructuring and insolvency and litigation and dispute resolution. Notably, partners Ian De WittRobin Darton and Kim Boreham have retained their leading individual ranking, while Sunny Hathiramani–promoted to partner in 2019–is recognised as a next generation partner for our top tier Restructuring and Insolvency Practice.

Legal 500

Dispute resolution: litigation – ranked: tier 3

Tanner De Witt’s ‘very user-friendly’ team provides ‘no-nonsense advice’, and is ‘very strong on shareholder and listed company disputes’. Other areas of instruction for the group include cyber fraud, contentious insolvency cases, and high-value commercial fraud matters. Mark Side stands out for his ‘fantastic knowledge’; he leads the team with Jeff Lane and Pamela Mak.

Testimonials – Litigation
‘A truly strong team comprising of high-class lawyers, very knowledgeable, very thorough and success-oriented.’

Restructuring and insolvency – ranked: tier 1

‘One of the top insolvency teams in the market’, the three-partner team at Tanner De Witt is highly in demand as a result of its ‘specialised experience combined with practical advice’. Best-known for its contentious prowess, the team receives a raft of mandates from insolvency practitioners (IPs), as well as referral work from international law firms to advise on the Hong Kong aspects of cross-border matters. ‘Two of the most prominent insolvency/restructuring lawyers in Hong Kong’, co-heads Ian De Witt and Robin Darton have ‘great all-round experience’, while recently promoted partner Sunny Hathiramani has a flourishing reputation at a more junior level across a range of insolvency and restructuring issues, in relation to both companies and individuals.

Testimonials – Restructuring
‘One of the top insolvency teams in the city, with a boutique setting making it more commercial and flexible than larger firms.’
‘Ian De Witt and Robin Darton are solid lawyers and creative problem solvers; they are interested in working with a broad array of firms worldwide.’
‘Ian De Witt is approachable, easy to work with and willing to listen to client’s needs.’

Employment – ranked: tier 2

Tanner De Witt has a ‘fantastic reputation’ representing senior executives and high-profile employees within the financial services sector, in cases related to non-compete clauses, discrimination, breaches of fiduciary duties, unpaid wages and severance payments. The ‘practical and pragmatic’ Kim Boreham provides ‘no-nonsense’ advice to employers and employees across a wide spread of advisory and contentious advice.

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

Eddie Look, Tim Drew and Edmond Leung jointly lead the Corporate and Commercial team, which is well-known among local businesses operating in the mid-tier segment of the Hong Kong market. It also acts for a significant number of multinational household-name entities. The multifaceted practice covers M&A, joint ventures, reorganisations, licensing and franchising arrangements, private equity transactions, and regulatory compliance, among other matters. Pàdraig Walsh is particularly knowledgeable about various subsets of the technology sector, including fintech, biotech, insurtech, edutech and cleantech. River Stone and Jan Willem Möller (who is dual-qualified to practise in the Netherlands and Hong Kong) are also recommended.

Testimonials – Corporate
‘Very professional lawyers, able to solve problems in a timely manner’.
‘Jan Möller has profound knowledge of Hong Kong law and he is able to solve our problems in a very short time’.

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