The Legal 500 2021 rankings are announced for Asia-Pacific


Tanner De Witt is proud to be recommended this year in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide 2021 for its four main practice areas; corporate and commercialemploymentrestructuring and insolvency and dispute resolution. Notably, partners Ian De WittRobin Darton and Kim Boreham are ranked in the Hall of Fame, while Pamela Mak is recognised as a Leading Individual. Sunny Hathiramani is listed as a next generation partner for our top tier Restructuring and Insolvency Practice.

Legal 500

Dispute resolution: litigation – ranked: tier 3

The team at Tanner De Witt provides ‘responsive, commercial, measured and sensible advice‘ on insolvency-related disputes, high-value commercial litigation, and complex shareholder disputes, among other areas. Mark SideJeff Lane and Pamela Mak lead the practice, in which insolvency law expert Robin Darton is a key name.

Leading Individual
Pamela Mak


‘Sound advice and a very collaborative team to work with. Great bunch of people and well respected in the market’.

Pamela Mak – very friendly and gives considered advice – clients love her’.

Robin Darton – has the respect of everyone in the market including silks – very, very reliable for giving solid common sense advice especially under pressure’.

Restructuring and insolvency – ranked: tier 1

Regularly referred work by international law firms and also benefiting from deeply entrenched relationships with local IPs and officeholders, independent domestic firm Tanner De Witt regularly advises creditors and debtors on purely Hong Kong-related matters, as well as on the local law issues associated with regional/international restructurings/insolvency. Co-headed by the ‘user-friendly and cost-conscious‘ Ian De Witt and Robin Darton, although the firm is also active in consensual out-of-court restructuring matters (including an increasing amount of restructuring work relating to Hong Kong-listed companies), it is undoubtedly best-known for its contentious insolvency advice, including work relating to fraud and asset tracing, and claims against auditors. Sunny Hathiramani is also recommended.

Hall of Fame
Ian De Witt
Robin Darton

Next Generation Partner
Sunny Hathiramani


‘The firm provides responsive, commercial, measured, and sensible advice.

‘Ian De Witt and Robin Darton are both top practitioners in insolvency and restructuring. They are user-friendly and costs conscious.

‘Ian De Witt is easy to work with and very strategic.

‘Robin Darton is highly technical and is able to handle the most complex projects.

Employment – ranked: tier 2

A well-established presence in the local market, independent Hong Kong-based firm Tanner De Witt picks up direct instructions from employers and employees, as well as receiving a considerable amount of law firm referral work, across a wide range of labour law matters, from employment handbook drafting and advice on severance packages, through to unfair dismissal claims/defences. Co-headed by Kim Boreham and Russell Bennett, the six-strong team has gained most acclaim in the market as a result of its work in the financial services space, including on employment-related disputes at the nexus with white-collar investigations/prosecutions. As part of her wide-ranging practice, Boreham has scored numerous high-profile successes for senior executives resisting attempts by former employers to invoke restrictive covenants and non-compete clauses.

Hall of Fame
Kim Boreham

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

Independent Hong Kong firm Tanner De Witt handles a broad range of corporate and commercial matters. Practice head Eddie Look focuses on acquisition of shares and businesses, private equity, structuring of companies and commercial documentation. Tim Drew, who jointly heads the team, is adept at handling M&A. Jan Willem Möller was promoted to partner.


‘The corporate Law department at Tanner De Witt consists of a robust team of lawyers with diverse backgrounds’.

‘The team has substantial expertise in facilitating cross-continental M&A deals’.

‘Tanner De Witt impressed me as a large law firm of very high international standard operating professionally and paying attention to every detail’.

‘Eddie Look is a lawyer with very well-balanced commercial knowledge and awareness, he highly efficient and readily available’.

‘Tim Drew is reliable, responsive and flexible’.

‘Tim Drew is an experienced corporate lawyer who adapts to the needs of the client’.

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