Press release: Tanner De Witt appoints Peter Spizzirri as Chief Operations Officer


Tanner De Witt announces with great pleasure the appointment of Peter Spizzirri as the firm’s first Chief Operations Officer. The appointment is effective from 12 August 2019.

Peter joins as part of Tanner De Witt’s continual growth. As one of Hong Kong’s largest independent law firms, Tanner De Witt is set to tip the scales at 100 employees in the next few months – an unprecedented number for the firm.

Peter Spizzirri, Chief Operations Officer

An operations and change management leader, Peter has led complex assignments and cross-functional teams in a number of industries in Hong Kong over the last 20 years. With extensive experience helping companies cope with growth and change, in both entrepreneurial and corporate settings, he has led teams in the execution of overall strategy.

Peter has spent the past decade in legal firms undergoing strategic expansion. Prior to joining Tanner De Witt, he held high profile positions as Practice Manager at a renowned maritime law firm and as General Manager for Asia at a similarly prestigious London-headquartered firm.

Peter is a longtime member of Hong Kong’s rugby community, having played for Hong Kong’s national team for more than a decade while also serving coaching appointments with the HK U16s and Women’s programmes. In 2016, Peter was inducted into the Hong Kong Rugby Union’s Hall of Fame. He holds a BS in General Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Ian De Witt, Partner and Co-Head of Insolvency and Restructuring at Tanner De Witt, said:

“On behalf of the Partners, we are pleased to welcome Peter Spizzirri to Tanner De Witt as the firm’s first Chief Operations Officer. Peter’s appointment comes after an extensive search, and he joins at an exciting time in the development of the firm. We look forward to working very closely with him in this new phase of the firm’s growth.”

On his appointment, Peter remarks “In 1999, Tanner De Witt was founded and I arrived in Hong Kong.  It is both fitting and exciting to bring that mutual experience of the past 20 years together and join this well-known Hong Kong brand in defining what the next 20 years will bring.”

About Tanner De Witt

Tanner De Witt is an established and recommended independent law firm in Hong Kong. Many of our lawyers have international law firm backgrounds and our firm and its lawyers receive top ratings from industry publications such as Chambers and Legal 500.

Tanner De Witt is an equal opportunities employer and strives to promote a culture of opportunity and success. Hong Kong enjoys a diversity of perspectives, history, culture and outlook; our team and client base reflect this.

The firm provides legal advice and representation in the following areas: Corporate and Commercial; Banking and Finance; Financial Services Regulatory; Litigation and Dispute Resolution; Insolvency and Restructuring; Employment; Immigration; Family and Private Client; Wills and Trusts; Hospitality including Liquor Licensing; White Collar Crime and Criminal.

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