Legal update: Privy Council’s decision in Sian Participation Corp (In Liquidation) v. Halimeda International Ltd – are we back to square one?

This note updates a series of Tanner De Witt articles on the interaction between dispute resolution clauses and the Court’s insolvency jurisdiction. The previous articles are: The update arises because of the widely reported Privy Council decision in Re Sian Participation Corp[1] that the English…Read More


Stop resisting! Solicitors must deliver up the client files of its former insolvent client to the liquidators.

In what can only be described as a regretful sequence of events, a firm of solicitors was ordered to pay indemnity costs for unreasonably refusing to deliver up its former client’s files to the liquidators where no lien was claimed.  Legal practitioners should bear in…Read More


A “one stop” recognition order requiring non-responsive third parties to comply

Given Hong Kong’s status as an international financial hub and the fact that more than 75% of the companies listed on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange are incorporated in either the Cayman Islands or in Bermuda (only around 11 percent are…Read More


The Legacy of Re Guy Lam Lives on

The landmark Court of Final Appeal (“CFA”) decision of Re Guy Lam[1] has generated numerous articles written by practitioners and academics on the interaction between exclusive jurisdiction clauses and the court’s jurisdiction to wind up or bankrupt a debtor.  Following the CFA’s decision, the Guy…Read More


5 Most Impactful Hong Kong Restructuring and Insolvency cases in 2023

2023 was a busy year for the restructuring and insolvency industry in Hong Kong. we had a ground breaking decision of the Court of Final Appeal (CFA) ruling on the conflict between dispute resolution clauses and the Court’s jurisdiction to wind-up/bankrupt a debtor. We also…Read More


Tanner De Witt is delighted that our law firm has achieved consistent recognition in Chambers and Partners Greater China Region Guide 2024

Tanner De Witt is delighted that our law firm has achieved consistent recognition in Chambers and Partners Greater China Region Guide 2024. We are honoured to have maintained top-notch rankings for an impressive 14-year stretch. Big congratulations to our exceptional team for earning this well-deserved recognition. Restructuring & Insolvency:…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


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


ChatGPT for lawyers – are we out of a job?

It is almost impossible to open a newspaper these days without being confronted by a dozen or so articles about Artificial Intelligence. OK , so I guess the reference to a ‘newspaper’ was the first clue to the fact that I may not be in the…Read More


Five Tanner De Witt partners once again ranked in the 2023 edition of Who’s Who Legal (WWL)

We are pleased to say that the firm is well represented in rankings published in the 2023 edition of Who’s Who Legal (WWL). in the fields of Restructuring and Insolvency; Asset Recovery; Labour and Employment; and Pensions and Benefits. Partners Ian De Witt, Robin Darton,…Read More


Veronica Chan awarded as “junior” woman under the age of 40 who is a name to watch in the future by GRR

Tanner De Witt is delighted to announce that one of our Partners, Veronica Chan, has been recognised as “junior” woman under the age of 40 who is a name to watch in the future by Global Restructuring Review. In a survey conducted by Global Restructuring…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