Robin Darton

31Mar2021

Tanner De Witt’s Restructuring and Insolvency team sweeps Who’s Who Legal’s 2021 rankings

Tanner De Witt’s Restructuring and Insolvency practice is listed in Who’s Who Legal’s 2021 Restructuring and Insolvency guide as one of three Leading Firms in the Asia-Pacific region. It is the sole firm in Hong Kong to have this accolade. Both Ian De Witt and…Read More

29Mar2021

Legal update: Presenting winding-up/bankruptcy petitions based on foreign judgment debts – Is registration required?

Can a foreign order or judgment be immediately enforced in Hong Kong?  Generally, the answer is no.  Depending on where the judgment comes from, either it must first pass registration under the Foreign Judgments (Reciprocal Enforcement) Ordinance, or if not caught by that ordinance, there…Read More

17Feb2021

An update on cross-border insolvency cooperation in Hong Kong: recognising and assisting foreign insolvency practitioners

A crucial aspect of cross-border insolvency cooperation is the recognition of foreign proceedings and providing assistance to foreign office holders. A helpful explanation of the purpose of recognition was provided by Lord Hoffman in Cambridge Gas:“[t]he purpose of recognition is to enable the foreign office…Read More

02Feb2021

Four things for directors to keep in mind when considering appointing liquidators

Handing over control of a company to strangers is a tough decision, but is one that is ever-present for a director facing the prospect of insolvency.   Ian De Witt and Troy Greig point to some high-level issues that any sensible director facing this scenario should…Read More

14Jan2021

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 commercial, employment, restructuring and insolvency and dispute resolution. Notably, partners Ian De Witt, Robin Darton and Kim Boreham are ranked in the Hall of Fame, while Pamela Mak is recognised…Read More

12Jan2021

Legal update: Bankrupt’s contact details are not ‘confidential’, ‘private’ or ‘privileged’

A bankrupt’s solicitors can be required to handover to the trustees in bankruptcy the bankrupt contact information, full details of last known whereabouts, and client trust account ledger records, pursuant to section 29 of the Bankruptcy Ordinance.  The successful deployment of the trustees examination powers…Read More

27Nov2020

Tanner De Witt recognised in Global Restructuring Review’s GRR100 2020 list

We are delighted to announce that Tanner De Witt’s award-winning, top tier Restructuring and Insolvency practice is once again listed in the Global Restructuring Review’s GRR100 2020 compilation of the world’s leading law firms for cross-border restructuring and insolvency matters. This year, we are the…Read More

26Nov2020

Robin Darton to speak at OffshoreAlert vGLOBAL 2020 conference

Restructuring and Insolvency Partner and Co-Head Robin Darton will speak on a panel at this year’s OffshoreAlert vGLOBAL conference, which will be held from 7 to 11 December. The vGLOBAL conference is a virtual event on intelligence and investigations for stakeholders in high-value, cross-border finance….Read More

18Sep2020

Asialaw 2021 rankings announced

Tanner De Witt is delighted to announce Asialaw’s 2021 rankings of domestic law firms which can be found here. All practices and lawyers have maintained their rankings from the previous year. Our 2021 awards are as follows: OutstandingLabour & EmploymentRestructuring and Insolvency Highly RecommendedCorporate and…Read More

20Aug2020

Ian De Witt and Robin Darton recognised as 2020 Lawdragon 500 Leading Global Restructuring and Insolvency Lawyers

The selection makes Tanner De Witt the only independent Hong Kong law firm represented amongst peers spanning the globe, with only 6 Hong Kong solicitors selected overall. As Lawdragon says, 2020 has, “…brought us an exigent set of challenges…it’s [a] can-do spirit, however, that these…Read More

04Jun2020

Liquidators do not require Court Approval for Litigation Funding Agreements

Re Patrick Cowley and Lui Yee Man, Joint and Several Liquidators of the Company, is another welcome decision of the Hong Kong Companies Court supporting third-party funding in the insolvency context, write Robin Darton of Tanner De Witt and James Wood, Barrister-at-law. Background On 27…Read More

19May2020

Another obiter judgment, what is the status of the “Lasmos” approach now?

On 12 September 2019, we discussed the importance of the Court of Appeal’s judgment in But Ka Chon v Interactive Brokers LLC[1] (“But Ka Chon”). In But Ka Chon, the Court of Appeal made obiter observations moderating the Lasmos approach[2] in that a debtor would not be able to simply deny a…Read More