Rising Stars

Firms To Watch: Offshore law firms

'Superb' founding and managing partner William Hare spearheads the team at newly established firm Forbes Hare alongside 'excellent' Richard Baird and Fleur O’Driscoll, both of whom have demonstrable experience in high-end litigation and insolvency cases in BVI and Cayman Islands.

Offshore law firms in Hong Kong


Under the effective leadership of ‘solutions-oriented’ managing partner Paul Sephton, the ‘commercial, user-friendly and hardworking’ group of lawyers based in Harneys‘ Hong Kong office ‘continues to be at the head of the pack, in terms of service and breadth and the services offered’. Maggie Kwok heads the overarching transactional offering and continues to pick up considerable deal flow from Chinese fund managers which are appreciative of her strong language skills, knowledge of Mainland cultural and business intricacies and legal proficiency. On the regulatory front, BVI counsel Mirza Manraj provides ‘very user-friendly commercial advice’ across a range of issues, including in the context of the fintech space and regularly works alongside the funds team to provide regulatory advice pursuant to fund establishment and on ongoing operational issues. The ‘responsive and commercial’Raymond Ng takes the lead on the most significant corporate work handled by the team, regularly handling strategic and private equity-led M&A. Unsurprisingly, in light of the recent economic headwinds, the firm’s restructuring and litigation practices have been particularly active over the past 12 months, including handling company/IP side work and creditor mandates across a range of sectors, including real estate. Dedicated restructuring head Chai Ridgers excels in big-ticket cross-border mandates, including his recent high-profile engagement for the ad hoc group of bondholders’ in relation to the $22.7bn restructuring of China Evergrande’s offshore liabilities. The ‘responsive and dedicated’ Ian Mann was also involved in the aforementioned matter, a reflection of his strong overarching litigation skills which as well as contentious insolvency matters also regularly see him involved in shareholder and private client disputes. The ‘knowledgeable, responsive and approachable’ Julie Engwirda is noted for her insolvency and fund disputes prowess, while the ‘exceptional’ Paula Kay is praised for herstrategic nous’ across a range of commercial litigation, including on dissenting shareholder disputes.

Practice head(s):

Paul Sephton; Paula Kay; Maggie Kwok; Chai Ridgers

Other key lawyers:

Ian Mann; Raymond Ng; Julie Engwirda; Yucheng Fan; Alan Au; Mirza Manraj; Strachan Gray


Harneys is a very commercial, user-friendly and hardworking team who work hard to get transactions completed efficiently and effectively.’

‘Raymond Ng is responsive and commercial.’

‘Paul Sephton is pragmatic, approachable, and very solutions oriented.’

Key clients

China Evergrande Group

RiseSun Group of companies

Century Sunshine Group of companies

West Ridge Investment Company Limited

Seahawk China Dynamic Fund

Creditors of Three Arrows Capital

China CITIC Bank International Limited & CNBC

New Frontier Health Corporation

iKang Healthcare Group, Inc.


NaaS Technology Inc.

Ganfeng Lithium Group Co., Ltd.

NWS Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising the ad hoc group of bondholders’ in relation to the $22.7bn restructuring of China Evergrande’s offshore liabilities.
  • Acted for the creditors in liquidation proceedings against the Singapore-based cryptocurrency hedge fund Three Arrows Capital (3AC) which filed for bankruptcy in the BVI.
  • Acted as Cayman Islands counsel to NaaS Technology Inc., one of the biggest and fastest-growing Chinese electric vehicle service providers, in the merger between its predecessor RISE Education Cayman Ltd and Dada Auto Inc.

Maples Group

A well-established presence in Asia through its Hong Kong and Singapore offices and also noted for its collaborative approach with colleagues through its global network, Maples Group provides ‘responsive, commercial and knowledgeable’ advice on Cayman Isles and BVI laws across a broad range of transactional and litigation work. Under the guidance of Matt Roberts corporate and securities work has always been a strength and despite the relatively difficult economic conditions, the firm continues to pick up a high proportion of capital markets work. As well as Roberts himself, the ‘very knowledgeable and experienced’ Derrick Kan also excels in handling issuer HKSE-listed IPOs, both in the context of conventional issuances and SPAC matters. As well as advising on new money mandates, the firm has also been at the forefront of restructuring/insolvency work within the beleaguered Chinese real estate market, with leading litigator Nick Stern picking up both debtor and creditor roles in relation to the three Cayman Islands schemes of arrangement that were implemented by PRC real estate companies in 2022. Aisling Dwyer has also been involved in the aforementioned real estate-related insolvency matters leveraging her wide-ranging litigation skills that are also regularly brought to bear on high-profile shareholder disputes. Open and closed end funds, including hedge funds, private equity and venture capital, real estate and infrastructure funds. Other recommended practitioners include John Trehey, who heads up the overarching dispute resolution and insolvency group in Asia; the ‘fantastic’ Ann Ng for investment fund work; and Josie Ainley in relation to fund formation as well as subsequent downstream transactional work.

Practice head(s):

Ann Ng; Matt Roberts; John Trehey

Other key lawyers:

Derrick Kan; Aisling Dwyer; Nick Stern; Terence Ho; Josie Ainley; Lorraine Pao; Vivian Lee;  Jessica Zhan; Aidan O’Regan


Maples has a very well established and respected Cayman practice in Hong Kong.’

They are responsive, commercial and knowledgeable.’

‘They have good people, good contacts and connections back in the Cayman Islands. They also keep clients up to date with changing laws/rules in Hong Kong.’

Ann Ng is fantastic.’

Derrick Kan is very knowledgeable and experienced and understands well the finance transactions in which we frequently work together.’

Josie Ainsley is responsive and skilled.’

Key clients








Hesai Group

China Index Holdings Limited

Caravelle International Group

ECARX Holdings Inc.

YS Biopharma Co., Ltd.

Baijiayun Limited

Yunkang Group Limited


Giant Biogene Holding Co. Ltd

Weilong Delicious Global Holding

YH Entertainment Group

DPC Dash

Beisen Holding Limited

Plus Group Holdings Inc.

Auto Services Group Limited

U Power Limited

Rockpool Capital Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted as Cayman Islands counsel to Modern Land (China) Co., Ltd. on the successful restructuring of its US$1.34 billion bondholder debt.
  • Advised Baring Private Equity Asia (“BPEA”) on the launch of its eighth private equity fund, The Baring Asia Private Fund VIII (the “Fund”).
  • Acted as Cayman Islands and BVI legal counsel to ZTO Express (Cayman) Inc. (the “Issuer”) in connection with its issuance of US$1,000,000,000 1.5% convertible senior notes due 2027 (the “Notes”) convertible into American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”), each ADS representing one class A ordinary share of par value US$0.0001 each of the Issuer.


With a ‘deep bench of technically skilled lawyers’ at its disposal, many of which are ‘well-versed with the business dynamics and culture of PRC clients’, Walkers’ well-established Hong Kong team has the depth and breadth of resources to handle a tremendous volume and range of transactional and disputes work. The ‘extremely commercial, knowledgeable and responsiveAndy Randall leads from the front, combining his managing partner duties with a compelling corporate and finance practice that includes capital markets and asset finance expertise. The ‘pragmatic and user-friendly’ Kristen Kwok is also highly skilled at handling finance matters, including as it relates to structured finance and securitisation matters – where she is widely recognised as the go-to Cayman counsel for setting up offshore repackaging programmes for Chinese banks and securities firms. Investment funds work is also a core strength of the office across asset classes and geographies, with James Gaden, Denise Wong and Thomas Granger well-versed in hedge and private equity fund formation matters and pursuant transactional work. The team has maintained a strong deal flow in the space in spite of a retrenchment of US investors away from Chinese funds, picking up a slew of mandates including in relation to Japanese focused funds as investors re-allocate their capital flows. The ‘pragmatic and client friendly’ Tom Pugh is ‘knowledgeable in offshore insolvency work’, and brings well-rounded perspective both in relation to offshore and onshore matters for a range of creditor and debtor-side stakeholders across a range of cross-border insolvency and restructuring matters. Under the guidance of the ‘extremely knowledgeable and very responsive’ Colm Dawson, the firm also maintains a market-leading regulatory offering which spans the banking and investment management sectors, in particular.

Practice head(s):

Andy Randall

Other key lawyers:

James Gaden; Kristen Kwok; Tom Pugh; Denise Wong; Colette Wilkins KC; Thomas Granger; Mark Cummings; Rupen Shah; Colm Dawson; John Cartwright


‘They are well-versed with the business dynamics and culture of the PRC clients, their responsiveness makes them stand out from their peers. Their team is very approachable, easy to deal with, and are amendable to novel (and often complex) structure.’

‘Walkers are very technically skilled, with a large, deep bench of lawyers. They are always one of the top choices in Hong Kong for offshore lawyers.’

‘Andy Randall is extremely commercial, knowledgeable and responsive.’

Key clients

Bank of China


China Minsheng Banking Corp., Ltd.


CITIC Capital Holdings Limited

Goldman Sachs


Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

Standard Chartered Bank


Work highlights

  • Acted as Cayman Islands counsel to Trustar Capital on the establishment and launch of its fifth China buyout fund which has a hard-cap of $3.5bn.
  • Acted as BVI counsel to Swire Properties Limited in connection with its acquisition of the remaining 50% interests in Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li Chengdu from Sino-Ocean Group Holding Limited.
  • Acted as BVI counsel to Carlyle in connection with its acquisition of Shanghai-based HCP Packaging from funds affiliated with Baring Private Equity Asia.


Acting on its own, as well as collaborating closely alongside other key offshore offices, including Bermuda, BVI and the Cayman Islands, Appleby provides ‘very responsive, practical and cost-effective advice’ directly to clients as well as in a referral capacity across a wide range of transactional, regulatory and litigation matters. In his dual role as managing partner and corporate head, David Bulley has guided the firm through a challenging market, and has been very effective in picking up a considerable volume of distressed M&A for fund clients, as well as a number of key roles advising on the offshore aspects of Chinese real estate restructurings. One of many in the office with excellent language skills, the ‘proactive and commercial’ Judy Lee is ‘popular among Chinese clients’ on the offshore advice pursuant to both debt and equity capital markets matters. The ‘very approachable and technically sound’ Fiona Chan also has exceptional language skills which she harnesses to good effect across a range of banking and finance work. Other key transactional lawyers include Vincent Chan, who is ‘approachable and knowledgeable’ on M&A and IPO matters, and Chris Cheng, who provides ‘practical insights and advice’ on both international and HKSE listings. Eliot Simpson heads up the office’s litigation team and is noted, in particular, for shareholder and corporate disputes work as well as contentious insolvency matters. Richard Grasby heads up the office’s nascent private client offering and is ‘very strong on the technical points of both trusts and the regulatory issues’. 

Practice head(s):

David Bulley; Eliot Simpson; Richard Grasby

Other key lawyers:

Fiona Chan; Judy Lee; Marc Parrott; Vincent Chan; Chris Cheng; Crystal Au-Yeung; Ida Nylund; Grace Yeung


‘They provide very responsive, practical and cost-effective advice.’

‘Fiona Chan is highly recommended for banking work. Her Chinese language skills put her at an advantage against her competitors in offshore banking work where Chinese language is important. She is also very reliable and responsive.’

‘Vincent Chan is approachable and knowledgeable.’

‘Judy Lee is highly recommended for corporate work. Particular for her trilingual language ability.’

‘Fiona Chan is very approachable and technically sound.’

‘Chris Cheng offers practical insights and advice.’

‘Vincent Chan is very responsive and commercial in his approach.’

‘A lawyers’ lawyer, Richard Grasby is very strong on the technical points of both trusts and the regulatory issues.

Key clients

Black Spade Acquisition Co

China Fortune Land Development Co., Ltd.

Silver Crest Acquisition Corporation

Artisan Acquisition Corp

China Everbright Water Limited

Burke Porter Group, Ltd.

Citibank N.A. (Hong Kong Branch)

Vision Deal HK Acquisition Corp.

Xinyi Solar Holdings Limited

BC Technology Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Black Spade Acquisition Co on its proposed merger with VINFast by way of Cayman statutory merger.
  • Advised China Fortune Land Development Co., Ltd. on all offshore aspects of the restructuring including RSA and schemes of arrangement and novel issues which arose due to newly revised UK sanctions regime which impacted companies with bondholders who are “connected to Russia”.
  • Acted as Cayman counsel for Xinyi Solar Holdings Limited in relation to the proposed issue of the ordinary shares to be subscribed for and traded in RMB and the proposed listing of the RMB Ordinary Shares on the ChiNext Market of the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.


Campbells is noted for its ‘excellent’ disputes offering, which is ‘user-friendly and very knowledgeable about the legal issues and challenges arising from cross-border disputes between Hong Kong and all the Caribbean offshore jurisdictions’. Key to the firm’s success in the litigation arena is Shaun Folpp, who is ‘excellent to work with’ across a range of financial services, shareholder and trust disputes. In addition, Folpp also regularly secures engagements from office-holders in relation to contentious insolvency matters involving offshore entities. Drawing upon ‘detailed knowledge of Cayman/BVI laws, partnered with a lifelong learning of the Asian region’, Robert Searle has excellent credibility among fund managers, including in the impact investment space, where he provides ‘measured and capable’ advice on the establishment and restructuring of funds. Corporate partner Jenny Nip heads up the China practice and regularly acts as Cayman Islands counsel to Mainland issuers on HKSE IPOs.

Practice head(s):

Shaun Folpp; Jenny Nip

Other key lawyers:

Robert Searle; Jane Hale; Aleisha Brown; James McKeon


‘Campbells’ investment funds practice is very approachable, quick to respond and generally cost-effective for clients.’

‘Robert Searle’s detailed knowledge of Cayman/BVI laws, partnered with a lifelong learning of the Asian region, makes him an indispensable partner when working with offshore law in Asia.’

The disputes team in Hong Kong is excellent. They are user-friendly and very knowledgeable about the legal issues and challenges arising from cross-border disputes between Hong Kong and all the Caribbean offshore jurisdictions and can provide first-class support.’

‘Sean Folpp is excellent to work with. Great interpersonal skills and a great team player.’

Robert Searle leads the pack as the most experienced, measured and capable offshore lawyer in the Asia region.’

Key clients

Maso Capital

Oasis Capital


Pacific Andes Group

Alvarez & Marsal

New World Development Company Limited

The Wharf (Holdings) Limited

Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated

Agile Group

Sino Ocean Group

Akeso Inc

Sipai Health Technology Co Ltd

Pejia Medical Inc

Zhuhai Huafa Group Co Ltd

Fosun Group

Beauty Farm Medical Health Industry Inc

XD Inc

Minsheng Financial Leasing Limited

China Development Bank

Work highlights

  • Acted for a group of dissenters in 58.com, which is the largest litigation (by value) in the Cayman Islands to date under section 238 of the Companies Act (appraisal rights litigation).
  • Advised Tree Line Asset Management on the establishment of the sidepocket to deal with certain illiquid assets. The deal was complex due to the large value and also being asked to work under a compressed timeline.
  • Acted as BVI counsel to CMHI Finance (BVI) Co., Ltd on its issuance and listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange of $500m 4.00 per cent bonds.


‘Renowned for its familiarity with the financial and judicial environment in Hong Kong’, the ‘knowledgeable and responsive’ team at Conyers is consequently able to provide ‘practical solutions for clients to deal with matters involving the relevant offshore jurisdictions efficiently’. Under the astute leadership of the ‘very experienced’ Christopher Bickley the firm has gained most acclaim for its corporate and issuer side capital markets work, which was again underscored by Bickley’s recent representation of Chinese spirit maker’s JLD Group’s high-profile HK$5.3bn HKSE IPO. Richard Hall is also well regarded for corporate finance matters, as is Lilian Woo, who excels at handling global equity offerings. Mark Yeadon spearheads the office’s three-partner litigation offering that is particularly adept at handling cross-border family and shareholder disputes and restructuring. Within that group, Norman Hau is ‘very experienced in dealing with commercial and corporate disputes with PRC clients’, while Anna Lin has experience in working on complex and high-value share appraisal proceedings, directors liability disputes and professional negligence claims in various offshore jurisdictions. Consultant David Lamb also handles contentious corporate work as well as public company M&A.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Bickley; Piers Alexander; Mark Yeadon

Other key lawyers:

Richard Hall; Norman Hau; Lilian Woo; Mark Yeadon; Vivien Fung; David Lamb; Angie Chu; Wynne Lau; Anna Lin; Beverly Cheung; Ryan McConvey; Chris Page; Catherine Wong


‘The team is practical and very responsive.’

The team is well-established and renowned for its familiarity with the financial and judicial environment in Hong Kong, which enables them to give practical solutions for clients to deal with matters involving the relevant offshore jurisdictions efficiently.’

The Conyers team is knowledgeable and responsive, and covers a wide range of offshore jurisdictions and legal areas.’

Key clients

3D Medicines Inc.

Golden Wheel Tiandi Holdings Company Limited

Hopson Development

InnoCare Pharma Limited

JE Cleantech

Konew Fintech

Lee & Man

OrbusNeich Medical

Yuexiu Property Company Limited

ZJLD Group Inc

Work highlights

  • Advised ZJLD Group Inc., a Chinese spirit maker, in connection with its HK$5.3bn IPO on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited.
  • Advised biopharmaceutical 3D Medicines on its successful IPO on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange Limited raising approximately HK$408m.
  • Advised InnoCare on its pioneering red-chip listing on the Science and Technology Innovation Board of the Shanghai Stock Exchange, or SSE STAR Market in the PRC.

Mourant Ozannes

Drawing upon the expertise of lawyers across ‘a diverse background and with solid sector experience’, Mourant Ozannes provides ‘technically excellent, practical and commercially minded’ full service Cayman and BVI advice to clients throughout Asia Pacific. Funds-related work accounts for a sizeable proportion of the firm’s instructions and led by ‘outstanding’ managing partner Paul Christopher, the team excels at advising on fund formation, as well as subsequent downstream investments, including for a number of high-calibre private equity sponsors. Fund finance is also a core strength, with the  ‘incredibly responsive and technically excellent’ Danielle Roman regularly instructed by lenders providing a range of facilities to funds, including subscription facilities, NAVs and hybrids. In her role as local banking and finance head, Roman also regularly handles asset finance mandates, including as it relates to the Cayman Islands advice pursuant to the establishment of aviation leasing platforms. Simon Lawrenson is ‘responsive, helpful and commercial’, traits which he effectively deploys across a range of transactional work, including acquisition finance and DCM work, as well as in his role as head of the firm’s global banking offering. The firm is also adept at handling insolvency/restructuring matters, with the team’s offering in the space running the gamut from consensual restructurings and distressed transactional work, through to contentious insolvency matters. This work is overseen by Justine Lau who heads up a litigation team that also includes Michael Popkin, who is noted for his ability to ‘distil complex legal issues in simple terms and then to provide practical advice on the next steps’. Other recommended practitioners include Claire Fulton, who excels at handling special situations financings; Paul Trewartha, who has a focus on structured finance and capital markets work; and the ‘very hands on and responsive’ James Broad, whose funds experience also includes a growing volume of work in the virtual assets ecosystem.

Practice head(s):

Paul Christopher; Simon Lawrenson; Danielle Roman; Justine Lau

Other key lawyers:

Claire Fulton; Paul Trewartha; James Broad; Michael Popkin; Jessica Lee; Lily Miao


They have a top-notch fund finance team of professionals. They are consistently delivering the highest quality of service.’

They are consistently responsive, technically excellent, practical and commercially minded.’

They are technically very strong and have a real depth of experience on Cayman and BVI matters.’

Key clients

CVC Capital

AviLease Aviation Management Ireland Limited

Lawrence Ming

Cithara Global Multi Strategy SPC


Work highlights

  • Acted as Cayman Islands legal counsel to CVC Capital Partners on its privatisation of Razer Inc., a Hong Kong listed gaming company incorporated in the Cayman Islands.
  • Provided Cayman Islands law services and support to Natixis, Hong Kong Branch in respect of a hybrid facility extended by Natixis, Hong Kong Branch as lender to R-Bridge Healthcare Fund, L.P., a buyout fund managed by CBC Group, as borrower.
  • Advised AviLease on the establishment of its new commercial aircraft financing and leasing platform.


The ‘very capable, responsive and user-friendly’ team at Ogier has excellent traction in Greater China and throughout Asia Pacific, and provides ‘high-quality legal advice’ on the BVI and Cayman Island considerations to clients across a broad range of transactional and litigation work. Leveraging strong language skills and capability on the ground in Beijing and Shanghai, the firm is particularly effective at advising PRC clients across a range of corporate and securities work, including advice on ECM and DCM listings on the HKSE. In this context, the ‘commercial, proactive and responsive’ Nathan Powell has recently handled some liability management work for beleaguered PRC property issues, as well as handling a considerable volume of de-SPAC-related M&A activity. Able to read and speak Chinese, Anthony Oakes is well-placed to advise Chinese clients and provides ‘hands on, experienced and practical’ advice across a range of banking and finance mandates, including non-contentious corporate restructuring. Investment funds work remains the jewel in the firm’s crown, however, and under the guidance of the vastly experienced Nicholas Plowman, the office continues to advise Asian and international fund managers, including within the private equity and hedge fund space, across a range of fund formation, regulatory and investment matters. Kate Hodson is also well regarded within the asset management space and has a particular niche advising on Sustainable Investing and Impact funds. Drawing upon his ‘vast tactical and strategic insight’, Oliver Payne is well-positioned to provide Cayman Island and BVI litigation advice, including as it relates to winding-up proceedings and minority shareholder disputes. Of the more junior partners, David Nelson provides ‘knowledgeable, diligent and hands-on’ advice on take-private financing, acquisition financing and debt financing.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Plowman; Nathan Powell; Anthony Oakes; Oliver Payne; Kate Hodson

Other key lawyers:

David Nelson; Michael Snape; Justin Davis; Florence Chan; Cecilia Li; Lin Han; Rachel Huang; David Lin; Alan Wong; Yuki Yan; Grace Gao


‘Ogier provides high-quality offshore legal advice in a highly efficient manner.’

‘David Nelson is knowledgeable, diligent and hands-on.’

‘It is a very capable, responsive and user-friendly team.’

‘Oliver Payne is a hugely experienced litigator, with vast tactical and strategic insight.’ 

‘Nathan Powell is commercial, proactive and responsive.’

‘Anthony Oakes is hands-on, experienced and practical.’

‘Michael Snape is knowledgeable and savvy, with an excellent appreciation of how best to meet the demands of clients.’

‘Justin Davis has many years of Caribbean litigation under his belt, and is a very safe pair of hands for complex litigation.’

Key clients

DCP Capital


MedSci Healthcare Holdings Limited

Golden Heaven Group Holdings Ltd.

Partners Capital Investment Group, LLP

China South City Holdings

Provident Acquisition Corp.

Tianrui (International) Holding Company Ltd

Blue Safari Group Acquisition Corp.

FamilyMart China Holding Co., Ltd

Mars Acquisition Corp.

Meihao Medical Group Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • A cross-jurisdictional team from Ogier advised long-standing client Partners Capital on the redomiciliation of a $3.2bn Cayman fund to Luxembourg with support from the firm’s financing teams.
  • Acted as the Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands counsel to China South City Holdings Limited (China South City) on its successful consent solicitation in relation to five outstanding US dollar denominated bonds totalling approximately $1.5bn.
  • Acting as British Virgin Islands counsel for the joint liquidators of Tsinghua Unigroup International Co. and Unigroup International Holdings Ltd on the liquidation process, including as it relates to creditors meetings and investigations and has oversight of the HK and PRC proceedings.

Carey Olsen Hong Kong LLP

Carey Olsen Hong Kong LLP continues to gain traction in the market, with a number of notable recent hires raising the firm’s profile and providing it with enhanced resources with which to serve its client base. The litigation offering, which is led by the ‘responsive’ Jeremy Lightfoot has experienced most growth over the last 12 months, with the arrival in May 2023 of shareholder, corporate disputes and insolvency litigator Tim Haynes from Kobre & Kim, a particularly noteworthy hire. Praised for his ‘superb tactical sense and excellent client skills’, Matthew Watson, who joined from Bermuda firm Cox Hallett Wilkinson Limited, is also a notable hire in light of his growing reputation at handling complex trust and commercial litigation disputes. On the transactional front, the ‘responsive, committed and completely reliable’ Michael Padarin combines a thriving corporate practice with his duties as managing partner, while James Webb  ‘balances technical expertise with commercial awareness’ to provide a stellar service to clients, particularly in relation to fund finance work.

Practice head(s):

Michael Padarin; James Webb; Jeremy Lightfoot

Other key lawyers:

Tim Haynes; Matthew Watson; Tiffy Wan; Dhanshuklal Vekaria; Xia Li


‘The team is commercial and responsive.’

Michael Padarin is responsive, committed and completely reliable.’

Jeremy Lightfoot is responsive and easy to deal with.’

The exceptional James Webb is one of the leading offshore lawyers in the Asia fund finance market and balances technical expertise with commercial awareness and the ability to get a transaction across the line.’

The excellent Tim Haynes has a lot of experience in the offshore law, in particular shareholder and company disputes, as well as insolvency. He is not only very well versed in the law but also placed great emphasis on commercial and other business issues.’

Matthew Watson is very experienced in heavy trust and commercial litigation, he is a sound lawyer, has superb tactical sense, excellent client skills and is phenomenally hard-working: a great guy and a future star.’

Key clients

United Overseas Bank

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group

OCBC Wing Hang Bank


Bank of China

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp, (Hong Kong branch)

Fulham Company Limited


Marunouchi Innovation Partners Co., Ltd.,

Spathiphy Capital Management Limited

Oasis Investments II Master Fund Limited

Attestor Value Master Fund LP

Work highlights

  • Advised Marunouchi Innovation Partners Co., Ltd. on the successful launch of the Marunouchi Climate Tech Growth Fund L.P.
  • Advised a club of five lenders on the BVI aspects of a HK$14bn term loan facility.
  • Acts for Oasis Investments II Master Fund Limited & Attestor Value Master Fund LP in Bermuda’s largest ever fair value appraisal.