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Tanner De Witt
Hong Kong

Work Department

Dispute Resolution




Jeff is a partner in the Dispute Resolution department and leads the firm’s Fraud and Asset Tracing practice. He has a strong commercial practice with a focus on cross-border fraud and cybercrime. Jeff is the sole Hong Kong representative recognised in Who’s Who Legal: Global Thought Leaders (2017 – 2021 Editions) for Asset Recovery and is highly regarded by other legal publications.

Jeff has practiced as a litigator in Hong Kong for more than thirty years and is Hong Kong’s go-to legal professional in the area of cyber fraud enforcement. Jeff advises victims of all types of domestic and multi-jurisdictional financial fraud. This includes identity theft, CEO and employee fraud, romance frauds, immigration fraud and crypto fraud. Jeff works closely with the Hong Kong Police, the judicial court system and domestic and international banks to make urgent applications for Mareva injunctions and disclosure orders on behalf of his clients often securing applications for the recovery or preservation of funds within 24 hours of receiving instructions. Jeff is also often asked by clients to advise on the correct protection of business and commercial assets, proactively developing strategies to protect companies against cyber fraud.

Jeff is the sole Hong Kong representative of globally recognised and highly ranked lawyer network FraudNet, membership of which is by invitation only. FraudNet is an international network of specialist fraud practitioners established by the International Chamber of Commerce in 2004. This network combined with Jeff’s long-standing relationships with banks in Asia allows for an extremely high success rate of recovery of client funds. Jeff has been involved in matters undergoing judicial review; the outcome of these matters will impact how the courts and Hong Kong police are able to preserve and hold assets.

A number of Jeff’s matters involve white collar crime elements. Jeff is able to apply litigation tactics to achieve successful outcomes for his clients facing court proceedings.



Professional memberships

      • FraudNet (sole Hong Kong representative; international network of specialist fraud and leading civil asset recovery specialists established by the International Chamber of Commerce)FraudNet_2004estLogo
      • ThoughtLeaders4 Fraud, Insolvency, Restructuring, Enforcement (FIRE)
      • The Law Society of Hong Kong

Other memberships

    • Hong Kong Club
    • Hong Kong Football Club

Lawyer Rankings

Hong Kong > Dispute resolution: litigation

Benefitting from an ‘excellent understanding of Hong Kong and the wider region’, independent local firm Tanner De Witt provides ‘responsive, very sensible and commercial advice’ directly to clients, as well as part of cross border teams with other firms. The scope of the work is broad and includes contentious insolvency matters, probate disputes, shareholder litigation, fraud and asset tracing. Pamela Mak  ‘is particularly skilled at dealing with mainland clients’ and co-heads the team alongside Mark Side , who specialises in contentious regulatory matters. ‘Top disputes lawyer’ Jeff Lane  is also recognised particularly in the context of fraud and asset recovery matters.