Bryan O'Hare > Hill Dickinson Hong Kong > Hong Kong, Hong Kong > Lawyer Profile

Hill Dickinson Hong Kong
33B United Centre
95 Queensway
Admiralty, Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Work Department

Commercial and insolvency disputes.

Position

Bryan has over 25 years’ of practice in Hong Kong working at leading international law firms. He has extensive experience in all aspects of dispute resolution including litigation, international arbitration and mediation. He acts primarily for the Boards of listed companies, financial services companies, financial institutions, turnaround management firms and court appointed liquidators and receivers and high net worth individuals.

He handles challenging cross-border commercial and insolvency related disputes. He has managed numerous high profile disputes from the Court of First Instance through to the Court of Final Appeal. He has particular experience of loan defaults, insolvencies, receiverships, fraud (including social engineering fraud), breach of fiduciary duties by directors and officers and trustees, shareholder and joint venture disputes, professional negligence claims and sale of goods/commodity disputes. He has also acted for leading financial institutions defending investment product ‘misselling’ claims and the related regulatory/compliance investigations.

Bryan often co-ordinates multi-jurisdictional litigation including PRC cross-border disputes and insolvencies and claims following a corporate collapse as a result of fraud by management. This often includes litigating in offshore jurisdictions such as Cayman, BVI and Samoa. He also regularly obtains urgent interim relief including asset freezing and disclosure orders.

Career

Bryan trained and qualified as a solicitor in Scotland in 1991. In 1993, Bryan joined the top tier commercial disputes team at Richards Butler (now Reed Smith Richard Butler). In 2008, he joined the multiple award-winning restructuring and insolvency practice at Hogan Lovells (Hong Kong) where he remained for 7 years. During that time, he served as an active member of the Hogan Lovells’ pro bono committee for many years. In 2015, Bryan joined Hill Dickinson Hong Kong as a partner to lead the commercial and insolvency disputes practice.

Bryan is a regular author, commentator and presenter on dispute resolution and insolvency market trends and developments. He has been a joint contributor to the Hong Kong White Book for many years and authored the Bullen & Leake’s Hong Kong Precedent of Pleadings Chapter on Insolvencies and Companies (Hong Kong 2013 First Edition, 2017 Second Edition and 2021 Third Edition). He is also a featured video presenter on the Conventus Law online legal media platform

Languages

English

French – fluent

German - conversational

Memberships

Bryan is a member of the Law Society of Scotland, the Law Society of Hong Kong and the Restructuring and Insolvency Faculty of Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and INSOL International.

Education

Strathclyde University (LLB and Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice)

Leisure

Hiking, running, karate, reading, movies and music.

Lawyer Rankings

Hong Kong > Shipping

Hill Dickinson Hong Kong provides a ‘very responsive, user-friendly and cost-effective‘ service across the gamut of wet and dry shipping matters. The Hong Kong team comprises of four partners and numerous ‘very gifted and diligent associates‘. The firm is also able to leverage its wider presence in other key global shipping centres in the provision of cross-border advice. The ‘incredibly well regardedDamien Laracy is equally adept at handling wet and dry shipping cases, and is sought after for advice on ship mortgage enforcement and ship arrests. Antony Cowie excels at advising clients on corporate and finance-related shipping work, including in the context of ship sale and purchase agreements. Bryan O’Hare and ‘very hardworking‘ associate Maggie Lee are also recommended.

Hong Kong > Dispute resolution: litigation

The ‘first-rate‘ commercial disputes team at Hill Dickinson specialises in contentious insolvency cases and litigation relating to international trade or commodities. Co-headed by Damien Laracy and ‘one of the best in Hong KongBryan O’Hare, it also acts for high-end investment funds during alleged fraud and wider financial misconduct-related proceedings. Recent expansion has seen regulatory investigations expert Yvette Yu arrive from Baker McKenzie in March 2021. Edward Liu departed to Haiwen & Partners in August 2022.