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Richard Tollan

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Mayer Brown

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Litigation & Dispute Resolution.


Richard Tollan is a partner of Mayer Brown. He advises on insolvency and fraud matters. He advises liquidators and other insolvency practitioners on matters of insolvency law and the legal aspects of issues arising in the management of insolvent estates; advises other office-holders appointed by regulatory bodies to manage various types of regulatory administrations and related misfeasance investigations; and advises creditors in respect of their rights and claims in an insolvency environment and other estate administrations.

He also advises banks and other parties with respect to fraud and management of large scale litigation to recover the proceeds of fraud. He advises on investigations into corporate mismanagement prior to insolvency; ICAC and SFC investigations; anti-money laundering/counter-terrorist financing matters; investigations conducted in respect of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other similar legislation. Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2015) described him as "a key name" in this area. He also advises banks on matters of banking law and insolvency litigation and identity theft fraud.

Richard is an accredited Higher Rights of Audience (HRA) in respect of civil proceedings by way of exemption by the Law Society of Hong Kong. He is also a former Detective Inspector in the Commercial Crime Bureau of the Hong Kong Police running multi-jurisdictional investigations into serious fraud.

According to Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2007-09), Richard is described as "fantastic," "contentious specialist" and "very personable". Richard has been nominated as a Leading Restructuring and Insolvency Lawyer in the 21st/2011 Edition of the IFLR1000. He is also a Recommended Restructuring and Insolvency Lawyer by the PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook in 2008 and the PLC Cross-Border Restructuring and Insolvency Handbook in 2007. 


Admitted in Hong Kong and England and Wales.




University of Wolverhampton, LLB; The University of Hong Kong, PCLL

Hong Kong

Restructuring and insolvency

Within: Restructuring and insolvency

Operating in the region for a number of years, Mayer Brown's three-partner team is 'able to provide insightful advice across a range of sectors and geographies'; it 'draws on significant expertise from its global network as necessary', and 'continues to demonstrate considerable breadth and depth of practice and a commitment to innovation in handling a wide range of high-value corporate debt restructurings'. With experience acting for creditors, insolvency practitioners and corporate trustees, the team has 'a particular strength in the bank workout field', and is aided in this sphere by its ability to utilise Chapter 11 procedures by dint of its US heritage. 'Highly experienced and well-respected' group head John Marsden is representing Maybank on the $1.5bn restructuring of Pacific Andes, and advising the petitioning bank creditor and the provisional liquidators appointed in Hong Kong and Bermuda on the restructuring of Z-Obee. 'Combining innovative solutions with a pragmatic approach', Tom Pugh demonstrates 'significant technical expertise on a variety of complex cross-border issues', and as well as his involvement alongside Marsden in the Pacific Andes matter also continues to act for the Hong Kong liquidators of Lehman Brothers. At associate level, Dirk Behnsen 'offers practical problem-solving combined with a great work ethic'. Solicitor-advocate Richard Tollan has left the firm.

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