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Tanner De Witt

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Number of partners: 15
Number of lawyers:
 Bahasa Indonesia, Cantonese, Dutch, English, French, German, Hindi, Hokkien, Mandarin, Nepalese, Punjabi, Shanghainese, Sindhi, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu

Firm Overview:
Tanner De Witt is an established and one of the largest leading independent law firms in Hong Kong founded in 1999. The firm and its lawyers, many of whom have international law firm backgrounds, provide practical legal advice on business issues in Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China and the wider Asia-Pacific region. The team has excellent contacts with law firms and professional organisations worldwide with whom they work as and when required.

Tanner De Witt works to protect the interests of its clients by drawing on the firm’s deep-rooted experience of Hong Kong and the surrounding region. They operate a business-focused practice which offers a great deal of experience in a range of specific fields; this makes them a unique firm in Hong Kong.

Main Areas of Practice:
• Corporate and Commercial
• Litigation and Dispute Resolution
• Insolvency and Restructuring
• Employment
• Family and Private Client
• China Practice Group
• Trusts
• Fraud and Asset Tracing
• Banking and Finance
• Financial Services Regulation and Compliance
• Immigration
• Mediation
• Arbitration – Domestic and International
• Criminal Law and White Collar Crime
• Hospitality and Liquor Licensing
• Public Interest and Equal Rights
• Intellectual Property
• Personal Data Privacy and Cybersecurity
• Technology
• Notarial Services

Corporate and Commercial:
6 partners, 11 fee earners
■ Advise multinationals and SMEs on mergers and acquisitions; business sales and purchases; corporate reorganisations; joint ventures; investment and shareholders agreements; private placements; private equity and venture capital transactions; due diligence; banking and finance; commercial arrangements and contracts; establishment of new companies and businesses; PRC related commercial matters; Intellectual Property protection and licensing; distributorship, agency and franchise arrangements; employment and immigration
■ Advise various international organisations including financial institutions and healthcare groups on general commercial and regulatory matters.
■ Sector expertise includes automobile, luxury and retail, financial services, technology, healthcare and more.
Eddie Look, [email protected]
Tim Drew, [email protected]
Edmond Leung, [email protected]
River Stone, [email protected]
Padraig Walsh, [email protected]
Jan Willem Möller, [email protected]

Litigation and Dispute Resolution:
3 partners, 8 fee earners
■ Act on a wide variety of commercial, civil and criminal litigation cases for individuals, corporates and regulatory bodies, many of which have involved landmark decisions.
■ Advise on domestic and international arbitrations and mediations.
■ Strong focus on commercial fraud, cross-border PRC disputes, financial services sector disputes and professional negligence.
Mark Side, [email protected]
Pamela Mak, [email protected]
Jeff Lane, [email protected]

Insolvency and Restructuring:
3 partners, 9 fee earners
■ Strong reputation across all areas of insolvency and restructuring, including advising on appointment and powers of liquidators, provisional liquidators and receivers; in particular contentious matters such as avoidance actions, and actions against directors and third parties for breach of duty, misappropriation and fraud to recover/trace assets; schemes of arrangement.
■ Involved in most of the major insolvency and restructuring matters in the region; for example Kimberley Hotel, Natural Dairy, Hybrid Kinetic, Hong Kong Airlines, Kaisa Group, China Fishery Group, China Singyes Solar Technologies, Lehman Brothers, Shanghai Huaxin, China Energy Reserve & Chemical Group, Gibson, MF Global, ECM Real Estate Investments, General Resources, STX Pan Ocean, ENRE and DMX Technologies Group.
■ Strong commercial relationships with major insolvency practitioners and accounting firms including KPMG, PwC, EY, Deloitte, Borrelli Walsh, RSM Nelson Wheeler, FTI Consulting, Grant Thornton, Alvarez & Marsal, and Briscoe Wong. 
Ian De Witt, [email protected]
Robin Darton, [email protected]
Sunny Hathiramani, [email protected]

2 partners, 5 fee earners
■ Advise employers and employees on the full range of employment related matters. Strong focus on the financial services sector and legal industry.
■ Advise international companies on setup and establishment in Hong Kong. This includes all related advice on employment, contracts, handbooks and policies (including discrimination, harassment and financial/regulation policies, visas and licensing). 
Kim Boreham, [email protected]
Russell Bennett, [email protected]

Family and Private Client:
1 partner, 5 fee earners
■ Strong family law team with extensive experience working with families in Hong Kong and internationally through professional intermediaries, law firms and individuals.
■ Areas of legal and practical interest include jurisdictional issues, divorce, separation, financial arrangements for spouse and children, nuptial agreements, custody and other disputes relating to children including applications to remove children from Hong Kong, paternity and adoption cases.
■ Further experience includes family mediation, Collaborative Practice and Parenting Coordination. 
Joanne Brown, [email protected]

China Practice Group:
2 partners, 6 fee earners
■ Established in response to the growing need of clients in Hong Kong and overseas to understand better the legal and commercial landscape in Mainland China as well as of clients in Mainland China (the People’s Republic of China or PRC) to understand and develop their business and invest in Hong Kong and other parts of the world.
■ For our clients based in Mainland China, we utilise our established relationships with networks of recommended law firms and professional intermediaries throughout Europe, the US and the rest of the world to assist them in establishing and expanding their business outside of Mainland China.
River Stone, [email protected]
Pamela Mak, [email protected]