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Tanner De Witt

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Number of partners: 13
Number of lawyers: 34
Languages: Cantonese, Dutch, French, German, Hindi, Hokkien, Mandarin, Nepalese, Portuguese, Punjabi, Shanghainese, 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 provides legal advice on business issues in Hong Kong, China and the wider Asia-Pacific region and have excellent contacts with law firms globally, using them when required. The team at Tanner De Witt works to protect the interests of its clients by drawing on their own deep-rooted experience of Hong Kong and its surrounding region.

Main Areas of Practice:
 Corporate & Commercial:
5 partners, 11 fee earners
■ Advise multinationals and SMEs on mergers and acquisitions; business sales and purchases; joint ventures; investment and shareholders agreements; private placements; corporate reorganisations; due diligence investigations; agency and distribution; franchise and licensing; manufacturing and supply agreements; terms of business; and regulatory and compliance
■ Advise various international financial institutions on general commercial and regulatory matters
■ Sector expertise includes automobile, luxury, financial services, retail, financial technology and more.
Contacts: Eddie Look, Tim Drew
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Litigation & 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 mediation
■ Strong focus on commercial fraud, cross-border PRC disputes, financial services sector disputes and professional negligence
Contacts: Mark Side, Pamela Mak, Jeff Lane
Emails: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

Insolvency & Restructuring:
2 partners, 8 fee earners
■ Involved in most of the major insolvency and restructuring deals in the region; most recently Kaisa Group, MF Global, ECM Real Estate Investments, KordaMentha, STX Pan Ocean, ENRE and DMX Technologies Group
■ Strong commercial relationships with major insolvency practitioners and accounting firms to include KPMG, PwC, Ernst & Young (BVI), Deloitte (Cayman Islands), RSM Nelson Wheeler (Hong Kong), FTI Consulting, Grant Thornton and Borrelli Walsh (Hong Kong)
Contacts: Ian De Witt, Robin Darton
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

2 partners, 4 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 several 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)
Contacts: Kim Boreham, Russell Bennett
[email protected], [email protected]

Family & Matrimonial:
2 partners, 4 fee earners
■ Strong family team with extensive experience working with families in Hong Kong and internationally.
■ 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.
Contact: Joanne Brown
Email: [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 clients based in Mainland China, the firm utilises its established relationships with a network of recommended law firms and various intermediaries throughout Europe, the US and the rest of the world to assist them in establishing and expanding their business outside of Mainland China
Contacts: River Stone, Pamela Mak
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]