Harneys expands Litigation and Restructuring practice in Singapore

James Noble

We are pleased to announce the further expansion of our Asia litigation and restructuring team with the relocation of Hong Kong-based partner James Noble to Singapore.

James will lead the firm’s newly established Singapore litigation and restructuring practice, having previously practised for almost six years with the team in Hong Kong. James has almost two decades of experience working on a wide variety of commercial disputes including financial services litigation, trust and estate disputes, and insolvency and restructuring. He also has advanced specialist expertise in complex and high value shareholder litigation, asset recovery, and cross border enforcement and insolvency.

James commented: “We have been seeing a steady increase in dispute and restructuring work emanating from the Southeast Asia market in recent years, and are at the stage now where we strongly believe our clients stand to benefit from having a dedicated litigation and restructuring team permanently based here. Our existing Singapore team already has a strong client base and I look forward to forging closer relationships with both new and potential clients through our newfound on-the-ground presence.”

James is joined by counsel Catherine D’Alton, who has a broad range of experience across corporate and financial restructuring and insolvency, in addition to litigation and dispute resolution expertise. Catherine brings more than five years’ offshore law experience servicing clients in both the Southeast Asia and North Asia markets, having previously practised with Walkers’ litigation and restructuring team in Hong Kong and Singapore. 

James and Catherine are supported by a team of capable and multilingual associates who have been recruited from leading Singaporean law firms, including Eugene Tan who joined from Rajah & Tann earlier this year and Amelia Tan who joins imminently from Shook Lin & Bok. Both Eugene and Amelia are fluent Mandarin speakers and have strong experience working with Chinese-speaking clients, enabling the team to operate as a full extension of Harneys’ Hong Kong and Shanghai litigation and restructuring teams. 

Harneys’ Hong Kong litigation and restructuring practice is already by far the largest in Asia with 24 lawyers, and is unrivalled in terms of experience, expertise and diversity of work. Its Shanghai litigation and restructuring team now constitutes the first ever offshore practice of its kind on the ground in the PRC and will also undergo significant expansion during 2018.

The continued unprecedented growth means Harneys’ Asia litigation and restructuring team will soon be more than twice the size of its nearest competitor. The team is widely recognised as the lodestar of the offshore litigation landscape in Asia and remains at the vanguard of the development of offshore jurisprudence in restructuring and insolvency, being routinely lauded and regularly winning awards for its precedent-setting work.