Ian is the long-term head of our Litigation and Restructuring practice group in Hong Kong. He is a leading offshore litigator, senior tactician and thought leader.
Ian specialises in restructuring, insolvency, shareholders' disputes and contentious trusts. He is an experienced advocate and continues to appear in Court regularly. He has been involved in every major recent restructuring in the region involving offshore entities. Ian is also a specialist in cross-border and conflict of laws dilemmas. He regularly appears on behalf of elite families and is usually retained on a long-term basis for strategic global offshore litigation advice.
Ian lectures regularly to judicial, professional and academic bodies. He is the author of both of the leading offshore textbooks on British Virgin Islands Commercial Law and Bermuda Commercial Law and is a contributor to The Offshore Litigation Blog. Ian is also a Fellow of INSOL International as well as a qualified Trusts and Estates Practitioner. He is regularly asked to provide expert opinion on offshore law to various Courts of Law.
Ian is also a member of the INSOL Technical Research Committee, the Inter-Pacific Bar Association and the American Bankruptcy Institute. He is a member of Harneys Listco Dispute Unit.
- England and Wales (not practising)
- British Virgin Islands
- New York (not practising)
- Inns of Court School of Law
- Churchill College University of Cambridge (LLM)
- University of Southampton (LLB)
Ian is consistently ranked as a Tier 1 lawyer in Asia where he is described as being a"very seasoned adviser" and is singled out for his extensive expertise in shareholder disputes and insolvencies and for his work on complex insolvency and contentious trust matters. Chambers and Partners also highlights Ian's "experience acting on shareholder disputes, for which he has a leading reputation". He is recommended for his "established reputation in the region for handling a wide range of corporate disputes". Chambers and Partners also notes that clients appreciate his "practical advice and insight of the commercial realities" in a transaction.Chambers and Partners
Ian is recommended as a "leading lawyer" where he is described as "a pleasure to work with"and as being "friendly and hardworking". He is also recognised as being amongst the world’s leading asset recovery, restructuring & insolvency and private client lawyers by Who’s Who Legal 2016, which describes Ian as "a gifted advocate who leaves no stone unturned".Legal 500
Ian is recognised as being amongst the world’s leading asset recovery, restructuring & insolvency and private client lawyer.Who's Who Legal
Ian is one of ten offshore lawyers recognised for client service in AsiaAsian Legal Business