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Appleby Names Hong Kong Litigation Duo

Tara Loader Wilkinson Editor Asia 14 August 2012

Appleby Names Hong Kong Litigation Duo

Appleby, the Bermuda-based law firm, has relocated two senior lawyers to its Hong Kong practice, the latest step in its regional growth plans.

Eliot Simpson joins Appleby in Hong Kong as a partner and Joanne Collett joins as a senior associate, from the firm's BVI and Cayman Islands offices respectively.

They will provide advice in Asia on offshore litigation and insolvency matters and will be a point of contact in the Asian time zone for the global team.

"Litigation in many of the offshore jurisdictions has become increasingly complex and sophisticated. This has led, for example, to the recent opening of specialised courts in BVI and the Cayman Islands to deal with disputes arising from financial services and commercial matters. Increased complexity also means that clients, wherever they are located, expect time-sensitive advice, which can be particularly difficult to provide to Asian clients from the Caribbean region," said global head of Appleby''s litigation and insolvency practice group, Andrew Bolton.

It marks the latest expansion into Asia for the UK law firm, which in April opened in Mainland China. Across its eight jurisdictions it has a combined enterprise of  around 200 lawyers and over 500 employees, including accountants, trust and corporate administrators, business services and support staff.

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