Created Date:
03 July 2024

Six Carey Olsen partners named top offshore lawyers by Asia Business Law Journal

Carey Olsen partners Michael Hanson JP (Bermuda), Jeremy Lightfoot and Michael Padarin (Hong Kong SAR), Chris Griffin (Jersey), Anthony McKenzie and James Noble TEP (Singapore) have been recognised in Asia Business Law Journal's ("ABLJ") prestigious Top 50 Offshore Lawyers list for 2024.

The list identifies outstanding offshore legal professionals based on extensive research conducted by ABLJ, with nominations made by in-house counsel and other business and legal professionals at a wide range of global companies and law firms across the world.

Michael Hanson JP is Carey Olsen's group managing partner based in Bermuda. His core practice focuses on human capital and regulatory law where he advises the largest banks, insurance and reinsurance companies, and professional services businesses on the island. Michael has significant expertise in multijurisdictional crisis management, corporate, employment and regulatory investigations, complex executive disputes and executive benefit programmes. He is one of only two lawyers based in Bermuda to feature on the list.

Jeremy leads the firm's litigation, dispute resolution and insolvency practice in Hong Kong. He focuses on high value and complex commercial and corporate litigation, as well as insolvency and restructuring matters under the laws of Bermuda, the BVI and the Cayman Islands. Jeremy is recognised as a 'Leading Individual' by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific and has been named one of the Top 10 Offshore Litigators by Asian Legal Business for three consecutive years.

Michael Padarin works on the formation, operation and restructuring of offshore private investment funds, with his primary focus being private equity and venture capital funds. He regularly advises leading international firms on complex corporate transactions and is one of the most experienced offshore private equity specialists in Hong Kong, rated as 'Highly Regarded' for offshore private equity funds and investment funds by the IFLR1000.

Chris has broad experience of both general international corporate and funds work with expertise in private equity, hedge and digital asset funds. He advises on all aspects of fund and corporate transactions, including the legal and regulatory aspects of fund launches and joint ventures. Chris also leads the firm's digital assets practice and is ranked in Band 1 by Chambers and Partners FinTech in Jersey. He is the only partner based in the UK to star on ABLJ's list.

Anthony is managing partner of Carey Olsen's Singapore office and head of the firm's corporate practice in Asia, with a broad range of experience in offshore corporate, investment funds and finance transactions. A specialist in Cayman Islands, BVI and Bermuda law, Anthony is one of only two partners in Singapore admitted to practise in these three key offshore laws. He is ranked as a leading offshore lawyer by IFLR1000, Chambers Global, Chambers Asia Pacific and The Legal 500. Anthony's "legal expertise and strategic insights" on BVI fund formation have been commended as "indispensable" by Kudun and Partners as part of this year's list.

James heads the firm's litigation, insolvency and restructuring practice in Asia and leads the largest offshore litigation team in Singapore. He is the only Cayman Islands and BVI admitted (and Bermuda registered) litigation partner in Singapore, specialising in complex and high profile multi-jurisdictional litigation, asset recovery, cross-border enforcement and insolvency. James is the only Singapore-based litigation lawyer to feature on the list, is ranked by Chambers Asia and is recognised as a 'Leading Individual' by The Legal 500 Asia.

The Top 50 Offshore Lawyers list can be viewed in full at Asia Business Law Journal.