27 ASIAN LEGAL BUSINESS – AUGUST 2023 ASIA TOP 10 OFFSHORE LITIGATORS 2023 his sharp mind and personable demeanour by clients. Under Lightfoot’s leadership, his team of eight skilled attorneys has made a name for themselves, earning high praise from distinguished legal directories. His influence extends beyond Hong Kong, having provided expert assistance to the UNCITRAL secretariat on asset tracing and recovery, specifically in cross-border situations, at the United Nations in Vienna. This recognition reflects his significant contributions to one of the most important emerging areas of law. Lightfoot’s practice focuses on highrisk commercial and corporate litigation, as well as insolvency and restructuring in Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, and the Cayman Islands. His experience and success have earned him the trust of clients who seek resolution in the most complex and sensitive situations. In addition to his role at Carey Olsen, Lightfoot participates actively in professional organisations like the Hong Kong ICPA Restructuring and Insolvency Faculty, the International Bar Association, INSOL, IWIRC, the Chancery Bar Association (Overseas Member), and the Inter-Pacific Bar Association. JAMES NOBLE partner, Carey Olsen, Singapore James Noble is the head of Carey Olsen’s litigation, insolvency and restructuring team in Asia. He is well-known for his expertise in complicated and high-value shareholder disputes, asset recovery, cross-border enforcement, and insolvency issues. With over two decades of experience, his highly regarded globally and is the only Cayman and BVI admitted litigator (and registered in Bermuda) in Singapore. Based in Carey Olsen’s Tier 1 ranked office in Singapore, Noble leads the jurisdiction’s most extensive and diverse offshore litigation team. He has provided expert guidance in high-profile cases, especially those involving listed companies. He has specialised knowledge in appellate matters before the Court of Appeal and the Privy Council. Noble achieved notable successes, including successfully representing minority stakeholders in a global shareholder dispute involving WTK Holdings, a timber company listed on the Malaysian stock exchange. The case was one of the 70 sets of proceedings globally and was the first derivative action ever brought on behalf of a Liberian entity in the BVI. He also represented a majority shareholder of China Shanshui Cement Group, a Cayman entity listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange with more than $3 billion assets. James obtained a landmark ruling in the Cayman Courts on the application of a particular provision of the Cayman Companies Law. Noble has been recognised as one of ALB’s list of top offshore litigators for the past three years and has been awarded the Offshore Client Choice award. He is actively involved in professional associations and is a member of INSOL, the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC), and one of the first offshore law practitioners approved as a member of the Insolvency Practitioners Association of Singapore (IPAS). He also co-authored the “Commercial Litigation and Enforcement” textbook published by Global Legal Post in 2023. OLIVER PAYNE partner, Ogier, Hong Kong Oliver Payne is an accomplished lawyer who joined Ogier’s dispute resolution and restructuring and corporate recovery team in Hong Kong in 2016. He quickly rose to the position of partner at the age of 35. Payne is currently head of dispute resolution in Asia, where he oversees the growth and success of Ogier’s disputes and R&I practice in the Asian market. Before joining Ogier, Payne worked as an associate at Herbert Smith in London and then joined Ogier Cayman in 2009. He was crucial in transforming JUSTIN DAVIS Ogier AISLING DWYER Maples EDWIN GOMEZ Ogier PAULA KAY Harneys JEREMY LIGHTFOOT Carey Olsen JAMES NOBLE Carey Olsen OLIVER PAYNE Ogier MICHAEL SNAPE Ogier HELEN WANG Carey Olsen COLETTE WILKINS KC Walkers WWW.LEGALBUSINESSONLINE.COM