28 ASIAN LEGAL BUSINESS – AUGUST 2023 WWW.LEGALBUSINESSONLINE.COM ASIA TOP 10 OFFSHORE LITIGATORS 2023 Ogier’s Asian dispute resolution offering, leading the team to expand from three members to a formidable force of 15 in just over six years. Payne’s expertise is vast and covers a wide range of complex cases. He has appeared before several courts, including the Financial Services Division of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands, the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal, the Privy Council, and the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, BVI. As a SolicitorAdvocate, he also holds higher rights of audience. He has worked on significant legal matters, including acting as Cayman counsel for FamilyMart China in connection with its shareholding in China CVS (Cayman Islands). This ongoing case will have significant implications on arbitration clauses and just and equitable winding-up proceedings in the Cayman Islands. Payne has also represented the Bank of China (Hong Kong), Fubon Bank (Hong Kong), and PwC representatives in various liquidation proceedings. Additionally, he acted for the joint liquidators of Three Arrows Capital, handling multijurisdictional proceedings with exceptional skill. In another high-profile case, he has acted as Cayman Islands counsel for Tianrui International, successfully presenting a winding-up petition against China Shanshui Cement Group. Apart from his accomplishments in the courtroom, Payne has been actively involved in educating legal professionals and the public through speaking engagements, presentations, and publications. His insight and contributions have earned him widespread recognition and respect within the Hong Kong legal community. MICHAEL SNAPE partner, Ogier, Hong Kong Michael Snape is a distinguished lawyer who works in Ogier’s dispute resolution and restructuring and corporate recovery team in Hong Kong. He was promoted to partner in December 2020 in recognition of his exceptional contributions to the firm since he joined in 2018 after working at Harneys. Snape has legal qualifications in New Zealand (2022) and the Cayman Islands (2012), making him a versatile and well-rounded professional. Before moving to Hong Kong in 2016, he gained a wealth of knowledge on the ground in the Cayman Islands, where he acted as a counsel in various courts, including the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal. Additionally, he has served as independent counsel for the Cayman Islands AntiCorruption Commission. He has a remarkable record of success in handling complex legal disputes across a wide range of notable cases. He has represented a significant shareholder in the China Shanshui Cement Group case, focusing on the improper allotment of shares. Snape has also provided counsel to a fund in matters related to unpaid share redemptions, and advised a joint venture partner in a dispute concerning substantial water treatment infrastructure investments in China. Snape’s professional excellence continues to shine, as demonstrated by his recent representation of Waterwood 020 in a fair value dispute arising from the takeover of Xiaodu (Baidu Waimai). He also skillfully handled a family dispute involving the control of a prominent Hong Kong-based marine logistics company in an ongoing and hard-fought dispute. HELEN WANG partner, Carey Olsen, Singapore Helen Wang is a highly skilled litigator and a valuable member of Carey Olsen’s offshore litigation team in Singapore. She has extensive experience handling complex commercial litigation, shareholder disputes, fraud and investigatory cases, and insolvency and restructuring matters. Wang is fluent in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin, which allows her to cater to a diverse clientele. Her expertise in cross-border litigation and high-value disputes has made her successful in various sectors, including banking and financial services, energy and resources, insurance, and high net-worth individuals. Wang trained and qualified as a litigator at a prestigious magic circle firm, where she worked for over a decade. She has provided counsel on various complex and high-profile disputes and regulatory investigations across their offices in Hong Kong, Singapore, and London. Wang is a highly respected and sought-after litigator in the Asia-Pacific Market. She has earned a strong reputation, particularly among mainland Chinese and Mandarin-speaking clients from other locations such as Malaysia and Taiwan. Her instrumental role in expanding the firm’s business in the Asia-Pacific region led to her becoming a strategic senior hire for Carey Olsen in 2021. This makes her the ideal choice to advance Carey Olsen’s litigation offerings in Singapore and beyond. Apart from being a successful litigator, Wang is also a committee member on the IWIRC Diversity Inclusion and Belonging Committee and International Programming Committee. She is the co-chair of the legal interest group of the Primetime network, a Singapore-based professional women’s association. As a female partner at Carey Olsen, Wang is the Asia lead of Carey Olsen’s Women’s Network. She is also an active member of INSOL and the Insolvency Practitioners Association of Singapore (IPAS). Additionally, she is a full TEP member of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). METHODOLOGY • Lawyers were invited to submit for this list between the months of April and May 2023. • To be eligible, they needed to be either based in Asia full-time, or do a significant amount of workrelated to Asian jurisdictions. • The lawyers were selected based on their high-profile cases, clients’ recommendations, and feedback from the market.