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Michael Snape

Michael Snape

Partner 合伙人

Hong Kong

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Michael specialises in complex cross-border commercial litigation, shareholders’ disputes and contentious insolvency, with a focus on Cayman domiciled companies listed on the SEHK that operate in the PRC. He also has a particular expertise in share valuation disputes, having advised on many of the leading cases before the Cayman Islands’ courts. Michael is a member of Ogier's global Restructuring and Corporate Recovery team.

Background and experience

A highly experienced advocate, Michael has regularly appeared as counsel in the Cayman Islands’ courts at all levels. He regularly advises shareholders, creditors, companies, liquidators and fund managers and directors in a range of disputes.  

Michael's recent achievements include advising a major shareholder in a multi-billion dollar PRC-based manufacturing company in its successful appeals against the company in Cayman winding-up proceedings, and assisting a Cayman incorporated company listed on the SEHK to appoint restructuring provisional liquidators and stay a creditor's winding up petition filed against the company in Hong Kong. Michael also has ongoing involvement in many of the take-private share valuation disputes before the Cayman courts.

Prior to joining Ogier in 2018, Michael trained as a barrister in New Zealand. In 2011 Michael moved to the Cayman Islands, where he worked for the Government of the Cayman Islands, before joining the litigation department of another offshore law firm. Michael was also retained by the Cayman Islands Anti-Corruption Commission as independent counsel. In 2016, Michael relocated to Hong Kong, providing contentious offshore advice to clients in the Asian time zone.

Michael is an accomplished presenter on offshore law to onshore lawyers and other professional groups. He is a member of INSOL International and IWIRC.

He received his Bachelor of Laws in 2001 from Victoria University of Wellington, and also holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science and history.

Michael is a Registered Foreign Lawyer regulated by the Law Society of Hong Kong.

Admitted in:
2002 - New Zealand
2012 - Cayman Islands

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  • 公司及金融服务纠纷

  • 争议解决

  • 执行法庭判决和裁决

  • 欺诈和资产追踪

  • 基金争议

  • 调查和监管意见

  • 重组及企业复苏

  • 股东及估值争议




Michael于2018年加入奥杰Ogier,在此之前Michael为新西兰的执业大律师。Michael于2011年移居开曼群岛,并在当地的政府部门任职,其后加入一所位于开曼群岛的离岸律师事务所。 Michael并获开曼群岛反贪委员会委任为独立检察官。于2016年,Michael移居香港,在亚洲时区为客户提供离岸争议的建议

Michael于向律师及其他专业人士讲解离岸法律方面是一个优秀的演讲者。 Michael是INSOL International及IWIRC的会员。




2002年 - 新西兰
2012年 - 开曼群岛

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IFLR 1000, 2021

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