Oliver Payne

Partner Hong Kong

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Oliver Payne
He is extremely intelligent, professional and efficient. A delight to work with. He will go the extra mile for clients IFLR 1000, 2020


Oliver is Head of Dispute Resolution in Asia. His practice spans all aspects of offshore litigation and includes complex, high value fund, shareholder and banking disputes, cross-border insolvency, and breaches of directors and trustees' duties. He is a key member of the firm's global Restructuring and Corporate Recovery team. He also has experience of resolving disputes via arbitration and mediation.
  • Background & experience

    Oliver has appeared numerous times before the Financial Services Division of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands and regularly works with or against silks from some of the top London sets. As a Solicitor-Advocate, Oliver holds higher rights of audience.

    His recent work has included acting for a large financial institution involved in multi-billion dollar Cayman insolvency proceedings, and advising creditors, shareholders and liquidators in a number of Cayman insolvencies. Oliver has also been heavily engaged in a number of Cayman cases involving shareholder dissent rights.

    Oliver is part of Ogier's multi-disciplinary Restructuring and Corporate Recovery team. He has had conduct of member and creditor schemes of arrangements, advised large Asian financial institutions, funds and private equity on distressed positions in Cayman and BVI entities, and worked on fraud and asset tracing claims arising in the liquidation context.

    Oliver relocated from Ogier's Cayman Islands office to Hong Kong in 2016, following a secondment to the Hong Kong office in the summer of 2015.

    Prior to joining Ogier in 2009, Oliver trained and worked as a solicitor in Herbert Smith’s Litigation and Arbitration Division in London. During his six and a half years at Herbert Smith, Oliver worked in Hong Kong and undertook secondments to UBS and Credit Suisse.

    He obtained his Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) from the University of Bristol in 2001 and completed the Legal Practice Course at the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice in 2002.

    Admitted in:

    2014 - British Virgin Islands
    2010 - Cayman Islands
    2005 - England and Wales

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


    • Cayman Islands Law Society
    • Law Society of England and Wales
    • Hong Kong Law Society (Registered Foreign Lawyer)
    • American Bankruptcy Institute
    • Restructuring and Insolvency Specialists Association
    • INSOL International
    • IWIRC


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  • Recognition

    He is extremely intelligent, professional and efficient. A delight to work with. He will go the extra mile for clients IFLR 1000, 2020
    Recommended for his commercial litigation expertise and particularly noted for his adroitness at handling complex financial problems. Legal 500 2019
    Notable practitioner IFLR 1000 2019
    Notable practitioner IFLR 1000 2018
    Key figure Legal 500 2016
    Shortlisted for restructuring and insolvency lawyer of the year award, December 2015, Cayman Islands Restructuring and Insolvency Specialists Association
    Experienced practitioner Legal 500 2012
    Oliver has been outstanding and I greatly appreciate the highly efficient service and support he has provided. Client feedback (Head of Compliance, advised on Scheme of Arrangement)
    Organised and gets to grips with the issues Client feedback (Director of defrauded Investment Fund)
    Thanks again Oliver, I really appreciate the excellence and great work. Client feedback (Director of distressed Investment Fund)
    Thank you again for your wonderful help and assistance with the case. Client feedback (Trustee, represented in Cayman litigation)
    Great thanks … for all the hard work put in advising and helping the directors. Client feedback (Director of Investment Fund subject to shareholder claims)