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Oliver Payne 彭奥礼

Partner 合伙人

Hong Kong

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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 Insolvency team. He also has experience of resolving disputes via arbitration and mediation.

Background and 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.

Oliver was named on Asia Business Law Journal's A List of top 50 offshore lawyers 2024.

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 Insolvency 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.

Memberships:

  • Cayman Islands Law Society (2010 - 2016)
  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • Hong Kong Law Society (Registered Foreign Lawyer)
  • Restructuring and Insolvency Specialists Association
  • INSOL International
  • IWIRC

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"One of the top offshore lawyers"

Asia Business Law Journal, The A-List, 2024

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"Oliver leads what is now one of the largest and strongest teams in the Hong Kong market. He’s very experienced and really calm under pressure regardless of what is happening. He’s a real pleasure to work with"

Client Feedback

"Oliver Payne is a hugely experienced litigator, with vast tactical and strategic insight"

Legal 500 Asia-Pacific, 2024

"Top Offshore Litigator"

Asian Legal Business, Asia's Top Offshore Litigators, 2023

"I wholeheartedly recommend the Ogier team to anyone in need of offshore R&I services"

Client Feedback

"Oliver is responsive and collaborative which makes him very easy to work with. He is also very experienced with working with Asian clients and their business and cultural nuances"

Client Feedback

"Highly Regarded "

IFLR1000, 2024

"Oliver impressed me by his agility to turn around a winding up petition overnight due to the urgency in one occasion whilst no other firms could commit the same"

Client Feedback

"A first-rate practitioner who provides strategic insight on offshore disputes and is excellent with detail"

Legal 500 Asia-Pacific, 2023

"I appreciate his prompt and commercial advice"

Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2023

"Top Offshore Litigator"

Asian Legal Business, Asia's Top Offshore Litigators, 2022

"Noteable practitioner"

IFLR 1000, 2022

"Oliver Payne is great - he is very smart and he does not try any fast practices, but litigates in a proper manner. It is always a joy to work with him"

Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2022

"Team of the Year – Litigation"

Citywealth IFC Awards 2022

"Top Offshore Litigator"

Asian Legal Business, Asia's Top Offshore Litigators, 2021

"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

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