Eliot Simpson is a partner and Group Head of the Dispute Resolution department in Hong Kong. He first qualified as a Solicitor in 1992, spending nine years at Clifford Chance before joining a major offshore firm based in the Cayman Islands, where he practised as a local Attorney-at-Law. In 2005, Eliot joined another major offshore firm based in Jersey, where he was admitted as a Jersey Advocate. He joined Appleby in 2008 as a Solicitor Advocate in the British Virgin Islands, and most recently relocated to Hong Kong in 2012.

Eliot has extensive experience in all areas of commercial litigation and corporate insolvency, including corporate disputes, fund disputes, trust and estate litigation, and corporate bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring.

Eliot has been described by Chambers Asia Pacific 2019 as ´an experienced commercial litigator´ and by IFLR 1000 as a “Highly Regarded” lawyer. He has been a contributor to a number of publications including Getting the Deal Through, and Dispute Resolution Review. Eliot was the author of the BVI chapter of Greene on Shareholder Claims (Jordans 2012).



Recent highlights have included acting:

  • On behalf of Congo Mineral Developments Limited, in litigation relating to mining rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • On behalf of the liquidators of Pioneer Iron & Steel Group Company Limited
  • For the BVI-appointed liquidators of Genesis Voyager Equity Corporation
  • For Caxton International Limited in winding-up proceedings brought against Reserve International Limited



  • University of Cambridge (England)

“[Eliot is] an experienced commercial litigator.”

Chambers Asia Pacific


17 Dec 2020 | News

Hong Kong lawyers Judy Lee and Eliot Simpson recognised in the latest Chambers and Partners Asia Pacific Guide

Two experienced Appleby lawyers were ranked band two in the latest edition of the Chambers and Partn...

Contributors: Judy Lee, Eliot Simpson
9 Sep 2020 | Deals

Appleby advises on privatisation of China Baofeng

Appleby acted as Cayman Islands counsel to China Baofeng (International) Limited.

Contributors: Eliot Simpson
15 Nov 2019 | Deals

Appleby advises China Automation Group on HKD 391,998,649 Scheme of Arrangement

Appleby represented China Automation Group (“CAG”) on a Cayman scheme of arrangement (“Scheme...

4 Oct 2019 | News

Eliot Simpson to speak at the 3rd annual GRR Live event in Hong Kong

Hong Kong based Dispute Resolution partner, Eliot Simpson, will be joining a panel of experts to dis...

30 Nov 2018 | News

Hong Kong lawyers Judy Lee and Eliot Simpson recognised in the latest Chambers and Partners Asia Pacific Guide

The experienced lawyers were ranked band 2 in the latest edition.

Contributors: Eliot Simpson


5 May 2020 |

Legal considerations on non performing loans structuring

During the tremendous growth of the Chinese economy in the last decade, corporates in China were abl...

Contributors: Eliot Simpson, Jonathan Lee
18 Sep 2019 |

When will foreign court - appointed receivers be recognized?

When will foreign court - appointed receivers be recognized?

5 Jul 2019 |

From Legal to Compliance to Regulatory Risk – Appleby Cayman can help your business

Our multi-disciplinary teams of lawyers, IT security experts and crisis management and risk professi...

24 Jun 2019 |

Offshore Company Petition Filings and Court Orders – current trends 2019 and review of 2018

Our latest Appleby report provides a snapshot of the petition filings and resultant court orders in ...

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