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Eliot Simpson is a partner and Group Head of the Dispute Resolution department in Hong Kong.

He has extensive experience in commercial litigation and insolvency, including corporate disputes, fund disputes, and corporate bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring.

Prior to joining Appleby in 2008, Eliot spent nine years at Clifford Chance in London, five years in the Cayman Islands and three years in Jersey. He joined Appleby as a Solicitor Advocate in the British Virgin Islands in 2008, before relocating to Hong Kong in 2012.

Work Highlights

Recent highlights have included acting in:

  • BVI proceedings defending a claim to a substantial shareholding in a new BVI-licensed bank in Asia, in the Commercial Court, the Court of Appeal and in the Privy Council.
  • A merger valuation dispute in the Cayman Islands under Section 238 of the Companies Act relating to an acquisition of one of China’s largest on-line travel agents.
  • BVI proceedings in a dispute over ownership of a substantial foreign-held shareholding in one of the PRC’s largest pharmaceutical companies.
  • Winding-up proceedings in the Cayman Islands against a Hong Kong-listed company, successfully opposing an application to appoint provisional liquidators, following which the Petition was dismissed.
  • The privatization by scheme of arrangement of a Hong Kong-listed company engaged in the solar power industry.
  • Cayman Islands proceedings involving a dispute between the General Partner and Limited Partners of a substantial private equity fund.


Eliot has been described by Chambers Asia Pacific 2020 as a ´phenomenal practitioner with excellent knowledge´ and by IFLR 1000 2021 as a “Highly Regarded” lawyer. He has been a contributor to a number of publications including Getting the Deal Through, and Dispute Resolution Review.

Qualifications & Education

Eliot is Solicitor Advocate in the British Virgin Islands and a registered foreign lawyer in Hong Kong. He has also been admitted as an Attorney in the Cayman Islands, an Advocate in Jersey and a Solicitor Advocate in England & Wales.

  • University of Cambridge (England)

“[Eliot is] a phenomenal practitioner with excellent knowledge.”

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