Eliot Simpson

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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.

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.

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.

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.


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


  • University of Cambridge (England)

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

Chambers Asia Pacific


7 Sep 2022 | News

Appleby’s Hong Kong office leads the offshore firms for restructuring and insolvency lawyers recognised in IFLR1000

Appleby is the only offshore firm to feature two Hong Kong based lawyers in the list.

Contributors: Eliot Simpson
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: 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...


27 Sep 2022

Resealing Hong Kong Grants of Probate in the BVI

Once resealed, grants obtained in Hong Kong shall have the same force and effect, and have the same ...

Contributors: Crystal Au-Yeung
28 Apr 2022

Restructuring the offshore debt of Chinese Real Estate Developers

This article sets out how the current regimes in the Cayman Islands and the BVI can assist with rest...

Contributors: Crystal Au-Yeung
4 Oct 2021

The Last Rites for the Siskina?

On 4 October 2021, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council delivered its much anticipated decisi...

Contributors: Eliot Simpson
11 Jun 2021

Trust Disputes and the BVI Trustee (Amendment) Act, 2021

In the Trustee (Amendment) Act 2021 (the “Amendment Act”) the BVI legislature has made a number ...

Contributors: Crystal Au-Yeung
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
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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