Bryan O'Hare

+852 2525 7655
+852 9768 1531

Bryan is a partner in Hong Kong and leads the commercial and insolvency disputes practice.

Bryan has over 20 years’ of practice in Hong Kong working at leading international law firms. He has extensive experience in all aspects of dispute resolution including trial preparation, conducting trials, asset tracing and asset recovery and settlement negotitations. He acts primarily for financial services companies, financial institutions, turnaround managment firms and court appointed liquidators and receivers.

He often handles challenging commercial and insolvency related disputes. He has managed numerous high profile disputes from the Court of First Instance up to the Court of Final Appeal. He has particular experience of loan defaults, insolvencies, receiverships, fraud, breach of fiduciary duties by directors and officers and trustees, shareholder disputes, professional negligence claims and sale of goods/commodity disputes. He has also acted for leading financial institutions defending investment product ‘misselling’ claims and the related regulatory/compliance investigation. Bryan also has considerable experience of managing multi-jurisdiction litigation including PRC cross-border disputes and insolvencies and pursuing multiple claims following a corporate collapse as a result of a fraud by the former management. He also has experience pursuing claims offshore such as Cayman, BVI and Samoa. He regularly obtains urgent interim relief for clients including asset freezing and disclosure orders. He also conducts international arbitrations and mediations.

Bryan graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a bachelor of laws and post-graduate diploma in legal practice.

Experience
  • Advising an ultra-high net worth private client from the PRC with an appeal to the Hong Kong Court of Appeal in relation to a substantial damages claim for over USD50 million against two investment banks arising from the sale of a commercial property portfolio in Beijing to a publicly listed real estate investment trus
  • Advising a ‘quasi-partner’ of a boutique commercial refurbishment company in a shareholders dispute and related statutory derivative action and discretionary remedies including share buy-out options and just and equitable winding-up
  • Advising a Hong Kong based media consultancy company in successful summary judgment proceedings against a Finland based radio-frequency operator (connected with the PRC Government) to recover unpaid consultancy fees and damages (over GBP1 million) for breach of a media consultancy services agreement relating to the sourcing and operation of a radio station in Rome  
  • Advising a US private equity fund with regard to protective remedies arising from a substantial shareholders dispute
  • Advising a US hedge fund on claims against the former directors of a PRC security services provider arising from misrepresentations in subscription offer documents and improper use of company funds
  • Advising a European bank on asset recovery strategy in response to a substantial internet bank scam known as ‘CEO fraud’
  • Advising a shareholder concerning rights to wind up the corporate group of a pan Asian garment manufacturing business
  • Advising a group of secured creditors with their claims against trust assets held by an insolvent financial services company
  • Advising the shareholders of a major veterinary services provider in connection with a group restructuring and related insolvency issues
  • Advising a lender group on onshore and offshore security enforcement and related claims following a payment default relating to the debt obligations of a major PRC property group and its chairman, including taking legal and operational control of onshore subsidiaries
  • Advising a bondholder group on security enforcement and litigation options in multiple jurisdictions following a payment default
  • Advising the liquidators of Hong Kong’s largest local stockbroker and related margin financing company
  • Advising the court appointed receivers (BVI, Hong Kong and Western Samoa) regarding the exercise of their powers and related insolvency and asset recovery issues in Hong Kong and the PRC
Affiliations

Member of the Restructuring and Insolvency Faculty, Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Member of INSOL International
Admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong
Admitted as a solicitor in Scotland

Languages

French = Fluent
German = Conversational

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