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Ian Chapman


Hong Kong

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Ian Chapman


Hong Kong

Ian is a partner in our Restructuring and Recovery Group and has over three decades of frontline experience assisting banks and bondholders on many of the most complex and high profile restructurings in the Asia Pacific region.

Ian has an enviable track record of restructuring publicly-owned and private companies across the region, dealing extensively with multi-bank restructurings of multi-national debtor groups. He also has considerable experience in advising on cross border and distressed debt situations generally, including as to settlement; recovery and enforcement strategies; business and asset reorganization; distressed debt and NPL disposals; and receivership and liquidation administrations.

From 2004 to 2010, Ian was appointed by the HKSAR Chief Executive to the Deposit Protection Board established under the Deposit Protection Scheme Ordinance to formulate and implement procedures to protect small depositors in case of bank failure in Hong Kong.

Ian has repeatedly been named a Leading Banking and a Leading Restructuring & Insolvency Lawyer by numerous legal publications, including the PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook, Asia Pacific Legal 500, IFLR1000, AsiaLaw & Practice Survey and Chambers Asia. He has consistently been named a Tier 1 lawyer in the banking and restructuring fields by leading legal directories and as a “Senior Statesman” by Chambers Asia Pacific.

News & insights

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News: 25 NOVEMBER 2021

A&O advises Europe’s largest private rail freight company on landmark partnerships

Allen & Overy have advised Lineas, the largest private rail freight company in Europe on landmark partnerships with Beacon Rail and Ermewa through sale-and-leasebacks of part of its rolling stock.

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Publications: 25 NOVEMBER 2021

Energy supply companies: special administration in focus

Bulb has just become the first energy supply company to enter into special administration. This alert puts the special administration regime in focus.

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Publications: 22 APRIL 2021

Podcast: Hong Kong’s approach to cross-border and insolvency recognition

Our APAC Restructuring & Recovery lawyers take a detailed look at the recent and significant decision by the Hong Kong court in Re Lamtex Holdings Limited.

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Publications: 02 MARCH 2020

Hong Kong recognises administrators appointed under the Enterprise Bankruptcy Act of the People’s Republic of China

On 15 January 2020, we published a newsflash regarding the decision of the Hong Kong Court of First Instance dated 13 January 2020 (Decision) on the recognition of the appointment of bankruptcy…

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Hong Kong

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Admitted as solicitor, Hong Kong, 1980

Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 1980


Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge, MA