Litigation & Insolvency
Expertise and Professional Background
A barrister by training, Ian Mann is a leading offshore litigator, senior tactician and thought leader. He is the long term head of Harneys' Offshore Litigation and Restructuring Department in Hong Kong.
Ian lectures regularly to judicial, professional and academic bodies. He is the author of both of the leading offshore textbooks on British Virgin Islands Commercial Law and Bermuda Commercial Law (Sweet & Maxwell Thomson Reuters), and is a contributor to The Offshore Litigation Blog, a Harneys blog that shares news and views about litigation, dispute resolution, restructuring and insolvency offshore. He is a Fellow of INSOL International as well as a qualified Trusts and Estates Practitioner (TEP). He is regularly asked to provide his expert opinion on offshore law to various Courts of Law.
Ian specialises in restructuring, insolvency, shareholders' disputes and contentious trusts. He is an experienced advocate and continues to appear in Court regularly. He has been involved in every major recent restructuring in the region involving offshore entities and is a specialist in cross border and conflict of laws dilemmas. He was appointed as BVI Counsel to the Estate of Nina Wang and has been involved in some of Asia’s highest value contentious Estate litigation. He regularly appears on behalf of elite families and is usually retained on a long term basis for strategic global offshore litigation advice.
Ian is ranked as a leading offshore lawyer by Chambers and Legal 500 and is recognised as being amongst the world’s leading asset recovery, restructuring & insolvency and private client lawyers by Who’s Who Legal 2016. He is also one of ten offshore lawyers recognised for client service in Asia by Asian Legal Business for 2017.
INSOL Technical Research Committee 2015
Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)
International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals (INSOL)
Fellow, INSOL International
American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI)
Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
Steering Committee, STEP Contentious Trusts and Estates Special Interest Group
Trusts Law Specialist (TEP)
Global Insolvency Practice Course Committee, INSOL International
Inns of Court School of Law 2000
Churchill College University of Cambridge (LLM) 1999
University of Southampton (LLB) 1998
England and Wales 2000 (not practising)
British Virgin Islands 2008
New York 2010 (not practising)
Ian is consistently ranked as a Tier 1 lawyer in Asia by Chambers and Partners where he is described as being a "very seasoned adviser" and is singled out for his extensive expertise in shareholder disputes and insolvencies and for his work on complex insolvency and contentious trust matters. Chambers and Partners also highlights Ian's "experience acting on shareholder disputes, for which he has a leading reputation". He is recommended for his "established reputation in the region for handling a wide range of corporate disputes". Chambers and Partners also notes that clients appreciate his "practical advice and insight of the commercial realities" in a transaction.
Ian is also recommended as a "leading lawyer" by Legal 500 where he is described as "a pleasure to work with" and as being "friendly and hardworking". He is also recognised as being amongst the world’s leading asset recovery, restructuring & insolvency and private client lawyers by Who’s Who Legal 2016, which describes Ian as "a gifted advocate who leaves no stone unturned".