Michael Snape

Senior Associate
Hong Kong
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Expertise and Professional Background

A barrister by training, Michael Snape is a senior associate in Harneys' Litigation and Restructuring practice based in the Hong Kong office. Michael advises Asia-based clients involved in Cayman Islands and BVI litigation. His practice focuses on high value contentious insolvency, general commercial litigation and shareholder disputes, often with a multi-jurisdictional element. He frequently travels to the PRC to advise clients in relation to offshore issues. 

Prior to joining Harneys, Michael worked in another law firm in the Cayman Islands, where he regularly appeared as an advocate in both the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands and the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal. He has also been led in the Privy Council. Michael also previously worked for the Cayman Islands government and has advised the Cayman Islands Anti-Corruption Commission. 

Michael’s recent experience includes:

  • In the matter of Natural Dairy (NZ) Holdings Limited (in provisional liquidation) (FSD 186 of 2016 (NSJ)) – lead counsel in the Cayman Islands Grand Court in a successful contested application on behalf of a petitioning creditor for the appointment of provisional liquidators;
  • In the matter of Trina Solar Limited (FSD 92 of 2017 (NSJ)) – advising Trina Solar Limited in share appraisal proceedings in the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands, including the successful defence of an application for a worldwide freezing order for over US$200 million;
  • Shanda Games v Maso Capital Investments Limited, Blackwell Partners LLC – Series A and Crown Managed Accounts SPC (CICA12/17) – Advising Shanda Games Limited in their appeal against a decision not to apply a minority discount to dissenting shareholder’s shares in share appraisal proceedings;
  • Advising a Cayman Islands incorporated company on the validity of receivers’ appointments under Cayman Islands law for the purpose of legal proceedings in Singapore; and
  • Advising a BVI incorporated company on the validity of the appointment of receivers under BVI law for the purpose of legal proceedings in the PRC.
Michael regularly gives seminars and presentations on offshore law to onshore attorneys and professional bodies in Hong Kong. He is also a frequent contributor to the Offshore Litigation Blog.


INSOL International
IWIRC Hong Kong


Victoria University of Wellington (LLB) 2001
University of Waikato (BA) 1999

Bar Admissions

New Zealand 2002
Cayman Islands 2012

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