Carey Olsen Adds Partner To Hong Kong Team

May 31, 2023 | 0 Comments

Carey Olsen announced that Matthew Watson has joined the firm’s Hong Kong SAR dispute resolution and litigation team as a partner – the second partner hire for the team this month.

A spokesperson said, “Matthew, who has been based at other leading offshore law firms in Bermuda since 2015, has relocated to Hong Kong with Carey Olsen. Whilst in Bermuda, Matthew regularly advised on many complex contentious cases, often of a cross-border nature.

“Matthew’s practice primarily focusses on acting for high-net-worth clients and major corporations in insolvency and restructuring contexts, and trust and estate litigation. Matthew also has an array of commercial litigation experience such as acting in director and shareholder disputes, as well as banking, insurance, tax information exchange matters, and assisting private clients with professional negligence and matrimonial matters. Prior to relocating to Bermuda, Matthew qualified and practiced in Australia.”

Matthew Watson Carey Olsen May 2023

“Matthew is highly ranked in leading legal directories Chambers and the Legal 500, where he has been described as, “an absolute delight to work with: incredibly hard-working, excellent commercial brain, superb attention to detail and a first-rate lawyer.” Other client testimonials praise his “superb tactical litigation skill” and “unwavering dedication to excellence and total commitment to the case”. Matthew is also one of the leading private client professionals ranked in the Global Private Client Elite.

The spokesperson said, “Matthew’s appointment marks the second new partner this month for Carey Olsen’s Hong Kong dispute resolution and litigation team, following the recent appointment of Tim Haynes.”

Jeremy Lightfoot, partner and head of the Hong Kong dispute resolution and litigation team commented: “We have seen increased demand for Bermuda and Caribbean litigation instructions and partners of Matthew and Tim’s calibre will no doubt reinforce the strength, service offering and expertise within the team to meet this demand.

“We are particularly pleased to have drawn Matthew from Bermuda to Asia. Bolstering the Hong Kong dispute resolution practice is essential to the next stage of our strategy, and we are delighted to have Matthew on board with his vast on-the-ground Bermuda experience.”

The spokesperson said, “Matthew was first admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2010 and later to the Federal Courts of Australia in 2015. He was admitted to the Bermuda Bar in 2017.”

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