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Ryan Middlemas
Lawyer
Hong Kong
ICBC Tower, 6th Floor
3 Garden Road
Central, Hong Kong
+852 2127 3296
Hong Kong
ICBC Tower, 6th Floor
3 Garden Road
Central, Hong Kong
+852 2127 3296

Ryan Middlemas represents commercial clients and individuals in white-collar and U.S. regulatory defense matters, internal investigations, and insolvency and debtor-creditor disputes, often with cross-border components.

His experience includes representing clients, particularly those in the financial services industry, in enforcement actions brought under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and by Hong Kong regulatory authorities such as the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, and the Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Corruption.

He has also acted for trustees, liquidators, creditors and debtors in contentious insolvency proceedings, restructurings and financial distress situations.

Before joining Kobre & Kim, Mr. Middlemas practiced at Allen & Overy in Hong Kong and London, and completed a secondment in Japan with Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Admissions

  • Solicitor, Hong Kong
  • New York

Education

  • University of Sydney, BA, honors and LLB
  • City University of Hong Kong, PCLL

Languages

  • Cantonese
  • French
  • Mandarin

Select Engagements

  • Representation of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd in a multi-jurisdictional restructuring of Takata Corporation and its subsidiaries through U.S. and Japanese insolvency processes, and in related civil litigation.
  • Representation of the joint administrators of a high-net-worth individual’s estate valued at HK $100 billion in asset recovery proceedings and litigation ancillary to estate administration.
  • Representation of a leading financial institution in English High Court proceedings valued at US $50 million concerning the valuation of derivatives on closeout under International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) agreements.
  • Representation of a Hong Kong based corporate trustee following the insolvency of a US $2.3 billion Japanese retail pension fund.
  • Representation of the trustee of the distressed notes of an Indian issuer, relating to competing noteholder restructuring proposals.
  • Representation of a U.S.-based distressed-debt hedge fund in enforcing its rights under a debtor-in-possession financing arrangement.
  • Representation of an insolvent Hong Kong electronics importer’s liquidator, including a related fraud investigation.
  • Representation of a major global casino company as a debtor in a Korean insolvency process.
  • Representation of a leading investment bank in a U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act inquiry into Asia hiring practices.
  • Representation of an asset management firm in a Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Corruption inquiry into a transaction.
  • Representation of a major investment bank in an internal fraud inquiry into a former senior executive.
  • Representation of a global investment bank in a cross-jurisdiction inquiry into foreign exchange benchmark trading.
  • Representation of a Hong Kong-listed company in a Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) investigation into breach of disclosure obligations.
  • Representation of a leading electronic brokerage in a Hong Kong SFC investigation into algorithmic trading incidents.
  • Representation of an electronic trading firm with respect to a China Securities Regulatory Commission inquiry into trading conduct.
  • Representation of a high-net-worth individual resisting an application for extradition.
  • Representation of an equities trader in Hong Kong Market Misconduct Tribunal and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement proceedings.
 

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Associate Member

Credentials

Admissions

  • Solicitor, Hong Kong
  • New York

Education

  • University of Sydney, BA, honors and LLB
  • City University of Hong Kong, PCLL

Languages

  • Cantonese
  • French
  • Mandarin

Engagements

  • Representation of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd in a multi-jurisdictional restructuring of Takata Corporation and its subsidiaries through U.S. and Japanese insolvency processes, and in related civil litigation.
  • Representation of the joint administrators of a high-net-worth individual’s estate valued at HK $100 billion in asset recovery proceedings and litigation ancillary to estate administration.
  • Representation of a leading financial institution in English High Court proceedings valued at US $50 million concerning the valuation of derivatives on closeout under International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) agreements.
  • Representation of a Hong Kong based corporate trustee following the insolvency of a US $2.3 billion Japanese retail pension fund.
  • Representation of the trustee of the distressed notes of an Indian issuer, relating to competing noteholder restructuring proposals.
  • Representation of a U.S.-based distressed-debt hedge fund in enforcing its rights under a debtor-in-possession financing arrangement.
  • Representation of an insolvent Hong Kong electronics importer’s liquidator, including a related fraud investigation.
  • Representation of a major global casino company as a debtor in a Korean insolvency process.
  • Representation of a leading investment bank in a U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act inquiry into Asia hiring practices.
  • Representation of an asset management firm in a Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Corruption inquiry into a transaction.
  • Representation of a major investment bank in an internal fraud inquiry into a former senior executive.
  • Representation of a global investment bank in a cross-jurisdiction inquiry into foreign exchange benchmark trading.
  • Representation of a Hong Kong-listed company in a Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) investigation into breach of disclosure obligations.
  • Representation of a leading electronic brokerage in a Hong Kong SFC investigation into algorithmic trading incidents.
  • Representation of an electronic trading firm with respect to a China Securities Regulatory Commission inquiry into trading conduct.
  • Representation of a high-net-worth individual resisting an application for extradition.
  • Representation of an equities trader in Hong Kong Market Misconduct Tribunal and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement proceedings.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Associate Member