Graham Ridler

Business Growth Specialist

Graham has specialized in insolvency, financial restructuring, banking and commercial litigation for over 25 years. He is an acknowledged specialist and leading lawyer in Chambers, Legal 500 and IFLR 1000. Graham has been involved in many cross border and international restructuring and asset recovery cases, having spent 8 years working in Hong Kong.

Graham has advised creditors, Government Agencies, insolvency practitioners, companies and directors on contentious and consensual restructuring and insolvency matters. This includes administrations, schemes of arrangement, liquidations, receiverships, debt restructuring, applications for the recognition of foreign insolvency proceedings, and actions for the tracing of assets. Graham has specific experience dealing with shipping insolvencies. Work has also involved advising financial institutions on regulatory matters. Graham has extensive experience in recovery actions for banks. Graham has also been involved in large personal bankruptcy cases involving public and private examinations, search and seizures and prosecutions for fraud.

Graham’s work is both the UK and cross border, and both contentious and non-contentious.

  • Insolvency Practitioners
  • Banks, funds and other financial institutions
  • Companies and their directors
  • Individuals
  • Overseas Law Firms
  • Acting on the global restructuring of Trident Microsystems (US/Cayman/Hong Kong/Singapore/Japan/Korea/Taiwan/India).
  • Acting on the US Receivership of ZST Digital Inc and actions to take control of subsidiaries in Cayman, BVI, Hong Kong and the PRC.
  • Acting for the receivers of Rightway China Group on a US$800m lend, involving actions in Cayman, BVI, Hong Kong and the PRC.
  • KPMG – Transfield Cape – acting for the liquidators of global the shipping firm, including concurrent insolvency applications in the BVI and Singapore, recognition proceedings in the UK and Hong Kong, and proceedings in New York for the release of company funds. The company was also traded to work out the profitable shipping contracts.
  • Acting on proceedings in Hong Kong to obtain recognition of Japanese proceedings in the case of Sanko Shipping (no 2 rehabilitation).
  • Acting on cross border issues arising out of the South Korean shipping rehabilitation case of STX Pan Ocean, and insolvency of certain overseas subsidiaries.
  • Acting for creditors in the China insolvency of Dongfang Shipping.
  • Acting for a Singapore based shipping business in financially restructuring its business.
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation – acting on the receivership of United Commercial Bank and its sale into East West Bank. The first time the FDIC had dealt with a case outside the US borders. We successfully persuaded the Hong Kong Monetary Authority not to appoint a Manager, and to deal with creditor protection by way of undertakings.
  • Acting for Verizon in successfully prosecuting a heavily defended winding up petition against a former customer for US$17m, appointing liquidators and acting for the liquidators in tracing assets.
  • US Securities and Exchange Commission – acting on the cross border issues for the liquidators (Mosier & Co) of Private Equity Management Group – a suspected Ponzi type operation.
  • Federal deposit Insurance Corporation – advising on the possible regulatory issues arising under the change of control provisions Hong Kong, following the introduction of the Dodd-Frank Act.
  • Acting for a major US garment company in its exit strategy from Hong Kong and the PRC.
  • Acting for a major Chinese garment manufacturer in restructuring its large associated trading company in the UK which resulted in further financing and the rescue of the business.
  • Advising an Italian Bank on its position on the conflicting requirements of confidentially and data protection, against the proposed requirements of the Italian government for the disclosure of account details of overseas resident Italian nationals.

Previous Law Firms:

  • DLA Piper (Hong Kong)
  • Eversheds
  • Deacons (Hong Kong)
  • Pinsent Curtis (now Pinsent Masons)



  • University of Leicester
  • College of Law Guildford

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