Michael Popkin - Counsel, Campbells Hong Kong - Litigation, Insolvency & Restructuring


Michael is Counsel in our LitigationInsolvency & Restructuring Group, based in our Hong Kong office. He has extensive experience in complex cross-border transactions and disputes, focusing on contentious and non-contentious aspects of offshore investment funds and trust structures, shareholders’ disputes, insolvency & restructuring.

Michael joined Campbells in our Cayman Islands office in 2016 following 14 years of practice in Sydney, Australia and 10 years of practice in Southeast Asia. He relocated to Campbells’ Hong Kong office in 2017.


  • Contractual Disputes
  • Distressed Funds
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Enforcement of Security
  • Banking and Trust Litigation
  • Injunctions and Other Stand Alone / Ancillary Relief
  • Appointment and Removal of Liquidators and Receivers
  • Schemes of Arrangement and Cross-Border Corporate Reorganisations
  • Advising Insolvency Practitioners
  • Advising Creditors and Shareholders

Work Highlights

  • Advising private equity group XIO in a multi-billion US dollar ownership dispute with PRC tycoon, Xie Zhikun
  • Acting for the Pacific Andes Group in respect of its ongoing global restructuring
  • Advising the general partner of a Cayman-based private equity fund in respect of a billion US dollar dispute with the fund’s primary investor and acting as Cayman counsel in the HKIAC arbitration of that dispute
  • Advising a Hong Kong and Singapore-based asset management firm in respect of the restructuring of several of its Cayman-based funds and disputes with investors
  • Advising ASX-listed Speedcast International Limited in respect of offshore aspects of its US Chapter 11 restructuring
  • Acting as Cayman counsel for the joint official liquidators of China Medical Technologies, Inc.

Qualifications and Admissions

  • Registered Foreign Lawyer, Hong Kong (2017)
  • Attorney at Law, Cayman Islands (2016)
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia (2006, currently non-practising)
  • Attorney at Law, New York (1997, currently non-practising)
  • University of British Columbia, LL.B
  • University of Toronto, BA Linguistics, History and French

Prior Career History

  • Allens, Sydney, Australia
  • Siam Premier, Bangkok, Thailand

Professional Associations

  • Hong Kong Law Society
  • Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Restructuring and Insolvency Faculty