Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Hong Kong
Marcus Dearle leads BLP’s international Family Asset Protection team across Asia and Europe.
As one of Asia’s leading Private Client and Family lawyers, he advises High Net Worth (HNW) and Ultra High Net Worth (UHNW) individuals, families and trustees on all aspects of relationship breakdown. This expert advice includes advice on asset protection, complex international trusts and corporate structures, the commercial interests of private capital, multi-jurisdictional pre and post-nuptial agreements and cross-border matrimonial litigation. Marcus also advises on children dispute issues and has international, cutting-edge expertise in child surrogacy law. He has acted in a number of high profile and ground breaking international family law and trust and divorce cases - including acting for Florence Tsang resulting in the biggest litigated divorce award in Hong Kong history, and representing the trustee in the landmark Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal case of Poon.
Marcus has been listed as one of the top specialist trusts and private client lawyers in the world in Legal Week’s Private Client Global Elite 2017 http://privateclientglobalelite.com/announced/.
Chambers Asia Pacific 2016 praised him for being "patient and meticulous," with one client commenting: "Really, I would recommend him to any friend who needs a family lawyer." Chambers and Partners 2017 stated that, "when he (Marcus) speaks, you listen because he invariably gets the case spot on." Spears Asia Magazine named Marcus as one of the “top 10” family lawyers in Hong Kong in 2015.
Marcus has 27 years’ experience in family law and wealth planning, and is qualified in Hong Kong, England & Wales and the BVI.
He regularly speaks at conferences and contributes to a number of broadsheet newspapers, textbooks, magazines and journals - including speaking on asset preservation, divorce and trusts at the industry leading STEP Asia Conferences in 2015 and 2017 – “a great speaker who can engage immediately with his audience”. He is on the Consultant Editorial Board of Lexis Practical Guidance in Hong Kong.
He is an officer of the International Bar Association Family Law Committee – (International Liaison Officer) and Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL); IAFL is a worldwide association of practising lawyers who are recognised by their peers as the most experienced and skilled family law specialists in their respective countries.