Simon Blade is a Partner in Control Risks’ Compliance, Forensics and Intelligence practice, based in Hong Kong. He has specialised in forensic accounting, litigation support, restructuring and insolvency for the past 30 years, and has worked on numerous engagements throughout China and Southeast Asia.
Simon has advised in diverse investigative and forensic accounting assignments and shareholder disputes across Asia Pacific, often engaged as an expert witness. His clients have included the Hong Kong Department of Justice, Independent Commission Against Corruption, Hong Kong Deposit Protection Board as well as listed multinational companies, insurers and high net worth individuals. Simon has worked on numerous corporate restructurings, primarily advising boards, shareholders, creditors or bankers with interests across the Asia Pacific region and beyond. He has also acted as receiver or liquidator of more than 600 Hong Kong entities as well as offshore holding entities.
Some of Simon’s prominent engagements include:
- Investigated Hong Kong listing fraud and retained by the Hong Kong Department of Justice to give expert testimony in two separate High Court trials.
- Court appointed receiver of the shares of a BVI company in a shareholder dispute involving the ATP and WTA rights to the Beijing tennis open championship. Ordered to report independently to the BVI court on the value of the underlying business.
- Acted as liquidator of a PRC joint venture bank including realising the distressed debt portfolio and its interest in GITIC syndicated loans.
- Advised on the formulation of a scheme of arrangement and acted as scheme administrator of the subsidiary of a Hong Kong-listed company involving the issue of cash and shares in the listed company thereby avoiding the insolvent liquidation of the subsidiary.
Prior to joining Control Risks, Simon was a Senior Managing Director in FTI Consulting’s forensic and litigation consulting practice. Prior to that, Simon co-founded and led Baker Tilly Hong Kong, which later sold its forensic accounting and insolvency practice to FTI Consulting.
Simon is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, a Certified Fraud Examiner and holds a specialist designation in insolvency.