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Jonathan Caplan, Queens Counsel

Jonathan is a very experienced barrister and Queen's Counsel who is based in London. He has regularly represented clients in court in other jurisdictions including Hong Kong, Singapore, Brunei, the Middle East and the United States.


He is regularly listed in the top tier of recommended Queen's Counsel in directories such as Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners. He represents, for example, major companies around the world, government agencies, high net worth individuals, sports and entertainment celebrities, and newspapers and television companies.


Legal directories say that he is widely acclaimed for his advocacy, calm assuredness, and excellent advice.


His principal areas of expertise are corporate and regulatory, cross border crime and fraud, inquiries, media and reputation law, extradition, arbitration, and health and safety crises. He has appeared in many celebrated and leading reported cases in several jurisdictions

Jonathan Midgley - Solicitor Advocate, (Higher Rights Criminal)

Jonathan Midgley leads the Hong Kong law firm of Haldane’s as its senior partner since 1985.  Under his leadership,  Haldane’s has been voted the best criminal law firm in Hong Kong  for 20 consecutive years, with a  reputation in many fields of law, including Money-laundering, SFC investigations and prosecutions, stock exchange enquiries and all types of regulatory issues. 


Jonathan is one of  the few Hong Kong solicitors in the criminal jurisdiction to have been made a Solicitor Advocate.  He  holds the same title in England and Wales.


With a skill set refined over 40 years,  Jonathan has become one of the leading lawyers in Asia, known for his ability to fix the most difficult problems for individuals and corporations.   He has held licenses to practice in Hong Kong,  England, Wales, Victoria Australia, and New York.  His record for “problem-solving” spans from Asia to  Europe to America. Jonathan possesses not only adversarial skills but also mediation skills, reputed for his ability to see “the wood for the trees,” thus to quickly recognise the shortest and most economic route to success. 


Jonathan is retained by companies and individuals alike, guiding them through commercial, criminal and regulatory problems, setting up teams, identifying  the best solutions for his clients. A large number of legal dictionaries have featured Jonathan's skills over the years. A broad network of international fellow practitioners, accountants, psychologists, inquiry agents, investigatory specialists make up his available team at any time. Jonathan is also a frequent guest contributor at Bloomberg and other news outlets on a large range of issues political as well as legal. He has brought his own style and personality to shape public opinion.


Jonathan prides himself on being approachable and reassuring.

Derek Elmer - Investigations Expert 

Mr Derek Elmer is the Chief executive officer and founder of I-OnAsia,  Derek is a former chair of the Hong Kong Chapter of the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), and has more than two decades of experience as a leader in intelligence gathering and analysis, anti-counterfeiting and sensitive operations, with a specialty in the Asia Pacific region.


Derek has participated in a three-year investigation of more than 500 public and private telecommunications enterprises that exposed the theft of foreign technologies banned for export, sparked large-scale raids that put a massive counterfeiting industry out of business, and reduced vendor fraud.


Vetted top-level executives and the largest providers of goods and services to the casino industry. Proven the innocence of wrongly accused clients, and caused guilty parties to admit to multi-million dollar frauds, money laundering, conspiracy and other white-collar crimes. Derek's team at I-OnAsia consists of award winning investigators, highly regarded certified fraud examiners and computer and mobile phone forensic experts. A team that has completed over 17,000 assignments to date, I-OnAsia after twenty years is now a well recognised global brand.


Contact US

Global Headquarters

Unit E 18/F Legend Tower

7 Shing Yip Street

Kwun Tong, Kowloon

Hong Kong

London Office

Suite 15,

59/60 Thames Street

Windsor, Berkshire


China Office

Level 20, Suite B,

Mirae Asset Tower

166 Lujiazui Ring Road

Shanghai, PRC

New York Office

Fifth Floor Suite 119,

708 Third Avenue

New York,

NY, 10017


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