Katherine is a counsel in the Hong Kong office of King & Wood Mallesons. She has a broad disputes practice involving commercial litigation, regulatory investigation, commercial crime, international arbitration, frequently with cross-border issues.
Katherine regularly assists banks to enforce loans which are in default, including conducting arbitrations in cross-border loans. Her commercial litigation/arbitration experience covers general contractual disputes, shareholder disputes, regulatory investigation, and professional services matters. Katherine has extensive experience advising on shareholder and joint venture disputes; has acted in proceedings involving injunctive and interim measures; and regularly advises clients on regulatory investigations by authorities such as the Securities and Futures Commission, the Market Misconduct Tribunal, the Monetary Authority and the Independent Commission against Corruption.
She has represented clients in international arbitrations conducted under various institutional and ad-hoc arbitration rules including those of HKIAC, UNCITRAL and LCIA.
Katherine is a native mandarin speaker and speaks English and Cantonese.
- Acting for the PRC largest financial asset management company in a HK$750m debt recovery action involving taking actions in multi-jurisdictions (PRC, BVI, Cayman and Hong Kong) against the issuers/ guarantors.
- Acting for a Chinese state-owned asset management company in a US$140m HKIAC arbitration in relation to the dispute arising out of a shareholders and noteholders agreement.
- Advising a leading PRC commercial bank in a claim in relation to a US$540m loan. The instructions involve extensive cross border and offshore co-operation as the loan is guaranteed by Hong Kong, PRC and offshore entities by way of a series of share charges and personal guarantees.
- Acting for a high net worth individual in a dispute in relation to the client’s entitlement under a joint venture. There are parallel proceedings in Australia and in Hong Kong. The dispute involves breach of contract, constructive trust based on Pallant v Morgan equity, breach of fiduciary duties and knowing receipt.
- Defending a high net worth individual in two HKIAC arbitrations conducted in Chinese. The dispute involves allegations of fraud, validity of guarantee, negligence, defamation, harassment.
- Advising a subsidiary of a Hong Kong listed company in relation to its investment under a note.
- Acting for various overseas companies in online fraud cases.
- Acting for a PRC state-owned energy company in respect of its dispute with a foreign petroleum supplier under a long term oil supply contract.
- Defending a PRC state-owned enterprise in a Hong Kong arbitration arising from a dispute in connection with the consultancy fees for power plant projects in Nigeria.
- Acting for an Australian mining and resources company in respect of its enforcement proceedings for a London arbitration for an award arsing out from a charterparty agreement.
- Acting for a Japanese contractor in a multi-million dollar dispute with its joint venture partner concerning the second Bangkok International Airport.