Connie is an associate in Dentons' Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group based in Hong Kong.

She has advised and represented international and Chinese clients in private equity disputes, shareholder and boardroom litigation, cyber fraud cases, breach of contract claims, regulatory investigations, competition cases, corporate insolvency matters and Mareva/freezing injunctions and in particular, disputes with a cross-border element. Connie has handled proceedings before the Court of Final Appeal.

Connie has also advised clients on anti-corruption matters, and she regularly represents professionals in professional negligence disputes. She also has experience in handling arbitration proceedings.

Experience

Commercial, administrative and employment litigation

  • A US consumer lender: Representing the lender at trial in a cyber fraud case against the recipient of a defrauded sum.
  • A Korean chemical company: Acted for the chemical company in a cyber fraud case involving US$21 million, including liasing with the Hong Kong Police Force and freezing the recipient bank accounts.
  • A mining group with iron ore mining assets based in Mongolia: Advising the mining group in relation to a US$400 million dispute with a Mainland investor, including contesting applications for summary judgment and winding-up in Hong Kong.
  • A regulator: Acting for the regulator in an appeal to the Court of Final Appeal concerning alleged anti-competitive behaviour.
  • The majority shareholder of a Hong Kong-listed company: Acting for the shareholder in a boardroom dispute, including resisting an injunction application brought in Bermuda and defending claims brought in Hong Kong.
  • A Chinese real estate Internet portal: Acting for the portal in defending a High Court action commenced by a potential investor.
  • A Hong Kong recruitment consultancy: Defending an executive recruitment and search consultancy against an employment claim filed in the High Court.

Anti-bribery and regulatory

  • International companies: Advising various global companies on anti-bribery law matters arising from suspected misconduct of their employees in the Asia Pacific region.
  • A European manufacturing and engineering company: Providing anti-bribery training to the Chinese employees of a Finnish manufacturing and engineering company with offices in China.
  • Former executive of a listed company: Acting for a former senior executive in an SFC investigation into alleged violations of the Securities and Futures Ordinance concerning a transport project in Hong Kong.

Insolvency

  • A Bahamian company: Acting for a Bahamian company in a Hong Kong winding up proceeding in respect of a debt of US$88 million arising from a private equity investment.
  • A liquidator: Representing the liquidator of a Cayman fund in an application for recognition of foreign liquidators and delivery up of assets.
  • A US technology company: On behalf of an American multinational technology company, commencing a winding up proceeding against its outsourcing agent to recover an unpaid sum.

Arbitration

  • A German marketing agency: Acting for a German sports marketing agency in its claim against a Chinese sports marketing company arising from a cooperation agreement involving a match with a Premier League club.

Professional negligence

  • Hong Kong firms of solicitors: Acting for various firms of solicitors in defending professional negligence claims in respect of various areas of practice, such as conveyancing and litigation.
  • A professional indemnity insurer: Advising the insurer in respect of claims for indemnity under a professional indemnity scheme.

Insights

  • “Cyber fraud: An alternative approach to recover defrauded monies”
  • “Roundup of PRC anti-bribery legal developments in 2016”
  • “Working in the margins: continuous employment, the 4-18 rule and prospects for change”

Activities and Affiliations

Presentations

Connie has spoken on different dispute resolution topics, including contractual loss and damages and directors’ liability.

  • “Direct and consequential loss, penalties and liquidated damages… beyond the jargon”
  • “Directors' and managers' liability”
  • “Anti-money laundering: the must-knows for every lawyer”
  • “Solicitors (professional Indemnity) rules and claims handling”
  • “Professional negligence”

Prior and Present Employment

  • Associate, Dentons Hong Kong LLP, 2019 – present
  • Associate, Bird & Bird, Hong Kong, 2014–2018
  • Trainee solicitor, Bird & Bird, Hong Kong, 2012–2014