Senior appointment signals further growth at Mourant in Hong Kong
17 September 2018
Mourant has further strengthened its litigation and insolvency practice in Hong Kong with the appointment of insolvency and commercial litigation specialist Justine Lau. The move is part of ongoing strategic expansion in Asia for Mourant which has become one of the leading offshore firms in the Asia market since launching in 2012.
Justine, who joins Mourant from Mayer Brown, has more than 10 years' experience advising on a broad range of insolvency related issues. Her practice involves advising clients on all types of litigious matters arising from the management of insolvent estates, and advising creditors in respect of their rights and claims in and against insolvent estates (liquidation, receivership and other insolvency administrations).
Mourant Hong Kong Head of Litigation, Shaun Folpp, said: "This is an important moment in our practice's development and Justine's skills and experience are a real complement to our globally renowned, leading litigation team. Justine has an enviable reputation for her insolvency experience and depth of knowledge of the Asia Pacific legal market and I am looking forward to working with her to continue to develop our practice here."
Mourant Managing Partner in Hong Kong, Paul Christopher added: "There is real competition for talent in this market, and we are very pleased that Justine has chosen to join us. It's testament to the reputation and growth of our Litigation & Insolvency team, which has since grown considerably in the last three years and which has been involved in many of the largest and most complex recent offshore disputes within the region."
Justine is also a director of the International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation, a worldwide, non-profit corporation to promote women in restructuring-related professions and provide opportunities for education, business development, leadership and mentoring of women in restructuring-related professions.
Globally, the Mourant litigation practice group is the largest in the offshore world. Last year lawyers from the firm played leading roles in some of the largest and most high-profile offshore disputes including the Madoff fraud related Pearson v Primeo Fund and the related Primeo v. HSBC case, as well as one of the largest cases to be brought before the court in the Channel Islands relating the Carlyle Capital Corporation. During this period Mourant has also acted in a number of disputes before the Privy Council.