Joanne Verbiesen

Partner
Hong Kong
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Expertise and Professional Background

Joanne Verbiesen is a partner based in Harneys’ Hong Kong office. She is a member of the firm’s Litigation and Restructuring Department, servicing Asia-based clients involved in Cayman Islands and BVI litigation. Her practice involves high value contentious insolvency matters, contentious trust matters and general commercial litigation.

Prior to joining Harneys, Joanne worked in another top tier offshore firm in the Cayman Islands where she regularly appeared as an advocate in the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands. She also regularly advised on non-contentious and contentious trust matters including advising trustees and beneficiaries on trust structures/resettlements, asset protection, trustee duties, exercise of trust powers, Beddoe relief and beneficiary disputes.  
 
Joanne’s recent experience includes:
  • AHAB v SICL & Ors (FSD 54 of 2009 (ASCJ)), a US$9.2 billion fraud case
  • Acting for Cooperative Rabobank, U.A. Hong Kong branch (Rabobank) and Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) as creditors of Pacific Andes Group companies in connection with the restructuring of the US$1.5 billion Pacific Andes Group including in respect of proceedings in the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and BVI and providing expert evidence in Singapore
  • Kabushiki Kaisha Sigma v Trustcorp Limited (in liquidation) and Hideo Seto (FSD 154 of 2013 (CQJ)) – acting for the plaintiff in proceedings seeking orders that the plaintiff is entitled to certain unit trusts in two Cayman Islands' trusts and defending related Beddoe proceedings. The case confirmed the applicability in the Cayman Islands of the rule in Hollington v Hewthorn [1943] K.B. 587
  • Worthing v Sterling Macro Fund (FSD 87 of 2015 (CQJ)) - lead counsel in a successful application on behalf of a shareholder for a declaration of entitlement to, and the disclosure of, the books and records of a Cayman Islands registered fund pursuant to the terms of the fund's subscription agreement.
Joanne is also a contributing editor of The Offshore Litigation Blog, a platform dedicated to providing the offshore market with up to date information about litigation in the BVI, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.

Education

Victoria University of Wellington (LLB)  2003
Victoria University of Wellington (BA)  2003

Bar Admissions

New Zealand 2004
Cayman Islands 2013
British Virgin Islands 2016


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