Bertha is an Of Counsel in Kennedys Commercial Disputes and Regulatory Team in Hong Kong.  Qualified in Hong Kong, she specialises in complex commercial litigation and arbitration (including proceedings relating to allegations of misconduct by financial sector entities, directors and professionals, shareholder disputes and ancillary applications for Mareva and proprietary injunctions), financial services regulatory investigations and white collar crime.  In her practice, she has acted for financial sector entities, international and Hong Kong-based companies, professionals working in regulated industries and high-net worth individuals.

Market recognition

  • Ranked in Band 5 for ‘Dispute Resolution: Litigation (International Firms) (China)’ practice by Chambers Greater China Region 2022
    • A client reports: “I find their services courteous, organised, knowledgeable, professional, and efficient.”
  • Ranked in Tier 4 by ‘Dispute Resolution: Litigation (Hong Kong)’ practice by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022
    • "The team is not only full of specialists but they work really hard to produce the quality preparation necessary to achieve the best result. Their paperwork is top-notch. They are engaging as individuals, and individually and collectively committed to their clients’ litigation. Their instructions to counsel are always helpful and their analysis always insightful. Although good on the law, they are extremely practical and have a good commercial sense."

Work highlights

  • Representing six former directors of a former Hong Kong Main Board listed company (now in liquidation) on their defence of a negligence claim of over HK$300 million for failing to detect an alleged false trading scheme brought against them by the joint and several liquidators.
  • Acting for the former Chairman of a Hong Kong Main Board listed company (de-listed in 2021) on a highly publicised joint Hong Kong law enforcement agency and financial regulatory investigation and inter-related High Court actions involving over 40 parties and multiple sets of legal teams.
  • Representing a Spanish company in successfully obtaining an urgent ex parte injunction against the assets of two Hong Kong-based companies in support of its claim against them of over US$10 million due to more than 100 fraudulent payment transactions over two years.
  • Advising a multinational bank on its defence of a potential claim of over US$15 million relating to mis-selling of foreign exchange transactions brought by its former client.
  • Advising a Hong Kong Main Board listed banking and financial company in its potential dispute in relation to a possible termination of a long term contract.
  • Advising a leading accounting firm on multiple interrelated financial regulatory investigations in which potential Mainland Chinese legal impediments to disclosing documents to Hong Kong regulators were an issue.
  • Representing a leading accounting firm on its responses to requests for information and documents from liquidators.
  • Acting for foreign individuals and overseas companies in obtaining Mareva injunctions, banker’s disclosure orders and judgments in support of claims relating to cyber security breaches and fraud.
  • Representing the Hong Kong subsidiary of a multinational insurance company in its defence of a claim by its former registered insurance agent of over HK$91 million for damages arising from the set up and operation of a general agency model.