Rachel is an Of Counsel in Kennedys Commercial Disputes and Regulatory Team in Hong Kong.  Qualified in Hong Kong, she focuses on financial services, regulatory matters, commercial litigation and arbitration including investigations commenced by regulators such as the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), disciplinary proceedings, Market Misconduct Tribunal (MMT) proceedings, High Court and District Court proceedings.  She was seconded to a leading investment bank for 6 months in 2021.

Rachel is one of the joint authors of the Securities & Futures Ordinance (Cap. 571) – Commentary and annotations – 2019 versions, published by Sweet & Maxwell.

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 for ‘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."
  • Rachel Yuen is named as a Recommended Lawyer for ‘Regulatory (Hong Kong)’
    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021

  • Rachel Yuen is named as a Recommended Lawyer for ‘Regulatory (Hong Kong)’
    Rachel Yuen is “110% responsible and reliable”.
    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018

  • Client quotes that “She (Rachel) is good at handling and has useful suggestions
    Gracechurch APAC Report 2017

Work highlights

  • Advising a leading accounting firm and / or its personnel in the handling of various Hong Kong financial regulatory investigations and proceedings, including advice on issues associated with Mainland Chinese legal impediments in producing documents to Hong Kong and overseas regulators.
  • Representing a leading accounting firm and its personnel in Hong Kong statutory legal proceedings brought by liquidators to obtain documents.
  • Representing an accountant in proceedings commenced by the SFC before the MMT.
  • Acting for a senior personnel of a leading financial institution in a high profile financial regulatory proceedings into the conduct of sponsors, underwriters and bookrunners in the context of initial public offerings on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
  • Representing a listed company chairman in defending legal proceedings brought by the SFC seeking relief including a compensation order of over US$12 million.
  • Advising a director of a listed company on disciplinary proceedings commenced by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in relation to alleged breaches of director’s duties.
  • Advising a number of senior bankers and senior management of an international financial institution in investigations commenced by the SFC in relation to internal systems and controls issues.
  • Successfully defending certain directors of a listed company in a test case before the MMT in relation to the ambit of the requirement to disclose inside information in major transactions contexts.
  • Representing a listed company in a highly contentious M&A dispute.
  • General commercial litigation, mediation and arbitration experience including representing clients in contractual disputes and injunction proceedings.
Market recognitiion
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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021