Barbara Chiu


Hong Kong, China Hong Kong SAR

Areas of Practice

Mrs. Barbara Chiu specializes in commercial litigation, international arbitration, regulatory investigation/litigation, white collar crimes, insolvency and restructuring, intellectual property related disputes, judicial review and employment laws with over 20 years' experience in Hong Kong.

In relation to commercial litigation and international arbitration, Mrs. Barbara Chiu has extensive experience in shareholder and director's disputes, minority shareholder protection, derivative action, breach of fiduciary duty and duty of care, joint venture disputes, many of which involve publicly listed companies. She also advises on contractual disputes, trust related claims, matrimonial disputes and judicial review matters.

In relation to regulatory investigation and litigation, Mrs. Barbara Chiu frequently advises on regulatory investigation/litigation, and represents clients in Securities and Futures Commission actions, such as Market Misconduct Tribunal and court proceedings.

In relation to white collar crimes, Mrs. Chiu advises on possible criminal conduct by directors or employees of private and listed companies, represents client in defending criminal prosecution on charges such as corruption, misconduct in public office, fraud and money laundering charges.

In relation to insolvency and restructuring, her practice benefits greatly from her extensive experience in cross-border commercial litigation and arbitration. She advises in companies winding up, bankruptcy, receivership, assets investigation and recovery proceedings.

Barbara has been recognised as "Female of the Year: Asia Pacific" by Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific Awards 2020. Her representation in a SFC case was awarded "Deal of the Year" by China Business Law Awards 2017, and "Matter of the Year: Novel criminal case in Hong Kong" by asialaw and Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2018. She was previously shortlisted as finalist in individual recognitions including: "International Arbitration Lawyer of the Year" by Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2019; "White-Collar Crime Lawyer of the Year" by Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2019; and "Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year" by ALB Hong Kong Law Awards 2017.

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Work Experience

Mrs. Chiu received her LL.B and LL.M from the City University of Hong Kong in 1996 and 1998 respectively and is admitted as Solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong since 1998.

Before joining King & Wood Mallesons, Mrs. Chiu was a solicitor with a well-established local firm for 15 years including 7 years as a partner.

Her working languages are Chinese Mandarin, Cantonese and English.

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