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Joanne Verbiesen Partner

Hong Kong
+852 5806 7849
+852 9136 5298

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:
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 & Admissions

Victoria University of Wellington (LLB)  2003
Victoria University of Wellington (BA)  2003
Bar Admissions
New Zealand 2004
Cayman Islands 2013


Restructuring and Insolvency
Hong Kong Litigation
Distressed Funds


The Cayman Islands Court of Appeal decision in In the matter of the Herald Fund SPC (In Official Liquidation) has provided some clarity on the ranking of priority in liquidation of amounts owing to shareholders and former shareholders of a company... read more