Harneys’ Hong Kong office announces lateral partner hire

Harneys has further expanded its Asia litigation and restructuring practice with the recruitment of Partner Julie Engwirda from a rival offshore law firm in Hong Kong.

Julie boasts extensive offshore litigation and restructuring experience, having practised for more than ten years with Walkers in the British Virgin Islands, before joining boutique offshore law firm Travers Thorp Alberga in Hong Kong where she worked as a partner for more than two years.

Harneys’ Asia Managing Partner, Ian Mann, commented: “Julie’s vast offshore experience is invaluable in this market and gives our team an overall competitive edge which is truly second to none. We are honoured to have her join the team and look forward to more opportunities to offer our clients new and improved service levels with her on board.”

Julie is extremely well regarded for her expertise in insolvency and restructuring, both contentious and non-contentious. She also has wide-ranging experience in complex cross-border commercial litigation and distressed funds, having advised on a diverse range of matters involving fraud, shareholder disputes, trust disputes, regulatory and compliance issues, contract disputes, misfeasance, asset tracing, breach of fiduciary duties and directors’ duties.

Her recruitment significantly strengthens Harneys’ market-leading Asia litigation and restructuring team, which is unmatched in terms of depth, breadth and diversity of work. By far the largest team of its kind in Asia, it routinely advises on precedent-setting cases and has been instrumental in the development of offshore jurisprudence in the field of restructuring and insolvency in recent years.

Harneys’ Hong Kong team now comprises 52 lawyers, including twelve partners, the territory’s largest offshore legal team by far. The firm’s three full-service Asia offices across Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai also represent the largest Asia network of any offshore law firm.