Laura De Heer has been a member of our Litigation and Restructuring practice group in Hong Kong since 2012. Her practice focuses on commercial disputes, often with a multi-jurisdictional element, including shareholder disputes, fraud claims, insolvency proceedings, contentious trust matters, and obtaining cross-border interim relief, often working with large legal teams. As part of her contentious trusts and probate practice, Laura has acted for beneficiaries and trustees, including protecting the interests of minors and the unborn, and temporary grants of probate.
Laura’s recent experience includes:
- A shareholders dispute which recently went to the Privy Council and concerned the beneficial entitlement to shares and forum non conveniens.
- Assisting a federal equity receiver appointed by United States regulatory authorities to gain recognition in Hong Kong, together with Hong Kong and senior counsel.
- Acting for a big-four accounting firm as liquidators of a Cayman Islands-company formerly listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, in relation to the implementation of the first BVI creditors’ arrangement with respect to its wholly-owned BVI incorporated subsidiary.
- Advising a BVI-incorporated private trust company, which acts as trustee to a substantial family trust, in relation to formulating and implementing an offshore strategy to assist it in successfully defending main proceedings regarding various issues in the United States.
- Obtaining Black Swan injunctive relief in the BVI in support of Cypriot proceedings.
- Acting for various companies in insolvency proceedings in the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands, including for the appointment of liquidators, inspectors, receivers, and provisional liquidators.
Laura is a contributing author to British Virgin Islands Commercial Law, the authoritative guide to the BVI’s commercial laws. She is also a co-founder and member of LILA Hong Kong and a member of IWIRC.