Janie Wong

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Janie Wong

Counsel

Hong Kong | Dechert, 31/F Jardine House, One Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong
+852 3518 4793 | +852 3518 4777

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Janie Wong focuses her practice on international arbitration, cross-border investigations and complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on Asia. She represents clients in contentious matters including those relating to breach of contract, competition law, cyber-security, employment, enforcement of awards and judgments, financial services, fraud, insolvency, intellectual property rights, M&A deals, private equity investments, product liability, professional negligence and shareholders’ disputes. She also counsels clients on regulatory compliance, bribery and/or corruption issues.

Ms. Wong is a frequent speaker on issues relevant to dispute resolution in the region. She has also been recognised in legal directories. For example in 2015, she was shortlisted as a 'Rising Star' for Dispute Resolution (Litigation) in China Law and Practice Awards: Individuals of the Year.  Ms. Wong has also been recognized as an 'Associate to Watch' for China, Dispute Resolution in Chambers Asia Pacific and Chambers Global, 2014. She served on the Regional Coordinating Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce Young Arbitrators Forum Asia Chapter between July 2014 and June 2017.

Prior to joining Dechert, Ms. Wong served as complex litigation and dispute resolution counsel at another international law firm.

Significant Representations

International Arbitration

  • A consortium of investors in an arbitration under the HKIAC’s Administered Arbitration Rules arising from a dispute with a South Korean company concerning the acquisition of an online business.
  • A private equity fund in an arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules arising from a dispute with a Chinese company concerning a US$70 million telecommunications investment.
  • A consortium of investors in an arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules arising from a dispute with a Chinese group of companies concerning a real estate investment, obtaining a US$595 million award in favour of the consortium, enforcing the award in the Cayman Islands, Hong Kong and mainland China and achieving a settlement of over US$600 million in favour of the consortium.
  • A New York-based investment advisory firm in an arbitration arising from a dispute with a Hong Kong-listed company concerning a US$200 million real estate investment, successfully obtaining an interim award ordering the adverse party to pay US$164 million into an escrow account and achieving a favourable settlement through mediation.
  • A Taiwanese manufacturer in an arbitration under the HKIAC's Administered Arbitration Rules arising from a dispute with a NASDAQ-listed company concerning the sale of part of its business.
  • A South Korean company in a bet the company arbitration under the ICC Rules arising from a dispute with a Philippines company concerning a joint venture investment in the solar industry.
  • A state-owned power company in an arbitration under the SIAC Rules arising from a dispute with a Spanish company concerning technology contracts.

Commercial Litigation

  • A Taiwanese company in multiple high court proceedings arising from a dispute over the control in a listed company and successfully taking the main action to trial in four months.
  • U.S. companies in business e-mail compromise cases and successfully recovering funds fraudulently transferred to Hong Kong in cybercrime schemes through coordinating with law enforcement authorities and seeking Mareva and Norwich Pharmacal relief.
  • One of the largest investment management firms in Asia in relation to enforcement action prompted by high profile news relating to a troubled Chinese developer.
  • An Italian telecommunications infrastructure company in recovering a debt of over €2.7 million.
  • An Indian pharmaceutical in relation to a patent dispute against a multinational pharmaceutical.

 Enforcement of Awards and Judgments

  • A multinational company in a multi-jurisdictional dispute concerning breach of contract, deceit, fraud and conspiracy, obtaining an order to continue a Mareva injunction in aid of enforcement of LCIA arbitral awards in excess of US$38 million and enforcing the awards in Hong Kong. 
  • A U.S. company in enforcing an AAA arbitral award against a Hong Kong listed company through enforcement proceedings that culminated in a 100% recovery. 
  • A Hong Kong conglomerate in enforcing a Californian judgment of US$2.8 billion and related judgments issued by courts in Canada, Singapore and Japan and obtaining relief to identify assets of former officers and related companies involved in the fraud and concealment of assets.

Corporate Investigations

  • A Fortune 50 company in investigations relating to potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act arising from its operations in China and India.
  • A New York-listed company in an internal investigation for following whistleblower complaints under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
  • A former executive of an investment bank in government investigations into the bank’s hiring practices in the region.
  • A Japanese company in a multi-jurisdiction asset tracing exercise.

Compliance

  • A financial institution on compliance with data privacy and cyber-security related laws in Hong Kong.
  • A U.S. company on compliance with Hong Kong’s Competition Ordinance.

Employment

  • A global business process outsourcing provider in defending claims brought by a former executive following the termination of employment.
  • Employers in a range of industries including finance, technology, manufacturing and professional services on issues such as statutory entitlements, remuneration and benefits, termination, restrictive covenants, anti-discrimination, personal data privacy and visa requirements.

Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.

Education
  • Queen’s University, B.A., Psychology, 2001
  • The University of Hong Kong, B.B.A., 2002
  • The University of Hong Kong, Bachelor of Law, Faculty of Law, 2003
  • The University of Hong Kong, Post-Graduate Certificate in Laws, Faculty of Law, 2004
Admissions
  • Hong Kong
  • England and Wales (non-practicing)
Languages
  • Cantonese
  • English
Memberships
Arbitration Committee of the Law Society of Hong Kong
International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation in Hong Kong
Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong