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Giovanna Kwong

T: +852 2533 2787 Email Giovanna | Vcard Office: Hong Kong


Insurance - Hong Kong

Insurance - Hong Kong

Giovanna Kwong Partner

Contact details

Giovanna Kwong

Giovanna Kwong

T: +852 2533 2787 Email Giovanna | Vcard Office: Hong Kong

Giovanna specialises in dispute resolution and regulatory work. She advises corporates, institutions and individuals in the commercial, financial, insurance, pharmaceutical, construction and logistics sectors.
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With over 30 years of experience, Giovanna has practiced as a solicitor in Hong Kong and in England & Wales separately for over a decade and has handled a broad range of complex disputes, high profile arbitration proceedings and reported cases in both jurisdictions, including a leading reinsurance case.

She is an accredited mediator, a Chartered Arbitrator and a panel arbitrator of Financial Dispute Resolution Centre, SCIA and the Law Society of Hong Kong. She is a “star arbitrator” of Vis East and a committee member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (East Asia Branch).

Giovanna regularly lectures on corporate governance, competition law, arbitration, and re-insurance. She is a contributor of the Insurance Section of Bullen & Leake & Jacob's Precedents of Pleadings Hong Kong.  

"An “excellent” lawyer who has advised a number of asset management firms and individuals in SFC investigations"

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015

  • International arbitration
  • Commercial litigation
  • Competition
  • Dispute resolution
  • Regulatory litigation

Acting as an arbitrator in commercial, financial, insurance, and construction disputes.

Advising a group company and its founding director in joint venture and investment disputes, involving dealing with freezing of assets injunctions and arbitration in Hong Kong.

Advising a listed company in arbitration proceedings relating to investment agreements.

Representing insurers in various arbitration proceedings relating to infrastructure projects, landfill site, water drainage scheme, harbour rehabilitation scheme, and contractors all risks policies.

Representing a public body in a high profile arbitration relating to short foundation piles in a public housing estate. 

Representing a founding shareholder and related companies and a former chairman of a listed company in complex disputes with another founding shareholder group of companies concerning the management of and the investments into the listed company, involving court actions in Hong Kong and in other jurisdiction.

Representing a major shareholder and director of a listed company who has been sued in a High Court action by his long term business partner for failure to transfer substantial shares in a Hong Kong listed company to him following certain business swap arrangements.

Representing a financial consultancy company in its claim against a Hong Kong listed company for breach of the terms of the consultancy agreement in failing to issue option shares.

Advising in a complex commercial dispute involving two families and joint venture partners for decades.

Acting for an international bank in proceedings against the individual and corporate guarantors.

More: Commercial litigation

Advising and representing an international logistics company on competition and regulatory issues relating to distribution agreements and practices between its Hong Kong-based logistics arm, their global suppliers and their customers.

Advising an international process server and logistics group on competition law issues concerning its business arrangements with its cross border partners.

Advising the client in a dispute between an international sports association and a private company over the contracts between the company and national member federations of the sports association, including competition law implications.

Acting for a licensee of a global brand in a dispute with the licensor over the global license agreement, involving issues of misrepresentation and wrongful termination of the license agreement.

Acting for a major asset management company in a claim by a former employee for commission payment arising from the sale of financial products, unfair dismissal, misrepresentation and disability discrimination.

Advising an international sourcing company in dealing with insolvent situations of its long standing suppliers and manufacturers in the PRC and in Hong Kong.

Acting for a global 500 insurance company in claims against former insurance agents / managers for overpayment of compensation.

Advising a regional broker in relation to default of an investor and data privacy matters.

Advising and representing listed companies and company directors and financial officers in SFC investigations and regulators’ enquiries.

Advising a London listed company on regulatory investigations involving a Hong Kong listed subsidiary.

Advising asset management companies, licensed persons, and individuals in SFC investigations and in contractual and financial regulatory matters.

  • Insurance
  • Life sciences
  • Consumer

Acting as an arbitrator in insurance policy disputes.

Advising an investment bank, insurance brokers and agents in relation to insurance referral and agency agreements.

Advising company directors on D&O policy matters.

Advising and representing insurers in contractors-all-risks claims.

Acting for and advising life insurance companies on insurance policy issues, fraudulent sale of insurance policies in across the border, contractual matters, and regulatory issues involving insurance agents and brokers in Hong Kong.

More: Insurance

Advising a Global 500 pharmaceutical and life sciences companies on clinical trials, medical advertising, confidential agreements, promotion and withdrawal of products, and data privacy.

Advising a well-known pharmaceutical company and supplier of medical devices, on various aspects of its business model in order to ensure compliance, in particular, with competition, corporate governance and anti-bribery regulations.

Advising pharmaceutical companies on matters relating to clinical trials, corporate governance, trade description, and competition issues.

Advising a global logistics group on logistical aspects of medical and clinical trial products.

Advising pharmaceutical companies and a pharmaceutical retail chain on medical advertising and code of conduct issues.

More: Life sciences

Advising a listed global distributor of fast moving consumer goods on distribution agreements, regulatory compliance, employment, competition law, and in disputes with suppliers and service providers.

Advising a well-known food and beverage group on corporate governance, employment and commercial matters.

Advising an international travel group on dual employment contracts and outsourcing arrangements.

Advising a well-known local brand in a product liability matter involving a healthcare product imported from Canada.

Advising an international material science company on a product liability matter involving defective materials.  

More: Consumer


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