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Emily So is an Associate in the Asia Disputes & Restructuring Group in the Hong Kong office of Conyers Dill & Pearman. She joined Conyers in 2016 and possesses more than 10 years of post-qualification experience.

Emily’s practice includes all aspects of commercial disputes resolution, ranging from high value shareholders’ disputes, derivative actions, corporate insolvency, restructuring, insolvency to other contentious matters, often involving cross-border elements and multiple jurisdictions.

Prior to joining Conyers, she has accumulated experience in civil and commercial litigations including the winding up of a listed company, regulatory investigations, asset recovery, liquidation and international disputes. Emily is particularly skilled in navigating multi-jurisdictional landscapes, dissecting complex factual scenarios and managing long-running Court proceedings, including trial and proceedings at the appellate level.

Emily possesses first-class analytical capability and superior drafting skills. She is trilingual and speaks native Mandarin, Cantonese and English, allowing her to serve international and local clients effectively.

Experience Highlights

Shareholders’ Disputes

  • Acted for the majority shareholder of the BVI holding company of a property development business based in Hong Kong in an unfair prejudice claim; Defended the minority’s appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (heard in November 2020); Represented the shareholder in his successful appeal to the BVI Court of Appeal quashing an Order requiring him to buy-out the shares of the minority; Successfully defended an application asserting breach of a BVI Court of Appeal’s Order for provision of financial information to the minority.
  • Acted for the managing shareholder of a five-star hotel based in China in defending an unfair prejudice claim in the BVI Commercial Court brought by the passive investing minority; Drafted the key witness statement of the managing shareholder to explain the rationale of various complex commercial transactions; Managed a large-scale discovery exercise and a five-week long trial in the BVI Commercial Court by coordinating all aspects of work with trial counsel and paralegals; Represented the shareholder in her successful appeal to the BVI Court of Appeal quashing an Order appointing provisional liquidators over the hotel; Represented the shareholder in defending an appeal currently pending before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council; Represented the client in a detailed cost assessment application (conducted remotely over three days) which resulted in a ruling that she was entitled to 92% of the total costs and disbursements claimed.
  • Acted for the Chairman and majority shareholder of a golf manufacturing company listed in Hong Kong in successfully defending an unfair prejudice claim in the BVI Commercial Court commenced by a minority shareholder.

Derivative Actions & Other Commercial Proceedings

  • Acted for the minority shareholders of the BVI holding company of a pharmaceutical business based in China in commencing a derivative action against the Chairman and board of directors of the company for breach of fiduciary duties by selling the sole asset of the company at a gross undervalue to its Chairman; Acted as the lead associate of a five-week long trial in the BVI Commercial Court; Successfully defended an application for stay of proceedings on ground of forum inconveniens; Managed all interlocutory applications of the proceedings; Managed the taking of evidence from expert witnesses in accounting and valuation methodology as well as PRC law and pharmaceutical regulations.
  • Acted for the majority shareholders of a company (in liquidation) incorporated in the Cayman Islands in commencing an professional negligence action in the Cayman Islands alleging that the joint liquidators have breached their duties as liquidators in selling the sole asset of the company at a gross undervalue.

Insolvency & Restructuring

  • Applied successfully for appointment of provisional liquidators on a “soft-touch” basis for the purpose of restructuring on behalf of various offshore companies incorporated in Bermuda and the Cayman Islands; Sought orders for recognition of the appointment of soft-touch liquidators from the Hong Kong Companies Court.
  • Acted for various offshore companies incorporated in the Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and BVI and listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in opposing winding up petitions presented by creditors; Acted as the lead Associate in drafting and collating evidence that restructuring was underway, setting out the views of creditors and reporting progress of the restructuring to the Court.
  • Applied successfully for an adjournment of a winding up petition presented against a Cayman-incorporated company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, on the ground that a restructuring proposal would yield better return to creditors if implemented by the company; Acted as the lead Associate of the matter and worked directly with a litigation partner in Cayman; Applied successfully for an order validating the dispositions of the company.
  • Acted for various creditors in preparing and serving statutory demands and commencing winding up petitions against offshore companies incorporated in the Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and BVI in debt recovery actions.

Others

  • Acted for various offshore companies listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and private companies incorporated in the BVI, the Cayman Islands and Bermuda in contentious shareholders’ meetings and advised on validity of requisitions raised by minority.
  • Prepared legal opinion on the steps and procedures of commencing multiple derivative actions against a company incorporated in Bermuda.
  • Experienced in managing virtual/ remote Court hearings and video-link cross-examination sessions for factual and expert witnesses based in Asia.

Professional Background

  • Litigation Lawyer, Securities and Futures Commission, Hong Kong
  • Litigation Associate, Winston & Strawn, Hong Kong
  • Trainee Solicitor, Stephenson Harwood, Hong Kong

Education

  • London School of Economics, Master of Laws (Distinction in dissertation), 2007
  • University of Hong Kong, Postgraduate Certificate in Laws, 2006
  • University of Hong Kong, Bachelor of Laws (Hons), 2005
  • Duke University, Exchange Studies, 2005

Bar Admissions

  • Bermuda, Registered Associate 2019
  • British Virgin Islands, Solicitor, 2019
  • Hong Kong, Solicitor, 2010 (not currently practising)

Associations

  • INSOL

Languages

  • Cantonese
  • English
  • Mandarin

Area(s) of Expertise

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