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Gabrielle K.W. Liu
Lawyer
Hong Kong
ICBC Tower, 6th Floor
3 Garden Road
Central, Hong Kong
+852 2127 3221
Hong Kong
ICBC Tower, 6th Floor
3 Garden Road
Central, Hong Kong
+852 2127 3221

Gabrielle Liu focuses on cross-border commercial and insolvency disputes related to China. She advises Asia-based clients in international disputes involving the monetization and dilution of multi-million-dollar judgments and arbitration awards and on the application of cross-border insolvency tools in global asset recovery strategies.

Ms. Liu represents listed companies and ultra-high-net-worth individuals in the monetization and recovery of assets. The matters often involve fraud, misconduct and asset concealment in developing strategies spanning multiple jurisdictions including Hong Kong, China, Korea, Singapore, UK, U.S. and offshore jurisdictions.

Prior to joining Kobre & Kim, Ms. Liu practiced with Mayer Brown JSM in the bankruptcy, restructuring and insolvency group. 

Admissions

  • Solicitor, Hong Kong

Education

  • City University of Hong Kong, PCLL
  • The University of Hong Kong, CPE
  • University of Cambridge, MA
  • University of Cambridge, BA

Languages

  • Cantonese
  • German
  • Mandarin

Select Engagements

Claim Monetization & Dilution

  • Representation of a major Hong Kong fund in the global recovery and enforcement of a US$33 million senior high-yield note against judgment debtors in Hong Kong and New York proceedings.
  • Representation of Chinese clients in the recognition and enforcement of a high-value HKIAC arbitration award and cross-border monetization strategies.
  • Representation of a Korea-based judgment creditor in the global enforcement of a high-value judgment affirmed by the Supreme Court of the Republic of Korea against a judgment debtor with operations and assets in in Hong Kong, Singapore, British Virgin Islands, United States, Canada and other jurisdictions.
  • Representation of China-based judgment creditors in the international enforcement of an HKIAC arbitration award against a Chinese debtor with operations and assets in Hong Kong, the British Virgin Islands, United States, United Kingdom and mainland China.
  • Representation of an African client subject to European criminal proceedings for corruption allegations on a US$1 billion African project in defending against the restraint of US$30 million of assets by Hong Kong’s Department of Justice.
  • Representation of a Fortune 500 company defrauded of US $65 million+ in recovering the funds from various entities in Hong Kong and mainland China.
  • Representation of a Fortune 500 company defrauded of US$17 million in an asset recovery action in respect of Hong Kong and Chinese defendants.
  • Representation of a major Brazilian listed bank in the recovery of US$7 million funds from Hong Kong and mainland Chinese entities.

Insolvency Disputes

  • Acting for the joint and several liquidators of a Chinese company in the enforcement in Hong Kong of a UK judgment for US$70 million obtained by the client against a Chinese conglomerate.
  • Representation of a special committee of the board of directors in an investigation regarding potential causes of action in connection with a Chapter 11 insolvency.
  • Representation of a Middle East sovereign government on investigating alleged sanctions and money laundering violations in relation to the administration of and executing a global strategy to prosecute and recover assets from multiple jurisdictions.

International Private Client

  • Representation of Jho Low, an international businessman, in global legal matters arising out of the “1MDB” investigation, involving criminal charges and civil asset forfeiture proceedings brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, and additional legal action from authorities in Singapore, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and various other countries, involving several billions of USD in controversy.
 

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Hong Kong Law Society, Member
  • International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation, Member
  • Women in Law Hong Kong, Member

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-author, "Hong Kong-China Cross Border Insolvency Agreement Gives Creditors Greater Access to Assets in China" (Law.com International, July 2021)
  • Co-author, "Singapore: Resurgent Litigation" (Global Arbitration Review, July 2015)
  • Contributing author, "Enforcement of Foreign Judgments — Hong Kong" (Getting the Deal Through, 2015)
  • Panelist, “Litigation from Here to There” (Asia Forum, Hot Issues Representing Clients in Asia, Beijing, 2015)

Credentials

Admissions

  • Solicitor, Hong Kong

Education

  • City University of Hong Kong, PCLL
  • The University of Hong Kong, CPE
  • University of Cambridge, MA
  • University of Cambridge, BA

Languages

  • Cantonese
  • German
  • Mandarin

Engagements

Claim Monetization & Dilution

  • Representation of a major Hong Kong fund in the global recovery and enforcement of a US$33 million senior high-yield note against judgment debtors in Hong Kong and New York proceedings.
  • Representation of Chinese clients in the recognition and enforcement of a high-value HKIAC arbitration award and cross-border monetization strategies.
  • Representation of a Korea-based judgment creditor in the global enforcement of a high-value judgment affirmed by the Supreme Court of the Republic of Korea against a judgment debtor with operations and assets in in Hong Kong, Singapore, British Virgin Islands, United States, Canada and other jurisdictions.
  • Representation of China-based judgment creditors in the international enforcement of an HKIAC arbitration award against a Chinese debtor with operations and assets in Hong Kong, the British Virgin Islands, United States, United Kingdom and mainland China.
  • Representation of an African client subject to European criminal proceedings for corruption allegations on a US$1 billion African project in defending against the restraint of US$30 million of assets by Hong Kong’s Department of Justice.
  • Representation of a Fortune 500 company defrauded of US $65 million+ in recovering the funds from various entities in Hong Kong and mainland China.
  • Representation of a Fortune 500 company defrauded of US$17 million in an asset recovery action in respect of Hong Kong and Chinese defendants.
  • Representation of a major Brazilian listed bank in the recovery of US$7 million funds from Hong Kong and mainland Chinese entities.

Insolvency Disputes

  • Acting for the joint and several liquidators of a Chinese company in the enforcement in Hong Kong of a UK judgment for US$70 million obtained by the client against a Chinese conglomerate.
  • Representation of a special committee of the board of directors in an investigation regarding potential causes of action in connection with a Chapter 11 insolvency.
  • Representation of a Middle East sovereign government on investigating alleged sanctions and money laundering violations in relation to the administration of and executing a global strategy to prosecute and recover assets from multiple jurisdictions.

International Private Client

  • Representation of Jho Low, an international businessman, in global legal matters arising out of the “1MDB” investigation, involving criminal charges and civil asset forfeiture proceedings brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, and additional legal action from authorities in Singapore, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and various other countries, involving several billions of USD in controversy.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Hong Kong Law Society, Member
  • International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation, Member
  • Women in Law Hong Kong, Member

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-author, "Hong Kong-China Cross Border Insolvency Agreement Gives Creditors Greater Access to Assets in China" (Law.com International, July 2021)
  • Co-author, "Singapore: Resurgent Litigation" (Global Arbitration Review, July 2015)
  • Contributing author, "Enforcement of Foreign Judgments — Hong Kong" (Getting the Deal Through, 2015)
  • Panelist, “Litigation from Here to There” (Asia Forum, Hot Issues Representing Clients in Asia, Beijing, 2015)