Fiona Chan

Fiona Chan is an associate in the Dispute Resolution practice of Nixon Peabody CWL in Hong Kong. With her dual education qualifications in both law and business, Fiona regularly acts on contentious civil and commercial matters involving listed companies, multi-national corporations, and high-net-worth individuals from diverse business sectors in Hong Kong, mainland China, and overseas across the globe.

What do you focus on?

My current practice focuses on civil and commercial litigation with an emphasis on shareholders’ disputes, contractual disputes, debt recovery, insolvency, defamation, land disputes, urgent injunction applications including Mareva injunctions, and alternative dispute resolution (including mediation and arbitration).

Apart from civil and commercial litigation practice, my experience also extends to commercial matters, probate and estate, matrimonial, personal injury, regulatory investigation, guardianship, and mental health proceedings.

My broad experience in serving diverse clientele in the civil and commercial litigation practice, coupled with my professional affiliations, enable me to better understand clients’ needs and serve clients with practical solutions and timely assistance in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

What do you see on the horizon?

Hong Kong as a well-established legal service hub in Asia can play a key role in promoting and providing the necessary support for the “One Belt, One Road” and Greater Bay Area Initiatives. The implementation of these initiatives will create enormous demand for professional services, including legal and dispute resolution services.

With a well-established legal system and a legal profession that is well experienced in serving multi-jurisdictional clients in complex cross-border matters, Hong Kong is perfectly placed to play a pivotal role in providing the requisite legal and dispute resolution services and acting as an international dispute resolution venue when the mainland enterprises “go global.” In particular, the use of alternative dispute resolution including mediation and arbitration will be expected to be increasingly popular in resolving complex cross-border disputes.

Representative experience and presentations

Fiona has acted in a number of high profile landmark cases in the High Court and Court of Appeal and gave presentations, including the following:

  • Successfully obtained an order for a member of a company limited by guarantee in Hong Kong to inspect and obtain a copy of the Register of Members being the first contentious case regarding the operation of section 631 of the Companies Ordinance, Cap. 622 in Hong Kong
  • Successfully obtained leave to commence a statutory derivative action involving breach of fiduciary and other duties of directors
  • Successfully registered and defended an application to set aside the registration of a mainland China Judgment of approximately RMB 120,200,000 in Hong Kong involving conflicts of law issues between mainland China and Hong Kong
  • Acted for a supporting creditor in complex winding-up proceedings involving a range of other parties (including but not limited to petitioner, substituted petitioner, other supporting and opposing creditors, contributory, provisional liquidators in Hong Kong and Bermuda) seeking a winding-up order against a well-established construction company being subsidiary of a Hong Kong listed company and dealing with various applications, including application for validation order, appointment of provisional liquidators, application for recognition, and assistance by the Hong Kong Court for the Bermuda provisional liquidation of the holding listed company
  • Acted for mainland Chinese clients in defending high-value claims involving alleged conspiracy, breach of trust, and conversion
  • Acted for various listed companies and private companies in Hong Kong in matters relating to contractual disputes, dishonoured cheques, and debt recovery
  • Presentation to lawyers and government officials in a legal seminar in Hainan, PRC on the Hybrid Approach of Mediation and Arbitration, 30 August 2019


Fiona Chan


Hong Kong

Phone: +852 2171 6439

Fax: +852 2521 0234

University of Hong Kong, LL.B.

University of Hong Kong, PCLL

University of Hong Kong, B.B.A., Law

Solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong



Mandarin Chinese

  • Honorary Legal Advisor of Family Network
  • Member of the Hong Kong sub-committee of China-ASEAN (Macao) Arbitration Association
  • Founding member of China Practice Global Network (University of Hong Kong division)
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