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Joanne Collett

Joanne Collett

Partner

Hong Kong

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With more than 22 years' experience specialising in insolvency and restructuring matters (including almost 12 years in Hong Kong), Joanne regularly represents debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, shareholders, investors, directors, fund managers and insolvency practitioners regarding Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands law with respect to a broad range of issues arising in relation to offshore entities and structures.

Background and experience

Joanne is a partner in our Dispute Resolution team, having joined Ogier in 2024.  Joanne has particular expertise in insolvency and restructuring, along with general commercial litigation.

Joanne has significant experience advising clients in both contentious and non-contentious matters arising from insolvency queries, questions relating to funds, and commercial disputes, including complex restructurings and privatisations.

Joanne regularly represents companies experiencing financial distress and their stakeholders regarding protective steps, enforcement of rights and remedies, including in cross border related matters, taking and enforcing security, and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards, interim relief in support of foreign proceedings and using both in court and out of court options and strategies.

She has particular experience in advising on corporate governance questions and directors' duties, and regularly gives advice regarding structuring and insolvency risk assessment for finance and corporate transactions, as well as acting for target companies, buyer consortiums, financiers and dissenting shareholders in relation to mergers and appraisal cases of US listed companies.

Prior to joining Ogier in 2024, Joanne was a partner at another offshore firm in its Insolvency and Dispute Resolution team in Hong Kong, where she had been for 10 years.  Prior to that, she worked at another offshore firm, having moved offshore in 2009.  Joanne was originally qualified and admitted in Australia, having worked at Finlaysons and then Blake Dawson (now Ashurst), and then Milbank in New York. 

Joanne obtained her Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (with Honours) from Flinders University in Australia in 2002, and also holds a Master of Business Administration from Deakin University, a Graduate Diploma in Military Law from the Australian National University, and a Bachelor of Management (Marketing) from the University of South Australia

Admitted in:
2013 – Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court 
2013 – England and Wales (non-practising)  
2010 – Cayman Islands 
2008 – New York (non-practising)  
2002 –  Australia (non-practising)  

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"Joanne Collett possesses solid expertise in handling insolvency and restructuring mandates. She also advises on shareholder disputes and fund-related matters. Her work of late includes handling buyout and privatisation transactions."

Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2023

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"Joanne Collett is a savvy cross-border insolvency and restructuring lawyer who is very hands-on, responsive and commercial"

Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2022

"Top 15 Offshore Litigators"

Asian Legal Business, 2022

"Joanne Collett, who leads the offshore Asian financial restructuring practice from Hong Kong, is a savvy cross-border restructuring lawyer who gives practical and commercial advice"

Legal 500 Asia-Pacific, 2022

"Top 15 Offshore Litigators"

Asian Legal Business, 2021

"The 'responsive and hardworking' Joanne Collett is 'very knowledgeable on cross-border restructuring issues"

Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2021

"IWIRC Fetner Award"

IWIRC, 2020

"At the top of her game"

Legal 500 Asia-Pacific, 2019

"Joanne Collett is well regarded for her prowess in handling cross-border restructuring and insolvency cases as well as shareholder dissent disputes"

Legal 500 Asia-Pacific, 2019

"Recommended Lawyer"

Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2018

"Joanne Collett is a top-quality lawyer who is very easy to work with"

Legal 500 Asia-Pacific, 2016

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