Leading international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills has welcomed back Rachael Shek as a partner in its market-leading commercial litigation practice, adding her expertise at a time of surging demand.
A firm alumna, Rachael specialises in banking litigation and joint venture/shareholder disputes, with broad experience of complex commercial litigation, corporate loan recovery, private wealth disputes, and more.
"Rachael joins the practice after two of our busiest years on record," said Simon Chapman QC, Asia head of dispute resolution. "Periods of economic volatility such as the pandemic trigger disputes, and we are already seeing a substantial increase in such work."
"We only expect to be busier in the coming months and years, so adding Rachael to our team will help meet growing demand."
The Hong Kong litigation team is central to the firm's disputes reputation, handling some of the most valuable and complex cases in the Hong Kong market. It also provides critical litigation support to the firm's market-leading arbitration, financial regulatory, corporate crime and investigations, employment, and restructuring teams.
Rachael has spent her career in Hong Kong, beginning with Herbert Smith Freehills in 2007. She has advised banks, private equity firms and other financial services providers as well as Hong Kong listed companies, global manufacturers and ultra-high net worth individuals.
"Rachael knows Hong Kong's business landscape and the economic forces that shape the city," said Hong Kong litigation head Gareth Thomas.
"Her experience across a number of our key client sectors, strong local reputation and world-class litigation skills will make her a valuable asset to our firm and our thriving dispute resolution practice, as will her leadership among our team of talented associates."
Originally from the UK, Rachael speaks English and Cantonese. She has a bachelor's degree in law from Newcastle University and a postgraduate certificate in law from the University of Hong Kong. Rachael is qualified to practice in Hong Kong.
Rachael joins a litigation team that includes three partners and 22 lawyers, operating in one of the most dynamic markets in the world, and which forms part of the firm's wider market-leading disputes practice.