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Charlotte Benton

Charlotte Benton

Associate

Charlotte advises banks and corporates on complex disputes and contentious regulatory matters.

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Experience

Charlotte advises on complex, high-value disputes and  contentious regulatory proceedings, with a particular focus on banks and other financial institutions. She has first-hand experience of financial firms, from her secondments with UBS’s Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement team (Hong Kong) and Man Group (London).

Charlotte’s disputes experience includes advising on litigation and arbitration, including contractual, banking and fraud and asset-tracing disputes. She also has substantial experience in injunction proceedings.

Her regulatory experience includes advising on contentious regulatory investigations by the HKMA and SFC,  involving systems and controls breaches, trading incidents and employee fraud and misconduct. 

Charlotte's experience includes advising:

  • Société Générale on a US$1.5 billion claim in the English Commercial Court by the Libyan Investment Authority, relating to a series of derivative trades where there were allegations of bribery and intimidation
  • a leading global optical lens manufacturer, as claimant in Hong Kong Court proceedings against 90 defendants, in connection with a substantial fraud totalling over US$210 million. Including applications for disclosure orders and proprietary and Mareva injunctions. Believed to be one of the largest and most complex civil recovery actions ever undertaken in the Hong Kong Court
  • UBS in its successful defence of English Commercial Court and Court of Appeal proceedings by the Administrators of Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander relating to a US$65 million ISDA trade
  • a US investment bank in an English Commercial Court claim by an advisor for commission under an alleged consultancy agreement
  • a satellite telecommunications provider, as the Claimant in HKIAC arbitration arising from a satellite sharing agreement.

 

Background

Charlotte is dual-qualified in England and Wales (2016) and Hong Kong (2020). She read English Literature at the University of Cambridge.

Charlotte is also the Hong Kong Co-Chair of our Gender Equity Matters network.