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Emi Rowse

Emi Rowse

Of Counsel

Emi specialises in commercial litigation and international arbitration



Emi Rowse is an Of Counsel at Herbert Smith Freehills' Bangkok office. She has extensive experience advising clients on disputes across Asia Pacific, having worked in the firm's offices in Hong Kong, Tokyo and now Bangkok. Emi's practice covers a wide range of matters including international arbitration, commercial litigation, compliance and anti-corruption, anti-competition and contentious employment. Her international arbitration experience includes advising major multi-national companies in arbitrations under the ICC, LCIA and SIAC rules. She has represented clients from a broad range of industry sectors, including energy, manufacturing and financial institutions. Emi is half Japanese and speaks fluent Japanese.

Emi's experience includes:

  • acting for a high net worth individual in Hong Kong and Macau, advising on issues ranging from defamation, unlawful conspiracy and unfair prejudice petitions
  • acting for shareholders and directors of a leading television broadcasting company in Hong Kong in a high-profiled dispute involving breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duties
  • acting for a high net worth individual from Hong Kong in an ICC arbitration in relation to a dispute between family members
  • advising an oil and gas company in bringing a multi-billion dollar claim under the SIAC rules
  • advising a US financial services institution on an investigation of potential violations of Japanese securities regulations
  • a major Japanese auto manufacturer in respect of an internal investigation for one of its subsidiaries
  • a global autos manufacturer in a quasi-class action for damage caused by diesel emissions
  • a Japanese e-commerce company in relation to potential termination of its foreign subsidiary's senior management team
  • litigation for a Hong Kong company against its former employee for fraudulent breach of trust, conversion and knowing receipt of misappropriation of funds


Emi is co-chair of the Women in Business Network of Herbert Smith Freehills Hong Kong and is a Mentor of the Women's Foundation in Hong Kong. She is also an active member of the Corporate Responsibility Committee, leading various pro bono initiatives.  Emi is half Japanese and speaks fluent Japanese.