Simone is a senior associate in the dispute resolution practice of Herbert Smith Freehills' Hong Kong office. Her practice focuses on both contentious and non-contentious financial services regulatory matters.
Prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills, Simone was a legal counsel at the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC). She conducted various market misconduct proceedings commenced by the SFC before the Hong Kong Courts and the Market Misconduct Tribunal. She also advised on potential disciplinary actions and issues related to the Securities and Futures (Stock Market Listing) Rules during her time with the SFC.
In addition to her experience as a regulator, Simone previously worked as a dispute resolution lawyer in two international firms advising on a range of regulatory, litigation and international arbitration matters. Simone is experienced in advising international financial institutions, listed companies and multinational corporations in compliance investigations, regulatory enquiries (including those issued by the SFC, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, the Hong Kong Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority) and enforcement actions, covering issues concerning licensed corporation and responsible officer conduct, potential regulatory breaches, mis-selling, internal control and market misconduct issues.
Simone holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Nottingham.
Simone is admitted to practice in Hong Kong and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
She is fluent in English and Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese).