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Alexandra Zhu (She/Her)

Alexandra Zhu (She/Her)

Senior Associate

Senior Associate
Alexandra Zhu (She/Her)

Alexandra Zhu specialises in commercial litigation and international commercial arbitration.

Alexandra has experience advising in a broad range of disputes including in energy, resources and infrastructure, technology, media and telecommunications, consumer goods and retail, contentious regulatory actions, financial crime and investigations, corporate governance and employment.

Alexandra also co-leads the pro bono practice in Australia, and leads the REACH (Race Equality and Celebrating Heritage) Network in Australia.

Energy, resources and infrastructure

  • Advising a private equity firm in relation to disputes against a minority shareholder in connection with a share purchase agreement and shareholders agreement arising from the acquisition of a large Asian solar company.
  • Advising a multinational investment bank in respect of allegations of breaches of fiduciary duty arising from the financing of various coal mining ventures in Australia.

Technology, Media and Telecommunications

  • Advising an Australian ecommerce company in relation to a A$100m+ ICC arbitration (Hong Kong seat) against a large Asian financial institution.
  • Advising an Asian private equity firm in respect of the sale of shares in a cable television and broadband operator for US$1.68b and alleged breaches of warranties arising from that disposal.

Consumer Goods and Retail

  • Advising a private equity firm in relation to a breach of warranty claim exceeding A$100m+ against a warranty & indemnity insurer in connection with the acquisition of a fast-moving consumer goods business.
  • Advising a major global fast-moving consumer goods business in relation to a contractual dispute in connection with import and export transactions.

Corporate Governance and Employment

  • Advising a private equity firm in connection with a disciplinary investigation arising from alleged breaches of trading policies.
  • Advising a senior executive of a fast-moving consumer goods business in court proceedings by his former employer in relation to alleged breaches of covenants and seeking the clawback of bonus entitlements.

Financial Crime and Investigations

  • Advising a non-profit organisation regarding complaints made into alleged misuse of corporate funds.
  • Advising a leading audit firm in an investigation conducted by ASIC in Australia and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) in the United States.

Contentious Regulatory actions

  • Advising the Director of a company in the business of offering OTC derivative products (including FX contracts and CFDs) in civil penalty proceedings commenced by ASIC regarding an alleged system of unconscionable conduct by a financial services licensee including conflicted remuneration, allegations of false and misleading statements and breach of directors' duties.
  • Advising the independent Directors of Australia's largest bank in relation to an investigation commenced by ASIC regarding suspected contraventions of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), arising from breaches of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 (Cth).
  • Advising the Head and Deputy Head of Compliance of Australia's largest online stockbroking firm in relation to an investigation commenced by ASIC regarding suspected contraventions of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 (Cth) and various Market Integrity Rules.

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Career and qualifications

  • University of Western Australia (BCom LLB) 2016
  • Admitted as a Lawyer in Australia 2016
  • Associate at Bennett + Co 2016
  • Joined Clifford Chance 2019

Awards and citations

  • Winner "Dispute Resolution & Litigation" at the 2021 Lawyers Weekly 30 under 30 Awards