Donna Wacker is the Head of contentious regulatory and contentious insolvency in Hong Kong, and a core partner in the Asia Regulatory Group. Admitted in Hong Kong, Australia and England & Wales, Donna has more than 17 years experience in Asia, advising on contentious and advisory regulatory matters and complex litigation with an emphasis on the financial services industry.
Donna's experience extends across advising banks, alternative investment funds, brokerages and listed companies in a wide range of regulatory matters and investigations by regulators across Asia, including investigations into insider dealing and market manipulation, short selling and position reporting. Her clients are diverse in nature with examples of her work including advising leading international financial institutions in regard to local and multi-jurisdictional enforcement and recovery actions (in particular in relation to secured assets in the PRC) and Hong Kong based NPL portfolios. She has acted for a number of financial institutions and corporates in relation to exposure to the global Lehman Brothers estate, in particular litigation in both Hong Kong and internationally to recover trust assets and pursue disputes around close out valuations of collateral in relation to ISDA transactions.
She has also provided counsel to liquidators/provisional liquidators of China Fishery Group, Pioneer Holdings, Peregrine, GITIC (HK), China Nonferrous Metals Group and Baker Group International Holdings in relation to the administration of these liquidations including the recovery of world-wide assets, dispute resolution with contract counter-parties and cross-border insolvency issues.
Donna is a member of our Cyber Security Risk team.
A recent Hong Kong Court reminder to non-executive directors regarding their duty to enquire and investigate in the face of red flags
27 August 2019
Cyber security - what regulators are saying around the world
5 July 2019
Hong Kong Court clarifies individuals' right against self-incrimination under section 181 and SFC's power to assist foreign regulators
22 February 2019
On the inside - Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal dismisses solicitor's appeal in fraud case
7 November 2018
Not (only) for profit? Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal clarifies innocent purpose defence in insider trading
18 October 2018
Career and qualifications
- University of Queensland (LLB with First Class Honours) 1998
- Minter Ellison, Australia 1997
- Admitted as a solicitor in Australia 1999, Hong Kong 2001, England & Wales 2005
- White & Case, Hong Kong 2000
- Joined Clifford Chance Hong Kong 2002
- Partner since 2009
- Chairperson of the Hong Kong Law Society's Overseas Lawyers Committee
- Member of the International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation