J. Joan Hon
T: (646) 820-5589
New York Office
- Commercial Transactions
- Compliance Counseling
- Financial Services & Lending
- Litigation – Civil Pretrial and Trial Services
- Litigation & Risk Management
- Privacy & Data Security
- Securities & Private Equity
- White Collar Litigation and Investigations
- New York
- Hong Kong
- U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of New York
- New York University School of Law
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Science
- The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Certificate in Putonghua
Large Law Firm Experience
- Reed Smith LLP
- Kobre & Kim LLP
- Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
Joan gives clients exceptional value and unique insight in her international complex commercial litigation practice, which focuses on securities and regulatory matters, white collar crime, and internal investigations. Though she is a native New Yorker, Joan lived in Hong Kong for several years, where she became familiar with both the legal and cultural aspects of Asia. She has a truly global background being dual qualified to practice in both the United States and Hong Kong, and her matters typically involve cross-border issues and multi-national parties.
In Hong Kong, Joan has direct experience with many of the regulatory agencies, including the Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”), the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Monetary Authority (“HKMA“), and the Independent Commission Against Corruption (“ICAC”). She has also represented clients before the Market Misconduct Tribunal, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center, and Hong Kong’s highest court, the Court of Final Appeal.
At the same time, Joan also has broad-based U.S. experience. She has been involved in handling Financial Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), and Department of Justice (“DOJ”) enquiries and investigations, taken and defended depositions, litigated a wide variety of matters, including accounting fraud, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”) conspiracy, and contract disputes, and reviewed Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) audits.
Joan also has related experience in areas of fintech regulation, data privacy and security. She was an author and editor of one of the first legal white papers on bitcoin entitled “Beyond Bitcoin: Blockchain – the Essential Building Block in Designing the Future”.
Though Joan is now based in her home town of New York, NY, she continues to spend significant time in Asia.
Representative Matters Include
- Advise U.S.-based family office in various Hong Kong regulatory and litigation matters
- Represent broker-dealers in internal and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) enquiries
- Represent national skilled nursing facility in U.S. DOJ investigation of healthcare fraud
- Advise network security software company of relevant data privacy implications
- Won a judgment in excess of US$140MM for U.S. and German telecommunications companies in Hong Kong arbitration against China-based respondents
- Defended U.S. portfolio manager in insider dealing proceedings before Hong Kong Market Misconduct Tribunal
- Challenged Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission’s (“SFC”) use of interlocutory proceedings to obtain permanent injunctions in insider dealing case on behalf of N.Y. hedge fund before Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal
- Took depositions in Bangkok for Hong Kong-based financial services technology company litigating a commercial dispute in the Southern District of New York
- Counseled individuals and institutions in receipt of subpoenas and search warrants from the SFC or the Independent Commission Against Corruption (“ICAC”)
- Represented individual before Securities and Futures Appeals Tribunal
- Advised Hong Kong-listed company in Stock Exchange enquiries and Listing Rules compliance
- Drafted guidelines and presented to clients on the FCPA and Hong Kong internal investigations
- Successfully obtained Letters of Request (a/k/a Letters Rogatory) from Hong Kong court to obtain discovery in Cayman Island.
- Represent Bahamian lending company in Hong Kong litigation and disputes.