Linda Chan SC 陳靜芬資深大律師

T: (+852) 2523 2003
E: lchan@templechambers.com
Secretary: Karmen Yiu T: (+852) 2248 1883

Professional qualifications

Call: 1996 (HK); 1996 (England & Wales)
Inner Bar: 2011
Accredited as mediator by CEDR in 2007

Appointment and public office (selected)

Current

Recorder of the Court of First Instance, High Court (2015-)
Deputy Judge of the Court of First Instance, High Court (2013, 2014)
Convenor, Barristers Qualification Examination – Panel on Company Law (2013-)
Chairman, Special Committee on Company Law, Hong Kong Bar Association (2013-)
Council Member, Consumer Council (2014-)
Member, Standing Committee on Company Law Reform (2017-)

Previous

Member, Insolvency Advisory Group on Modernisation of Corporate Insolvency Law (2012-2013)
Member, Barristers Qualification Examination – Panel on Company Law (2002-2012)
Member, Rewrite of the Companies Ordinance: Advisory Group on Inspections, Investigations and Offences and Punishment Provisions (2007-2009)
Deputy Chairman, Appeal Board Panel (Town Planning) (2012-2014)
Vice Chairman, Municipal Services Appeals Board (2012-2014)

Education

1982-1988: St Mary’s Canossian College
1988-1992: BBA Hons (CUHK)
1993-1995: CPE, Commendation
1996-1998: LLM (HKU)

Practice Profile

Linda Chan’s practice comprises litigation and advisory work in the fields of company law, insolvency law, commercial dispute and professional negligence, with particular focus on applications under the Companies Ordinance, matters relating to directors’ duties, shareholders’ rights and remedies, corporate restructuring, capital restructuring and schemes of arrangement.

She has been instructed in relation to numerous shareholders disputes, derivative actions, unfair prejudice petitions, “just and equitable” winding up petitions and bankruptcy matters.

She has also been instructed to advise the liquidators in relation to several of the complicated liquidations involving substantial public companies in Hong Kong over a long period of time. These have included the liquidation of Akai Holdings Limited, Kong Wah Holdings Limited, The New China Hong Kong Group Ltd, Ocean Grand Holdings Ltd and China Metal Recycling (Holdings) Ltd.

Selected cases

Shareholders dispute:

Re Yung Kee Holdings Ltd [2014] 2 HKLRD 313, (2015) 18 HKCFAR 501

Poon Ka Man Jason v Cheng Wai To & ors (2016) 19 HKCFAR 144

Re Team Y&R Holdings Hong Kong Ltd [2016] 3 HKLRD 778

Re Dayuan International Development Ltd, HCCW 103/2015

Re Masterwise International Ltd [2014] 1 HKLRD 1129

World One Investments Ltd v Chow Cheuk Lap [2013] 3 HKLRD 701

Re Fook Lam Moon Restaurant (HK) Ltd [2011] 1 HKLRD 964

Re Li Chung Shing Tong (Holdings) Limited [2011] 5 HKLRD 274

Re CY Foundation Ltd, HCA 2246/2009, CACV 42/2010, [2012] 3 HKLRD H2

Re Sino Resources Group Ltd, HCCW 48/2010, HCA 2447/2009, CACV 201/2010

Re Wing Kai Investment Company Ltd, [2011] 1 HKLRD 537, [2011] 2 HKLRD 272, [2012] 2 HKLRD 1227

Shui On Investment Company Ltd v Shanghai Hotel Investments Ltd [2010] 3 HKLRD 473

Cenky Ltd v. Zealot & Co. Ltd [2008] 1 HKLRD 386

Re Lee Chung Shing Tong Holdings Ltd [2007] 3 HKLRD 615

Re Boldwin Construction Company Ltd [2001] 4 HKC 386, [2001] 4 HKC 403, [2001] 3 HKLRD 430, [2003] 4 HKC 156, [2003] 2 HKLRD 237, [2003] 3 HKLRD 618, [2004] 1 HKLRD 32

Re Chime Corporation Ltd, HCMP 4146/2001, HCA 2152/2002

Junestar Investment Corporation v Chan Shiu Chick [2004] 1 HKLRD 32

Corporate Restructuring:

Re Fok Ying Tung Ming Yuan Development Co Ltd [2016] 2 HKLRD 292 (reduction of capital)

Re LDK Solar Co Ltd & others, [2015] 1 HKLRD 458

Re Transamerica Life Insurance Co [2013] 2 HKLRD 897

Re CIGNA Worldwide Life Insurance Company Ltd & CIGNA Hong Kong Holdings Company Limited, HCMP 2022/2011 & 2023/2011

Re Guangdong Tannery Limited, HCMP 197/2011

Re ThreeSixty Sourcing Limited, HCMP 2473/2010

Re PCCW Limited, HCMP 2382/2008 & CACV 85/2009

Re Principal Insurance Company (Hong Kong) Limited, HCMP 1770/2007

Re Asean Interests Ltd [2005] 4 HKLRD 665

Re Matrix Industries Ltd [2004] 1 HKLRD 44

Insolvency:

The Liquidator of Wing Fai Construction Company Ltd (in liq) v Yip Kwong Robert & ors, HCCW 735/2012 (misfeasance proceedings vs former directors)

Revelry Gains Ltd v Joy Rich Development Ltd [2017] 1 HKLRD 769 (intervention in proceedings against company in liquidation)

Official Receiver v Zhi Charles [2015] 1 HKLRD 512, (2015) 18 HKCFAR 467 (constitutionality of s.30A(10)(a) of Bankruptcy Ordinance)

Re Lehman Brothers Asia Holdings Ltd & ors, HCCW 437-438, 441-443, 452/2018 (ad valorem fees)

Re Grande Holdings Ltd [2016] 1 HKLRD 435 (construction on rule 125)

Re MF Global Hong Kong Ltd & MF Global Holdings HK Ltd [2015] 2 HKLRD 325 (fees payable by company upon conversion to voluntary liquidation)

The Joint & Several Liquidators of China Metal Recycling Holdings Ltd v Chun Chi Wai [2015] 2 HKLRD 747 (private examination)

Re Joy Rich Development Ltd, HCMP 188/2012 (extension of time to register charge against company)

Re New China Hong Kong Group Ltd [2013] 2 HKLRD 897 (appeal against proof of debt)

Re Pioneer Iron & Steel Group Ltd (in liq), HCCW 322/2010 (jurisdiction to wind up foreign company, substitution of petitioner)

Suen Kin Ning v The Incorporated Owners of Tsui Wah Building [2011] 1 HKLRD 982 (remission of scale fees)

The Joint and Several Liquidators of Akai Holdings Ltd v The Grande Holdings Ltd (2006) 9 HKCFAR 795, (2006) HKCFAR 766; [2007] 1 HKLRD 116; [2009] 5 HKLRD 804 (private examination)

David John Kennedy v Kelly Cheng [2004] 3 HKLRD 357, [2006] 4 HKLRD 58, (2009) 12 HKCFAR 601 (contempt against liquidator)

Re Far East Structural Steelwork Engineering Limited [2010] 1 HKLRD 156 (validity of security)

The Official Receiver and Trustee in Bankruptcy of Chan Wing Hing v Chan Wing Hing (2006) 9 HKCFAR 545 (automatic discharge)

Akai Holdings Ltd (in liquidation) v The Grande Holdings Ltd & ors, HCCL 37 & 40/2005, 1 September 2009 (appointment of interim receivers)

A-1 Business Limited v Chau Cham Wong Patrick [2009] 5 HKLRD 579 (director’s fiduciary duties)

The Joint and Several Liquidators of Akai Holdings Ltd v HSBC [2007] 4 HKLRD 620 (private examination against third party bank)

The Joint and Several Liquidators of Akai Holdings Ltd v James Ting [2005] 1 HKLRD 847 (private examination, privilege against self incrimination)

The Joint and Several Liquidators of Akai Holdings Ltd v Ernst & Young [2008] 6 HKC 182, [2009] 5 HKC 218, (2009) 12 HKCFAR 376 (private examination, discovery of transcript & legal professional privilege)

Re Jackin Total Fulfilment Services Ltd [2008] 3 HKLRD 475 (locus of contingent creditor)

Re New China Hong Kong Group Ltd [2003] 3 HKLRD 799 (private examination against auditors)

Re B+B Construction Company Ltd [2005] 2 HKLRD 478 (private examination, jurisdiction over foreign officers)

Re Zhu Kuan Group Company Ltd, HCCW 874/2003 (winding up of unregistered company)

The Official Receiver and Trustee in Bankruptcy of Chan Wing Hing v Chan Wing Hing (2006) 9 HKCFAR 545 (automatic discharge)

Re Li Tat Kong [2000] 3 HKC 360, [2001] 1 HKC 207, [2003] HKLRD 501, [2003] 2 HKC 72 (automatic discharge)

Andrew Kee-Suan Koh v. Vincent Kay-Lo Ip [2001] 3 HKLRD 439, FAMV 8 of 2001 (bankrupt’s right to appeal)

Re Choi Lai Ming [2006] 1 HKLRD 7 [2006] 1 HKLRD 7 (security in favour of Government)

Commercial Dispute & Professional Negligence:

Re CITIC Ltd (market misconduct under s.277 of SFO)

La Dolce Vita Fine Dining Group Holdings Ltd & anor v Zhang Lan & ors, HCMP 473-474/2015 (ancillary injunction in aid of arbitration, CIETAC arbitration), HCMP 585-586/2017 (contempt proceedings)

Compania sud Americana de Vapores SA v Hin-Pro International Logistics Ltd, FAMV 33/2015 (ancillary injunction under s.21M of High Court Ordinance)

Melvin Waxman v Li Fei Yu [2013] 3 HKLRD 711 (forum non conveniens)

Fok Chun Yue Benjamin v Fok Chun Wan Ian & ors, HCA 2155/2011 (removal of executors, stay of proceedings)

Re A, HCMH 12/2012 (mental health proceedings)

Macau First Universal International Ltd v Ding Xiaohong & ors [2012] 2 HKLRD 494

Akai Holdings Ltd v Thanakharn Kosikorn Thai Chamkat, [2008] 6 HKC 82, CACV 177/2008, (2010) 13 HKCFAR 283 (ostensible authority of directors, knowing receipt)

Akai Holdings Ltd v Ernst & Young (2009) 12 HKCFAR 376 (jurisdiction in relation to security for costs)

Moulin Global Eyecare Holdings Ltd v Lee Sin Mei Olivia [2009] 3 HKLRD 265 [2010] 2 HKLRD 1096 (negligence claim against former director)

Carlyle Asia Investment Advisors Ltd & ors v Neil Shen, HCA 2502/2008 (breach of confidence, conspiracy to defraud)

Peconic Industrial Development Ltd v Lau Kwok Fai, HCA 3803/2002 (dishonest assistance, limitation period)