Joanna’s experience includes advising a number of high profile Asian conglomerates as well as clients in the consumer and hospitality, fintech and private equity space. Corporate transactional experience includes advising CITIC Pacific on its US$37bn acquisition of CITIC Ltd, Wing Hang Bank on its takeover by OCBC, Sea’s nearly US$1bn IPO on NYSE, and C.P. Group on a number of acquisitions including its US$9.4bn purchase of HSBC's stake in Ping An Insurance Company and US$10bn acquisition of Bellisio Foods in the United States.
In addition to Singapore, where she is now based, Joanna spent five years in Brunswick’s Hong Kong office including working as chief of staff to Brunswick’s Asia Managing Partner. Joanna started her career as a solicitor with the international law firm, Linklaters, where she advised on capital markets transactions in London, New York and Hong Kong. Prior to joining Brunswick, Joanna was responsible for strategic communications and outreach at one of Hong Kong’s leading NGOs, The Women’s Foundation, focusing on promoting gender quality and increasing female representation in the workplace.
Joanna has BA in Psychology and Physiology and a master’s degree in Social Anthropology, both from Worcester College, Oxford, and a law conversion from BBP Law School in London.
Shareholder activism is on the rise and Asia is emerging as a growing focus. Asian family-owned and founder-led businesses as well as the region’s many diversified conglomerates, in particular, should expect increased scrutiny. There are red flags and lessons to be learnt from past cases on how to prepare for and best respond to activist campaigns.
By Kate Holgate
01 April 2019