Joanne Collett

Joanne Collett


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Joanne represents clients in relation to contentious and non-contentious matters including commercial disputes and fund and insolvency related matters, complex cross-border restructurings, privatisations (including by way of Scheme of Arrangement), contentious valuation issues, enforcement of rights and information gathering in relation to each of Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands and Bermuda law. Joanne regularly represents debtors, creditors, shareholders, investors and insolvency practitioners in a wide range of litigation and insolvency/restructuring related matters, with a focus on commercial outcomes.  Joanne also represents clients in relation to cases involving mergers by offshore entities, including acting for target companies, buyer consortiums, financiers and dissenting shareholders. 

Prior to joining Walkers, Joanne worked for another leading offshore firm in both its Cayman Islands and Hong Kong offices and provided advice and representation with respect to both Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands laws relating to insolvency, restructuring and general corporate matters, particularly in relation to fund clients and shareholder disputes. Prior to that she was an attorney in the financial restructuring group of New York law firm Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP where she worked on large and high profile Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, and also advised clients with respect to alternatives to Chapter 11, the use of Chapter 15 and the enforcement of security. Before practising in New York Joanne worked in Australia, initially with Finlaysons in Adelaide and subsequently at Blake Dawson (now Ashurst) in Sydney, both of which are leading firms in their respective markets. In Australia, Joanne practised primarily in relation to insolvency matters, representing banks and insolvency practitioners, as well as general commercial litigation.

Joanne has been described by Legal 500 as a "top-quality lawyer who [is] very easy to work with" and in the recent 2019 Legal 500 was described as being 'At the top of her game', and "well regarded for her prowess in handling cross-border restructuring and insolvency cases as well as shareholder dissent disputes."

Admitted In:

British Virgin Islands
Bermuda, Registered Associate
Australia (South Australia, High Court and Federal Court) (not practising)
England & Wales (not practising)
New York (First Department and Southern District of New York) (not practising)

Master of Business Administration (International), Deakin University
Graduate Diploma in Military Law, Australian National University
Insolvency Education Program, University of Southern Queensland
LLB/LP (Honours), Flinders University of South Australia
Bachelor of Management (Marketing), University of South Australia

2022 Chambers Global - Offshore - Notable Practitioner

2022 Legal 500 Asia Pacific – ‘Joanne Collett, who leads the offshore Asian financial restructuring practice from Hong Kong, is a savvy cross-border restructuring lawyer who gives practical and commercial advice’.

2022 Chambers Asia-Pacific - Recommended - Offshore: Dispute Resolution - "Joanne Collett is a savvy cross-border insolvency and restructuring lawyer who is very hands-on, responsive and commercial."

2021 Asian Legal Business – Top 15 Offshore Litigators

2021 Legal 500 Asia Pacific - "The 'responsive and hardworking' Joanne Collett is 'very knowledgeable on cross-border restructuring issues.' "

2020 IWIRC Fetner Award

2019 The Legal 500 Asia Pacific - Recommended Lawyer - " 'At the top of her game', Joanne Collett is well regarded for her prowess in handling cross-border restructuring and insolvency cases as well as shareholder dissent disputes."

2018 The Legal 500 Asia Pacific - Recommended Lawyer

2016 The Legal 500 Asia Pacific - Recommended Lawyer - "Joanne Collett is a ‘top-quality lawyer who is very easy to work with’."

Joanne is a Director of IWIRC International, and the Vice President of the Hong Kong Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association, and regularly speaks at industry conferences