Pooja Shahani

Senior Associate

Personal Profile

Pooja Shahani is a Senior Associate of Karas LLP.  She has extensive experience in complex multi-jurisdictional commercial litigation, arbitration and investigations.

Pooja has advised and represented clients in proceedings arising from corporate and personal insolvencies, shareholder disputes, claims of professional negligence against auditors, claims for breach of directors’ duties and tracing of stolen assets. Her experience also involves working on judicial reviews and taxation related cases.

Pooja is highly regarded for her commitment, pragmatic and commercial approach to problem solving and excellent case management skills.

Pooja is also an Accredited Mediator of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC).

Key Experience

Pacific Andes Group
Representing the directors of a Hong Kong and Singapore-listed fish trading and processing group in defending against a claim alleging fraud and other misconduct and seeking damages of almost US$1 billion.

Re The Grande Holdings Limited
Representing the former provisional liquidators in recovery of their professional fees for restructuring a distressed Hong Kong-listed company.

Wing Hong Construction Holdings (in liq) v Hui Chi Yung & Ors
Represented the liquidators of Wing Hong in an action for breach of directors’ duties and fraudulent disposition of assets.

Re Rennie Produce
Represented Australian liquidators in an application for examination and production of documents against individuals in Hong Kong.

Sino Bright Enterprises Co, Ltd v Secretary for Justice & Ors
Represented former provisional liquidators of Grande Holdings Limited in defending Sino Bright’s application for judicial review to challenge the Secretary for Justice’s decision not to prosecute the former provisional liquidators in relation to two counts of agent soliciting an advantage and one count of blackmail.

Re Orient Power Holdings Limited
Represented the liquidators of a former Hong Kong-listed company in a claim against a global accounting firm for audit negligence.

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken S.A.
Advised and represented a defrauded leading Nordic corporate bank in applications for injunction, disclosures orders and recovery actions.

HKIAC Sales of Goods Arbitration
Represented a European distributor in a US$20 million arbitration under the HKIAC Rules relating to the purchase and re-sale of goods between China and Europe.

Career History

  • Senior Associate, Karas LLP, 2021
  • Senior Associate, Lipman Karas, 2019
  • Associate, Lipman Karas, 2016
  • Associate, Victor Chiu Tsang & Partners, 2014
  • University of Hong Kong, Master of Laws in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, 2011
  • City University of Hong Kong, PCLL, 2010
  • City University of Hong Kong, Bachelor of Laws (Hons), 2009

Admissions

  • High Court of Hong Kong (2014)