Candy Lau

Senior Associate
Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

Sydney
Australia
T:+61 2 9330 8114
Sydney
Australia
T:+61 2 9330 8114
Candy Lau

Candy Lau

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Biography

Candy Lau is a restructuring and insolvency litigator, and a financial services regulatory lawyer, based in Sydney.

Her recent experience includes acting as joint Solicitor assisting the public Commission of Inquiry under section 143 of the Casino Control Act 1992 (NSW), conducted by the Honourable P A Bergin SC and established by the NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority.

She acts for Australia's major financial institutions, insolvency practitioners and corporations on a diverse range of complex matters relating to regulatory compliance and investigations, cross-border restructuring and insolvency, asset protection and recovery, enforcement of foreign judgments, and dispute resolution. 

Candy's regulatory practice includes advising on the regulatory reforms that commenced in 2021 (including the new product design and distribution obligations and the expanded breach reporting regime). She has also provided extensive support to major financial institutions on the design and implementation of complex review and remediation programs. In her most recent engagement, she played an instrumental role in leading a diverse team of a substantial size in successfully achieving project milestones.

She has completed various secondments at leading financial institutions in the retail and business banking space. Leveraging on her in-house experience, Candy is attuned to the risks faced by businesses in light of the evolving regulatory landscape and advises on strategies that mitigate legal/compliance, conduct, operational as well as reputational risks.

Her restructuring and insolvency practice includes acting for the foreign liquidators of an international fundraising and litigation funding group in conducting Australian and cross-border investigations and proceedings. She has also provided advice on the legislative reforms relating to the Fair Entitlements Guarantee (FEG) scheme.

Candy was first admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong where she practised as a litigation and dispute resolution lawyer. She brings to her current role extensive litigation experience in conducting civil proceedings in both English and Chinese.

 


Professional experience

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  • High Court of Hong Kong 2009
  • Supreme Court of New South Wales 2015
  • Global financial institutions – on various regulatory issues and strategies relating to the regulatory reforms that commenced in late 2021 (including the new product design and distribution obligations and the expanded breach reporting regime).
  • Big 4 Australian Bank – on methodology and execution in relation to the institution's remediation program on 'fee for no service'. 
  • Big 4 Australian Bank – in relation to Australia's largest review and remediation program within the institution's financial planning business. Advised on the execution and strategy in the assessment and remediation of inappropriate financial advice. 
  • Big 4 Australian Banks – completed secondments in retail banking, business banking and as part of a large-scale remediation program.
  • International fundraising and litigation funding group – on various complex issues with respect to foreign liquidators' public examinations and Barnes v Addy claim against professional advisers. 

 

• Best Lawyers in Australia 2023: Ones to Watch (Insolvency and Reorganisation Law) 
  • Tracing Assets in Asia Pacific: A Comparative Analysis of the Availability of Norwich Pharmacal Orders in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore, International Corporate Rescue, Vol 15, Issue 3, 2018
  • ASIC releases practical field guide on consumer-centred remediation programs, Governance Directions, Governance Institute of Australia, March 2021
  • Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association (ARITA)
  • The Law Society of New South Wales
  • The Law Society of Hong Kong
  • Cantonese
  • English
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Japanese