Joanne Wu

Managing Partner, Nixon Peabody CWL

Joanne Wu is a managing partner of Nixon Peabody CWL and head of our Hong Kong Dispute Resolution practice. She has extensive experience in civil and commercial litigation and arbitration with a focus on commercial and shareholders disputes involving clients of mainland China, Hong Kong, and overseas. Joanne represents clients across a wide range of business sectors in handling high-value complex disputes and high-profile large scale cross border legal proceedings.
Educated in Hong Kong and Beijing, Joanne speaks fluent English and Cantonese, and mother-tongue Mandarin.


  • Complex Disputes
  • Appellate
  • Securities & Governance Litigation
  • China
  • Intellectual Property


I focus my practice on three main areas:

Commercial and Shareholder disputes

I have a strong focus on commercial and shareholder disputes and serve my clients by handling complex commercial disputes arising from shareholders disputes, joint ventures, breach of trust, corporate and commercial transactions involving multi-national parties, and lawsuits, both by court proceedings and arbitration.

General Commercial Litigation

I litigate complex commercial litigation matters in a variety of industries including insurance, entertainment and securities. I have extensive experience in handling entertainment and media-related lawsuits, insurance-related disputes, contracts disputes, debt recovery actions, employment, property-related disputes, big-money matrimonial proceedings, contentious probate matters, celebrity defamation lawsuits, securities enforcement, etc.

Intellectual Property Law

I handle both contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters in Hong Kong and mainland China, including enforcement and disputes matters.

Further colleagues in our office:

Nixon Peabody CWL – Member of Ecovis International
5th Floor, Standard Chartered Bank Building
4-4A Des Voeux Road
Central Hong Kong

Phone: +852 2521 0880
Fax: +852 2521 0220

Languages spoken in the office:
Chinese, English