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Kirkland & Ellis
Hong Kong

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Kelly Naphtali is a partner of the Hong Kong office of Kirkland & Ellis. She has earned a well-deserved reputation for handling difficult commercial and insolvency related disputes in both court and arbitration, often requiring urgent action to prevent the movement or dissipation of assets. Kelly has worked on claims in jurisdictions including Hong Kong, China, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Korea, Philippines, Australia and throughout the Caribbean. Consequently, Kelly has a wealth of experience in managing and running cross-border litigation and arbitration, including claims arising from corporate collapses.

Kelly has been named as a leading lawyer by Chambers Greater China, and a “Next Generation Partner” by The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific. She has also been named to the list of “Top 100 Women in Litigation” for Insolvency in China and Hong Kong, and as a “Litigation Star for Insolvency” from 2020 to 2022 by Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific. In 2017 and 2018, she was awarded “Best in Insolvency and Restructuring” at Euromoney Asia Women in Business Law Awards.




Deakin University, LL.B., 1996

Deakin University, B.Comm.

Lawyer Rankings

Hong Kong > Restructuring and insolvency

(Next Generation Partners)

Kelly NaphtaliKirkland & Ellis

With a large dedicated restructuring practice group spread across Hong Kong, London, Munich and the US, Kirkland & Ellis is well equipped to handle international high-profile restructurings and insolvency proceedings. It acts for companies, bondholders and banks on both contentious and non-contentious restructuring work, and is headed by the well-regarded Neil McDonald, who assists multinationals in financial distress. Kelly Naphtali is recommended for commercial and insolvency disputes and has considerable experience in litigation and international arbitration claims. Jacqueline Tang handles the restructuring of distressed companies in China and further afield. Wei Yang Lim was promoted to partner in June 2020, in August, Tarun Warriar left for an in-house role, and in September, Damien Coles also left the firm.

China > Restructuring and insolvency: foreign firms

(Next Generation Partners)

Kelly NaphtaliKirkland & Ellis

China > Dispute resolution: Litigation: foreign firms

(Leading individuals)

Kelly NaphtaliKirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP provides coverage across Hong Kong and Shanghai, working on high-profile proceedings surrounding fund and shareholder disagreements, restructurings and liquidations. Apart from its presence in Asia, multiple practice members work from the US, giving it a significant international reach. Leadership of the practice is divided between Kelly Naphtali, Tiana Zhang and Cori Lable. Naphtali is an insolvency and restructuring litigation expert; Shanghai-based partner Zhang stands out for her knowledge of matters with a China or US element, active on cross-border cases concerning fraud, antitrust and trade control; and white-collar criminal law disputes are a key focus for Lable. Other standout practitioners include Amy Ngan and Paul Quinn, noted for multi-jurisdictional commercial and insolvency disputes, as well as Fergus Saurin, who focuses on litigation in relation to energy and resources, banking and international trade.