Kevin Kee

Partner

Personal Profile

Kevin Kee is a Partner of Karas So LLP. He specialises in managing complex cross-border litigation from investigation through to trial and the enforcement of judgments.

Having acted in some of the largest corporate collapses in the Asia-Pacific region, Kevin has particular expertise in insolvency, fraud and professional negligence disputes.

Kevin combines a breadth of legal knowledge with clear-eyed thinking to find innovative solutions that advance his client’s interests. He has a keen interest in the use of technology to aid investigations.

Kevin is a Solicitor Advocate, having been granted Higher Rights of Audience for civil proceedings in Hong Kong.

Kevin joined Lipman Karas (now Karas So LLP) in 2014 from Allen & Overy where he was a Consultant. He originally trained with Freehills (now Herbert Smith Freehills) and commenced his career in their Melbourne and Perth offices.

Key Experience

  • Sino Forest – The CEO of this Toronto-listed forestry company orchestrated an “extremely large and complex fraud, resulting in the loss by Sino-Forest of billions of dollars”.[1] The fraud included: (a) creating vast holdings of fictitious forest assets in Mainland China to falsify assets, revenues and profits; (b) raising funds relying on these falsified financial figures; and (c) fraudulent transactions with connected parties to channel away the funds raised. 

    We act for the litigation trustee in investigating and pursuing claims in various jurisdictions:
    • Ontario court proceedings against the company’s CEO resulting in a US$2.6 billion judgment
    • Singapore court proceedings against the valuer of the company’s forest assets resulting in a settlement after a ten-week trial.
    • Hong Kong court proceedings against the company’s auditors that are on-going.
       
  • China Metal – The CEO of this Hong Kong-listed metal recycling company conducted “fraud on an industrial scale” to overstate the business and profit of the company for the purposes of its initial public offering and listing.[2] 

    We act for the liquidators in investigating and pursuing a claim against a global financial institution for misconduct relating to its role as sponsor of this initial public offering and listing.
     
  • Hyflux – Once a “darling” of Singapore's entrepreneurial scene, this “much-lauded” water treatment company is now in liquidation.[3]  We act for the liquidators in Singapore court proceedings against the company’s CEO and auditors including in respect of alleged misreporting of the company’s financial position. 
     
  • China Huishan Dairy – Supposedly the Mainland’s largest dairy farm operator, this Hong Kong-listed company collapsed amid rumours of fraudulent transactions and the disappearance of its treasury head.  We act for the liquidators in Hong Kong court and arbitration proceedings against its auditors in respect of the alleged misreporting of the company’s financial position.

[1] Borrelli v Chan 2018 ONSC 1429

[2] Re China Metal Recycling (Holdings) Ltd [2015] 2 HKLRD 415

[3] The Straits Times, “Hyflux's fall from darling of the entrepreneurial scene to troubled firm”, 18 May 2019

 

Career History

  • Partner, Karas So LLP, 2021
  • Partner, Lipman Karas, 2018
  • Special Counsel, Lipman Karas, 2014
  • Associate/Senior Associate/Consultant, Allen & Overy, 2008
  • Registered Foreign Lawyer, Johnson Stokes & Master, 2007
  • Articled Clerk/Solicitor, Freehills (now Herbert Smith Freehills), 2002

Education

  • Masters of Commercial Law, University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Economics/Bachelor of Laws, Monash University

Admissions

  • Solicitor Advocate, Hong Kong, 2014
  • High Court of Hong Kong, 2008
  • Supreme Court of Victoria, 2003