Joanna Pearson is a partner at Humphries Kerstetter with 20 years’ experience of complex financial services litigation and regulatory investigations. Joanna also specialises in disputes regarding partnership and director duties, including founder/key person exits, conflicts of interest and good faith obligations, bringing “significant experience in investor claims, disputes arising from financial products and contract interpretation litigation” (Legal 500, 2022).
Joanna was a partner at Simmons & Simmons LLP prior to joining Humphries Kerstetter, spending much of her 21 years in London but also working in Hong Kong and Singapore. Many of Joanna’s matters have an international element.
Joanna’s litigation experience spans the financial sector, with a particular focus on investor claims (both claimant and defendant); disputes involving complex financial products and structures; contractual interpretation disputes; and partnership and shareholder disputes. Joanna acts for banks, asset managers, wealth managers, investors, shareholders, corporates and individuals.
Joanna also conducts investigations, often with a regulatory enforcement or other governmental authority focus, acting for both organisations and individuals.
1998: LPC, The College of Law, London
1997: LLB (Hons), King’s College London
English and basic French and German
Joanna has undertaken significant investigations for regulated entities involving systems and controls issues, policy breaches and employee misconduct, including investigations triggered by whistleblowing, litigation claims and regulatory/other agency action, together with associated engagement with regulatory authorities.