Joanne Verbiesen


Joanne is a Partner in Bedell Cristin's Singapore office where she advises on all aspects of commercial litigation with an emphasis on complex cross border financial/fraud matters, contentious and non-contentious trusts and estates, and offshore corporate law, insolvency and restructuring.

Joanne has substantial offshore experience working for top tier offshore firms in the Cayman Islands and Hong Kong where she regularly appeared as an advocate in the Cayman Islands' Courts as well as providing expert evidence in proceedings in numerous jurisdictions. Joanne has particular expertise in co-ordinating proceedings across multiple jurisdictions and she has an outstanding reputation for optimising cost-effective outcomes in cross-border cases through the development and implementation of carefully curated strategies.

Prior to joining Bedell Cristin, Joanne was Senior legal Counsel for HSBC International Trustee Limited in Hong Kong SAR where she managed all contentious trust and probate matters and trust and estate related legal proceedings, offshore regulatory issues and complex trust and estate planning for HSBC's substantial trust and fiduciary services business.

  • Bachelor of Laws – Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Bachelor of Arts – Criminology – Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
  • Solicitor – Cayman Islands
  • Solicitor - British Virgin Islands
  • Registered Foreign Lawyer – Hong Kong
  • Solicitor - England & Wales (non-practising)
  • STEP (Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners) - TEP qualification
  • Masters of Law - University of London (ongoing)
Industry Focus
  • Leading Individual - Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2023
  • Leading Individual - Legal 500 Caribbean 2023
  • Band 3 - Chambers Asia-Pacific 2023
  • Band 3 - Chambers Global 2023

Joanne is a wonderful lawyer that you will definitely like to have on your side.

Chambers Global

Joanne Verbiesen is highly recommended. Not only is she qualified in multiple jurisdictions, which gives her the edge in quickly identifying and solving cross-border issues, her sharp intellect coupled with her vast experience is her biggest asset in helping clients with their contentious and complex trust and probate matters. Joanne is also prompt in her responses and in her responses, she offers detailed and practical insights that are invaluable to clients.

Legal 500 Asia-Pacific

Joanne Verbiesen is very commercial and understands the client’s commercial goals in providing her legal advice.

Legal 500 Asia-Pacific

Joanne Verbiesen is very commercial minded and understands the business objective of the client very well and is able to deliver timely advice to facilitate the client’s goals.

Legal 500 Asia-Pacific