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Dr QU, Zhen Charles

Admitted to Practice: New South Wales Supreme Court

Associate Professor

Dr QU, Zhen Charles

Contact Information

Office: YEUNG- P5413
Phone: +(852)-3442-7692

Research Interests

  • Corporate Law
  • Corporate insolvency law
  • Schemes of Arrangement
  • Chinese corporate law

Representative publications

  • Stefan HC Lo and Charles Z Qu, Law of Companies in Hong Kong (3rd edn, Sweet & Maxwell 2018 (cxcii + 1041 pages, ( .
  • Stefan HC Lo and Charles Z Qu, Law of Companies in Hong Kong (2nd edn, Sweet & Maxwell 2015)
  • Stefan HC Lo and Charles Z Qu, Law of Companies in Hong Kong (Sweet & Maxwell, Hong Kong 2013).
Books Chapters
  • Charles Z Qu, “The presumption of regularity in Chinese corporate contracting: evidence and prospect of regional convergence” in Maartje de Visser and Gary Low (ed), Convergence of Commercial Laws in Asia (Cambridge University Press 2019), forthcoming.
  • Stefan HC Lo & Charles Z Qu, “Duties of directors and officers under the Hong Kong Companies Ordinance” in John Scott et al (ed), Company Law in Hong Kong: Practice and Procedure (2016 edn, Sweet & Maxwell, 2016) 209-255.
  • The Hon. Mr Justice Jonathan Harris and Charles Z Qu, “Provisional liquidation” in Susan Kwan, Hon Justice, et al (ed) Company Law in Hong Kong – Insolvency (the 2015 edn, Sweet & Maxwell, Dec 2014) 130-148.
  • Charles Z Qu, "Corporate Rescue (13)" in The Hon. Madam Justice Susan Kwan (ed), (2015 edn) Company Law in Hong Kong: Insolvency, Sweet & Maxwell, December 2014) 617-638.
  • John Marsden, Gaven Cheong, and Charles Qu (update author). “Scheme of arrangement” in Susan Kwan, Hon Justice, et al (ed) Company Law in Hong Kong – Insolvency (the 2014 edn, Sweet & Maxwell, Hong Kong 2014) 340-367.
  • D Jiang and Charles Z Qu, “An examination on the case law on the representative power of the shareholders’ meeting” in Daxing Jiang, Concepts and Interpretation of Company Law (Law Press China, Beijing 2009) 156 -212.
Journal publications
  • Charles Zhen Qu, "Corporate Law Issue, Civil Law Solutions: Resolving Disputes Arising from Unauthorised Corporate Security Contracts in PRC High Courts" (2020) Arizona State Corporate and Business Law Journal (forthcoming).
  • Charles Zhen Qu and Andrew Godwin, “Does the Common Law Power to Grant Cross-border Insolvency Assistance Apply to an Insolvency Winding-Up that is Voluntary? The Reaction to Singularis from Singapore and Hong Kong” (2020) 1 International Insolvency Review, forthcoming.
  • Charles Z Qu, "The court's power to appoint provisional iquidators to carry out rescue roles: Rethinking Legend" (2019) 28 (1) International Insolvency Review 86-102.
  • Charles Z Qu and Stefan HC Lo, “Schemes of arrangement: Economic analysis of three issues Relating to classification of claims”, (2017) 40 (4) University of New South Wales Law Journal 1440-1467.
  • Charles Z Qu, “Sanctioning schemes of arrangement: the need for granting the court a curative power” (2016) Journal of Business Law 13-29.
  • Jenny Buchan, Lorelle Frazer, Charles Zhen Qu, Rob Nicholls, ‘Franchisor insolvency in Australia, profile, factors, and impacts, (22) (2015) Journal of Marketing Channels 311-332.
  • Emily Ma, Charles Qu, Aaron Hsiao and Xin Jin, ‘Impacts of China Tourism Law on Chinese Outbound Travelers and Stakeholders: An Exploratory Discussion’ (2015) 11(3) Journal of China Tourism Research 229-237.
  • Charles Z Qu, “Towards an effective scheme-based corporate rescue system for Hong Kong”, (2012) 12 (1) Journal of Corporate Law Studies, 85-128.
  • Charles Z Qu, “Recent German developments in company controllers’ liability in rescue situations: A comparative evaluation” (2011) 4 Journal of Business Law 330-356.  
  • Charles Z Qu, “Contra bonos mores: A preferred avenue for obtaining satisfaction for company creditors in China” (2009) 30(3) Company Lawyer 85-91.
  • Charles Z Qu, “Statutory liability under pre-incorporation contracts in Hong Kong”, (2009) 20 International Company and Commercial Law Review 320-327.
  • Charles Z Qu, ‘Xian Gongsi Jiaoyi Guize de Fa yu Jingji Xue Fenxi’ (The Choice of Pre-Incorporation Contract Rules: from a Law and Economics Perspective) (2009) 5 Falv yu Shehui Kexue (Law and Social Science) (Peking University Law School and School of Social Science) 1-27 (Lead article)
  • Charles Z Qu, “Pre-incorporation contracts in China – A proposal for optimal rules” (2008) 38(3) Hong Kong Law Journal 793-830. 
  • Charles Z Qu, "The representative power of the shareholders’ general meeting under Chinese law" (2008) 17(2) Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal 259-324 (Lead article).
  • Charles Z Qu and Bjorn Ahl, “Lowering of the corporate veil in Germany: a case note on BGH 16 July 2007 (Trihotel)” (2008) Oxford University Comparative Law Forum 4 at 
  • Charles Z Qu, “Some reflections on the general meeting’s power to control corporate proceedings” (2007) 36 (2) Common Law World Review, 231-261.
  • Charles Z Qu, “The role of shareholders’ meeting’s reserve power in the governance of PRC companies” (2007) 25(2) Law in Context “53-76.
  • Charles Z Qu, “How statutory civil liability is attributed to a company: An Australian perspective focusing on civil liability for insider trading by companies” (2006) 32(1) Monash University Law Review 177-19.
  • Charles Z Qu, “Massey v Wales; Massy v Cooney” (2006) (6) 1, Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal, 115 – 129.
  • Charles Z Qu, “Managed investment scheme custodial agents beware: They may act as a trustee” (2005) 17(3) Australian Journal of Corporate Law 336-346.
  • Charles Z Qu,“Australia’s managed investment schemes: the nature of the relationships among scheme participants” 12(1) (2004) Asia Pacific Law Review 69-94.
  • Charles Z Qu, “The doctrinal basis of the trust principles in China’s Trust Law”, 38(2) (2003) Real Property, Probate and Trust Journal 345-376.
  • Charles Z Qu, “The efficacy of insider trading civil liability regime in the Corporations Act” (2002) 14(2) Australian Journal of Corporate Law 161-182.
  • Charles Z Qu, “Luoma Jingshen Yu Xila Jingshen: Pudongfa Yu Dalu” (Roman spirit and Greek spirit, common law and the continent) (March 2002) 17 Nanjing University Law Review 204-218.
  • Charles Qu, “Parricide, equality and proportionality: Japanese court’s attitude towards the equality principle as reflected in Aizawa v Japan” (2001) 8(2) Murdoch University Electronic Journal of Law at
  • Charles Z Qu, “An outsiders view on China’s insider trading law” (2001) 10(2) Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal 327-352. This article has been translated into Chinese and published in (2002) 6 《商事法论集 (Commercial Law Review) (Tsinghua University Law School)) 197-220).
  • Charles Z Qu, “Bank of Credit and Commerce International (Overseas) Ltd v Akindele” (2001) 27(1) Monash University Law Review 164-175).
  • Charles Qu, “The fiduciary role of the manager and agent in a loan syndicate” (2000) 12(1) Bond Law Review 86-105. This article has been referenced in the High Court decision in Pilmer v Duke Group Ltd (in liq) [2001] HCA 31 and the decision of the Supreme Court of Western Australia in The Bell Group Ltd v Westpac Banking Corporation [2008] WASC 239.

Research Grants

  • ‘The Decision Making on Corporate Guarantee Cases in Chinese Courts’, Research Grant Committee (RGC), Hong Kong Government, GRF/ECS 2017-2018, Project number 11604217, HKD1,111,350, Jan 2018-Dec 2020, Hui Huang (Co-I), (Daxing Jiang (Co-I).
  • ‘Schemes of arrangement: towards more practical rules for managing creditor schemes’, Research Grant Committee (RGC), Hong Kong government, GRF/ECS 2015-2016, Project No.: 9042288 (CityU 11606215), HKD $346,250,  Jan 2016-Dec 2018, David Milman (Co-I), Roman Tomasic (Co-I).
  • ‘The public commercial acts in socialist market economy and their regulation – pinpointing the boundary of contracts by the government and state-owned enterprises, (The 2014 National Social Science Fund Major Projects (the third lot), PRC National Philosophy and Social Science Planning Office, Project number: 14ZDC019, RMB 600,000, Jan 2015-Dec 2017, Co-I, Daxing Jiang (P-I), Peizhong Gan, et al (Co-I).