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At Clifford Chance in Singapore, engineering specialist Paul Sandosham, India expert Nish Shetty and locally-appointed silk Harpreet Singh Nehal SC handle work ranging from investment treaty disputes through to shareholder matters. In Hong Kong, Cameron Hassall and consultant Thomas Walsh are representing an Asian private equity fund in a Hong Kong arbitration governed by Cayman law concerning the investment fund. Ben Luscombe in Perth is also notable.

Among other work, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Asian offering has public international law as a strong suit. Nicholas Lingard in Singapore represents the South Korean government in defence of an investment treaty claim brought by Iranian investors concerning alleged behaviour on the part of several financial institutions of which the government is a shareholder, as well as handling work for claimants in one of the legion Spanish solar ICSID cases. John Choong in Hong Kong, as well as dealing with investment treaty matters, handles joint venture and finance disputes.

At Herbert Smith Freehills, Simon Chapman and May Tai are key contacts in Hong Kong, as is Justin D’Agostino, who is on sabbatical – Chapman and Tai represent various Sinopec companies in a $6bn dispute with Respol, reportedly the largest ever claim brought before the Singapore International Arbitration Centre. Jessica Fei is a notable name in the Beijing office. Alastair Henderson in Singapore is a key contact in the ASEAN region, as is Chinnawat Thongpakdee in Bangkok who also heads heavyweight deals, including acting for Japanese clients in Thai-related disputes. In addition, Mike McClure in South Korea, who is advising a chaebol on a Middle Eastern gas pipe construction dispute, and Tokyo office managing partner David Gilmore are also key names.

Allen & Overy features a range of strong practitioners based in Hong Kong, including Matthew Gearing QC, Matthew Hodgson and Sheila Ahuja, the latter is a transferee from Singapore and a new partner promotion. Highlights include representing BG and Reliance Industries in a dispute over two Indian-law governed oil production sharing contracts. Judith Gill QC is now at arbitrator practising out of Twenty Essex.

Baker McKenzie handles cases ranging from engineering and construction matters through to commodities and joint ventures disputes. In Singapore, Nandakumar Ponniya handles cases with Indonesian elements; another contact of note is Andi Kadir, who practices as part of the firm's Indonesian affiliate. Wynn Pakdeejit in Bangkok also handles both arbitrations and the enforcement of their awards. As far as the Chinese-speaking world is concerned, David Liou in Taiwan is also notable. The firm also includes investment treaty specialist Jo Delaney in Australia. Leng Sun Chan SC is now part of Essex Court Chambers.

In DLA Piper’s Hong Kong office, Kevin Chan and Ernest Yang (who represented GD Midea Air-Conditioning Equipment in a Singapore arbitration against its former Israeli distributor, with around 300GB of evidence involved) have been joined by Andrew Chin and Benjamin Ng, who joined from Baker McKenzie and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP respectively in Hong Kong. Other highlights concern the maritime sector and construction. Of counsel Xiaoshan Chen, who is based in Shanghai, is a notable contact in mainland China. Elsewhere in the region, Peter Shelford is a key contact in Bangkok, as is John Goulios in Singapore.

At Hogan Lovells, Timothy Hill and James Kwan in Hong Kong handle cases with concerning issues ranging from technology through to corporate matters, many of them with connections to Greater China, including disputes before all manner of centres and also ad-hoc arbitrations. Kent Phillips in Singapore also handles cases with construction, engineering and energy elements.

King & Wood Mallesons handles a range of international arbitration work, with a particular strength in but not exclusively representing entities linked to the Chinese state. Paul Starr and Donovan Ferguson in Hong Kong (both of whom who handle matters with construction and engineering elements), plus Tao Huang in Beijing and Ye Ariel in Shenzen are key lawyers in the practice. Peter Pether is notable in Australia for construction disputes.

Camille Jojo heads the arbitration team in Norton Rose Fulbright’s Hong Kong office, handling a range of commercial disputes involving well-known businesses; James Rogers and Alfred Wu are also key contacts for construction-focused work. Meanwhile, in Singapore, Lye Kc heads several matters, including disputes involving gigawatt-plus power projects, relating to South Asia.

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC is highly active, representing clients sharing the firm’s South Korean origins in disputes worldwide. Kap-You (Kevin) Kim, John P. Bang and Seung-Hyeon Kim are representing Kepco in an LCIA arbitration against a consortium of Korean construction companies concerning the Barakah nuclear power project in Abu Dhabi. David MacArthur and Matthew Christensen are also key US-qualified lawyers.

A firm with mainland Chinese origins, Fangda Partners has offices in both Hong Kong and China. Peter Yuen and Andrew Skudden, whose work includes energy-related disputes are key partners in Hong Kong, as is Damien MacDonald, who handles shareholder disputes among other work. In Beijing, Ming Kang is a notable name, as are Daniel Huang, Benjamin Miao and Ji Nuo in Shanghai.

Korean heavyweight Kim & Chang’s Seoul office handles work not just in engineering, but also concerning M&A disputes, global projects and investment disputes. Chul-Won Lee is representing a Korean shipyard in a $500m dispute with an offshore drilling contractor, with other key lawyers in the team including Byung-Chol Yoon and Eun Young Park. Foreign attorneys of note include Joel Richardson and Kay-Jannes Wegner – the former is admitted in the District of Columbia, the latter in England and Germany; Richardson and Byung-Woo Im represent a Korean industrial company in a dispute concerning oil pipelines in the GCC region.

King & Spalding LLP is strong in Singapore, with Wade Coriell representing Shell in an investor-state dispute over petroleum revenues with the government of the Philippines. Other key names in Singapore include Emerson Holmes, who also handles engineering disputes, and the office also includes Simon Dunbar and Elodie Dulac. Christopher Bailey is the firm’s arbitration flagbearer in Japan.

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP handles a range of commercial disputes. Andre Yeap, SC, who represents the Philipinnes government in an ICC arbitration brought by Chevron and Shell regarding tax issues, Francis Xavier, SC, PBM and Chuan Thye Tan, SC  are key Singapore silks, with Paul Tan and Kim Beng Ng also notable. The firm also has a strong network with offices in many Asean nations. Chau Huy Quang in Hanoi is very active in VIAC arbitrations concerning construction projects and is a key contact in Vietnam.

Shearman & Sterling has particular strengths in energy and investment-related arbitrations. Key names in Singapore include Daryl Chew and Emmanuel Jacomy, a French and English-qualified Chinese speaker who divides his time between Beijing and Singapore. Nils Eliasson, who divides his time between Beijing and Hong Kong, handles agenda-setting investment treaty work.

In Asia, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP can field lawyers from various offices with expertise in areas including investment treaty arbitration, construction and energy disputes. Key names include Rory McAlpine, an English-qualified solicitor-advocate in Hong Kong, and H Young Shin in South Korea.

Zhong Lun Law Firm has strength both in Hong Kong and mainland China. Frederick Hui, Gilbert Leung, Dorothy Siron and Mark Bedford are names of note in the Hong Kong office, which handles matters ranging from shareholder and corporate disputes through to construction and engineering matters. Key names in Beijing include Decai Zhang, Lijun Cao and Huawei Sun.

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