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Herbert Smith Freehills LLP provides ‘fantastic dispute resolution services’, and stands out for its large dedicated arbitration practice in Greater China. Beijing’s Jessica Fei represented a subsidiary of Sinopec in an international arbitration against a Russian company, which concerned an oil machinery manufacturing and supply contract. Helen Tang is a key Shanghai senior associate; and in Hong Kong, global disputes head Justin D’Agostino, May Tai and Simon Chapman are highly rated. Arbitration practitioner Kathryn Sanger joined from Clifford Chance LLP and senior registered foreign lawyer Elizabeth Poulos relocated to the Hong Kong office from Brisbane.

Baker McKenzie FenXun Joint Operation Office recently hired Hogan Lovells International LLP’s former co-head of its Southeast Asia arbitration practice Paul Teo; he joins the Hong Kong office to lead the Greater China arbitration group. The team handles the entire spectrum of contentious work, such as compliance and regulatory investigations, commercial litigation, international arbitration and restructuring and insolvency disputes. Shanghai-based Simon Hui is a key practitioner; and in Beijing, Peng Shen is a recommended special counsel. Hong Kong’s Cynthia Tang is department head.

In addition to its significant China IP litigation practice, Jones Day has extensive experience in a range of cross-border disputes, regulatory investigations, international commercial arbitration, public international law and offshore disputes. In Shanghai, Peter Wang, Michael Vella and Jerry Ling are highly rated, as is Hong Kong and Beijing-based Robert Thomson.

DLA Piper acts in contentious matters involving global corporations, insurance companies, financial institutions, private equity funds, real estate developers, energy and construction companies, liquidators, and high-net-worth individuals. Hong Kong-based Asia dispute resolution head Satpal Gobindpuri acted for Ubiquiti Networks International in the recovery of a large sum of money transferred out of the company account as a result of cybercrime. Kevin Chan and Harris Chan are other key contacts in Hong Kong.

Hogan Lovells International LLPprovides an excellent service through its high-quality lawyers’, and is best known for corporate shareholder disputes, anti-corruption matters, financial services regulatory investigations, construction matters, international arbitration, and IP litigation. In Shanghai, Eugene Chen heads the department. Terence Wong left for Winston & Strawn.

Norton Rose Fulbright regularly works on high-value, high-profile commercial litigation with significant cross-border PRC elements. The firm also has a large international arbitration practice, which handles infrastructure, energy and commercial disputes, and it regularly assists with internal and external investigations. Team head Camille Jojo, Alfred Wu and consultant Jim James are the names to note; all are based in Hong Kong. Wynne Mok joined The Securities and Futures Commission.

O'Melvenyprovides very good service, response times and industry knowledge, as well as practical advice and value for money’. The team is highly rated for cross-border disputes, including US-bound litigation, and regional disputes in China and Asia Pacific for multinational corporations. The team also has specific experience defending China-based, US-listed companies in securities class actions in the US Federal Courts. Bingna Guo divides time between Beijing and Shanghai, and Denis Brock in Hong Kong is the department head. Friven Yeoh joined Sidley Austin’s Hong Kong office.

Pinsent Masons acts in large, complex disputes (including international arbitration), particularly regarding the construction, engineering and energy industries, and in relation to international infrastructure and other major projects. China head Hew Kian Heong, Michelle Li, Helen Chang, Helena Chen and Sam Boyling are recommended.

Allen & Overy LLP’s ‘overall level of service is excellent; the team’s response times are very good and the advice is always very clear’. It has a concentration of financial industry clients, and is well known for regulatory investigations and complex derivatives and structured finance disputes. The firm also has a busy fraud, white-collar crime and money laundering practice. Shanghai’s Jane Jiang is PRC litigation department head.

The team at Clifford Chance LLP is ‘highly rated in terms of knowledge of the law and clients’ cases’. The practice is recommended for high-value cross-border disputes; and the firm has an international arbitration and investment treaty practice in Greater China. The firm’s IP arbitration practice is also a draw. Cameron Hassall in Hong Kong leads the Greater China international arbitration practice.

Clyde & Co LLP is widely known for its sector expertise in insurance, infrastructure, shipping, transportation, and trade and commodities. It also frequently handles cross-border international arbitrations in the oil and gas and construction sectors. In Shanghai, Ik Wei Chong, Richard Bell and Andrew Rourke, who divides time between Shanghai and Guildford (UK), are key contacts, as is Beijing managing partner Patrick Zheng.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is recommended for cross-border disputes, international arbitration, contentious regulatory matters and investigations. Hong Kong-based practice head William Robinson handles a workload that includes contentious antitrust, anti-bribery, and corruption and sanctions matters. Georgia Dawson, John Choong and Tim Mak are other well-regarded names.

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP represents multinationals with Chinese operations, and leading Chinese companies, in cross-border litigation, including aspects of commercial, antitrust, product liability, IP and environmental law. Shanghai’s Tiana Zhang, Jodi Wu and Agnes Li are highly rated, as is Kelly Naphtali in Hong Kong.

Sidley Austin LLP hired Friven Yeoh in Hong Kong from O'Melveny, while former Hong Kong commercial litigation head Charles Allen joined Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. The firm has a significant commercial litigation, arbitration and contentious financial services practices in Asia, as well as a growing reputation for insolvency matters and outbound US securities-related class actions. Yuet Ming Tham - and Alex Rovira are key contacts in Hong Kong, and Henry Ding is the name to note in Beijing.

Bird & Bird’s regional dispute resolution team specialises in acting for clients operating in highly regulated environments, including the financial services, telecoms, energy and life sciences sectors. The firm represented a Singapore-based private equity firm, as claimant, in arbitration proceedings with its co-investor and majority shareholder. Richard Keady leads the firm’s dispute resolution practice in Asia Pacific, and Robert Rhoda is also highly rated; both are based in Hong Kong.

CMS has considerable experience in commercial disputes in the pharmaceutical, technology, energy and logistics sectors. Beijing managing partner Nick Beckett is ‘one of the most dynamic, responsive and generous lawyers around, and has an unparalleled ability to bring international teams together to deliver the precise expertise that clients require’. Falk Lichtenstein is also highly regarded, as is Ulrike Glueck, an arbitrator on the Shanghai Arbitration Commission and Shanghai International Arbitration Centre panels.

Dechert LLP’s lawyers in Beijing and Hong Kong are well known for acting for corporations and states in commercial and investor treaty arbitrations, and are also highly regarded for their enforcement expertise. In addition, the team has significant IP disputes experience. Beijing managing partner Jingzhou Tao and senior associate Mariana Zhong are the key names.

Linklaters specialises in complex litigation and regulatory investigations, an area which is closely linked to the firm’s white-collar practice. The client base includes global and regional financial institutions, investment banks, private banks, hedge funds and asset managers. Melvin Sng is Asia dispute resolution head, and Marc Harvey, Gavin Lewis, and Justin Tang are other names to note; all named individuals are based in Hong Kong.

Ropes & Gray LLP’s ‘service is very good and the team is responsive and knowledgeable’. Hong Kong’s Andrew Dale, who is ‘good at leading coordinated teams across several jurisdictions’, has extensive experience in commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation, as well as investigations. Mimi Yang relocated from Shanghai to the firm’s Hong Kong office, and is recommended for contentious life sciences, technology, and retail matters, and is experienced in anti-corruption and securities matters.

A firm with brilliant lawyers’, Shearman & Sterling LLP recently promoted Beijing-based Emmanuel Jacomy to the partnership; Jacomy is ‘a gifted dispute resolution lawyer, quick on his feet, and works around the clock’. The practice acts in high-profile disputes on behalf of Chinese companies as well as representing European and US clients in cases with a mainland China, Hong Kong or Singapore focus. It also has a strong focus on the energy, construction, infrastructure and telecoms sectors. Nils Eliasson, who is ‘a class act’, divides his time between Hong Kong and Beijing.

With a strong on-the-ground international arbitration practice in the PRC, Simmons & Simmons recently handled high-value outbound disputes for major PRC energy and infrastructure corporations, as well as investment treaty claims. Joseph Chu divides his time between Beijing and Hong Kong.

Providing outstanding expertise and service’, the team at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is particularly well known for assisting Chinese clients with US securities litigation. For example, the team represented AirMedia, a Chinese advertising platform and wifi provider, in a US securities class action. A number of arbitrations also form a significant part of the team’s recent workload. Hong Kong’s department head Rory McAlpine is ‘a go-to lawyer, who is immensely affable and has an incisive legal mind that is capable of handling the most complex cross-border litigation and arbitration’. Steve Kwok and Bradley Klein are also highly regarded.

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