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    • Leslie Shen - Clyde & Co LLP
    • Peng Shen - Baker McKenzie
    • Helen Tang - Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
    • Mariana Zhong - Dechert LLP

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Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is ‘undoubtedly one of the best firms around for litigation and arbitration’. In addition to the practice’s specialist arbitration focus, it is highly experienced in complex, high-value litigation. Jessica Fei in Beijing is widely recognised as a go-to person for significant overseas arbitration for Chinese state-owned companies. In Hong Kong, key advisers include the ‘highly impressive and deeply experienced’ global head of disputes Justin D’Agostino and global corporate crime and investigations head Kyle Wombolt, as well as Gareth Thomas, who is ‘of the highest calibre – both knowledgeable and practical’; Simon Chapman, whose ‘experience in arbitration is impressive and he is also extremely quick at turning around documents’; and Julian Copeman. Former Shanghai office head Brenda Horrigan relocated to Australia.

At Baker McKenzie, Shanghai-based Simon Hui is recommended for commercial and insurance litigation while, in Beijing, recently promoted partner Vivian Wu focuses on anti-bribery and anti-competition matters and special counsel Shen Peng is experienced in FCPA investigations, commercial litigation and international arbitration. Michelle Gon joined MWE China Law Offices (Strategic Alliance with McDermott Will & Emery).

Jones Day’s practice frequently acts in matters relating to IP, antitrust and energy. Recent cases include defending Wuxi Hisky Medical Technologies in patent cases filed against it by a competitor in Europe. Shanghai-based Michael Vella and Jerry Ling are recommended along with Haifeng Huang, who divides his time between Hong Kong and Beijing, and Peter Wang, who works from Shanghai and Beijing.

DLA Piper’s ‘team provides an excellent service and very timely responses at competitive rates; it is also great for strategy’. Shanghai managing partner Roy Chan has considerable experience in insurance and commercial related disputes, and Hong Kong-based Asia dispute resolution head Satpal Gobindpuri acted for Watanmal Boolchand & Co in defending Hong Kong High Court proceedings over allegations of unpaid director-level salary and bonus.

Hogan Lovells International LLP is recommended for cross-border cases, including shareholder disputes, compliance investigations, complex commercial litigation, international arbitration and construction claims. The ‘determined and able’ Terence Wong, Eugene Chen, William (Skip) Fisher and Zhen (Katie) Feng are key names in Shanghai, as are Beijing-based Rae Yan and Deanna Wong, who splits her time between Hong Kong and Beijing.

In addition to Norton Rose Fulbright’s China-related arbitration work, construction cases, shipping claims and energy disputes, the practice also has strong insurance and IP case credentials. Recent highlights include representing Right Margin, a Chinachem Group company, in a contractual dispute. Camille Jojo is ‘an excellent adviser to have on your side of your table’ and heads the team, which includes Wynne Mok, Alfred Wu and Jim James, all based in Hong Kong. International arbitration expert James Rogers relocated to the London office.

In addition to assisting clients with disputes in the region, O’Melveny has extensive experience of representing Asian clients in international litigation and is particularly expert in defending US-listed Chinese companies in securities class actions in the US federal courts. Bingna Guo, who splits her time between Beijing and Shanghai, worked with colleagues in Los Angeles to successfully defeat motions for class certification in securities class actions. Denis Brock and Friven Yeoh are key figures in Hong Kong.

Pinsent Masons is recommended for its experience in large, complex international disputes, particularly within the construction, engineering, energy, insurance and technology industries; the practice is also noted for cases relating to infrastructure and other major projects. Shanghai-based head of the China practice Hew Kian Heong is well regarded, as are Beijing-based John Bishop, Helena Chen and Sam Boyling.

Allen & Overy LLP’s Jane Jiang leads the PRC litigation practice in the firm’s Beijing office; she has a strong focus on the financial services industry and its regulatory environment, and has led on various China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) investigations. The Hong Kong office, alongside London colleagues, acted for an international financial institution in a dispute arising from the close-out of FX currency option transactions and an associated guarantee. Simon Clarke is head of litigation in Hong Kong.

Clifford Chance LLP’s Asia litigation and dispute resolution head Matthew Newick, who splits his time between Hong Kong and London, specialises in commercial dispute resolution and regulatory enforcement, particularly in complex, cross-border disputes and financial services investigations. Cameron Hassall in Hong Kong is recommended for Asia-related international arbitration and litigation; he particularly stands out for cross-border investment, joint venture and shareholder disputes in the energy and infrastructure, private equity, aviation and banking and financial institution sectors.

Clyde & Co LLP’s ‘team is excellent; its quick responses and professional legal advice are of great help to clients and the charges are quite reasonable’. The practice has a large dispute resolution team in mainland China and is best known for its expertise in the insurance, infrastructure, maritime, aviation and trade and commodities sectors. In Shanghai, Asia managing director Ik Wei Chong is ‘diligent and reliable and has outstanding professional knowledge’; Andrew Rourke, who divides his time between Shanghai and Guildford in the UK, is ‘prompt and accurate, and he quickly figures out the key issues of cases’. Beijing managing partner Patrick Zheng specialises in international arbitration and China-related litigation (both onshore and offshore); together with the Hong Kong office, Zheng acted for Hua Xia, a mainland Chinese bank, in a letter of credit dispute with China Construction Bank; the matter included complex jurisdictional issues. Legal director Leslie Shen in Shanghai is also highly rated and the office welcomed Richard Bell, who relocated from the firm’s Abu Dhabi office.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s China dispute resolution practice regularly acts in significant commercial litigation, international arbitration, and contentious regulatory matters and investigations; it stands out for its cross-border and multi-jurisdictional expertise, with particular expertise in Asia/US and Asia/EU contentious issues. William Robinson heads the practice, in which other notable advisers include John Choong, Georgia Dawson and Tim Mak; all partners mentioned are based in Hong Kong.

In Sidley Austin LLP’s Beijing office, Henry Ding is recommended for US-related litigation. The Hong Kong team has been representing the PRC subsidiary of a NYSE-listed photovoltaic module manufacturer in a breach of contract case. Yuet Ming Tham is noted for cross-border compliance and investigations and dispute resolution; Alan Linning focuses on financial services regulatory matters, investigations and proceedings, as well as complex commercial litigation; and Alex Rovira is head of corporate reorganisation and bankruptcy. Former Hong Kong commercial litigation leader Charles Allen joined Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

At CMS, Nick Beckett in Beijing and Ulrike Glueck in Shanghai are key names; the former is noted for expertise in life sciences and IP litigation, while the latter is recommended for commercial disputes, particularly for clients from the automotive, chemicals, machinery and equipment sectors, as well as the manufacturing, public transport and utilities industries. Falk Lichtenstein in Beijing is a highly rated senior counsel. The firm relocated energy disputes expert Andrzej Blach from Warsaw to Beijing.

Dechert LLP’s Beijing managing partner Jingzhou Tao assists clients involved in PRC-related disputes and is well known for his extensive experience in international commercial arbitration; he has served as counsel and been appointed arbitrator in over 100 international arbitration cases. Associate Mariana Zhong has particular experience of enforcing foreign arbitral awards and judgments in the PRC, as well as recovery of foreign sovereign assets.

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP’s Shanghai office has been busy representing Syngenta in multiple lawsuits which alleged that the client’s commercialisation of Viptera and its introduction into the corn supply caused China to reject all American corn shipments, thus depressing the price of corn in the US. Tiana Zhang advises clients during government investigations and in disputes, and has extensive experience in complex civil and commercial US litigation and cross-border cases. Jodi Wu concentrates her practice on white-collar criminal defence, government enforcement matters, and internal investigations; and Agnes Li is also recommended. All partners named are based in Shanghai.

Linklaters specialises in complex litigation cases and contentious regulatory investigations, frequently of a cross-border nature; the team’s client base includes global and regional financial institutions, investment banks, private banks, hedge funds and asset managers. In Hong Kong, Asia-wide head of dispute resolution Melvin Sng regularly advises global financial institutions and corporations on their most sensitive and complex disputes and regulatory investigations. Other key advisers include Gavin Lewis, Marc Harvey and recently promoted partner Justin Tang, all of whom practise from Hong Kong.

In Ropes & Gray LLP’s Shanghai office, Mimi Yang’s contentious work revolves around life sciences, technology and retail clients; Yang has substantial experience in anti-corruption and securities litigation, and regularly acts for Asia-based entities and Fortune 500 multinationals with Asian subsidiaries. Andrew Dale in Hong Kong is also highly rated.

Simmons & Simmons recently acted in several high-value outbound disputes for PRC energy and infrastructure corporations that led to international arbitrations, including investment treaty claims. Joseph Chu in Beijing acts in high-value, cross-border disputes and international arbitrations, and represents several PRC-based corporations in outbound disputes.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP recently hired Hong Kong-based Steve Kwok, a former resident legal adviser for the US Department of Justice at the US Embassy. The team is particularly well known for assisting Chinese clients with US securities cases. Hong Kong-based department head Rory McAlpine has been representing BYD Company (a Chinese manufacturer of automobiles and rechargeable batteries) and several of its subsidiaries in a long-running $700m dispute with Taiwan-based Foxconn in a case involving claims of breach of confidence, induced breaches of contractual and fiduciary duties, conspiracy, and breach of trust.

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