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Wang Jing & Co has longstanding expertise in the sector, having advised on a broad range of wet and dry shipping matters, including salvage claims and all aspects of shipbuilding. Its offices covers all the key port cities in China. Managing partner Jing Wang is praised as having ‘encyclopaedic knowledge of the relevant law’. Hongyu Wang is recommended for handling contentious matters, including disputes over ship collision, marine pollution and shipbuilding contract; Xiangyong Chen and Dihuang Song are also names to note.
Wintell & Co Law Firm has ‘one of the best teams in the country’. Its portfolio of recent work includes handling a compensation case following a ship collision, a shipbuilding contract dispute and a vessel financing. Its client roster includes insurance companies, P&I clubs, shipping companies, financial institutions and large cargo traders. Mervyn Chen heads the team, in which admiralty expert Longjie Chen and maritime insurance specialist Quanzhong Xu are recommended.
With a strong record in big-ticket mandates, Global Law Office acts for a broad range of shipping companies and banks on contentious and non-contentious matters. Practice head Yifeng Gao is representing Tianjin Guodian Shipping in a number of disputes with the shipowners before the China Maritime Arbitration Commission. Another highlight saw the team represent the respondent to a CIETAC arbitration claim arising from a series of ship equipment import contracts. Jingye Jiang is another key figure, who has experience in arbitration and litigation.
At Rolmax Law Office, founding partner Min Liu has experience in all aspects of shipping law, with particular expertise in charterparty and casualty claims, as well as the sale and purchase of vessels. The group is a popular choice for domestic shipowners and logistics companies.
Sloma & Co represents domestic and foreign clients, including logistics companies, charterparties, financial institutions and shipbuilders. Areas of expertise include ship financing and arbitration. Genrong Yu is recommended for high-profile contentious matters.
Dentons China handles a broad range of shipping work. Dengyong Tong’s track record includes successfully acting in litigation arising from a collision between two vessels, a case involving oil pollution, shipwreck removal, limitation of liability and fatal accident compensation. Henry Lee focuses on ship finance, as well as charterparty and cargo disputes.
Shanghai Kai-Rong Law Firm regularly acts for shipping companies in contentious matters. Founder Yulai Jin has experience in all phases of litigation and arbitration, as well as non-contentious matters. Yi Rao focuses on international trade and maritime law and has acted in litigation and arbitration proceedings.
Zhong Lun Law Firm advises on the full spectrum of maritime transactions, as well as litigation and arbitration. Representative clients include The Swedish Club, PICC Property and Casualty Insurance, and TT Club. Chenbiao Li is the main contact.
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Holman Fenwick Willan’s Julian Davies is experienced in handling charterparty, admiralty, shipbuilding and trade matters, while Nick Poynder often represents domestic and foreign clients in disputes. Group head Henry Fung – who divides his time between Shanghai and Hong Kong – handles contentious matters, including charterparty disputes, cargo claims and insurance claims, as well as non-contentious matters such as regulatory and compliance issues.
Clients rate the ‘excellent’ shipping team at Ince & Co as being one of the ‘best in the area’. Its wide range of expertise includes marine insurance, shipbuilding and ship finance, with a particular strength in contentious dry shipping work. The ‘professional, responsible and experienced’ Wai Yue Loh, who heads the Beijing office, often represents major state-owned shipowners, operators and charterers in litigation. Shanghai office head Paul Ho specialises in high-value shipbuilding and repair matters, as well as sale and purchase transactions. Vincent Xu is also recommended.
Wikborg Rein’s ‘professional and knowledgeable’ practice gives ‘value for money’ on the full range of shipping matters, including casualty and insurance disputes, ship finance and asset sale and purchase transactions. Clients recommend Ronin Zong, who recently assisted a state-owned shipyard with contract negotiations regarding the construction of a pilot offshore fish farm. Christian James-Olsen relocated from the firm’s Bergen office to replace Tormod Nilsen, who returned to Oslo. Litigation specialist Yafeng Sun heads the practice.
Clyde & Co LLP’s ‘sufficient and impressive’ department primarily handles litigation and ship finance. Canming Wang leads the litigation team as part of the firm’s joint venture with Westlink Partnership. Hong Kong-based Conor Warde led the team advising ICBC Financial Leasing on the lease financing of a passenger cruise ship for Viking Cruises. The ‘very experienced’ Andrew Rourke has ‘a profound understanding of commercial practice’ and the ‘ability to manage complicated cases’. Ik Wei Chong heads the practice.
DLA Piper specialises in assisting Chinese companies and investors with outbound investments, as well as handling complex cross-border litigation and arbitration. Kevin Chan in Hong Kong led advice to China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) on a number of agreements concerning its £2.6bn joint venture with Carnival Corporation. The Shanghai team is headed by Roy Chan, who often advises on high-value shipping litigation.
The ‘very knowledgeable and responsive’ team at Norton Rose Fulbright noted a significant increase in lease financings and other transactions involving alternative finance structures, as well as restructuring and insolvency work. ‘Very personable’ group head Jonathan Silver ‘provides timely advice’ on contentious and non-contentious shipping matters. Banking head Fei Kwok advised ICBC Financial Leasing on its $960m acquisition of four LNG vessels from Golar LNG, as well as the subsequent financing, refinancing and chartering to Golar LNG. Other clients include CDB, Export-Import Bank of China and Standard Chartered.