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Shipping: foreign firms

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Clyde & Co LLP handles multi-jurisdictional mandates for a diverse mix of clients including shipowners, P&I Clubs, charterers and operators, hull underwriters, cargo insurers, trading and energy companies, banks, shipyards, freight-forwarders and logistics companies; key clients include Glencore and Mitsui & Co Group. The team advises on collision and salvage, pollution liabilities, marine insurance disputes, charter party issues, shipbuilding and ship repair issues. Within the team, Ik Wei Chong focuses on transportation, international trade and insurance matters; Andrew Rourke specialises in shipping and trading transactions and Canming Wang handles contentious marine and trade-related matters. Senior associate Flora Tang is also a name to note.

HFW advises multinational clients on a range of contentious matters, transactions and regulation. Within the team, Julian Davies has 'sound understanding of the legal landscape' and a particular focus on shipping, trade and energy matters; dual-qualified in the UK and US, Trevor Fox advises on corporate compliance and banking matters with a focus on ship sale and finance; and Nicholas Poynder specialises in charter party, bill of lading, and shipyard disputes. The team was expanded with the hire of Yaolin Ruan who joined from in-house at the Charterers P&I Club.

Ince & Co's team includes a number of 'highly dedicated lawyers’ who ‘communicate smoothly with its clients’. It is particularly recommended for maritime trade, goods trading and international commercial arbitration. Wai Yue Loh is ‘an excellent lawyer with rich professionalism and experience’ and is ‘familiar not only with English law but also with Hong Kong, Singapore and mainland China’. Fei Mao has extensive experience in cross-border commercial litigation and is singled out for his 'rich shipping sector knowledge and personal charm’. Shanghai-based Paul Ho focuses on shipbuilding, offshore construction, ship repair and sale, while managing associate Zeldar Wang specialises in maritime matters. The team has been strengthened further following the hire of Janice Lee from Stephenson Harwood and the promotion of Eileen Tang to the partnership. Recent instructions include marine insurance, shipping finance and corporate matters.

Stephenson Harwood has a solid shipping finance practice with a track record of acting for major international banks as well as large Chinese finance leasing companies; it also has a growing wet shipping practice led by Guijun Wang, who is recommended for contentious multi-jurisdictional shipping cases. Among its recent highlights, Hong Kong-based Andrew Rigden Green is representing a bank in a multi-million-dollar claim against a shipowner following an insolvency, while Hongkai Zhou is acting for a financial leasing company in a sale and leaseback transaction. The team's client roster features Guodian Shipping (Hong Kong) Company,  Michharry & Company Nigeria and The People’s Insurance Company of China (Hong Kong).

Wikborg Rein's sizeable China shipping practice is particularly strong in advising on offshore fish farm innovation, new-building/construction contracts, negotiations, distressed assets disposal and dispute resolutions for Chinese shipyards and international buyers. Recent highlights include Ronin Zong advising the Chinese Institute of Marine and Offshore Engineering on the construction of an offshore fish farm unit and representing a major Chinese client in its dispute against the charter of one floating storage and offloading (FSO) vessel. Other key names to note include managing partner Christian James-Olsen, Le Zhong and Yafeng Sun.

DLA Piper is praised for providing ‘accurate assessment on the degree of legal and commercial risks in a timely manner' and demonstrating 'sound judgement in planning and managing contentious matters’. The ‘experienced, efficient and very knowledgeable’ team is also singled out for its 'client-oriented approach’. Key individuals include Hong Kong-based litigation and regulatory practice head Ernest Yang, who is ‘very proficient, diligent and practical’ and displays ‘in-depth knowledge of the law as well as the shipping industry’; Kevin Chan focuses on cross-border litigation and international arbitration; Roy Chan advises on high-value shipping cases; and counsel Xiaoshan Chen.

Norton Rose Fulbright has international experience and significant knowledge which enables it to handle a broad range of matters from structured finance to anti-competitive actions, ship conversion to offshore disputes, and from environmental regulation to the impact of blockchain and the digitalisation of the shipping industry. The team advises a mix of banks, lessors, brokers, owners and operators. Key individuals include Fei Kwok in Shanghai and Ben Rose in Singapore.


Shipping: PRC firms

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  1. Shipping: PRC firms
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    • Jun Fei - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Headquartered in Shanghai, Wintell & Co Law Firm has a strong presence in handling wet and dry claims. Mervyn Chen specialises in bills of lading, marine insurance, collision, pollution, shipbuilding, ship sale and purchase, while James Hu handles various complex and major disputes. In two recent highlights, Chen represented an SOE in a warehouse contract dispute and Hu is handling a damage claim relating to a major pipeline damage.

Global Law Office handles a variety of contentious and non-contentious shipping matters. The practice advises Chinese, international commercial and investment banks as well as shipowners, including Tianjin Guodian Shipping, Jiangyin China Investment and Fujian Guohang Ocean Shipping. Within the four-partner team, Yifeng Gao and Jingye Jiang handle high profile shipping litigation and arbitration, and both sit as arbitrators in various courts. 2017 saw the team handle a contract dispute between a forwarding company and an energy firm, and represent a Chinese shipping company in an arbitration at the China Maritime Arbitration Commission pertaining to a termination of a contract and the subsequent claim for damages.

King & Wood Mallesons handles complex and large-scale disputes and big-ticket transactions in the shipping sector. The team focuses on shipping and trading disputes, liquidation of shipping companies, ship financing mandates, and the recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitration award. Key contacts include Edward Ma, who has experience in all areas of shipping law including admiralty, wet and dry maritime, and Liu Xiaowen, who has particular expertise in representing domestic and foreign clients in contractual and maritime disputes including ship collisions and environmental pollution claims. Recent instructions saw the team defend a Chinese company in a high-value damages claim associated with an oil spill.

Sloma & Co is particularly recommended for its contentious capabilities, where it represents clients in domestic and international arbitration proceedings. Clients include shipping companies, insurance firms and P&I clubs. Shipbuilding and ship finance mandates also feature in its recent instructions. Genrong Yu and Henry Lee are the key names to note.

Wang Jing & Co was founded by Wang Jing who is a shipping and insurance law specialist with over 30 years experience in the field, and is widely recognised as a leader in maritime and admiralty matters. The team has extensive experience representing clients following collisions, while the dry shipping practice is equally renowned for advising on the full range of shipbuilding and ship finance work. Xiangyong Chen is also a name to note, and splits his time between Guangzhou and Shanghai.

AllBright Law Offices counts the world largest shipping container company, Maersk Line, and a major Chinese logistic firm, China Ocean Shipping, among its list of key clients. The team handles litigation in maritime, higher and supreme people’s courts in China, and assists companies across the transportation, insurance and financial services sectors with corporate and finance transactions in the shipping sector. Cao Fang ‘understands clients' requirement’ and jointly heads the team with Li Malin. Recent highlights include representing Nanjing Gao Peng Transport in a high profile ship collision dispute.

Dentons China handles a steady stream of acquisitions, disposals and marine insurance matters, ship registration, as well as collision and cargo claims. Ningbo-based Dengyong Tong acts for Chinese and international shipowners, P&I clubs and logistics companies.

Rolmax Law Office's recent caseload features administrative litigation and arbitration relating to collisions, personal injury and marine insurance, as well as shipping finance transactions. Highly regarded managing partner Lu Min has particular experience in maritime disputes.

Shanghai Kai-Rong Law Firm's client roster features shipping and international forwarding firms, shipbuilders, ship repairer and storage companies. The team handles shipping disputes relating to the carriage of goods by sea, forwarding business, shipping agency, charter party, ship construction, repair as well as collision, salvage and towage. Jin Yu-Lai is recommended.

Zhong Lun Law Firm's expertise lies in maritime disputes, including collisions, damage, pollution and personal injury, as well as commercial mandates such as the sale and purchase of ships, shipping finance and insurance. The team recently defended Cosco Shipping Container Lines in an insurance indemnity claim and acted for shipowners in several personal injury cases. Other clients include Hansa Meyer Global, Hapag-Lloyd AG and Sinotrans (HK) Logistics. Key names to note include Chenbiao Li, who is experienced in maritime disputes and shipping finance transactions, and senior associate Jun Fei, who focuses on P&I matters and maritime litigation.


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