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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.

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