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Wang Jing & Co enjoys a solid position in the market, thanks in large part to the longstanding reputation of founding partner Jing Wang. Its broad office network in China ensures that it has resources on the ground in all key port cities, under the coordination of the head office in Guangzhou. The team has extensive experience representing clients following collisions, pollution incidents, fires and explosions, and the dry shipping practice is equally renowned for the full range of shipbuilding and ship finance work. Hongyu Wang is a key contact for contentious shipping matters.

Wintell & Co Law Firm recently expanded its capabilities through an association with international firm HFW. Its team includes six partners and over 30 associates, who represent a range of clients, spanning private and state-owned shipyards, insurance companies, P&I clubs and financial institutions. Mervyn Chen, who leads the team from the firm’s headquarters in Shanghai, has a strong practice in shipping-related disputes. Master mariner Jason Chen is a key contact in the Guangzhou office.

Drawing on its long history in the shipping and maritime sector, Global Law Office has a varied practice that takes in non-contentious and contentious work, including high-stakes litigation and arbitration. Among recent work highlights was the team’s representation of key client Tianjin Guodian Shipping as charterer in a dispute with a shipowner before the China Maritime Arbitration Commission; Yifeng Gao and Ting Lei took lead roles. Jingye Jiang is another key figure in the seven-partner team. Clients also include CCB Financial Leasing, Unibulk and Glencore Beijing.

The sizeable team at Sloma & Co stands out for its contentious capabilities, where it represents clients in domestic and international arbitration proceedings. With a strong international outlook, it is a popular choice for foreign shipping companies, insurance companies, P&I clubs and shipbuilders. On the non-contentious side, the group handles all aspects of shipbuilding and ship finance. The firm’s ancillary expertise in logistics and transport is another feature. Among the shipping team’s key practitioners is Genrong Yu, who has established a name in high-stakes and high-profile disputes.

Senior partners Frank Cao and Leonardo Li jointly lead the maritime group at Allbright Law Offices, which assists companies across the transportation, insurance and financial services sectors in corporate and finance transactions in the shipping sphere, as well as in maritime disputes. Li represented Yangzhou Kangjin Ship Industry as defendant in a case concerning numerous vessel manufacture contracts before Wuhan Maritime Court and Hubei High Court.

The shipping group at Dentons China sits within the firm’s global maritime practice, which is equipped to handle acquisitions, disposals, marine insurance matters, ship registration, collision cases and cargo claims. Senior personnel in the Shanghai office include Dengyong Tong and Henry Lee, who act for Chinese and international shipowners, P&I clubs and logistics companies, among others.

King & Wood Mallesons’ shipping practice focuses more on banks, oil companies, shipyards and finance-leasing companies than other traditional industry participants such as P&I clubs and carriers. Edward Ma heads the team, which was recently bolstered by the arrival of Yu Feng from Dentons China, who was formerly a judge at Qingdao Maritime Court. He recently represented a shipyard in an ad hoc arbitration seated in London.

Rolmax Law Office has longstanding expertise in maritime law, with complementary knowledge in the field of international trade. Much of the firm’s lawyers are based in its Shanghai headquarters, though it benefits from a wider office network that includes branches in Beijing, Guangzhou and Ningbo. Min Lu is the name to note.

Shipping is a core practice area of Shanghai Kai-Rong Law Firm, which is particularly adept in shipping litigation; work spans charterparty disputes, construction cases, collisions and salvage matters. Marine insurance is another specialism. Highly regarded founding partner Yulai Jin has broad experience in transport, insurance and finance law. Yi Rao is another contact and has additional knowledge of international trade law.

The shipping group at Zhong Lun Law Firm acts for P&I clubs, logistics companies, underwriters and shipowners based in China, Hong Kong and elsewhere in the region. 2016 and 2017 saw the team handling a host of maritime disputes. In a recent highlight, Chenbiao Li successfully represented TAL International Container Corporation as claimant in litigation at the Shanghai Maritime Court concerning a default on a contract for container leasing.

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