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At Stephenson Harwood, ‘client-oriented and results-driven’ office managing partner Michael Kim focuses on dry shipping and handles a mix of contentious and transactional matters. As well as advising key client Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering on issues arising from the construction and delivery of two drill ships to Angolese buyers, Kim is also acting for Eukor Car Carriers in relation to a number of disputes with bunker suppliers arising from the collapse of OW Bunkers. Below partner level Stuart Burrell impresses with his ‘in-depth knowledge and analytical skill’, and arbitration specialist Daehee Lee provides ‘prompt and appropriate advice’.

Clyde & Co LLP is ‘strongly recommended for maritime disputes’, with Singapore-based June Yeum providing ‘efficient and timely advice’ on arbitrations in the sector. Also in Singapore is Chris Metcalf, who regularly acts for Korean ship owners and charterers on both contentious and non-contentious issues. In London legal director Bethan Bradley was active in a number of high-value shipbuilding disputes including defending Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction in a claim by owners of a vessel arising from catastrophic damage to the main engine. Other names to note are London-based Robert Wilson and Shanghai-based Ik Wei Chong, who spearheads the development of the business across Asia.

Reed Smith LLP’s disputes-oriented practice acts for a range of major Korean clients, including Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries, Pan Ocean and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering. The team is regularly engaged on arbitrations arising from ship building disputes, and in 2016 was also busy in areas such as insolvency and bareboat chartering.

London-based Alex Andrews is the main contact.

At Watson Farley & Williams, Hong Kong-based Madeline Leong and Singapore-based Mei Lin Goh focus on lender-side ship finance mandates and regularly act for the likes of Woori Bank. Highlights included Leong acting for ING Bank on the $221m K-Sure-backed secured debt financing to BW LPG, relating to the funding of four VLGC new-build vessels, and Goh advising 12 banks on the restructuring of SK Shipping.

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