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DLA Piper

17TH FLOOR, EDINBURGH TOWER, 15 QUEEN'S ROAD, CENTRAL, HONG KONG
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Work +852 2103 0808
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Harris Chan

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Work +852 2103 0763
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DLA Piper LLP (US)

Work Department

Litigation & Regulatory

Position

Harris is a partner in the Litigation and Regulatory group. He focuses on contentious and non-contentious construction matters across Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China. Harris' significant experience spans from defending construction site safety and environmental summonses to assisting contractors, consultants and developers in complex construction claims in mediation, arbitration and court proceedings. Harris brings extensive advocacy experience across all court levels and arbitration covering various jurisdictions for projects in China, Hong Kong, Macau and other major cities in Asia and Africa. He has worked extensively with numerous participants in the construction process across Asia, including main contractors, subcontractors and developers. On top of construction experience, Harris also handles a broad range of commercial litigations with various clients including banks, securities companies and listed companies. He also covers contractual disputes, shareholder disputes, banking, financial services, employment and administrative law matters such as judicial reviews and election petitions. Harris has also led his team in conducting various defence works concerning regulatory investigations, disciplinary actions and commercial crimes.

Languages

English Chinese (Mandarin); Chinese (Cantonese)

Member

Admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong; Society of Construction Law; The Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators; The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Education

The University of Hong Kong, LL.B.; The University of Hong Kong, P.C.LL


China: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution: foreign firms

Within: Dispute resolution: foreign firms

DLA Piper's disputes practice covers shareholder and director issues, regulatory investigations, banking and financing matters, employment law, IP, construction, shipping and cyber fraud. It acted for Ping An Bank in the recovery of onshore and offshore loan debts of over HKD2bn from China Huishan Dairy Holdings Company and related companies. On the mainland, of counsel Xiaoshan Chen handles arbitration disputes covering sale of goods, trade and commodities, shipping and joint ventures. In Hong Kong, Asia litigation and and regulatory group head Kevin Chan is 'an outstanding professional', Ernest Yang is Hong Kong litigation and regulatory leader, and Harris Chan is also recommended.

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Hong Kong

Construction

Within: Construction

May Ng, Harris Chan and Kevin Chan jointly lead the team at DLA Piper. Ng is singled out as being ‘extremely hands-on, with excellent technical industry knowledge’. The team acted for a New World Development subsidiary - one of Hong Kong's largest property developers - in resisting court enforcement of an $18m ICC arbitration award in relation to the construction of Dubai's "Blue Tower" skyscraper. It also represented Thiess Mongolia in court proceedings to recover a $13m payment for its mining works in Mongolia from a Hong Kong-listed company and its subsidiary.

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Regulatory

Within: Regulatory

Kevin Chan heads up DLA Piper's practice jointly with Harris Chan, whose ‘commercial acumen and deep understanding of doing business in China is just exceptional’. The team has seen significant expansion: Andrew Chin joined from Baker McKenzie, Benjamin Ng from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, and Michael Turnbull from Tilleke & Gibbins’ Bangkok office. The team acted for Haitong International Financial Company, recovering debt arising out of a HK$435m loan facility granted to a BVI investment holding company under SFC investigation. Clients also include Ping An.

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Hong Kong: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution: litigation

Within: Dispute resolution: litigation

Kevin Chan and Harris Chan, ‘a very shrewd strategist in litigation and court practice’, head up the team at DLA Piper. Recent work includes acting for a client to recover onshore and offshore loan debts of over HK$2bn from China Huishan Dairy Holdings, one of China's largest dairy producers. Andrew Chin joined the team as senior associate from Baker McKenzie, and associate Benjamin Ng from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Ping An Bank, Thiess Mongolia and Zurich also count among the team's clients.

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