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Ernest Yang

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Litigation & Regulatory


Ernest Yang is a Partner in the Litigation and Regulatory team, based in DLA Piper's Hong Kong. His main area of practice is in commercial litigation and arbitration, with particular focus on shipping and international trade. He is experienced in handling disputes covering areas such as sale of goods/trade and commodities charterparties, ship sale and purchase, ship construction and cargo claims. Ernest writes and speaks regularly in Hong Kong and the PRC. He has authored/co-authored texts on International Arbitration, Evidence, International Trade and Charterparties. Ernest is also a guest lecturer for the Hong Kong University LLM course on Arbitration Practice. Ernest has been appointed a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Shanghai in 2013, with a mandate to help Shanghai develop into an international maritime and arbitration centre.


Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales; Admitted in Hong Kong


English; Chinese (Cantonese); Chinese (Mandarin)


University College London, LL.B

Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration

Leading firms

Within: Leading firms

In DLA Piper’s Hong Kong office, Kevin Chan and Ernest Yang (who represented GD Midea Air-Conditioning Equipment in a Singapore arbitration against its former Israeli distributor, with around 300GB of evidence involved) have been joined by Andrew Chin and Benjamin Ng, who joined from Baker McKenzie and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP respectively in Hong Kong. Other highlights concern the maritime sector and construction. Of counsel Xiaoshan Chen, who is based in Shanghai, is a notable contact in mainland China. Elsewhere in the region, Peter Shelford is a key contact in Bangkok, as is John Goulios in Singapore.

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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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China: Shipping

Shipping: foreign firms

Within: Leading individuals

Ernest Yang - DLA Piper

Within: Shipping: foreign firms

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

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Hong Kong


Within: Shipping

Often working in coordination with practitioners in mainland China, the 'experienced and knowledgeable' team at DLA Piper provides 'client-oriented and value-for-money service' across the panoply of matters impacting shipping clients, from dry shipping and marine casualty response to recoveries, shipbuilding and freight forwarding. 'Strong in shipping-related commercial court cases and arbitrations', the team takes 'a sensible and reasonable approach to handling cases'. The 'very diligent and hardworking' Ernest Yang has 'in-depth insights into and knowledge of the law and the shipping industry'; praised for his 'measured, tactical and client-centric approach', Yang's advice is 'always thoughtful, practical and commercially savvy'. The 'outstanding' Kevin Chan also regularly handles shipping-related disputes and is noted for his 'strategic and innovative recommendations'. Nicholas Mallard is also recommended, particularly for shipbuilding disputes.

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Hong Kong: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution: international arbitration

Within: Dispute resolution: international arbitration

Kevin Chan¬†and Ernest Yang¬†lead the team at DLA Piper, which impresses with its ‚Äėinnovative recommendations for solving disputes and formulating strategies‚Äô. Recent work includes acting for a major construction company, a subsidiary of a Hong Kong-listed company, in resisting enforcement of an ICC arbitration award issued in Dubai, involving complex issues relating to enforcement and potential annulment of the arbitration award. Hip Hing Overseas is also a client.¬†The team expanded with Andrew Chin¬†joining from Baker McKenzie, and¬†Benjamin Ng¬†from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

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