Commercial in Asia Pacific: The English Bar
At 3 Verulam Buildings, Christopher Harris QC, a 2019 silk appointment, is instructed in diverse matters including investor-state disputes involving Asia-to-Asia investment, as well as Chinese investment in the Global South. Ali Malek QC and Georges Chalfoun represent The Children's Investment Fund Foundation in an arbitration against Indian property developer Ireo, in which the charity alleges a significant fraud. Saima Hanif has experience of dealing with regulatory matters surrounding Hong Kong Stock Exchange listings.
A member of the Brunei, English, and Singapore Bars (where he is counsel at Eldan Law LLP), 36 Stone's Colin Ong QC is instructed as counsel in a range of international arbitration, and is particularly well-connected in Brunei (as managing partner of Dr Colin Ong Legal Services) and its neighboring states. Colin Wright, who is called to the Hong Kong Bar, handles both arbitration and litigation relating to the jurisdiction. Ravi Aswani has a track record of commercial arbitration, among other work.
39 Essex Chambers' members handle a range of commercial disputes across Asia. Of particular note, Adrian Hughes QC is well-connected among Mainland Chinese law firms, and Loretta Malintoppi is well-known in investment treaty circles; dual-qualified in France and Italy, she is based in Singapore and sits as an ICSID arbitrator in cases involving Japanese investors.
Brick Court Chambers' Charles Hollander QC also practices from Temple Chambers in Hong Kong. His highlights include representing the appellant in Hong Kong Court of Appeal case Mayer Corporation Development International v Alliance Financial Intelligence International, concerning when judgments should be set aside on the grounds of fraud. He also represented BT Hong Kong in the new Hong Kong Competition Tribunal's first case.
Fountain Court Chambers' members cover the gamut of commercial dispute instructions in Asia. Stephen Moriarty QC acts as an English law expert in some of Singapore's most serious commercial cases; Raymond Cox QC has banking and cyberfraud expertise; and Timothy Howe QC has experience of handling matters involving takeover regulation.
Monckton Chambers' Thomas Sebastian is also called to the Bar of India. He handles complex arbitration cases, including appearing in the courts in challenges to awards. Of particular note, he is instructed to represent Louis Dreyfus in set-aside proceedings concerning the result of an investment treaty arbitration against the Indian state.
Twenty Essex handles a range of work in Asia-seated arbitrations and novel London-based litigation brought by Asian-based clients. Philip Riches was instructed as sole counsel for China Molybdenum Company, securing England and Wales' first freezing order against persons unknown. One of the youngest to be elevated, Nakul Dewan SA is a 2019 appointment as a senior advocate in India – he handles, in addition to arbitration work, heavyweight litigation in India.