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Firms To Watch: Shipping: PRC firms

The recently established international shipping and trade practice at Beijing DaHui Lawyers is led by maritime and arbitration expert Yi Dai, who joined the firm from Wang Jing & Co in August 2022. The firm represents both domestic and international clients in a myriad of dispute resolution and crises matters.
Kangda Law Firm is co-led by Leiming Chen and Yuan Yuan, who both predominantly assist shipping companies and enterprises around the Yangtze River and Pearl River with maritime cases.

Shipping: PRC firms in China

Wang Jing & Co

The maritime and admiralty practice at Wang Jing & Co frequently represents traditional shipping clients, such as P&I clubs, shipowners, and insurance companies, and it has more recently expanded into supporting banking and finance institutions, as well as trading companies. The team has established itself as a go-to within the industry, frequently representing enterprises in arbitration and litigation cases. The team also includes several ocean captains who act as marine consultants, enabling the firm to offer in-depth insights to its clients. Xiangyong Chen utilises his previous experience at COSCO Shipping Corporation to handle complex maritime cases. John Wang acts for foreign and domestic vessel owners in arbitration and mediation proceedings, while Rongcun Li handles insurance, maritime, and admiralty legal affairs. Tianjian-based Zongcui Zou specialises in shipping and off-shore projects, Hui Yuan in Qingdao is an expert in ocean engineering and ship building disputes, and Jun Xu takes charge of shipping in Shanghai. ‘Dynamic lawyer' Yongli Wang is praised for his enthusiasm and skills in maritime cases.

Practice head(s):

Xiangyong Chen; John Wang; Zongcui Zou; Hui Yuan; Rongcun Li; Jun Xu; Yongli Wang; Yong Zhao; Yongdong Han; Xinwei Guo; Jianping Li; Lan Li; Changtao Zhang; Jing Zhang; Jing Qiao

Other key lawyers:

Kai Wang


‘Wang Jing & Co have masses of experience in shipping and especially in maritime arbitrations in Asia and London. They have been around a relatively long time and they are sufficiently experienced in international cases to be a reliable service provider to Chinese parties involved in shipping disputes in various jurisdictions.’

‘Xiangyong Chen and Jun Xu have rich experience in handling cases, can seek the best handling strategy from the perspective of customers, and maintain close communication with them to maximize the interests of customers.’

‘We have cooperated with Yongli Wang many times to handle maritime cases. He is an expert in this field. He is one of the most dynamic lawyers we have ever dealt with.’

‘Astute and dynamic team providing clear and concise advise in admiralty disputes. ’

‘The premier shipping firm in China with good teams in several offices. It’s capability in both wet and dry shipping is an attraction. Its partners are very experienced.’

‘Wang Jing & Co is a long-standing maritime law firm that we have always trusted in and worked with. They have a strong team of maritime lawyers who provide high-standard and high-efficiency legal services to their clients. Their partners have a sensible grasp of international and highly professional maritime cases.’

‘I highly recommend two young talented partner lawyers from Wang Jing & Co: Yongli Wang and Xinwei Guo. We have worked together many times. They have solid knowledge of maritime and insurance law and have demonstrated exemplary competence and professionalism in managing our cases. They are highly responsive and practical in their advice.

‘We would like to especially recommend Yongli Wang. He is currently the youngest senior partner of the firm. He has a solid legal background and is very energetic. He can respond to and handle various types of maritime cases in a timely manner, especially some difficult and complicated cases.’

Key clients

UK P&I Club


China National Offshore Oil Corporation


PICC Property and Casualty Company

China Pacific Property Insurance Co.

Evergreen Marine Corporation

National Chemical Carrier Co.

Berge Bulk Shipping Pte.

Quanzhou Marine Search and Rescue Center

Quanzhou Shipowner Association

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Scorpio Group and the West of England P&I Club, the insurer of the vessel ‘SBI PERSEUS’, in resolving the disputes arising from the collision between the M/V ‘SBI PERSEUS’ and the fishing vessel ‘MIN JIN YU 05119.’
  • Represented Xingtong Port Development Service Co in a case involving a claim for ecological and environmental damages arising from an incident in Quangang, which involved a significant leakage of C9.
  • Represented Kronos Shipping and Gard, the shipowner and insurer of the vessel ‘ANDROUSA’ respectively, in resolving disputes with the Yingkou government related to the isolation of a crew member who tested positive for Covid-19 and related actions.

Wintell & Co Law Firm

The shipping practice at Wintell & Co Law Firm utilises its vast knowledge of the sector to advise on marine casualties, shipbuilding, international trade, and bill of lading issues. The firm is praised for its ‘unique' expertise within the maritime field and is a go-to for both non-litigation and litigation maritime-related matters. Both wet and dry maritime and shipping mandates are within the scope of the team, which is led by Mervyn Chen. Chen is an expert in complicated commercial litigation and transactions, especially those involving collisions, fires, explosions, and personal injury. Nautical specialist Cunqiang Cai, maritime lawyer James Hu, and Taijin-based Hailong Li are also key to the team, as well as Jason Chen, Changqing Yu, Jasmine Liu, and Liang Chen.

Practice head(s):

Mervyn Chen

Other key lawyers:

James Hu; Jason Chen; Cunqiang Cai; Changqing Yu; Jasmine Liu; Liang Chen; Yuxin Dai; Hailong Li; Vicky Wang


‘We were greatly impressed by the legal services of Wintell & Co and consider the firm one of greatest law firms in China in the shipping industry, given the comprehensive legal knowledge and strategic problem-solving technics the firm acquires.’

‘Mervyn Chen and Liang Chen are very familiar with the shipping businesses and applicable laws and regulations in the PRC. They also know very well the latest case precedents which serve as useful references in handling our legal disputes in the shipping industry.’

‘The firm is unique in the field of maritime business. The lawyers in its team have a background in maritime academics and study abroad, and have practical experience in navigation and shipping. Compared with other law firms, the team handles maritime disputes more professionally and efficiently. The team also provides non-litigation and special services in the maritime field, using its solid foundation and rich creativity.’

‘We have a long-term cooperative relationship with Hailong Li. He is very good at grasping the key points and proposing practical and effective solutions in complex maritime cases. He interprets the proper meaning of legal services with professionalism, diligence and pragmatism, and is a trustworthy long-term partner.’

‘Wintell is a solid maritime and disputes practice with corporate capability. It is also a young practice with a good gender balance. These qualities make it a safe choice for most parties seeking representation in the transportation sector.’

‘Wintell & Co has a well experienced team in shipping law and they are skilled in the settlement of disputes. Wintell has a lot of experienced partners to manage their business and services, and they also have plenty of young and motivated solicitors to assist their legal services. We think Wintell can provide very excellent service to their clients. ’

‘The team has motivation, skill in settlement, focus on excellence, shipping law services, ability to execute the lawsuits, and various legal resources.’

‘The law firm has a very professional maritime team, providing professional legal support for marine insurance companies. In recent years, it has provided a lot of solutions to the issue of parallel maritime litigation, and the agency cases have also been recognised by the Supreme Court. At the same time, they also provide new possibilities in solving legal issues related to sanctions, providing clients with a variety of choices.’

Work highlights

  • Represented the insurer China Continent Property & Casualty Insurance Co in an insurance claim in respect of the vessel ‘SAGAN’ arising out of vessel stranding.
  • Representing the Panamanian general cargo vessel MV ‘Sea Justice’ in a case after her collision with the anchored Liberian oil tanker MT ‘A Symphony’ in dense fog, off Qingdao port.
  • Advised ABC Financial Leasing Co on a finance leasing transaction in respect of one new-building offshore wind-turbines installment vessel.

Dacheng Law Offices

With a team based across Beijing and over 10 other ports and cities in China, the maritime and admiralty law practice at Dacheng Law Offices is well-equipped to handle a range of shipping and maritime issues. Common matters addressed by the team are applications for, and enforcement of, maritime injunctions and applications for preservation orders, as well as charterparties disputes. Other work undertaken by the practice includes general maritime disputes, oil spills and environmental damages, and disputes in international trade. George Wang leads the practice alongside Darong Wang, who specialises in bill of lading and carter party disputes, aerospace specialist Jingjing Wu, who leads on ship financing projects, litigation and arbitration lawyer Sufang Huang, and Southern China maritime expert Kai Wu.

Practice head(s):

George Wang; Darong Wang; Jingjing Wu; Sufang Huang; Kai Wu

Other key lawyers:

Qianli Tian


‘They understand well the maritime industry’s culture, practice and trends on the legal dispute and provided good strategy for solving disputes efficiently.’

‘They provided legal comments very promptly, they have a well managed time frame for preparing court procedure and managed communications between several relevant party’s well.’

‘The firm’s foreign maritime affairs team has long-standing members with strong professionalism, and its partners are very hands-on in handling cases.’

Key clients

Shipping Insurance Operation Center of PICC Property and Casualty Co.

China Pacific Property Insurance Co.

Shenzhen Branch

Shenzhen Xinzhongfu International Freight Forwarding Agent Co.

Shanghai Sunyoung Logistics Co.

Transport Groupage International (Shenzhen)

Xiamen Haixia Supply Chain Development Co.

Amlin Asia Pacific

Five Ocean Corporation

PICC Quanzhou Branch

Export-Import Bank of China

Nathan Brandon & Omega Management

PICC Rongcheng Branch

PICC Xiamen Branch

Huatai Insurance Agency & Consultant Service


Shipping Insurance Operation Center of PICC

AVIC International Financial Leasing Co.

Bank of Communications Co. (New York Branch)

Minsheng Financial Leasing Co.

Tindall Riley (Britannia) Japan

NorthStandard P&I Club

Thomas Miller & Co.

COSCO SHIPPING Captive Insurance Co.

Steamship Mutual Management (Hong Kong)

China Continent Property & Casualty Insurance Co. (Jiangxi)

Huatai Insurance Agency & Consultant Service Ltd. (Guangdong)

Oasis P&I Services Company

Shanghai P&I Services

Guangdong Nanxiang Shipbuilding Co.

Work highlights

  • Represented Shipping Insurance Operation Center of PICC Property and Casualty Co. in a product liability dispute over marine products.
  • Represented Export-Import Bank of China in a court case and successfully convinced the court of first instance that the plaintiff’s actual ownership of the ship shall not oppose the ship mortgage of the EIBC.
  • Assisted the shipowners of ‘M/V AM CONTRECOEUR’ with a dispute case, managing to successfully defend them in a dispute over cargo damage.

Wang Jing & GH Law Firm

Founding partner Jing Wang established the shipping practice at Wang Jing & GH Law Firm, and he leads the team from Guangzhou as an expert in international shipping matters, frequently acting for international P&I clubs, banks, SOEs, and multinational corporations. Co-head Wilson Wang is the go-to for clients with maritime and commercial arbitration cases, and he also assists with maritime, admiralty, and offshore engineering issues. The firm utilises its close connections with overseas shipping law firms and insurance companies to better assist Chinese and foreign clients in cross-border and complex maritime matters.

Practice head(s):

Jing Wang; Wilson Wang


‘Wilson Wang is an excellent lawyer with dual-qualifications in PRC and England and Wales. He is comfortable with working in both English and Chinese.’

‘Wang Jing has been my preferred PRC lawyer in the southern part of the PRC in shipping cases for many years. He is knowledgeable of the law, well-versed with the practices and court procedures, and can always think of commercially viable and reasonably practicable solution for clients.’

Key clients

Transglory China Limited

Lotus Ocean Transportation Pte Ltd.

G2 Ocean

Marine Partners Monaco SAM

Bintan Mining Corporation

Swedish P&I Club

Britannia P&I Club

Gard P&I Club

Work highlights

  • Acted for Transglory China Limited in handling two cases of disputes over contract of carriage of goods by sea with a total claimed value of about $130,000.
  • Acted for Lotus Ocean Transportation Pte in charter party and bills of lading disputes with the head owner, charterers, and local cargo receivers regarding demurrage, prolonged stay of the vessel at port, and alleged cargo damage concerning the carriage of a consignment of coal in bulk for discharge in Guangzhou, China.
  • Acted for Bintan Mining Corporation in handling a series of cases of application for recognition and enforcement of Hong Kong arbitration awards and application for recognising and enforcing Hong Kong and BVI court bankruptcy orders in China.

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Zhong Lun Law Firm is known for its domestic and international maritime arbitration work and its skills in non-contentious shipping matters. Trade contracts, special maritime procedures, and maritime tortious and commercial disputes all fall within the scope of its practice. Clients range from specialised import and export trading companies, shipping and logistics companies, ports, shipyards, and financial leasing companies. The practice is co-led by dispute resolution specialists Baosheng Zhang and Lijun Cao, while Chenbiao Li leads the shipping team, working together with P&I clubs, shipowners, marine underwriters, and operators on all their maritime-related issues.

Practice head(s):

Baosheng Zhang; Lijun Cao; Chenbiao Li

Other key lawyers:

Zhenlong (Leo) Zhang

Key clients

Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science and Technology Co.

Hong Kong Sino International Metal

Medlog (Shanghai) Co.

Guangdong Shipping

TT Club

Skuld P&I Club

China P&I Club



COSCO Shipping Logistics

Work highlights

  • Advising Guangdong Shipping on general matters about its shipping and crew business.
  • Advising Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science and Technology Co on general matters, including shipping and marine insurance.
  • Advising Delfin Group (HK) Company on a litigation over releasing cargo without presentation of original B/L.

AllBright Law Offices

AllBright Law Offices collaborates with domestic shipping colleges, major ports, shipping companies, and judicial institutions within the maritime industry to give its clients in-depth perspectives on their maritime matters. The team assists clients from shipping enterprises, insurance companies, P&I clubs, and shipyards with multi-jurisdictional issues, such as cargo transportation, sales contracts, and arbitration rules. Based between Shenzhen and Guangdong, practice head Hongkai Xu is an expert in large complex maritime cases, including lease disputes and cargo delivery and damage disputes, as well as ship oil pollution issues. Fang Cao is a specialist in maritime cargo transportation and freight agency contract disputes, while Haijun He focuses on ship construction and financial leasing.

Practice head(s):

Hongkai Xu

Other key lawyers:

Haijun He; Fang Cao


‘This team has the top professional level in the industry and can help our company discover risks in a timely manner and handle disputes in multiple ways, minimising losses for our company. At the same time, it assists our company in establishing a risk management mechanism and provides our company with companionship.’

‘A full range of domestic and overseas legal services.’

‘Fang Cao has a profound foundation in the maritime field, outstanding professional abilities, a very good understanding of the business, and extremely rich experience in case handling. When faced with difficult and complicated cases, he can quickly dismantle them and provide comprehensive legal services in the most efficient way.’

‘Based on the high-quality legal services provided by this team, our company has been able to vigorously develop its business.’

Key clients

National Iranian Oil Company


MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company

Shanghai Huihang Jiexun Network Technology Co.

Hengtong Group and Hengtong Ocean Engineering Co.

Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co.

Changfei Fiber Optic Cable Co. and Changfei Baosheng Ocean Engineering Co.

Jiangsu Yuanwang Instrument Group Co.

Yichun 50 Shipping (Hong Kong) Co.

Stargas Limited

China Forest Products (Singapore) Co.

Shenzhen Guanghui Petroleum Shipping Group Co.

The North of England P&I Association

Shenzhen Shenzhen Hong Kong Ocean Industry Co.


Shanghai Energy Technology Development Co.

Work highlights

  • Represented National Iranian Oil Company in a defence case related to the collision between the ‘SANCHI’ and the ‘CF CRYSTAL’ resulting in the loss of 30 lives, fire, and leakage of 300,000 tonnes of gas causing serious environmental pollution in the East China Sea.
  • Represented Maersk in a foreign-related demurrage dispute case asking for demurrage fee from cargo owners, related to previous delays at major Chinese ports due to repeated nucleic acid testing.
  • Acting on behalf of the Mediterranean Shipping Company in all their proceedings of the retrial of the first and second instances of its dispute over maritime cargo transport contract with Wenzhou Bridland Rubber Tyre Co.

AnJie Broad Law Firm

Boasting a range of cargo and hull experts, AnJie Broad Law Firm has been growing its shipping and admiralty practice with the additions of arbitration specialist and co-head Shouzhi An in May 2022 from Guantao Law Firm and Dongyang Yang in January 2023 from Wang Jing & Co, who is adept at handling maritime matters. The team addresses custom law issues for Chinese-based insurance companies and has recently been expanding into offshore project insurance work, resolving disputes concerning major offshore wind farm construction accidents. It also handles collisions, charterparty disputes, and ship repair contracts for shipowners. Bing Yan, Lei Chen, Shengmiao Qi, and Yong Wang all jointly lead the practice alongside An with their combined shipping and maritime expertise.

Practice head(s):

Bing Yan; Lei Chen; Shengmiao Qi; Shouzhi An; Yong Wang

Other key lawyers:

Dongyang Yang


‘Collaborating with us, Anjie Broad Law Firm acted for multiple Korean freight forwarders and Korean cargo underwriters in pursuing subrogated cargo claims against Chinese carriers. Anjie Broad Law Firm is very responsive and always thinks of its clients’ best interests.’

‘Anjie’s maritime team has outstanding strength in dealing with ship sales, ship financing, ship leasing, and ship collisions. It has been highly praised by domestic and foreign insurers and shipowners’ mutual insurance associations. At the same time, they also focus on new offshore energy and it has achieved impressive results in areas such as investment, port construction, and supply chain finance.’

‘The shipping teams in Shanghai and Xiamen are energetic and dynamic.’

Key clients

PICC Property & Casualty Insurance Co.

China Pacific Life Insurance Co.

Ping An Property & Casualty Insurance Co.

Hua Tai Property & Casualty Insurance Co.

China Life Property & Casualty Insurance Co.

China Continent Property & Casualty Insurance Co.

China Taiping Property & Casualty Insurance Co.

China United Property & Casualty Insurance Co.

Boc Insurance Co.

Tianan Property Insurance Co.

Generali China Insurance Co.

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Co.

Sunshine Property & Casualty Insurance Co.

AXA Tianping Property & Casualty Insurance Co.

China Shipowners Mutual Assurance Association

Fuyang Yinghuai Rural Commercial Bank Co.

M+R Freight Forwarding Group

Ael-berkman Forwarding (HK)

Guangdong Hongchuan Smart Co.

Neptune Supply Chain Technology

Shanghai Huayang International Logistics Co.

Dragon Crown Group

Huaneng Power International

Milkyway Chemical Supply Chain Service Co.

Neptune Supply Chain Technology

Jiangsu ETERN Co.

AVIC International Mineral Resources Co.

Jiangsu Hantong Group

ZF Offshore Co.

Nantong Ocean Water Conservancy Engineering Co.

Tianjin Dorian Ocean Engineering Co.

Rajah & Tann LLP

Cho & Lee

WongPartnership LLP

Ince & Co.

Joint Rainbow Shipping

Lotus Ocean Transportation

Decent Shipping Company

Hudong-Zhonghua Ship Building (Group) Co.

Xiamen Shipbuliding Industry Co.

COSCO SHIPPING Heavy Industry Co.

Xin Bo Shipping and Xihe Holdings

Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co.

Fujian Southeast Shipbuilding Co.

Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding Co.

Combined Rich Company

Work highlights

  • Advised the H&M insurer Ping An Property & Casualty Insurance Company Of China and reinsurer Convex Insurance UK on an CNY1bn claim against the insured in the largest offshore wind power construction accident in China.
  • Advised COSCO Shipping (Qidong) Offshore Co. and its insurance company on an over CNY300m claim against ZPMC.
  • Advised Xiamen Shipbuliding Industry Co., Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding, and Fujian Southeast Shipbuilding on an $90m shipbuilding contract dispute arising from three large domestic state-owned shipyards.

DeHeng Law Offices

DeHeng Law Offices handles local and international maritime treaties for its varied client base of insurance companies, P&I clubs, and shipping companies. The practice also specialises in maritime litigation work, utilising its expertise to address complex cross-border issues. Other key areas for the team are carriage of goods by sea, multimodal transport contracts, and construction and repairs of ships and offshore engineering. Xianwei Peng takes charge of the team working on international arbitration maritime and international trade matters. Zhiyong Zhang co-chairs the practice, advising multinational clients on shipping mandates, marine casualties, and dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Xianwei Peng; Zhiyong Zhang

Other key lawyers:

Yanan Wu

Key clients

China Communications Import & Export Co., Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented China Communications Import & Export Co. in an international ship building and sales dispute case, winning the case before the Supreme People’s Court of China.

Global Law Office

Global Law Office adeptly handles contentious and non-contentious cases across the shipping industry, encompassing ship arrests and ship auctions, as well as foreign maritime arbitration and spill pollution litigation. The team is mainly known for its litigation and arbitration work, assisting large shipping companies, banks, logistics and trade companies, and P&I clubs with complex issues. The practice is co-led by Yifeng Gao, Jingye Jiang, Ting Lei, and Lei Niu. Gao predominantly assists international clients and Jiang is experienced in dispute resolution, while Lei advises on a wide range of shipping matters. Shanghai-based Niu focuses on arbitration for multi-national and international companies.

Practice head(s):

Yifeng Gao; Jingye Jiang; Ting Lei; Lei Niu


‘The firm has internationally recognised, highly professional lawyers. Some of these lawyers have decades of experience in dealing with international trade disputes and marine shipping claims. They possess sound legal knowledge, they pay attention to details, and they provide prompt and accurate legal advice.’

‘Yifeng Gao is an outstanding lawyer. He has proved to be one of the best marine shipping lawyers in China. He has more than 40 years of experience in dealing with international marine shipping disputes and claims. He is very responsive, paying to details, always try to be accurate and comprehensive when providing advice to his clients.’

‘Lei Niu is well aware of the practices in the maritime field and can provide clients with pragmatic and practical legal advice.’

Key clients

China Electronics Import and Export Co.

Runxing Financial Leasing Co.

China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission

China Maritime Arbitration Commission

Beijing Arbitration Commission

Dalian Qinghong Technology Co.

Work highlights

  • Assisting a shipping manufacturing client with resolving disputes related to its foreign customer regarding the supply of construction materials for a project of farming greenhouses in an African country.
  • Representing China Credit Trust Co. in a bankruptcy reorganisation procedure, declaring the creditor’s rights of the debtors Ganghai (Tianjin) Construction Co., Tianjin Ganghai Shipping Co. and Tianjin Shunhang Shipping Co. which owe their ship rental fee.
  • Assisting a client with a South African arbitration case with legal opinions in relation to bonded warehousing of cargoes and ocean transportation under the PRC law.

Huang & Huang Co. Law Firm

The maritime law practice at Huang & Huang Co. Law Firm focuses on international commercial dispute resolution covering a wide range of litigation issues, such as cargo claims, charterparty disputes, and salvage and wreck removal. Based in Guangzhou, the team assists insurance companies and P&I clubs, and recently has started a communications and liaison office in Nanning, further expanding the teams’ capabilities. Maritime specialist Hui Huang leads the team handling the full spectrum of shipping matters. Xiaoling Chen focuses on marine insurance claims and cargo claims, while Fan Zhang works on a range of disputes, such as ship ownership, ship chartering, and oil pollution at sea.

Practice head(s):

Hui Huang

Other key lawyers:

Xiaoling Chen; Fan Zhang; Renhao Hu


‘It’s a very professional law firm, well-known in the fields of maritime affairs and insurance, and our company has cooperated with it for many years. Its team is very dedicated, serious and responsible, and has a high professional standard.’

‘Whether it is legal expertise or practical experience in maritime and insurance, they are very rich in professionalism and trustworthiness.’

‘There is no doubt about Hui Huang and Xiaoling Chen’s professional ability, positive and responsible attitude, good communication and coordination skills, rich experience, very accurate grasp of the law, and clear thinking when dealing with case disputes. Skilful, prompt and timely responses, they are able to provide practical and optimal legal advice and solutions, high service quality, and are very trustworthy.’

Key clients



The Swedish Club

West of England Insurance Services (Luxembourg)

London P&I

TT Club

North-Standard P&I

British Steamship Protection and Indemnity Association (Bermuda)

UK Mutual Steamship P&I

Thomas Miller Specialty

Baoviet Insurance

PICC Property and Casualty Company

Ping An Property and Casualty Insurance Company of China

China Pacific Property Insurance Co.

China Taiping Insurance (HK) Company

Donghai Marine Insurance Company

Hebei Jiheng Chemical Co.

Work highlights

  • Advised Thomas Miller Specialty on a $4m claim for oil removal, anti-pollution, and cleanup costs.
  • Advised Hebei Jiheng Chemical Co. on a RMB730m claim arising from fire on board an ocean-going container carrier.
  • Advised Tan Binh Co. and its P&I and H&M insurer on a RMB20m claim arising from the collision between two vessels.

Jingtian & Gongcheng

Jingtian & Gongcheng largely focuses on maritime and admiralty offshore engineering matters, as well as issues involving international cargo transportation, shipping, bill of lading, and charterparties. Due to the team being based in Guangzhou, it is specialised in advising Southern China clients, from shipowners and ship operators to heavy industry enterprises and insurance companies. Shuzhou Zhao chairs the practice with his ‘wealth of experience’ and is supported by Bo Yang and Jian Hu.

Practice head(s):

Shuzhou Zhao

Other key lawyers:

Bo Yang; Jian Hu


‘The team of Shuzhou Zhao, Jian Hu and Bo Yang have a wealth of experience in managing difficult cases deftly and to their clients’ very best advantage. Their experience in handling cases outside of China puts them streets ahead of many rivals in the market.’

‘I know from working with them on such cases that they have experience of acting for important Chinese clients (including big SOEs) in very large London energy and shipbuilding arbitrations and on HK-seated and London-seated shipping arbitrations.

‘Shuzhou Zhao is super calm under pressure.’

Key clients

Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co.

Interplex Precision Technology (Singapore) Pte

Health and Happiness (H&H) International Holdings

Apl Logistics (China)

I-Smart Developments

China Merchants Financial Leasing Co.

Guangzhou Wenchuan Shipyard Heavy Industry

Tianjin Sinoocean Offshore Investment Co.

Foshan Takasago Industry Co.

Jincheng Tongda & Neal

Jincheng Tongda & Neal is specialised in Northern China maritime matters, including domestic and cross-border disputes involving charterparties, bill of lading, crew claims, and ship collisions. The team has been growing its charter and voyage charter dispute offering and acts for shipping companies, shipyards, logistics companies, and governmental authorities. Dalian-based practice head Yang Yi is noted for his expertise in shipping and international commodity trade, and Lei Li co-leads the team from Beijing. Qiang Shi is also of note and handles commercial and maritime disputes.

Practice head(s):

Yang Yi; Lei Li

Other key lawyers:

Qiang Shi

Key clients

Rockcheck Trading

Zhoushan Xinzhouxing Shipping Co.

Intermax Logistics Solution

Gaomi Kaixuan Disinfection Products Co.

Tianjin Chengyi International Trading Co.

CPM Asia Line

Shandong Haiyang Shipping

CITIC Financial Leasing Co.

Quanzhou Antong Shipping Co.

CNOOC Tianjin

TradeGo Pte. Ltd/TradeGo Tech (Ningbo) Co.

Work highlights

  • Advised Rockcheck Trading on potential commercial fraud and civil calims related to arrested cargo due to overdue freight payment.
  • Assisted Zhoushan Xinzhouxing Shipping Co. with obtaining a club undertaking from the opponent and a choice of forum agreement related to a case involving a collision between M.V. Xin Zhou Xing and M.V. Navios Felicity in Indonesian waters.
  • Represented Intermax Logistics Solution in a case against Runbang Damei Logistics Co, concerning the fact that the parties had entered into a multimodal transportation contract for the carriage of project cargoes from China to Egypt, and Runbang Damei claimed against Intermax liquidated damages for late delivery and cargo damages, and Intermax counterclaimed for outstanding freight.

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons assists traditional shipping clients, as well as steel mills, oil companies, and finance leasing companies with their maritime issues. The practice focuses on cross-border disputes, including auction sales of assets held overseas, insolvency and judicial management proceedings, and arbitration proceedings. Practice head Edward Ma is knowledgeable on wet and dry maritime law and mainly deals with large-scale disputes, such as cross-border liquidation of shipping enterprises.

Practice head(s):

Edward Ma

SGLA Law Firm

SGLA Law Firm is well known for its maritime insurance practice, where it advises PICC, CPIC, and other insurance companies on both hull and cargo-related issues. Dispute resolution for shipowners is another key area of the practice. While the firm is based in Shanghai, the team assists clients from all over China, including enterprises from Zhejiang, Ningbo, and Chongqing. Team lead Honver Lee is an experienced litigator and is sought out by shipyards and insurance companies for his maritime and foreign-related commerce expertise.

Practice head(s):

Honver Lee


‘An excellent team with excellent individuals.’

Key clients

PICC Property & Casualty Insurance Co.

China Life Property & Casualty Insurance Co.

China Pacific Property & Casualty Insurance Co.

China Continent Property & Casualty Insurance Co.

Nanjing Port Co.

Daishan Gaoxiang Shipping Co.

Zhejiang Daishan Hongda Ocean Shipping Co.

Zhejiang Chaosheng Shipping Co.

Ningbo Haizhou Logistics Co.

Ningbo Fenghua Xintongda Shipping Co.

Shanghai Yuanxin Marine Shipping Co.

Chongqing Pacific Ocean International Logistics Co.

Zhangjiagang Gangxin Heavy Equipment Port Co.

Shanghai GOESI Ocean Engineering Co.

Yichang Guoyu Shipping Co.

Anhui Zhongrun Shipping Co.

OFC Marine

FST Marine

Shanghai Jiangchang Intermodal Co.

Nanjing Fuxinbo Shipping Co.

Shanghai Forward Marine Technology Co.

Fujian Huanai Building Materials Co.

Ningbo Sealand Shipping Co.

Zhejiang Kuocang Shipping Co.

Yancheng Binjiang Transport Co.

Shanghai Liudu New Energy Technology Co.

Work highlights

  • Advised Nanjing Port Co. on disputes regarding a cargo operation contract between Nanjing Port and Suzhou CPIC Port due to ‘HUARUN DIANLI 8’.
  • Advised China Life Property & Casualty Insurance Co., Nantong Branch on disputes arising over the accident of the “FU ZHONG YUAN 008” vessel where it landed on the rocks.
  • Represented Zhangjiagang Gangxin Heavy Equipment Port Co. in disputes related to the collision accident and oil pollution removal involving operator ‘Hua Jinlong’.

V&T Law Firm

The shipping team at V&T Law Firm is led out of Shanghai by marine expert Victoria Wei, who specialises in both wet and dry shipping matters. She has advised overseas freight forwarding companies and agencies on inbound investment projects and regularly handles contentious issues. The practice often assists domestic clients in oversea litigation and frequently handles inbound investment projects. Its client roster includes P&I clubs, hull and machinery insurers, ship owners, and shipyards. Walter Huang focuses on the shipping industry, often advising on maritime merchant disputes, as well as complex shipping transactions.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Wei

Other key lawyers:

Walter Huang; Christina Le; Frank Feng


‘A sound, common-sense firm with good knowledge and use of English law in context of marine insurance and shipping matters.’

‘The firm not only handles traditional maritime cases, but it is also involved in shipbuilding contracts and sanctions issues.’

‘Victoria Wei handles cases professionally and meticulously.’ 

Key clients

Baosteel Resources Holdings (Shanghai) Co.

Hanson Carrier Shipping Pte.

Chinese-Polish Joint Stock Shipping Company

China Pacific Property Insurance Co., Shanghai Branch

Petrol Sailing Limited. and PICC Property and Casualty Company

China Pacific Property Insurance (Group) Co.

Ping An Property and Casualty Insurance Company of China

SITC Brokers(Shanghai) Company

West of England Protection & Indemnity (P&I) Club

PICC Property and Casualty Company Limited., Asean Seas Line Co.

West of England Protection & Indemnity (P&I) Club

Xinlian Shipping

Xiangfu (Shanghai) Ship Chartering Co.

Sinocrew Maritime Services Co.

PICC Property and Casualty Company

Shanghai Hai Hua Shipping Co.

Sinotrans Containers Lines Co.

Work highlights

  • Advised CSSC Leasing (Shanghai) Co Ltd on a RMB800m wind power transaction.
  • Advised BGI Genomics Co. on compliance of overseas sales and project cooperation.

Yingke Law Firm

Based in Dalian, the maritime team at Yingke Law Firm handles a large number of foreign-related shipping insurance contract disputes cases, as well as disputes involving cargo transportation, ship collisions, and marine casualties. The team also represents clients in disputes regarding contracts of carriage, sale, and lease. The team is led by marine litigation expert Pengnan Wang, who is supported by Gun Wang. Wuhan-based Dongsheng Xiao is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Pengnan Wang

Other key lawyers:

Dongsheng Xiao; Gun Wang; Yuejin Yang


‘Very strong shipping practice.’

‘It’s a pleasure to work with Pengnan Wang, who combines strong academic legal knowledge with commercial know-how. Responsive and accurate.’

Key clients

PICC Property & Casualty Insurance Co

China Life Property & Casualty Ins. Co

Hesiang Shipping Co

China Shipowners Mutual Assurance Association

Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co

Dalian Pilot Station

Donghai Marine Insurance Company

China United Property Ins. Co

Anhui Xinzhou Shipping Co

Beihai Zhonggangwan Construction Engineering Co

Work highlights

  • Represented China Life Property & Casualty Ins. Co., Shanghai Branch in a case related to a jib crane installation project where a crane collapsed during discharge from m.v. ‘Da An’, which caused serious damage to the crane and the port facilities.
  • Represented PICC Property & Casualty Insurance Co., Guangdong branch in a cargo damages case where the diesel oil cargo on board the P&I insurer of MV ‘Feng Sheng You 11’ was found contaminated before discharging.
  • Represented China Life Property & Casualty Ins. Co., Shanghai Branch in an action before Xiamen Maritime Court claiming for constructive total loss insurance compensation related to m.v. ‘Uniprofit’ which was insured against all risks and was damaged.