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Firms To Watch: Shipping: PRC firms

Jingtian & Gongcheng established its shipping practice in 2020 when a team of four partners joined the firm from Wang Jing & Co. Shuzhou Zhao, Jian hu, Bo Yang, and Kaiguo Zhou offer experience in disputes involving cargo damage and bills of lading.
Leslie Shen joined SGLA Law Firm’s shipping practice in 2020 from Wintell & Co Law Firm and now leads the team. Shen has experience in handling cross-jurisdictional matters, particularly those involving charters and other shipping contracts.
Victoria Wei is the key contact at V&T Law Firm, handling contentious and non-contentious shipping matters involving shipbuilding contracts, charterparties and sanctions.

Shipping: PRC firms in China

Wang Jing & Co

Wang Jing & Co are instructed on many of the most complex and high-profile disputes in the Chinese shipping market, such as collisions, groundings, and ship arrests. The practice is also active in handling cargo damage and insurance claims, as well as disputes related to ship financing. The practice acts for both Chinese and foreign clients and handles cross-jurisdictional matters, such as those involving incidents outside Chinese waters. The sizeable team has offices across major Chinese ports, with Xiangyong Chen and John Wang key figures in the team. Rongcun Li in Xiamen and Xinwei Guo in Tianjin are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Xiangyong Chen; John Wang; Zongcui Zou; Yuan Hui; Rongcun Li; Xu Jun; Yongyong Han; Yong Zhao

Other key lawyers:

Xinwei Guo

Testimonials

‘Industry-leading partners supported by a strong team.’

‘Xiangyong Chen, John Wang,  Hui Yuan and  Zongcui Zou are recommended.’

Key clients

North of England Marine Consultants (Shanghai) Ltd Co.

Skuld (Far East) Ltd

SKULD (FAR EAST) LIMITED

GARD (HK) Ltd

Gard (HK) Limited

Thomas Miller (Hong Kong) Limited

Forerunner Shipping, as agent of Farenco Shipping PTE LTD

Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.

China Merchants Commerce Financial Leasing Co., Ltd.

Cosco Logistics Guangzhou

COSCO Shipping Bulk Co., Ltd.

Bank of Communications Co., Ltd. Hong Kong Branch

Guangzhou Salvage

Bank of Communications Co., Ltd. Hong Kong Branch

China National Offshore Oil Corporation

Guangdong MSA

Korea P&I Club

4 Pump Court – Jeremy Nicholson QC

Work highlights

  • Represented the owners of El Zorro and their P&I clubs in lawsuits for collision damage following a collision between El Zorro and the Singapore-registered oil tanker ELLINGTON in Jiaxing sea area of Zhejiang Province in China.
  • Acted for YM Cypress in lawsuits related to the ship’s collision with CG126 operated by Marine Patrol Corps of Taiwan Coast Guard Administration in water area under Taiwan’s jurisdiction.
  • Acting for Evergreen Marine (Singapore) Pte Ltd. (“Evergreen”) in resolution of dispute with Xiamen Port Shipping Co., Ltd. over ship collision damages.

Wintell & Co Law Firm

Wintell & Co Law Firm handles the full range of contentious matters in the shipping sector, drawing on a sizeable team based in major Chinese ports including Shanghai, Tianjin, Ningbo, and Guangzhou. In addition to advising shipowners, P&I clubs, and insurers on disputes arising from collisions and shipwrecks, the practice also acts on commercial disputes related to bills of lading, shipbuilding, and ship finance. Mervyn Chen leads the practice and has comprehensive experience in the shipping sector; James Hu, Jason Chen and Cunqiang Cai are other names to note in the team.

Practice head(s):

Mervyn Chen

Other key lawyers:

James Hu; Jason Chen; Cunqiang Cai

Work highlights

  • Acted for the East China Sea Branch of S.O.A following a collision in the East China Sea resulting in explosion and sinking of a fully laden tanker and serious loss of life.
  • Represented the The North of England P&I Association Limited and owners of ELLINGTON in handling issues arising out of the collision in Jiaxing Port in December 2018, resulting in the leakage of oil cargo onboard EL ZORRO, including inter-ship liabilities, cargo claims, pollution, jurisdiction and limitation of liability issues.
  • Advised CMBL Financial Leasing Co., Ltd. on a series of ship financial leasing contracts disputes, including providing legal advice on feasibility of pre-litigation preservation and arbitration in London, collecting and investigating domestic and overseas property clues and sister ships; assisting client to arrest ships in China ports, providing legal advice on PIL’s bankruptcy protection proceedings in Singapore.

Global Law Office

Global Law Office handles a broad range of shipping disputes, acting for ship leasing companies, cargo owners, and shipbuilders. The practice represents clients in litigation related to charters and casualty issues and arbitrations. Partners in the team are also frequently instructed to sit as arbitrators, and also appear in court as expert witnesses. Yifeng Gao, Jingye Jiang and Ting Lei lead the team and all have deep experience in this sector.

Practice head(s):

Yifeng Gao; Jingye Jiang; Ting Lei

Testimonials

‘Among other things, Global Law Office provides high quality legal service to both Chinese and international shipping communities. The lawyers have comprehensive legal knowledge and decades of experience to deal with complicated maritime claims, and possess high English language communication skills. In particular, Mr. Yifeng Gao is an outstanding lawyer.’

Key clients

China National Electronics Import and Export Co., Ltd.

Runxing Financial Leasing Co., Ltd.

China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC)

China Maritime Arbitration Commission (CMAC)

Beijing Arbitration Commission (BAC)

Work highlights

  • Representing the cargo owner, China National Electronics Import and Export Co., Ltd., in claiming against the cargo carrier for the loss of cargo.
  • Representing the cargo owner, China National Electronics Import and Export Co., Ltd., in claiming against the insurance company for the loss of cargo.
  • Representing the lessor, Runxing Financial Leasing Co., Ltd., in claiming against the lessee for the rent.

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons acts for insurers, commodities, and shipping companies in a range of maritime matters. The practice has a particular focus on commercial shipping disputes, such as those involving contracts of affreightment, handling litigation in PRC courts as well as LMAA arbitration; it also handles disputes related to collisions and vessel damage. Edward Ma leads the team and has broad experience in the shipping sector.

Practice head(s):

Edward (Yanhui) Ma

Wang Jing & GH Law Firm

Wang Jing & GH Law Firm established its shipping practice in 2020, when the highly-regarded Jing Wang and Wilson Wang joined the practice from Wang Jing & Co. The Guangzhou-based team counts shipowners, crews, P&I clubs, and charterers amongst its clients, and handles disputes related to collisions, cargo damage, and shipbuilding. Jing Wang has more than 30 years’ experience in this area and is well-known for his work in foreign-related shipping matters. Wilson Wang is qualifed to practice in both China and England and Wales, and is highly active in arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Jing Wang; Wilson Wang

Testimonials

‘Wang Jing & GH Law Firm is a relatively new firm set up by the doyen of shipping law in China – the venerable Wang Jing. He is full of energy and very well-connected in the market.’

‘Wang Jing is one of the most well respected Chinese shipping lawyers who has stood the test of time having been involved in some of the largest and most significant shipping cases in China in the past 3 decades. Wilson Wang is an up and coming shipping partner and certainly someone to watch for the future!’

‘They are responsive and give clear reliable advice. They are also well placed to assist with disputes across China.’

‘Wilson Wang is the contact I work with the most. He is user-friendly and can manage tight time frames.’

‘Wang Jing is very experienced and user-friendly, ably supported by the knowledgeable Wilson Wang.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for Lotus Ocean Transportation Pte Ltd., in charterparty 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.
  • Assisted G2 OCEAN AS and Gard AS, in handling a cargo damage claim relating to a shipment of bleached pulp carried by the vessel for discharge in Nansha, Guangzhou in August 2020, valued at about USD1 million.
  • Acted for Signal Maritime Aframax Pool Ltd. and the Standard Club in a charterparty dispute with the charterers and cargo interests of a fuel oil cargo carried by the vessel which was subsequently resold and discharged in Zhuhai, China

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Zhong Lun Law Firm‘s comprehensive expertise in shipping matters enables it to act for clients in the full range of contentious and non-contentious issues. The team provides advice to clients on ship purchases, including with regards to the financing of these acquisitions, and also assists on the drafting of charters. In litigation, the practice acts in cargo damage and collision disputes as well as breach of contract claims. The Shanghai-based team is led by Chenbiao Li, with Yin Zhou also a key figure in the team.

Practice head(s):

Wei Bao; Lijun Cao; Chenbiao Li

Other key lawyers:

Yin Zhou; Zhenlong Zhang

Testimonials

‘Chenbiao Li is the team leader and leads the team to make progress. Attorney Li has rich experience and provides good guidance.  Zhenlong Zhang provides daily case-handling services, timing and control of the case are just right.’

Key clients

TT Club

China P&I Club

Skuld P&I Club

PICC

AXA

China Special Article Logistics Co., Ltd.

COFCO

COSCO SHIPPING

Vale

Bulkhaul

CHINA MERCHANTS SHEKOU INDUSTRIAL ZONEHOLDINGS CO.,LTD

CHINA HUARONG SHIPPING FINANCIAL LEASING CO., LTD.

JIC Leasing (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Xiamen C&D Corporation Limited

Grand All (Shanghai) Int’l Trading Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Minghe Shipping Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Vale on general matters regarding its shipping and logistics business.
  • Advised COFCO on GA matters for the engine breakdown of carrying vessel “Rosalia D’ Amato”.
  • Advised TT Club and its members to handle many claims relating to the HB/L issued by its members.

AnJie Law Firm

AnJie Law Firm‘s shipping practice was substantially bolstered by the addition of a number of lawyers in Spring 2021 from RICC & CO. The new additions, including practice co-head Bing Yan, add to the team’s expertise in advising shipowners, cargo interests, and insurers in litigation stemming from collisions and cargo damage. In addition to Yan, Lei Chen and Shengmiao Qi also lead the practice and are highly experienced in litigation, including matters with cross-border aspects.

Practice head(s):

Bing Yan; Lei Chen; Shengmiao Qi

Other key lawyers:

Ernest Liu

Testimonials

‘This team has a wealth of experience in the insurance and reinsurance sectors. Over the last few years, the team has brought in outstanding lawyers with experience in the insurance and shipping and maritime sectors, making them more competitive in the ship insurance sector.’

‘Lei Chen has a wealth of practical and academic experience in the shipping and maritime and insurance sectors. Mr Chen provides professional and meticulous legal advice for dealing with legal disputes that span areas including insurance, maritime law and maritime commerce.’

‘Bing Yan has a wealth of experience in areas including maritime law, maritime commerce, shipbuilding and ship financing, and is able to make short work of maritime cases such as ship collisions, oil spills, rescues and salvage operations. He is able to provide clients with dispute resolution and consulting services pertaining to ships and the transport of goods, as well as providing alternative dispute resolution legal services for port, ship, and offshore project construction and leasing-related issues.’

‘The Anjie Law Firm’s team of lawyers led by Lei Chen is very responsive and provides very impressive professional service. Based on Shanghai, China, their service is unique in that they have an excellent network in the Chinese maritime industry, and it is also impressive to find a workable and practical solution.’

‘The team of lawyers are always prepared to provide timely advice. Lei Chen, Yan Bing and Ernest Liu are the stand-out practitioners.’

‘AnJie’s maritime practice is comprised of leading experts in the field of maritime law. The lawyers are highly experienced in maritime, admiralty, shipbuilding, and ship financing. They have represented clients in a range of complex maritime affairs including ship collisions, environmental pollution, and rescue and wreck salvages. Anjie provides comprehensive solutions that are tailored to clients’ needs and objectives, as well as follow-up services pertaining to maritime affairs.’

‘I worked with several lawyers in Anjie in a few years ago. I was impressed by their work which adhering to the motto of “dedicated to excellence”. They also delivered seamless services and prepared based on their outstanding practice skills and professionalism.’

Work highlights

  • Advised Generali China Insurance on a 11 million USD international litigation case against shipowner.
  • Advised PICC Changzhou Branch on a 4 million USD litigation case against shipowner and P&I club.
  • Advised Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Company Limited/PICC Property and Casualty Insurance Company Limited Shanghai Branch  on a 12 million USD arbitration case against a shipowner and P&I Club.

DeHeng Law Offices

DeHeng Law Offices is active across the spectrum of shipping law matters. The practice has a particular focus on shipbuilding work, advising on the drafting of construction contracts as well as disputes. It is also active in other areas of maritime contractual law, such as charterparties, with practice head Xianwei Peng noted for his experience in international arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Philip (Xianwei) Peng

Key clients

China Communications Import & Export Co., Ltd

Wanhua Chemical Group Co., Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented China Communications Import & Export Co., Ltd in an international arbitration case in Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC) regarding ship building and sales disputes.
  • Acted for China Communications Import & Export Co., Ltd in an international shipbuilding and sales dispute case before the Supreme People’s Court of China.

Dentons China

Dentons has a varied and international shipping practice, advising Chinese and foreign clients on matters ranging from the negotiation of charterparties to litigation related to ship and cargo damage. The team acts for all parties involving in shipping, including P&I Clubs, insurers, shipowners, cargo interests, and banks. Bin Yuan in Shanghai and Darong Wang in Xiamen are the key contacts in the team.

Practice head(s):

Tao Li ; Yu Wang; Zhiqiang Zou; Darong Wang; Bin Yuan

Other key lawyers:

Sufang Huang

Testimonials

‘Dentons have advised foreign and Chinese clients on issues concerning maritime law, international trade, marine transportation, international clearing, and marine insurance. The client generally benefits from their in-depth understanding of the maritime sector, as well as their global reach, seamless service and multijurisdictional insight that can provide the clients with the right strategies.’

‘I worked with Sufang Huang in several cases. She mainly focuses on providing legal services in the areas of maritime law, shipping finance, trade finance, international trade. Before being a lawyer, Sufang worked in the logistics and shipping industry and has obtained rich working experience in the shipping industry, international trade, B/L, L/C, cargo and ship insurance, shipping finance, and so on. She can provide practical advice to clients.’

‘They are focused on the shipping sector, closely following hot topics in the industry. The team has people with backgrounds in both Chinese law and English law, giving them a clear advantage in shipping dispute cases.’

‘They have outstanding professional capabilities and a wealth of experience in the shipping sector, as well as a significant local presence and excellent resources. They understand the industry and are able to quickly ascertain clients’ needs and provide clients with solutions that meet their needs. Darong Wang is recommended.’

Key clients

Northville Navigation Ltd.

The German Federal Ministry of Health

Arctech Solar Holding Co., Ltd.

Anhui Daheng Energy Technology Co., Ltd.

Export-Import Bank of China, and its Xiamen Branch

PICC Quanzhou

Shanghai Huayuan Shipping Co., Ltd.

PICC Rongchen

CMA CGM S.A.

Gard P&I Club

Huatai Insurance Agency & Consultant Service Ltd.,

PICC Xiamen

Guangxi Hongxiang Shipping Co., Ltd.

Bank of China Rizhao Branch Lanshan Sub-branch

PICC GUANGXI Branch

Northville Navigation Ltd.

The German Federal Ministry of Health

Arctech Solar Holding Co., Ltd.

Anhui Daheng Energy Technology Co., Ltd.

Guantao Law Firm

Guantao Law Firm moved into the shipping sector in 2016 with the addition of Shouzhi An from Wang Jing & Co. Under An’s leadership, the team handles shipping disputes related to shipbuilding, charterparties, and collisions. An is based in Xiamen and represents clients in PRC courts and arbitration. Li Ling and Fuhong Wu  are also names to note in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Shouzhi An

Other key lawyers:

Li Ling; Fuhong Wu

Testimonials

‘I worked with Shouzhi An and his team on a ship-detention matter. They are very responsive and give sound, practical legal advice. They were instrumental in distilling the options available for the clients to resolve the issue in a timely manner.’

‘Shouzhi An is very approachable and responsive. He explains the issues and solutions in a simple manner that belies the complexity of the analysis.’

Key clients

Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd.

Fujian Southeast Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.

The Xihe Holdings (Singapore)

Heung A Line Co., Ltd.

Decent Shipping

Sinoway International (Jiangsu) CO.LTD

Yes Nanjing Hengxing Shipping Company

Lin Meimei and others (Respondents)

CSIC

China GEZHOUBA Group Machinery & Ship Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd., Fujian Southeast Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., and Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding Co., Ltd in a dispute over 10 shipbuilding contracts with Quanzhou Ansheng Shipping Co., Ltd., who entrusted the three shipyards to build ten container ships with a total amount of 620 million yuan.
  • Acting for Singapore Xihe group in its bankruptcy and reorganisation case, and handling the case of arrest of Ocean Stellar due to its inability to pay the repair fee after its repair and maintenance in China.
  • Acting for Heung A Line Co., Ltd. pertaining to MV Heung A Janice collision dispute, in which the plaintiff sued the client for compensation.