Shipping: PRC firms in China

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons advises major domestic and international clients on large-scale shipping disputes, financing projects for vessels, drilling platforms or marine engineering facilities, and investigation proceedings pertaining to accidents and crisis management. On the junior echelon, senior associate Xuanchi Liu focuses on marine law dispute resolution, international trade and finance and banking services, while senior associate Xiaowen Liu has significant experience in admiralty and environmental pollution cases. Beijing-based Edward Ma heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Edward Ma

Other key lawyers:

Xuanchi Liu; Xiaowen Liu

Wang Jing & Co

The maritime and admiralty team at Wang Jing & Co is headquartered in Guangzhou and sits at the core of the firm. Led by founding partner Wang Jing, the group has an outstanding track record in litigation and arbitration cases with a cross-border element, typically pertaining to disputes over bill of lading, charter parties, logistics agreements, insurance, maritime fraud, ship-building, offshore engineering, international trade, ship financing, or letter of credit. Also notable is the firm's work regarding accidents such as ship collision, oil pollution, fire and explosion, and salvage. Managing partner Shuzhou Zhao splits his time between the Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Beijing offices and is also a key name to note. Xiangyong ChenJian Hu and John Wang are also highly recommended for contentious shipping matters.

Practice head(s):

Wang Jing

Other key lawyers:

Zhao Shuzhou

Key clients

North of England Marine Consultants (Shanghai) Ltd Co.

Skuld (Far East) 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


GNG Ocean Shipping Co., Ltd

Hapag-Lloyd Pte Ltd

CGTI Dalian Representative Office

Work highlights

  • Assisted Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries (ZPMC) with initiating arbitration proceedings with the LCIA against Petrofac relating to a termination of a construction and sales contract.
  • Acted for M/V CF Crystal in the high-profile litigation arising from a major collision incident.
  • Represented Farenco Shipping in its application for property preservation following an arbitration dispute with Eastern Ocean Transportation over the charter party agreed between the two entities.

Wintell & Co Law Firm

The shipping practice at Wintell & Co Law Firm has a particularly strong expertise in handling wet and dry claims, but provides the full gamut of counsel, from collision, oil pollution and marine insurance issues to financial disputes. Mervyn Chen spearheads the group from Shanghai and represents a wide array of clients including shipyards, P&I clubs, banks and shipping companies. Ship collision expert Cunqiang Cai is one of the key names to note for contentious work alongside James Hu, while Jasmine Liu specialises in shipping finance, bill of lading, charterparty, shipbuilding and repairing, sales and purchases, and marine insurance matters. All named individuals are based in Shanghai.

Practice head(s):

Mervyn Chen

Other key lawyers:

Cunqiang Cai; James Hu; Jasmine Liu

Key clients



CMB Financial Leasing Co

COSCO Pacific Limited



The Standard Club Asia Ltd Hong Kong Office

The North of England P&I Association Limited Hong Kong Office

Greathorse Shipping Ltd.

China P&I Club

Global Law Office

The shipping and maritime team at Global Law Office is spread across Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. It routinely advises on disputes involving charter parties and maritime contracts as well as non-contentious matters for an enviable client roster of Chinese banks, international commercial banks, investment banks, ship owners and shipbuilders. In Beijing, the team is jointly led by Yifeng GaoJingye Jiang and Ting Lei.

Practice head(s):

Gao Yifeng; Jiang Jingye; Lei Ting

Work highlights

  • Represented a Canadian company in a claim arising from allegations of ante-dating of bills of lading.
  • Served as presiding arbitrator at the China Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission in relation to a dispute arising from damage to power station equipment carried for international transportation.
  • Serving as the presiding arbitrator in an arbitration in relation to a dispute arising from a contract for building of vessels.

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Zhong Lun Law Firm handles shipping disputes arising out of collisions, wrecks, pollution incidents, as well as the full range of commercial issues such as transactions, contracts and maritime insurance. Shanghai-based Chenbiao Li specialises in disputes over cargo claims, bill of lading and charter party, crew cases and shipping finance business; he mainly acts for P&I Clubs, shipping operators and management companies.

Practice head(s):

Chenbiao Li

Key clients

China P&I Club

TT Club

Swedish P&I Club

Skuld P&I Club

UK P&I Club

COSCO Shipping


ICBC Leasing


China United Lines

Work highlights

  • Acted for Cosco Shipping to defend a claim for cargo damage exceeding €6.46m filed by Mitsui Sumitomo.
  • Acted for Hansa Meyer to defend a claim for cargo damage exceeding RMB21m filed by Allianz Insurance.
  • Defended NYK Lines in a claim for cargo damage filed by PICC Suzhou.
  • Assisted ICBC Leasing with its 4+2 x 1900 TEU container vessels financial leasing project with Zhong Gu Shipping.
  • Represented Hellmann Worldwide in a missing cargo dispute filed by the First Insurance.

DeHeng Law Offices

DeHeng Law Offices is home to a shipping team which advises clients on non-contentious shipping work, as well as providing representation in litigation proceedings. Recent work includes representing P&I insurers in the wake of collisions, ship financing, assisting with investigations, and commercial litigation. Water pollution claims, seaman's injury cases, carriage disputes, and maritime liens are other key areas of work. Zhiyong Zhang and Zengli Li head the team.

Practice head(s):

Jingnan Zhang


Zhiyong Zhang’s communication and negotiation skills are highly appreciated as well as his ability to single out the most important issue from complex disputes‘.

Dentons China

Dentons China's shipping, aviation and aerospace practice is led by Darong Wang in Xiamen. He specialises in bills of lading and charter party disputes, marine insurance, P&I defence, cargo claims, shipping finance, ship purchase and sale, ship collision and personal injuries, arrest of ships and ship bunkers and cargoes, marine pollution, salvage, and general averages. While the team covers the full spectrum of conventional shipping, it has a particularly strong expertise in the offshore oil and gas space where it acts for shipbuilders, owners, charterers, insurers, and lenders.

Practice head(s):

Darong Wang


‘Dentons is very good and trustworthy.’

‘Dentons’ shipping lawyers are the most impressive lawyers in China.’

Key clients

Xiamen C&D Agricultural Products Co, Ltd.

PICC Quanzhou

Yangzijiang Shipping Pte Ltd

Xiamen C&D Agricultural Products Co, Ltd.

Torm A/S of Denmark

Gard P&I Club

Huatai Insurance Agency & Consultant Service Ltd.,

Rich Forest Shipping Co, Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Represented Xiamen C&D Agricultural Products Co., Ltd. in a cargo claim against the SDSL, a shipowner in Marshall Islands.
  • Represented PICC Quanzhou in a dispute arising from the insured vessel Yanzhan 23.
  • Acted for Yangzijiang Shipping Pte. Ltd and its affiliated Hong Kong companies in a series of disputes over bareboat charters against the guarantees.