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    • Patrick Daley - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (HK) LLP
    • Tim Hallworth - Pinsent Masons

Extremely experienced and pleasant to deal with, and one of the most respected construction litigators in Hong Kong, Ian Cocking, a specialist in projects with significant environmental issues, heads Clyde & Co LLP’s regional construction group. The team advised the government of the Hong Kong administrative region on the KaiTakSports Park, a sports infrastructure project that occupies 28 hectares of land and includes a 50,000-seat main stadium, a public sports ground and an indoor sports centre. Dennis Wong, ‘a tireless worker with a growing practice in mainland China’, was promoted to partner. Senior associate Vivian Wong is ‘excellent and one to watch for the future'.

King & Wood Mallesons possesses ‘definitive analytical capability backed up by a highly practical and outcome-focused approach, meticulous attention to detail and 24/7 responsiveness'. The team is led by Paul Starr, ‘a commercial problem solver: sharp, quick-witted and a superb strategist’, and includes Sam Farrands, who advised Bouygues Batiment and Dragages Hong Kong on their HK32bn tender submission for the development and operation of an integrated sports precinct in Kai Tak. Contentious work includes Starr's advice to contractor China Machine New Energy Corporation (CNMC) on a $1bn dispute arising out of the client's obligations in relation to a major infrastructure project in a Central American country.

Pinsent Masons possesses ‘impressive business and industry knowledge’ and ‘advice is succinct and well thought out’. Vincent Connor and Dean Lewis lead the team, which has seen some promotions; Alvin Ho made partner and Tim Hallworth has been promoted to legal director. Recent work includes advising the concessionaire on a landmark toll bridge project outside Manila, and assisting Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels with its proposed hotel development on the site of the former Myanmar Railway Company headquarters in central Yangon. ‘Not shy to fight for clients’, Bernard Ang is also recommended for his 'very sound legal mind’. Peter Clayton is singled out.

The team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (HK) LLP is ‘top class and always willing to go the extra mile’. The practice is led by Ilan Freiman, who has particular expertise in the leisure and hospitality sector, and includes arbitration specialist Glenn Haley, who is ‘very personable and has an excellent commercial nose’. The team continues to act for the world’s leading developer of integrated resorts on all of its Macau projects. On the contentious side, construction litigator Geoffrey Shaw and senior associate Mike Docherty are the names to note. Senior associate Patrick Daley is also singled out.

Hogan Lovells counts ‘among the best for global construction disputes’. Led by Timothy Hill, ‘a very experienced lawyer and construction expert’, the team counts the Hong Kong Airport Authority among its clients. Recent work includes representing Metta Resources in High Court proceedings relating to the Tsz Shan Monastery project, one of the largest construction disputes before the Hong Kong courts. The ‘very experienced’ Damon So has a background in civil engineering and is noted by clients for his 'ability to digest and present complex issues'.

Mayer Brown's team led by Geoffrey Chan possesses ‘deep knowledge and experience’. Recent work includes advising the Hong Kong Jockey Club on the appointment of an independent panel of enquiry into the potential causes of a heritage building collapse in central Hong Kong, with claims amounting to HK100m. Other highlights included representing Wynn Resorts Macau on the Cotai resort development project; and acting for the Concrete Producers Association of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Concrete Material Association on Hong Kong's first defamation case in the construction industry to date. Menachem Hasofer is another key contact.

The ‘dedicated’ team at Deacons is ‘very responsive’ and provides ‘practical legal advice’. Contentious specialist Kwok Kit Cheung leads the practice, which acts for major developers, contractors and subcontractors in construction projects, litigation and arbitration. Ching Lee Engineering and Mongolia Energy Corporation count among the team's clients. Joseph Chung is another name to note.

May Ng, Harris Chan and Kevin Chan jointly lead the team at DLA Piper. Ng is singled out as being ‘extremely hands-on, with excellent technical industry knowledge’. The team acted for a New World Development subsidiary - one of Hong Kong's largest property developers - in resisting court enforcement of an $18m ICC arbitration award in relation to the construction of Dubai's "Blue Tower" skyscraper. It also represented Thiess Mongolia in court proceedings to recover a $13m payment for its mining works in Mongolia from a Hong Kong-listed company and its subsidiary.

Minter Ellison's practice head Steven Yip and Malcolm Chin form part of a 'trustworthy team with expertise and commercial know-how’. Recent highlights include advising the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) on the construction of the multibillion-dollar 'Hong Kong Palace Museum'. The Hong Kong government received assistance with contractual issues and disputes with MTR Corporation arising out of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express rail link project, one of the largest infrastructure projects currently under construction in Hong Kong.

LC Lawyers LLP's team is noted for its ‘responsiveness and good judgment’. It has been bolstered by arrivals from Troutman Sanders, which closed its Hong Kong office in May 2018, including new practice head Lynia  Lau, who is praised by clients for her ‘sound strategic advice and  commercial solutions’. The practice has a focus on large-scale infrastructure projects, particularly in the energy, transport and infrastructure and public utilities sectors. Senior associate and project finance specialist Ting  Su is another name to note.

HFW provides ‘an excellent, professional, thorough working environment that facilitates success’. Although the primary focus is on construction insurance, the firm operates a highly recommended dispute resolution practice, headed up by Martin Downey. Arbitration specialist Ben Bury joined from Jones Day and is rated as ‘very, very smart, with a strategic mind and huge knowledge of international construction’. Associate and civil engineer Kelvin Lo joined from a role in-house. Public bodies, government authorities and international contractors count among the team's clients.

Alfred Wu leads the team at Norton Rose Fulbright, which acted for a contractor in resisting the enforcement of an ICC arbitral award in Hong Kong resulting from claims over the construction of a skyscraper. It is also representing a corporation in a multimillion-dollar shareholder dispute with a construction company in relation to the investment in and development of another skyscraper.

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