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Dispute resolution: international arbitration

Index of tables

  1. Dispute resolution: international arbitration
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners

Leading individuals

  1. 1
    • Denis Brock - O'Melveny
    • Simon Chapman - Herbert Smith Freehills
    • Justin D‚ÄôAgostino - Herbert Smith Freehills
    • Nils Eliasson - Shearman & Sterling
    • Matthew Gearing QC - Allen & Overy
    • Cameron Hassall - Clifford Chance
    • Rory McAlpine - Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
    • Thomas So - Mayer Brown
    • May Tai - Herbert Smith Freehills
    • Ing Loong Yang - Latham & Watkins LLP
    • Friven Yeoh - Sidley Austin

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1
    • Thomas Walsh - Clifford Chance
    • Ben Yates - RPC
    • Yan Zhang - Sidley Austin

Allen & Overy's practice head¬†Matthew Gearing QC¬†is ‚Äėexperienced, professional, and user friendly‚Äô. In a notable highlight, the team represented the claimants,¬†BG¬†Exploration and Production India¬†and Reliance Industries, in an arbitration commenced against the government of India, with claims arising under two Indian law governed production sharing contracts in relation to two oil and gas fields located off the coast of India, a matter valued at $5bn. Nissan, the Republic of Pakistan and Shell also count among the team's clients. Newly promoted Sheila Ahuja¬†is recommended, as is Matthew Hodgson, who is¬†‚Äėvery familiar with the HKIAC arbitration process‚Äô.

Cameron Hassall heads the team at Clifford Chance. Jointly with consultant Thomas Walsh, he has been advising an Asian private equity fund in two ICC arbitration tribunals regarding the ownership of a fund with multibillion-dollars of committed capital, one of the most complex and high-value arbitrations in Hong Kong in 2018. Apart from a focus on private equity-related disputes, the team predominantly handles contentious work in the banking and finance, energy and infrastructure sectors.

Herbert Smith Freehills' practice head¬†Simon Chapman¬†possesses 'excellent industry knowledge and a wide array of skills‚Äô.¬†Recent highlights include representing SIPC and Addax in a complex fraud claim arising from the 2012 purchase by the clients of a 49% stake in a significant upstream business in the North Sea, a matter valued at $6bn. Managing partner¬†May Tai¬†is¬†‚Äėgenuinely down-to-earth, very direct and sticks to the point‚Äô.¬†Hew Kiang Heong, Michelle Li¬†and senior associate Murphy Mok¬†joined from Pinsent Masons.¬†Justin D‚ÄôAgostino¬†is highly recommended.

John Choong leads the team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer , which recently represented Beijing Urban Construction Group (BUCG) in the initiation of World Bank ICSID arbitration proceedings under the Yemen-China bilateral investment treaty against the government of Yemen. The proceedings focus on a dispute between BUCG and the Republic of Yemen’s Civil Aviation & Meteorology Authority over the construction of the Sana'a International Airport. The team also attracted notable matters in the financial services and technology sectors.

Paul Starr¬†heads up the practice at King & Wood Mallesons, which fields¬†‚Äėa strong and dedicated team of associates led by the heavy weight partners‚Äô. Jointly with the London office, the team is defending the Kyrgyz Republic against claims arising out of a series of government measures, which allegedly prevented activities at the Stans Energy mine to be carried out. It is also co-counsel with the London office defending Naftogaz in a $5.5bn claim in LCIA arbitration by minority shareholders of Ukrnafta in a dispute over natural gas resources. Donovan Ferguson¬†is recommended as ‚Äėan insightful and trustworthy adviser with client‚Äôs best interest at heart‚Äô.

Simon Powell¬†and Ing Loong Yang¬†head up the team at Latham & Watkins LLP, which has¬†‚Äėan excellent reputation‚Äô.¬†Recent work includes representing¬†Great Wall Pan Asia International Investment it its¬†$22m¬†claim¬†in an HKIAC arbitration seated in Hong Kong under a series of agreements related to provision of a loan to the chairman of a Hong Kong listed company.¬†Glory Empire Global, Shenzhen Yihua Computer, Pegatron Corporation and The Carlyle Group also count among the team's clients.

Rory McAlpine, ‚Äėa very dedicated arbitration lawyer, who is strategically sharp, to-the-point and has very effective cross-examination skills‚Äô, heads up the team at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Recent work includes leading the team in a $20bn international dispute of Asian origin involving court action in four jurisdictions: Hong Kong, Taiwan, Bermuda and various US courts. Bradley Klein¬†and Steve Kwok¬†are also names to note.

Bird & Bird's key sectors are technology and communications, where it handled high-profile arbitrations for clients such as Nokia, Intel and Huawei. The practice also has experience with handling regional arbitrations in the aviation and renewable energy sectors, as well as representing clients in international arbitrations in the private equity space. Panel appointments include Microsoft, Airbus and Fox International Channels. Robert Rhoda and Richard Keady joined Dentons Hong Kong in December 2018.

Deacons' team, led by Joseph Kwan, acted for a privately-owned PRC insurance company, to oppose an application by two major US corporations to set aside a $475m ICC arbitration award obtained by the client in Hong Kong, with the underlying arbitration involving a complex share purchase agreement. Clients also include Mongolia Energy Corporation. Joseph Chung is recommended for his 'thoughtful consideration, and good experience in construction’. Robert Clark has particular experience in media sector work, where he acts for several international publishers, as well as professional negligence matters. Carmen Ng was promoted to partner in January 2018.

Timothy Hill and James Kwan lead the team at Hogan Lovells. Hill is particularly well known in the engineering and construction industry, where he represents owners and contractors in major engineering-related arbitrations. He has also acted in commercial and insurance arbitrations including carbon trading matters. Kwan specialises in international commercial arbitration, with a focus on healthcare, life sciences, technology, infrastructure and energy disputes. Clients include Tencent. Terence Wong departed for Winston & Strawn.

At Mayer Brown, co-head of the global arbitration practice, Menachem Hasofer, and John Hickin jointly lead the team.  Primarily known for its construction expertise, it also has extensive experience representing clients in Western-Asian disputes, particularly Chinese joint venture disputes, as well as representing Chinese state-owned enterprises in international disputes. Mark McMahon has been seconded from the London office, and Wilson Fung was promoted to counsel in January 2018. Thomas So is particularly singled out.

Camille Jojo leads the team at Norton Rose Fulbright, which acts for major financial services and international banking sector clients, and has seen a notable panel appointment in the insurance industry. Recent work includes arbitrations in the construction and energy sectors. Alfred Wu and consultant Philip Nunn are the other names to note.

Nils Eliasson leads the arbitration team at Shearman & Sterling, splitting his time between Beijing and Hong Kong. Eliasson runs a broad practice, with experience handling investment treaty arbitrations under bilateral investment treaties and the Energy Charter Treaty. Senior associate Anna Tevini is also a key contact in the Hong Kong office, with extensive experience representing private companies, state-owned entities, and states in international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations.

CMS' team is led by¬†Nicolas Wiegand, who is¬†‚Äėsmart, calm, and an excellent presenter - he is fantastic at cross-examinations‚Äô. There has been some team expansion, with counsel Mariel Dimsey¬†joining from Hogan Lovells¬†and¬†senior associate Sherlin Tung¬†from an in-house role at Semperit.¬†Recent work includes collaborating with the Munich office in representing the Republic of Armenia in a construction-sector ICSID arbitration brought by a US citizen and a US company. Olga Boltenko¬†departed for Fangda Partners.

Kevin Chan¬†and Ernest Yang¬†lead the team at DLA Piper, which impresses with its ‚Äėinnovative recommendations for solving disputes and formulating strategies‚Äô. Recent work includes acting for a major construction company, a subsidiary of a Hong Kong-listed company, in resisting enforcement of an ICC arbitration award issued in Dubai, involving complex issues relating to enforcement and potential annulment of the arbitration award. Hip Hing Overseas is also a client.¬†The team expanded with Andrew Chin¬†joining from Baker McKenzie, and¬†Benjamin Ng¬†from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

The arbitration practice at Ince is led by Max Cross and Rosita Lau. The team handles a range of international commercial disputes, representing clients in LMAA, HKIAC, SIAC, ICC, CIETAC, and CMAC arbitrations. International trade, commodities and shipping sector matters are key areas of focus for the team. Managing partner David Beaves is a name to note; managing associate Simon Cheng is another key contact in the Hong Kong office.

At Reed Smith Richards Butler, the team specialises in commercial disputes and has extensive international arbitration experience, in particular in relation to energy, resources and joint venture disputes. Asha Sharma handles a wide range of company-related and contractual issues, including shareholders and boardroom disputes and insolvency matters. Clients include companies from the property development and resources sectors. William Barber has joined Minter Ellison.

Gary Yin leads the team at RPC, which includes Andrew Horton, who has broad experience in arbitrating disputes involving bill of lading, marine insurance policy, and protection and indemnity claims. The team has been bolstered by Jonathan Crompton's arrival from Proskauer Rose LLP, of counsel Michael Mcguiness joined from Clyde & Co LLP, and Anna Li from PRC firm Guangdong Shengdian. Carmel Green has been promoted to partner. Senior consultant Ben Yates is also singled out.

Peter Chow is the regional arbitration head at Squire Patton Boggs, mainly handling disputes related to energy and natural resources, oil and gas, infrastructure and construction projects. Clients include International Finance Corporation BYD, Dalian Huarui Heavy Industry Group, and Geosolutions B.V.


Dispute resolution: litigation

Index of tables

  1. Dispute resolution: litigation
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners

Leading individuals

  1. 1
    • Denis Brock - O'Melveny
    • Robert Clark - Deacons
    • Brian Gilchrist - Clifford Chance
    • Chris Howse - Howse Williams
    • Gareth Hughes - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
    • Nicholas Hunsworth - Mayer Brown
    • Mark Johnson - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
    • Rory McAlpine - Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
    • David Morrison - Reed Smith Richards Butler
    • David Morrison - Minter Ellison
    • Martin Rogers - Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
    • Gareth Thomas - Herbert Smith Freehills
    • James Wadham - Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1

Brian Gilchrist heads the team at Clifford Chance, which acts for clients  such as Citibank, the Fok Family, BNP Paribas and Nezu Asia. Recent work includes advising a major UK financial institution, including providing crisis management advice, upon its discovery of an internal fraudulent scheme being perpetrated against the bank for more than 15 years resulting in the misappropriation of approximately $30m from the accounts of customers and the bank. The team is also representing a major US financial institution in defending a claim brought by a client for alleged mis-selling of $55-65m worth of equity accumulators in 2007. Consultant William Wong is also singled out.

The key names to note at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP are James Wadham and Martin Rogers. Recent recruit from Ropes & Gray LLP, Patrick Sinclair, has extensive experience in corporate criminal investigations. Karen Chan, whose practice focuses on complex regulatory matters particularly within the financial services industry, has been promoted to partner; and Kevin So to counsel. In a large-scale commercial dispute, the team represented Asia Cement Corporation in its opposition to legal proceedings commenced by China Shanshui Cement Group for alleged unlawful conspiracy. It also successfully represented Deutsche Bank and RREEF China REIT Management in dismissing an appeal brought by Mr. Tin Lik seeking HK$500m damages arising from the listing of RREEF China Commercial Trust.

Gareth Thomas¬†heads up the team at Herbert Smith Freehills, a ‚Äėgo-to firm for complex and high-value corporate litigation, where large resources are required‚Äô. Clients include financial institutions such as Bank of China, UBS and Credit Suisse, as well as corporates such as British American Tobacco. Recent work includes acting for DBS in defending a High Court action brought by the liquidators of a local business, Galleria, which had been financed by borrowings from leading commercial banks in Hong Kong and the US. Joanna Caen¬†has been promoted to partner, concentrating on litigation involving trusts, private banks and high-net-worth individuals. Julian Copeman¬†relocated to the London office.¬†Rachel Yu ¬†moved to¬†King & Wood Mallesons¬†in April 2019 as a partner.

Simon Clarke¬†heads up the practice at Allen & Overy, with a particular focus on the financial services industry. Led by Clarke, the team continues to act for PwC, the joint administrators of the estate of Nina Wang, once Asia‚Äôs richest woman, and the estate of Teddy Wang, her former husband. It advises on the legal proceedings related to the interpretation of Nina Wang‚Äôs will and on the recovery of Chinachem Group's assets (95% of the value of the estate), one of the largest property developers in Hong Kong. Matt Bower¬†comes highly recommended as ‚Äėone of the best litigation partners in Hong Kong‚Äô. The ‚Äėintelligent and client-oriented' Stuart Rau¬†was promoted to counsel, and both Karen Chan¬†and¬†Nathan Colless¬†to senior associates. Clients also include WPP.

Baker McKenzie's practice head¬†Cynthia Tang¬†is¬†an expert in listed company and financial services regulatory enforcement¬†who has ‚Äėin-depth knowledge and is well¬†connected‚Äô.¬†The team attracted a number of high-profile cases and¬†acts for clients across the entire spectrum of disputes and contentious work, from compliance and regulatory investigations through to commercial litigation, shareholder disputes, commercial and international arbitration, contentious restructuring and insolvency.¬† Mini vandePol¬†is also singled out. Special counsel Jannice Lau¬†is ‚Äėvery diligent in her analysis‚Äô.

Hogan Lovells'¬†‚Äėfirst-class‚Äô team is headed by¬†Allan Leung¬†and Chris Dobby. It has seen some growth, with Edward Seto¬†joining from Andrew W.Y. Ng & Co, Jeremy Forsyth¬†from Bennett + Co, and Byron Philips¬†from CMS. In recent highlights, the team advised¬†China Metal's liquidators in relation to the first ever application to wind up a Hong Kong-listed company on public interest grounds, involving multi-jurisdictional investigations and asset recovery claims. It also successfully represented¬†Chau Chi Yin, a former director of CITIC, in a market misconduct tribunal action, and the¬†Hong Kong Airport Authority in several judicial reviews, one involving matters of public security. Mark Lin¬†is ‚Äėa seasoned litigator.'

Melvin Sng¬†leads the team¬†at Linklaters¬†with ‚Äėa¬†quick mind and clear presentation‚Äô. It has been bolstered by¬†Vivien Li, who¬†joined from Simmons & Simmons, and¬†Denise Fung¬†has been promoted to partner.¬†The practice frequently represents financial institutions, investment banks, hedge funds and asset managers and clients include KPMG, Ping¬†An¬†Securities, HSBC and JP Morgan. Managing associate Honnah Lee¬†is ‚Äėvery responsive, diligent¬†and smart‚Äô.¬†Charlotte Luker-Coombs¬†left to join Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and¬†Candy Au¬†joined the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC). However, the team has been bolstered with Andrew Chung¬†joining from an in-house role at Goldman Sachs.

John Hickin heads up the practice at Mayer Brown. Recent work includes advising HSH Nordbank on a breach of charterparty, loan agreements and unpaid supplies issues, amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars, following the winding down of a South Korean shipping container company; as well as acting for DBS Bank on a $50m mis-selling claim brought by the bank’s customers against the bank, in the only reported mis-selling claim in Hong Kong arising from the collapse of Lehman Brothers involving a trust structure. Alan Linning joined from Sidley Austin. Jonathan Mok departed for Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Clients also include HSBC, Cathay Pacific Airways, and SEA Holdings. Nicholas Hunsworth and counsel Vivien Yip are singled out.

‚ÄėAlways very enthusiastic about finding solutions to litigation problems, and succeeds in doing so‚Äô, Camille Jojo¬†heads up the team at Norton Rose Fulbright.¬†Clients include private individuals as well as corporations from a number of sectors, among them media and entertainment. Recent work includes fraud, misappropriation of assets, diversion of corporate opportunities and breach of fiduciary duties. Of counsel Michael Chik¬†is also singled out.

Reed Smith Richards Butler has particular expertise in securities, commodities, energy and shipping disputes. Asha Sharma¬†is noted¬†as¬†‚Äėalways giving¬†a very clear direction to¬†both¬†client and the team‚Äô. Of counsel Carrie Yiu¬†is also a name to note, as is associate Priscilla Au Yeung, who is ‚Äėjunior but very diligent and with strong legal acumen‚Äô. David Morrison has left the firm for¬†Minter Ellison.

Joseph Kwan, ‚Äėa very competent and accomplished lawyer with a keen sense of the practicalities of a case‚Äô, heads up the team at Deacons. The team successfully defended¬†a law firm¬†against a $400m professional negligence claim brought by Greater Beijing Region Expressways.¬†Carmen Ng¬†has been promoted to partner in January 2018.¬†Clients include Google and South China Morning Post. Robert Clark¬†is also singled out and Justin Yuen¬†has been made partner.

Mark Johnson¬†and Lord Peter Goldsmith¬†QC lead the team¬†at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Johnson has¬†significant experience advising clients in relation to litigation in other Asian jurisdictions including Indonesia, China and Thailand; Goldsmith spearheads¬†the firm‚Äôs European and Asian litigation efforts. The team regularly represents financial institutions including investment banks, brokers, asset managers, private equity firms and high-net-worth individuals. The practice has been significantly bolstered by¬†Gareth Hughes' arrival from Ashurst¬†in October 2018, a¬†‚Äėhighly professional and skilled legal operator who inspires confidence and is an extremely safe pair of hands‚Äô.

Kevin Chan¬†and Harris Chan, ‚Äėa very shrewd strategist in litigation and court practice‚Äô, head up the team at DLA Piper. Recent work includes acting for a client to recover onshore and offshore loan debts of over HK$2bn from China Huishan Dairy Holdings, one of China's largest dairy producers. Andrew Chin¬†joined the team as senior associate from Baker McKenzie, and associate Benjamin Ng¬†from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Ping An Bank, Thiess Mongolia and Zurich also count among the team's clients.

William Robinson leads the team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, whose practice mainly consists of regulatory enforcement litigation for major financial institutions and Hong Kong-based multinational conglomerates. Georgia Dawson and senior associate Jonathan Wong are also key names to note. Counsel Nick Stern has relocated to Hong Kong from the London office in 2017.

With ‚Äėgood experience in advising on commercial fraud and recovery actions‚Äô, George Lamplough¬†heads up the team at HFW. Recent work includes advising the Hong Kong branch of a major international bank who was victim of a major fraud and money laundering scheme - involving an impostor who deceived the bank into remitting over $13m to the fraudster's bank account - on commencing actions against recipients of the funds. Other clients include CLP Power Hong Kong, and ANZ Commodity Trading.

Name partner¬†Chris Howse¬†is¬†‚Äėalways expedient, with a strong understanding of dispute resolution‚Äô,¬†and the key contacts at Howse Williams.¬†On the corporate and regulatory side, clients include internationally-listed and private companies as well as multi-national conglomerates and family-owned businesses. The firm also has a large clinical negligence practice, acting for private hospitals as well as medical professionals, group practices, and their respective insurers.¬†Kevin Bowers¬†is now a consultant at Tanner De Witt.

‚ÄėA great strategist and advocate‚Äô,¬†Paul Starr¬†heads up the practice at King & Wood Mallesons.¬†The¬†‚Äėexceptional, high-calibre' team, which has undergone considerable expansion at associate level, possesses 'excellent depth of expertise backed up by a highly practical and outcome-focused approach‚Äô. Barbara Chiu¬†represented the former Hong Kong Chief Executive,¬†Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, in a high-profile criminal case of alleged misconduct in public office and corruption, which has received considerable media attention. The team also acts for Larry Yung Chi-kin, the former chairman of CITIC Limited.¬†Rachel Yu joined from Herbert Smith Freehills¬†as a partner in April 2019.

Denis Brock heads O'Melveny's team, which recently represented PAG Asia Capital in High Court litigation against SouFun Holdings, a NYSE-listed company with business operations in China, concerning SouFun’s failure to complete an agreement pursuant to which PAG would have acquired share and convertible notes in SouFun. It also defended NASDAQ-listed technology company Xunlei Limited in securities class actions filed against it for alleged false or misleading statements regarding one of its products. Other clients include Deloitte and Aon. Philip Monaghan joined from the Hong Kong Competition Commission.

‚ÄėA real delight to deal with even under the most intense pressure‚Äô,¬†Rory McAlpine¬†leads the team at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.¬†Recent work includes acting for the underwriters in a class action in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York involving the $90bn issuance of bonds by Brazil's state-controlled oil company, Petrobras, with the team assisting the Bank of China (Hong Kong) in the discovery process and the US deposition proceedings held in Hong Kong. The Danish subsidiary of US corporation Middleby instructed the team in retrieving funds fraudulently transferred to accounts in Hong Kong.

Malcolm Kemp¬†leads the team at Stephenson Harwood, which is ‚Äėimpressively knowledgeable in product liability and competition law, not just in Hong Kong but generally in common law jurisdictions‚Äô. The team represented Raiffeisen Bank International as the account holder in relation to $22m in damages sought by¬†Ye Weiping, arising from the alleged unauthorised sale of 500 million shares in Hong Kong-listed Neo Telemedia. Clients also include Bank of China and Michharry & Company Nigeria; the latter instructed the team to trace and recover funds lost after falling victim to cyber fraud.¬†Ian Childs¬†has been promoted to partner, and Phillip Rompotis¬†departed to set up his own practice.

Mark Side¬†leads the team at Tanner De Witt, which recently assisted Grant MacEwan University with tracing and recovery of CA$11.8m misappropriated through cyber fraud, with the team facilitating the recovery of approximately CA$4m in Hong Kong through obtaining a series of emergency injunctions and disclosure orders. Clients also include Micro-Pak Limited and LiMing Capital. Jeff Lane¬†is recommended as ‚Äėa fantastic practitioner, who gives clear and commercial advice on complex issues, and, most importantly, achieves results‚Äô.

Keith Ho heads up the team at Wilkinson & Grist, which is primarily known for handling contentious probate matters, shareholders’ disputes and insolvency litigation. Clients include The Bank of East Asia, Chinachem and Citibank. It acted for a private client in connection with a dispute with his siblings with regard to the late tycoon, Henry Fok Ying Tung’s estate. The team also advised the Department of Justice on an inquiry into the operation and monitoring of franchised buses, following a fatal accident in February 2018. Evelyn Chan departed for Gall.

Bird & Bird's team represented Breakaway, a private equity fund based in Australia, in a £20m shareholder dispute regarding a bauxite mining business joint venture in the Solomon Islands; it also assisted a global media company with a media rights distribution dispute. The Hong Kong Solicitors Indemnity Fund, Excelsior Capital and Nestlé also count among the team's clients. 2018 saw Richard Keady and Robert Rhoda joining Dentons Hong Kong, and Gloria Cheung leaving for an in-house role at Essar Insurance Services. IP litigator Matthew Laight and associate James Wong are the key names to note.

Clyde & Co LLP's practice head Simon McConnell has extensive experience in commercial disputes, particularly in the financial services sector. In addition to contractual, fraud and shareholder disputes, McConnell also specialises in regulatory matters and currently acts for a number of financial and securities industry clients in regulatory matters in Hong Kong and across the region. Anthony Woo is a key contact, with extensive experience in shipping and commodities, as is Patrick Perry, specialising in handling claims against professionals, commercial litigation and construction litigation.

Mark Yeadon and Rachael Shek are key contacts in the litigation practice at Eversheds Sutherland. Shek’s practice covers the spectrum of disputes from complex commercial litigation, shareholder disputes and corporate loan recovery to private wealth, insurance, and employment disputes. Yeadon advises in particular on matters arising out of complex financial transactions including derivatives, breaches of commercial contract, negligence, fraud, and breaches of directors' and employees' duties. Competition expert Adam Ferguson is another name to note. Former Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong (SFC) counsel John Siu joined the financial disputes team in September 2018.

A boutique practice that ‚Äėprovides¬†great technical advice and is sensitive to commercial issues‚Äô, the team at Gall¬†is led by Nick Gall,¬†who has extensive experience in dealing with multi-jurisdictional fraud and international asset tracing litigation. The team recently represented Zhang Lan, one of the most prominent business women in China, in a $300m dispute with CVC Capital Partners regarding CVC‚Äôs acquisition of an indirect majority shareholding in the South Beauty chain of restaurants from the client and her corporate vehicles. Other clients include Three Towns Capital, Cellmark and Rio Tinto Shipping.

Max Cross and Rosita Lau are key contacts at shipping specialists Ince. Cross acts for clients in domestic and international commercial disputes, predominantly regarding sale and delivery contracts and enforcement of payment; Lau’s practice covers all types of charterparties, bills of lading, carriage, piracy, sanctions, freight contract and shipbuilding disputes, as well as ports and terminal operation matters.

Rupert Skrine¬†and Chris Sharrock¬†head up the team at Kennedys, which has particular expertise in defending¬†professional and clinical negligence claims and in healthcare-related litigation and proceedings. Recent highlights in the commercial litigation space include¬†representing a group of offshore investment vehicles against Barclays in relation to a wide-spread $10m fraud perpetrated by Barclays‚Äô private banker, Jagdish Kale, resulting in proceedings in Hong Kong and Singapore. Mark West¬†is ‚Äėoutstanding in his ability to digest complicated facts and difficult legal arguments, and come up with effective and practical solutions‚Äô.¬†The Hong Kong Hospital Authority is also a client.

Simon Powell and Ing Loong Yang head up the team at Latham & Watkins LLP. Recent work includes assisting China Life in relation to a $2.5bn dispute with a high-net-worth individual from mainland China and various companies owned by the client, arising out of the sale and purchase of shares in a Mongolian mining company. The practice has been bolstered by the arrival of contentious regulatory expert Catherine McBride from Deutsche Bank. Clients include PwC and One Equity Partners.

Marc Thorley heads up the team at Simmons & Simmons LLP, having relocated from London to the Hong Kong office in January 2017. The team recently successfully defended Leslie Chang, former director and CFO of CITIC, in market misconduct tribunal proceedings initiated against him by the Securities & Futures Commission. Clients also include Ernst & Young.

Ashurst's team is¬†‚Äėcalm and measured, provides timely responses and high-quality, strategic advice‚Äô. It suffered a blow with former practice head¬†Gareth Hughes'¬†departure to¬†Debevoise & Plimpton LLP¬†in October 2018.¬†It continues to act for the Kingboard Group in defending a High Court action commenced by a US company arising out of a $25m contractual dispute regarding an agency agreement for the sale of printed circuit boards. Clients include Credit Suisse and ANZ Banking Group.¬†Associate¬†Allison Lau¬†is ‚Äėvery personable, good on detail and technical knowledge, and excellent at keeping clients informed‚Äô. James Comber¬†acts for financial institutions and asset managers in regulatory and financial disputes.

With ‚Äėstrong technical knowledge‚Äô,¬†Darren FitzGerald¬†and consultant Jonathan Gray¬†lead the team at FitzGerald Lawyers. Recent work includes advising AVC, a subsidiary of the Bonds Group, as landlord of a commercial property in Hong Kong on claiming for unpaid rent and enforcement against Lion Legend Holdings, a company incorporated in the Cayman Islands. Fully Best Trading Limited and Staywell are also clients.

Hill Dickinson Hong Kong's team, which is jointly led by Damien Laracy and Bryan O’Hare, has particular expertise with shipping litigation, commodities and international trade disputes. It represented Gannon Home in litigation in Hong Kong and the US to recover a 100% shareholding in a Vietnamese brewery company, and represented the CEO of a major PRC property developer in the Court of Appeal.

Of counsel Robert Thomson heads the team at Jones Day, which is acting for Weir Group in litigation concerning breach of warranty claims arising out of a share purchase agreement. Of counsel and commercial litigator Linh Lieu joined from Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.

Randall Arthur heads up the practice at Kobre & Kim, primarily handling complex fraud matters, with an emphasis on identifying and freezing assets in Hong Kong and obtaining other interim relief in aid of local and foreign proceedings. Arthur also has considerable experience in tracing, freezing and recovering assets that have been misappropriated as a result of business email compromises and cybersecurity breaches. Ryan Middlemas joined from Allen & Overy.

‚ÄėAlways very responsive and supportive, regardless of his hectic schedule‚Äô, Malcolm Chin¬†leads the team at Minter Ellison. Clients include the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, AECOM and the Kowloon Development Company. The team defended Crown Melbourne in two consolidated 15-party High Court actions arising from ¬£200m claims relating to sums allegedly misappropriated by a former partner of the plaintiff law firm. Steven Yip¬†is ‚Äėvery client focused, very knowledgeable and able to provide direct and useful advice‚Äô.¬†David Morrison has joined from Reed Smith Richards Butler.

Sherman Yan and Ludwig Ng head up the team at ONC Lawyers. It recently advised Smart Shirts, a multinational apparel enterprise, in a dispute with SAP regarding the enterprise resources solutions platform which hindered its ability to expand into an emerging Asian market. Clients also include Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, PwC, and Mingpao Newspapers.

David Smyth¬†heads up the team at RPC, which has expanded significantly: Jonathan Crompton¬†joined from Proskauer Rose LLP, counsel Michael Maguiness¬†from Clyde & Co LLP, and¬†Carmel Green¬†has been promoted to partner. The team acted as defence counsel for BDO in proceedings commenced by Sino-Forest Corporation Litigation Trust, a Chinese plantation forest operator, seeking $1.95bn in damages from the client. Crompton has an ‚Äėuncanny ability to grasp the case very early, continually proving himself to be extremely competent, with exemplary attention to detail‚Äô. Clients also include KPMG and PwC.


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