Dispute resolution: international arbitration in Hong Kong

Allen & Overy

Allen & Overy handles a full range of commercial and investment treaty arbitration and counts disputes arising from energy projects among its specialisms. Matthew Hodgson, whose experience spans from infrastructure disputes to joint venture and M&A arbitrations, leads the team following Matthew Gearing QC’s return to the Bar. Joanne Lau (who is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin) is another key contact noted for her breadth of expertise including in the banking and financial sector. The group works closely with colleagues across the region and has full PRC disputes capabilities through its relationship with joint operation firm Lang Yue Law Firm.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Hodgson

Other key lawyers:

Joanne Lau

Testimonials

‘A&O has the experience and knowledge on dispute resolution and provides the perfect legal solution with its clients. Their ability to resolve international disputes is far better than other competitors, especially in billing, quality, and collaboration. ’

‘Mr. Matthew Hodgson is a top-tier lawyer in the area of dispute resolution. He has wonderful expertise and experience.’

Key clients

The Republic of Korea

Nissan

BG Exploration and Production India Limited (BG)

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL).

Work highlights

  • Advising the Republic of Korea in two investment treaty disputes (with a combined value of $3.7bn) against a Malaysian investor and Chinese investor.
  • Representing Nissan in a claim against the Republic of India pursuant to the 2011 Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement between Japan and India relating to outstanding investment incentive sums owed to Nissan by the State Government of Tamil Nadu.
  • Acting for Shell (formerly BG) and Reliance in multi-phased arbitration proceedings commenced under the UNCITRAL Rules against the Government of India relating to $5bn disputes relating to two production sharing contracts.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance‘s ‘creative, assertive, and absolutely dedicated‘ dispute resolution team is well-known for its expertise in private equity and corporate disputes and counts aviation, technology and IP arbitrations among its other specialisms. Thomas Walsh is popular among Korean clients and leads the firm’s Greater China international practice alongside Shanghai-based Lei Shi. With a ‘global reputation‘ for handling complex disputes, Cameron Hassall, who splits his time between Hong Kong and Sydney, is another key contact. The arrival of Jonathan Wong from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer  (who speaks English, Mandarin and Cantonese) bolsters the team’s experience acting for financial institutions, large corporations and private equity firms in commercial and investor-state arbitration. Other changes include Yvonne Shek‘s promotion to consultant. It’s also praised for its ‘deep pool of associates‘; senior associate Tania Tse, who speaks English, Mandarin, French and Cantonese, has particular experience handling disputes between European and Asian parties.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Walsh; Lei Shi

Other key lawyers:

Cameron Hassall; Jonathan Wong; Yvonne Shek; Tania Tse; Haoyang Zhang; Feifei Yu

Testimonials

‘They are creative, assertive, and absolutely dedicated to finding the most efficient way to reach client goals.’

‘Tom Walsh exemplifies the practice ethic. His hard-working, endlessly creative approach and encyclopedic knowledge of the rules and practices of arbitration never lets a client down. Cam Hassall thoroughly deserves the global reputation he has for excellence in all things. Tania Tse is a rising star, whose reputation will only grow as more clients come to know her brilliance and thoroughness.’

‘Clifford Chance’s Shanghai office is excellent for investigations and their HK office has a deep pool of associates’.

Professional, meticulous and efficient.

Understand customer needs and can propose effective solutions for customers.

Professional business, customer-centric, able to provide efficient, high-quality services, and reasonable fees.

Thomas Walsh has led an excellent team that can effectively provide high-quality services to Chinese customers. Zhang Haoyang has outstanding personal ability and can effectively understand customer concerns and provide customers with valuable services.

Lei Shi and Feifei Yu are very experienced and knowledgeable. Their advice to clients is always meticulous and accurate and they are also able to come up with practical suggestions and solutions even for a difficult case. They also work with counsel closely and provide all necessary support that counsel needs from time to time.’

Work highlights

  • Represented a PRC sovereign wealth fund in a $60m Hong Kong seated HKIAC arbitration relating to put option and accounting disputes arising out of its joint venture business in the African digital television sector.
  • Acted for a PE firm in two CIETAC arbitration proceedings to recover $286m paid to a fraudulent seller of a restaurant business.
  • Representing one of the world’s leading aeronautical companies in disputes with four of its joint venture partners with the intention being to obtain books and records and then ultimately dissolve the joint ventures.

Herbert Smith Freehills

Herbert Smith Freehills‘s international arbitration team represents leading Chinese and multinational corporates in disputes, and has the ability to leverage its Shanghai-based joint operation with Kewei Law Firm to handle a full range of China-related disputes without the need to engage a separate PRC practice. Simon Chapman QC, who took over as head of the regional dispute resolution team from Global CEO Justin D’Agostino, is particularly experienced in private equity and fund disputes. Other key contacts include May Tai (who leverages her Chinese and English language skills in China-related disputes) and Kathryn Sanger who counts joint venture, post-M&A and private equity disputes among her specialisms. Recently promoted partner Antony Crockett is a key contact for public international law arbitrations.

Practice head(s):

Simon Chapman QC

Other key lawyers:

Justin D’Agostino; May Tai; Kathryn Sanger; Antony Crockett

Testimonials

‘HSF has offices in most jurisdictions which enables it to handle international arbitration and related court proceedings by drawing on resources located both where the client is based and in the jurisdiction where the dispute is arbitrated and/or litigated. With offices in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Singapore, HSF is well placed to serve Chinese clients. Deployment of an international team working in different time zones – if not properly managed and coordinated – can become inefficient and costly, and HSF is conscious of this. ’

‘The quality of HSF’s lawyers is generally high and we are particularly impressed by seasoned partners such as Simon Chapman QC and May Tai. What makes these lawyers stand out is not just the high standard to which they perform – one can find this in other law firms too – but in the way they listen to and work with the client to jointly achieve the best result (whereas some law firm take the matter out the client’s hands and run with it – which may be what some clients expect and want them to do). ’

 

Key clients

Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Production Corporation

Addax Petroleum UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Production Corporation (SIPC) and Addax in a $5.5bn dispute – the largest claim ever filed with the Singapore International Arbitration Centre.
  • Acting for Axiata in ICSID arbitration proceedings in a $800m bilateral investment treaty claim against Nepal over the state’s tax demand.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP‘s international arbitration team excels in cross-border arbitrations involving Greater China and is particularly active in private equity, shareholder and licensing disputes. Since publication, former practice head Ing Loong Yang departed to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in April 2022.

Key clients

Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional Sdn Bhd / DRB-HICOM

Lansha Information Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. / Shengqu Games Limited (formerly known as Shanda Games Limited)

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional Sdn Bhd (PONSB), a subsidiary of the listed Malaysian conglomerate DRB-HICOM, in $130m joint venture dispute.
  • Advised Lansha Information Technology in an ICC and a SIAC arbitration in relations to an online gaming IP licensing dispute.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP‘s disputes practice is particularly strong for company-side corporate and public international arbitration and counts Chinese technology sector disputes among its areas of particular expertise. The team is led by the current chair of the ICC Hong Kong Arbitration Committee Rory McAlpine and includes counsel Wifred Ho who specialises in shareholder disputes and insolvency-related actions. The lean group works closely with its corporate colleagues in mainland China and benefits from the ability to leverage its international network in multijurisdictional disputes.

Practice head(s):

Rory McAlpine

Other key lawyers:

Wilfred Ho

Testimonials

‘Rory McAlpine. First-class, able to handle complex cross border litigation with ease. Smart’

Smart and deservedly expensive.’

Rory McAlpine and Wilfred Ho are a great team.

The team’s ability to provide cross-border legal services is outstanding. They are adept at the distinction and connection between PRC law, Hong Kong law and common law systems, and they can seamlessly connect in different legal fields.

I have a very good impression of Wilfred Ho. We were very surprised by his language ability, legal skills and familiarity with precedents. Wilfred is knowledgeable, able to make strategic suggestions, and has good business logic to solve the legal obstacles we encounter. In addition, he has a good understanding of the laws of other jurisdictions.

Deacons

Longstanding local firm Deacons has a broad dispute resolution practice with expertise in international commercial, construction and energy arbitration. It is particularly active in disputes arising from the belt and road projects, for which construction disputes experts Kwok Kit Cheung, the ‘outstandingJoseph Chung and Justin Yuen are all names to note. Litigator Joseph Kwan leads the disputes practice which benefits from the ability to work closely with colleagues based in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Robert Clark retired.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Kwan

Other key lawyers:

Kwok Kit Cheung; Joseph Chung; Justin Yuen

Testimonials

Mr Joseph Chung is a bright and outstanding solicitor who is pro-active and always provide sound advices when legal issues crop up. He is the one among a few solicitors I would recommend to my clients.

Good service. Prompt in their dealings. I like their quick responses / advice which told me answers/conclusions. I came across members in other firms that gave advice telling what would happen by going left and what would happen by going right without giving a conclusion on what to do, and that might mix up comments and advice (what clients needed would be advice, not comments).’

Deacons is a good reputable law firm and I have been working with them since 2005 and their service is regarded to be one of the best law firms in HK.

Good large local team, with a good practice in international arbitration that touches Hong Kong.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for a global investment company in a $200m arbitration concerning the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the performance of a contract.
  • Representing a number of Hong Kong companies in obtaining interim relief in aid of overseas arbitration proceedings, involving $multi-billion.
  • Acting for a PRC-listed company and its subsidiary in a HK$300m construction arbitration involving an overseas hotel.

Dentons Hong Kong

Dentons Hong Kong‘s dispute resolution team’s combination of local expertise and global network makes it popular with both Mainland Chinese parties and international clients in cross-border arbitration. The group is particularly active in the energy and financial services sector which are among the focuses of practice head Keith Brandt (who is also strong for construction disputes); Robert Rhoda, who counts technology among his other sector specialisms; and Richard Keady whose broad sector expertise also includes telecoms, aviation and life sciences.

Practice head(s):

Keith Brandt

Other key lawyers:

Robert Rhoda; Richard Keady

Testimonials

Very thorough team legally and pleasant to work with.

Solid advice and the ability to think creatively to advantage their client’s position.

Key clients

Southwest Pacific Bauxite (HK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Southwest Pacific Bauxite in an HKIAC arbitration arising out of a JV set up to run and operate an aluminium bauxite mining business in the Solomon Islands.

Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells‘ international arbitration ‘combines expertise in both construction and general commercial disputes‘. Timothy Hill  and Damon So (who is also qualified as a Chartered Civil and Structural engineer) are key contacts for construction disputes. Hill leads the practice alongside the ‘proactive and forcefulJames Kwan whose broad experience spans the life sciences, energy, infrastructure, construction and technology sectors. The group is also popular among private equity clients and attracts praise for its ‘rich experience in variable interest entity (VIE) equity disputes‘.

Practice head(s):

Timothy Hill; James Kwan

Other key lawyers:

Damon So; Zoe Dong

Testimonials

‘Hogan Lovells’ arbitration team is long established and combines expertise in both construction and general commercial disputes.’

‘James Kwan is active in the market and is proactive and forceful.’

‘Excellent understanding of the client’s commercial objectives. Rich experiences in arbitration practice. Structured and tiered legal analysis to address the client’s legal issue.’

‘Rich experience in variable interest entity (VIE) equity disputes and in arbitration practice.’

‘A well-resourced and mature team in international arbitration sphere.’

‘Mr James Kwan is invariably thorough, meticulous and fair in his submissions, written or oral. This team is also able to turn around work in lightning speed, despite its obvious heavy workload.’

‘It is a cross border case. We got our arbitration judgement in HK and apply execution overseas. Hogan lovells is knowledgeable in arbitration and then the case in overseas. They are willing to find the best tactic to deal with the defendant.’

‘James Kwan who is professional and knows how to win legally with professional knowledge.’

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons‘ ‘vastly experienced‘ dispute resolution team offers ‘very high-quality PRC law advice‘ with a breadth of experience across China Mainland and the Greater Bay Area. The group is particularly strong in construction and infrastructure disputes, which are among ‘very experienced and seasoned lawyerEdmund Wan and the ‘commercially sensitiveDonovan Ferguson‘s areas of expertise. The ‘exceptional strategic‘ practice head Paul Starr has a breadth of experience while Barbara Chiu is noted for corporate and shareholder disputes.

Practice head(s):

Paul Starr

Other key lawyers:

Donovan Ferguson; Edmund Wan; Barbara Chiu

Testimonials

‘Outstanding depth and talent and exceptional client service. The ability to modify approach to suit different situations is particularly useful and makes KWM a good choice in almost all situations. The plain language drafting distinguishes them from the competition. They have become our “go to” firm in the last few years.’

‘Paul Starr – Starr by name and star by nature. Paul is exceptional strategically and fantastical with his clients.’

Donovan Ferguson – Transitioned from a “future leader” in the industry to one of the go-to construction lawyers in HK and indeed Asia. A commercially sensitive lawyer who is very hands on, ensuring his clients receive the best possible legal advice. An excellent dispute manager.’

Edmund Wan – Fantastic with both local and international clients. Offers clear instruction to his experts and is always a pleasure to work with.’

‘Vastly experienced, brilliant in leading the most complex international cases, hands-on yet strategic, Paul Starr is our trusted partner in navigating disputes to successful outcomes.’

‘Very large team with great experience and expertise. Fantastic access to very high-quality PRC law advice and expertise.’

‘Great leadership and strategic thinking about the cases.

Edmund Wan – One of the best in Hong Kong and a very experienced and seasoned lawyer.

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown‘s ‘highly efficient‘ international arbitration team counts disputes arising from construction and infrastructure projects among its specialisms, within which Menachem Hasofer is particularly experienced. Hasofer and John Hickin (who focuses on banking and commercial matters) jointly lead the team alongside Singapore-based Yu-Jin Tay.

Practice head(s):

Menachem Hasofer; John Hickin; Yu-Jin Tay

Other key lawyers:

Mei Ling Lew

Testimonials

‘On the whole, Mayer Brown gives me an impression of very professional and highly efficient with expertise covering many areas’.

‘Both Menachem Hasofer & Mei Ling Lew are two outstanding partners of Mayer Brown specializing in dispute resolution and are currently working on a contractual dispute for our company with a contractor of a luxurious residential project. Mr Hasofer gives me an impression of being a smart & assertive lawyer with a very clear legal mind, who can digest complicated information and convert into simple legal language. I am also deeply impressed by Ms Lew’s dedication and thoroughness of her approach throughout the case.’

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright‘s international arbitration team excels in construction disputes arising from large-scale infrastructure and energy projects as well as general commercial disputes involving joint ventures, shareholders agreements, and post-M&A issues. Practice heads Alfred Wu and Camille Jojo are noted for their construction and corporate arbitration expertise, respectively. Consultant Philip Nunn is another name to note for construction arbitration while recently promoted partner Kevin Hong has broad disputes practices. Jim James departed to Hill Dickinson LLP in August 2021.

Practice head(s):

Alfred Wu; Camille Jojo

Other key lawyers:

Philip Nunn; Kevin Hong

Testimonials

The team is led by Alfred Wu and Kevin Hong and is supported by promising young associates. All the partners and counsels who we have worked together with us are very competent, reliable and kind to clients. Their standards for the service, basic skills as lawyers are very high. Their outputs are based on deep consideration, and sophisticated.

We highly appreciate Kevin Hong who always lead the cases strongly. He is very competent, thoughtful and has a client-first attitude. Young associates of the teams seem to be well-motivated and organized by him. We also recommend Alfred Wu as a skilled and experienced lawyer.’

Key clients

Paloma Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing a leading construction and engineering contractor headquartered in Hong Kong in ad hoc arbitration proceedings in Hong Kong in contractual disputes regarding the redevelopment of a luxury residential development in Hong Kong.
  • Acted for a company in opposing an application to the High Court of Singapore to attempt to set aside a partial arbitration SIAC award.
  • Advising a Chinese state-owned energy conglomerate in a dispute relating to its contractual rights as a contractor against its employer in connection with the EPC contract agreement for the construction of an imported coal-based independent power generation project in Pakistan.

Shearman & Sterling

Shearman & Sterling‘s international arbitration team attracts praise for its ‘deep expertise in oil and gas industry‘ and counts renewables, nuclear, construction and telecoms sector disputes among its other core strengths. Noted as ‘experts in international commercial arbitration and in investment arbitration‘, the group is popular among corporates as well as public bodies in China among its high-profile clients. Practice head Nils Eliasson is experienced in China-related disputes as well as disputes involving Korean and Japanese parties.

Practice head(s):

Nils Eliasson

Other key lawyers:

Emmanuel Jacomy

Testimonials

‘Shearman provides superior legal services in handling complex disputes, they have deep expertise in the oil and gas industry, and they are truly professional, intelligent and client-oriented throughout the proceedings. Not only they know about their work, but also patient in explaining to client and persistent in areas that they believe will truly benefit client and help to win the case.

‘Nils Eliasson (based in Hong and Beijing), and Emmanuel Jacomy(based in Beijing and Singapore). Both are very experienced and hardworking. Nils is very intelligent, logical, thorough and client-friendly. Emmanuel speaks great Mandarin and is absolutely delightful to work with.

The arbitration team based in Hong Kong performs first-class work, they are experts in international commercial arbitration and in investment arbitration.’

Nils Eliasson and Emmanuel Jacomy are outstanding debators, experts in their field in including China foreign-related disputes.’

The international arbitration team is well versed in the Chinese market and understands the needs of Chinese clients. They provide Chinese clients with efficient and practical arbitration advice.

Emmanuel Jacomy’s professional ability in international investment arbitration is very outstanding, and he is highly respected by state-owned enterprises, government departments, scholars and cooperating Chinese lawyers in mainland China. He responds quickly to clients’ problems, analyzes rigorously, and is good at dealing with Chinese witnesses and lawyers. When dealing with expert witnesses, it can be seen that the Chinese clients are very relieved to entrust complicated cases to him.

Nils Eliasson is the leader of Shearman & Sterling’s international arbitration team based in Asia. He is deeply loved by Chinese clients and provides rigorous, precise legal analysis that hits the key points.

Key clients

People’s Republic of China

Electricité de France (EDF), Inc.

Kot Addu Power Company Limited (KAPCO)

Work highlights

  • Representing the People’s Republic of China in an ICSID arbitration brought by German company Hela Schwarz GmbH under the China-Germany bilateral investment treaty.
  • Representing a North American subsidiary of Electricité de France (EDF) in an ICC arbitration in New York initiated by a North American energy company in relation to the implementation of a put agreement.
  • Representing Kot Addu Power Company Limited (KAPCO) in an ICC arbitration in Singapore against the Pakistan Water Power and Development Authority (WAPDA) in relation to power purchase agreements.

CMS

The international arbitration team at CMS handles commercial and investment treaty disputes. Practice head Nicolas Wiegand and Mariel Dimsey are key contacts with particular experience in the technology and pharma sectors. The group also has a specialised maritime disputes practice which includes Andrew Horton and Steven Wise.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Wiegand

Other key lawyers:

Mariel Dimsey; Andrew Horton; Steven Wise

Testimonials

‘Providing good advice on our legal position, quick and clear responses.’

‘We work with Mariel Dimsey and Nicolas Wiegand. Both provide valuable input and are easy to work with. They have a very good knowledge of Hong Kong law.’

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Excellent for large scale arbitrations‘, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP‘s international dispute resolution group has a ‘lean but mean Asian presence‘ known for handling high-value banking and finance and private equity disputes. ‘Absolute starMark Johnson leads the team alongside Tony Dymond (who splits his time between Hong Kong and London). Gareth Hughes and the ‘excellent‘ international counsel Cameron Sim are other key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Mark Johnson; Tony Dymond

Other key lawyers:

Gareth Hughes; Cameron Sim

Testimonials

‘Mark Johnson is a very senior and experienced litigator. He has broad strategic view. He is excellent in communication with the client and coordination of the teams.’

‘Debevoise’s global practice is the most impressive overall disputes practice in the world. Its Asia presence, while lean, is sophisticated and omnipresent when it comes to dealing with high-stakes disputes. There is no other US firm that has the kind of depth that Debevoise has globally and this is well reflected by their lean but mean Asian presence.’

‘Mark Johnson is a key player – already known for his litigation practice, but also very adept at arbitration. Cameron Sim is also excellent.’

‘Mark Johnson is an absolute star individual.’

‘Excellent for large scale arbitrations.’

‘They are exceptional when it comes to strategy and execution. They also hold the confidence of the client’.

‘They have a very strong team. They are very astute and diligent.’

Key clients

CH2M (a member of the Jacobs Engineering group)

Fangda Partners

Fangda Partners‘ standalone Hong Kong international arbitration practice has a breadth of experience in commercial and investment disputes and is complemented by the firm’s strong PRC team. Peter Yuen, whose arbitration expertise covers both institutional (mainly, ICC, SCC, LCIA and HKIAC) and ad hoc (mainly UNCITRAL) arbitrations in both English and Chinese, leads the 15-strong team which includes Olga Boltenko, who is noted for investor-state disputes; Andrew Skudder who focuses on commercial and antitrust arbitration; and Matthew Townsend who counts energy sector disputes among his areas of focus.

Practice head(s):

Peter Yuen

Other key lawyers:

Olga Boltenko‌; Matthew Townsend; Andrew Skudder

Reed Smith Richards Butler

Reed Smith Richards Butler‘s nine-partner international arbitration team has a ‘rich experience in maritime arbitration‘ and is particularly experienced in commercial, commodities and construction disputes. Lianjun Li and Asha Sharma jointly lead the team and are regularly instructed on China-related commercial disputes. Stephanie Chan, Stephen Chan and Mark West are other key contacts for commercial disputes while for shipping, international trade and commodities disputes, Peter Glover is noted.

Practice head(s):

Lianjun Li; Asha Sharma

Other key lawyers:

Stephanie Chan; Stephen Chan; Peter Glover; Mark West; Donald Sham; Min Li

Testimonials

‘This team is unique in its breadth and depth of knowledge and expertise in international arbitration, most notably in the booming Chinese market. ’

The team has rich experience in maritime arbitration, can quickly get to the point of the problem, and provide customers with effective professional advice. Generally speaking, communication with them is very smooth, efficient and economical. I feel that the legal fees we spend are very worthwhile. In addition, they also have rich experience in arbitration in the bulk commodity industry, such as FOSFA and GAFTA arbitration, and are familiar with industry arbitration rules and related model contracts.’

‘The team is rich in resources at home and abroad, such as the resources of the Chinese Law Office, the resources of expert witnesses, etc., which can serve customers very well. The billing method is more flexible, and it can provide a more flexible quotation method according to the needs of customers.

‘Mr Lianjun Li is undoubtedly a senior statesman in the area, with his wealth of experience in handling shipping matters, for Chinese enterprises including State-owned entities.’

Mr Donald Sham is smart and impressive.

‘Reputable firm. Energetic team. Knows the client and the law well. ’

‘Mr Min Li is an all-rounded lawyer, who specializes in commercial law and maritime law. A reliable pair of hands.’

‘Dedicated and focused on doing everything they can to present the best case possible. Give practical and useful advice to the client.’

‘Donald Sham: Excellent judgment on both commercial and legal aspects of the case and gives sound and solid strategic direction.’

RPC

Conflict-light firmRPC is best known for financial services disputes, technology, insurance, construction and retail sector matters. The ‘dynamic duo‘ practice head Charles Allen and Jonathan Crompton both have a breadth of expertise in international arbitration while recently promoted Sumarsono (Jacky) Darsono excels in disputes with Indonesian elements.

Practice head(s):

Charles Allen

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Crompton; Sumarsono (Jacky) Darsono

Testimonials

RPC has gone from strength to strength with its hire. Jonathan and Charles make a dynamic duo who have both range and local expertise and respect. As a conflict-light firm, I would think that they would be a reliable firm to refer cases to.’

Key clients

Noble Prestige Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising a Hong Kong company in a multijurisdictional dispute over the non-payment of sums due to it under a Loan Facility Agreement against a US citizen, a ‘Special Conservator’ appointed by the Denver Probate Court over certain of the individual’s assets, and the Special Conservator’s law firm, Galle Law Group PA.

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Zhong Lun Law Firm‘s ‘stellar‘ international arbitration team has a breadth of experience in shareholder, construction and engineering disputes, among other areas. With access to ‘a strong network and presence in Mainland China‘, the group is particularly well-known for cross-border disputes with PRC and Hong Kong elements. ‘Sharp-minded‘ practice head Frederick Hui counts corporate, commercial and fraud-related disputes among his areas of expertise. The ‘very diligent and hands-onGilbert Leung and recently promoted Jonathan Wong are other key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Frederick Hui

Testimonials

Frederick Hui is wise, sharp-minded, straightforward, while associate Samuel Li is a calm and cheerful person who greatly ease the client’s nerve in all urgent and difficult moments. We are deeply impressed by their professionalism and perfectionism.

The team responded promptly and worked efficiently. Cooperating with Zhong Lun in the Mainland, it can provide customers with cross-border services and solve problems in one stop. To understand the real needs of customers, it can be guided by customers’ goals and propose practical and operable solutions.

Their international arbitration team is very familiar with the law and practice of international arbitration, in particular in arbitrations involving Mainland and Taiwan parties. In comparison with other law firms, their response is quicker and provide practical advice to clients. Their litigation team is also strong which is useful when litigation is needed in aid of arbitration cases.’

Frederick Hui and Gilbert Leung previously worked in large international firms. Frederick is very articulate, has good commercial sense and always provides solution-oriented legal advice. He is also a solicitor advocate. Gilbert Leung is very diligent and hands-on. He is very thorough on the law and facts.‘

Frederick Hui is also a solicitor advocate. He thinks like a solicitor and barrister and that is very important. He is the to-go solicitor for complicated cases as he will think out of the box. He is both street smart and book smart. Very respected by the court and legal profession.’

The team has vast experience from international firm, local firm and PRC firm. They are extremely responsive and pay great attention to details. Very thorough on law and facts. Clients love their approach because they are accessible, responsive and able to render true commercial solutions. They will always spend time to understand the market and the needs of the client.

The team is commercial, practical, and responsive. Very good attention to detail and thorough. A stellar team with highly specialist advice and cost-efficient. Quality legal advice minus the haughty lawyers’ provisos and reservations.

The firm has a strong network and presence in Mainland China.’