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Hong Kong

Asset finance (including aviation and shipping finance)
Aviation finance - ranked: tier 2


Shipping finance - ranked: tier 2


Leveraging the firm's longstanding and overarching transport sector focus, and able, when needed, to tap into the expertise of practitioners based in key jurisdictions such as Dubai, London, Singapore and China, HFW has an excellent reputation in the market across the spectrum of asset finance mandates. Spearheaded by the 'hardworking and knowledgeable' Justin Sun, the team is gaining increased visibility and penetration in the aviation sector, particularly in relation to work on behalf of lessor clients. In addition to his aviation finance expertise, Patrick Cheung is also well-known for his 'professional and competent' work in the shipping sector, across both commercial, corporate and financing matters. Cheung recently advised a borrower on a secured loan provided by a European bank for the refinancing of a Hong Kong flagged vessel. At associate level, Harriet Fung and the 'hardworking' Tatianna Wong are recommended.

Leading individuals

Justin Sun - HFW

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Construction - ranked: tier 4


HFW provides ‚Äėan excellent, professional, thorough working environment that facilitates success‚Äô.¬†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¬†‚Äėvery, very¬†smart,¬†with a¬†strategic mind and huge knowledge of international construction‚Äô.¬†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.

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Insurance - ranked: tier 4


Recent highlights from HFW¬†include¬†advising¬†an¬†insurer on a claim¬†made¬†for¬†corrosion¬†on an¬†aircraft¬†following a paint removal¬†procedure.¬†Consultant Rosie Ng comes highly recommended and ‚Äėprovides an excellent service, combining genuine expertise in her specialist field with long practical experience, very sound judgment and commercially-oriented advice, which inspires great confidence in clients‚Äô.¬†Peter Coles¬†has left the firm.

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Shipping - ranked: tier 1


Benefiting from 'comprehensive knowledge of the shipping industry', and aided on cross-border matters by practitioners based in other key locations including Piraeus, Singapore and London, HFW provides the full range of litigation and commercial services to P&I clubs, shipowners and charterers. Hong Kong- and UK-qualified partner Henry Dunlop regularly handles cases involving parties based in China, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea; he recently secured summary judgment on behalf of Cosco Bulk Carrier before the English High Court in the defence of claims bought by cargo interests following a collision in Chinese waters. The 'very competent and professional' Patrick Cheung regularly handles disputes concerning shipping-related personal injury and accidents, as well as charterparty, shipbuilding and bills-of-lading matters. In addition to handling contentious shipping matters, Henry Fung is active on the corporate and commercial front and is noted for his 'professionalism' and 'ability to anticipate problems'. George Lamplough has an excellent reputation for handling wet and dry disputes and is a key member of the team, which also includes head of shipping Christopher Chan and senior associate Catherine Smith, who is well regarded for handling charterparty, cargo and bills-of-lading disputes.

Leading individuals

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Hong Kong: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution: litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 3


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.

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