Firm Profile > Ince > Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Ince
4404-10, 44th Floor, One Island East
18 Westlands Road
Taikoo Place
Hong Kong

Hong Kong > Shipping Tier 1

A longstanding heavyweight in the Hong Kong market and also able to leverage significant resources in other key Asian maritime centres, including Shanghai, Beijing, and Singapore, Ince continues to be seen with great regularity in many of the region's most significant disputes and transactions, for a varied roster of clients, including shipowners, port and terminal owners, lessors and P&I clubs. Experienced senior partners Rosita Lau and Max Cross head up the office's dry shipping offering and provide commercial and astute advice to clients across a myriad contentious cross-border mandates, including bills of lading, loss of cargo, pollution claims, and coverage disputes. Master mariner Richard Oakley forms an integral part of the firm's cross-office dedicated emergency response offering that is able to provide round-the-clock representation to clients in marine casualties anywhere in the world. As well as his sector-specific transactional expertise across corporate, commercial and financing matters, senior partner David Beaves is also recognised for his thought leadership on trends and developments impacting the global trade and shipping sectors. Managing associate Ruaridh Guy has a versatile shipping practice that not only includes work across a range of core wet and dry disputes, but also commodities-related work, as well as drafting and negotiations in relation to charterparties and sale contracts.

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Key clients

Taiping & Sinopec Financial Leasing

CMB Financial Leasing Co Ltd

CSSC (Hong Kong) Shipping Company Limited (“CSSC”)

Commodities & Minerals Enterprise Ltd

Shanghai Time Shipping / The Swedish Club / PICC

China COSCO Shipping (various subsidiaries)

Hong Kong > Insurance Tier 3

Marine insurance work forms the backbone of Ince's practice, however, the team is also adept at handling reinsurance matters and regulatory issues; Rosita Lau is noted for her expertise in regulatory work, and is well versed in representing aviation insurers. Lau shares leadership of the practice with Kelvin Lee, who heads up the firm's North Asia insurance and reinsurance practice and is well known for handling machinery breakdown cases and coverage disputes concerning marine hull and marine cargo policies.

Practice head(s):

Hong Kong > Asset finance (including aviation and shipping finance)

Combining vast maritime industry sector knowledge, with expertise at the leading-edge of leasing and finance structures, Ince remains a popular choice among a fairly balanced roster of owners, lessors, and lenders. Team head Gary Wong typifies the varied work handled by the practice, and regularly advises international/domestic banks and owners across a myriad new money and restructuring mandates. Janice Lee has an excellent reputation among PRC-based lenders and lessors; she recently advised CMB Financial Leasing, as one of the participating lessors, in a high-profile syndicated sale and leaseback transaction. Managing associate Lorraine Mok is also recommended.

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Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Taiping & Sinopec Financial Leasing

CMB Financial Leasing Co Ltd

CSSC (Hong Kong) Shipping Company Limited

China COSCO Shipping (various subsidiaries)

One firm, in any case
With a heritage reaching back 150 years, Ince is a dynamic international legal and professional services firm, with offices in seven countries across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. With over 500 people, including over 100 partners worldwide, Ince provides legal advice and strategic guidance to clients ranging from the world’s oldest and biggest businesses operating across numerous industries to ultra-high net worth individuals.

Ince Hong Kong
Established in 1979, Ince is one of the most established international law firms in Hong Kong, advising some of the world’s most successful businesses on a wide range of complex and demanding matters in Asia. We practise local Hong Kong law and English law, and have a multinational team of solicitors and registered foreign lawyers qualified in China, US, Australia and Singapore. Our Hong Kong team is an important part of the firm’s China practice, and also handles matters involving other Asian jurisdictions including Taiwan, Japan, Korea, and those in South-East Asia.

We assist clients in contentious, transactional and corporate matters with particular focus on the firm’s core sectors: Maritime, Commodities & trade, Energy & Infrastructure and Insurance. In addition, we have cross-sector groups that focus on corporate & finance services and commercial disputes. Underpinned by our in-depth knowledge of our clients’ industries, we develop innovative products and provide cutting edge solutions to support our clients’ commercial objectives, which include structured finance, alternative dispute resolution (ADR), and our Ince Compliance and cyber security offerings.

Our partners are among the most trusted legal advisors to the transportation and logistics industry in Hong Kong, serving as legal advisors to The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Institute of Seatransport, and the Hong Kong Maritime Museum, and sitting on the Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board (“HKMPB”) of the Hong Kong Government.

Ince Facts
Over 500 lawyers and business services professionals, including over 100 partners.

Ince has 14 offices in 7 countries:

  • UK: London, Cardiff & Aberdeen
  • Germany: Hamburg
  • Greece: Piraeus
  • Gibraltar
  • United Arab Emirates: Dubai
  • Singapore
  • Hong Kong
  • China: Shanghai & Beijing

Sectors

  • Maritime
  • Aviation & travel
  • Energy & infrastructure
  • Commodities & trade
  • TMT
  • Gaming & betting
  • Leisure, hospitality & retail
  • Insurance
  • Real estate
  • Private wealth & family

Services

  • Consultancy
  • Dispute resolution
  • Corporate
  • Commercial
  • Banking & finance
  • Employment, pensions & immigration
  • Cyber security
  • Regulatory solutions
  • Licensing
  • IP/IT
  • Competition
  • Construction & engineering
  • Charities & philanthropy
Department Name Email Telephone
Head of Greater China Paul Ho paulho@incegd.com
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr David Beaves  photo Mr David Beaves Senior Partner
 William Blagbrough photo William Blagbrough Partner
 Crystal Chan  photo Crystal Chan Associate
 Zoe Chan  photo Zoe Chan Associate
Mr Simon Cheng  photo Mr Simon Cheng Maritime, Commercial Disputes
 Bernadette Cheng  photo Bernadette Cheng Senior Associate
 Tracy Chung  photo Tracy Chung Associate
Mr Max Cross  photo Mr Max Cross Partner
Mr Ruaridh Guy  photo Mr Ruaridh Guy Managing Associate
 Joey Ho  photo Joey Ho Associate
 Karen Lam  photo Karen Lam Associate
Ms Rosita Lau  photo Ms Rosita Lau Partner
 Alfred Lau  photo Alfred Lau Partner
Mr Kelvin Lee  photo Mr Kelvin Lee Partner
 Tonny Lee  photo Tonny Lee Senior Associate
 Janice Lee  photo Janice Lee Partner
 Michelle Lee  photo Michelle Lee Associate
 Rory Macfarlane photo Rory Macfarlane Partner
Mr Donald Man  photo Mr Donald Man Registered Foreign Lawyer (England & Wales)
Ms Lorraine Mok  photo Ms Lorraine Mok Managing Associate
Mr Richard Oakley  photo Mr Richard Oakley Managing Associate and Master Mariner
Ms Joanne Waters  photo Ms Joanne Waters Senior Registered Foreign Lawyer (England & Wales)
Mr Gary Wong  photo Mr Gary Wong Partner
Mr Toby Yip  photo Mr Toby Yip Associate
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