Mr David Beaves > Ince > Hong Kong, Hong Kong > Lawyer Profile

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

Corporate, Aviation & Travel, Maritime


Senior Partner


David is the Head of the Business and Finance Group in Asia, and with nearly 37 years of experience, he is regarded as one a leading expert in corporate and business law. His expertise includes advising on mergers and acquisitions, listings and joint ventures.   David is distinguished as a leading business and finance lawyer in Asia by Chambers Asia Pacific.

“First-rate ship finance lawyer” David Beaves brings a great deal of experience to the table in financings. Peers view him as an “experienced and reliable person to work with”.’
Chambers Asia

David is a thought leader with insight into the trends and developments that impact on the global shipping and trade industries, with recent focus on China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative and Brexit. David is widely recognised by peers, clients, and independent legal directories as one of the leading lawyers. He has been continuously ranked in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 as a top-tier shipping and ship finance lawyer in Hong Kong and Asia.

David was the president of The Council of Notaries in Hong Kong and the Honorary Legal Advisor to the Hong Kong Maritime Museum.


> Ranked as a top tier ship finance lawyer in Chambers Asia Pacific for many years

> Named as  Leading Individual in Shipping in Legal 500 Asia Pacific for many years

> Won the Lloyd’s List Deal of the Year award 2013 for advising on a Japanese Operating Lease matter for three major banks in Asia




> Law Society of England and Wales

> Law Society of Hong Kong

> President of The Council of Notaries, Hong Kong


University of Cambridge

Lawyer Rankings

Hong Kong > Shipping

(Hall of Fame)

David BeavesInce

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.