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Hogan Lovells
Hong Kong

Work Department

Litigation, Arbitration, and Employment




Chris Dobby is a prominent commercial litigator with a global practice in our Hong Kong dispute resolution team. Over his 20 years of practice, Chris has earned a reputation as ‘a very good operator who has a lot of experience on contentious matters‘. He is a trusted advisor to a broad range of clients, providing them with creative and effective solutions through litigation, negotiations, and alternative dispute resolution.

Chris Dobby’s practice covers a broad range of cross-border commercial, insolvency, professional negligence including accountants’ liability and fraud related disputes, investigations, asset tracing and recovery actions throughout Asia. He advises banks and other financial institutions including PE funds, insolvency practitioners, officeholders and receivers, global accounting firms, corporates and individuals. Chris’ experience in dealing with complex cross-border issues enables him to ‘think around corners’ and to identify and resolve issues in a practical and efficient manner.

Chris advises on all aspects of contentious insolvency matters and continues to act for the court appointed liquidators of some of Hong Kong’s highest profile corporate collapses (including Hong Kong’s largest corporate collapse). As one of the few accredited solicitor-advocates with higher rights of audience before the Hong Kong Courts for civil proceedings, Chris frequently represents clients in the superior courts in Hong Kong.


B.Sc., University of London, 1994

Lawyer Rankings

Hong Kong > Dispute resolution: litigation

Hogan Lovells often litigates in complex and high-profile proceedings in courts locally and around the world, with in-depth expertise across commercial and financial services litigation, corporate shareholder disputes, and fraud and anti-corruption investigations. Practice head Chris Dobby advises clients on a broad range of cross-border commercial, insolvency, professional negligence and fraud related disputes. Adept across the range of commercial and contentious regulatory matters, Mark Lin regularly deals with courts, tribunals and regulators in Hong Kong, Singapore and the wider Asia Pacific region.

Hong Kong > Restructuring and insolvency

(Leading individuals)

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The team at Hogan Lovells is ‘very experienced in handling insolvency and related matters’ and has been actively advising on defaults and disruptions in the China real estate sector, leveraging its pan-Asian capabilities to provide guidance on various restructuring and insolvency issues, with a particular focus on special situation engagements. Meticulously aligning its operational strategy with the needs of global creditors, the firm has curated a unique cohort comprising accomplished practitioners spanning diverse domains, including finance, real estate, and litigation. In a testament to this dynamic engagement, the team has been also actively engaged in seizing opportunities arising from Vietnam, representing investment funds channeling resources into this burgeoning market. Heading the team is Jonathan Leitch, renowned for his adept handling of a spectrum of restructurings, including the intricate frameworks of both US and UK restructuring plans. Leitch’s advisory proficiency extends to diverse stakeholders, including funds, bondholders, and alternative capital providers, underscoring his preeminence in steering non-contentious deliberations across the multifaceted landscape of Asia. Chris Dobby, an experienced litigator, is another key name to note. Dobby’s reputation is perpetuated through his representation of court-appointed liquidators tasked with navigating some of the most high-profile corporate collapses woven into the fabric of Hong Kong’s commercial history.