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Stephenson Harwood

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Office managing partner Shanghai


Evangeline specialises in commercial dispute resolution, with particular focus on complex marine and international trade matters. Her practice covers all stages of dispute resolution from obtaining security to running court or arbitration proceedings and enforcement.

Evangeline has significant and deep cross-border experience having practiced in three key commercial hubs in Asia over the past fifteen years – Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai. She is now based in Shanghai and spends part of her time in Hong Kong. She has appeared on behalf of clients in the Singapore and Hong Kong Courts and managed disputes for her clients in Singapore, Mainland China, Taiwan, India, Bangladesh, Holland, England and the United States. She advise and represents clients in international arbitrations applying institutional rules of the SIAC, HKIAC, CIETAC and ICC and ad hoc arbitrations applying the LMAA Rules and the UNCITRAL Model Law.

For contentious shipping matters, her expertise extends to all types of charterparty, cargo defence, shipbuilding, bunkering and ship financing disputes. She is instructed on a regular basis by international group P&I Clubs, shipowners, charterers, operators, banks and finance leasing institutions in Hong Kong, Taiwan and the PRC.

She has also acted for debtors and creditors in shipping and non-shipping restructuring and insolvency matters arising from and relating to Hong Kong insolvency proceedings, Japanese rehabilitation proceedings, Korean rehabilitation proceedings and the Indian Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code that came into force in 2016.

In the past four years, Evangeline has developed a transactional practice where she has acted for financial leasing institutions and owners in negotiating and drafting suites of bespoke operational leasing documents for her clients.

Evangeline is qualified in Singapore (non-practicing), England and Wales and Hong Kong. In addition to English, she speaks fluent Chinese and conversational Cantonese.


English, Mandarin, Cantonese

Lawyer Rankings

China > Shipping: foreign firms

Well known for its regional strengths in asset finance, Stephenson Harwood‘s Shanghai-based finance lawyers advise major international banks, as well as large and major finance leasing companies, on complex asset-backed loans, syndicated loans, multiple-loan structures, pre-and post-delivery financings, and sale and leaseback transactions. On the litigation side, the marine and international trade team is frequently sought out to resolve disputes beyond traditional dispute resolution methods, including the use of injunctive relief and mediation. Besides handling contentious shipping matters, Evangeline Quek has developed a robust transactional practice, through which she advises financial leasing institutions and owners on suites of operational leasing documents. Notable growth in the team includes the May 2021 promotion of Simone Liu to partner.