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Wang Jing & Co
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Work Department

Office: Guangzhou / Shanghai


Managing Partner

Practice Areas: Admiralty & Maritime, International Trade, Energy and Offshore


Professional qualifications:

1994 Licensed lawyer
2012 Director of the Maritime & Admiralty Law Committee of Guangzhou Bar Association
2014 Foreign Lawyer registered in the Law Society of Hong Kong
2014 Expert of Maritime & Admiralty Law in Guangdong Lawyers’ Expert Database
2015 Arbitrator of South China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission/Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration
2016 Researcher of Institute of International Shipping Law and Policy, South China Normal University
2017 Arbitrator of China Maritime Arbitration Commission
2018 Top Ten Foreign-related Lawyers in Guangzhou
2019 Vice-Chair of Maritime Law Committee of Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)
2020 ALB China 2020 Top 15 Litigators


Mr. Chen once worked for China COSCO Shipping Corporation Ltd before he joined Wang Jing & Co. in 1994. Presently Mr. Chen is the managing partner in charge of the Firm. Being adept at handling significant maritime cases, resolving complicated disputes both of contentious and non-contentious, Mr. Chen has been continuously rated as “Outstanding Lawyer in Shipping and Maritime Practice” by Chambers & Partners, Asian Legal Business, Legal 500 etc. and was honoured as one of the Top Ten Foreign-related Lawyers in Guangzhou in September 2018.

As a well acknowledged legal expert in maritime practice, Mr Chen has handled numerous complex and remarkable maritime cases, a handful of which had been written into “Selected Cases of Maritime Trail in China” edited by the PRC Supreme Court to mark the most highlighted maritime cases in the past 30 years. Mr. Chen has been invited by the PRC Supreme Court and the PRC Maritime Safety Administration to participate in the drafting of legislation in terms of liability limitation for maritime claims, oil pollution damages, to partake in the working group of amendment to the PRC Maritime Code and the PRC Special Maritime Procedural Law, and further to involve in the establishment of the insurance system for civil liability of oil pollution damage. Meanwhile he has been invited as expert witness to give testimony for some significant maritime cases before courts or arbitration tribunals in foreign countries and regions, such as the UK, Australia and Hong Kong.

Over more than 20 years’ practice, Mr. Chen has provided all-round legal services for contentious and non-contentious risk control to clients, including the major global P&I Clubs, shipping lines, ocean engineering and shipbuilding enterprises, petroleum companies, multinational traders and commercial banks & financial institutes, in handling their disputes over ship casualties, cargo transportation, oceanic engineering, financing and fraudulence. In recent years, Mr. Chen has handled and supervised some major cases, among which there were Somalia pirate hijack case, fracture and sinking of container ship in Indian Ocean, oil spill from the offshore drilling platform in Bohai Bay, collision and sinking of mega-size dredger at Tianjin Port, financing via repetitive mortgage of a huge-sum Warehouse Receipt for iron ore cargo in Qingdao Port, and bank runs involving huge-sum Warehouse Receipt in Dongguan, GAFTA arbitration for a dispute arising due to return of transgenic soybean and corn cargo to UK from Xiamen Port, London Arbitration for a dispute over the resale and subsequent payment collection of a barge owned by a Jiangsu Ocean Engineering Company.


Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese) and English


1990 Dalian Maritime University (Maritime Law)

Lawyer Rankings

China > Shipping: PRC firms

The maritime and admiralty practice at Wang Jing & Co has a full-service offering but has historically been prominent in maritime and insurance work. The team regularly acts on international commodity trade, infrastructure, marine leasing and financing, as well as arbitration and litigation on shipping-related cases. The firm has a strong international presence and acts for a range of overseas clients including North of England P&I Association, Japan P&I Club, and Korea P&I Club. Xiangyong Chen who splits his time between Guangzhou and Shanghai, and Jun Wang are the key names to note following the departure of Jing Wang who joined Wang Jing & GH Law Firm in 2020. Qingdao-based Hui Yuan, Xiamen-based Hui Yuan and Shanghai-based Jun Xu are further names to note. The firm also has branches in Beijing and Shenzhen.

China > Regional coverage: Guangdong Province: Guangzhou

Wang Jing & Co displays a high level of expertise in the areas of maritime, admiralty and insurance. The practice regularly advises clients on other practice areas including finance, construction, offshore engineering, and dispute resolution. The firm is headquartered in Guangzhou and has branches in Shanghai, Tianjin, Qingdao, Xiamen, Shenzhen and Beijing. The team is now led by Xiangyong Chen following the departures of former managing partner Shuzhou Zhao and Jing Wang, but welcomed Jing Zhang, Changtao Zhang and senior associate Jia Song. Jun Wang and Cheng Zhong are also recommended.