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Damien Laracy

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Hill Dickinson Hong Kong

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Dispute resolution/shipping


Damien has practiced in Hong Kong since 1995. He specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration. His practice involves complex cross-border debt recovery and damages claims (including in relation to internet fraud), international trade and sale of goods disputes, misrepresentation and misselling claims concerning financial institutions, employee business diversion complaints, negotiation of employee severance packages and shareholder and joint venture disputes. Damien also has substantial experience with ship mortgage enforcement work, and with pursuing in rem claims on behalf of unsecured parties. Damien advises in relation to drafting and construction of arbitration references and enforcement of awards in the PRC and in Hong Kong.

Damien also sits as an arbitrator.


Solicitor Simpson Grierson, Auckland 1990-94; solicitor Sinclair Roche & Temperley, Hong Kong 1995-02; partner Jonathan Rostron Solicitors, Hong Kong 2002-04; partner Laracy Gall, Hong Kong 2004-09; principal Laracy & Co/Hill Dickinson Hong Kong June 2009 to date.




New Zealand Law Society; Law Society of Hong Kong; Law Society of England and Wales; Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand; Hong Kong Maritime Lawyers Association; Hong Kong Shipowners Association; Inter-Pacific Bar Association; International Bar Association; fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators; panel member of HKIAC; member of the Asian International Arbitration Centre (formerly the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration) panel of arbitrators; panel arbitrator of the Centre for Arbitration & Consultancy Development (India); co-chair of the IPBA Maritime Law Committee; and committee member of the ICC-HK ADR and Arbitration Committee.


LLB, University of Auckland – 1985-1989; B. Com, University of Auckland – 1985-1989; M. Com. L (Hons), University of Auckland – 1993, 1994; Southampton University Maritime Law Short Course – August/September 1999.

Hong Kong


Within: Shipping

Praised for its 'business acumen and value for money', Hill Dickinson Hong Kong provides broad-ranging commercial, regulatory and litigation coverage for an eclectic mix of shipping clients including shipowners, insurers and banks. Damien Laracy has 'an in-depth understanding of international maritime law and practices' and is active across a range of shipping disputes, often with a multi-jurisdictional make-up. Laracy has niche expertise in restructuring and insolvency matters within the shipping sector, and regularly acts for banks as creditors on the enforcement of ship mortgages. 'Very responsive, friendly and helpful' senior associate Chong Jun Tang is also well regarded for the enforcement of ship mortgages, as well as for shipbuilding and ship repair disputes, cargo claims and international trade disputes. As part of his wide ranging litigation practice, Bryan O’Hare regularly undertakes insolvency work in the shipping sector.

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Hong Kong: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution: litigation

Within: Dispute resolution: litigation

Hill Dickinson Hong Kong's team, which is jointly led by Damien Laracy and Bryan O’Hare, has particular expertise with shipping litigation, commodities and international trade disputes. It represented Gannon Home in litigation in Hong Kong and the US to recover a 100% shareholding in a Vietnamese brewery company, and represented the CEO of a major PRC property developer in the Court of Appeal.

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