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Hong Kong

Hong Kong > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Hong Kong > Dispute resolution: international arbitration Tier 4

Akin routinely handles complex international arbitration across numerous commercial sectors, with specialists experienced at conducting arbitrations pursuant to all the major institutional rules including HKIAC, SIAC, UNCITRAL, and ICC. Solicitor advocate Ing Loong Yang leads the practice and is highly respected in the Asia Pacific market for his international arbitration and cross-border disputes expertise, while counsel Chi Ho Kwan is also well regarded and regularly represents major companies, equity funds and high-net-worth individuals.

Practice head(s):

Ing Loong Yang

Other key lawyers:


‘Yang Ing Loong has obvious advantages in handling dispute cases involving cross-border factors and multi-cultural factors.’

‘As a multinational firm, handling transnational cases can integrate resources and respond quickly.’

‘Yang Ing Loong is a senior lawyer with rich experience. He can respond to legal issues immediately and provide professional advice, especially in urgent cases, which is very helpful.’

‘The team in Akin which handles our matter is hands-on, very responsive and accessible. Their strengths are the timely response they provide and accessibility at any time.’

‘The main partner handling our matter is Ing Loong Yang. He is confident, convincing and accommodative to the client’s needs. His knowledge of the law is very sound and he has the conviction to think out of the box. Chi Ho Kwan is also hands on, reliable and quick to respond.’

‘The vast experience of handling cross boundary legal matters coupled with strong networking that allows prompt and detailed response to any queries a client may have. The team was able to lay-out possible scenarios which allows the client to fully assess and subsequently give instruction moving forward with the case. The team’s understanding of past and existing laws and policies of concerned industries in different countries is a strength that was particularly useful.’

‘I am impressed with Yang Ing Loong for his in-depth understanding on the complexities of the case he handled. He was able to dissect the issues and present the pros and cons of options available for us to act on. His strong and well-developed networking with external teams of industry experts were especially useful in recognising challenges ahead of the arbitration.’

‘The team is adequately resourced. Took time to understand the background of the dispute. Provided plausible comprehensive options for the client to consider in deciding the best possible option to pursue.’

Work highlights

Hong Kong > Corporate (including M&A)

Akin primarily advises investor side clients on structuring, position disclosures, and investments. The team also advises numerous insurance companies and hedge funds. Practice head Steven Franklin has expansive expertise in handling joint ventures and shareholder activism situations.

China > Restructuring and insolvency: foreign firms Tier 3

The firm: Akin is a global law firm with more than 900 lawyers and advisors who pride themselves on dedication to their clients and their communities. With 17 offices worldwide, the firm is renowned for numerous market-leading practices; its strengths in complex transactions and restructurings, high-stakes litigation, and public policy and regulatory matters; and its unyielding pro bono commitment.

Akin partners with clients from both established industries and cutting-edge markets to deliver creative solutions to business-critical issues, helping them seize opportunities and anticipate challenges. Driven by the firm’s forward-thinking leadership, Akin has built a strong culture of innovation and collaboration as well as a talented and diverse workforce committed to the success of its clients and each other.

The firm is intentional about fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace where all employees are supported and given the tools to succeed. Akin is focused on recruiting and nurturing the next generation of exceptional legal talent and is proud that its recruitment and professional development efforts are recognised as among the best in the industry.

Principal areas of work

  • Antitrust/competition
  • Corporate and finance
  • Disputes and investigations
  • Financial restructuring
  • Intellectual property
  • International trade
  • Investment management
  • Labor and employment
  • Lobbying and public policy
  • Pro bono
  • Regulatory
  • Tax

International: With more than a third of its offices outside the United States, Akin has a truly global reach. The firm’s strategy is focused on growing practices that complement core strengths of the firm, which has resulted in the growth of fully integrated offices advising clients at the top of the market. Akin lawyers are qualified in numerous jurisdictions around the world and maintain strong relationships with leading local law firms.

The firm has offices in Abu Dhabi, Boston, Dallas, Dubai, Fort Worth, Geneva, Hong Kong, Houston, Irvine, London, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Francisco, Singapore and Washington, DC.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is the practising name of Akin Gump LLP. Akin Gump LLP is a New York limited liability partnership and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority under number 267321

Additional Information



Department Name Email Telephone
Hong Kong Partner in Charge Sebastian Rice
Corporate and commercial
Corporate investigations/anti-corruption
Cross-border transactions
Customs and import control
Dispute resolution
Export controls and economic sanctions
Financial restructuring
Global project finance
Hedge funds
International trade
Investment management
Private equity funds
Mergers and acquisitions
Photo Name Position Profile
Daniel Cohen photo Mr Daniel Cohen Daniel Cohen handles complex, cross-border disputes in the Asia-Pacific region, a significant…
Steven Franklin photo Mr Steven Franklin Steven Franklin’s practice focuses on public and private cross-border transactions, including M&A,…
Anne-Marie Godfrey photo Ms Anne-Marie Godfrey Anne-Marie Godfrey has extensive experience of advising investment managers throughout Asia on…
Chi Ho Kwan photo Chi Ho Kwan
Stephen Kho photo Mr Stephen Kho Stephen Kho focuses on trade and investment policy, and dispute resolution, including…
Naomi Moore photo Ms Naomi Moore As a partner in Akin Gump’s financial restructuring group, Naomi’s practice focuses…
Matthew Puhar photo Mr Matthew Puhar Matthew Puhar focuses on public and private cross-border corporate, corporate finance, debt…
Tatman Savio photo Ms Tatman Savio As a partner in Akin’s international trade practice, Tatman Savio counsels clients…
Ing Loong Yang photo Ing Loong Yang Ing Loong Yang offers extensive experience in the Greater China region, Hong…
Firmwide lawyers and advisors : 900+
Other offices : Abu Dhabi
Other offices : Boston
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Other offices : Washington DC