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Dispute Resolution (International Firms) — China


Clifford Chance - Dispute Resolution (International Firms) Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Interviewees regard Brian Gilchrist as "one of the most popular and successful solicitors in town," adding that he is "very hands-on and personable." Others report that "he is extremely good with clients, very hard-working, incredibly patient and never gets flustered." He advises clients on a wide range of commercial litigation matters, with deep experience in banking, insurance and tax disputes.

Donna Wacker is described by sources as a "very hard-working lawyer." Clients report that "she is very responsive and very sensible," highlighting her "market intelligence and good instincts." Interviewees also value her "user-friendly" advice. She has an established track record advising financial institutions and corporations on cross-border disputes and regulatory matters.

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP - Dispute Resolution (International Firms) Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Martin Rogers is hailed by sources as a "man of a lot of experience and stature in the market," with others highlighting his "stellar reputation" in the litigation space. Clients report that "he provides very commercial and robust advice." He has substantial expertise in regulatory and white-collar crime matters with a client base of government institutions and leading corporates.

Clients regard James Wadham as a "very measured and balanced" practitioner, praising his "common sense" and ability to provide "very clear and very concise advice in a short time period." Interviewees also report: "He has everything a good lawyer should have. The most important thing is that he listens to the clients' commercial needs and is very user-friendly." His practice spans major commercial disputes and regulatory enforcement matters.

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Herbert Smith Freehills - Dispute Resolution (International Firms) Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Gareth Thomas is widely regarded as a "sensible and savvy litigator" with more than 25 years' experience advising on complex commercial litigation. He is well placed to handle multi-jurisdictional matters and regularly acts for major financial institutions. Clients report that "he is very easy to use and very practical." In a recent highlight he acted for DBS Bank in a High Court litigation brought by Galleria and its liquidators regarding allegations of fraud.

Dominic Geiser is fully equipped to act on commercial disputes in Hong Kong, frequently advising international and local companies as well as financial institutions. He is also well versed in white-collar crime investigations. Sources report that "he is establishing himself very well" in the market and describe him as a "very sharp" practitioner.

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Linklaters - Dispute Resolution (International Firms) Department

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第一等

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Clients single out Melvin Sng for his "clear, direct and approachable" manner, adding that "he provides direction and strategic thinking towards managing issues." He is particularly active in insurance and insolvency-related litigation.

Clients appreciate that Gavin Lewis is "extremely patient, calm and balanced in his views." He advises clients on a wide range of cross-border disputes and investigations, with particular expertise in assisting financial institutions. One impressed source notes that "he has got a good balance of being commercial and practical but is not overly aggressive," adding that "he has a good way with individuals."

Justin Tang enters the rankings this year on the strength of laudatory feedback from clients. "He thinks practically and gives realistic strategies and resolutions. He is extremely dedicated and competent," interviewees enthuse. He specialises in shareholder and joint venture disputes in addition to advising clients on regulatory investigations.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP - Dispute Resolution (International Firms) Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Clients report that Allan Leung "approaches matters in a thorough, sensible and calm way and is a joy to work with." Another source notes: "He doesn't get fazed and is a very calming presence." His litigation practice ranges from regulatory disputes to cross-border insolvency and asset recovery.

Mark Lin is highly sought after for his expertise in disputes connected with the financial services sector. He regularly handles contentious regulatory work and cross-border investigations. One client describes him as "user-friendly," reporting that he is "technically very good." Other sources note that he is a respected figure in the market and "a safe pair of hands." His work includes advising the Airport Authority Hong Kong on a judicial review related to a baggage incident and alleged breach of security measures.

Chris Dobby is active in a range of commercial, professional negligence and fraud-related disputes. "He knows what we need, and he is able to provide it in a very short timeframe," interviewees report. His clients include financial and insolvency institutions, and he continues to act for Akai Holdings in respect of Akai's liquidation and its ongoing USD1.2 billion action against its former chair.

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Mayer Brown JSM - Dispute Resolution (International Firms) Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Senior practitioner Nicholas Hunsworth is regarded by interviewees as a "unique and established figure in the market." He continues to advise clients in the banking and financial services sector on a range of regulatory matters and insolvency-related disputes.

Jacob Tse's commercial and civil litigation practice encompasses professional indemnity, personal injury and insurance disputes. His clients include major insurers, healthcare providers, property developers and financial institutions.

Thomas So's wide-ranging practice covers shareholder, equity-related and real estate disputes. Sources regard him as a "very prominent" figure in the market, with one interviewee noting: "He is a good lawyer and a very capable person."

Interviewees praise Alan Linning's ability to "understand the client's risk tolerance and philosophy." Clients report that "he is easy to understand, easy to communicate with and good at identifying potential issues further down the road." Linning is frequently sought out for his expertise in contentious regulatory matters.

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Dispute Resolution (International Firms) Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Consultant Jim James provides litigation advice to corporate clients across a range of industry sectors, including aviation, construction and shipping. Sources emphasise his long-standing presence and expertise in the Hong Kong market. He recently advised the owners of the cargo ship MV 'Eleni' and their P&I club in a collision action against the owners of MV 'Heung-A Dragon'.

The "phenomenally experienced" Camille Jojo is widely hailed as "bright and savvy litigator" with a "penetrating analytical mind." Clients benefit from his considerable experience in banking and finance litigation, including credit and security disputes, contentious insolvency matters and regulatory investigations. One impressed source notes: "He's very good at thinking outside the box and understanding the dynamics of complex litigation." In a highlight he acted for television broadcaster TVB in a judicial review in the Hong Kong High Court relating to competition issues.

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Reed Smith Richards Butler - Dispute Resolution (International Firms) Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

David Morrison is a highly respected figure in the market with a strong track record for acting on regulatory and securities litigation. Sources regard him as a "very established and strong practitioner," with one interviewee noting that he is "very fun to work with." He regularly advises clients on litigation arising from takeovers and mergers in addition to handling shareholder disputes and fraud matters. He acted for CITIC in Market Misconduct Tribunal proceedings brought by the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) against the company and its directors.

William Barber handles a broad range of contentious regulatory matters and commercial disputes, regularly advising clients in the financial services, energy and telecommunications sectors. Clients praise his "sharp legal mind" and responsiveness. He acted for AcrossAsia in defending a Market Misconduct Tribunal prosecution by the SFC under its new 'Inside Information' regime.

Asha Sharma is well placed to handle a variety of commercial litigation cases, including shareholder disputes and contentious insolvency matters. Interviewees report that "she is committed and able." Her recent highlights include representing gemstone merchant Miranda Gems e Mine in proceedings related to claims of breach of partnership agreement.

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Allen & Overy - Dispute Resolution (International Firms) Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Simon Clarke has long-standing experience in banking and finance litigation, also assisting with fraud and bribery matters. His clients include banks, securities brokerages and market intermediaries. Clients report that he is "very professional and very knowledgeable."

Cheung Fai Hung has a wealth of experience in multi-jurisdictional financial disputes and finance-related regulatory matters. One source reports: "He is a very safe pair of hands," adding: "He is responsive, detail-oriented and proactive." Clients consider him to be "very detailed and thoughtful."

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Ashurst - Dispute Resolution (International Firms) Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Clients report Gareth Hughes is "very commercial" and "really thinks outside the box." Interviewees also note that "he is highly knowledgeable, with a detailed grasp of the subject matter," adding: "He provides clear, unambiguous advice." His highlights include advising an international investment bank on an investigation conducted by the SFC related to a potential regulatory breach by a former employee.

James Comber enters the rankings on the back of strong market feedback. Interviewees appreciate that he is "very committed" and "in touch with the market." One source reports: "He is a very safe pair of hands," adding: "I was 100% confident in his views." He represented two sovereign wealth funds in a dispute related to a joint investment in a Chinese distressed debt fund management platform.

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Deacons - Dispute Resolution (International Firms) Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Robert Clark is an "excellent, very experienced and user-friendly" litigator, with particular expertise in insolvency matters, professional negligence and defamation claims. He recently represented Google in three actions brought by Oriental Press Group. "He is very specific and extremely responsive and efficient. It is a pleasure working with him," sources report.

Sources value that Richard Hudson is "very personable" and "easy to talk to." His wide-ranging practice covers insolvency, regulatory investigations, employment litigation and shareholder disputes. Of late, he advised the Law Society of Hong Kong in contentious matters related to its intervention into the practice of law firm Alan Ho & Co.

K K Cheung has considerable experience in construction disputes, with additional expertise in shareholder and partnership disputes. Interviewees report that "he is very commercial" and praise his "excellent client service." Sources also note: "He is very intelligent and his legal advice is very helpful."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer - Dispute Resolution (International Firms) Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Sources report that Georgia Dawson is "very calm and very measured, even in emotionally charged situations," adding that "she has tremendous poise and communication skills." One impressed client observes: "What stands out is her ability to see things from a high-level strategic perspective and her ability to delve into the detail." Her expertise encompasses joint venture disputes and contentious regulatory investigations.

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Howse Williams Bowers - Dispute Resolution (International Firms) Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Chris Howse is lauded as "one of the long-standing senior practitioners in the Hong Kong market," with sources frequently commending the depth of his experience. He handles a broad range of commercial disputes, with substantial experience in shipping litigation.

Kevin Bowers is regarded by sources as a "superb litigator" who is "very amenable and very approachable." One client reports: "I was impressed with his clear view of the key issues that we faced." He has a strong track record representing clients in domestic and cross-border commercial disputes, with particular experience in insurance litigation.

Interviewees describe Michael Withington as a "smart and sensible" practitioner. One client enthuses: "Michael has a wealth of expertise in insurance matters and produces excellent-quality defence and indemnity work. He also has good client skills and is a strategic thinker."

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Simmons & Simmons - Dispute Resolution (International Firms) Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Interviewees state that Tom Fyfe is "a good strategist" who is "very approachable and good at distilling the essence of conflicts down to what requires the most attention." He regularly advises clients in the financial sector on a broad range of contentious matters, including disputes related to M&A transactions and joint ventures. He is also well versed in fraud and breach of trust claims. His roster of work includes advising EY in its defence of contribution proceedings brought by a former director of a Hong Kong-listed company now in liquidation.

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Baker McKenzie - Dispute Resolution (International Firms) Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Susan Kendall's commercial litigation practice encompasses trust disputes, fraud matters and contentious employment issues. Sources appreciate her "enthusiastic" approach.

Interviewees describe Cynthia Tang as a "well-respected professional in the field" who is "able to advise on important and critical matters." Sources also note that "she gives very good advice based on her years of experience and her understanding of the client's needs and situation." She assists clients in the financial services sector with domestic and cross-border commercial disputes, also handling regulatory enforcement matters.

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DLA Piper LLP - Dispute Resolution (International Firms) Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Sources describe Satpal Gobindpuri as a "very well spoken, very intelligent and knowledgeable" practitioner. Clients report that "he is very eager to assist and will go out of his way to make sure you get what you want," while others value that he is "willing to take calculated and measured risks." He is particularly experienced in shareholder and company-related disputes. He recently acted for Malawi Leaf Company in pursuing an action against Star Tobacco for unpaid invoices, seeking damages of USD13.5 million.

Harris Chan enters the rankings this year on the back of positive market feedback and notable work highlights. He advises clients on a variety of contentious matters ranging from director and shareholder disputes to regulatory investigations. Sources observe that he is "very diligent" and "leaves no stone unturned for his client." In one notable matter, he advised McDonald's in connection with contentious employment and tenancy-related issues.

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Eversheds Sutherland - Dispute Resolution (International Firms) Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Mark Yeadon is deemed by sources to be "very diligent" and "very hands-on." Clients also appreciate that he is "easy to work with" and note that he provides "measured advice." He advises clients on disputes in the financial services, broadcasting and telecommunications sectors.

Rachael Shek enters the rankings this year as an up-and-coming partner. Interviewees report that "she is particularly good at handling clients and managing their expectations," while others appreciate that "she offers good practical advice." She advises clients on regulatory investigations and cybercrime matters in addition to handling disputes related to shareholder arrangements and joint ventures.

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Gall - Dispute Resolution (International Firms) Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Department head Nick Gall is regarded as a "very sound litigator" who is "affable, kind and attentive." Interviewees are quick to highlight his responsive approach and considerable experience in the market, with one source calling him "a very safe pair of hands." He is valued for his expertise in commercial disputes and is particularly active in cross-border fraud and asset tracing matters.

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Kennedys - Dispute Resolution (International Firms) Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Noted for its specialist expertise in the Hong Kong healthcare sector. Maintains a strong flow of work in this area, defending accountants, doctors and other professionals in major professional negligence disputes. Maintains an active regulatory practice, advising on investigations by a number of regulatory bodies. Has additional expertise in asset recovery and fraud mandates. Rupert Skrine is the head of the department and a key contact for clients.

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King & Wood Mallesons - Dispute Resolution (International Firms) Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Peter Bullock regularly advises clients in the telecommunications and technology sectors on contentious matters. His areas of expertise include data protection and cybersecurity, employment-related litigation and issues of competition law. Clients report that "apart from his solid legal knowledge and experience, he also demonstrates very strong commercial sense."

Sources report that Paul Starr "gives useful instructions," with one interviewee noting: "I am impressed by his speed, energy and strategic grasp. He instinctively knows what the client wants and delivers tremendous results." He has substantial experience advising clients on major infrastructure disputes.

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O'Melveny & Myers - Dispute Resolution (International Firms) Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Denis Brock is frequently sought out by clients for his considerable expertise in commercial litigation. He is particularly well placed to advise on partnership issues, shareholder complaints and professional negligence claims. Sources call his grasp of the law "excellent," adding that "he has a perceptive eye for the good point which is likely to succeed and to win the case." Interviewees also note that "he is very responsive and able to dispense very clear and pragmatic advice." In a highlight, he defended the partners of Deloitte Hong Kong against a claim regarding allegations of breach of duty and contract in respect of a bankruptcy in which two former partners were formerly trustees.

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Stephenson Harwood - Dispute Resolution (International Firms) Department

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Department head Malcolm Kemp continues to advise clients on a diverse range of disputes, with particular experience in insurance-related litigation and contentious probate matters. Sources recognise his long-standing reputation in the market, with one interviewee noting: "He is a really solid guy to deal with."

Jamie Stranger has substantial experience in insolvency, insurance and family disputes. Clients report that "he takes away problems, really thinks them through and comes back with ideas on how to address them. He looks for creative solutions." He acted for Raiffeisen Bank in a USD22 million dispute relating to the alleged unauthorised sale of shares in Neo Telemedia.

Ivan Ng's commercial litigation practice encompasses contractual claims, banking disputes and insolvency-related litigation. He recently advised KBC Bank on its dispute with Brink’s Hong Kong. Sources describe him as "a smart local litigator who understands the language and the culture."

One source highlights Richard Wilmot's "amiable personality," while others note that he is "very good at providing a broad perspective." He is well versed in shipping disputes and regulatory matters, with an impressive client base comprised of financial institutions, shipowners and trading companies.

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Tanner De Witt - Dispute Resolution (International Firms) Department

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Robin Darton is praised by market sources for his deep experience in insolvency-related litigation. He is also well versed in banking litigation and advises clients on debt recovery and security enforcement matters.

Mark Side focuses his practice on contentious regulatory matters, with additional experience in matrimonial asset tracing and professional duty disputes. Sources regard him as a "well-known Hong Kong practitioner" and a "good litigator."

Jeff Lane regularly assists clients with domestic and cross-border financial fraud disputes and asset tracing matters. He is also sought out for his expertise in issues relating to cyber fraud. Interviewees describe him as "a pretty impressive litigator" who "responds to requests very quickly."

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Bird & Bird - Dispute Resolution (International Firms) Department

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Band 5

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Clients describe Richard Keady as "very down-to-earth and pragmatic" and praise his "particular skill for getting across quite difficult arguments in a way that makes them quite easy to accept." Sources also note that "he adopts a very non-confrontational approach and tries to resolve issues in the best way for all parties." He advised a high net worth individual and senior officer of a Hong Kong-listed technology company on joint investigations by the SFC and the China Securities Regulatory Commission related to alleged insider dealing in the company's shares.

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Haldanes - Dispute Resolution (International Firms) Department

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Band 5

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Market commentators highlight Jonathan Midgley's distinguished reputation in criminal defence matters. "He is a good team player and he is very nice to work with," interviewees report.

Patrick Rattigan's practice covers employment-related litigation, insolvency and fraud disputes. He regularly acts for public companies, individuals and Hong Kong regulatory bodies on contentious matters. One source describes his performance in a recent case as "very impressive."

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Latham & Watkins - Dispute Resolution (International Firms) Department

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Band 5

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Simon Powell is held in high esteem by clients, who describe him as a "very hard-working and detail-oriented lawyer." As a highly experienced litigator, he is well placed to advise on contentious regulatory matters and insolvency-related disputes. He acted for Allen Systems Group in a dispute with its former Malaysian distributor, Cyber Business Solutions, arising from a distribution agreement.

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RPC - Dispute Resolution (International Firms) Department

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Band 5

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Market sources highlight David Smyth's considerable expertise in handling insurance litigation and professional negligence claims. Interviewees describe him as "an excellent lawyer" and note that he is "the go-to guy for audit negligence cases." In a highlight he acted for PwC in defending a claim brought by the liquidators of 3D-Gold Jewellery Holdings and its subsidiary relating to allegations of breach of duty.

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Sidley Austin - Dispute Resolution (International Firms) Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Frequently called upon to advise on outbound securities class actions and well known for its mediation practice, as well as for handling regulatory investigations. Offers additional expertise in insolvency matters. Represents clients from the real estate, IP, shipping and construction industries, among others. Counsel Dominic James is a key point of contact for clients.

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For more information on the practice, please visit the practice's page at: https://www.sidley.com/en/us/services/commercial-litigation-and-disputes/



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Senior Statesmen

Nicholas D Hunsworth

Mayer Brown JSM

From the Chambers Global guide

Thomas So's wide-ranging practice covers shareholder, equity-related and real estate disputes. Sources regard him as a "very prominent" figure in the market, with one interviewee noting: "He is a good lawyer and a very capable person."

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O'Melveny & Myers

From the Chambers Global guide

Denis Brock is frequently sought out by clients for his considerable expertise in commercial litigation. He is particularly well placed to advise on partnership issues, shareholder complaints and professional negligence claims. Sources call his grasp of the law "excellent," adding that "he has a perceptive eye for the good point which is likely to succeed and to win the case." Interviewees also note that "he is very responsive and able to dispense very clear and pragmatic advice." In a highlight, he defended the partners of Deloitte Hong Kong against a claim regarding allegations of breach of duty and contract in respect of a bankruptcy in which two former partners were formerly trustees.

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Deacons

From the Chambers Global guide

Robert Clark is an "excellent, very experienced and user-friendly" litigator, with particular expertise in insolvency matters, professional negligence and defamation claims. He recently represented Google in three actions brought by Oriental Press Group. "He is very specific and extremely responsive and efficient. It is a pleasure working with him," sources report.

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Brian W Gilchrist

Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees regard Brian Gilchrist as "one of the most popular and successful solicitors in town," adding that he is "very hands-on and personable." Others report that "he is extremely good with clients, very hard-working, incredibly patient and never gets flustered." He advises clients on a wide range of commercial litigation matters, with deep experience in banking, insurance and tax disputes.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Global guide

The "phenomenally experienced" Camille Jojo is widely hailed as "bright and savvy litigator" with a "penetrating analytical mind." Clients benefit from his considerable experience in banking and finance litigation, including credit and security disputes, contentious insolvency matters and regulatory investigations. One impressed source notes: "He's very good at thinking outside the box and understanding the dynamics of complex litigation." In a highlight he acted for television broadcaster TVB in a judicial review in the Hong Kong High Court relating to competition issues.

Consultant Jim James provides litigation advice to corporate clients across a range of industry sectors, including aviation, construction and shipping. Sources emphasise his long-standing presence and expertise in the Hong Kong market. He recently advised the owners of the cargo ship MV 'Eleni' and their P&I club in a collision action against the owners of MV 'Heung-A Dragon'.

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Linklaters

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients appreciate that Gavin Lewis is "extremely patient, calm and balanced in his views." He advises clients on a wide range of cross-border disputes and investigations, with particular expertise in assisting financial institutions. One impressed source notes that "he has got a good balance of being commercial and practical but is not overly aggressive," adding that "he has a good way with individuals."

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Mark Lin is highly sought after for his expertise in disputes connected with the financial services sector. He regularly handles contentious regulatory work and cross-border investigations. One client describes him as "user-friendly," reporting that he is "technically very good." Other sources note that he is a respected figure in the market and "a safe pair of hands." His work includes advising the Airport Authority Hong Kong on a judicial review related to a baggage incident and alleged breach of security measures.

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Reed Smith Richards Butler

From the Chambers Global guide

David Morrison is a highly respected figure in the market with a strong track record for acting on regulatory and securities litigation. Sources regard him as a "very established and strong practitioner," with one interviewee noting that he is "very fun to work with." He regularly advises clients on litigation arising from takeovers and mergers in addition to handling shareholder disputes and fraud matters. He acted for CITIC in Market Misconduct Tribunal proceedings brought by the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) against the company and its directors.

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Martin Rogers is hailed by sources as a "man of a lot of experience and stature in the market," with others highlighting his "stellar reputation" in the litigation space. Clients report that "he provides very commercial and robust advice." He has substantial expertise in regulatory and white-collar crime matters with a client base of government institutions and leading corporates.

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Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Global guide

Gareth Thomas is widely regarded as a "sensible and savvy litigator" with more than 25 years' experience advising on complex commercial litigation. He is well placed to handle multi-jurisdictional matters and regularly acts for major financial institutions. Clients report that "he is very easy to use and very practical." In a recent highlight he acted for DBS Bank in a High Court litigation brought by Galleria and its liquidators regarding allegations of fraud.

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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

From the Chambers Global guide

Charles Allen of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe receives considerable praise from interviewees, who describe him as a "very able and experienced practitioner." One impressed source refers to him as a "shrewd tactician" who "brings a wealth of experience to his cases," adding that he is "very hands-on in his approach." He assisted a European fertiliser trading company with the tracing and recovery of funds procured by wire fraud.

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Howse Williams Bowers

From the Chambers Global guide

Kevin Bowers is regarded by sources as a "superb litigator" who is "very amenable and very approachable." One client reports: "I was impressed with his clear view of the key issues that we faced." He has a strong track record representing clients in domestic and cross-border commercial disputes, with particular experience in insurance litigation.

Chris Howse is lauded as "one of the long-standing senior practitioners in the Hong Kong market," with sources frequently commending the depth of his experience. He handles a broad range of commercial disputes, with substantial experience in shipping litigation.

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Allen & Overy

From the Chambers Global guide

Simon Clarke has long-standing experience in banking and finance litigation, also assisting with fraud and bribery matters. His clients include banks, securities brokerages and market intermediaries. Clients report that he is "very professional and very knowledgeable."

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Howse Williams Bowers

From the Chambers Global guide

Chris Howse is lauded as "one of the long-standing senior practitioners in the Hong Kong market," with sources frequently commending the depth of his experience. He handles a broad range of commercial disputes, with substantial experience in shipping litigation.

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Ashurst

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients report Gareth Hughes is "very commercial" and "really thinks outside the box." Interviewees also note that "he is highly knowledgeable, with a detailed grasp of the subject matter," adding: "He provides clear, unambiguous advice." His highlights include advising an international investment bank on an investigation conducted by the SFC related to a potential regulatory breach by a former employee.

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Debevoise & Plimpton

From the Chambers Global guide

Market sources observe that Mark Johnson of Debevoise & Plimpton is a "very busy practitioner in town," with interviewees describing him as "very, very knowledgeable." He provides clients with expert advice on regulatory investigations and cybersecurity matters, in addition to assisting them with a wide array of commercial disputes.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients report that Allan Leung "approaches matters in a thorough, sensible and calm way and is a joy to work with." Another source notes: "He doesn't get fazed and is a very calming presence." His litigation practice ranges from regulatory disputes to cross-border insolvency and asset recovery.

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Mayer Brown JSM

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees praise Alan Linning's ability to "understand the client's risk tolerance and philosophy." Clients report that "he is easy to understand, easy to communicate with and good at identifying potential issues further down the road." Linning is frequently sought out for his expertise in contentious regulatory matters.

Senior practitioner Nicholas Hunsworth is regarded by interviewees as a "unique and established figure in the market." He continues to advise clients in the banking and financial services sector on a range of regulatory matters and insolvency-related disputes.

Thomas So's wide-ranging practice covers shareholder, equity-related and real estate disputes. Sources regard him as a "very prominent" figure in the market, with one interviewee noting: "He is a good lawyer and a very capable person."

Jacob Tse's commercial and civil litigation practice encompasses professional indemnity, personal injury and insurance disputes. His clients include major insurers, healthcare providers, property developers and financial institutions.

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Linklaters

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients single out Melvin Sng for his "clear, direct and approachable" manner, adding that "he provides direction and strategic thinking towards managing issues." He is particularly active in insurance and insolvency-related litigation.

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Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Global guide

Donna Wacker is described by sources as a "very hard-working lawyer." Clients report that "she is very responsive and very sensible," highlighting her "market intelligence and good instincts." Interviewees also value her "user-friendly" advice. She has an established track record advising financial institutions and corporations on cross-border disputes and regulatory matters.

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients regard James Wadham as a "very measured and balanced" practitioner, praising his "common sense" and ability to provide "very clear and very concise advice in a short time period." Interviewees also report: "He has everything a good lawyer should have. The most important thing is that he listens to the clients' commercial needs and is very user-friendly." His practice spans major commercial disputes and regulatory enforcement matters.

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Reed Smith Richards Butler

From the Chambers Global guide

William Barber handles a broad range of contentious regulatory matters and commercial disputes, regularly advising clients in the financial services, energy and telecommunications sectors. Clients praise his "sharp legal mind" and responsiveness. He acted for AcrossAsia in defending a Market Misconduct Tribunal prosecution by the SFC under its new 'Inside Information' regime.

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Allen & Overy

From the Chambers Global guide

Cheung Fai Hung has a wealth of experience in multi-jurisdictional financial disputes and finance-related regulatory matters. One source reports: "He is a very safe pair of hands," adding: "He is responsive, detail-oriented and proactive." Clients consider him to be "very detailed and thoughtful."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources report that Georgia Dawson is "very calm and very measured, even in emotionally charged situations," adding that "she has tremendous poise and communication skills." One impressed client observes: "What stands out is her ability to see things from a high-level strategic perspective and her ability to delve into the detail." Her expertise encompasses joint venture disputes and contentious regulatory investigations.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Chris Dobby is active in a range of commercial, professional negligence and fraud-related disputes. "He knows what we need, and he is able to provide it in a very short timeframe," interviewees report. His clients include financial and insolvency institutions, and he continues to act for Akai Holdings in respect of Akai's liquidation and its ongoing USD1.2 billion action against its former chair.

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Simmons & Simmons

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees state that Tom Fyfe is "a good strategist" who is "very approachable and good at distilling the essence of conflicts down to what requires the most attention." He regularly advises clients in the financial sector on a broad range of contentious matters, including disputes related to M&A transactions and joint ventures. He is also well versed in fraud and breach of trust claims. His roster of work includes advising EY in its defence of contribution proceedings brought by a former director of a Hong Kong-listed company now in liquidation.

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Gall

From the Chambers Global guide

Department head Nick Gall is regarded as a "very sound litigator" who is "affable, kind and attentive." Interviewees are quick to highlight his responsive approach and considerable experience in the market, with one source calling him "a very safe pair of hands." He is valued for his expertise in commercial disputes and is particularly active in cross-border fraud and asset tracing matters.

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Satpal Gobindpuri

DLA Piper Hong Kong

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources describe Satpal Gobindpuri as a "very well spoken, very intelligent and knowledgeable" practitioner. Clients report that "he is very eager to assist and will go out of his way to make sure you get what you want," while others value that he is "willing to take calculated and measured risks." He is particularly experienced in shareholder and company-related disputes. He recently acted for Malawi Leaf Company in pursuing an action against Star Tobacco for unpaid invoices, seeking damages of USD13.5 million.

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Wilkinson & Grist

From the Chambers Global guide

Keith Ho of Wilkinson & Grist receives praise for his strong local connections and is regarded by interviewees as a "very experienced" practitioner. He specialises in advising on contentious probate matters. His recent work includes acting for Mr Timothy Fok in connection with a dispute with his brother and other siblings with regard to the estate of the late Mr Henry Fok, one of Hong Kong's wealthiest businessmen.

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Deacons

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources value that Richard Hudson is "very personable" and "easy to talk to." His wide-ranging practice covers insolvency, regulatory investigations, employment litigation and shareholder disputes. Of late, he advised the Law Society of Hong Kong in contentious matters related to its intervention into the practice of law firm Alan Ho & Co.

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Bird & Bird

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients describe Richard Keady as "very down-to-earth and pragmatic" and praise his "particular skill for getting across quite difficult arguments in a way that makes them quite easy to accept." Sources also note that "he adopts a very non-confrontational approach and tries to resolve issues in the best way for all parties." He advised a high net worth individual and senior officer of a Hong Kong-listed technology company on joint investigations by the SFC and the China Securities Regulatory Commission related to alleged insider dealing in the company's shares.

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Tanner De Witt

From the Chambers Global guide

Jeff Lane regularly assists clients with domestic and cross-border financial fraud disputes and asset tracing matters. He is also sought out for his expertise in issues relating to cyber fraud. Interviewees describe him as "a pretty impressive litigator" who "responds to requests very quickly."

Mark Side focuses his practice on contentious regulatory matters, with additional experience in matrimonial asset tracing and professional duty disputes. Sources regard him as a "well-known Hong Kong practitioner" and a "good litigator."

Robin Darton is praised by market sources for his deep experience in insolvency-related litigation. He is also well versed in banking litigation and advises clients on debt recovery and security enforcement matters.

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Latham & Watkins

From the Chambers Global guide

Simon Powell is held in high esteem by clients, who describe him as a "very hard-working and detail-oriented lawyer." As a highly experienced litigator, he is well placed to advise on contentious regulatory matters and insolvency-related disputes. He acted for Allen Systems Group in a dispute with its former Malaysian distributor, Cyber Business Solutions, arising from a distribution agreement.

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Tanner De Witt

From the Chambers Global guide

Mark Side focuses his practice on contentious regulatory matters, with additional experience in matrimonial asset tracing and professional duty disputes. Sources regard him as a "well-known Hong Kong practitioner" and a "good litigator."

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RPC

From the Chambers Global guide

Market sources highlight David Smyth's considerable expertise in handling insurance litigation and professional negligence claims. Interviewees describe him as "an excellent lawyer" and note that he is "the go-to guy for audit negligence cases." In a highlight he acted for PwC in defending a claim brought by the liquidators of 3D-Gold Jewellery Holdings and its subsidiary relating to allegations of breach of duty.

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Mayer Brown JSM

From the Chambers Global guide

Thomas So's wide-ranging practice covers shareholder, equity-related and real estate disputes. Sources regard him as a "very prominent" figure in the market, with one interviewee noting: "He is a good lawyer and a very capable person."

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Fangda Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

Peter Yuen of Fangda Partners is hailed by interviewees as a "true gentleman," with sources praising his "strong language capabilities" and articulate manner. One client enthuses: "He is detail-oriented, inventive and commercial. He has a keen eye for potential legal solutions that we otherwise would not have thought of." He regularly advises on China-related disputes and also assists clients with regulatory and corporate compliance matters. He acted for construction company LIXIL Corporation in a fraud claim, assisting with obtaining a series of Mareva injunctions and disclosure orders from the Hong Kong High Court.

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Dentons

From the Chambers Global guide

Keith Brandt of Dentons maintains a broad commercial litigation practice, regularly advising clients in finance, infrastructure and energy disputes. Sources acknowledge that he is a respected figure in the market.

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King & Wood Mallesons

From the Chambers Global guide

Peter Bullock regularly advises clients in the telecommunications and technology sectors on contentious matters. His areas of expertise include data protection and cybersecurity, employment-related litigation and issues of competition law. Clients report that "apart from his solid legal knowledge and experience, he also demonstrates very strong commercial sense."

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Proskauer Rose

From the Chambers Global guide

David Chu of Proskauer Rose is "very client-focused" and pays "great attention to detail." Interviewees note that he is "very tactical, commercial and quick," with one client enthusing: "David was very open about what could and could not be done. He was able to distil it very well and with great clarity." He is well placed to advise on corporate litigation and compliance, with additional expertise in disputes relating to sports law.

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Oldham, Li & Nie

From the Chambers Global guide

Richard Healy of Oldham, Li & Nie is a highly regarded litigator with notable experience in IP infringement, commercial and shareholder disputes. Interviewees value his "business-oriented mindset" and ability to understand his clients' needs, with one source noting: "He is pragmatic and he gets the job done." He represented the European subsidiary of a Japanese multinational car manufacturer in a EUR2 million fraud investigation.

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Robertsons Solicitors

From the Chambers Global guide

Barry Hoy of Robertsons Solicitors handles a broad range of commercial disputes related to employment, fraud and asset tracing. He is also well placed to handle contentious regulatory matters.

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Stephenson Harwood

From the Chambers Global guide

Department head Malcolm Kemp continues to advise clients on a diverse range of disputes, with particular experience in insurance-related litigation and contentious probate matters. Sources recognise his long-standing reputation in the market, with one interviewee noting: "He is a really solid guy to deal with."

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Global guide

Susan Kendall's commercial litigation practice encompasses trust disputes, fraud matters and contentious employment issues. Sources appreciate her "enthusiastic" approach.

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Hill Dickinson Hong Kong

From the Chambers Global guide

Market sources describe Damien Laracy of Hill Dickinson Hong Kong as a "very straightforward" practitioner "who is very well known in the litigation space." Interviewees report that "he has a good rapport with clients and a good way of explaining things in simple terms." He recently advised a US private equity fund on a USD25 million damages claim against former directors of China Alarm Holdings.

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Haldanes

From the Chambers Global guide

Market commentators highlight Jonathan Midgley's distinguished reputation in criminal defence matters. "He is a good team player and he is very nice to work with," interviewees report.

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Haldanes

From the Chambers Global guide

Patrick Rattigan's practice covers employment-related litigation, insolvency and fraud disputes. He regularly acts for public companies, individuals and Hong Kong regulatory bodies on contentious matters. One source describes his performance in a recent case as "very impressive."

Market commentators highlight Jonathan Midgley's distinguished reputation in criminal defence matters. "He is a good team player and he is very nice to work with," interviewees report.

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King & Wood Mallesons

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources report that Paul Starr "gives useful instructions," with one interviewee noting: "I am impressed by his speed, energy and strategic grasp. He instinctively knows what the client wants and delivers tremendous results." He has substantial experience advising clients on major infrastructure disputes.

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Stephenson Harwood

From the Chambers Global guide

Jamie Stranger has substantial experience in insolvency, insurance and family disputes. Clients report that "he takes away problems, really thinks them through and comes back with ideas on how to address them. He looks for creative solutions." He acted for Raiffeisen Bank in a USD22 million dispute relating to the alleged unauthorised sale of shares in Neo Telemedia.

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Michael Withington

Howse Williams Bowers

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees describe Michael Withington as a "smart and sensible" practitioner. One client enthuses: "Michael has a wealth of expertise in insurance matters and produces excellent-quality defence and indemnity work. He also has good client skills and is a strategic thinker."

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Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers Global guide

Mark Yeadon is deemed by sources to be "very diligent" and "very hands-on." Clients also appreciate that he is "easy to work with" and note that he provides "measured advice." He advises clients on disputes in the financial services, broadcasting and telecommunications sectors.

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Kobre & Kim

From the Chambers Global guide

Randall Arthur of Kobre & Kim is hailed by interviewees as a "very seasoned professional" who is "extremely commercial and client-oriented." His work encompasses offshore asset recovery, insolvency disputes and cross-border fraud matters. He recently acted for a Chinese shipyard in a dispute against a debtor related to a USD181 million oil rig construction contract.

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DLA Piper Hong Kong

From the Chambers Global guide

Harris Chan enters the rankings this year on the back of positive market feedback and notable work highlights. He advises clients on a variety of contentious matters ranging from director and shareholder disputes to regulatory investigations. Sources observe that he is "very diligent" and "leaves no stone unturned for his client." In one notable matter, he advised McDonald's in connection with contentious employment and tenancy-related issues.

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White & Case LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Melody Chan of White & Case LLP enters the rankings this year having received strong market feedback. Sources regard her as a talented practitioner, noting that she is "very communicative and very nice to work with." She advises clients on cross-border commercial litigation and regulatory matters, with particular experience in fraud, restructuring and shareholder disputes.

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Deacons

From the Chambers Global guide

K K Cheung has considerable experience in construction disputes, with additional expertise in shareholder and partnership disputes. Interviewees report that "he is very commercial" and praise his "excellent client service." Sources also note: "He is very intelligent and his legal advice is very helpful."

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Tanner De Witt

From the Chambers Global guide

Mark Side focuses his practice on contentious regulatory matters, with additional experience in matrimonial asset tracing and professional duty disputes. Sources regard him as a "well-known Hong Kong practitioner" and a "good litigator."

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Darren FitzGerald

FitzGerald Lawyers

From the Chambers Global guide

Darren FitzGerald of FitzGerald Lawyers is "very knowledgeable and detail-oriented but also pragmatic and commercial," according to interviewees. Sources appreciate that he is "good at understanding and co-ordinating clients' demands." He is well versed in intellectual property, employment and insolvency disputes. He represented Sovereign Trust Hong Kong in disclosure proceedings arising from the Nanik Dayaram bankruptcy case.

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Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Global guide

Dominic Geiser is fully equipped to act on commercial disputes in Hong Kong, frequently advising international and local companies as well as financial institutions. He is also well versed in white-collar crime investigations. Sources report that "he is establishing himself very well" in the market and describe him as a "very sharp" practitioner.

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Winston & Strawn

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees describe David Hall-Jones of Winston & Strawn as "very thoughtful" and "extremely hands-on." He has substantial experience advising clients on domestic and cross-border disputes, and is well versed in construction litigation.

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Oldham, Li & Nie

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees regard Alfred Ip of Oldham, Li & Nie as an "experienced and aggressive litigator who can always come up with good strategies" and "is able to adopt a pragmatic approach." His practice encompasses a range of contentious probate matters, including litigation relating to inheritance and wills.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Global guide

Consultant Jim James provides litigation advice to corporate clients across a range of industry sectors, including aviation, construction and shipping. Sources emphasise his long-standing presence and expertise in the Hong Kong market. He recently advised the owners of the cargo ship MV 'Eleni' and their P&I club in a collision action against the owners of MV 'Heung-A Dragon'.

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Munros

From the Chambers Global guide

Lewis Man of Munros has a wide-ranging litigation practice encompassing fraud matters, insolvency disputes and regulatory investigations. He is frequently instructed to act on cross-border mandates.

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Affiliates

From the Chambers Global guide

Rory McAlpine of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Affiliates advises financial institutions and corporations on a broad range of cross-border disputes. Interviewees report that "he really is a thoroughly pleasant individual who gets on really well with clients," adding: "His approach is a compelling one." He acted for Middleby, a Danish subsidiary of an American corporation, in retrieving funds fraudulently transferred to accounts in Hong Kong in the amount of EUR10 million.

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Lipman Karas

From the Chambers Global guide

Vishal Melwani of Lipman Karas is highly experienced in regulatory matters, corporate fraud and investigations. He is also well placed to advise on commercial litigation, with a strong focus on cases in the telecoms and broadcasting sectors.

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Stephenson Harwood

From the Chambers Global guide

Ivan Ng's commercial litigation practice encompasses contractual claims, banking disputes and insolvency-related litigation. He recently advised KBC Bank on its dispute with Brink’s Hong Kong. Sources describe him as "a smart local litigator who understands the language and the culture."

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Cordells

From the Chambers Global guide

Philip Rompotis of Cordells has substantial experience in multi-jurisdictional litigation proceedings. One satisfied client reports: "He is a master in grasping detail. He is strategically astute and, at all times, totally commercially focused on achieving the best possible result." The interviewee goes on to praise his "ability to take complex legal issues and reduce them to easily understandable principles."

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Reed Smith Richards Butler

From the Chambers Global guide

Asha Sharma is well placed to handle a variety of commercial litigation cases, including shareholder disputes and contentious insolvency matters. Interviewees report that "she is committed and able." Her recent highlights include representing gemstone merchant Miranda Gems e Mine in proceedings related to claims of breach of partnership agreement.

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees describe Cynthia Tang as a "well-respected professional in the field" who is "able to advise on important and critical matters." Sources also note that "she gives very good advice based on her years of experience and her understanding of the client's needs and situation." She assists clients in the financial services sector with domestic and cross-border commercial disputes, also handling regulatory enforcement matters.

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Dechert

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees note that Kareena Teh of Dechert "can think on her feet" and is "very nice to deal with." Her wide-ranging litigation practice encompasses shareholder disputes, asset tracing and insurance claims. She represented a US-listed conglomerate in its efforts to enforce a substantial HKIAC arbitral award of approximately USD360 million obtained against a British Virgin Islands holding company.

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Mayer Brown JSM

From the Chambers Global guide

Thomas So's wide-ranging practice covers shareholder, equity-related and real estate disputes. Sources regard him as a "very prominent" figure in the market, with one interviewee noting: "He is a good lawyer and a very capable person."

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Stephenson Harwood

From the Chambers Global guide

One source highlights Richard Wilmot's "amiable personality," while others note that he is "very good at providing a broad perspective." He is well versed in shipping disputes and regulatory matters, with an impressive client base comprised of financial institutions, shipowners and trading companies.

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Ashurst

From the Chambers Global guide

James Comber enters the rankings on the back of strong market feedback. Interviewees appreciate that he is "very committed" and "in touch with the market." One source reports: "He is a very safe pair of hands," adding: "I was 100% confident in his views." He represented two sovereign wealth funds in a dispute related to a joint investment in a Chinese distressed debt fund management platform.

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Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers Global guide

Rachael Shek enters the rankings this year as an up-and-coming partner. Interviewees report that "she is particularly good at handling clients and managing their expectations," while others appreciate that "she offers good practical advice." She advises clients on regulatory investigations and cybercrime matters in addition to handling disputes related to shareholder arrangements and joint ventures.

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Linklaters

From the Chambers Global guide

Justin Tang enters the rankings this year on the strength of laudatory feedback from clients. "He thinks practically and gives realistic strategies and resolutions. He is extremely dedicated and competent," interviewees enthuse. He specialises in shareholder and joint venture disputes in addition to advising clients on regulatory investigations.

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Kobre & Kim

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees appreciate that Shaun Wu of Kobre & Kim "gives quick, clear and comprehensive responses," and several sources attest to his impressive language capabilities, citing his proficiency in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. One commentator enthuses: "He has always been extremely responsive; when I have a query he comes back to me straight away." He advised DuPont on its worldwide effort to execute a USD920 million judgment against Kolon Industries with regard to Kolon's misappropriation of trade secrets.

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