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Global Guide

Dispute Resolution (International Firms) — China

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第一等

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees are quick to highlight Brian Gilchrist for his calmness under pressure, saying: "He is very good at handling a crisis and is always unfazed and unfailingly courteous to everyone." Sources add: "He is an excellent strategist who is extremely practical and reasonable in his approach." He led the team advising Lee Chung Hing on allegations of market misconduct and publishing of a false statement.

Donna Wacker has an established reputation for advising financial institutions and corporates on high-stakes litigation and regulatory issues. Interviewees describe her as a "great operator" with long-standing experience in Hong Kong and elsewhere in Asia. 

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Clients single out Martin Rogers for his "great reputation" in handling "very high-profile investigations and litigations in Hong Kong," adding: "He is a doyen of the Hong Kong regulatory legal scene." One interviewee adds: "He puts time in for the client and is familiar enough with the complexities of organisations to understand how to manage the project and the expectations around it."

James Wadham attracts an impressive amount of positive feedback from clients, who say he is "smart and extremely sharp." Interviewees also appreciate "his responsiveness, efficiency and practical solutions." He is highly regarded for white-collar crime and regulatory issues.

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第一等

From the Chambers Global guide

Gareth Thomas is recognised for his long-standing experience handling commercial litigation in Hong Kong. His broad practice covers banking, contract and securities disputes. Market commentators describe him as "very thorough, intelligent and quick to respond."

Dominic Geiser is highlighted for his work on commercial litigation in Hong Kong, frequently acting for international and local clients and financial institutions. He has also recently advised on a number of white-collar crime investigations.

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第一等

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources regard Patrick Sherrington as a "pioneering litigator" in the Hong Kong market. His long-standing experience covers a wide range of complex disputes, including insurance, joint venture and banking claims.

Mark Lin has an excellent reputation in the market for cross-border litigation, especially for disputes involving the financial services and regulatory sectors. Clients describe him as a "leading litigator with a strong track record" who "always provides pragmatic advice." He acted for a former director of CITIC on Market Misconduct Tribunal proceedings brought by the SFC.

Clients say that Allan Leung is "very client service minded and extremely responsive, not to mention a very high-quality lawyer." Sources also note his ability to handle sensitive negotiations, explaining that "he knows how to get the job done and can get it done diplomatically." His practice covers a wide range of commercial litigation.

Interviewees describe Chris Dobby as "very solid, hands-on and intellectually robust." He regularly advises financial institutions and liquidators on insolvency and commercial disputes. Recently, he led the firm's representation of Akai-Akai Holdings in a USD1.2 billion action against its former chairman.

Commentators say Danny Leung is "a pleasure to deal with: thorough in his advice, practical and pragmatic, with high-quality drafting." His commercial litigation practice covers contentious insolvency, employment and regulatory matters.

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第一等

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees highlight Marc Harvey as a "colossally well-regarded practitioner." Clients say: "He's great - a bright guy who is very persuasive." He offers extensive experience in cross-border and domestic litigation and arbitration pertaining to corporate and financial matters.

Clients describe Gavin Lewis as a "solid, calm and strategic thinker with strong client skills who is easy to work with." He comes highly recommended for cross-border investigations work, and regularly advises banks, listed companies and managers on shareholder and mis-selling disputes.

Clients are quick to praise the "very level-headed and articulate" Melvin Sng for "his ability to understand what the client wants" and "deliver timely, thoughtful and smart advice." He focuses on insolvency, company and insurance disputes.

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第二等

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients regard Nicholas Hunsworth as "a fantastically smart, experienced lawyer and business adviser." One source suggests: "He is one of a kind in Hong Kong in terms of his ability to cut through confusion and get things done." He acted for the liquidators of the Ocean Grand Group of Companies in a USD5.8 million claim against its former directors and associates arising out of alleged breach of duty and trust with regard to the misappropriation of funds.

Thomas So maintains an active commercial litigation practice, including advising on shareholder and joint venture litigations. Recently he advised Eton Properties Group on a USD45.5 million joint venture dispute.

Jacob Tse handles professional indemnity, personal injury and insurance litigation as well as other civil disputes. He represented the Medical Protection Society in a judicial review of the Education and Accreditation Committee's recommendation that three doctors be removed from the register.

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第二等

From the Chambers Global guide

Camille Jojo is a seasoned litigator with long-standing experience advising corporates and banks in Hong Kong, especially on shareholder disputes. Clients appreciate that "he knows the law back to front" and is "loyal to the cause he fights for." A number of sources highlight his tactical strength, describing him as a "very clever, strategic guy." He recently advised the Lu family on its defamation action against a Hong Kong government minister.

Clients "have always been impressed by" Jim James's "profound knowledge and prompt feedback" and respect him for his sound expertise in shipping litigation. He recently assisted the owners of the cargo ship 'Eleni' and their P&I club with a collision action against the owners of the vessel 'Heung-A Dragon'.

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第二等

From the Chambers Global guide

Highlighted by interviewees as "one of the best operators in town," David Morrison earns respect for his "great knowledge of the law" as well as his "completely calm and self-assured" manner. He represented CITIC and its former directors in a HKD2 billion claim brought by the SFC.

William Barber has been active in both litigation and arbitration for over 20 years, and is well regarded for his experience across the energy, commodities and telecommunications sectors. He advised AcrossAsia in its dispute with Astro Media Group regarding the enforcement of a USD250 million arbitration award.

Interviewees describe Nathan Dentice as a "very safe pair of hands." He frequently works on joint venture and shareholder disputes, and also recently represented the Appeals Tribunal of the Hong Kong Federation of Insurers and Insurance Agents Registration Board in judicial review proceedings brought by AIA International regarding the recovery of funds mishandled by the defendant.

Asha Sharma has a strong reputation for commercial litigation. Clients say: "She is pragmatic, she understands our business very well, and the advice she gives is tailored to our needs." She acted for Profit Point in a double derivative action brought by a minority shareholder.

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第三等

From the Chambers Global guide

Simon Clarke regularly handles high-stakes disputes for major financial and banking institutions, demonstrating notable expertise regarding reputational risk, fraud and bribery litigation. He assisted the administrators of the HKD82 billion estate of Nina Wang with the interpretation of her will before the Court of Final Appeal.

Clients describe Cheung Fai Hung as "meticulous and detail-oriented" and also appreciate that "he understands the issues and has a practical approach." He deals with commercial, banking and financial disputes, including acting on disputes and investigations relating to global financial crises.

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第三等

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients describe Gareth Hughes as "very strategic and calm in a crisis," adding: "He is very commercial and practical." Interviewees also praise his technical and relationship-building skills. He represented Kingboard Group in an action brought by a US company regarding a contract dispute.

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第三等

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients regard litigator Robert Clark as a "very capable guy" who is "supportive and responsive." He represented Chinachem Group in various legal proceedings, including obtaining leave to issue derivative proceedings against former directors of RCG Holdings with regard to its acquisition of two subsidiaries.

Clients describe Richard Hudson as a "very practical litigation lawyer," adding: "He is very good on the law and is very intellectual and strategic." He has a focus on insolvency-related litigation.

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From the Chambers Global guide

"Strong litigator" Georgia Dawson assists clients with restructuring and joint ventures disputes. Clients say: "She is very good to work with, as she understands how financial institutions work."

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第三等

From the Chambers Global guide

Kevin Bowers is recognised for his substantial experience assisting clients with multi-jurisdictional and domestic disputes. He is especially well regarded for insurance-related litigation. 

Chris Howse receives effusive praise from interviewees, who say: "He is very well known in the insurance and shipping spaces." He also advises on disputes related to medical negligence and professional indemnity.

Michael Withington is recognised for his long-standing experience representing clients in Hong Kong in domestic and cross-border commercial disputes.

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第三等

From the Chambers Global guide

Jeff Lane has a flourishing practice representing high-profile clients in complex litigation in the Hong Kong market. Sources acknowledge his established credentials, describing him as a "hardcore and serious litigator."

Mark Side is a committed mediator and litigator with solid experience in handling major disputes for clients such as public companies, shareholders and accountants. Market sources comment that "he is a good all-rounder" who "has been around the market for a long time."

Robin Darton is appreciated for assisting clients with contentious matters, especially in relation to restructuring, insolvency and employment issues. Other areas of focus are shareholder and trade disputes.

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第四等

From the Chambers Global guide

Susan Kendall is a well-regarded litigator with a broad practice that spans insolvency, trusts and fraud cases. She is also well regarded for her work on employment litigation.

Cynthia Tang is appreciated for her expertise in commercial litigation and corporate compliance matters involving the PRC. Clients also benefit from her able handling of regulatory and financial services-related disputes.

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第四等

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients praise Satpal Gobindpuri for his "very commercial approach," saying: "He looks not just at the legal perspective but also at clients' needs and what they want to achieve." He is regularly instructed on significant shareholder and director disputes.

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第四等

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees highlight Nick Gall for his long-standing experience and excellent contacts in the market. Clients say: "He is the most pragmatic and efficient of the lawyers I have worked with in Hong Kong. He is very meticulous, prompt, and drives the case rather than being told what to do." He represented Sunny Tadjudin in a HKD28 million employment dispute with Bank of America.

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第四等

From the Chambers Global guide

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. Also active on asset recovery and fraud mandates. Rupert Skrine is the head of the department and a key contact. 

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第四等

From the Chambers Global guide

Commercial litigator Peter Bullock joined the firm in June 2016 from Pinsent Masons. A well-respected figure in the market, he specialises in disputes involving the tech sector. One client praises him as being "very sharp on his understanding of our case and able to give immediate advice."

Paul Starr has a long and impressive track record in the market and is well known for his prowess in construction and infrastructure disputes. One client asserts: "He is very experienced and gets great results for his clients."

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第四等

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients and peers alike endorse Alan Linning for his expertise in contentious regulatory issues, with one interviewee saying: "He's very calm and clients like him; he knows his regulatory stuff inside out." Sources also report that he is "balanced and smart," with "bags of experience."

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第四等

From the Chambers Global guide

Tom Fyfe maintains an active practice across a broad range of commercial disputes, and is especially noted for litigation in the financial services sector. Clients enthuse about his "great all-round technical skills" and "pragmatic, practical advice." 

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第四等

From the Chambers Global guide

Malcolm Kemp is recognised as a prominent litigator in the market. He recently represented Shirley Wong of the Sun Wood Company in a trust dispute concerning the ownership of numerous properties in Hong Kong.

Jamie Stranger is praised by a client as "a very, very good lawyer" who provides "honest and direct legal opinions." His practice encompasses family and shareholder matters along with insurance and joint venture-related disputes. He recently represented PT First Media in its dispute with Astro.

Philip Rompotis's practice covers construction, energy and technology-related disputes. One client values his ability to "understand the technicalities of the legal situations and guide you through the matter." He led advice to PT First Media on its dispute with Astro.

Richard Wilmot joined the firm in 2016 from Watson, Farley & Williams. He offers extensive expertise in representing banks, shipowners and trading companies in regulatory and commodity litigation. He assisted various Nan Fung Shipping entities with four charter party disputes against Navig8.

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第五等

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees say head of litigation Mark Yeadon has "a lot of knowledge and experience of disputes processes in Hong Kong." Clients praise his "remarkable skill and patience" as well as his responsiveness. He comes particularly highly recommended for judicial review proceedings.

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第五等

From the Chambers Global guide

Jonathan Midgley is widely recognised in the market for his focus on white-collar crime criminal defence work. Commentators describe him as "a very good and smooth litigator" whose "clients like him a lot."

Clients describe litigator Patrick Rattigan as "very clever and creative," and additionally highlight his responsiveness. He regularly advises on employment-related insolvency and fraud-related litigation in addition to Hong Kong adverse possession disputes.

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第五等

From the Chambers Global guide

Market commentators describe team head Simon Powell as a "top-quality practitioner." He is noted for his sound knowledge of insolvency and restructuring, and led the team's representation of Wongs Investments and its liquidators.

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第五等

From the Chambers Global guide

Denis Brock is widely regarded in the market as a "well-known and business-minded litigator." A client says: "I find him to be fantastic - very practical and commercial, with succinct and pertinent responses." His broad practice encompasses fraud, commodities, partnerships and joint venture matters as well as banking litigation. One interviewee states: "He is a very safe pair of hands and a good choice for any client with a commercial litigation problem." 

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第五等

From the Chambers Global guide

David Smyth heads the firm's dispute resolution practice and is recognised for his in-depth experience in insurance, indemnity and professional negligence litigation. He is an established figure in the market and clients describe him as a "very bright, approachable and experienced" lawyer with "good commercial sense."

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Senior Statesmen

Mayer Brown JSM

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients regard Nicholas Hunsworth as "a fantastically smart, experienced lawyer and business adviser." One source suggests: "He is one of a kind in Hong Kong in terms of his ability to cut through confusion and get things done." He acted for the liquidators of the Ocean Grand Group of Companies in a USD5.8 million claim against its former directors and associates arising out of alleged breach of duty and trust with regard to the misappropriation of funds.

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Eminent Practitioner

Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources regard Patrick Sherrington as a "pioneering litigator" in the Hong Kong market. His long-standing experience covers a wide range of complex disputes, including insurance, joint venture and banking claims.

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O'Melveny & Myers

From the Chambers Global guide

Denis Brock is widely regarded in the market as a "well-known and business-minded litigator." A client says: "I find him to be fantastic - very practical and commercial, with succinct and pertinent responses." His broad practice encompasses fraud, commodities, partnerships and joint venture matters as well as banking litigation. One interviewee states: "He is a very safe pair of hands and a good choice for any client with a commercial litigation problem." 

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Deacons

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients regard litigator Robert Clark as a "very capable guy" who is "supportive and responsive." He represented Chinachem Group in various legal proceedings, including obtaining leave to issue derivative proceedings against former directors of RCG Holdings with regard to its acquisition of two subsidiaries.

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Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees are quick to highlight Brian Gilchrist for his calmness under pressure, saying: "He is very good at handling a crisis and is always unfazed and unfailingly courteous to everyone." Sources add: "He is an excellent strategist who is extremely practical and reasonable in his approach." He led the team advising Lee Chung Hing on allegations of market misconduct and publishing of a false statement.

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Linklaters

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees highlight Marc Harvey as a "colossally well-regarded practitioner." Clients say: "He's great - a bright guy who is very persuasive." He offers extensive experience in cross-border and domestic litigation and arbitration pertaining to corporate and financial matters.

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Debevoise & Plimpton

From the Chambers Global guide

Mark Johnson of Debevoise & Plimpton maintains an excellent reputation in the Hong Kong market. He is recognised for his long-standing activity, advising on a wide range of commercial disputes as well as white-collar crime and cybersecurity matters.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Global guide

Camille Jojo is a seasoned litigator with long-standing experience advising corporates and banks in Hong Kong, especially on shareholder disputes. Clients appreciate that "he knows the law back to front" and is "loyal to the cause he fights for." A number of sources highlight his tactical strength, describing him as a "very clever, strategic guy." He recently advised the Lu family on its defamation action against a Hong Kong government minister.

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Linklaters

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients describe Gavin Lewis as a "solid, calm and strategic thinker with strong client skills who is easy to work with." He comes highly recommended for cross-border investigations work, and regularly advises banks, listed companies and managers on shareholder and mis-selling disputes.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Mark Lin has an excellent reputation in the market for cross-border litigation, especially for disputes involving the financial services and regulatory sectors. Clients describe him as a "leading litigator with a strong track record" who "always provides pragmatic advice." He acted for a former director of CITIC on Market Misconduct Tribunal proceedings brought by the SFC.

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Reed Smith Richards Butler

From the Chambers Global guide

Highlighted by interviewees as "one of the best operators in town," David Morrison earns respect for his "great knowledge of the law" as well as his "completely calm and self-assured" manner. He represented CITIC and its former directors in a HKD2 billion claim brought by the SFC.

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients single out Martin Rogers for his "great reputation" in handling "very high-profile investigations and litigations in Hong Kong," adding: "He is a doyen of the Hong Kong regulatory legal scene." One interviewee adds: "He puts time in for the client and is familiar enough with the complexities of organisations to understand how to manage the project and the expectations around it."

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Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Global guide

Gareth Thomas is recognised for his long-standing experience handling commercial litigation in Hong Kong. His broad practice covers banking, contract and securities disputes. Market commentators describe him as "very thorough, intelligent and quick to respond."

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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients regard Charles Allen of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe as an "outstanding lawyer." Interviewees particularly value his "straightforward and logical" approach, saying: "He is able to help in really understanding the situation in a very methodological way." He acts for clients in Hong Kong on a variety of disputes, including joint venture and employment issues. 

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Howse Williams Bowers

From the Chambers Global guide

Kevin Bowers is recognised for his substantial experience assisting clients with multi-jurisdictional and domestic disputes. He is especially well regarded for insurance-related litigation. 

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Allen & Overy

From the Chambers Global guide

Simon Clarke regularly handles high-stakes disputes for major financial and banking institutions, demonstrating notable expertise regarding reputational risk, fraud and bribery litigation. He assisted the administrators of the HKD82 billion estate of Nina Wang with the interpretation of her will before the Court of Final Appeal.

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Howse Williams Bowers

From the Chambers Global guide

Chris Howse receives effusive praise from interviewees, who say: "He is very well known in the insurance and shipping spaces." He also advises on disputes related to medical negligence and professional indemnity.

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Ashurst

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients describe Gareth Hughes as "very strategic and calm in a crisis," adding: "He is very commercial and practical." Interviewees also praise his technical and relationship-building skills. He represented Kingboard Group in an action brought by a US company regarding a contract dispute.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients say that Allan Leung is "very client service minded and extremely responsive, not to mention a very high-quality lawyer." Sources also note his ability to handle sensitive negotiations, explaining that "he knows how to get the job done and can get it done diplomatically." His practice covers a wide range of commercial litigation.

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Sidley Austin

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients and peers alike endorse Alan Linning for his expertise in contentious regulatory issues, with one interviewee saying: "He's very calm and clients like him; he knows his regulatory stuff inside out." Sources also report that he is "balanced and smart," with "bags of experience."

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Linklaters

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients are quick to praise the "very level-headed and articulate" Melvin Sng for "his ability to understand what the client wants" and "deliver timely, thoughtful and smart advice." He focuses on insolvency, company and insurance disputes.

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Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Global guide

Donna Wacker has an established reputation for advising financial institutions and corporates on high-stakes litigation and regulatory issues. Interviewees describe her as a "great operator" with long-standing experience in Hong Kong and elsewhere in Asia. 

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

James Wadham attracts an impressive amount of positive feedback from clients, who say he is "smart and extremely sharp." Interviewees also appreciate "his responsiveness, efficiency and practical solutions." He is highly regarded for white-collar crime and regulatory issues.

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Allen & Overy

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients describe Cheung Fai Hung as "meticulous and detail-oriented" and also appreciate that "he understands the issues and has a practical approach." He deals with commercial, banking and financial disputes, including acting on disputes and investigations relating to global financial crises.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees describe Chris Dobby as "very solid, hands-on and intellectually robust." He regularly advises financial institutions and liquidators on insolvency and commercial disputes. Recently, he led the firm's representation of Akai-Akai Holdings in a USD1.2 billion action against its former chairman.

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Simmons & Simmons

From the Chambers Global guide

Tom Fyfe maintains an active practice across a broad range of commercial disputes, and is especially noted for litigation in the financial services sector. Clients enthuse about his "great all-round technical skills" and "pragmatic, practical advice." 

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Gall

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees highlight Nick Gall for his long-standing experience and excellent contacts in the market. Clients say: "He is the most pragmatic and efficient of the lawyers I have worked with in Hong Kong. He is very meticulous, prompt, and drives the case rather than being told what to do." He represented Sunny Tadjudin in a HKD28 million employment dispute with Bank of America.

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DLA Piper Hong Kong

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients praise Satpal Gobindpuri for his "very commercial approach," saying: "He looks not just at the legal perspective but also at clients' needs and what they want to achieve." He is regularly instructed on significant shareholder and director disputes.

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Wilkinson & Grist

From the Chambers Global guide

Keith Ho of Wilkinson & Grist has a strong focus on advising clients on professional negligence matters. Interviewees highlight his long-standing experience in the Hong Kong market as a key advantage.

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Deacons

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients describe Richard Hudson as a "very practical litigation lawyer," adding: "He is very good on the law and is very intellectual and strategic." He has a focus on insolvency-related litigation.

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Bird & Bird

From the Chambers Global guide

Richard Keady of Bird & Bird attracts widespread praise for his litigation work. One enthusiastic client reports: "He is excellent: a very safe pair of hands who is very good at dealing with difficult clients and tricky situations." He represented Intel in a USD7.5 million claim against its outsourcing agents, Hong Kong-based Jointharvest, on allegations regarding breach of contract.

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Tanner De Witt

From the Chambers Global guide

Jeff Lane has a flourishing practice representing high-profile clients in complex litigation in the Hong Kong market. Sources acknowledge his established credentials, describing him as a "hardcore and serious litigator."

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Latham & Watkins

From the Chambers Global guide

Market commentators describe team head Simon Powell as a "top-quality practitioner." He is noted for his sound knowledge of insolvency and restructuring, and led the team's representation of Wongs Investments and its liquidators.

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Tanner De Witt

From the Chambers Global guide

Mark Side is a committed mediator and litigator with solid experience in handling major disputes for clients such as public companies, shareholders and accountants. Market sources comment that "he is a good all-rounder" who "has been around the market for a long time."

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Mayer Brown JSM

From the Chambers Global guide

Thomas So maintains an active commercial litigation practice, including advising on shareholder and joint venture litigations. Recently he advised Eton Properties Group on a USD45.5 million joint venture dispute.

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Reed Smith Richards Butler

From the Chambers Global guide

William Barber has been active in both litigation and arbitration for over 20 years, and is well regarded for his experience across the energy, commodities and telecommunications sectors. He advised AcrossAsia in its dispute with Astro Media Group regarding the enforcement of a USD250 million arbitration award.

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Dentons

From the Chambers Global guide

According to interviewees, Keith Brandt of Dentons Hong Kong "understands business and understands people." Clients appreciate his ability to "bridge cultural gaps" between the parties. He covers contentious finance, construction and energy matters and frequently appears before the Hong Kong High Court and Commercial Court.

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King & Wood Mallesons

From the Chambers Global guide

Commercial litigator Peter Bullock joined the firm in June 2016 from Pinsent Masons. A well-respected figure in the market, he specialises in disputes involving the tech sector. One client praises him as being "very sharp on his understanding of our case and able to give immediate advice."

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Proskauer Rose

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients describe David Chu of Proskauer Rose as "strong and smart," with an excellent understanding of the China market. He is singled out by interviewees for his extensive experience in sports law, and also handles contentious matters involving the media and financial services sectors. Recently advised Mesirow Financial Administrative Corporation in prosecuting a case of wire fraud before the Hong Kong courts.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

From the Chambers Global guide

"Strong litigator" Georgia Dawson assists clients with restructuring and joint ventures disputes. Clients say: "She is very good to work with, as she understands how financial institutions work."

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Oldham, Li & Nie

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients describe disputes head Richard Healy of Oldham, Li & Nie as a "robust litigator." His practice covers a wide range of contentious matters, including IP infringement, commercial and shareholder disputes.

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Robertsons Solicitors

From the Chambers Global guide

Barry Hoy of Robertsons Solicitors is recognised for his breadth of experience in commercial litigation in Hong Kong. Market sources acknowledge that he is "very responsive and good with clients."

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Stephenson Harwood

From the Chambers Global guide

Malcolm Kemp is recognised as a prominent litigator in the market. He recently represented Shirley Wong of the Sun Wood Company in a trust dispute concerning the ownership of numerous properties in Hong Kong.

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Global guide

Susan Kendall is a well-regarded litigator with a broad practice that spans insolvency, trusts and fraud cases. She is also well regarded for her work on employment litigation.

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Hill Dickinson Hong Kong LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees regard Damien Laracy of Hill Dickinson Hong Kong LLP in association with Laracy & Co Solicitors as a "very savvy operator" with long-established experience in Hong Kong. Clients praise his "direct approach," with one noting: "He's very good at understanding what it is we're trying to achieve." He recently advised M3Com on the recovery of stolen funds following an internet fraud scam in Hong Kong.

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Haldanes

From the Chambers Global guide

Jonathan Midgley is widely recognised in the market for his focus on white-collar crime criminal defence work. Commentators describe him as "a very good and smooth litigator" whose "clients like him a lot."

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RPC

From the Chambers Global guide

David Smyth heads the firm's dispute resolution practice and is recognised for his in-depth experience in insurance, indemnity and professional negligence litigation. He is an established figure in the market and clients describe him as a "very bright, approachable and experienced" lawyer with "good commercial sense."

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Band 4

King & Wood Mallesons

From the Chambers Global guide

Paul Starr has a long and impressive track record in the market and is well known for his prowess in construction and infrastructure disputes. One client asserts: "He is very experienced and gets great results for his clients."

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Band 4

Stephenson Harwood

From the Chambers Global guide

Jamie Stranger is praised by a client as "a very, very good lawyer" who provides "honest and direct legal opinions." His practice encompasses family and shareholder matters along with insurance and joint venture-related disputes. He recently represented PT First Media in its dispute with Astro.

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Band 4

Fangda Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

Peter Yuen of Fangda Partners is highly sought after by clients seeking advice in relation to PRC and international commercial disputes as well as regulatory and corporate compliance-related matters. Clients note: "He's fantastic for PRC-related disputes - very intelligent, articulate and responsive."

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Band 5

Kobre & Kim

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees praise the "practical" Randall Arthur of Kobre & Kim for his expertise in insolvency and restructuring disputes, where he is regarded as a "very well-respected and capable litigator." He acted for Blue Square in a Hong Kong High Court case arising out of an alleged breach of contract in relation to the client's acquisition of a manufacturing business.

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Band 5

Tanner De Witt

From the Chambers Global guide

Robin Darton is appreciated for assisting clients with contentious matters, especially in relation to restructuring, insolvency and employment issues. Other areas of focus are shareholder and trade disputes.

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Band 5

Reed Smith Richards Butler

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees describe Nathan Dentice as a "very safe pair of hands." He frequently works on joint venture and shareholder disputes, and also recently represented the Appeals Tribunal of the Hong Kong Federation of Insurers and Insurance Agents Registration Board in judicial review proceedings brought by AIA International regarding the recovery of funds mishandled by the defendant.

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Band 5

FitzGerald Lawyers

From the Chambers Global guide

Darren FitzGerald of FitzGerald Lawyers is heavily focused on litigation work and is especially active in employment, IP and insolvency-related disputes in the Hong Kong legal market.

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Band 5

Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Global guide

Dominic Geiser is highlighted for his work on commercial litigation in Hong Kong, frequently acting for international and local clients and financial institutions. He has also recently advised on a number of white-collar crime investigations.

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Band 5

Winston & Strawn

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner of Asia and disputes team head David Hall-Jones of Winston & Strawn represents clients in both domestic and multi-jurisdictional disputes, especially on construction-related matters.

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Band 5

Oldham, Li & Nie

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees describe Alfred Ip of Oldham, Li & Nie as a "confident lawyer" who is "not afraid to go up against big opponents" and is "very smart and considerate of clients' interests." He has particular experience of litigation relating to guardianships, inheritances and wills.

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Band 5

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients "have always been impressed by" Jim James's "profound knowledge and prompt feedback" and respect him for his sound expertise in shipping litigation. He recently assisted the owners of the cargo ship 'Eleni' and their P&I club with a collision action against the owners of the vessel 'Heung-A Dragon'.

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Band 5

Munros

From the Chambers Global guide

Lewis Man of Munros is recognised for his extensive experience handling commercial disputes in Asia. His practice encompasses cross-border litigation, fraud and asset tracing, and contentious insolvency cases.

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Band 5

Haldanes

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients describe litigator Patrick Rattigan as "very clever and creative," and additionally highlight his responsiveness. He regularly advises on employment-related insolvency and fraud-related litigation in addition to Hong Kong adverse possession disputes.

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Band 5

Stephenson Harwood

From the Chambers Global guide

Philip Rompotis's practice covers construction, energy and technology-related disputes. One client values his ability to "understand the technicalities of the legal situations and guide you through the matter." He led advice to PT First Media on its dispute with Astro.

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Band 5

Reed Smith Richards Butler

From the Chambers Global guide

Asha Sharma has a strong reputation for commercial litigation. Clients say: "She is pragmatic, she understands our business very well, and the advice she gives is tailored to our needs." She acted for Profit Point in a double derivative action brought by a minority shareholder.

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Band 5

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Global guide

Cynthia Tang is appreciated for her expertise in commercial litigation and corporate compliance matters involving the PRC. Clients also benefit from her able handling of regulatory and financial services-related disputes.

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Band 5

Dechert

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees highlight Kareena Teh of Dechert as a "star in the making," praising her quick turnaround times and analytical skills. She recently acted for Daimler in defending high-value claims, opposing an attempt by the defendants to have a settlement agreement set aside.

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Band 5

Mayer Brown JSM

From the Chambers Global guide

Jacob Tse handles professional indemnity, personal injury and insurance litigation as well as other civil disputes. He represented the Medical Protection Society in a judicial review of the Education and Accreditation Committee's recommendation that three doctors be removed from the register.

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Band 5

Stephenson Harwood

From the Chambers Global guide

Richard Wilmot joined the firm in 2016 from Watson, Farley & Williams. He offers extensive expertise in representing banks, shipowners and trading companies in regulatory and commodity litigation. He assisted various Nan Fung Shipping entities with four charter party disputes against Navig8.

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Band 5

Howse Williams Bowers

From the Chambers Global guide

Michael Withington is recognised for his long-standing experience representing clients in Hong Kong in domestic and cross-border commercial disputes.

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Band 5

Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees say head of litigation Mark Yeadon has "a lot of knowledge and experience of disputes processes in Hong Kong." Clients praise his "remarkable skill and patience" as well as his responsiveness. He comes particularly highly recommended for judicial review proceedings.

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Up and Coming

Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Commentators say Danny Leung is "a pleasure to deal with: thorough in his advice, practical and pragmatic, with high-quality drafting." His commercial litigation practice covers contentious insolvency, employment and regulatory matters.

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Up and Coming

Lipman Karas

From the Chambers Global guide

Vishal Melwani of Lipman Karas regularly handles major litigation concerning administrative, regulatory and competition law. Market commentators report: "He is practical in litigation strategy and knows how to deal with difficult opponents."

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