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Dispute Resolution

Hong Kong

Our dedicated international arbitration team supports clients in arbitration proceedings in international commercial and construction disputes and in investment arbitration. Besides acting as counsel, our senior  team members also act as arbitrators, giving them invaluable experience in handling arbitral proceedings as well as inside knowledge of the key arbitral institutions in the region and further afield.

Our maritime disputes team advises across the full spectrum of disputes including charter party, bill of lading, marine casualty, brokerage and brokers liability, ship management, insurance and reinsurance, trade credit, political risk and specialist insurance arbitration.

Through our locally qualified lawyers, we also advise and act on a broad range of commercial disputes in the Hong Kong Courts for both listed and privately held companies, trading houses and banks, including shareholder and joint venture disputes, insolvency proceedings, regulatory enquiries, disputes under contracts relating to sale of goods and services, documentary credits, financing issues, bills of exchange, cyber security breaches, distribution and agency agreements, management agreements and product liability issues, both domestic and international. We have particular experience of obtaining and resisting injunctive relief, as well as expertise in enforcement proceedings.

Using our global experience and local knowledge, we can safeguard your interests before arbitral tribunals, state courts and in alternative dispute resolution. With over 400 disputes lawyers in nearly 40 countries, we can resolve both local and complex multi-jurisdictional disputes.

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    International Arbitration

    Arbitration is your dispute resolution mechanism of choice when you need flexibility, enforceability and an award which reflects the realities and complexities of your business.

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    Litigation in Hong Kong Courts

    Litigation services in Hong Kong are provided by lawyers of our Associated firm Lau, Horton & Wise LLP. They cover the full range of commercial disputes with recognised practitioners in shipping, insurance, IP and trademarks. The team also has expertise in commodities, banking, insolvency and restructuring, fraud, joint ventures and company law disputes. 

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    Maritime Disputes

    In Hong Kong, we support clients on local and international disputes with a particular focus on litigation and arbitration with a particular focus on maritime disputes.

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    Specialist & Commodity Disputes

    We act for trading houses and banks on disputes arising under commodity sale and purchase contracts, documentary credits, financing issues, bills of exchange, cyber security breaches, insolvency and restructuring issues, as well as breaches of distribution and agency agreements.

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