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Ashurst

Dispute Resolution: Litigation (International Firms)

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What the team is known for

Full-service firm representing clients in the tech, telecoms and food sectors, in addition to its strong focus on the financial services sector. Also well equipped to handle shipping disputes. Regularly instructed in shareholder and contractual disputes. Clients benefit from the firm's extensive network of offices in Asia and alliances with local firms in China and India. Valued for its contentious regulatory practice and also handles regulatory investigations.

Strengths

One client has an "overall very positive impression" of the firm, stating that it is "responsive, commercial and pragmatic."

A second client appreciates the team for its ability to "work across time zones without even thinking about it" and applauds it for being "great and really responsive."

Work highlights

Acted for Grand City in defending Hong Kong High Court proceedings in which it was accused of acquiring a 34% shareholding in Hong Kong Airlines through fraud and unlawful conspiracy.

Notable practitioners

Practice head James Comber handles an array of commercial disputes, including shareholder disagreements, financial services investigations and litigation, and insolvency disputes. A client enthuses: "He's a really strong lawyer who is clearly on top of the various different aspects of the law, pretty practical and quite commercial, and a nice guy who is good at managing client relationships."


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Overview

Ashurst's Dispute Resolution practice is well known for its strong capabilities in handling regulatory investigations, and financial and commercial disputes in Greater China and across Asia, whether through litigation or arbitration. The team maintains its strong flow of work from leading global banks, while taking on a number of high value commercial and shareholder disputes for leading listed companies in Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and the PRC.

We act for PRC enterprises, multinational corporates and financial institutions. Our industry experience includes securities brokerages, air transport and logistics, telecommunications, real estate and electronics.

Key strengths include:

  • High quality work and dedication. Our clients trust us to devote ourselves to their matters, with ease of access to partners and a team of highly skilled associates, that enables us to handle complex matters in a tight timeframe.
  • Adept at guiding PRC-based clients through Hong Kong regulatory investigations and disputes, coupled with a good understanding of Chinese state-owned enterprises and Asian conglomerates that enables us to help guide our strong client base from across the region with their mission-critical corporate disputes.
  • Expertise and geographic reach of the broader practice for complex financial services disputes.
  • Partner level hand-on, responsive and solution-focused approach.
  • Trilingual capabilities (fluent in Mandarin, English and Cantonese).

Dispute Resolution: Litigation (International Firms) Department

Ashurst

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11/F Jardine House

1 Connaught Place

Central

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

China

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Dispute Resolution: Litigation (International Firms)


James Comber
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