Herbert Smith Freehills

Dispute Resolution: Litigation (International Firms) Department

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What the team is known for Enjoys a superb reputation for handling a vast range of local and international litigation for blue-chip clients. Also well placed to serve high net worth individuals. Distinguished by the depth and experience of its bench of litigators, allowing the team to commit substantial resources to the largest and most complex cases. Notably visible in litigation arising out of financial services litigation and shareholder disputes, as well as general commercial disagreements. Clients also benefit from the firm's Alternative Legal Services team based in Shanghai, offering support on the review of Chinese language documents.

Strengths A client appreciates that the team is "diligent and focuses on the details, providing professional and prompt replies to our questions on Hong Kong law." The same client also likes that "as an international law firm with branches in a lot of countries, the team can provide opinions on cross-border matters."

A second client reports receiving "excellent, flexible, client-oriented service."

Work highlights Acted for DBS Bank in defending an appeal against the first instance judgment in which the team successfully defended DBS against fraud claims and other claims to unwind allegedly voidable transactions by Galleria's liquidators.

Notable practitioners

Dominic Geiser
's profile continues to rise after advising regional private equity powerhouses, banks and corporates on matters ranging from mis-selling claims to fraud recovery actions to intellectual property disputes. A client describes him as "responsive, technically able and a pleasure to work with."

Gareth Thomas
is head of the firm's commercial litigation team in Hong Kong and a seasoned adviser to major corporates, financial services clients and high net worth individuals. Of late, he has been handling employer's negligence claims, in addition to his broader practice of commercial disagreements and financial services disputes.