Latham & Watkins LLP

Arbitration (International) Department

Asia-Pacific Region
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What the team is known for Compact yet highly versatile Hong Kong-headquartered practice, handling arbitrations from all parts of Asia and beyond for a varied clientele and benefiting from the full support of the firm's international network. Fields particularly noteworthy China-related expertise, notably active on Malaysian and Indonesian matters and noted for its handling of disputes originating in the construction, energy and resources, and hospitality sectors. The team's impressive linguistic capabilities regularly attract specific commendation, as it fields speakers of Cantonese, Mandarin, Malay and Japanese, to name just a few examples.

Strengths A client who highlights the team's "exceptional service," observing that the team is "very knowledgeable regarding the legal issues and processes of arbitrations," further notes that its individual members are "also very responsive and always able to provide timely assistance on various matters."

A client who deliberately selected the firm for "their expertise in cross-border disputes in our industry and in handling international arbitrations," goes on to say: "I am very happy with their service. The team is very hands-on, responsive and accessible, and they give us a level of comfort I have not found elsewhere. They make you feel at ease and are very grounded."

Work highlights Successfully represented Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Pegatron in the Singapore-seated ICC arbitration of a dispute with one Swiss and one Canadian company, arising out of a memorandum of understanding concerning these companies' design and manufacture of a particular product.

Notable practitioners

Yang Ing Loong in Hong Kong is a key contact for the practice.