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Managing Partner: Marcus Bowman
Senior Partner: Richard Crump
Number of partners: 175
Number of lawyers: 319
Trainee solicitors: 51
Other fee earners: 49
Asia Pacific Offices: Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Jakarta*, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth
International Offices:  Abu Dhabi, Beirut*, Brussels, Dubai, Geneva, Houston, Kuwait*, London, Paris, Piraeus, Rio de Janeiro, Riyadh*, São Paulo

Asia Pacific Contacts:

Hong Kong:
Henry Fung
Tel: +852 3983 7777
Email: [email protected]

Contact: Nicholas Poynder
Tel: +86 21 2080 1001
Email: [email protected]

Mert Hifzi
Tel: +65 6411 5300
Email: [email protected]
Haydn Dare
Tel: +6221 5080 4404 E
[email protected]

Carolyn Chudleigh
Tel: +61 02 9320 4620
Email: [email protected]

Gavin Vallely
Tel: +61 03 8601 4523
Email: [email protected]

Simon Adams
Tel: +61 08 9422 4715
Email: [email protected]

*Associated Offices

Firm Overview:
HFW is a sector focused global firm operating across six core areas:
■ Shipping
■ Aerospace
■ Commodities
■ Construction
■ Energy
■ Insurance & Reinsurance

A global network of 20 offices across the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, enables HFW to provide a comprehensive range of contentious and transactional services to clients whenever and wherever their business operates. A global perspective and entrepreneurial approach ensures that HFW provides clients with creative solutions that help them achieve their objectives.

Main Areas of Practice:

Aviation & Space:

HFW advises airlines, banks, manufacturers, owners, operators, logistics operators, lessors, MROs and insurers on issues including regulatory and competition, operations, claims and liability disputes, and the financing and structuring of transactions.

The firm’s practice covers both contentious and non-contentious. Clients range from main contractors, governmental bodies and developers, to subcontractors and suppliers.

The firm acts on soft commodities, oil and gas, coal and steel, and non ferrous and precious metals. Clients include energy and chemical companies, coal and metal traders, commodity trading houses, trade finance banks, brokers, insurers and trade associations.

HFW has expertise ranging from exploration and production, storage and transportation, LNG, refining, trading and sale of oil and gas, to electricity generation, energy management, renewables and carbon trading.

Financial Institutions:

HFW advises on infrastructure and project finance, ship and aviation finance, Islamic finance, trade finance and private equity. HFW advises on disputes in trade and asset finance, complex accounting issues, investment fraud, financial instruments, and restructuring and insolvency.

Insurance & Reinsurance:
HFW provides a wide range of dispute resolution, transactional and regulatory services to clients that include insurers, captives, intermediaries, managing and members’ agencies at Lloyd’s, and run-off service providers.

The firm acts for buyers and providers of logistics services and for the insurance sector, on a range of insured and commercial disputes arising out of logistics operations.

HFW advises a wide range of clients on M&A, projects, construction, trade and structured finance, insurance, physical trading, derivatives, sale and purchase arrangements, regulatory and EU issues, transportation, and disputes.

Ports & Terminals:
The firm specialises in capabilities relating to the development and operation of ports and terminals. Clients include port and terminal operators, shipping lines, investment funds, governments, logistics companies, contractors, banks, financial institutions, and insurers.

The admiralty practice advises on major casualty and piracy cases. It also advises on shipping contracts, transport-related disputes, ship finance, corporate matters and marine insurance.

HFW has a team of expert international lawyers who have in-depth technical and commercial knowledge of this sector.

Travel, Cruise & Leisure:
HFW advises on shipping and travel law, regulatory, company/commercial, dispute resolution, health and safety, crisis management, IT/IP and data protection. Clients include cruise companies, ship owners, P&I clubs, ship management and holiday companies.


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