Number of lawyers: 12
Languages: English, Cantonese, Mandarin
Asia Pacific Offices: Hong Kong
International Offices: Leeds, London (City of), London (St James), Liverpool, Manchester, Monaco, Piraeus, Monaco, Singapore
Hill Dickinson Hong Kong works with Hill Dickinson’s offices in the United Kingdom, Singapore, Greece and Monaco, to service a global client base. Best known for its expertise in commercial litigation, international arbitration, contentious shipping and trade matters, Hill Dickinson Hong Kong also has significant non-contentious capability including corporate transactional and general corporate and regulatory matters.
Damien Laracy (Partner) specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration as well as financial and workplace investigations and inquiries. He also sits as an arbitrator.
Bryan O’Hare (Partner) specialises in commercial and financial disputes and all aspects of corporate insolvency acting for stakeholders on the creditor and debtor side.
Tony Jex (Consultant) specialises in corporate/commercial work and is also a notary public. Antony Cowie (Counsel) and Alex May (qualified registered foreign lawyer) are experienced corporate transactional lawyers. Edward Liu (Counsel) is a PRC qualified shipping and arbitration lawyer.
Mike Mallin specialises in wet and dry shipping work and marine insurance. Mike set up the wet practice in Hong Kong and remains a Consultant to the firm.
Main Areas of Practice:
Restructuring & Insolvency
Shipping (Wet & Dry)
Insurance (Contentious & Regulatory)
Regulatory (HKEX, SFC)
Commercial Crime & Fraud
Probate, Trusts & Wills
The firm offers a broad range of legal services in the following categories:
■ Contentious (Litigation, Arbitration, Mediation)
On the contentious side, the firm advises clients on complex high value cross-border commercial litigation and international arbitration as well as more straightforward domestic commercial disputes.
Hill Dickinson Hong Kong regularly advises stakeholders (debtors and creditors) in distressed situations and related security enforcement and insolvency procedures in Hong Kong, the PRC and other Asian jurisdictions. The firm also advises on shareholder disputes (including ‘quasi partnership’ disputes), joint venture disputes, investment product misrepresentation/ misselling claims, banking disputes, internet crime (business email compromise scams/CEO fraud) and more routine debt/asset recovery matters, sale of goods disputes and employment issues.
The firm’s lawyers appear in the High Court on urgent confidential interim relief applications to trace, preserve and recover assets (including the appointment of provisional liquidators and receivers, freezing orders, Anton Piller orders and discovery orders). The firm regularly provides advice concerning the validity of arbitration clauses, and the enforceability of judgments and arbitration awards.
The firm also advises on contentious insurance matters including coverage and defence work. It provides audits of insurance policies and advises on policy wordings. The types of polices the firm has advised on include CAR, D&O, H&M, jeweller’s block, liability, property and BI, P&I, reinsurance/ retrocession and Welcar policies.
In a regulatory context, the firm advises company directors and others involved in the management of listed companies, as well as employers and employees involved in regulatory investigations.
On the non-contentious side, Anthony Jex has practised in Hong Kong for more than 30 years. His team advises clients in relation to corporate/commercial matters, business sale and purchase, real estate sale and leasing, trusts and wills, employment issues.
Together, Antony Cowie and Alex May bring a wide range of corporate, finance and commercial transactional experience to the firm across various industries, including shipping and maritime, technology, manufacturing, media, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and medical services and equipment. Their experience spans M&A, capital markets and regulatory advisory work, including in relation to virtual assets (crypto currencies and tokens), as well as private equity, start-up advisory and general corporate and commercial transactional work.
The Hong Kong shipping practice handles cargo misdelivery and loss/damage claims, ship mortgage enforcement, charterparty disputes, claims under ship management agreements and admiralty work generally.
The firm advises banks, brokers, traders, ship owners, charterers, underwriters and the international group of P&I clubs. Hill Dickinson’s wet specialists also assist and advise in relation to marine collisions, groundings, salvage and pollution issues.
The firm advises on a wide range of shipping transactional matters, including commercial ship and pleasure yacht sale and purchase transactions (including assisting with escrow arrangements), drafting newbuild contracts, newbuild/technical supervision agreements, refund guarantees, charterparties, pooling agreements, financing and security related documentation, technical management agreements, managers’ undertakings, crew management agreements, among others.
As well as representing a wide range of commercial shipping interests, the firm also represents cruise line operators and high net worth superyacht owners.