Chief Executive: Adrian Biles
Number of partners: 18
Number of lawyers: 40
Languages: English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay, Indonesian
■ Banking & Finance
■ Capital Markets
■ Corporate Secretarial Services
■ Dispute Resolution
■ Energy & Infrastructure
■ International Trade
■ Real Estate
■ Shipping & Maritime
With offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore, Ince is one of the earliest international law firms setting up presence in Asia over 40 years ago. In 2019, the firm has seen significant expansion of its service offerings, with lateral hires and addition of a team of lawyers in its Hong Kong office. A market leader in the shipping and maritime industry for over 150 years, the multi-disciplinary practice now covers a range of major practice areas including banking and finance, capital markets, corporate/M&A, construction, dispute resolution, energy and infrastructure (LNG/FSRU/FPSO), international trade, insurance, real estate. Its Singapore office offers integrated English and Singapore law advice through a formal law alliance with Incisive Law LLC, which enables it to advocate cases for clients in Singapore courts and domestic arbitrations. The office recently launched its China practice which represents Chinese companies doing business in Singapore as well as local and international companies with operations and activities in China across a wide range of transactions and matters. Ince has a dedicated team of lawyers servicing clients in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Southeast Asia and ASEAN jurisdictions, together with a network of law firms in jurisdictions where Ince does not practise local law.
Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Finance:
Secured and unsecured commercial transactions; property finance; leveraged acquisition finance; asset-based and cash flow finance; aviation and ship finance; project finance; establishing lines of credit for general corporate purposes, regulatory and compliance advisory.
Key contacts: Eric Lui, Gary Wong
General corporate advisory, mergers and acquisitions, joint venture, initial public offerings, asset and stock sale and purchase, restructuring and insolvency, corporate governance regulatory and compliance advisory, as well as dedicated corporate secretarial services, notary and China attestation services.
Key contacts: Eric Lui, David Beaves
Litigation, arbitration and mediation of construction related disputes for developers, contactors, sub-contractors, consultants and suppliers across Hong Kong and mainland China; general advisory on construction agreements, building contracts and joint venture agreements, etc.
Key contacts: Ian Lo
Cross-border litigation, arbitration and mediation in Hong Kong, mainland China, Singapore and England; international arbitrations governed by ICC, LCIA, UNITRAL, HKIAC, CIETAC, SIAC, CMAC and LMAA rules; negotiation and drafting arbitration agreements; regulatory compliance and enforcement matters, etc.
Key contacts: Max Cross, Rosita Lau, Ian Lo, Wai Yue Loh
Transport (Shipping, Aviation, etc):
Admiralty, dry shipping, charterparties, cargo claims, shipbuilding, ports, airports, asset financing for shipping, aviation and offshore facilities, yacht and superyacht, passenger and cruise ship, marine insurance, maritime restructuring and insolvency, environmental issues, and marine risk, regulatory and compliance advisory, 24 hours emergency response hotline + 44 (0) 20 7283 6999.
Key contacts: Paul Ho, Wai Yue Loh, David Beaves, Harry Hirst
Contentious and non-contentious issues arising in all non-life classes of insurance and reinsurance industries, including marine and non-marine risks, political and trade credit risks, general and product liability, professional indemnity, personal injury, as well as subrogated recovery actions, quantum disputes, corporate and regulatory, and product development.
Key contacts: Wai Yue Loh, Kelvin Lee
Contentious and non-contentious trade issues involving letters of credit, bills of lading, sale and purchase, shipping and logistics contracts, insurance, import and export issues, customs duty agreements, warehousing and storage as well as sanctions and regulatory advisory, derivatives trading, hedging and trade finance arrangements. Covering wide range of commodities including metals, oil and gas, LNG, coal, grain, feedstock and other bulk materials.
Key contacts: Wai Yue Loh, Rosita Lau, Maureen Poh
Energy & infrastructure:
Major projects including LNG/FPSO/FSRU, maritime infrastructure and onshore and offshore power projects. Particular experience with project finance structures and energy related disputes in emerging and frontier markets, including China, Southeast Asia and ASEAN jurisdiction.
Key contacts: Maureen Poh