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Global China Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (International Firms)

Dispute Resolution chapters focus on litigation and alternative dispute resolution proceedings. The work covers the full course of a dispute, such as pre-trial negotiations, documentation and preparation for trial, summary judgment applications, trial, appeals and enforcement proceedings. This section also covers white-collar crime, including government investigations. Expertise in alternative dispute resolution, involving non-court mediation and arbitration, may be ranked in separate tables where the market is sufficiently developed. Practice areas such as Insurance, Construction, IP and Media may also contain litigators who are experts in their field in markets that are sufficiently specialised. In some jurisdictions in the region, where the legal profession is not fused, we feature separate ranking tables for barristers and solicitors. In jurisdictions where the legal profession is fused, but there is sufficient distinction between lawyers practising in the style of barristers, and lawyers practising in the style of solicitors, we have sought to make this distinction clear by again having separate ranking tables.

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Band 1
  1. Herbert Smith Freehills
    Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (International Firms)
    Global 2022 | Band 1
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Band 2
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    Clifford Chance
    Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (International Firms)
    Global 2022 | Band 2 | 11 Years Ranked
    Highly regarded team known for successful, commercially focused advocacy, with key partners located in the firm's Hong Kong and Shanghai offices. Represents clients in disputes relating to joint ventures, shareholder agreements and M&A transactions. Experienced handling arbitration related to a range of sectors, including mining, banking and finance and energy. Active in the representation of private equity firms and other financial institutions in commercial arbitrations, with additional experience representing SOEs. Also able to assist clients with investor-state arbitrations.
  2. Shearman & Sterling
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    Shearman & Sterling
    Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (International Firms)
    Global 2022 | Band 2 | 6 Years Ranked
    Well-regarded team offering deep expertise in disputes arising from the energy and resources sector, including in the areas of oil and gas, power and nuclear energy. Advises on investor-state arbitration, including matters relating to investment treaties and projects in relation to China’s Belt & Road Initiative. Experienced in representing a full range of private companies, SOEs and sovereign states, including high-profile US and European clients. Offers clients arbitration expertise from both its Hong Kong and mainland China offices, while drawing on the strengths and resources of its regional and global offices to offer clients a truly international service.
  3. Sidley Austin
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    Sidley Austin
    Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (International Firms)
    Global 2022 | Band 2 | 9 Years Ranked
    Robust Hong Kong-based team advising clients on a broad spectrum of cross-border commercial disputes, with particular experience in matters involving Korea, Japan, Malaysia and Indonesia. Sidley Austin acts for a roster of private equity funds and offers notable experience in handling work from a range of other sectors including construction, engineering, tech, real estate, and oil and gas. Offers clients expertise across the full spectrum of major arbitral institutions, as well as experience acting as both counsel and arbitrator.
  4. Allen & Overy
    Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (International Firms)
    Global 2022 | Band 2
  5. Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
    Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (International Firms)
    Global 2022 | Band 2
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Band 3
  1. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
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    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (International Firms)
    Global 2022 | Band 3 | 11 Years Ranked
    Freshfields' Hong Kong team is experienced in acting for both privately and state-owned Chinese businesses and international corporations in high-value arbitration proceedings. Regularly advises on cross-border disputes, and offers notable expertise in arbitrations related to bilateral investment treaties. Often acts for major private equity firms, as well as clients in the pharmaceutical and telecommunications sectors.
  2. Hogan Lovells International LLP
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    Hogan Lovells International LLP
    Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (International Firms)
    Global 2022 | Band 3 | 9 Years Ranked
    Capable team representing clients in arbitrations across Asia from its base in Hong Kong. Hogan Lovells is highly experienced in cross-border disputes, often teaming up with its regional offices to assist with mandates spanning Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Mongolia. Regularly acts as counsel in energy and construction disputes concerning joint ventures and projects. Also represents private equity firms, banks and clients in the hospitality and leisure sectors.
  3. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Affiliates
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    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Affiliates
    Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (International Firms)
    Global 2022 | Band 3 | 11 Years Ranked
    Well-reputed team acting on a wide range of high-value commercial arbitrations. The Hong Kong and Beijing teams coordinate with offices across Asia-Pacific to provide complete regional coverage, supported by the firm's wider global network. Acts on behalf of clients from the energy, leisure and TMT sectors, and demonstrates significant experience advising banks, financial institutions and private equity firms. Additionally experienced in construction arbitrations.
  4. King & Wood Mallesons
    Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (International Firms)
    Global 2022 | Band 3
  5. Latham & Watkins
    Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (International Firms)
    Global 2022 | Band 3
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Band 4
  1. CMS
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    CMS
    Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (International Firms)
    Global 2022 | Band 4 | 5 Years Ranked
    Dedicated international arbitration team boasting expertise acting as both counsel and arbitrator for domestic, regional and global clients. Frequently acts on disputes in the aviation, shipping and transport sectors. Also the firm of choice for a number of German technology clients.
  2. DLA Piper Hong Kong
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    DLA Piper Hong Kong
    Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (International Firms)
    Global 2022 | Band 4 | 8 Years Ranked
    Solid Hong Kong-based arbitration practice with a strong track record of advising Chinese companies on disputes relating to their outbound investments. Leverages DLA Piper's extensive global network effectively in cross-border cases. Broad experience across multiple sectors including construction, industrial manufacturing, energy, tech and shipping. Also able to handle cross-border mandates on behalf of companies headquartered in other Asia-Pacific jurisdictions, including Japan and Australia, drawing on its overseas offices to offer regionally coordinated service.
  3. Fangda Partners
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    Fangda Partners
    Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (International Firms)
    Global 2022 | Band 4 | 4 Years Ranked
    Established practice with offices across Mainland China and a growing presence in Hong Kong. Services PRC-based entities as well as foreign multinationals on high-value cross-border disputes, including investment treaty disputes. Provides a broad scope of sector expertise and acts for clients in the energy, mining and technology industries.
  4. Norton Rose Fulbright
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    Norton Rose Fulbright
    Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (International Firms)
    Global 2022 | Band 4 | 11 Years Ranked
    Norton Rose Fulbright has a solid track record of handling arbitrations relating to construction and engineering, as well as energy and infrastructure. Clients include banks, businesses and SOEs. Able to draw on a strong international network and advise on complex cross-border matters involving multiple jurisdictions. Also equipped to act as arbitrator in addition to counsel.
  5. Dentons
    Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (International Firms)
    Global 2022 | Band 4