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  • Chen Xiangyong
    Senior Partner
    Head of the Admiralty Group
    Practice Areas: Admiralty & Maritime, International Trade, Energy and Offshore Engineering, Finance and Insurance
    Office: Guangzhou / Shanghai
    Tel.: 86 20-83930333

    Academic qualifications:
    1990  Dalian Maritime University (Maritime Law)

    Professional qualifications:
    1994  Licensed lawyer
    2012 Director of the Maritime & Admiralty Law Committee of Guangzhou Bar Association
    2014 Foreign Lawyer registered in the Law Society of Hong Kong
    2014 Expert of Maritime & Admiralty Law in Guangdong Lawyers' Expert Database
    2015 Arbitrator of South China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission/Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration
    2016 Researcher of Institute of International Shipping Law and Policy, South China Normal University
    2017 Arbitrator of China Maritime Arbitration Commission
    2018  Top Ten Foreign-related Lawyers in Guangzhou

    Languages:
    Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese) and English

    Experience:
    Mr. Chen once worked for China COSCO Shipping Corporation Ltd before he joined Wang Jing & Co. in 1994. Presently Mr. Chen is a Senior Partner and Chairman of the Management Committee of the Firm,  responsible for overseeing all significant maritime cases, complicated cases both of contentious and non-contentious undertaken by the Firm's branch offices around China. He has been continuously rated as "Outstanding Lawyer in Shipping and Maritime Practice" by Chambers & Partners and Asian Legal Business and was selected in Yearbook of Chinese Lawyer 2014.

    As a well acknowledged legal expert in maritime practice, Mr Chen has handled numerous complex and remarkable maritime cases, a handful of which had been written into "Selected Cases of Maritime Trail in China" edited by the PRC Supreme Court to mark the most highlighted maritime cases in the past 30 years. Mr. Chen has been invited by the PRC Supreme Court and the PRC Maritime Safety Administration to participate in the drafting of legislation in terms of liability limitation for maritime claims, oil pollution damages, to partake in the working group of amendment to the PRC Maritime Code and to involve in the establishment of the insurance system for civil liability of oil pollution damage. Meanwhile he has been invited as expert witness to give testimony for some significant maritime cases before courts or arbitration tribunals in foreign countries and regions, such as the UK, Australia and Hong Kong.

    Over more than 20 years' practice, Mr. Chen has provided all-round legal services for contentious and non-contentious risk control to clients, including the major global P&I Clubs, shipping lines, ocean engineering and shipbuilding enterprises, petroleum companies, multinational traders and commercial banks & financial institutes, in handling their disputes over ship casualties, cargo transportation, oceanic engineering, financing and fraudulence. In recent years, Mr. Chen has handled and supervised some major cases, among which there were Somalia pirate hijack case, fracture and sinking of container ship in Indian Ocean, oil spill from the offshore drilling platform in Bohai Bay, collision and sinking of mega-size dredger at Tianjin Port, financing via repetitive mortgage of a huge-sum Warehouse Receipt for iron ore cargo in Qingdao Port, and bank runs involving huge-sum Warehouse Receipt in Dongguan, GAFTA arbitration for a dispute arising due to return of transgenic soybean and corn cargo to UK from Xiamen Port, London Arbitration for a dispute over the resale and subsequent payment collection of a barge owned by a Jiangsu Ocean Engineering Company.

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