Chris Wong

EXECUTIVE PARTNER, HEAD OF CHINA RELATED MATTERS

Chris is the firm’s practice leader of PRC related cases under Hong Kong law.

Chris specialises in a broad range of corporate and commercial dispute work, with particular emphasis on complex multi-jurisdictional disputes, fraud and asset recovery, contentious insolvency and bankruptcy, shareholder and JV disputes, mis-selling of financial products, audit negligence claims, employment disputes, SFC and ICAC investigations, personal injury and judicial review. He has substantial experience in making ex parte injunction applications and Norwich Pharmacal applications. He acts for and against numerous mainland Chinese companies/individuals in their disputes in Hong Kong. He obtained his LLB at Kings College London.  He is admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong and England and Wales.

Chris’ experience includes:

  • advising an oil and gas PRC enterprise in a cross-boarder dispute valued in excess of USD350 million involving 7 sets of legal proceedings in 4 jurisdictions;
  • representing the Chairman of a solar company listed in the New York Stock Exchange in relation to his/company’s debt obligations exceeding USD2 billion;
  • representing an ultra-high net worth individual (one of the richest men in the world in 2006 according to Forbes) in respect of a s.21M injunction freezing assets up to the value of USD54 million in aid of proceedings which had been commenced against the defendants in California (HCMP 3072/2014).
  • advising a majority shareholder of a property developer in the PRC (with companies incorporated in the Cayman Islands, BVI and the PRC) in relation to its USD550 million debt obligations under various debt/equity-linked security documents;
  • advising a Big Four accounting firm who were the Court-appointed Receivers and Managers of a Hong Kong company.  The matter arises from legal proceedings commenced in the PRC, the UK and Hong Kong, involving novel and complicated issues regarding the principle of judicial comity;
  • representing international banking corporations and companies in ex parte injunction applications in fraud and recovery actions;
  • advising one of the top 10 Fortune 500 companies in an injunction application in aid of arbitration proceedings against a listed PRC company in a claim over USD300 million in the renewable energy sector;
  • representing provisional liquidators of a listed company in an audit negligence claim against a global accounting firm;
  • representing one of the largest publishing and financial information firm in the world in defending a claim by a former employee for alleged misrepresentation and conspiracy;
  • representing shareholders in a joint venture dispute in respect of the distribution and sale in the PRC of certified organic skincare and cosmetic products;
  • representing one of the largest securities investment companies in Taiwan in a multimillion dollar claim by a global banking institution in relation to the Lehman Brothers minibonds;
  • representing high net worth individuals and companies in multi-million dollar claims against global banking corporations for mis-selling investment products;
  • representing petitioners/creditors and respondents/debtors in high value insolvency and bankruptcy matters and claims concerning breach of directors’ duties;
  • representing a high net worth individual in a multi-million dollar claim against a HK listed company in respect of loans made to it (the case has been concluded at the Court of Final Appeal);
  • representing a number of global companies headquartered in Korea in respect of alleged fraud, and investigations involving the misappropriation of funds and use of confidential information;
  • representing one of the most prominent bankers in Asia and a large brokerage firm in respect of SFC investigations;
  • representing a prominent businesswoman in ICAC investigations and an application for judicial review in which she sought to have a trial by jury in the High Court rather than by a judge sitting alone in the District Court.

His experience also includes representing PRC based companies/individuals in high-value arbitrations conducted under the HKIAC, UNCITRAL, ICC and CIETAC Rules. He also has substantial experience in respect of applications to the High Court to set aside arbitral awards.

Chris regularly teaches in the Insolvency Preparatory Course organised by the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants on topics relating to liquidation and bankruptcy.

Chris is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

What people say

Noted Practitioner, Dispute Resolution – Hong Kong

Chambers Asia Pacific 2017

Recommended for dispute resolution: the “responsive and efficient” Chris Wong, head of China-related matters “provides very clear and thorough advice.”

Recommended for insolvency: the ‘extremely sharp’ Chris Wong has a broad practice that takes in bankruptcy, insolvency, commercial disputes, fraud and asset recovery. He is frequently instructed by insolvency practitioners, often in cases with a cross-border element.

Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017

Rising Star, Asialaw Profiles: « “Chris is thorough, reliable, quick and is a good communicator,” says a client. »

Asialaw Profiles 2017

« Nominee, Disputes Star of the Year – Hong Kong »

Asialaw Asia Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2016

« “thorough, reactive” Chris Wong was recommended for disputes with a mainland China element »

« Chris Wong has maintained the firm’s presence in this sector with a series of insolvency-related cases. »

Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016

« Recommended Individual »

AsiaLaw Profiles 2016

Chris Wong

Executive Partner

+852 3405 7620
chriswong@gallhk.com