Gall has been recommended in the recently published Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide 2019. The firm was ranked for dispute resolution, employment and for restructuring and insolvency in the Hong Kong chapter. The firm maintained its rank as a Leading Firm in these core practice areas, receiving positive feedback from both clients and peers.
HONG KONG: DISPUTE RESOLUTION
DISPUTE RESOLUTION: LITIGATION
Dispute resolution: litigation – ranked: tier 4
A boutique practice that ‘provides great technical advice and is sensitive to commercial issues’, the team at Gall is led by Nick Gall, who has extensive experience in dealing with multi-jurisdictional fraud and international asset tracing litigation. The team recently represented Zhang Lan, one of the most prominent business women in China, in a $300m dispute with CVC Capital Partners regarding CVC’s acquisition of an indirect majority shareholding in the South Beauty chain of restaurants from the client and her corporate vehicles. Other clients include Three Towns Capital, Cellmark and Rio Tinto Shipping.
LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
Labour and employment – ranked: tier 3
Independent Hong Kong-based firm Gall is best-known for its ‘superb contentious employment offering’, where it is able to resource matters using core employment practitioners as well as those in the broader litigation team. Many of its cases relate to the financial services industry, either on behalf of the employer or the employee. The ‘very through, detail-oriented’ Andrea Randall displays ‘an excellent understanding of the law’, and spearheads the team alongside head of litigation Nick Gall. Recent highlights include Randall’s representation of TFS Derivatives in its defence of claims for wrongful and unreasonable termination and unpaid wages and bonus brought by a former employee; Randall also acted for the former CEO of troubled commodities-trading company Noble Group in a claim for millions of dollars of unpaid shares brought against the company’s founder.
RESTRUCTURING AND INSOLVENCY
Restructuring and insolvency – ranked: tier 4
Dispute resolution boutique Gall regularly handles contentious insolvency matters on behalf of insolvency practitioners and debtors, and also often receives referral work from overseas law firms. Evelyn Chan rejoined the firm in November 2017 from Wilkinson & Grist, and, as part of her general commercial litigation expertise, has significant experience in contentious insolvency work, particularly as it relates to asset tracing. Senior partner Nick Gall continues to represent the liquidators of Cyberworks Audio Visual Technology; notably this matter led to Hong Kong’s first written decision on litigation funding in insolvency administrations. Chris Wong is also recommended.
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