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PARTNER MOVES - Akin Gump welcomes leading international arbitration partner Ing Loong Yang in Hong Kong

08 Apr 2022

Akin Gump announced that Ing Loong Yang has joined the firm as a partner in its Hong Kong office.

Mr. Yang, who joins the firm from Latham & Watkins, is one of the foremost international arbitration and cross-border disputes practitioners in Hong Kong, ranked Band 1 in Chambers Greater China Region 2022 and recognized as a Leading Individual in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022.

Mr. Yang has extensive international arbitration and complex commercial litigation experience in Asia, particularly in relation to cross-border disputes involving parties in Greater China. Among other things, Mr Yang handles complex, sensitive matters involving shareholder and joint venture disputes, technology and other licensing disputes, commercial criminal defense, FCPA investigations, private equity, as well as compliance and regulatory matters.

He has represented clients in numerous international arbitrations under the rules of a range of arbitral institutions, including CIETAC, SIAC, ICC, HKIAC and UNCITRAL, as well as in the Hong Kong courts. Mr. Yang is a solicitor-advocate of the Hong Kong courts, with full rights of audience. He is also qualified in England and Wales, Singapore and New York.

Mr. Yang is a chartered arbitrator of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, with appointments (either as sole arbitrator, chair of tribunal, or party-appointed arbitrator) to many panels of the main international arbitral institutions in numerous arbitrations in Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Shanghai and Seoul. He also takes appointments as arbitrator on panels of the main international arbitral institutions throughout Asia.

“Ing Loong’s international arbitration and litigation knowledge and experience are extremely well thought of in Asia and around the world,” commented Akin Gump chairperson Kim Koopersmith. “Together with the recent addition of Graham Lovett and his market-leading disputes practice to our Dubai office, Ing Loong’s arrival provides further exceptional growth for the firm’s international arbitration and disputes practice. He will be a huge benefit to our clients internationally and locally, as well as to the firm as a whole.”

Steve Baldini, partner and head of Akin Gump’s global disputes practice, added, “Akin Gump is building a global powerhouse international arbitration and cross-border disputes practice. With the arrival of Ing Loong, we now have top-ranked disputes lawyers in the U.S., London, Asia and the UAE, and we now offer regional and multinational clients access to the very best disputes lawyers and advice wherever they do business. Ing Loong’s experience and profile in Hong Kong and mainland China are in the very top tier, and his arrival will enhance the firm’s existing, well-established investment funds-focused Hong Kong disputes practice and help us to deliver strategic growth across our international disputes practice in Greater China, across Asia and beyond.”

Added Mr. Yang, “Akin Gump’s international disputes and investigations practice, already well known and very well respected in the U.S. and internationally, is significantly enhancing its impressive global footprint and client base. With such a clear commitment to growth, this is a superb opportunity for me and my clients. I look forward to working with the lawyers in Hong Kong, London, the Middle East and the rest of the international arbitration and cross-border disputes practice around the world at Akin Gump.”

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