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Commodity Disputes

Hong Kong

We act for trading houses and banks on disputes arising under commodity sale and purchase contracts, documentary credits, financing issues, bills of exchange, cyber security breaches, insolvency and restructuring issues, as well as breaches of distribution and agency agreements.

In addition to Court proceedings, we have experience in most of the main trade arbitration bodies such as GAFTA, FOSFA and the RSA.

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High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Com­mod­ity Dis­putes
A Hong Kong based trader in a series of suc­cess­ful ar­bit­ra­tions against de­fault­ing buy­ers and their guar­ant­ors in ar­bit­ra­tion pro­ceed­ings in Hong Kong, Aus­tralia and Lon­don, as well as co­ordin­at­ing en­force­ment pro­ceed­ings in China.A Dubai sug­ar trader in RSA ar­bit­ra­tion arising out of the dis­cov­ery of co­caine in ship­ments of sug­ar.A Hong Kong based trader in ob­tain­ing in­junc­tions pre­vent­ing funds from be­ing dis­persed when it be­came the vic­tim of a cy­ber-at­tack.A Ja­pan­ese trad­ing house in re­la­tion to breaches of a coal sup­ply con­tract by a Taiwanese cus­tom­er.A Singa­por­ean trad­ing com­pany in re­spect of a dis­pute with a Chinese bank arising out of the bank’s re­fus­al to pay un­der an ir­re­voc­able let­ter of cred­it due to al­leged dis­crep­an­cies.A Hong Kong iron ore trad­ing com­pany with debts of US$300 mil­lion in re­la­tion to wind­ing-up pro­ceed­ings, in­clud­ing ad­vising the of­ficers and share­hold­ers of the com­pany on their per­son­al li­ab­il­it­ies arising from the de­fault un­der the bank­ing fa­cil­it­ies which con­tained per­son­al guar­an­tees.A Kong com­pany on dis­putes arising un­der an ex­clus­ive dis­tri­bu­tion agree­ment re­lat­ing to In­dia in­volving the largest pro­du­cer of olive oil products.A well-known Ja­pan­ese man­u­fac­turer in re­spect of its li­ab­il­ity arising out of one of its trans­formers fail­ing on the Hong Kong Mass Trans­it Rail­way sys­tem caus­ing a fire and pas­sen­gers be­ing trapped in the tun­nel.