International law firm Hill Dickinson LLP is pleased to announce the enhancement of its Asian practice with the opening of a new office in Hong Kong to work in partnership with its well-established Singapore team.
This expansion, the firm’s second new international location to open this year following the successful launch of the yacht team’s Monaco office, will operate in association with Laracy & Co led by experienced litigator and arbitrator, Damien Laracy, and will see Master Mariner and long-standing partner, Mike Mallin from the London City office, leading the new venture for Hill Dickinson. Mike was named in TradeWinds list of the ‘World’s Top 5 Lawyers’ for marine emergencies in 2012 and has dealt with many major and
high profile casualties including “COSTA CONCORDIA” on behalf of her owners and insurers. Mike’s arrival in Hong Kong now means Hill Dickinson offers three mariner partners working in the Asia region.
Hill Dickinson is recognised as one of the major international firms in the
Asian marine, trade and energy market, and the new office represents a
cornerstone in building the firm’s long-term strategy in the region.
Mike Mallin welcomes his involvement spearheading the move into Hong Kong:
“Marrying Hong Kong with Singapore creates the ideal pan-Asia base for us to
provide a unique service to our clients. It’s where we’ve long known we
wanted to be, where we’ve needed to be and now we’re here.”
Damien shared his own enthusiasm for this new alliance: “This is an
excellent fit for us, matching our specialist Hong Kong commercial
litigation and marine work practises with Hill Dickinson’s unparalleled
expertise in collision, salvage and marine casualty within Asia and beyond.”
Tony Goldsmith who heads the office in Singapore echoes this view: “We look
forward to working closely with Mike and Damien and the Hong Kong team to
maximise the possibilities this relationship will open up now and for the
With so much focus turning to Asia in recent years, the Hill Dickinson
Singapore/Hong Kong axis consolidates the firm’s lead position as a major
international player and offers significant benefits for an expanding client
base both in Asia and Europe.
. Hill Dickinson traces its roots back to 1810 and represented the owners of
the Titanic and Lusitania.
. With more than 190 partners and 1, 400 people, the firm serves its client
base from nine worldwide locations including Monaco, Piraeus, Hong Kong and
Singapore, in addition to its UK offices.
. Hill Dickinson works with clients across the entire breadth of the marine
sector including leading ship owners, cruise and ferry operators,
charterers, shipyards, P&I clubs, port and terminal operators, underwriters,
traders, salvors, the energy/offshore sector and the cargo, logistics and
warehousing industries. The firm also works with shippers, traders,
commodities end-users and trade associations such as GAFTA and the RSA, as
well as specialist yacht finance houses and banks, owners and borrowers.