We are pleased to announce the enhancement of our Asian practice with the opening of a new office in Hong Kong to work in partnership with our well-established Singapore team.
This expansion, our second new international location to open this year following the successful launch of our 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 our London City office, leading the new venture.
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.
We are 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 our 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 Laracy 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 our 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 future.’
With so much focus turning to Asia in recent years, our Singapore/Hong Kong axis consolidates our lead position as a major international player and offers significant benefits for an expanding client base both in Asia and Europe.