Addleshaw Goddard targets Asian and cross-border disputes with hire of first Chinese dispute resolution expert

Addleshaw Goddard has hired market-leading disputes lawyer, Ronald Sum, to lead its Asian litigation practice out of its Hong Kong office, building on the firm’s commitment to its global disputes and international arbitration offering and bringing a dedicated China focus to its litigation practice.    


Joining the firm from Locke Lord, where he served as East Asia Head of Arbitration, Ronald’s practice covers all areas of dispute resolution, specialising in China related matters, cross-border disputes, complex commercial disputes, regulatory body investigations, transport & logistics, international trade, insurance and reinsurance, product liability and product recall.

Bob Charlton, Head of AG’s Asia region, comments: “Our litigation practice has developed a significant market presence, resulting in the firm being instructed on some high profile disputes in Hong Kong, so we are delighted that Ronald has chosen to join us to add further strength to our successful team. As our first Chinese Litigation partner, we are looking forward to realising the opportunities he will bring, especially as significant projects take off in China, like the Belt & Road Initiative. His close relationships in the region will undoubtedly help with our ambitions of growing our business in China.

Michael Barnett, Litigation Divisional Managing Partner, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Ronald to our Hong Kong office, and to our international disputes team. With his tremendous experience, track record of developing a successful disputes business and network of great clients, Ronald’s arrival represents an exciting opportunity to strengthen mutual relationships and broaden our client base. Ronald will be a fantastic addition to the team as we continue to take an increasingly international approach to developing networks and unlocking potential opportunities in the cross-border disputes environment.

Ronald is the latest partner to join the firm’s Asia practice following the appointment of Corporate Partners Lance Jiang and Ton Van Den Bosch, bringing its total complement of partners to six, and c.35 other fee earners across Asia. 

Addleshaw Goddard has a strong commercial litigation and international arbitration practice in the region that regularly handles Asian cross-border disputes and works with international offices, especially in financial institutions disputes and contentious regulatory work, as well as commercial litigation, international arbitration, investigations, and white-collar crime services.

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