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Richard Yip and Samantha Lau talked about the impact of Cap 645 and the cooperation mechanism on cross-border disputes at C.L. Chow and Macksion Chan, Solicitors

The long-awaited Mainland Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters (Reciprocal Enforcement) Ordinance Cap 645 will come into force on 29 January 2024. Richard Yip and Samantha Lau, both being experienced practitioners in cross-border disputes, delivered an insightful CPD talk with C.L. Chow and Macksion Chan, Solicitors. Aside from an increase in certainty and predictability for parties, we can expect to see a reduction in time and legal costs spent on cross-border enforcement of judgments.

Richard Yip

He has courage to put forward the case of his client, but at the same time, he is not pushy.” Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2021-2024, Commercial Disputes – Leading Junior (Tier 1)

Richard has a broad civil practice with a focus on shareholder disputes, commercial litigation, financial regulation, competition law and personal injuries. He joined Denis Chang’s Chambers in 2011. Prior to joining the bar, Richard was a corporate finance solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills.

He represented four respondents in the second case before the Hong Kong Competition Tribunal, where the economic efficiency defence was raised for the very first time in Hong Kong. He was also involved in a number of substantial shareholder disputes, including Acropolis Ltd v W&Q Investment Ltd, 2018 HKCA 379 (appeal against interlocutory injunction concerning the EGM voting results of a listed company) and Waddington Ltd v Chan Chun Hoo Thomas, HCA 3291/2003 (trial of a double derivative action).Richard is also actively involved in the community and academia. He is a part-time lecturer at the University of Hong Kong.

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Samantha Lau

Samantha graduated from the University of Hong Kong with double first-class degrees in law and government, before attending Harvard Law School for postgraduate studies, where she graduated with a top prize for her essay on equality law. She later served as a judicial assistant of the Court of Final Appeal of Hong Kong, before being awarded the Hong Kong Bar Scholarship. She is also called to the Bar in New York.

Samantha accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ practice. She has a wide civil practice with an emphasis on civil and commercial litigation, as well as international arbitration. She has experience in arbitration before SIAC, LCIA and HKIAC.

Samantha is able to provide legal advice and conduct hearings in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

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This article was first published on 9 January 2024.

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