Adrian Yip

Adrian Yip

Partner

Hong Kong, 852 25850802

Education

University of Hong Kong (LL.B., 1988)
University of Hong Kong (P.C.L.L., 1989)

Bar Admissions

Hong Kong (Solicitor)

Adrian Yip is a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s Hong Kong office. He specializes in disputes resolution by way of court litigation and arbitration.

Mr. Yip has extensive experience in handling cross-border disputes and complex commercial litigation with particular focus on asset recovery, corporate restructuring and compliance, internal investigations and disputes involving intellectual property matters. Mr. Yip also advises financial institutions with respect to regulatory matters and has experience in contentious matters involving competition law, criminal prosecutions, shareholders’ disputes, and FCPA-related investigations.

Mr. Yip is a member of the London Court of International Arbitration.

Mr. Yip speaks fluent English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Representative Matters

  • Advised the private equity arm of a major bank in the UK in an investigation into the affairs of a joint venture business in China operating in a restricted industry using a VIE structure. Irregularities suspected to have been committed by the PRC joint venture partner included bribery of PRC government officials, embezzlement, failure to keep proper books and accounts of the joint venture and use of false/forged documents. This engagement also involved advising the client on an exit strategy and on reporting duties in the UK and Hong Kong.
     
  • Represented key corporate defendants in the defense of their title and ownership in substantial assets in Hong Kong in excess of HK $2 billion, in relation to three sets of proceedings instituted by an overseas substantial corporation before the Commercial List of the High Court of Hong Kong.
     
  • Represented the Insured Parties under a Director & Officer Liability Policy in the defense of claims advanced by the liquidators of three substantial corporations in liquidation.
     
  • Represented an international firm of accountants and its partners in Hong Kong as Insured Parties under a Professional Indemnity Insurance Policy, in the defense of securities fraud claims pending before the United States District Court, Southern District of New York.
     
  • Represented a leading life science patent holder based in Hong Kong in its disputes with two listed companies in China arising from licensing arrangements concerning use of its patented technology.
     
  • Represented a U.S.-based corporation in an internal investigation of potential violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act.
     
  • Represented the Hong Kong subsidiary of a PRC central state-owned enterprise in the recovery of substantial outstanding debts due under various loan and security arrangements.
     
  • Represented the directors and majority shareholders of a Hong Kong-based company, in disputes raised by a listed company based in Korea as minority shareholder for control of substantial assets in Hong Kong and the PRC.
     
  • Represented a leading European freight forwarder in proceedings pending in the courts of Hong Kong for the recovery of monies owed by a major U.S. corporation and its Hong Kong affiliates, as well as enforcement of Hong Kong judgment in the U.S.
     
  • Represented a state-owned corporation in France in respect of disputes arising from its joint ventures in Hong Kong and assets in the PRC.
     
  • Represented the majority shareholder of a substantial corporation in respect of disputes in Hong Kong and in the United States arising from the restructuring of a US $1.3 billion debt.
     
  • Represented a Hong Kong-based corporation in respect of disputes in Hong Kong and in the United States arising from the restructuring of a US $200 million debt.
     
  • Represented a U.S.-based corporation against a listed issuer in Hong Kong in respect of claims arising out of their joint venture agreement concerning assets in China, by way of litigation in Hong Kong and the United States.
     
  • Represented a syndicate of U.S.-based banks and financial institutions in the recovery of substantial assets including various toll roads in China, by way of litigation in Hong Kong and China.
     
  • Represented the Deposit Insurance authority in Korea in the recovery of substantial assets in China, including real estate properties and interests in various forms of investments, by way of litigation in Hong Kong, China and various jurisdictions in Asia.
     
  • Represented a leading manufacturer of bedding products based in Hong Kong and China in respect of trade secret litigation instituted by a U.S.-based competitor.
     
  • Represented a European-based toy manufacturer in its enforcement program against counterfeit activities in China.
     
  • Represented a major Japanese bank in the recovery of substantial assets in China, by way of three sets of arbitration before the London Court of International Arbitration.
     
  • Represented a leading European contractor in an arbitration before the International Chamber of Commerce in respect of disputes arising out of the construction project of a petro-chemical plant.
     
  • Represented a substantial privately held toy manufacturer based in the United States in its enforcement against counterfeit activities in China and in various countries in Asia.
     
  • Represented a leading manufacturer of television sets and other electronic products based in Hong Kong and China in the defense of claims made by a U.S.-based patent holder by way of proceedings in the High Court of Hong Kong.
     
  • Represented a U.S.-based corporation in the compliance audit of its operations in Asia in respect of intellectual property issues.
     
  • Represented a renowned “B to B” portal operator in China in the internal investigation of a suspected trade secret violation by current and former employees in Hong Kong and China.
     
  • Represented the minority shareholding interest of a joint venture and its director in a shareholders’ dispute with a listed company in Hong Kong in 8 related high court proceedings. The matter involves various applications for injunctions and a derivative action concerning inter alia the operations of PRC subsidiaries.
     
  • Represented a high net-worth individual in proceedings pending in several jurisdictions, including Hong Kong, the United States and the BVI. The proceedings involve a contentious probate action, an application for provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Ordinance, various trust litigations and an application for compulsory sale of land for redevelopment.

Mr. Yip has been ranked as a leading lawyer in dispute resolution in China and Hong Kong by Chambers Global in 2010–2014, Legal 500 Asia-Pacific in 2013, and recognized as "Star Litigator" by Benchmark Asia Pacific in 2013.

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