Areas of practice
Edward Ma specializes in shipping, trade, insurance and corporate disputes.
Mr. Ma’s experience and passion is unique in his field. He started his legal career in shipping law which is a niche area involving complex legal issues, and he expertizes in all areas of admiralty and maritime law, both wet and dry. With LLB degrees in both Chinese law and English law, he also has deep knowledge and understanding in the international legal regime for trade, insurance, finance, and insolvency. In particular, Mr. Ma is recognized for his expertise in dealing with international arbitrations. Mr. Ma worked for 11 years as in-house counsel and 16 years in private practice. It is this rare combination of experience and his ability to calmly assess and find the best path forward that makes Mr. Ma a highly valued partner to his clients.
His clients engage Mr. Ma for his extensive experience in highly complex and comprehensive matters, especially when involving different areas of law, or involving different jurisdictions. Mr. Ma has advised on a number of significant and influential cases, including the NGO claims and fishery claims arising from Penglai 19-3 offshore platform oil pollution incident, the reinsurance disputes arising from SK Helix fire accident, the Chinese litigation of MV “HEBEI SPIRIT” oil pollution claims, the “11.22” pipelines explosion accident of Sinopec, and the false warehouse receipts fraud cases of De Zheng portfolio companies in Qingdao Port, among others.
Mr. Ma is regularly recommended as a “Ranked lawyer” by Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, and he is also ranked as “Leading Individual” by Asialaw Profiles. He is described by Chambers as “very analytical and very, very thorough and precise” when handling cases.
Mr. Ma joined King & Wood Mallesons in 2010. Prior to that, he worked with China Ocean Shipping Co. (COSCO) and China Shipowners Mutual Assurance Association and was a partner of a firm in Beijing. He has previously participated in the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Conference as a member of the official Chinese Delegation for making international maritime conventions.
Mr. Ma graduated from Dalian Maritime University with a LL.B degree in 1991 and qualified as a PRC lawyer in 1996. In 2000, he passed the Common Professional Examination (CPE) and received a Post-graduate Diploma with commendation in English and Hong Kong Law from the University of Hong Kong. In 2001, he obtained an LLB degree with honors (2nd class, 1st division) from the Manchester Metropolitan University.