Construction

Rising to the challenges of construction

The construction industry is demanding and fast-paced. Our strategic legal advice identifies and minimises risk and disruption to your business, essential to achieving commercial success.

We work with our clients on their most challenging projects. We are relied upon to help throughout the lifecycle of their construction and projects - from managing the risks associated with front and back-end construction issues, to successfully resolving disputes.

Having been on-the-ground in Hong Kong since the 1980s, we have a wealth of experience in the I region. As a testament to our industry knowledge, we have been consistently ranked Band 1 in the Chambers Asia-Pacific Guide since 2012.

Full-service coverage for construction lifecycle

We are one of the few international law firms in Hong Kong with a full-service construction practice. Our team covers both non-contentious and contentious areas of construction projects - from project finance and contract negotiation phases, claims management to the later dispute resolution phases. The team also specialises in regulatory work in relation to the safety and environmental prosecutions and competition law.

Our front-end construction lawyers anticipate the practical and legal issues of a project, advising on contracts and risk management strategies on all aspects of major building, engineering and infrastructure projects. Having worked on many of the successful BOT, EPC, EPCM, and DBO projects globally, our team provide effective solutions in all aspects of the negotiation, documentation and administration of complex construction projects.

In a dispute, our back-end construction lawyers have extensive experience in all facets of major project dispute resolution, including mediation, conciliation and other alternative dispute resolution processes. We are highly experienced in litigation, arbitration and adjudication, backed by one of the largest dispute resolution teams in Hong Kong. Many of our construction lawyers are accredited arbitrators and mediators with leading international arbitration and mediation institutions.

As clients expand their business reach, we draft dispute resolution clauses and help resolve disputes arising in cross-border transactions. The unique combination of our PRC and international footprint enables us to advise on construction related matters within and beyond Asia Pacific. We have advised clients across countries and regions, including Cambodia, Singapore, Ghana, Sri Lanka, The Republic of Angola, Vietnam, the Republic of Montenegro, and Pakistan.

Helping build the Greater Bay Area

Construction is a key focus of the Greater Bay Area (GBA) Outline Development Plan. Our team is ideally and uniquely placed assist clients as they explore project opportunities in the GBA. We offer clients:

  • a strong integrated network of offices in key GBA cities with an impressive track record of construction and infrastructure-related matters in the region
  • experienced Chinese Mainland and Hong Kong construction and disputes lawyers for the cross-border work between Hong Kong and the Mainland
  • unique insights on policy development. We have been consulted by the PRC government and associated regulatory authorities on GBA-related matters and policy and legal developments.

Deep-rooted Public-Private Partnership capabilities

We have worked on many high-profile PPP projects in Asia, giving us an acute understanding of the local challenges and opportunities and how to deal with governments and their processes. We have a robust record acting for developers, contractors and financiers. This allows us to see a project from each parties’ perspective and preempt issues before they arise, and to offer creative solutions to these issues.

Leader in Belt & Road (BRI) disputes

We draw on our extensive regional experience in construction and disputes resolution to provide insights into the commercial and legal issues relating to BRI projects, delivering tailored solutions and effective risk management in complex transactions.

We have advised on over 300 BRI-related projects. We are involved in major infrastructure and energy projects in the six Economic Corridors under the BRI: Moscow-Kazan high-speed railway project in the China-Mongolia-Russia Economic Corridor to connect China and Russia, the China-Laos railway project and the China-Thailand railway project in the China-Indo-China Peninsula Economic Corridor, and the Pakistani Matiari-Lahore HVDC project in the China- Pakistan Economic Corridor.

Market leading expertise in renewable energy construction projects

We are closely attuned to the developments of alternative energy sources and lead the market in terms of the quality of advice and representation that we can offer for such projects. Our Energy, Resources and Projects team offers clients a wealth of expertise in the funding and construction of renewable energy projects such as wind and solar farms.  

Testimonials

This well-resourced and vastly experienced team is highly responsive and very commercial, providing quick, efficient and in-depth analysis of any problem.

 

Legal 500 Asia Pacific

They are the pre-eminent law firm for business in China, with a unique understanding of the region. They seamlessly leverage their Hong Kong presence to work hand in glove with their extensive office network in China.

 

Chambers Asia-Pacific

King & Wood Mallesons' construction practice is led by very experienced partners, with a capacity for managing multiple disputes of significant size to a very high standard.

Legal 500 Asia-Pacific

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