Ing Loong Yang is a partner in the Hong Kong office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Litigation & Trial Department. His practice focuses on international arbitration and complex commercial litigation in Asia, particularly on cross-border disputes involving Greater China.
Mr. Yang has extensive experience acting for corporate clients, which includes:
- International arbitration
- Complex commercial litigation
- Shareholders’ and joint venture disputes
- Technology and other licensing disputes
- FCPA investigation and compliance
- Regulatory issues
He has represented clients in numerous international arbitrations under the rules of CIETAC, SIAC, ICC, HKIAC, and UNCITRAL, as well as in the Hong Kong courts. Mr. Yang is a solicitor advocate of the Hong Kong courts, with full rights of audience in the Hong Kong courts. Mr. Yang is also qualified in England and Wales, Singapore, and New York.
Mr. Yang also has significant experience sitting as arbitrator. He is a qualified chartered arbitrator, with appointments to many panels of international arbitral institutions, namely: HKIAC (including its Financial Services Disputes panel), SIAC, CIETAC, BAC, SHIAC, SCIA, KCAB, AIAC (formerly known as KLRCA), HIAC, and JCAA. He has sat as arbitrator (either as sole arbitrator, chair of tribunal, or party-appointed arbitrator) in numerous arbitrations seated in Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Shanghai, and Seoul.
In terms of public service, Mr. Yang:
- Currently serves as a council member of the HKIAC Council
- Currently serves as an ambassador to the Commission of the ICC International Court of Arbitration on the Belt and Road Initiative
- Currently serves as an advisor to China Academy of Arbitration Law
- Currently serves as a director of Maxwell Chambers, Singapore
- Served as a deputy public prosecutor with the Singapore Attorney-General’s Chambers
- Served as a member of the Disciplinary Committee of the Singapore Exchange (SGX)
Mr. Yang’s wide-ranging industry expertise includes online game software, pharmaceuticals, automotive, clean technology, banking and finance, road-recycling, agriculture, energy, OEM manufacturing, and private equity.
Besides English, Mr. Yang is also fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, Chiuchow, Fujianese, Malay, and Bahasa Indonesia.
Mr. Yang’s representative experience includes advising:
- A Japanese investment funds company in relation to an investment dispute in Fujian, China administered by HKIAC, including successfully arguing for a stay of the Hong Kong Court proceeding initiated by the counterparty in favor of arbitration.
- The chairperson of a Chinese listed company in a multi-million dollar HKIAC arbitration against US and Hong Kong investors in respect of disputes concerning the enforceability of “compensation for share price guarantees” after listing. The arbitration was conducted in Chinese.
- A US company in an arbitration seated in Ecuador against a former executive of the company for breaches of an employment agreement governed by Singapore law.
- A leading Shanghai-based online game company in an ICC international arbitration held in Singapore regarding a large, “bet the company” dispute with Korean online game licensors in relation to a Licensing Agreement.*
- A listed PRC company in a “bet the company” international arbitration involving hundreds of million dollars administered by SIAC in accordance with ICC Rules with a European multinational company in relation to a License Agreement for the licensing of clean technology, and successfully defended the client against a substantial part of the multi-million claim in US dollars. This was also a landmark case concerning “mix-and-match arbitration clauses.”*
- A Canadian multinational company in an SIAC arbitration held in Singapore against a Chinese state-owned Enterprise in relation to the establishment and management of a joint venture plant in Anhui, China.
- The national Malaysian automobile manufacturer in relation to its joint venture with a PRC company in Guangdong and enforcement of several SIAC arbitral awards in China.*
- A US medical equipment company in an arbitration against a Chinese company in respect of distributorship agreement and potential arbitration.*
- A Hong Kong listed company against a director and a company under the director’s control in respect of a breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duties.*
- A Canadian company on a dispute against a state-owned Chinese company based in Tianjin brought by a Chinese-foreign joint venture.*
- A Chinese client in a HKIAC arbitration against two US companies brought by a series of disputes related to stock transfer agreement.
*Matter handled prior to joining Latham