Ing Loong Yang is a partner in the Hong Kong office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Litigation & Trial Department. He counsels clients 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
- Commercial criminal defense
- 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 Chartered Arbitrator of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, 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 and the Chairperson of the Appointments Committee of the HKIAC
- 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, cash recycling machines, 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 major conglomerate in Malaysia in two Hong Kong arbitrations against a PRC company arising from joint venture agreement to set up car production facilities in China.
- A major Chinese online game company in two arbitrations, seated in Singapore, against a Korean online game company.
- A key OEM manufacturer of ATM machines in southern China against Hong Kong arbitrations brought by a Japanese ATM manufacturer.
- 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 Taiwanese OEM manufacturer in a Singapore arbitration against French and a Canadian customers in the navigational systems industry.
- A senior civil servant in criminal proceedings brought by the Hong Kong ICAC for an alleged cheating offence relating to housing loans.
- A major Chinese real estate company in a multi-million dollar arbitration in Hong Kong against a BVI company controlled by 2 Chinese individuals relating to a large real estate development in Nanjing, China.
- A US company against a BVI company controlled by Chinese parties for breach of an investment agreement in the education sector.
- 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.
- A US medical equipment company in an arbitration against a Chinese company in respect of distributorship agreement and potential arbitration.*
- A Canadian company on a dispute against a state-owned Chinese company based in Tianjin brought by a Chinese-foreign joint venture.*
*Matter handled prior to joining Latham