Look-Chan Ho

  • MA, BCL (Oxon)
  • LLM (Cantab)
  • LLM (NYU)

  • Tel: +852 3413 0637

Year of call

  • 2022 (England and Wales, Barrister)
  • 2018 (Hong Kong, Barrister)
  • 2017-2018 (Hong Kong, Solicitor)
  • 2002 (England and Wales, Solicitor-Advocate)
  • 2002 (New York State, Attorney-at-Law)

Profile

Look has over two decades of extensive experience in company, commercial and financial disputes and advisory work. He is internationally well-known for his high level of legal expertise and frequently advises on transactions involving novel and complex legal issues. He often works on prominent and precedent-setting cases. He also often provides expert evidence in foreign court and arbitration proceedings.

Look has internationally-renowned expertise in corporate insolvency and restructuring, with a strong focus on cross-border matters. 

Look is also a Door Tenant at Erskine Chambers in London, a widely recognised pre-eminent set of barristers for company, insolvency and commercial disputes and advisory work.

Before joining the Bar, Look practised for more than 15 years as a solicitor in London and Hong Kong at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and was the Asia head of restructuring and insolvency.

Look’s experience includes advising on:

  • General civil and commercial disputes (including arbitration)
  • Injunctions and urgent relief in domestic and international disputes
  • Equity, trust and property
  • Conflict of laws (including jurisdiction disputes in respect of keepwell arrangements, recognition of foreign officeholders, enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards, and Hong Kong/Mainland mutual assistance arrangements)
  • Security enforcement (including retention of title, guarantees, and set-off)
  • Banking and finance (including bond issuance, P2P platforms, structured finance, project finance, derivatives, stock lending, repo, and prime brokerage)
  • Financial services
  • Regulatory compliance (including securities legislation, listing requirements and resumption of trading)
  • International sanctions
  • Professional negligence
  • Economic torts
  • Construction disputes
  • The largest corporate insolvencies over the past two decades
  • Debt restructuring (including schemes of arrangement and consent solicitations)
  • Solvent corporate reorganisations
  • Privatisation of listed companies
  • Corporate finance
  • Corporate governance and shareholder disputes
  • Hedge funds, private equity and joint ventures
  • Personal bankruptcies


Look has published extensively on insolvency and conflict of laws matters. His publications are widely cited internationally, including with approval by the Hong Kong High Court, UK Supreme Court, English Court of Appeal, English High Court, US Bankruptcy Court, Singapore Court of Appeal, Singapore High Court, Australia Federal Court, New Zealand High Court, and Isle of Man High Court.

Look is the only barrister in Hong Kong listed in Who’s Who Legal: Restructuring & Insolvency.

Look holds a BA (first class) in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford, a BCL (first class) from the University of Oxford, an LLM (first class) from the University of Cambridge, and an LLM from New York University School of Law. At Oxford, he was a British Chevening Scholar, and at Cambridge, he was a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholar.

  • Co-Chair of the Asia Regional Committee, International Insolvency Institute
  • Co-Founder of the Company and Insolvency Law Society (COINS)

Civil and commercial disputes

  • Bank of China (Hong Kong) Ltd v Wong Koon Lup [2022] HKCFI 1461. Enforcement of guarantees
  • Patrick Cowley and Wong Wing Sze Tiffany v All Powerful Investment Ltd [2021] HKCFI 1944; [2021] HKCLC 1015. Stay of execution pending appeal
  • Pacific Andes Enterprises (BVI) Ltd v Ng Joo Siang [2019] HKCFI 2862. Security for costs

 

Injunction

  • Emperor UA Cinemas Ltd v Lark China Cinema Investments Ltd [2022] HKCFI 2316. Injunction to restrain the presentation of winding-up petition
  • Patrick Cowley v All Powerful Holding Ltd [2021] HKCFI 2132. Variation of Mareva injunction
  • Shanghai Shipyard Co Ltd v Reignwood International Investment (Group) Co Ltd [2021] HKCFI 3794; [2021] HKCLC 1735. Judgment debt and application to restrain the presentation of winding-up petition
  • Fountain II Limited v Ping An Securities Group (Holdings) Limited (2019). Ex parte injunction against rights issue
  • Ding Yi v Shum Tung [2019] HKCA 1195; [2019] HKCLC 1015. Bankruptcy and anti-suit injunction
  • Re Ding Yi [2019] HKCFI 1232; [2019] 2 HKLRD 1177. Bankruptcy and anti-suit injunction

 

Conflict of laws

  • Re RZ3262019 Ltd [2022] HKCFI 3602. Recognition of BVI provisional liquidators
  • Nuoxi Capital Ltd v Peking University Founder Group Co Ltd [2022] HKCA 1514. Jurisdiction over keepwell arrangements and recognition of Mainland insolvency proceedings
  • Re Seahawk China Dynamic Fund [2022] HKCFI 1994. Recognition of Cayman solvent liquidator
  • Re Global Brands Group Holding Ltd [2022] HKCFI 1789. Recognition of Bermuda provisional liquidator
  • Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority v Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited [2022] NSWSC 294 (acting as expert witness in Australian proceedings). Service of Australian proceedings in Hong Kong
  • Nuoxi Capital Ltd v Peking University Founder Group Co Ltd [2022] HKCFI 635; [2022] HKCLC 237. Jurisdiction over keepwell arrangements and recognition of Mainland insolvency proceedings
  • Nuoxi Capital Ltd v Peking University Founder Group Co Ltd [2021] HKCFI 3817; [2021] HKCLC 1749. Jurisdiction over keepwell arrangements and recognition of Mainland insolvency proceedings
  • Re Hong Kong Fresh Water International Group Ltd [2022] HKCFI 924; [2022] HKCLC 395. Hong Kong letter of request to the Shanghai court
  • Re Ozner Water International Holding Ltd [2022] HKCFI 363; [2022] HKCLC 167. Hong Kong letter of request to the Shenzhen Bankruptcy Court
  • Re HNA Group Co Limited [2021] HKCFI 2897; [2021] HKCLC 1463. Recognition of PRC reorganisation
  • Re Samson Paper Co Ltd [2021] HKCFI 2151; [2021] HKCLC 1053. Hong Kong letter of request to the Shenzhen Bankruptcy Court
  • Re The Joint Liquidators of Nuoxi Capital Ltd [2021] HKCFI 572; [2021] HKCLC 205. Recognition of BVI liquidation in the Peking University Founder Group
  • Re FDG Electric Vehicles Limited [2020] HKCFI 2931; [2020] HKCLC 1537. Recognition of Bermuda soft-touch provisional liquidation
  • Re Joint and Several Provisional Liquidators of Rare Earth Magnesium Technology Group Holdings Limited [2020] HKCFI 2260; [2020] HKCLC 1295. Recognition of Bermuda soft-touch provisional liquidation
  • Re Shenzhen Everich Supply Chain Co Ltd [2020] HKCFI 965; [2020] HKCLC 891. Recognition of PRC liquidation
  • Re Joint and Several Provisional Liquidators of China Oil Gangran Energy Group Holdings Ltd [2020] HKCFI 825; [2020] HKCLC 803. Recognition of Cayman soft-touch provisional liquidation
  • Re CEFC Shanghai International Group Limited [2020] HKCFI 167; [2020] HKCLC 1. Recognition of PRC liquidation
  • Re Guangdong International Trust & Investment Corporation Hong Kong (Holdings) Ltd [2018] HKCFI 2498; [2018] 5 HKLRD 396. Interaction between Hong Kong pari passu distribution and Mainland exchange control rules

 

Equity and trust

  • Re Shanghai Huaxin Group (Hongkong) Ltd [2022] HKCFI 1060; [2022] HKCLC 499. Co-guarantor's equitable contribution and proprietary subrogation
  • Re Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander (No 2) [2011] UKSC 48; [2012] 1 AC 804. The rule in Cherry v Boultbee (right of quasi-retainer)
  • Re Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander [2009] EWHC 3377 (Ch). The rule in Cherry v Boultbee (right of quasi-retainer)
  • Re Lehman Brothers International (Europe) [2009] EWCA Civ 1161; [2010] Bus LR 489. Scheme of arrangement and trust claims
  • Re Lehman Brothers International (Europe) [2009] EWHC 2141 (Ch). Scheme of arrangement and trust claims

 

Arbitration

  • Best Field Inc v Triangular Force Construction Engineering Ltd [2022] HKCFI 2017. Arbitration and stay of proceedings
  • Best Field Inc v Triangular Force Construction Engineering Ltd [2022] HKCFI 1641; [2022] 5 HKC 44. Arbitration and stay of proceedings
  • Sit Kwong Lam v Petrolimex Singapore [2019] HKCA 1220; [2019] HKCLC 1207. Bankruptcy - interaction between bankruptcy petition and arbitration clause
  • Re Sit Kwong Lam [2019] HKCFI 920; [2019] HKCLC 215. Bankruptcy - the interaction between bankruptcy petition and arbitration clause
  • Acted for the holder of Hong Kong arbitration awards in respect of the Arrangement Concerning Mutual Enforcement of Arbitral Awards between the Mainland and the Hong Kong
  • Acted for claimants in multiple arbitrations in respect of the sale and purchase of corporate groups
  • Acted for a respondent in an emergency arbitration in respect of an injunctive relief

 

Construction

  • Hip Hing Construction Company Limited v Hong Kong Airlines Limited (HCCT 107/2022) (2 December 2022). Retention money and injunction claim
  • CLSA Limited v Ling Chi Contracting Limited (DCCJ 1405/2020) (11 August 2022). Negligence claims against contractor and use of expert evidence
  • Re Hsin Chong Construction Co Ltd [2021] HKCFI 3451; [2021] HKCLC 1657. Interaction between insolvency set-off and eligibility to vote at creditors' meeting

 

Banking and finance

  • Lomas v Burlington Loan Management [2016] EWHC 2417 (Ch); [2017] Bus LR 1475. ISDA Master Agreement – calculation of post-default interest
  • Re Lehman Brothers International (Europe) [2015] EWCA Civ 485; [2016] Ch 50. Subordination agreement and non-provable claims
  • Cattles v Welcome Financial Services [2010] EWCA Civ 599; [2010] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 514. Subordination agreement
  • Cattles v Welcome Financial Services [2009] EWHC 3027 (Ch). Subordination agreement
  • Lomas v JFB Firth Rixson [2012] EWCA Civ 419; [2012] 2 A11 ER (Comm) 1076. ISDA Master Agreement – condition precedent and anti-deprivation principle
  • Lomas v JFB Firth Rixson [2010] EWHC 3372 (Ch); [2011] 2 BCLC 120. ISDA Master Agreement – condition precedent and anti-deprivation principle

 

Security enforcement and set-off

  • Hammer Capital Private Investments Ltd v Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Asia) Ltd [2018] HKCFI 2603. Receivership - powers and duties of receivers
  • Re Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander [2009] EWHC 2308 (Ch); [2010] Bus LR 428. Solvent and insolvency set-off
  • Re Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander [2009] EWHC 740 (Ch); [2009] 2 BCLC 137. Solvent and insolvency set-off
  • Acted for property receivers in respect of Mareva injunctions against the mortgagor

 

Regulatory matters

  • Re MUFG Securities Asia Ltd [2022] HKCFI 948; [2022] HKCLC 289. Unclaimed client assets held by stock brokers
  • Provided opinions to listed companies on compliance with the listing rules
  • Brazzill v Willoughby [2010] EWCA Civ 561; [2010] 2 BCLC 259. Administration and liquidation – treatment of client money
  • Brazzill v Willoughby [2009] EWHC 1633 (Ch); [2010] 1 BCLC 673. Administration and liquidation – treatment of client money

 

Restructuring and schemes of arrangement

  • Re Unity Group Holdings International Ltd [2022] HKCFI 3419. Scheme of arrangement - debt restructuring
  • Re AKM Industrial Co Ltd [2022] HKCFI 2321; [2022] HKCLC 965. Privatisation scheme of arrangement
  • Re Rare Earth Magnesium Technology Group Holdings Ltd [2022] HKCFI 1686. Scheme of arrangement - debt restructuring
  • Re Century Sun International Ltd [2022] HKCFI 1237; [2022] HKCLC 511. Scheme of arrangement - debt restructuring
  • Re China Saite Group Co Ltd [2022] HKCFI 1128; [2022] HKCLC 403. Scheme of arrangement - debt restructuring
  • Re Da Sen Holdings Group Ltd [2022] HKCFI 185; [2022] HKCLC 25. Scheme of arrangement - debt restructuring
  • Re Asia Today Ltd [2021] HKCFI 3841; [2021] HKCLC 1797. Scheme of arrangement and provisional liquidators' expenses
  • Re Century Sun International Ltd [2021] HKCFI 2928; [2021] HKCLC 1477. Scheme of arrangement - debt restructuring
  • Re China Oil Gangran Energy Group Holdings Ltd [2021] HKCFI 1592; [2021] HKCLC 911. Scheme of arrangement - debt restructuring
  • Re Burwill Holdings Ltd [2021] HKCFI 1318; [2021] HKCLC 823. Scheme of arrangement and provisional liquidators' expenses
  • Re Cosmos Machinery Enterprises Ltd [2021] HKCFI 2088; [2021] HKCLC 1045. Privatisation scheme of arrangement
  • Re Allied Properties (H.K.) Ltd [2020] HKCA 973; [2020] HKCLC 1549. Privatisation scheme of arrangement
  • Re Hong Kong Building and Loan Agency Ltd [2019] HKCFI 2088; [2019] HKCLC 753. Scheme of arrangement - debt restructuring
  • Re China Singyes Solar Technologies Holdings Ltd [2020] HKCFI 467; [2020] HKCLC 379. Scheme of arrangement - debt restructuring
  • Re China Lumena New Materials Corp [2020] HKCFI 338; [2020] HKCLC 161. Scheme of arrangement - debt restructuring

 

Provisional liquidation

  • Re Nimble Holdings Co Ltd [2022] HKCFI 519; [2022] HKCLC 201. Assessment of provisional liquidators’ remuneration
  • Re LT Commercial Ltd [2021] HKCFI 2867; [2021] HKCLC 1459. Appointment of provisional liquidators
  • Chau Cheok Wa v CT Environmental Group Ltd [2021] HKCFI 2602; [2021] HKCLC 1423. Appointment of provisional liquidators
  • Re Nimble Holdings Co Ltd [2021] HKCFI 1668; [2021] HKCLC 905. Provisional liquidators' expenses
  • Re X Ltd [2019] HKCFI 2959; [2020] 1 HKLRD 745. Appointment of provisional liquidators
  • Re Sunwell Trading (HK) Company Limited [2019] HKCFI 2767; [2019] HKCLC 1221. Appointment of provisional liquidators
  • Re Asia Today Limited (HCCW 76/2020, 27 March 2020). Appointment of provisional liquidators
  • Re China Shanshui Cement Group Ltd [2015] (2) CILR 255. Provisional liquidation – company’s locus to commence insolvency proceedings

 

Liquidation

  • Re Tiancheng Fortune Management Ltd [2022] HKCFI 3333. Winding-up petition and disputed debt
  • Re Carnival Group International Holdings Ltd [2022] HKCFI 2668. Jurisdiction to wind up foreign companies
  • Re NewOcean Energy Holdings Ltd [2022] HKCFI 2501. Parallel liquidation in Hong Kong and Bermuda
  • Re Silver Base Group Holdings Ltd [2022] HKCFI 2386. Parallel liquidation in Hong Kong and the Cayman Islands
  • Re Rare Earth Magnesium Technology Group Holdings Ltd [2022] HKCFI 2063. Costs order in respect of winding-up petition
  • Re Rare Earth Magnesium Technology Group Holdings Ltd [2022] HKCFI 1317. Jurisdiction to wind up foreign companies; adjournment of winding-up petition for restructuring purposes
  • Wealthy Land Investments Group Ltd v Florescent Holdings Ltd [2022] HKCFI 649. Winding-up petition and Money Lenders Ordinance (Cap. 163)
  • Re Lehman Brothers Asia Holdings Ltd [2022] HKCFI 178; [2022] HKCLC 45. Remuneration of liquidator and Officer Receiver's liability for costs
  • Re Lehman Brothers Asia Holdings Ltd [2021] HKCFI 2137; [2021] HKCLC 1107. Remuneration of liquidator
  • Re Grand Peace Group Holdings Ltd [2021] HKCFI 1563; [2021] HKCLC 901. Jurisdiction to wind up foreign company, scheme of arrangement and listing review
  • Re Grand Peace Group Holdings Ltd [2021] HKCFI 3695. Jurisdiction to wind up foreign companies
  • Re Violet Profit Holdings Ltd [2021] HKCFI 2249; [2021] HKCLC 1139. Permanent stay of winding-up
  • Re Trinity (Management Services) Ltd [2021] HKCFI 2207; [2021] HKCLC 1097. Liquidation - adjournment of winding-up petition for restructuring purposes
  • Re China Saite Group Co Ltd [2021] HKCFI 2889; [2021] HKCLC 1471. Liquidation - adjournment of winding-up petition for restructuring purposes
  • Re Evergreen International Holdings Ltd [2021] HKCFI 2694; [2021] HKCLC 1441. Jurisdiction to wind up foreign companies
  • Re Grand Peace Group Holdings Ltd [2021] HKCFI 2361; [2021] HKCLC 1323. Jurisdiction to wind up foreign companies
  • Re Carnival Group International Holdings Ltd [2021] HKCFI 2133; [2021] HKCLC 1051. Winding-up practice - multiple winding-up petitions
  • Re Founder Information (Hong Kong) Ltd [2021] HKCFI 1749; [2021] HKCLC 947. Liquidation - sanction of liquidators' power of sale
  • Re Aether Ltd [2021] HKCFI 1695; [2021] HKCLC 943. Adjournment of winding-up petition for restructuring purposes
  • Re Gold-Finance Holdings Ltd [2021] HKCFI 1674; [2021] HKCLC 929. Regulating order
  • Re China Greenfresh Group Co Ltd [2021] HKCFI 1182; [2021] HKCLC 591. Winding-up practice - multiple winding-up petitions and jurisdiction to wind up foreign companies
  • Re Grand Peace Group Holdings Ltd [2021] HKCFI 1142; [2021] HKCLC 607. Winding-up practice - multiple winding-up petitions
  • Re Aether Ltd [2021] HKCFI 1143; [2021] HKCLC 603. Adjournment of winding-up petition for restructuring purposes
  • Re China Ocean Industry Group Ltd [2021] HKCFI 247; [2021] HKCLC 137. Validation order in respect of issuing new shares and convertible bonds
  • Re China Greenfresh Group Co Ltd [2021] HKCFI 36; [2020] HKCLC 1613. Winding-up practice - multiple winding-up petitions
  • Re China Huiyuan Juice Group Limited [2020] HKCFI 2940; [2020] HKCLC 1505. Jurisdiction to wind up foreign companies
  • Re China Greenfresh Group Co Ltd [2021] HKCFI 1257; [2021] HKCLC 749. Winding-up practice - multiple winding-up petitions
  • Re Chase On Development Ltd [2020] HKCFI 629; [2020] HKCLC 443. Adjournment of winding-up petition
  • Re China Singyes Solar Technologies Holdings Ltd [2019] HKCFI 2559; [2019] HKCLC 1035. Liquidation - validation order and restructuring costs
  • Re China City Construction (International) Co Ltd [2019] HKCFI 1617; [2019] HKCLC 349. Liquidation - interaction between voluntary and compulsory liquidation
  • Cai Shuyi v Joint and Several Liquidators of Blockchain Group Co Ltd [2019] HKCFI 1522; [2019] HKCLC 461. Liquidation - discharging regulating order and replacing liquidators
  • Re Lehman Brothers International (Europe) [2016] EWHC 2131 (Ch); [2017] BCC 1. Administration and liquidation – post-insolvency interest
  • Lomas v Burlington Loan Management [2015] EWHC 2270 (Ch); [2015] BPIR 1162. Administration and liquidation – effect of agreements entered into by insolvency officeholders
  • Re Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (No5) [2015] EWHC 2269 (Ch); [2016] Bus LR 17. Administration and liquidation – post-insolvency interest

 

Company disputes

  • Morning Ray Investment Co Ltd v Jinhui International Enterprise Ltd [2022] HKCFI 926; [2022] HKCLC 383. Members' right to inspect company's books and records
  • Wong Chung Hon v Tse Wai Shum [2021] HKCFI 313; [2021] HKCLC 195. Charitable company - just and equitable winding-up

 

Bankruptcy

  • Re Wang Huimin [2022] HKCFI 2271. Annulment of bankruptcy order – costs order
  • Re Pan Sutong [2022] HKCFI 1896. Bankruptcy practice - multiple bankruptcy petitions
  • Re Wang Huimin [2021] HKCFI 3472. Annulment of bankruptcy order
  • Pan Sutong v DB Trustees (Hong Kong) Limited (HCSD 37/2020, 7 May 2021). Statutory demand
  • Patrick Cowley and Wong Wing Sze Tiffany v All Powerful Investment Ltd [2020] HKCFI 3173; [2020] HKCLC 1649. Bankruptcy - avoidance of transactions at an undervalue
  • Re Wu Chun Kwan [2019] HKCFI 2802; [2019] HKCLC 1249. Bankruptcy - appointment of interim trustee and special manager

Authored Books

  • Cross-Border Insolvency: Principles and Practice (Sweet & Maxwell, 2016) (sole author)
  • Principles of Corporate Finance Law (2nd edn Oxford University Press, 2014) (with co-author Professor Eilis Ferran)
  • Key Authorities in Corporate Insolvency (Nova Law and Finance, 2012) (sole author)
  • Butterworths Guide to the Insolvency Rules (LexisNexis, 2010) (with co-author Helen Smithson)


Edited Books

  • Cross-Border Insolvency: A Commentary on the UNCITRAL Model Law (4th edn Globe Law and Business, 2017) (general editor and author of two chapters)
  • Debt Restructuring (Oxford University Press, 2011) (with co-editor Nick Segal)


Book Chapters

  • ‘Set-Off’ in Peter Totty, Gabriel Moss and Nick Segal (eds), Insolvency (Sweet & Maxwell), ch H-6
  • ‘Equity and Insolvency’ in P G Turner (ed), Equity and Administration (Cambridge University Press, 2016) ch 6
  • ‘The EC Regulation on Insolvency Proceedings’ n Lightman & Moss: Law of Administrators and Receivers of Companies (5th end Sweet & Maxwell, 2011), ch 31 (with co-authors Nick Segal, Ian Fletcher and Daniel Bayfield)
  • ‘International Developments’ in Rosa Lastra (ed), Cross-Border Bank Insolvency (Oxford University Press, 2011) ch 9 (with co-author Rosa Lastra)
  • ‘Bank Insolvency Law in the United Kingdom’ in Rosa Lastra (ed), Cross-Border Bank Insolvency (Oxford University Press, 2011) ch 14
  • ‘The practitioner’s perspective: the Financial Collateral Directive in England’ in Dan Prentice and Arad Reisberg (eds), Corporate Finance Law in the UK and EU (Oxford University Press, 2011), ch 12


Editorship

  • Hong Kong Company Law Cases –  published by DVC in collaboration with Wolters Kluwer – Co-Editor
  • Global Restructuring Review (Law Business Research) – Editorial Board Member
  • Corporate Rescue and Insolvency (LexisNexis) – Consultant Editor
  • British High Commission Chevening Scholarship
  • Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholarship

Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay