Charles Allen, a partner in Orrick’s Hong Kong office, heads the Commercial Litigation and International Arbitration practice in Hong Kong.

Charles Allen has over 20 years’ experience conducting high-value complex dispute resolution in the Asia Pacific Region. 

Charles is versatile. He advises and represents clients on a variety of business disputes, as well as regulatory and other investigations, employment law issues and transactions. Charles acts for a range of clients, including individuals, private and listed companies, multinationals, conglomerates and financial institutions.

Charles conducts litigation in the High Court of the Hong Kong SAR, and is regularly involved in cases taking place in courts in other jurisdictions around the Region, including Mainland China, Singapore and India.

On behalf of clients, Charles has handled numerous ad hoc and institutional arbitrations in Hong Kong, London, Lausanne, Paris and elsewhere under various rules including ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and LMAA, and has handled some of the highest profile arbitration-related litigation adjudicated on by the Hong Kong courts in recent years. He sits as an arbitrator and has been appointed to the Singapore International Arbitration Centre’s Reserve Panel of Arbitrators. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Charles has been consistently recognized by various prestigious legal publications such as Chambers Asia, Asia-Pacific Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal. He gains high praise from his clients and peers for being “very knowledgeable, experienced and down-to-earth”. One impressed source refers to him as a “shrewd tactician” who “brings a wealth of experience to his cases,” adding that he is “very hands-on in his approach.” He is “a very sharp and tactical lawyer – one of the best people to instruct in Hong Kong.”

Prior to joining Orrick, Charles was since 2007 a partner and a member of the Office of General Counsel of Sidley Austin in Hong Kong.

    • Advising Hong Kong based global investment company on a multi-jurisdictional asset recovery strategy. We work closely with our Tokyo team and counsel teams in other jurisdictions in a collaborated effort to enforce local and foreign judgments, to identify and trace assets in Hong Kong and elsewhere through Norwich Pharmacal relief and other means, and to overcome jurisdictional challenges.
    • Representing a Fortune 500 multinational pharmaceutical and healthcare company in a high-profile product liability and personal injury case.
    • Representing various European and U.S. companies in the successful tracing and recovery of funds procured by wire fraud.
    • Acting for a leading broadcasting services provider for the global sports market in pursuing a breach of contract claim for services rendered in the Hong Kong High Court.
    • Defending a Shanghai listed beverage manufacturer in a high-profile breach of contract and fraud claims in a U.S. district court. 
    • Advising the sole executor of an estate on pursuing and contesting multiple proceedings against and by various parties including claims involving breaches of fiduciary duties and misappropriation of assets.
    • Defending a Hong Kong listed mobile multimedia service provider in high value proceedings in the London Commercial court.
    • Representing the borrower under a secured non-recourse loan which found that the lender had sold the security in breach of contract, and moreover was relying on a forged version of the loan agreement to justify the breach. The matter commenced with various ex parte applications to the Hong Kong Court of First Instance for injunctive relief, and proceeded to a successful arbitration in Hong Kong under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, with enforcement proceedings ongoing.
    • Acting for a major U.S. multinational corporation in connection with issues arising from its acquisition of a Mainland Chinese concern, including an investigation into accounting fraud, preparations for litigation, negotiations leading to settlement, and responding to regulatory investigations.
    • Conducting various internal and external investigations in and around the region, including potential violations of the U.S. FCPA by employees in China and issues relating to expense reimbursement and employee misconduct for a U.S. listed global computer software company; inquiries into whistle-blowing allegations made by the CEO of a U.S. listed company with its operations in Mainland China, the application of lead-based paint to toys manufactured in Mainland China and exported to the U.S., and financial irregularities at the South-East Asian subsidiary of a U.S. multinational corporation.
    • Acting for the executive director of a major European private bank in her defence of Hong Kong Court of First Instance proceedings commenced by an investor alleging misselling of financial products.
    • Successfully representing a U.S.-listed manufacturer of photovoltaic products in its defence of Hong Kong High Court proceedings commenced by a purchaser alleging a failure to deliver products. The claim was dismissed with costs after trial, as were all subsequent appeals.
    • Acting for a senior employee of a major regional academic institution in seeking relief for bullying and harassment, and successfully resisting retributive allegations of academic misconduct.
    • Advising a high-profile religious organisation on the taking of evidence in Hong Kong for purposes of ongoing proceedings in the U.S.
    • Counselling numerous employers on various employment issues.

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