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  • Max Cross

    Max Cross
    Partner, Hong Kong

    Maritime, Commodities & trade, Commercial Disputes

    T. +852 2877 3221

Max is an international Dispute Resolution, Arbitration and Mediation specialist. He handles commercial disputes, including insolvency and corporate recovery, international trade and commodities and shipping law. With a “stellar reputation” in the market, Max is ranked as a Band 1 leading Shipping Litigation lawyer by Chambers Asia Pacific 2018, where clients praise him as "excellent, able and very commercial in the advice he gives" and a Band 2 global leading individual in that field. Described as a “master tactician”, Max is also recommended by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 in Shipping and Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration where he is recognised for his “in-depth knowledge”.

Max trained in London and moved to Hong Kong in 1998. He advises and acts as advocate in domestic and international commercial disputes, in particular in disputes concerning commercial sale and delivery contracts, enforcing payment or advising on the problems associated with late delivery, guarantees and letters of credit, contamination or product specification disputes, technical disputes (usually concerned with ship construction or with quantification of damages) and maritime contracts (charterparties, bills of lading, COAs, marine policies, abandoned or disputed cargoes, including the enforcement of liens and resolving issues over title, etc.).  Max also advises banks and hedge funds on issues arising from the insolvency of shipping companies, debt acquisition and restructuring. He has considerable experience advising debtors and creditors on the jurisdictional, legal and practical implications of insolvency within the shipping industry, including presenting and defending winding up petitions.

Max also acts in a range of substantial fraud disputes relating to misappropriation of assets and deceit and bribery claims. He is particularly skilled at obtaining and enforcing interim injunctions. Much of his workload has an international flavour.

Max has for many years been regarded as one of the leading shipping practitioners in both The Legal 500 and Chambers Asia Pacific. Comments within previous editions have included: “very diligent and experienced… ..accurate and to the point”, “someone you want on your side”, “ practical, clear… a very creative problem solver”, recommended for his ” in-depth knowledge of the industry… able to adapt quickly to anything a case throws up” and complimented for being “dedicated and technically proficient”. 

Highlight matters:

  • Advised one of the world’s largest fleets on the implications of judgments made against certain group companies in excess of US$300 million and dealing with global enforcement and charter default issues.
  • Advising in relation to the global recovery of US$250 million in damages owed under various commodity contracts.
  • Advised a trading house in Geneva regarding a dispute under a CFR contract for the sale and purchase of steam coal against the buyers, a subsidiary of a major Chinese State Owned Enterprise.
  • Advised a major commodity trader in relation to a disputed claim of US$50 million under a standby letter of credit issued by a European bank.
  • Advised various European banks in the arrest and sale of vessels in Hong Kong.
  • Advised the Owners and P&I Club of a tanker that exploded in Hong Kong during STS operations.

Recent Reported Cases:

  • Re STX Pan Ocean (HK) Co Ltd (In Liquidation) [2014]

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • Law Society of Hong Kong

Maritime, Commodities & trade, Commercial Disputes

1995 in England & Wales and 1997 in Hong Kong

Education (University):
University of London, King’s College