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  • Wai Yue Loh

    Wai Yue Loh
    Managing Partner, Beijing

    Maritime, Commodities & trade, Insurance

    T. +86 010 5706 9588

Wai Yue is the head of the firm’s Beijing office and specialises in cross-border dispute resolution in the shipping, international trade and insurance sectors. Prior to setting up the Beijing office in 2012, he worked in Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai, which adds further value to the commercial and strategic advice he provides to his clients.

Wai Yue has extensive experience of arbitrations in Singapore, London and Hong Kong, as well as litigation and mediation. He regularly represents Chinese clients in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations and is particularly familiar with arbitrations under LCIA, LMAA, SIAC and HKIAC rules. 

He advises clients on charterparties, bills of lading, contracts for port services, unsafe port and cargo claims, and ship building/sale and purchase disputes. In addition, he advises on contracts and disputes in relation to the trading of oil, dry bulk cargoes (including coal and iron ore) and trade finance. He is also regularly involved in insurance related disputes, both on issues of coverage and subrogated recoveries.

As a member of the firm’s international emergency response team, Wai Yue is also involved in the investigation and handling of maritime casualties and claims.

Wai Yue is also responsible for all aspects of the firm’s practice in northern China.

Highlight Matters

  • Advising various insurers and reinsurers in relation to legal issues arising out of the explosion at Tianjin port on 12 August 2015. 
  • Advising one of the world’s largest dry bulk shipping operators as well as one of China’s largest commodity traders on shipping and international trade issues arising out of the Ebola crisis including the applicability of a force majeure defence in relation to its contractual obligations in the epidemic in Sierra Leone.
  • Advising a major Chinese state-owned trading company claiming US$100 million damages in respect of a series of claims against multi-national oil companies arising out of delivery of off-spec oil cargoes tendered for loading in West Africa. Advising on a complex series of inter-related Commercial Court actions and LCIA arbitrations under a series of sales contracts and dealing with issues relating to defective delivery, non-delivery of contractual cargo and wrongful repudiation. Successfully achieved amicable resolution of dispute.
  • Advising a state-owned oil company in negotiating multiple brokerage agreements for the trading of commodity futures/derivatives with various Chinese and European banks, including the provision of margin lending facilities.
  • Advising major VLCC tanker charterers and oil traders against ship-owners in relation to claims under the contracts of carriage for delay in the arrival of the cargo, resulting in oil refineries’ losses.
  • Advising an oil trading company in relation to a disputed multi-million dollar claim under a standby letter of credit, including advising on and co-ordinating complex multijurisdictional and cross-border litigation involving Hong Kong and French law and banking practice under UCP600.
  • Successfully defended a large dry bulk shipping operator against a US$30 million exposure following mistaken payment of charter hire to insolvent shipowners rather than their financiers. This technically complex matter raised difficult questions on the law of assignment (both legal and equitable) and fraud. 
  • Highlight maritime casualties and claims include: RSS Courageous c/w Anl Indonesia, Ever Glory c/w Hual Trinita and Hui Rong c/w Peng Yan

Legal directory Quotes

“Highly rated by clients... ‘brilliant in the way he deals with complexities’” Chambers Asia Pacific
“The ‘professional, responsible and experienced’” Legal 500 Asia Pacific
Lauded by clients for his "abundant experience" and familiarity with the law” Chambers Asia Pacific

Professional Associations & Memberships 

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

Maritime, Commodities & trade, Insurance

Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Chambers Asia Pacific

Education (University):
National University of Singapore

English, Mandarin, Cantonese and the Fujian/Taiwanese