Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld hired international arbitration and cross-border disputes heavyweight Ing Loong Yang from Latham & Watkins in Hong Kong, bolstering its international disputes practice.
Yang, recognized as a leading cross-border disputes practitioner, has more than three decades of experience handling international arbitration cases and commercial litigation in Asia, particularly involving entities in Greater China. He handles complex, sensitive matters involving shareholder and joint venture disputes, technology and other licensing disputes, commercial criminal defense, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations, private equity, as well as compliance and regulatory matters, Akin Gump said.
He has represented clients in numerous international arbitrations under the rules of a range of arbitral institutions, including CIETAC, SIAC, ICC, HKIAC and UNCITRAL, as well as in the Hong Kong courts. He is a solicitor-advocate of the Hong Kong courts and is also qualified in England and Wales, Singapore and New York.
In addition, Yang has sat on arbitration panels throughout Asia, including in Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Shanghai and Seoul. He is also fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, Chiuchow, Fujianese, Malay and Bahasa Indonesia, Akin Gump said.
“Ing Loong’s experience and profile in Hong Kong and mainland China are in the very top tier, and his arrival will enhance the firm’s existing, well-established investment funds-focused Hong Kong disputes practice and help us to deliver strategic growth across our international disputes practice in Greater China, across Asia and beyond,” Steve Baldini, head of Akin Gump’s global disputes practice, said in a statement.
Yang spent more than nine years at Latham & Watkins before jumping to Akin Gump. Before that, he was at Sidley Austin for over five years and at Singapore firm Allen & Gledhill for six years, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Akin Gump has been expanding its disputes practice globally. Last month, it hired a team in the UAE led by another prominent disputes partner, Graham Lovett, who had previously spent six years at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and more than 22 years at Clifford Chance.
“Together with the recent addition of Graham Lovett and his market-leading disputes practice to our Dubai office, Ing Loong’s arrival provides further exceptional growth for the firm’s international arbitration and disputes practice. He will be a huge benefit to our clients internationally and locally, as well as to the firm as a whole.” Akin Gump chair Kim Koopersmith said.
Latham & Watkins has been contacted for comment on Yang’s departure.