Wilfred Ho represents Asian corporates and private equity funds in arbitral proceedings under various rules and institutions, and has extensive experience in disputes arising out of complex commercial transactions and intellectual property issues. Mr. Ho’s commercial litigation experience involves representing Asian clients in all manner of company law matters, particularly involving shareholder disputes and insolvency-related actions.
Mr. Ho has been described in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 guide as “a promising associate who is sharp beyond his years.” He is a fluent Mandarin speaker.
Currently based in Skadden’s Hong Kong office, Mr. Ho also worked in Skadden’s London office. Prior to joining Skadden, Mr. Ho worked as a research associate in the Federal Court of Australia. His recent representative matters include:
- obtaining a comprehensive victory for the largest travel company in the People’s Republic of China and their consortium partner, a Chinese private equity fund, in preventing a chairman-led consortium from privatising a Nasdaq-listed company valued at US$1 billion in related proceedings in the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) and Hong Kong courts. This was one of the largest HKIAC arbitrations in 2018;
- advising the Australian subsidiary of a Japanese company in a potential international arbitration in Singapore under Singapore International Arbitration Centre rules. The dispute concerned its joint venture with a European multinational company for the construction of one of the largest energy projects in the world, with a total project cost of approximately US$34 billion;
- achieving a favourable settlement for the largest private media company in China in a high-profile HKIAC arbitration with respect to the highest rating reality programme in China, worth over US$1 billion in revenue; and
- successfully defending a major shareholder in a US$2 billion HKIAC arbitration fight for control over a leading Chinese gaming company that previously had been listed on Nasdaq. This matter also involved the successful representation of the client in Hong Kong court injunction proceedings (with the award of indemnity costs against the opposing party).
- representing a major Taiwanese client in a multibillion-dollar trust dispute, one of the highest-value and most complex matters currently being litigated anywhere in the world, involving court proceedings in Hong Kong, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Taiwan and the U.S.;
- successfully obtaining the withdrawal of a winding-up petition in the Hong Kong High Court for a Chinese internet technology company, one of the largest internet and video game companies in the world. Due to pressing commercial requirements, an expedited withdrawal of the winding-up petition was obtained for the client via an urgent application to the companies judge in Hong Kong; and
- representing subsidiaries of a Hong Kong-listed company with respect to several insolvency related commercial actions commenced by liquidators in the Hong Kong High Court. In particular, defending the client in applications concerning the exercise of new powers by the liquidators arising from recent amendments to the legislation.