Charles Manzoni SC, QC 萬崇理資深大律師

T: (+852) 2523 2003 (General)
Personal Assistant: Barbara Lo T: (+852) 2248 1806
E: barbara.Lo@39essex.com

Professional qualifications

Call: 1988 (England & Wales)
Inner Bar: 2009 (England & Wales); 2012 (HK)

Practice profile

As a qualified Mechanical and Electrical Engineer, Charles worked in the international development department of a multi-national blue chip industrial company for five years before qualifying as a lawyer and entering private practice. Charles’s work involves mainly international litigation, arbitration and mediation across a broad spectrum of commercial work. He acts as counsel in the High Courts of London and Hong Kong, in international and domestic arbitrations, acts as a mediator and conciliator in cross border disputes and regularly sits as a sole arbitrator or as part of a three man tribunal. He has an expanding Sports law practice, and sits as an arbitrator with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Arbitration and mediation lists

CIARB, HKIAC, HKMC, BAC, ICC, LCIA, KLRAC, ICC, DIAC, CEDR, APRAG, SIAC, CAS

Selected cases

Oil, Gas and Utilities

Amec Process & Energy Ltd v Stork Engineers & Contractors BV (QBD (TCC)) 6 May 1999 [2000] BLR 70; 68 Con LR 17 Construction of an FPSO, designed by Dutch Engineers, built in Scotland, litigated in London.

Technology / Construction

QPS Consultants Ltd v Kruger Tissue (Manufacturing) Ltd (CA) 10 September 1999 [1999] BLR 366 Defects in paper factory causing losses.

International

Dex Asia Ltd v DBS Bank (Hong Kong) Ltd [2009] 5 HKLRD 160

Nicholas Timothy Hill v Alvarez & Marshal Asia Limited [2009] 4 HKLRD 727; [2009] 3 HKC 41

Intelligent House Ltd v Chan Tung Shing & Others [2008] 4 HKC 421

GDH Ltd v Creditor Co Ltd [2008] 5 HKLRD 895

Kensland Realty Ltd v Tai Tang Chong 11 HKCFAR 237; {2008} 3 HKC 90

Cycle Links Co Ltd v Chevalier Construction [2007] 4 HKLRD 705

Rajesh Kishor Mehta v Vijay Kirtilal Mehta & Others [2007] 2 HKLRD 520

Andreson Ashphalt Limited v The Lands Department [2006] 4 HKLRD 14

Re Legend International Resorts Limited [2006] 2 HKLRD 192

Robin Hargreaves v Tain Insurance Co Ltd [2006] 3 HKLRD 70

Linfield Ltd v Taoho Design Architects Ltd & Others [2006] 2 HKC 604

Trustees of the Property of Hau Po Man Stanley v Hau Po Fun Ivy [2005] 2 HKC 227

Desmond Yiu Chown Leung v Chow Wai Lam William [2005] 4 HKLRD 246; [2005] 8 HKCAFR 592

In Re APP (Hong Kong) Limited [2005] 1 HKLRD 272

Karaha Bodas CO LLC v Peusahaan Pertambangan Minyak Dan Gas Bumi Negara (No 3) [2005] 1 HKLRD21; [2004] 3 HKC 608

Chua Ming Yuen v Hentron Investments Ltd [2005] 1 HKLRD 611

Karaha Bodas Co LLC v Peusahaan Pertambangan Minyak Dan Gas Bumi Negara (No 4) [2005] 1 HKC 182

Re Legend International Resorts Ltd [2005] 3 HKLRD 16

Karaha Bodas Co LLC v Peusahaan Pertambangan Minyak Dan Gas Bumi Negara (No 2) [2003] 4 HKC 488

Karaha Bodas Co LLC v Peusahaan Pertambangan Minyak Dan Gas Bumi Negara (No 1) [2003] 2 HKLRD 381; [2003] 2 HKC 200

Commercial

RTS Flexible Systems Ltd V Molkerei Alois Muller Gmbh & Co Kg (Uk Production) 10 March 2010 [2010] UKSC 14

RTS Flexible Systems Ltd v Molkerei Alois Muller GmbH & Co KG (UK Productions) (QBD) 16 May 2008 [2008] EWHC 1087 (TCC)

On the evidence, parties to an agreement for the supply of an automated packaging system had contracted on the basis of a letter of intent.

Material Damage

Sahib Foods v PKS 3 March 2003 93 Con LR 1, [2004] PNLLR 22, (2003) CILL 2074

Inadequate design of a factory causing £17 million losses.

Experience & Expertise

Financial / Corporate
In Re Fuji Foods Cross Boarder restructuring involving a Scheme of Arrangement in Hong Kong, and equivalent proceedings in
England and the Cayman Islands.
Legend International Ltd Cross border insolvency involving Malaysia, Hong Kong, the Philippines and the UK.
Akai v Grande Recovery claim for approx US$ 1 billion arising out of a hostile take over bid said to have been fraudulently conducted.
CSA v Bank of Bermuda Recovery following the US$200 million collapse of a Cayman Island hedge fund.
SFC v Hontex Alleged $1Billion Securities Fraud during a Public Offering. Claims made by the Securities Commission. Acting for eh
Company.
Creditor Co v Finamur and Natexis Dispute between creditors and a Mainland China Provincial Government over a US$4.6 Billion Debt Restructuring Agreement entered into by the insolvent government.
ATV V Panfair Shareholder Dispute over ownership, and dilution of shareholdings in Hong Kong’s major free to air TV Station.
Pacific Wire and Cable v PCHL & others Fraud & breach of fiduciary claim to recovery HK$2 billion assets alleged stripped from Taiwanese Company. Acting for the asset owners.
Technology
ITV Digital v Two Way TV Compatibility of existing technical infrastructure with the provision of digital television in the UK.
Landmark TV v Ntl Provision of content for digital TV.
Channel V v Broadcast Network Thailand Dispute over the anti competition provisions (governed by European Law) in a shareholders Agreement governed by English law, relating to television content in Thailand.
Office of Various cases about regulatory issues concerning the telecommunication industry.
Telecommunications
Authority v Hutchison
Telecom
Oil, Gas, Power & Infrastructure
KBC v Pertamina $500 million Swiss arbitration between the Indonesian Nationalised Oil Company and the concession owner over a
40 year oil concession terminated and expropriated by the Indonesian Government during the Asian Financial Crisis.
Hong Kong & China Gas Environmental issues arising from the laying of an LPG pipe line under the South China Sea.
Company Ltd
Rolls Royce v Alsthom A dispute concerning the safety of a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in central England.
Taisei Corp v Torishima Dispute about the provision of water pumping facilities in Abu Dhabi. Arbitrated in London.
Pump Mgf Co Ltd
Professional negligence
Desmond Leung v Charles Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal case concerning the existence and scope of the duties of care owed by a solicitor.
Yeung
Kensland Realty v Tai Tang Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal case concerning solicitors negligence.
& Chong
CSA v Ernst & Young US$200 million auditors negligence in respect of the collapse of a Cayman Island hedge fund.
Akai v Ernst & Young Auditors Negligence claim arising out of the collapse of Akai. Taken to trial in 2009.
Insurance / Reinsurance
China Engineering v Ming Arbitration concerning coverage in respect of a collapsed sea defence system.
An Insurance
International Reinsurance Services Ltd v Taian Re-insurance dispute concerning the liability of a London reinsurer in respect of retrocession business emanating from Taiwan.
Neil Pryde v Federal Arbitrator on Policy Dispute concerning Employees compensation policy.
Insurance Co.
Financial Concepts Ltd Arbitrator on four separate arbitrations concerning the selling of Insurance products.
v Sun Life
In Re Emirates Pilots Advising on liability in a policy dispute under the Emirates Pilots Group Policy.
Group Policy
New World Developments v ACE Insurance Coverage Dispute concerning Business Interruption arising from SARS. Taken to the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal.
International arbitration appointments
Over 50 Arbitration Appointments in the last few years including in India, Hong Kong, China, Macau, Dubai, Qatar, Singapore, Africa and Russia. For example:
DIAC Case, Dubai – Appointed as Chairman of three men tribunal. AED 55 million claim based on wrongful termination of construction
project in Dubai. Dubai Seat, Dubai Law.
ICC Case, Singapore Failed public tender process in which one party claims 50% profit of a project as a result of an allegedly
inadequate public tender process. Appointed as Sole Arbitrator. Singapore Seat, Singapore law.
Ad Hoc. US$24 Million claim for wrongful termination of a commodity supply contract in the Energy Industry. Appointed
as member of 3 man tribunal. Hong Kong Seat, Hong Kong law.
LCIA Panel Member in a 3 man tribunal on a mobile telecoms dispute in Russia. US$5 million. London Seat, Russian Law
LCIA Panel Member on pan Trans-Siberian/European Gas pipeline dispute, US$200 million. London Seat, Estonia Law
Ad Hoc Panel Member US$150 million construction dispute in Abu Dhabi. Seat London, Abu Dhabi law.
DIAC Panel Member US$175 million Construction Dispute in Dubai. Dubai Seat, Dubai Law.
Sports law
2 Parties Arbitrator over a US$40 million dispute concerning the supply of official sponsored branded goods for the
FIFA World Cup.
2 Parties Arbitrator in a Sponsorship dispute concerning Formula 1 racing cars, between sponsors and organisers.
2 Parties Arbitrator in a sponsorship dispute between an individual driver and a sponsor in formula1.
2 Parties Advocate for a Professional golf tour in a dispute over tournaments and prizes with an alternative professional tour.
2 Parties Advocate for a Gold club over the design and provision of a golf course.
2 Parties Advocate for an insurer arising out of a sportsman’s death occurring during a sporting world record attempt.