Samuel Ngo has extensive experience in litigation and international arbitration involving many types of commercial conflicts. He has achieved successful outcomes for clients in shareholder, insurance claims, pre-IPO finance, M&A, construction and engineering, property development, international trade, and insolvency disputes in Hong Kong and Mainland China. He has worked for the Hong Kong government, the Democratic Republic of Congo, state-owned enterprises in Mainland China, property developers, international insurance companies, international financial institutions, and other multinational corporations. He also has advised on regulatory compliance and investigations and white collar crime matters.
Prior to joining Jones Day in 2020, Samuel handled numerous notable cases, including defending the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in sizeable arbitration claims by a U.S. vulture fund on grounds of state immunity. The Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal ruled in favor of the DRC resulting in a victory. He also acted for receivers of the controlling shareholder of a prestigious football club in England in a debt restructuring; advised major property developers on potential claims against the Hong Kong government regarding reclamation projects in Kowloon; handled shareholders' disputes in relation to a company group in control of a landmark building in Shanghai, worth in excess of RMB 6 billion; and handled potential disputes for a state-owned enterprise in Mainland China regarding a large construction project in Saudi Arabia.
Samuel was a building services engineer before he pursued his legal career. He is an affiliate member of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers and a former associate member of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers.
The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.
Acted for the receivers of the controlling shareholder of a UK big league soccer club in debt restructuring.
Acted for the provisional liquidators of a number of Hong Kong-listed companies in debt restructuring.
Acted for the controlling shareholder of a Hong Kong-listed company against claims by a strategic investor, which amounted to approximately HK$600 million.
Acted for a state-owned enterprise in claims against the former management for embezzlement of the company fund, which amounted to approximately HK$500 million.
Acted for the Special Committee of a Hong Kong-listed company in an extensive independent inquiry regarding accounting irregularities.
Acted for companies based in Mainland China and listed for trading in Hong Kong in inquiries conducted by the Securities and Futures Commission regarding insider dealings.
Acted for a PRC property developer in M&A claims for recovery of property developments valued in excess of RMB 3 billion against a Hong Kong-listed company.
Acted for a cargo terminal operator in inquiries conducted by the Commission of Inquiry on the Chek Lap Kok Airport in Hong Kong.
Acted for an international contracting company in disputes with an international oil consortium over its petrochemical facilities in Mainland China.
Acted for a subcontractor against main contractors regarding the construction of an internationally renowned theme park in Hong Kong.
Acted for a client regarding the production, distribution, and sale of biodiesel fuel in Mainland China.
Acted for a developer of a substantial commercial/residential development in a petroleum gas supply/distribution dispute.
Acted for PRC companies in relation to pre-IPO finance disputes against international private funds and M&A disputes against Hong Kong-listed companies.
Acted for a large company (listed in Hong Kong and in Mainland China) in a section 329 inquiry and seeking a restraint order against the relevant shareholders under the Securities and Futures Ordinance, Cap 571.
Acted for the sole beneficial owner of patent rights for manufacture of rare earth lithium battery to pursue claims against a listed company in Hong Kong in relation to a convertible bond worth approximately HK$760 million and in claims for default in royalty worth more than HK$100 million per annum.
Acted for a number of financial institutions in Securities and Futures Commission's statutory inquiries regarding regulatory and compliance issues.
Defended a state-owned enterprise regarding enforcement of an international arbitration award by way of crown immunity.
Acted for a Hong Kong-listed property developer in substantial claims regarding New Territories property development.
Acted for the Hong Kong government against an international contracting consortium in arbitration proceedings regarding a landmark infrastructure in Hong Kong SAR.
Acted for the Hong Kong Housing Authority against building contractors in arbitration proceedings regarding several public housing projects and against foundation contractors regarding piling disputes.
Acted for a subcontractor in disputes regarding a landmark water treatment plant in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Court: Questions of Compliance With Pre-Arbitration Requirements Should Be Decided by the Arbitrator
Milestone in Cross-Border Insolvency: A Successful Application Under the Pilot Measure from Hong Kong to Mainland China
Witness-Gating: Arbitrator's Denial of Witness Evidence at Hearing Deemed Breach of Natural Justice in Singapore
- The University of Hong Kong (LL.M. in Corporate and Financial Law 2012; Postgraduate Certificate in Law [P.C.LL.] 1992); University of London (LL.B. Hons. 1993); The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Bachelor of Engineering Hons. in Building Services Engineering [B.S.E.] 1989)
- Hong Kong
- English and Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin/Putonghua)