Look-Chan Ho

  • MA, BCL (Oxon)
  • LLM (Cantab)
  • LLM (NYU)

Year of call

  • 2018 (Hong Kong)
  • 2017-2018 (Hong Kong, Solicitor)
  • 2002 (England and Wales, Solicitor-Advocate)
  • 2002 (New York State, Attorney-at-Law)

Profile

Look specialises in corporate insolvency and restructuring, with a particular emphasis on cross-border matters. He is internationally well-known for his high level of legal expertise and frequently advises on transactions involving novel and complex legal issues.

Prior to joining the Bar, Look practised for more than 15 years as a solicitor in London and Hong Kong at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and was the Asia head of restructuring and insolvency.

Look’s experience includes advising on:

  The Hong Kong Building and Loan Agency’s HK$1.2 billion debt restructuring

  Provisional liquidation of Gold-Finance Holdings

  China City Construction’s RMB 2.5 billion bond default

  China Shanshui Cement’s bond default

  Gobal restructuring of Korea’s Hanjin Shipping

  Implementation of the scheme of arrangement of Asia Television

  Insolvent administration of the Icelandic banking group, Kaupthing

  Various Lehman Brothers litigations, including the waterfall applications determining the priority of rankings for surplus assets

Look has published extensively on insolvency matters and his publications are widely cited internationally, including with approval by the Hong Kong High Court, UK Supreme Court, English Court of Appeal, English High Court, US Bankruptcy Court, Singapore Court of Appeal, Singapore High Court, Australia Federal Court, New Zealand High Court, and Isle of Man High Court.

Look is the only barrister in Hong Kong listed in Who’s Who Legal: Restructuring & Insolvency.

  • Co-Chair of the Asia Regional Committee, International Insolvency Institute
  • Co-Founder of the Company and Insolvency Law Society
  • Technical Committee Member, Insol International
  • Re Hong Kong Building and Loan Agency Ltd [2019] HKCFI 2088. Scheme of arrangement
  • Re China City Construction (International) Co Ltd [2019] HKCFI 1617; [2019] 3 HKLRD 491. Liquidation - interaction between voluntary and compulsory liquidation
  • Cai Shuyi v Joint and Several Liquidators of Blockchain Group Co Ltd [2019] HKCFI 1522. Liquidation - discharging regulating order and replacing liquidators 
  • Re City Legend International Limited (HCMP 1001/2019, 12 July 2019). Cross-border - recognition of BVI voluntary liquidation
  • Re Sit Kwong Lam [2019] HKCFI 920; [2019] 2 HKLRD 924. Bankruptcy - the interaction between bankruptcy petition and arbitration clause
  • Re Tenwow International Holdings Limited (HCMP 192/2019, 26 February 2019). Cross-border - recognition of Cayman provisional liquidation
  • Re Centron Telecom International Holding Limited (HCMP 932/2018, 16 October 2018). Cross-border - recognition of Cayman provisional liquidation
  • Hammer Capital Private Investments Ltd v Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Asia) Ltd [2018] HKCFI 2603. Receivership - powers and duties of receivers
  • Re Guangdong International Trust & Investment Corporation Hong Kong (Holdings) Ltd [2018] HKCFI 2498; [2018] 5 HKLRD 396. - Liquidation - scope of pari passu distribution
  • Re Lehman Brothers International (Europe) [2016] EWHC 2131 (Ch); [2017] BCC 1. Administration and liquidation – post-insolvency interest
  • Lomas v Burlington Loan Management [2016] EWHC 2417 (Ch); [2017] Bus LR 1475. ISDA Master Agreement – calculation of post-insolvency interest
  • Lomas v Burlington Loan Management [2015] EWHC 2270 (Ch); [2015] BPIR 1162. Administration and liquidation – effect of agreements entered into by insolvency officeholders
  • Re Lehman Brothers International (Europe) [2015] EWCA Civ 485; [2016] Ch 50. Administration and liquidation – subordination agreement and non-provable claims
  • Re Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (No5) [2015] EWHC 2269 (Ch); [2016] Bus LR 17. Administration and liquidation – post-insolvency interest
  • Re China Shanshui Cement Group Ltd [2015] (2) CILR 255. Provisional liquidation – company’s locus to commence insolvency proceedings
  • Lomas v JFB Firth Rixson [2012] EWCA Civ 419; [2012] 2 A11 ER (Comm) 1076. ISDA Master Agreement – condition precedent and anti-deprivation principle.
  • Lomas v JFB Firth Rixson [2010] EWHC 3372 (Ch); [2011] 2 BCLC 120. ISDA Master Agreement – condition precedent and anti-deprivation principle.
  • Cattles v Welcome Financial Services [2010] EWCA Civ 599; [2010] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 514. Restructuring – subordination agreement
  • Cattles v Welcome Financial Services [2009] EWHC 3027 (Ch). Restructuring – subordination agreement
  • Re Lehman Brothers International (Europe) [2009] EWCA Civ 1161; [2010] Bus LR 489. Administration and liquidation – scheme of arrangement and trust claims
  • Re Lehman Brothers International (Europe) [2009] EWHC 2141 (Ch). Administration and liquidation – scheme of arrangement and trust claims
  • Re Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander (No 2) [2011] UKSC 48; [2012] 1 AC 804. Administration and liquidation – the rule in Cherry v Boultbee (right of quasi-retainer)
  • Re Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander [2010] EWCA Civ 518; [2010] Bus LR 1500. Administration and liquidation – set-off
  • Re Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander [2009] EWHC 3377 (Ch). Administration and liquidation – the rule in Cherry v Boultbee (right of quasi-retainer)
  • Re Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander [2009] EWHC 2308 (Ch); [2010] Bus LR 428. Administration and liquidation – set-off
  • Re Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander [2009] EWHC 740 (Ch); [2009] 2 BCLC 137. Administration and liquidation – set-off
  • Brazzill v Willoughby [2010] EWCA Civ 561; [2010] 2 BCLC 259. Administration and liquidation – treatment of client money
  • Brazzill v Willoughby [2009] EWHC 1633 (Ch); [2010] 1 BCLC 673. Administration and liquidation – treatment of client money

Authored Books

  • Cross-Border Insolvency: Principles and Practice (Sweet & Maxwell, 2016) (sole author)
  • Principles of Corporate Finance Law (2nd edn Oxford University Press, 2014) (with co-author Professor Eilis Ferran)
  • Key Authorities in Corporate Insolvency (Nova Law and Finance, 2012) (sole author)
  • Butterworths Guide to the Insolvency Rules (LexisNexis, 2010) (with co-author Helen Smithson)


Edited Books

  • Cross-Border Insolvency: A Commentary on the UNCITRAL Model Law (4th edn Globe Law and Business, 2017) (general editor and author of two chapters)
  • Debt Restructuring (Oxford University Press, 2011) (with co-editor Nick Segal)


Book Chapters

  • ‘Set-Off’ in Peter Totty, Gabriel Moss and Nick Segal (eds), Insolvency (Sweet & Maxwell), ch H-6
  • ‘Equity and Insolvency’ in P G Turner (ed), Equity and Administration (Cambridge University Press, 2016) ch 6
  • ‘The EC Regulation on Insolvency Proceedings’ in Lightman & Moss: Law of Administrators and Receivers of Companies (5th end Sweet & Maxwell, 2011), ch 31 (with co-authors Nick Segal, Ian Fletcher and Daniel Bayfield)
  • ‘International Developments’ in Rosa Lastra (ed), Cross-Border Bank Insolvency (Oxford University Press, 2011) ch 9 (with co-author Rosa Lastra)
  • ‘Bank Insolvency Law in the United Kingdom’ in Rosa Lastra (ed), Cross-Border Bank Insolvency (Oxford University Press, 2011) ch 14
  • ‘The practitioner’s perspective: the Financial Collateral Directive in England’ in Dan Prentice and Arad Reisberg (eds), Corporate Finance Law in the UK and EU (Oxford University Press, 2011), ch 12


Editorship

  • Hong Kong Company Law Cases (Wolters Kluwer) – Co-Editor
  • Global Restructuring Review (Law Business Research) – Editorial Board Member
  • Corporate Rescue and Insolvency (LexisNexis) – Consultant Editor
  • British High Commission Chevening Scholarship
  • Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholarship

Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay