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. He often works on prominent and precedent-setting cases. 

Before 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:

 CEFC Shanghai International Group’s cross-border insolvency assistance in Hong Kong - the first ever instance of Hong Kong/Mainland cross-border insolvency cooperation

 Shenzhen Everich Supply Chain’s cross-border insolvency assistance in Hong Kong - the second instance of Hong Kong/Mainland cross-border insolvency cooperation

 Samson Paper Co Ltd’s cross-border insolvency assistance in the Mainland - the first ever instance of a Hong Kong letter of request to the Shenzhen Bankruptcy Court for cross-border insolvency cooperation

 Allied Properties (H.K.) Ltd's privatisation scheme of arrangement - the first ever instance of the Hong Kong Court of Appeal sanctioning a scheme of arrangement

 China Lumena New Materials Corp’s scheme of arrangement – the first ever reported instance of a Hong Kong scheme compromising debts governed by Mainland law

 China Huiyuan Juice Group Limited's bond default – the first ever instance of an in-depth consideration of how the Hong Kong winding-up jurisdiction applies to an offshore entity listed in Hong Kong 

 China Ocean Industry Group Ltd's bond default – the first ever Hong Kong decision correcting the practice of validation order in respect of the issue of new shares and convertible bonds 

 China Greenfresh Group Co Ltd's bond default – the first ever Hong Kong decision explaining the practice in respect of multiple winding-up petitions

 Shanghai Huaxin Group (Hong Kong)’s receivership and liquidation

 China Singyes Solar Technologies Holdings’ scheme of arrangement

 The Hong Kong Building and Loan Agency’s scheme of arrangement

 Provisional liquidation of UA Cinemas

 Provisional liquidation of Asia Today

 Provisional liquidation of Burwill Holdings    

 Provisional liquidation of Youyuan International Holdings

 Provisional liquidation of Gold-Finance Holdings

 China City Construction’s RMB 2.5 billion bond default

 China Shanshui Cement’s bond default

 Global 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 (COINS)
  • Re LT Commercial Ltd [2021] HKCFI 2867. Provisional liquidation
  • Re Evergreen International Holdings Ltd [2021] HKCFI 2694. Cross-border - jurisdiction to wind up foreign companies
  • Re Grand Peace Group Holdings Ltd [2021] HKCFI 2361. Cross-border - jurisdiction to wind up foreign companies
  • Re Violet Profit Holdings Ltd [2021] HKCFI 2249. Permanent stay of winding-up
  • Re Trinity (Management Services) Ltd [2021] HKCFI 2207. Liquidation - adjournment of winding-up petition for restructuring purposes
  • Patrick Cowley v All Powerful Holding Ltd [2021] HKCFI 2132. Variation of Mareva injunction
  • Re Samson Paper Co Ltd [2021] HKCFI 2151. Cross-border - Hong Kong letter of request to the Shenzhen Bankruptcy Court
  • Re Carnival Group Internationl Holdings Ltd [2021] HKCFI 2133. Winding-up practice - multiple winding-up petitions
  • Re Cosmos Machinery Enterprises Ltd [2021] HKCFI 2088. Privatisation scheme of arrangement
  • Patrick Cowley and Wong Wing Sze Tiffany v All Powerful Investment Ltd [2021] HKCFI 1944. Stay of execution pending appeal
  • Re Founder Information (Hong Kong) Ltd [2021] HKCFI 1749. Liquidation - sanction of liquidators' power of sale
  • Re Aether Ltd [2021] HKCFI 1695. Liquidation - adjournment of winding-up petition for restructuring purposes
  • Re Gold-Finance Holdings Ltd [2021] HKCFI 1674. Regulating order
  • Re Nimble Holdings Co Ltd [2021] HKCFI 1668. Provisional liquidators' expenses
  • Re China Oil Gangran Energy Group Holdings Ltd [2021] HKCFI 1592. Scheme of arrangement
  • Re Burwill Holdings Ltd [2021] HKCFI 1318. Scheme of arrangement and provisional liquidators' expenses
  • Re Grand Peace Group Holdings Ltd [2021] HKCFI 1563. Jurisdiction to wind up foreign company, scheme of arrangement and listing review
  • Pan Sutong v DB Trustees (Hong Kong) Limited (HCSD 37/2020, 7 May 2021) – Statutory demand
  • Re China Greenfresh Group Co Ltd [2021] HKCFI 1257. Winding-up practice - multiple winding-up petitions
  • Re China Greenfresh Group Co Ltd [2021] HKCFI 1182. Cross-border insolvency and winding-up practice - multiple winding-up petitions and jurisdiction to wind up foreign companies
  • Re Grand Peace Group Holdings Ltd [2021] HKCFI 1142. Winding-up practice - multiple winding-up petitions
  • Re Aether Ltd [2021] HKCFI 1143.  Liquidation - adjournment of winding-up petition for restructuring purposes
  • Re The Joint Liquidators of Nuoxi Capital Ltd [2021] HKCFI 572. Cross-border - recognition of BVI liquidation in the Peking University Founder Group
  • Wong Chung Hon v Tse Wai Shum [2021] HKCFI 313. Charitable company - just and equitable winding-up
  • Re China Ocean Industry Group Ltd [2021] HKCFI 247. Validation order in respect of issuing new shares and convertible bonds
  • Re China Greenfresh Group Co Ltd [2021] HKCFI 36. Winding-up practice - multiple winding-up petitions
  • Patrick Cowley and Wong Wing Sze Tiffany v All Powerful Investment Ltd [2020] HKCFI 3173. Bankruptcy - avoidance of transactions at an undervalue
  • Re Allied Properties (H.K.) Ltd [2020] HKCA 973; [2020] 5 HKLRD 766. Privatisation scheme of arrangement
  • Re China Huiyuan Juice Group Limited [2020] HKCFI 2940; [2021] 1 HKLRD 255. Cross-border - jurisdiction to wind up foreign companies
  • Re FDG Electric Vehicles Limited [2020] HKCFI 2931; [2020] 5 HKLRD 701. Cross-border - recognition of Bermuda soft-touch provisional liquidation
  • Re Joint and Several Provisional Liquidators of Rare Earth Magnesium Technology Group Holdings Limited [2020] HKCFI 2260. Cross-border - recognition of Bermuda soft-touch provisional liquidation
  • Re Shenzhen Everich Supply Chain Co Ltd [2020] HKCFI 965. Cross-border - recognition of PRC liquidation
  • Re Chase On Development Ltd [2020] HKCFI 629. Liquidation - adjournment of winding-up petition
  • Re Joint and Several Provisional Liquidators of China Oil Gangran Energy Group Holdings Ltd [2020] HKCFI 825. Cross-border - recognition of Cayman soft-touch provisional liquidation
  • Re Asia Today Limited (HCCW 76/2020, 27 March 2020). Provisional liquidation - appointment of provisional liquidators
  • Re China Singyes Solar Technologies Holdings Ltd [2020] HKCFI 467. Scheme of arrangement - debt restructuring
  • Re China Lumena New Materials Corp [2020] HKCFI 338. Scheme of arrangement  - debt restructuring
  • Re CEFC Shanghai International Group Limited [2020] HKCFI 167; [2020] 1 HKLRD 676. Cross-border - recognition of PRC liquidation
  • Re X Ltd [2019] HKCFI 2959; [2020] 1 HKLRD 745. Provisional liquidation - appointment of provisional liquidators
  • Pacific Andes Enterprises (BVI) Ltd v Ng Joo Siang [2019] HKCFI 2862. Liquidation - security for costs
  • Re Wu Chun Kwan [2019] HKCFI 2802; [2019] HKCLC 1249. Bankruptcy - appointment of interim trustee and special manager
  • Re Sunwell Trading (HK) Company Limited [2019] HKCFI 2767; [2019] HKCLC 1221. Provisional liquidation - appointment of provisional liquidators
  • Ding Yi v Shum Tung [2019] HKCA 1195; [2019] HKCLC 1015. Cross-border - bankruptcy and anti-suit injunction
  • Sit Kwong Lam v Petrolimex Singapore [2019] HKCA 1220; [2019] 5 HKLRD 646. Bankruptcy - interaction between bankruptcy petition and arbitration clause
  • Re China Singyes Solar Technologies Holdings Ltd [2019] HKCFI 2559; [2019] HKCLC 1035. Liquidation - validation order and restructuring costs
  • Re Hong Kong Building and Loan Agency Ltd [2019] HKCFI 2088; [2019] 4 HKLRD 373. Scheme of arrangement  - debt restructuring
  • 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; [2019] HKCLC 461. 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’ n 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 –  published by DVC in collaboration with 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