Terrence Tai

  • BA (Cantab)
  • JD (HKU)
  • BCL (Oxon)

Year of call

  • 2016

Profile

Terrence joined chambers in 2016 after completing his juris doctor degree at the University Hong Kong (with First Class Honours, ranking second in his year) and his Bachelor of Civil Law degree at the University of Oxford (with Distinction). Terrence was awarded the Bar Scholarship and the Charles Ching Memorial Scholarship in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

Terrence maintains a broad civil and commercial practice, and has an interest in company and insolvency matters.  He has also been involved in cases concerning land, probate, trust as well as securities and regulatory matters. Terrence is also experienced in handling contentious and non-contentious mental health applications and has dealt with applications concerning enduring powers of attorney.

 

Selected Cases

Company and Insolvency

  • Re Pearl Oriental Oil Ltd [2018] HKCFI 2559 – injunction relief in relation to chairman of SGM
  • Re China Putian Food Holding Limited [2020] HKCFI 2652  – Application to strike out Petition
  • Re China City Construction (Int’l) Co Ltd [2019] 3 HKLRD 491 – Winding up company in CVL
  • Re Sandmartin International Holding Ltd [2020] HKCA 146 – Shareholders’ inspection
  • Re Topmix (International) Co Ltd [2020] HKCFI 245 – Shareholders’ inspection
  • Re Forever Winner Int’l Development Ltd [2021] HKCFI 3029 – Resisting winding up petition
  • Re Lerthai Group Ltd [2021] HKCFI 207 – Resisting winding up petition
  • Re Trinity (Management Services) Ltd [2021] HKCFI 2207 – Resisting winding up petition
  • Re CT Environmental Group Ltd [2021] HKCFI 2602 – Appointment of provisional liquidator

 

Scheme of Arrangement

  • Re Asia Television Limited (HCMP 1278/2017) – debt scheme
  • Re Enice Holding Ltd [2018] 4 HKLRD 736 – privatisation scheme
  • Re National Arts Entertainment and Culture Group Ltd [2020] HKCFI 271– debt scheme
  • Re Sampson Paper Holdings Limited [2021] 5 HKLRD 286 – debt scheme
  • Re Sun Cheong Creative Development Holding Ltd (HCMP 577/2021) – debt scheme

 

Cross-border insolvency – recognition applications

  • Re National Arts Entertainment and Culture Group Ltd (HCMP 1176/2019) – Bermuda PLs
  • Re Moody Technology Holding Ltd [2020] 2 HKLRD 187 – Bermuda PLs
  • Re Sun Cheong Creative Development Holdings Ltd (HCMP 1327/2020) – Cayman PLs
  • Re China Bozza Development Holdings Ltd [2021] 2 HKLRD 977 – Cayman PLs
  • Re Novel Blaze Ltd (HCMP 1563/2020) – BVI liquidation
  • Re Super Harvest Global Fund SPC (HCMP 197/2021) – Cayman liquidation
  • Re New Seres CEFC Investment Fund LP (HCMP 486/2012) – Cayman liquidation

 

General Civil and Commercial

  • China Energy Reserve and Chemicals Group Overseas Co Ltd v BoCom (HK) Ltd [2021] HKCFI 2367 – Resisting application for pre-action discovery
  • Bluesun Capital Ltd v Tewoo Group [2021] HKCFI 2040 – Setting aside default judgment on the basis of inter alia material non-disclosure
  • Sunni International Ltd v Kao Wai Ho Francis [2021] 1 HKLRD 841 – Application for security for costs and interplay with non-party cost order
  • Bao Yuan Finance Ltd v Luo Guiying [2020] HKCFI 2942 – Mortgagee Action
  • Re Natural Seasoning International (HK) Ltd [2021] HKCFI 1535 – Injunction over voting rights

 

Securities and regulations

  • Re Asia Telemedia Limited – Market Misconduct Tribunal sanction hearing
  • SFC v Liu Zhongkui [2021] HKCFI 1975 – Application for disqualification order

 

Mental Health Law

  • Acted in various contentious and non-contentious applications under the Mental Health Ordinance, including application for directions, interim relief and interim receivers, appointment of Committee, sales of properties, appointment of s.24 payee, applications dealing with Committee’s costs and also proceedings before the Guardianship Board. Advised Committees and interested parties in Part II applications under the Mental Health Ordinance: (1) Re LWY HCMH 71/2012; (2) Re CKY HCMH 67/2016; (3) Re WHY HCMH 72/2016; (4) Re CFS HCMH 70/2017; (5) Re YHM HCMH 62/2017 (6) Re LSL HCMH 91/2017; (7) Re TSH HCMH 69/2018; (8) Re SL HCMH 1/2019; (9) Re NYMT HCMH 32/2019; (10) Re QLK HCMH 66/2020; (11) Re HVD HCMH 48/2021
  • Acted in various proceedings involving issues in relation to enduring powers of attorney, validity of such powers and whether powers such should be revoked or set aside: (1) To Lee Wah v Yum Huin Ming [2019] HKCFI 1441; (2) Re CKY HCMH 7/2018; (3) Re FSKB HCMH 60/2019.

 

Private International Law

  • Dickson Valora Group (Holdings) Co Ltd v Fan Ji Qian [2019] 2 HKLRD 173 – “quasi-contractual” anti-suit injunction against a respondent who was not party to the relevant arbitration clause
  • Dickson Valora Holdings Enterprise Co Ltd v Moravia CV [2019] 3 HKLRD 210 – application for striking out unfair prejudice petition on the ground of lack of locus standi; mandatory stay of the petition in favour of arbitration pursuant to an arbitration agreement
  • Step Perfect Ltd v Gregory Goldstein & Anor HCA 846/2017 – Stay of proceedings, forum non conveniens, dismissal of interlocutory injunction application

 

Arbitration

  • HKIAC Arbitration – Claim by sub-contractor against a contractor under pile removal sub-contracts
  • HKIAC Arbitration – Claim under an investment agreement
  • ICC Arbitration – Claim under convertible note
  • Charles Ching Memorial Scholarship (2016)
  • Bar Scholarship (2015)
  • 8 other scholarships and awards
  • Tutor, Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong (2016 - 2021)
  • Contributing Editor to Hong Kong Company Law Cases (2008 - 2019) -  published in 2020 by DVC in collaboration with Kluwer  
  • 2016 年普通法精要---國際商貿法律實務課程

Fluent in English and Chinese