Keith is a Commercial Dispute Resolution partner specialising in heavyweight dispute resolution, including high court/commercial court litigation, domestic and international arbitration, expert determinations, ADR, mediations with particular experience in the energy, construction and financial services sector.

Keith has been widely recognised. Chambers Asia-Pacific guide 2018 states Keith Brandt of Dentons maintains a broad commercial litigation practice, regularly advising clients in finance, infrastructure and energy disputes. Sources acknowledge that he is a respected figure in the market. Global Law Experts 2017 awarded Keith, and the team he leads, as Financial Services Sector Disputes Law Firm of the Year in Hong Kong. The Macallan ALB Hong Kong Law Awards 2017 shortlisted the same team for Civil litigation team of the year. Chambers Asia-Pacific guide 2017 According to interviewees, Keith Brandt of Dentons Hong Kong "understands business and understands people." Clients appreciate his ability to "bridge cultural gaps" between the parties. He covers contentious finance, construction and energy matters and frequently appears before the Hong Kong High Court and Commercial Court. Chambers Asia-Pacific 2016 identifies he is known for his work on significant commercial litigation in the High Court. He specialises in finance, construction and energy issues, ranking him band 5. Chambers Global Asia-Wide Rankings places Keith Brandt of Dentons Hong Kong as being known for his broad experience representing clients in the finance, energy and construction sectors on a range of commercial litigation. He is also skilled at advising on a variety of ADR procedures. Chambers Asia-Pacific 2015 identifies him as "effective and experienced" and Chambers Global 2015, ranking him in band 4, remarks that he is known for his broad disputes practice, encompassing ADR, litigation and International Arbitration. Chambers Asia-Pacific 2014 stated Keith as "is tenacious and always available to provide urgent advice," said one client, while another noted that he is "very responsive and a good guide to the differences between Hong Kong and US procedure." Fellow lawyers greatly respect his extensive experience in the Hong Kong market. Both Chambers Global and Chambers Asia Pacific 2012 and 2013, in the category, Dispute Resolution China International Firm, states of Keith he "earns praise for his calm and considered approach", one client remarking ‘he has a knack for turning things around, as well as managing impatient clients, and is good at handling pressure and turning it into something productive'. Placed in "The Experts" category, Keith appears in the 2011 Asian Legal Business' lawyers "Hot 100" list of Asia's leaders, movers & shakers. Additionally, Chambers Global 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Clients' Guide, places Keith in Band 3 for Asia Pacific China (International firms) Dispute Resolution, stating of him in the category of "other notable practitioners," that he is known for his work in both litigation and domestic and international arbitration with particular in specializing commercial disputes related to energy construction and financial services. Chambers and Partners has also certified Keith as a leading lawyer in Dispute Resolution (International Firms) 2011. His experience has led him to advising clients in locations as diverse as Malaysia, Thailand and the Middle East. Clients' are quick to underline Brandt's "upbeat approach and effective interpersonal skills." In Chambers Asia Pacific-a Client's Guide to Asia-Pacific's Leading Lawyers for Business 2011, Keith is named in tier 3 of Dispute Resolution leading individuals; "Having been in Asia for over 20 years, Keith Brandt of Brandt Chan & Partners affiliated with SNR Denton is well versed in a range of commercial disputes. His recent work highlights include advising Zhanzuo in a multiparty dispute between the company's founders. Clients appreciated his ‘friendliness and excellent sense of humour'.

Keith is also featured in Asian Legal Businesses' 2011 Watchlist of "10 firms to set the legal market alight" (March 2011). In the 07/08 edition Asia Pacific Legal 500 in the Dispute Resolution section, being described as "having extensive experience of High Court litigation and a growing track record in CIETAC arbitrations", he is also accredited in the China Law Profiles (Asia Law & Practice) 2008 with the Far East firm being recognised for its Developing China Practice and "noted for its work in Heavy Weight Dispute Resolution".

He has a varied client base with an international background operating in a diversified number of jurisdictions, with particular experience in Asia Pacific including Hong Kong, mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and the Middle East, including the Indian sub continent.


Experience

  • Acting for PRC Power Fuel Company in USD50M dispute with US supplier in jurisdictional dispute in relation to multiple SIAC arbitrations
  • Advising leading state owned enterprise in respect to supply contracts including advising on preliminary measures and contemplated SIAC arbitration
  • Acting for China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd in relation to a number of international disputes including advising in connection with various ICC conciliation and arbitration proceedings
  • Acting for Employer of North Asian LNG facility in relation to multi million USD claims against professional Advisers
  • Acting for Taiwanese Contractor in relation to a dispute arising out of an accident on an LNG Facility on the Eastern Seaboard of the PRC
  • Advising IBM China/Hong Kong Limited in relation to the enforcement of various restraint of trade provisions
  • Advising CGGCI on a number of international projects
  • Advising Shandong Shanshui Cement Group Limited in respect to its claims in relation to LCIA Arbitration
  • Advising Huawei Technologies in various international arbitrations in the Russian C.I.S.
  • Acting for a number of beneficiaries in a high profile Hong Kong High Court multi billion HK$ litigation, arising out of one of the largest estate disputes in Hong Kong
  • Conducting various LCIA, ICC, HKIAC, CIETAC arbitrations for PRC, state owned and Asian public and private companies in various sectors
  • Acting for the Malaysian Public Trustee in relation to the administration asset determination and asset recovery of a multi jurisdictional multi-million Hong Kong dollar estate
  • Acting for Conoco and PowerGen against Phillips Petroleum in the widely publicised dispute in relation to the challenge of an expert determination
  • Acting for a U.S. company in its agency/distributorship dispute in a CIETAC arbitration in Beijing

Reported decisions include

  • Wharf v Eric Cumine
  • Shun Fung Ironworks v Hong Kong Government
  • BCCI
  • Conoco v Phillips
  • Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund v Chambers and Others
  • The Estate of Cheung Kung Hai, deceased
  • IBM v N. Knight
  • In the matter of Mandarin Capital Advisory Limited; Alberto Forchielli v D. Valentina.
  • Arima v Flextronics Computing Sales and Marketing Ltd. (First Instance and Court of Appeal)
  • Beijing Risun Coal Wealth Coal & Coke Chemicals Ind. Co. Ltd v Himadri Chemicals

Recognition

  • Chambers Global, band 4 for Dispute Resolution (International Firms): China, 2015
  • Chambers Global, band 3 for Dispute Resolution (International Firms): China, 2011 – 2014
  • Asian Legal Business, rated an "Expert" in the "Hot 100 Lawyers," 2011
  • Asian Legal Business, "10 Firms to Set the Legal Market Alight" watchlist, March 2011
  • Cited for Dispute Resolution in Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2007/2008
  • Accredited by China Law Profiles (Asia Law and Practice), 2008

Insights

  • Joint Author of an Article in The International Arbitration Review - "China" International Arbitration Developments, published in the Sixth Edition June 2015
  • Joint Author of an Article in The International Arbitration Review Contributing an Overview of 2014 Arbitration Developments in China, published in the Fifth Edition June 2014
  • Contributing Author of Business Law Chapter in Sweet & Maxwell's Bullen & Leake & Jacob's Hong Kong Precedents of Pleadings published in December 2013
  • Article in Construction Manager - Magazine of the Chartered Institute of Building entitled "Comment: Can the Chinese model work in the UK?" 23 November 2013
  • Article in World Trade Executive entitled "Arbitration of Foreign Disputes and the Venue Conundrum - Key Considerations Following the CIETAC Split" published in March 2013
  • Article in Latin American Law & Business Report entitled: "Doing Business in Brazil in Mexico - A Sino Perspective" published in January 2013
  • Article in Corporate LiveWire entitled "Dispute Resolution in Hong Kong" in October 2011
  • Article in Asian Legal Business magazine entitled "ALB Hot 100- The hottest hundred lawyers of 2011" in September 2011
  • Article in Financier Worldwide entitled: "Global Reference Guide Litigation and Dispute Resolution in March 2011
  • Article in Asian Legal Business magazine entitled "ALB Asia Watchlist 2011 - 10 firms to set the legal market alight in 2011" in February 2011
  • Article In Asian Disputes Review entitled: "Civil Justice Reform – Implications for the Future of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Hong Kong" published in April 2009
  • Article in China Construction Times Part 1 entitled: "Health & Safety in the Construction Sector" published in April 2009
  • Article in China Construction Times Part 2 entitled: "Dispute Review Boards: A New Asian Dispute Resolution Tool?" published in August 2009.
  • Articles in China Construction Times Part 3 entitled: "Adjudication: The New Arbitration in the Chinese Construction Industry?" Part A and B published in August 2009 and September 2009
  • Paper on the use and development of mediation techniques in UK and International Construction Disputes, published by the Society of Construction Law, March 2002

Activities and Affiliations

Presentations

  • Speaker at and was invited by the Union of Beijing Business Services (UBBS) to present "The Accelerator Effect - Looking at the expansion of Beijing Service Sector from the perspective of Professional Service Institutions" on the 21st Beijing-Hong Kong Economic Cooperation Symposium on 29 November 2017.
  • 2016 Infrastructure Outbound Investment Summit " Comparing rules of major international arbitration institutions for China's outbound infrastructure investments" on 13 December 2016
  • CHINCA / Dentons Annual Conference in Kunming "Foreign Investment Outbound One Belt - One Road" and " PPP, BOT and Other New Model Forms of Equity Investment and Procurement Middle East, Iran and North/ East Africa - SILK ROAD Opportunities on 7 December 2016
  • Symposium presentation, "A posse ad esse- The Role of Hong Kong and the legal Community in channelling OBOR initiatives from possibility to Actuality" delivered at the China Eurasia Conference arranged by Ministry of Justice of China in Urumqi, Xinjiang 21 September 2016 "One Belt - One Road"
  • CHINCA / Dentons Annual Conference - Foreign Investment Outbound One Belt - One Road "PPP, BOT and Other New Model Forms of Equity Investment and Procurement Silk Road Opportunities" Xiamen, PRC 3 November 2015. Conference Moderator and speaker
  • Global Arbitration Review, Hong Kong October 2015
  • CHINCA / Dentons Annual Conference Roadshow in Dubai and Qatar 9-11 March 2015 "Leveraging Opportunities between China and the Middle East" and "Tips for Avoiding Disputes, and Dispute Resolution"
  • Panel Speaker at ABA Asia Pacific International Mediation Summit in New Delhi India 12-14 February 2015
  • Moderator at CHINCA / Dentons Annual Conference "Investing in Construction Projects in the Middle East" for over 120 Chinese Contractors and SOE attendees in Chengdu, 4 November 2014
  • Panel Speaker at HKIAC, Hong Kong Arbitration Week 2014 ADR in Asia in Hong Kong entitled "Asia at the Cutting Edge - Gazing into the Crystal Ball - The Future of Bilateral Investment Treaties -The Case for including Real Protection in Investment Treaties" 16th October 2014
  • Lex Omnibus, regular speaker; workshop leader for half-day course in Hong Kong entitled "Drafting arbitration and other dispute resolution clauses" 19th March 2012 and 28 March 2014
  • Speaker at the Beijing Arbitration Commission in Beijing, PRC, "Dispute Resolution Clauses" 13 August 2013
  • Speaker and panel moderator at Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) conference organised in Tianjin, PRC, 1 July 2013 on "Real Estate Developers and Construction Disputes"
  • Speaker on "International Arbitrations" at SIAC Conference for Tianjin Bar Associate 2 July 2013
  • Guest Speaker at Inauguration Ceremony of DeHeng International Legal Service Center for Legal Service and Cooperation in relation to China's Outbound Investment from Private Sector - Closer Ties among Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Macao, 18th December 2012
  • Organiser and Speaker at China International Contractors Association Conference 29th and 30th October 2012 "Latin America and the Caribbean: Alternative Delivery Systems New Methods, New Markets for Chinese International Contractors" in Beijing. Topics "Latin America and the Caribbean -views and perspectives and Business Opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean" and "Dealing with Disagreement".
  • Speaker in Seminar with Julius & Creasy, Global Law Alliance, SNR Denton on Project Finance and Infrastructure Developments in Sri Lanka entitled: "Partnering with PRC Contractors, The Chinese Approach to Dispute Resolution and Drafting Arbitration and Other Dispute Resolution Clauses", 28th September 2012
  • Thought Leader and speaker for Ron Evancia in Mumbai, India on "Global Construction Market & Avoiding Construction Disputes" 15-16 December 2011
  • Organiser and Speaker at Chartered Institute of Building in Hong Kong for "Doing Business Internationally: Exploiting opportunities in global growth markets and minimising risk when things go wrong", 8 July 2011
  • Organiser and Speaker at China International Contractors Association Conference in Beijing, for "Doing Business in the Middle East and Africa: How Chinese Construction Companies Can Maximize Opportunities and Mitigate Risk", 5 July 2011
  • Speaker at London conference on Establishing Business Presence in China in London, September 2010
  • Speaker at HKCCA Seminar on Drafting Arbitration and Other Dispute Resolution in Hong Kong, 15 July 2010
  • Panellists at CHINCA / Control Risks RiskMap 2010 Conference Seminar in Beijing event for "A Dialogue on China's Global Ambitions: Strategic Imperatives for Investment Protection, Security and Stakeholder Management in Chinese Outbound Investments" on 1 December 2010
  • Speaker at Co-chaired UK Bar Council / Law Society Conference on Partnership Structures for the Modern Practice. An International Perspective in Shanghai/Hangzhou on 3 November 2009
  • CIOB Hong Kong and China series of seminars in 4 locations in Greater China – Sustainability and Safety AND Dispute Avoidance – March to April 2009
  • Speaker on Dispute Resolution in China at the Anglo/Sino ADR Symposium jointly hosted by the UK Law Society, DTI and CIETAC in Shanghai January 2009
  • Speaker at Hammonds / CHINCA Seminar on Adjudication and other ADR Methods for the Construction Sector in Beijing March 2008
  • Speaker on Arbitrations in China at the Chinese Contract and Law Conference in Singapore April 2008
  • Conference Chair at Hammonds / CHINCA Seminar on Risk and Dispute Avoidance in Chengdu 2006
  • Speaker at the "East Greets West: New Opportunities for Dispute Resolution" Chartered Institute of Arbitrator's conference at the HK Convention Centre, February 2002

Memberships

  • Appointed Chairman, Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunals, 2012-present
  • Elected Executive Committee Member ICC Hong Kong 2013/2014
  • Appointed Secretary of ICC Hong Kong 2014/2015
  • Member Hong Kong Law Society Claims Committee
  • Appointed Chairman, Appeals Tribunal, 2015-present

Prior and Present Employment

  • Chief Representative, Dentons Beijing Representative, 2011 to date
  • Managing Partner, Dentons Hong Kong, 2011 to date
  • Chief Representative, Hammonds Beijing Representative Office, 2004 – 2010
  • Senior Partner, Hammonds, Hong Kong, 2001-2010
  • Partner, Hammonds, 1995 – 2010
  • Lovell White Durrant, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi and London, 1988 – 1995
  • Solicitor, Johnson Stokes and Master, Hong Kong, 1985 – 1988
  • Articled, Pritchard Englefield & Tobin, 1985