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 guides 2018 and 2019 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 2016 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.
Keith is a regular public speaker. Most recent examples of his lectures, seminars, published papers, and notable mentions include: