Dispute and litigation support services

Our professionals in Mainland China and Hong Kong are experienced in working with clients to establish the facts, analyse the issues and develop their dispute resolution strategy. Our specialist team advises on the financial, economic and valuation aspects of claims, assists clients through the dispute resolution process and provides independent expert testimony. We work on a wide range of disputes including litigation, arbitration, mediation, expert determination and regulatory matters.

Our strength comes not only from our forensic accounting expertise but also how we bring together valuation, economic and industry specialists across the global PwC network to respond to your unique needs. Whether you are already in or contemplating a dispute, we work closely with you to plan the best response and deal with it effectively. If matters do go to trial, our team can help you every step of the way.

We help you with:

Valuation for business and assets in disputes

Very often, a dispute involves assets (sometimes a business), and resolving a dispute hence requires an independent valuation before a distribution or a settlement can be agreed. Our valuation team has extensive experience in valuing a wide variety of assets across industries.

 

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Valuation for dissenting shareholder claims

Arising out of Cayman Island’s Companies Law section 238, determination of the fair value of the subject company’s shares is a key part of the dissenting shareholders’ claims. Our valuation team has significant involvement in ongoing matters advising a party in a dispute as valuation expert and/or providing second opinion.

 

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Damage analysis / Quantum of damages

Damage analysis is an important step before deciding whether to commence a claim, as well as negotiating a settlement. Our valuation team is experienced in economic and financial analysis, linking factors (such as economic, legal, tax, regulatory etc.) to quantifying damages.

 

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Cyber claims

Cyber attacks have become more common and are one of the main reasons for business interruption.  We have seen victims suffer from for example loss of income, profits that would have been earned, incident response expenses, recovery costs, media costs and data loss.  Our team is specialised in providing damage analysis, assessment of quantum of loss, valuation of data loss and the costs associated with replacing lost information.

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Intellectual property disputes

On top of our extensive experience in intellectual property (IP) valuation, we provide IP-related advice for commercial transactions, and quantify losses as a result of IP infringements or improper usage of IP assets.

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Contractual claims / Post-acquisition disagreements

More often than not, contractual parties come across unfortunate situations where there is need to commence a claim (or defending a claim) because of different interpretations of terms, breach of terms, or default in payments. Our valuation team is regularly engaged throughout the deal cycle from advising on complicated transactions and assessing economic benefits, to navigating ways to resolve post-acquisition disputes and quantifying losses.

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Matrimonial

Separation and divorce can often be a long and challenging process, and negotiating a financial settlement frequently requires specialist expertise. Our team advises on all financial aspects of a marital dispute, from quantifying maintenance needs, asset identification, verification and tracing to valuations and liquidity analysis for distribution.

 

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International arbitration

Arbitration is a popular forum for resolving disputes. Our team can provide valuation and litigation support in treaty and commercial arbitrations, across a wide coverage of industries such as energy, mining, financial services, media, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, transportation, consumer goods, real estate, hotels and leisure, etc.

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Expert witness testimony

Our expert testimony services can help clients to reduce the time and cost to resolve disputes. Our team is regularly engaged to prepare expert reports for all forms of dispute resolution, and has given expert evidence in court and arbitration proceedings.

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Contact us

Phoebe Lee

Partner, PwC Hong Kong

Tel: +[852] 2289 2496

Sammy Lai

Partner, PwC China

Tel: +[86] (10) 6533 2991

Gabriel Tsui

Associate Director, PwC Hong Kong

Tel: +[852] 2289 1077

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