Reed Smith earned practice rankings in 19 categories, and 13 of its lawyers were listed in 15 categories serving the aviation, shipping, finance, technology and media industries, in Chambers Asia Pacific 2024 rankings released today.

The listings illustrate the firm’s strong reputation for practical solutions to major disputes, commercially minded corporate advice, and service to companies in the transportation, technology and other industries.

This year, the firm earned Band 1 practice rankings for Shipping: Litigation, Asia-Pacific Region and Shipping: International Firms, South Korea – but it also earned a new listing for data protection. Here is the full list of Reed Smith practice listings, by region then practice area.

Asia-Pacific Region

  • Arbitration (International) 
  • Aviation: Finance
  • Banking & Finance
  • Corporate/M&A
  • Data Protection (new entry)
  • Shipping: Finance
  • Shipping: Litigation (Band 1) 


  • General Business Law Foreign Expertise Based Abroad in Singapore


  • Dispute Resolution (International Firms) Foreign Expertise Based Abroad in UK


  • Corporate & Finance (International Firms)  Foreign Expertise Based Abroad in Singapore


  • Aviation: Finance
  • Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption: International
  • Corporate/M&A: International: Highly Regarded
  • Dispute Resolution: Arbitration: The Elite
  • Shipping: Domestic
  • Shipping: International: Litigation
  • Startups & Emerging Companies
  • Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT): International

South Korea

  • Shipping: International Firms (Band 1) 

Individual Rankings

Many of the 13 lawyers from Reed Smith were listed for dispute resolution in its various forms, as well as for corporate and investigative services. Three of the firm’s lawyers ranked in Band 1. Energy and natural resource partner Kohe Hasan secured a Band 1 posting for General Business Law, Cambodia; transportation litigation partner Alex Andrews won a Band 1 listing for Shipping: International Firms, South Korea; while corporate partner Han Ming Ho ranked Band 1 for Investment Funds: International, Singapore. 

Bryan Tan and Simon Spells were ranked in more than one category. Here’s the full list of 13 lawyers (with practice category and region) who were listed in the 2024 Chambers guide.

  • Alex Andrews, Shipping: International Firms, South Korea (Band 1)
  • Gautam Bhattacharyya, Dispute Resolution (International Firms), India
  • Calvin Chan, Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption: International, Singapore
  • Timothy Cooke, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration, Singapore
  • Peter Glover, Shipping: International: Litigation, Singapore
  • Matthew Gorman, Corporate/M&A: International, Singapore
  • Kohe Hasan, General Business Law, Cambodia (Band 1)
  • Johnny Lim, Corporate/M&A (International Firms), Indonesia
  • Han Ming Ho, Investment Funds, Singapore (Band 1)
  • Simon Spells, Aviation: Finance, Asia-Pacific Region and Aviation: Finance, Singapore
  • Bryan Tan, Startups & Emerging Companies, Singapore and Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT): Domestic, Singapore and Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT): International, Singapore
  • Bernard Yee (Resource Law), Shipping: Domestic Litigation, Singapore
  • Askar Zhansagimov, Corporate & Finance, Kazakhstan

Reed Smith operates under the name Reed Smith Richards Butler LLP in Hong Kong. And it is in a formal law alliance in Singapore with Resource Law LLC.


“Reed Smith brings a rare combination of commercial skill and technical expertise,” one client in Singapore said about the firm’s shipping finance practice. Another client said: “Reed Smith’s lawyers have a thorough understanding of the shipping industry, meaning that their legal advice and strategies are more commercial and practical than that given by other firms.”

A Singapore-based client said of the firm’s corporate lawyers: “Reed Smith provides top-notch English law capability out of Singapore. It has a very experienced and commercially minded team.” Another client said: “They demonstrate flexibility in supporting the client and show a great understanding of the transaction sensitivities. Additionally, Reed Smith is able to guide us through difficult discussions and provide valuable advice.”

“Reed Smith’s team are superb in all respects, including their ability to handle complex and sophisticated matters. They make a point of understanding the client’s business and are always very switched onto the commercial aspects of the disputes,” a client said of Reed Smith’s international arbitration practice.

Chambers bases its rankings on the evaluation of law firm submissions, interviews with clients, and research and review by Chambers staff, as described on the publisher’s methodology page.