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David Zhou Yi
Senior Partner at Co-Effort Law Firm LLP


As a former merchant marine officer, David Zhou’s practice areas cover admiralty and maritime, contentious and non-contentious issues on both “wet” and “dry” works.  David Zhou acts for P&I Clubs, shipping companies, insurers, banks, shipyards, port authorities, and a variety of shipping interests in many influential cases.  David Zhou provides legal services to the clients on bills of lading, charterparties, other carriage contracts, marine insurance, shipbuilding and repairs contracts, ship finance, sale and purchase, collision and allision, fire and explosion, salvage, crew claims, and disputes arising from port operations etc. 

David Zhou appears before the Chinese courts and arbitration commissions in China as counsels.  He also has been appointed as expert witness in the arbitral and court proceedings in London, Singapore, Hong Kong and some other jurisdictions on the issues pertaining to China.

David Zhou is named in Who’s Who Legal, a recommended individual by Legal 500 and a leading practitioner in China by Euromoney, a highly recommended leading lawyer in China by Chambers Asia-Pacific as well as the team-head of the Maritime Law Firm of the Year in China by Corp-Intl.  Having been a qualified practicing Chinese lawyer, David Zhou has vast experience in protecting and enforcing foreign clients’ rights in China.  With his local expertise, David Zhou is better to interpret those cross-cultural issues and can provide practical solution for foreign clients when they have legal needs in China. 

David Zhou graduated from Shanghai Maritime University (B. Eng. & LL.M.), and is admitted to the Bar of the PRC.  He speaks Chinese and fluent English.

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