Executive Partner, Guantao Law Firm Xiamen Office
Arbitrator, Hong Kong International Arbitration Center; Xiamen Arbitration Commission
Adjunct Professor, Navigation College, Jimei University, China
Member of editorial board of NMIMS Journal on Economic and Public Policy, India
Practice Areas：Shipping, International Trade and Investment, Energy and Project Finance, Sports and Project Finance
Prof. Dr. AN Shouzhi is anexecutive partner of Guantao Law Firm Xiamen Office. He specializes inShipping, International Trade and Investment, Energy and Sports. He also has become involved in international commercial arbitration and other disputes resolution.
Dr. AN has for over 12 years been dedicated to legal professional services, offers numerous legal advices for clients in China and overseas, and makes presentations in China, Europe and United States.Dr. AN currently is the arbitrator in both Hong Kong International Arbitration Center and Xiamen Arbitration Commission, he is also the adjunct professor of Navigation College, Jimei University, China and the member of editorial board of NMIMS Journal on Economic and Public Policy, India.Due to the excellent achievements, Dr. AN was awarded by Asia Law & Practice in 2012 and 2013 as the Leading lawyer in Asian-Pacific Region in Shipping & Maritime.
2015-2016, Dr. AN interned and worked in the Office of Legal Affairs, United Nations, for the law of the sea, climate change and fishery issues. At the same time, Dr. An worked as visiting researcher in Columbia University in the New York City, made the research on the topic of “Energy Security and Cooperation under One Belt and One Road Initiatives: Policies, Projects and Challenges”.
Mr. AN also worked as a main drafter to draft the legislative guidelines: Guideline on Handling Shipping Cases by Guangdong Province Lawyers (2004); All China Lawyers Association’s Guideline on Handling Shipping Cases (2007);All China Lawyers Association’s Guideline on Lawyers Fee regarding Shipping Cases (2009).
2016-now, Executive Partner of Guantao Law Firm Xiamen Office.
2015-2016, Office of Legal Affairs, United Nationsfor the law of the sea, climate change and fishery issues, also visiting researcher in Columbia University in the New York City, research on the topic of “Energy Security and Cooperation under One Belt and One Road Initiatives: Policies, Projects and Challenges”.
Jun. 2009, trained in the Swedish Club (Gothenburg, Sweden) for marine insurance and granted the Certified Marine Insurance Practitioner.May 2009, trained in Gard P& I Club (Arendal, Norway) for P&I business.
2004-2015, Wang Jing & Co., Law Firm, of which, 2004-2006, worked in Guangzhou Head-office; 2007-2008, worked in Qingdao Office; 2009-2010, worked in Xiamen Office.2010-2015, worked as Partner and Chief Representative in its Fuzhou Office.
2003, interned clerk of Xiamen Maritime Court, P. R. China
1999-2001, worked in Kambara Kisen Co. Ltd Xiamen Branch, in charge of shipping and trade affairs.
Cases involved in Arbitration
Arbitration before China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC)
- In July 2012, represented Shaanxi Energy Metal &Minerals Resources Co, Ltd, in the international arbitration dispute against PT. Shasikrana International before CIETAC on the cargo quality disputes which was carried by MV Pax Phoenix. The claim amount was about RMB21 million and the case is won and closed.
- In May 2012,representedShaanxi Energy Metal &Minerals Resources Co, Ltd, to claim against PT. Shasikrana International, before CIETAC. The dispute was mainly raised by the different nickel content of the nickel minerals carried by M/V EQUINOX GLORY. The claim amount was around RMB16 million. The case now is won and closed.
- In April 2011, acted on behalf of the Respondent RizhaoFarlandInternational Trade Co Ltd claimed against CNBM Group for international contract disputes which the 70000 ton coal carried on MV Ji Mei Long, and the case won.
Arbitration before Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration (SCIA)
- In March 2012, represented Wuxi Little Swan Company Limited in the arbitration claim against Corno Marco Italia S.P.A before SCIA about the dispute on international purchase contract on equipment. The claim amount is about EUR527,000.
Arbitration before China Maritime Arbitration Commission (CMAC)
- In July 2012, represented the charterer to claim against the owner of “M/V CANG HANG CANG HAI” before CMAC on the charterer dispute caused by the owner’s failure to provide the vessel for loading during the scheduled laytime. The Arbitral Awardon 26 November 2012 successfully ordered the owner to return double deposit.
Arbitration before Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)
- In November 2010, represented Hongkong Huaxing International Shipping Co., Ltd., the charterer, to claim against Lamda Maritime Holding SP.Zo.o , the owner of M.V. NOS OCEAN STAR before HKIAC. The disputes concerned the charterers’ claim for loss and /or damage as a result of the owners’ failure to provide the vessel for loading.
- In November 2010, represented Jia Sheng Shipping Limited, the owners of MV “XIN YUAN CHAO”, to claim against Alpine International for the losses/damages resulted by its incorrect and delayed payment, and the tribunal fully supported the claimed amount.
- In May 2011, represented Bao Harvest Holding Limited, the charterer, in defending against the owner NCS Co., Limited in the matter of arbitration before HKIAC. The disputes arose following a failure to load a Cargo on board of the Vessel M.V.“PACIFIC IRMA” in Indonesia in October and November 2010.
- In January 2012, represented Shuntai Shipping (Hong Kong) Co. Ltd, owner of MV “SHUNTAI”, in defending against the charterer, SMY (HONG KONG) LIMITED in the claim before HKIAC.
Arbitration before Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)
- In 2014, represented Guangdong Yuntong Energy Co. Ltd, the buyer, to apply for arbitration before SIAC against China Coal Solution (Singapore) Pte.Ltd., the seller, on the payment dispute for the cargo.
- Guideline on Handling Shipping Cases by Guangdong Province Lawyers (2004);
- All China Lawyers Association’s Guideline on Handling Shipping Cases (2007);
- All China Lawyers Association’s Guideline on Lawyers Fee regarding Shipping Cases (2009).
- Convergence or Parallel Paths? Comparison with Substantive Tests of Merger Control in EU and Chinese Competition Law, European Competition Law Review, 2010, Issue 6, Maxwell & Sweet.
- Harmonization Marine Environment Protection and Public International Law,won the First Award by the Eleventh Five-Year Plan co-hosted by China Legal Daily in 2006.
- On P& I Club and Direct Action, Annual of China Maritime Trial (2005), People’s Communication Press, 2005.
- Necessity on Incorporating the Marine Environmental Tort into the Scope of Maritime Tort Law, Marine Environmental Science, Issue 04, 2006, Jinan: Shangdong Education Press.
- Legal Issues and Practice in Oil Pollution Cases, Annual of China Maritime Trial (2003), People’s Communication Press, 2004.
- On Priority of Maritime Lien, Maritime Justice Forum, Issue No. 1, 2003.
- On Possession and Lien of Vessels, Annual of China Maritime Law (2002), Dalian Maritime University Press, 2003.
- vice editor-in-chief of Wang Jing & Co., Maritime Law Review (English version), Dalian Maritime University Press, 2009.
- Co-published Study on Basic Theories of Marine Tort Law (Mr. LI Zhiwen, Editor-in-Chief), Dalian Maritime University Press, 2006.
- Co-published Practice and Legal Issues on Logistics (Mr. LI Zhiwen, Editor-in-Chief), Dongbei University of Finance & Economics Press, 2003.