Profile Description

M.B. KEMP is a newly established international law firm comprised of former partners from large U.S. and U.K law firms. At present, our lawyers are based in our offices in London, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi and Milan. We are a collaborative group, grounded in ethics, each of us driven by a passion to excel in what we do. Our firm specialises in various fields of law, spanning transactional (e.g., corporate M&A, private equity and capital markets) to disputes (e.g., international arbitration, cross-border commercial litigation, white collar investigations), as well as compliance and regulatory matters. Our firm’s aim is to work with our clients globally to develop creative solutions tailored to further their business interests and address legal challenges in courts and arbitration venues around the world. 

Our capital markets and corporate/private equity practices have successfully executed complex transactions, advised management/boards, provided commercial advice and designed effective corporate solutions in challenging regulatory environments globally. 

Our international arbitration team is capable of handling a broad spectrum of commercial arbitration and investment treaty disputes, which arise out of business activities in a wide variety of sectors. We have experience as counsel in disputes administered under all the major arbitration rules, including ICSID, ICC, LCIA, DIFC-LCIA, AAA/ICDR, SCC, HKIAC, DIFC, SIAC, DIAC, PCA and UNCITRAL. Additionally, the team has an excellent track record working both for and against recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards in the UK, US, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, French and Russian courts. In addition to our international commercial arbitration practice, our team has also routinely acted for both sovereign States and investors in investment treaty arbitration disputes under the ICSID, SCC and UNCITRAL Rules in the energy, mining, infrastructure, financial and telecommunications sectors.

Some notable matters of the Firm:
Since its opening in May 2021, the Firm London office has been working on the following matters:

Representing a UAE-based contractor in a dispute with a UAE-based employer in a dispute concerning
  construction of a new hotel (DIAC Rules, Seat: Dubai)
Representing a South Asian Steel Trader in a commercial fraud dispute with a leading international bank in
  DIFC and a state owned Asian shipping company (DIFC Courts)
Advised a Southeast Asian commodities trading house in a SIAC arbitration against a Chinese supplier for the
  recovery of a USD 10 million debt (SIAC Rules, Seat: Singapore)
Representing a European third party in a fraud arising out of sale and purchase of cryptocurrency in UAE
  (DIFC Courts)
Representing a leading Italian fashion/apparel company in HKIAC arbitration proceedings arising out of a
  M&A transaction, a pledge agreement and a licence agreement (HKIAC Rules, Seat: Hong Kong)
Representing an international EPC contractor in an USD 280 million transaction covering the engineering,
  construction, procurement  and financing of an oil processing facility and related pipeline to be built in Iraq
Representing an oil and gas EPC Consortium in its claims arising out of the general contractor invoking
  Covid -19 as force majeure event
Representing an Indian global automotive components player in its expansion in Tier 1 market through an
  acquisition of a competitor in Europe

Key People

Salah Mattoo
Founding Partner (International Arbitration & Public International law)


  • M.B. KEMP LLP, London, UK Partner, July 2021 – Present
  • Winston & Strawn (London) LLP, London, UK Senior…
Marco Pocci
Founding Partner - Hong Kong/London, Dispute Resolution & Corporate


  • M.B. KEMP LLP (Hong Kong and London), May 2021 – Present
  • Stephenson Harwood LLP (Hong Kong and London, Partner…
Brian Kotick
Founding Partner - London, Dispute Resolution


  • M.B. KEMP LLP, London, UK Partner, November 2020 – present
  • Winston & Strawn (London) LLP, London, UK…
Voon Kit Lai
Managing Partner - Hong Kong, Corporate


  • Stephenson Harwood (Managing Partner) February 2009 - April 2020
  • Stephenson Harwood (Partner) May 2001 -…
Malcolm Kemp
Founding Partner - Hong Kong/London, Dispute Resolution


  • M.B. KEMP LLP (Founding Partner) September 2020 – present
  • Stephenson Harwood (Senior Partner) December 1989 -…

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