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Jin Yu-Lai

Jin Yu-Lai

KaiRong Law FirmSuite 2206-2207Golden Magnolia PlazaNo.1 Da Pu RoadShanghaiChina200023

Global Leader

National Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Jin Yu-Lai applies a profound understanding of maritime law to his distinguished arbitration practice.


Mr Yu-Lai Jin is the founder and managing partner of KaiRong Law Firm. He graduated from East China University of Political Science and Law with an LLB and an LLM. Upon graduation, Mr Jin worked in the legal department of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) (Shanghai branch) and later acted as the director of the Shanghai International Economic and Trade Law Office’s business department.

Admitted as an attorney by the Ministry of Justice of the PRC in 1987, Mr Jin specialises in shipping, aviation, insurance, finance and risk investment. He is heavily experienced in all phases of complex litigation and arbitration, and has a thorough understanding of shipping law, aviation law, insurance law and civil litigation procedures.

Mr Jin is well known for his excellent capability to provide clients with meticulous legal analysis and workable solutions in respect of emerging legal issues, and complicated disputes and transaction arrangements. Mr Jin acts for many well-known companies in the domestic and international shipping, logistics, aviation, and insurance sectors, and has successfully dealt with thousands of litigation and arbitration cases relating to trade, insurance, aviation and shipping in the Chinese courts. He was invited by the Supreme Court of the PRC to assist in the drafting of a judicial interpretation, due to his experience in litigation and understanding of law in practice. In 2003 and 2010, Mr Jin led his team to win two major cases concerning shipping and aviation claims in the Supreme Court of the PRC: the first saw him assist Zhejiang National Textiles Import and Export Group in a judicial review case concerning a bill of lading in the Supreme Court, resulting in the successful upholding of a court judgment made by the Shanghai High Court in 2003; in the second, he represented Cargolux Airlines and its insurers against Taikoo Aircraft Engineering Company for aircraft damages in the Shanghai High Court and the Supreme Court of the PRC, resulting in the successful recovery of losses from Taikoo in 2006/2009.

Mr Jin has extensive experience in admiralty and maritime law. He represents a diverse client base, including shipowners, shipbuilders, cargo owners, NVOCC, seamen, P&I clubs, port operators and many others, in litigation, and regulatory and transactional matters. 

Mr Jin has been trusted by many domestic and international insurance companies to handle significant insurance subrogation cases, and is experienced in international claims management, with a particular emphasis on special property insurances and liability insurances. As such, Mr Jin and KaiRong Law Firm have been highly recommended, on a consistent basis, by Asialaw for the practice of insurance and shipping law in China.

As a leading aviation lawyer in China, Mr Jin has outstanding experience in aviation matters, and has handled several air-crash cases on behalf of airlines and their liability insurers, as well as aircraft manufacturers. Mr Jin’s notable reputation among his peers was sealed when he led his team on the personal death and property claims that arose from the 1999 crash of Korean Air Cargo Flight 6316 in Shanghai. Later, he successfully acted for Bombardier and its insurer in relation to the 2004 crash of China Eastern Airlines Flight 5210 in Baotou; and for Cargolux Airlines and its eight German insurers in relation to a 2008 ground-handling incident. He is now assisting Malaysian Airlines and its reinsurer in relation to Flight MH370, which disappeared on 8 March 2014.

Mr Jin also focuses on corporate governance, financing and venture capital, and especially on providing banks with standard trading terms and agreements, and the design and restructure of risk-control mechanisms. He is retained by many companies as legal counsel to provide legal advice to their business operation.

Mr Jin’s reputation for excellence and achievement is evidenced by his broad client base, and widely recognised by domestic and international professional ranking institutions.

Mr Jin is invited as an arbitrator to the China Maritime Arbitration Commission, the CCPIT mediation committee, the Shanghai International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission and the Singapore Maritime Arbitration Centre. He is also a panellist at the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (Maritime), and a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Mr Jin also plays an active presenting role at international events, seminars and conventions. He is a regular speaker on Chinese legal systems; a lecturer at law schools; and the author of many articles published in legal journals.
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