The death of a brother in the family feud over ownership of the Yung Kee Restaurant may open the dispute to mediation. A spokeswoman for the restaurant said yesterday that surviving brother Ronald Kam Kwan-lai - taken to court by elder brother Kinsen Kam Kwan-sing, who was found dead on Friday - had always wanted to resolve the dispute by mediation. "Although neither side has mentioned their plans for the lawsuit following the death of [Kinsen], we know the wish of Mr Ronald Kam to resort to mediation remains unchanged," the spokeswoman said. Kinsen Kam had asked the court to wind up the restaurant's holding company unless his younger brother agreed to buy out his 45 per cent stake. The case was heard earlier this year. The court has yet to hand down a verdict. Kinsen Kam, 66, was found unconscious in his Happy Valley home on Friday and was certified dead on arrival at hospital. Kinsen Kam's son, Hardy, said the family was focusing on the funeral and had not considered the legal battle. The family refused to disclose the cause of death. The restaurant in Wellington Street, Central, famed for its roast goose and fine cuisine, was named one of the top 15 restaurants in the world by Fortune magazine in 1968 and held one Michelin star from 2009 to 2011. Former Law Society president Wong Kwai-huen said that in the case of a sudden death of a party during litigation, the normal step would be for the administrator or executor to step into the shoes of the dead person. Five family members of founder Kam Shui-fai, who died in 2004, inherited the assets and shares in the restaurant. Kinsen and Ronald each received 35 per cent. Ronald received a further 10 per cent from a deceased sibling. Their mother then gave her 10 per cent to Kinsen. But a transfer of shares from a sister to Ronald then gave the younger brother a 55 per cent majority. Subsequently, Ronald's son, Carrel Kam Lin-wang, was appointed a director and, in effect, took over the business, the court heard.