Hong Kong & China

Apology legislation passed in Hong Kong – what does it mean for you

On 13 July, Hong Kong’s Legislative Council passed a law (the Apology Law) intended to facilitate the resolution of civil disputes in the territory. The Apology Law, which is expected to be gazetted and come into force shortly, reforms the … Continue reading

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China-related investment arbitrations: three recent developments

The last two months have delivered three notable developments in China-related investment arbitrations.  In addition to the third known claim to be lodged at ICSID against the People's Republic of China (PRC), two recent and potentially inconsistent decisions in claims … Continue reading

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HONG KONG HIGH COURT APPOINTS RECEIVERS AS INTERIM MEASURE IN SUPPORT OF ARBITRATION PROCEEDINGS IN MAINLAND CHINA

A recent judgment from the Hong Kong High Court (Chen Hongqing v Mi Jingtian) illustrates the manner in which parties may seek interim relief in Hong Kong to support arbitral proceedings being conducted elsewhere – in this case, the appointment … Continue reading

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Hong Kong confirms IP rights are arbitrable

Hong Kong has now enacted amendments to its Arbitration Ordinance (Cap. 609), clarifying that disputes over intellectual property rights (IPRs) may be resolved by arbitration and that it is not contrary to Hong Kong public policy to enforce arbitral awards … Continue reading

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Hong Kong allows third party funding for arbitration and mediation

Hong Kong's Legislative Council today passed a law allowing third parties to fund arbitrations seated in the territory, as well as work done in Hong Kong for arbitrations seated elsewhere, and for mediations. This development has been long anticipated, and … Continue reading

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Hong Kong court upholds execution against PRC State Owned Enterprise, rejecting claim of crown immunity

In TNB Fuel Services SDN BHD v. China National Coal Group Corporation HKCFI 1016, the Hong Kong Court of First Instance ("HKCFI") rejected a claim of crown immunity by a PRC State Owned Enterprise ("SOE") and upheld an order for … Continue reading

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Hong Kong Court rules on staying execution of arbitral enforcement order

Overview In Israel Sorin (IZZY) Shohat v Balram Chainrai [2017] HKEC 1118, the Hong Kong Court of First Instance considered that enforcement of arbitral awards should be subject to the same regime as governs the stay of execution of an … Continue reading

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Hong Kong Arbitration Ordinance – end of the automatic opt-in

Parties entering into an agreement on or after 1 June 2017 that provides for arbitration in Hong Kong can no longer rely on Section 100 of Hong Kong's Arbitration Ordinance and automatically opt-in to Schedule 2 simply by providing for … Continue reading

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Hong Kong Court Stays Proceedings to Arbitration

Overview In Polytec Overseas Ltd and another v. Grand Dragon International Holdings Co Ltd and others [2017] HKCFI 604, the Hong Kong Court of First Instance upheld the defendant's application under s. 20 of the Arbitration Ordinance to stay court … Continue reading

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Hong Kong Court confirms pro-arbitration stance

In U v A [2017] HKEC 468, the Hong Kong Court of First Instance dismissed an application to set aside an Order for enforcement of an ICC award rendered in Hong Kong. In her judgment, Mimmie Chan J reiterated that … Continue reading

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