Hong Kong & China

Global Law and Business – Arbitration of M&A Transactions: A Practical Global Guide

Herbert Smith Freehills disputes experts have authored two regional chapters in the Global Law and Business Arbitration of M&A Transactions: A Practical Global Guide. The firm’s Head of Dispute Resolution, Asia and Japan Managing Partner Peter Godwin, and Tokyo-based trainee … Continue reading

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Herbert Smith Freehills wins China award as Dispute Resolution International Law Firm of the Year

Herbert Smith Freehills has again won the title of “Dispute Resolution International Law Firm of the Year – Hong Kong & China” at the Chambers and Partners Awards ceremony held in Hong Kong on 17 February 2014. The awards reflect … Continue reading

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Herbert Smith Freehills’ Justin D’Agostino appointed to the HKIAC Executive Committee

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Justin D’Agostino to the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) Executive Committee.   In advance of the HKIAC’s 30th anniversary and following the recent revision of the HKIAC Administered Arbitration Rules (see … Continue reading

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Hong Kong/Macao enforcement arrangement takes effect

On 16 December 2013, the Arrangement Concerning Reciprocal Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards between the Hong Kong SAR and the Macao SAR (the Arrangement) came into force. The Arrangement, which was signed on 7 January 2013, is implemented by … Continue reading

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China’s highest court addresses CIETAC split

The Supreme People’s Court of China (the SPC) has taken steps to bring consistency to decisions involving CIETAC, China’s largest arbitral commission, and its breakaway sub-commissions in Shanghai and Shenzhen. (See our posts of 14 August 2012 and 12 July 2013 for … Continue reading

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Arthur Ma Joins Herbert Smith Freehills’ Global Arbitration Practice

The Global Arbitration Practice is pleased to announce that Arthur Ma is joining the international arbitration team in Beijing as Counsel and Emily Lam is joining the firm’s Hong Kong office as a Senior Consultant. Arthur is a Chinese national and has … Continue reading

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Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal Confirms Principle of Indemnity Costs for Unsuccessful Set Aside Application

In the latest instalment of Pacific China Holdings Ltd (in Liquidation) v Grand Pacific Holdings Ltd, the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal has confirmed that parties who unsuccessfully challenge arbitral awards will generally be ordered to pay costs on … Continue reading

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Hong Kong passes amendments to Arbitration Ordinance

On 10 July, the Legislative Council of Hong Kong passed the Arbitration (Amendment) Bill 2013 (click here for our earlier post on the Bill). The Arbitration (Amendment) Ordinance 2013 introduces a number of changes to the 2011 Arbitration Ordinance (Cap. 609), … Continue reading

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CIETAC split update: Chinese courts’ approach to enforcing awards rendered by SCIA and SHIAC

Since CIETAC announced on 1 August 2012 that it had suspended the authorisation of its Shanghai and South China (Shenzhen) sub-commissions to accept and administer arbitrations,there have been a number of developments. The former Shanghai and South China sub-commissions have … Continue reading

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The 5th CYAG Seminar – Cultural Differences between East and West in International Commercial Arbitration

On June 13th 2013, Mr Philip Yang was guest speaker at the latest China Young Arbitration Group (“CYAG“) seminar that was held at the Beijing office of Lantai Partners. The seminar focused on the often thorny issue of “How Cultural … Continue reading

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