Astro v Lippo: First Media appeal succeeds in Hong Kong

At its final attempt, First Media has overturned the Hong Kong courts' earlier decisions to enforce five arbitral awards against it. In a judgment dated 11 April, the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal (CFA) unanimously allowed First Media's appeal,… Read more

HKIAC signs cooperation agreement with Russia’s IMA

On 6 March 2018, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) and the Institute of Modern Arbitration of the Russian Federation (IMA) signed a Cooperation Agreement that aims to support and promote the development of international arbitration and other dispute… Read more

SPC publishes new judicial interpretations on arbitration

The Supreme People's Court of China (SPC) has released two judicial interpretations (Interpretations) on arbitration. The Interpretations were passed on 20 November 2017 and 4 December 2017. The texts of both were made public on 29 December 2017 and became… Read more

China proposes dedicated “Belt and Road” court

Supreme People's Court Monitor has published a highly informative article on proposals by the SPC relating to China's"Belt and Road" initiative. These include establishing a dedicated court, along the lines of the Singapore International Commercial Court, to hear Belt &… Read more

EU – Japan Economic Partnership Agreement announced

On 6 July 2017 the EU and Japan announced an agreement in principle on their Economic Partnership Agreement ("EPA").  The scale of this agreement is eye-popping: once in effect the EPA will cover nearly 40 percent of all goods exports,… Read more

Our new Asia Disputes blog

We have today launched Herbert Smith Freehills’ new Asia disputes blog, Asia Disputes Notes, where you will find the latest updates on disputes related topics from across the Asian jurisdictions in which we operate (Hong Kong and Greater China, Southeast… Read more

Med-Arb – an Alternative Dispute Resolution practice

The practice of combining the mediation and arbitration processes (referred to as “med-arb” below) is known as both “med-arb” and “arb-med”, depending on which process was initiated first. This process involves the same person acting both (i) as a mediator… Read more