Astro v Lippo: First Media’s Hong Kong appeal dismissed

Hong Kong's Court of Appeal (CA) has given judgment in the latest instalment of the dispute between Malaysia's Astro media group and Indonesia's Lippo. On 5 December 2016, the CA dismissed an appeal by First Media, a Lippo Group entity, against an order granting leave to enforce in Hong Kong various arbitral awards made in … Read more

Hong Kong confirms IP rights are arbitrable

Hong Kong has introduced amendments to its Arbitration Ordinance (Cap. 609) (Ordinance), 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 involving IPRs. The Arbitration (Amendment) Bill 2016 (Bill) will be introduced into the Legislative Council … Read more

Herbert Smith Freehills updates essential guide to disputes clauses in China contracts

Herbert Smith Freehills has launched the latest edition of its practical guide, "Governing law and dispute resolution clauses for China-related contracts‎". Popularly known as 'The Dragon Book', the guide helps in-house lawyers negotiating China-related commercial contracts to understand the workings of Mainland Chinese law as it affects choice of law and other options for resolving … Read more

Singapore update: litigation funding moves a step closer and new legislation proposed to give force to settlement agreements made through mediation

Last week saw two important and novel pieces of legislation related to dispute resolution put before the Singapore Parliament.  The first is a bill to amend current legislation to permit third party funding in international arbitration and related litigation.  The second is a bill to encourage mediation through, amongst other things, giving binding force to … Read more

SCIA updates its rules to hear investor-state arbitrations

The Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration (“SCIA”), formerly CIETAC's Shenzhen Sub-commission, published its latest rules (the "Rules") on 26 October 2016. The Rules will take effect on 1 December 2016. This is the first time that SCIA has revised its rules since its launch in 2012, in the wake of the so-called "CIETAC split". The key … Read more

New Zealand amends its Arbitration Act

New amendments to the New Zealand Arbitration Act 1996 (Act) received Royal Assent on 17 October 2016, and will come into force on 1 March 2017. There are two key amendments to the Act: Definition of ‘arbitral tribunal’ Previously, an ‘arbitral tribunal’ had only been defined in the Act to include sole arbitrators and panels … Read more

Briana Young appointed to HKIAC Council

Briana Young, Professional Support Consultant in Herbert Smith Freehills' Hong Kong office, has been appointed to the Council of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC). Briana is the third Herbert Smith Freehills' appointee to the governing body of the top-five arbitration centre. She joins Justin D'Agostino, Global Head of Disputes, and partner Kathryn Sanger, … Read more