STATE COUNCIL OF CHINA ANNOUNCED GROUND-BREAKING POLICY TO ALLOW FOREIGN ARBITRATION INSTITUTIONS TO SET UP BUSINESSES IN SHANGHAI FREE TRADE ZONE TO ADMINISTER CASES IN MAINLAND CHINA

On 6 August 2019, the State Council of China published the “General Planning of the New Area of ​​the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone Program” (“General Planning“).  Under Article 4 of the General Planning,  reputable overseas arbitration and dispute resolution institutions will be allowed to “set up business organisations in the new area [of … Read more

China’s International Commercial Courts hear first cases

Almost a year since their high profile establishment in June 2018, the International Commercial Courts of the Supreme People’s Court (CICC) have recently conducted hearings on the first cases that were submitted to the CICC. On 29 May 2019, the Second International Commercial Court of the Supreme People’s Court of China heard a case concerning … Read more

Evolving Asia, New Frontiers in Dispute Resolution: CIArb (Malaysia Branch) International Arbitration Conference 2018 Keynote Address

At the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Malaysia Branch) International Arbitration Conference 2018, Peter Godwin, the Managing Partner of Herbert Smith Freehills’ Kuala Lumpur office gave a keynote address. The topic of the address was “Evolving Asia, New Frontiers in Dispute Resolution”. The text of Peter’s keynote is set out below. Read more

Hong Kong Court of Appeal ends 12-year Xiamen v Eton Properties saga

As discussed in this post, Xiamen Xingjingdi Group Co Ltd (XJ) and various co-defendants affiliated with Eton Properties Ltd (together, EP) have been involved in a long-running dispute in multiple fora, including a PRC-seated CIETAC arbitration and several Hong Kong court proceedings. The case appears now to have come to an end, with the Court … Read more

EU and Japan formally sign economic partnership agreement

On 17 July 2018, the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) was formally signed during the EU-Japan summit in Tokyo.  The EPA – the largest free trade agreement ever negotiated by the EU – has been years in the making and took significant time and effort to get to this stage. You can read more about … Read more

Dispute Resolution in Asia-Pacific: Parties seek efficient processes and enforceable outcomes

Following our report on the Global Pound Conference series, which brought together over 4000 stakeholders at 28 conferences worldwide, our analysis of the Asia Pacific results reveals different demands in Asia and Oceania. Six Asia Pacific cities hosted conferences to assess how dispute resolution can be improved: Singapore; Hong Kong; Chandigarh, India; Bangkok, Thailand; Sydney, … Read more

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, set aside the orders of the courts below, and extended time for First Media to … Read more