The Hong Kong Court of Appeal to clarify application of Guy Lam in arbitration in upcoming appeals

By way of an update to the series of recent Court of First Instance decisions on whether a winding up petition ought to be stayed where the underlying dispute is governed by an arbitration clause, Harris J has very recently granted the Petitioner in Re Shandong Chenming Paper Holdings Ltd [2023] HKCFI 2731 leave to appeal.

Notably, Harris J commented that it is highly undesirable to have a number of conflicting Court of First Instance decisions on the same issue (which we have discussed in our blog posts on Lasmos, Simplicity, Shandong Chenming and Inversion Productions) and it would be desirable to have clarity from the higher Courts in this regard. Continue reading

India related commercial contracts: dispute resolution and governing law clauses

Herbert Smith Freehills has published a new edition of its well-regarded Guide on dispute resolution and governing law clauses in India-related commercial contracts. The Guide is intended to assist in-house counsel who handle India-related commercial contracts on behalf of non-Indian companies and who need to have a practical understanding of the nuances of drafting dispute resolution and governing law clauses in the Indian context. Continue reading