ADR in Asia Conference
22 October 2019 | 09:00 - 16:30


The ADR in Asia Conference is a major event in the arbitration calendar. It is a platform for some of the most prominent members of the arbitration community from across the globe to address important issues and developments in international arbitration. Following the success of the past five Hong Kong Arbitration Weeks, this annual Conference will continue to be the flagship of our Annual HKArbWeek.

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Matthew Gearing QC, Chairperson of Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre

Professor George Bermann, Professor and Director for the Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration (CICIA), Columbia University School of Law

Arbitral institutions are central actors in international and domestic arbitration communities. They are the treasuries of vast amounts of information. Their decisions directly impact proceedings, can make or break the careers of arbitrators, and influence what it costs parties to resolve their disputes. Users look to them not just for effective case management, but also to lead the development of best practices, usher in new tools, and champion diversity. Given the importance of their various roles, the way institutions are governed and their decision-making processes are under increasing scrutiny.

This session reviews institutional governance and decision-making processes and asks whether there is room for improvement.

  • Matthew Gearing QC, Chairperson, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)
  • Judith Gill QC, President, LCIA Court (LCIA), Arbitrator Member, 20 Essex Street
  • Neil Kaplan QC, CBE, SBS, Arbitrator, Arbitration Chambers
  • Alexis Mourre, President, International Court of Arbitration (ICC)
  • Lucy Reed, Vice President, SIAC Court of Arbitration (SIAC)

Interviewed by Neil Kaplan QC, CBE, SBS, Arbitrator, Arbitration Chambers

Major institutional rules provide several options for parties in need of urgent relief—emergency arbitration, expedited proceedings on the grounds of exceptional urgency, early determination or summary dismissal procedures, applications to tribunals for interim relief. These are in addition to urgent relief available from a competent court. This session takes stock of the multiple options available to parties for urgent relief and analyses what works best, and the considerations that move parties to choose one, another or several of these options (including litigation strategy, cost, delay, enforceability, parallel proceedings, res judicata, and the nature of the available relief).

  • Charles Manzoni SC, QC, 39 Essex Chambers
  • David W. Rivkin, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton
  • Claudia T. Salomon, Partner, Latham & Watkins

Using a case scenario with Hong Kong as the seat, this part of the session showcases a request for interim relief before the Hong Kong courts and a parallel request for interim relief before an arbitral tribunal operating under expedited proceedings.

  • Sheila Ahuja, Partner, Allen & Overy
  • Simon Chapman, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Swee Yen Koh, WongPartnership
  • José-Antonio Maurellet SC, Des Voeux Chambers
  • Christopher Moger QC, Arbitrator, Pump Court International
  • Catherine Mun, Partner, Li & Partners
15:00 - 15:20 Break

Major institutional rules provide a mechanism by which manifestly unmeritorious claims may be dismissed in preliminary and summary fashion. Some users welcome such proceedings citing their cost-saving appeal and design to rid proceedings swiftly of baseless claims. Others are concerned that they provide obstructionist parties with another tool to slow proceedings down and that due process shortcuts could lead to invalid and unenforceable awards. Given the ever-growing number of disputes in the construction and financial services sectors in Asia (with an eye on China's Belt and Road Initiative) it is critical to understand whether these concerns are justified. This session looks at the various "summary proceedings" currently on offer, examines issues around their enforcement in Asia and asks whether any revision is required.

  • Cameron Hassall, Partner, Clifford Chance
  • Caroline Kenny QC, Barrister/Arbitrator, Owen Dixon Chambers West
  • Anselmo Reyes SC, Independent Arbitrator
  • William D. Stone SBS, QC, Independent Arbitrator
16:20 - 16:30 CLOSING REMARKS


Confirmed Speakers include (listed in alphabetical order):

  • Sheila Ahuja, Partner, Allen & Overy
  • George Bermann, Professor and Director for the Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration (CICIA), Columbia University School of Law
  • Simon Chapman, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Teresa Cheng GBS, SC, JP, Secretary for Justice
  • Matthew Gearing QC, Chairperson, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)
  • Judith Gill QC, President, LCIA Court (LCIA), Arbitrator Member, 20 Essex Street
  • Cameron Hassall, Partner, Clifford Chance
  • Neil Kaplan QC, CBE, SBS, Arbitrator, Arbitration Chambers
  • Caroline Kenny QC, Barrister/Arbitrator, Owen Dixon Chambers West
  • Swee Yen Koh, WongPartnership
  • Charles Manzoni SC, QC, 39 Essex Chambers
  • José-Antonio Maurellet SC, Des Voeux Chambers
  • Christopher Moger QC, Arbitrator, Pump Court International
  • Alexis Mourre, President, International Court of Arbitration (ICC)
  • Catherine Mun, Partner, Li & Partners
  • Lucy Reed, Vice President, SIAC Court of Arbitration (SIAC)
  • Anselmo Reyes SC, Independent Arbitrator
  • David W. Rivkin, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton
  • Claudia T. Salomon, Partner, Latham & Watkins
  • William Stone SBS QC
  • Rimsky Yuen GBM, SC, JP, Temple Chambers

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Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
(8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong)

Opening Reception
Worldwide companies, investors, State-owned enterprises and States facing increasingly complex international disputes turn to Latham & Watkins for winning strategies and seamless service to prepare for arbitration, resolve high-value issues, and advise on enforcement actions. Latham provides clients with a sophisticated International Arbitration Practice capable of resolving disputes that straddle borders, corporate structures, commercial contracts, jurisdictions, and treaties. Latham offers particular expertise in international commercial arbitration, investment treaty arbitration, multi-jurisdictional disputes and public international law. In recent years, we have represented clients in cases before every major arbitral institution and under every set of arbitration rules, including the AAA, AIAC, CIETAC, HKIAC, ICC, ICSID, LCIA, SIAC and UNCITRAL rules, and in numerous ad hoc proceedings.

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Mr. Oliver Browne

Mr. Philip Clifford QC

Mr. Simon Powell

Ms. Claudia Salomon

Mr. Ing Loong Yang

Morrison & Foerster LLP is one of the world's premier litigation firms. Its full-service Asia Dispute Resolution practice is a fully integrated regional practice, working seamlessly across its five offices in Asia, to handle all aspects of complex, multi-jurisdiction commercial litigation, international arbitration and pre-dispute counseling matters.

Morrison & Foerster's Asia-based litigators have extensive trial experience, representing clients before courts, administrative agencies, and arbitral tribunals across Asia, the U.S., and Europe. Its international and locally trained lawyers work together seamlessly to provide creative and strategic approaches to managing and resolving disputes and help clients to identify and manage risk more effectively.

The Asia disputes practice has over 50 full-time litigation attorneys across the firm's five Asia offices - Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore - and is able to conduct proceedings in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Japanese. The practice has market-leading full-service Japanese domestic litigation capabilities, and represents clients in Japanese litigation, including high-profile proceedings before the Tokyo District Court, the IP High Court, the Japan Patent Office, and the Japan Customs Office. It also represents clients before the Hong Kong courts and regulatory bodies. Its Asia-based arbitration team has handled more than 100 international arbitration cases throughout the region and across the globe.

The Asia disputes practice has a successful track record for both plaintiffs and defendants, resolving disputes arising out of many types of commercial activities, including manufacturing and distribution, technology transfer, real estate investment and development, and commercial lending. The team has significant experience in IP litigation, including U.S. International Trade Commission disputes, defense against patent infringement claims, adversarial patent license negotiations, patent, trademark and copyright prosecution and counseling

Morrison & Foerster's Asia investigations and regulatory compliance practice features attorneys on the ground in Asia with significant experience with the issues faced by global companies operating in the region. Globally, the firm's strength comes from its deep experience and diversity, bringing together nationally-recognized trial attorneys, former federal prosecutors and regulators, privacy experts, international trade specialists, government contracting lawyers and in-house forensic accounting expertise with specialists with years of on the ground experience in Asia. The global team also boasts two former managers of the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Fraud Section's FCPA Unit. In addition to investigations and compliance matters for corporations, we also conduct representations for individuals, as well.

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Harbour, the pioneer of third party funding

We have been instrumental in shaping the third party funding landscape worldwide. We have an in-depth understanding of litigation and arbitration which makes Harbour one of the most reliable funders globally. It is why leading law firms and corporates turn to us when they seek capital to fund their arbitration or litigation proceedings.

Our team has been funding claims since 2002. Not only do we have one of the most experienced teams, we lead the way in best practice in funding.

The Harbour team is drawn from top legal, financial and commercial talent. The people you deal with come from first-class private practices or held senior in-house positions.

A substantial amount of capital is immediately available. Our funds total HK$7.86 billion.

We also offer access to a competitively priced, bespoke ATE insurance facility. The premium can be included as part of the costs if we fund the claim.

Having funded 80+ cases under 4 arbitral rules and in 13 jurisdictions, we offer truly global geographical coverage.

Each litigation director is a specialist in one or more areas and understand your claims. We have experts in international arbitration, commercial, competition, construction, fraud, insolvency, IP, banking and finance law. We don't shy away from complex or high-value disputes.

It is this resilience and wealth of expertise that enables us to deal with difficult issues when they arise, as they inevitably do, in the unpredictable world of legal disputes, in a highly informed and professional manner.

In Harbour you will find a dependable partner who is principled, responsible and transparent. We pay legal costs on time, monthly.

Harbour does not control the legal team running a claim - nor does it get involved in any settlement negotiations.

There is absolute clarity about our terms. If the case is won and monies received, we take our pre-agreed share of the proceeds. If the case is lost, the loss is Harbour's - not the claimant's.

Our criteria are simple and obtaining funding is straightforward when all crucial information is available. Our investment committee meets every 2 weeks and approval can be granted quickly.

When Harbour funds a claim, the entire budget is ring fenced and protected from day one. This gives peace of mind, as the claimant knows its budget is guaranteed and not used for other cases.

We are aligned in wanting success for the claims we fund.

Harbour Hong Kong
You can discuss any aspect of funding, or whether your case is suitable for funding with Ruth Stackpool-Moore on

Cleary Gottlieb is a leading integrated global partnership that has helped shape the globalization of the legal profession. We are consistently recognized as one of the top firms in the area of disputes, arbitration and regulatory enforcement and investigations, and our wide-ranging experience and global reach set us apart from our peers. Cleary Gottlieb has extensive regional experience dating back to the opening of our Hong Kong office in 1980, and regularly represents leading Asian and multinational firms in both domestic and international disputes.

Our lawyers have extensive experience in commercial, investor-State and inter-State disputes in a broad range of industries, and represent clients before a wide range of international arbitral tribunals, including tribunals constituted under the aegis of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), and ad hoc tribunals constituted under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. Our lawyers also serve as arbitrators in major international cases, are experienced in drafting arbitration clauses for complex international transactions and regularly work with our corporate colleagues on highly technical commercial and investment treaty arbitrations.

In 2017 we were awarded 'Arbitration Law Firm of the Year' by the LegalCommunity and the award for the 'Most Important Published Decision' by Global Arbitration Review. Our international focus and established practices in Europe, Asia, the United States, Latin America, MENA and numerous emerging markets make us the firm of choice for clients who look for lawyers they can trust to manage their most sensitive and business critical matters.

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Ranked as a Top 10 Global Law Firm, CMS can work for you in 42 countries and with 74 offices worldwide. 4,500 CMS lawyers offer you business-focused advice tailored to your needs, whether in your local market or across multiple jurisdictions.

CMS has been active in Hong Kong and the wider Asia Pacific region for many years supporting clients across the full spectrum of dispute resolution, financial transactions, corporate, commercial and M&A. Consistently ranked as one of the world's busiest and most successful international arbitration practices, our team has a significant track record in international arbitration, whatever the law applicable to the dispute, the language of the arbitration, the seat of the hearing or the arbitration rules under which the dispute is to be resolved. Our team members in Hong Kong has particular skills in the field of investment disputes, advising both investors and, sovereign states on complex and challenging matters. We also support clients at the early stages of investments, helping them understand how to secure investment treaty protection and avoid the potential pitfalls that are often the root cause of disputes.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom ("Skadden") has advised corporates and financial institutions on their businesses and operations in Asia for over 25 years. Our Asia Pacific International Litigation and Arbitration Group provides a full range of international dispute resolution services across the region, and is fully integrated with Skadden's market-leading global Group. Our services include the drafting of bespoke dispute resolution clauses, pre-litigation/arbitration management, strategy and advice, as well as the enforcement of court judgments and arbitration awards. The team in Asia is particularly experienced in litigation and arbitration cases involving different systems of national law, as well as private and public international law. Our multi-lingual team covers arbitrations emanating from or related to China, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, Japan, the Philippines and other countries in the Asia Pacific region. The team also has the distinction of being experienced in both international commercial and investor-state arbitrations, and team members have represented clients in arbitrations under virtually all of the major arbitration rules, including but not limited to the arbitration rules of the AAA/ICDR, ICC, LCIA, HKIAC, CIETAC, SIAC, UNCITRAL and ICSID.

Founded in 1979, JAMS is the largest private alternative dispute resolution (ADR) provider in the world. With Resolution Centers in major metropolitan areas in the U.S. and abroad, JAMS handles more than 14,000 cases annually around the globe. JAMS and its panel of nearly 350 arbitrators and mediators specialize in resolving multi-party, complex business/commercial disputes - those in which the choice of neutral is crucial.

The retired state, federal and appellate court judges, former litigators and transactional attorneys on the JAMS panel are among the world's most experienced ADR professionals. They have deep subject matter expertise in virtually every practice area, including arbitration, class action/mass tort, disaster relief, employment, energy, engineering and construction, entertainment and sports, financial markets, health care, intellectual property, maritime and trade law.

JAMS offers effective options at every stage of the dispute resolution process, including commercial ADR clauses for domestic and international contracts; special masters, discovery referees and forensic neutrals; evaluative and facilitative mediation; and arbitration of domestic, international and cross-border disputes. JAMS offers a range of rules and procedures geared to specific practice areas and industries and regularly hears cases under rules of other arbitral institutions. JAMS arbitrators tailor the process to suit the needs of your case and excel at efficient, timely resolution.

JAMS is consistently recognized for its case management expertise and exceptional customer service. Our panel includes multi-lingual neutrals, and JAMS employees can assist clients in more than 30 languages. JAMS and its neutrals are adept at handling sensitive, high-profile matters with privacy and confidentiality.

JAMS is a global leader in ADR, with local resources wherever your clients do business.

Debevoise & Plimpton is a premier law firm with market-leading practices and a global perspective. Our clients look to us to bring a distinctively high degree of quality, intensity and creativity to resolve legal challenges effectively and cost efficiently.

Approximately 650 lawyers work in nine offices across three continents, within integrated global practices, serving clients around the world. Our lawyers prioritize developing a deep understanding of the business of our clients. We then pursue each matter with both intensity and creativity to achieve optimal results.

Debevoise's Arbitration practice in Asia reflects the firm's global strength in the area. It is one of very few law firms in the world to combine sophisticated international arbitration, general commercial dispute resolution and public international law capacity in four major international arbitration centers: New York, London, Hong Kong and Paris.

The Asia team has a strong track record advising on the most complex international disputes for leading multinationals, international organizations, sovereigns and non-governmental organizations.

Clients benefit from a team of internationally renowned arbitration lawyers. The firm has a deep bench of partners, counsel and associates who focus on arbitration in the region. The senior members of the team are also heavily involved in shaping the arbitration environment in Asia, taking leadership roles on bodies such as the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre and the Singapore International Commercial Court Committee.

The team's long track record of work on arbitration in Asia, coupled with a deep level of involvement in the region's arbitration community, is incredibly powerful. It gives the team the experience and perspective needed to advise clients on their most critical arbitrations.

KCAB INTERNATIONAL is the new, independent division of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB) established to handle all international arbitration matters, in order to meet the growing demand for the time efficient and cost-effective resolution of cross-border commercial disputes. This international division is led by experienced professionals that specialize in the administration of international arbitration. KCAB INTERNATIONAL offers ADR services custom-tailored to the needs of parties through efficient case management. The division has dedicated world-class hearing facilities with state-of-the-art technological support for users. For more information contact

Hogan Lovells has made a significant commitment to servicing the legal and business needs of our clients in Asia for over 35 years. Hogan Lovells has one of the strongest networks in Asia with offices in Hong Kong, Singapore, Jakarta, Beijing, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Shanghai, Tokyo, and Ulaanbaatar.

Globally we have over 170-plus international arbitration lawyers, we bring together teams that span jurisdictions and time zones to resolve your disputes through commercial or investment treaty arbitration. We handle all aspects, as well as the before and after - from pre-arbitration litigation to post-award proceedings to appeals before the highest courts around the world. We often advise on bilateral and multilateral investment treaties. And we have worked with clients in the energy, finance, life sciences, infrastructure, oil and gas, and telecommunications sectors, to guide them through commercial arbitral procedures and local laws.

Our lawyers have held high-level positions on arbitration boards worldwide - the ICC Task Force on the Revision of Rules of Arbitration; the ICDR panel (chairmanship), which drafted the International Expedited Procedures; and the UNCITRAL Working Group of Commercial Arbitration and Conciliation.

For seven years in a row, Global Arbitration Review has ranked us among the top 10 most active international arbitration practices. "Hogan Lovells produced some pleadings which blew the other side's case away," according to GAR. "They are on top of the details at all times with an experience that is extremely reassuring."

HFW is a market leading sector-focused international law firm with more than 500 lawyers working across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.

Our principal strength is our experience and expertise in international litigation, arbitration and alternative forms of dispute resolution. We have specialist dispute resolution teams in all of our offices (including, in Asia-Pac, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Jakarta, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne), regularly handling high-value, complex, multi-party, multi-jurisdictional disputes. Our expertise spans a wide range of sectors and industries, from banking and finance, through to insurance, commodities and construction.

We represent clients before all the major arbitral institutions including the ICC, HKIAC, LCIA, SIAC, CIETAC, ICDR, UNCITRAL and ICSID and in recent years we have expanded our international arbitration practice into investor-state arbitrations, having represented states and investors alike. Our experience in arbitrations and arbitration related matters before the courts of many different countries, coupled with the depth and quality of our dispute resolution teams around the world, gives our clients the confidence to instruct us on the most complex, demanding and high profile of disputes.

We are also consistently listed in the GAR 100 "approved" list as a leading international arbitration practice and frequently act in arbitration-related court proceedings whether seeking interim relief such as anti-suit injunctions, freezing orders, challenges to jurisdiction of the tribunal and/or arbitrators, handling appeals from arbitration awards, or enforcement of awards. We are excited to be recognised as the most active firm for arbitration related litigation in the English Commercial Court (joint) in the Lawyer's 2018 Litigation Court Tracker (Q1-2). We also believe that we are one of the most active firms in arbitration in Hong Kong, and in arbitration related litigation before the Hong Kong Court.

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