Arbitrating with Chinese parties: understandings vs. misunderstandings
20 October 2019 | 10:30 - 13:30


This event is at its full capacity.

This seminar aims at lifting the veil of legal and cultural mentality differences in arbitration between Chinese and international parties. During the past decades, China has become more active in international trade. Along with the trend, the need for international dispute resolution increasingly grows. Yet, the Chinese laws and the oriental cultures evolve and sometimes clash with the western ones. The two panels will discuss the understandings and misunderstandings among foreign and Chinese arbitrators when arbitrating with Chinese parties.

The first panel will be an open discussion. It will cut in the discussion from lawyer’s perspective. The panelists will share experience regarding cross-border China related cases. Vivid examples will be demonstrated here to show what pitfalls the parties shall pay attention to in international arbitration.

The second panel will focus on the arbitrator’s perspective. The panelists will share their experience regarding arbitrator’s nomination and selection, insights in case handling and management, the skills in understanding and balancing diversity in international arbitrations and etc.


10:30 - 11:00 - Registration (light sandwiches available after event)
11:00 - 11:05 - Remarks from Ms. Sarah Grimmer, Secretary-General, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre
11:05 - 11:10 - Remarks from Mr. Gary GAO, partner, Zhong Lun Law Firm
11:10 - 12:10 - First panel discussion
12:10 - 12:30 - Tea break
12:30 - 13:30 - Second panel discussion


First panel discussion
  • (Moderator) Henry HUANG, partner, Grandall Law Firm
  • Anselmo REYES, independent arbitrator based in Hong Kong
  • Denning JIN, partner, Haiwen & Partners
  • Fang ZHAO, partner, Hui Zhong Law Firm
  • Vincent MU, partner, Llinks Law Offices
  • John LIU, partner, AllBright Law Offices

Second panel discussion
  • Chiann BAO, Arbitration Chambers
  • Gary GAO, partner, Zhong Lun Law Firm
  • Jing LIU, partner, Hui Zhong Law Firm
  • Peiming YANG, partner, Llinks Law Offices
  • Yunyan ZHANG, partner, Jincheng Tongda & Neal
  • Rollin CHAN, independent arbitrator based in Shanghai and Hong Kong

Registration Fees

This event is complimentary. Registration is required.


Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre
38/F Two Exchange Square
Central, Hong Kong

HFW is a market leading sector-focused international law firm with more than 600 lawyers working across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.

We have a significant global arbitration practice. Our lawyers have been at the forefront of arbitration developments over many years. Our practice is sector focused, and we have a range and depth of arbitration matters that many larger firms would envy, with the total number of arbitrations handled at any one time estimated at 750. We are especially strong in a number of core areas, particularly construction, energy, trade and commodities, shipping, aviation, insurance/reinsurance, banking and financial services – all fields where international arbitration is very important and generates significant work. The arbitrations we handle are often complex and extremely high value too; last year, the quantum of arbitration claims under management was US$11 billion.

We conduct arbitrations under all the most popular arbitration forums and institutional rules, including UNICTRAL, LCIA, ICC, ICSID, ARIAS, CIETAC, ACICA, PCERA, DIFC-LCIA, HKIAC and SIAC. We also conduct hundreds of arbitrations under the specific rules of trade bodies such as GAFTA, FOSFA, LMAA, LME, RSA and LOF. Our partners serve as arbitrators and as expert witnesses in arbitration, and we have advised arbitral bodies and governments on arbitral rules and legislation. More recently, we have further expanded our international arbitration practice into investor-state arbitrations, having represented states and investors alike.

We are consistently listed in the GAR 100 "approved" list as a leading international arbitration practice and frequently act in arbitration-related court proceedings. In fact, The Lawyers' Litigation Tracker 2018 revealed that HFW was the most active litigation firm in terms of arbitration-related litigation (Q1-Q2), commercial litigation (Q1-Q3) and in the English Commercial Court (2016 – 2017, Q3 2018).

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