Who’s Who Legal: Future Leaders Arbitration Conference
24 October 2019 | 08:30 - 14:00


9.20: Welcome coffee and registration

9.50: Chairs' opening remarks
Helen Tang, Herbert Smith Freehills
Yu-Jin Tay, Mayer Brown

10.00: Session one: Jurisdictional differences in Asia: geopolitics, neutrality and cross-border disputes
As a practice area that is widely influenced by economic, political and historical factors, the issue of how exactly arbitration is impacted by geopolitics is a complex one. This is particularly acute when considering the diversity of practice in arbitration across Asia. Our panel will scrutinise multiple jurisdictions, and what makes them tick when relating to each other in their legal traditions and disputes proceedings.

In particular, our panellists will consider:
  • What does Hong Kong's current situation mean for its prominence as a seat for arbitration in Asia? How can it maintain its position while fitting alongside other Chinese cities?
  • Is political nationalism playing a part in the evolution of arbitration in Asia? Looking at the historical political disputes between Japan, South Korea and China, can we see a direct impact on cross-border disputes and business?
  • How to manage clients of varying levels of experience and comfort in international arbitration. How can practitioners take this into account in cross-border disputes, and be inclusive and effective leaders during procedures?
  • How can we sustain and grow international arbitration in Asia, where in many jurisdictions it is common for clients to reach settlements or take a domestic approach to disputes?
  • What makes for a preferred seat in Asia -- is neutrality the watchword?

11.15: Coffee break

11.45: Session two: The GAR Live Debate
In Oxford Union style, we will hear teams of debaters argue in favour of, or against, a motion. A panel of three judges will then voice opinions on what has been heard, before choosing which side to support and giving reasons for their decisions.

Motion: This house believes that so far, Asia has only imitated not innovated.

13.00: Session three: Fireside chat
What should young practitioners be doing now to prepare themselves for any eventuality? In this interview style session, senior practitioners in the field will provide insights and tips on how to be successful in the field of dispute resolution in Asia.

13.45: Chairs' closing remarks
Helen Tang, Herbert Smith Freehills
Yu-Jin Tay, Mayer Brown

13.55 onwards: Networking lunch sponsored by Mayer Brown

Registration Fees

Registration fee: HK$1,000


Mayer Brown
18/F Prince’s Building 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong


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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).

For further details, please visit us at http://www.hfw.com/Dispute-Resolution.

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