• Juris Doctor, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2007
  • Master of Arts in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, City University of Hong Kong, School of Law, 2003
  • Grant Recipient, United States Fulbright Program, US Department of State, 2001
  • Bachelor of Science, Policy Analysis, Cornell University, 1999
  • New York (2008)
  • Registered Foreign Lawyer, Hong Kong
  • Member of Arbitration Chambers, Hong Kong/London (2018 – present)
  • Asia-Pacific Counsel of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Hong Kong (2016 – 2018)
  • Secretary – General of Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (2010 – 2016)
  • Associate at DLA Piper LLP, New York (2007 – 2010)
  • Stagiaire at International Chamber of Commerce, Court of Arbitration, Paris (2005)
  • Stagiaire at Shearman & Sterling LLP, Paris (2005)
  • Law Clerk at the Office of Neil Kaplan CBE, QC, SBS, London (2003 – 2004)

As Counsel and Arbitrator

  • Sole arbitrator in a SIAC arbitration involving a dispute between a Singaporean entity and an Indonesian entity relating to payment rights and settlement agreements
  • Sole arbitrator in an UNCITRAL arbitration involving a dispute between two Hong Kong entities relating to financial services 
  • Acting as sole arbitrator in HKIAC dispute arising out of software license and services agreement between entities from Philippines and the United States
  • Representing Chinese state-owned enterprise in international enforcement defence strategy in relation to litigation in Sao Paolo, Brazil over a US$80 million default judgment
  • Advising Taiwanese insurance company in their potential HKIAC arbitration against Germany software company arising out of the design and implementation of software system
  • Representing Brazilian poultry company in global investigations regarding food safety violations
  • Representing Japanese gaming company in potential CIETAC arbitration against Chinese distributor
  • Acting as sole arbitrator in SIAC dispute arising out of share purchase agreement between Singaporean and Chinese entities
  • Involved in all aspects of $3 billion arbitration over commercial real estate development, including managing discovery effort, drafting memoranda of law, assisting development of trial strategy, and preparing witnesses for testimony
  • Worked with team to represent Czech Republic in an investment treaty arbitration under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules and a bilateral investment treaty related to investment of real property and related business
  • Successfully represented a banking executive who was subject of an internal investigation; efforts resulted in client being reinstated
  • Involved in all aspects of an employment dispute which required mediation sessions, preparation of client for testimony, and oral arguments at hearing; efforts resulted in client receiving significant award for damages incurred

As Secretary – General

  • Oversaw the profile development of HKIAC which led to the Centre being recognized as the most used institution outside of Europe and most improved institution over the past five years by the Queen Mary International Arbitration Survey 2015
  • Oversaw the expansion and renovation of hearing facilities which was most highly nominated for its attention to service by the 2016 Global Arbitration Review Hearing Centre Survey
  • Managed the implementation of administration of arbitration matters under the 2008 Administered Arbitration Rules as well as the 2013 Administered Arbitration Rules
  • Participated in the working group to draft the 2013 HKIAC Administered Arbitration Rules
  • Managed a twenty-four person Secretariat based in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Seoul to provide services for arbitration, mediation and other forms of dispute resolution; led subsequent organisational restructure
  • Built and led an arbitration team to handle daily administration services and monitor the arbitration process of approximately 250 arbitrations annually
  • Managed the operational restructuring of the Asian Dispute Review journal and served on the editorial board as well as supervisory board
  • Advised the Hong Kong Department of Justice on appropriate revisions in the Hong Kong Arbitration Ordinance to reflect the enforceability of emergency arbitrator decisions and updates to the Arbitrator Appointment Rules
  • Advised on shaping and implementing Hong Kong government policy to attract international arbitrations and mediations to Hong Kong

Chiann has been appointed to the following panels:

  • Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB);
  • Shanghai International Arbitration Centre (SHIAC);
  • China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC);
  • Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC);
  • Chinese Arbitration Association, Taipei (CAAI);
  • Hainan International Arbitration Centre (HIAC);
  • International Arbitration Centre of Kazakhstan (IAC); and
  • List of Arbitrators of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC).

Publications (selected):

  • A Guide to the HKIAC Rules (with Michael J. Moser) Oxford University Press (2017)
  • "Third Party Funding in Singapore and Hong Kong: The Next Chapter," Journal of International Arbitration (Issue 34.3, 2017)
  • Arbitrators’ Insights – Essays in Honour of Neil Kaplan (eds. with Felix Lautenschlager), Sweet & Maxwell (2012)
  • “The Main Features of Arbitration” in Arbitration in Hong Kong: A Practical Guide, 2nd and 3rd ed., D. Brock (ed.), Sweet & Maxwell (2011 and 2014)
  • “HKIAC and its Rules” in Arbitration in Hong Kong: A Practical Guide, 2nd and 3rd eds., D. Brock (ed.), Sweet & Maxwell (2011 and 2014)
  • Hong Kong Civil Procedure: Arbitration and ADR Volume, Weeramantry & Choong (eds.), Sweet & Maxwell, (contributor) (2015 – present)
  • “Developing the Emergency Arbitrator Procedure: The Approach of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre.” in 2014 International Law Institute Conference on Interim Measures Book
  • “The Use of International Arbitration for Intellectual Property Disputes in Asia.” iTech Law Asia-Pacific Conference, Melbourne, Australia (28 February 2014)
  •  “New Hong Kong Arbitration Comes Into Force” in NYSBA New York Dispute Resolution Lawyer, Fall 2011, Vol 4, No. 3


  • Speaker, “Arbitration in the World Today and General Principles of Arbitration,” PIDA Training on International Commercial Arbitration, Shanghal, 29 March, 2019 (upcoming)
  • Speaker, 2019 Harvard International Arbitration Conference, Massachusetts, 23 February, 2019 (upcoming)
  • Speaker, “Hearings in International Arbitration”, Harvard International Arbitration Law Students Association International Arbitration Workshop, Massachusetts, 30 January, 2019
  • Speaker, Schiefelbein Global Dispute Resolution Conference, Arizona, January 18, 2019
  • Speaker, “Arbitrators Challenged,” HKIAC Arbitration Workshops: Shanghai Series 2018, Shanghai, November 30, 2018
  • Speaker, “Innovations In ICC Practices – Expedited Rules, Emergency Arbitration Procedures, New Policies Of The Court With Regards To Transparency, Summary Disposal, Appointment Of Arbitrators,” Inaugural ICC Indonesia Arbitration Day, November 23, 2018
  • Speaker, Inaugural Women in Arbitration event, Seoul ADR Festival, Seoul, November 6, 2018
  • Speaker, International Conference on Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the New York Convention co-sponsored by UNCITRAL and CCPIT, Beijing, November 3, 2018
  • Speaker, “The GAR Live Inquisition – is it time to align the fees of law firms and tribunals,” 8th Annual GAR Live Hong Kong Conference, Hong Kong, November 1, 2018
  • Speaker, “Update on Global, Regional and Hong Kong ICC Arbitration,” ICC and ICC HK Seminar, Hong Kong, October 29, 2018
  • Speaker, “The GAR Live Inquisition – Power of the institution vs. Party Autonomy,” 4th Annual GAR Live Singapore Conference, Singapore, May 16, 2018
  • Speaker, “Revisiting Conventional Wisdom in the Organisation of Arbitral Proceedings,”24th ICCA Congress, Sydney, April 17, 2018
  • Panelist, “Why Don’t Arbitrations Settle?” CPR Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, March 21, 2018
  • Speaker, “The Year in Review – cases, institutional developments, politics,” GAR Live Atlanta Conference, Atlanta, Georgia March 8, 2018
  • Speaker, “The Women’s Perspective: Practicing Law in Asia,” 2018 Asia Business Conference, Harvard Business School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 4, 2018
  • Panelist, ” Alternative Dispute Resolution: Options in Asia Pacific,” IATA’s Legal Symposium, Bangkok, Thailand, February 28, 2018
  • Adjunct Professor, Hong Kong University (2014 – 2016)
  • Guest lecturer, City University of Hong Kong
  • IBA Arbitration Newsletter, Editorial Board Member 
  • Vice President, Court of Arbitration, International Chamber of Commerce (start July 2018)
  • Member, ICC Belt and Road Commission
  • Member, Editorial Board of ICC Bulletin
  • Council Member, HKIAC (2016 – 2018), Appointments Committee member (2016 – to date)
  • Advisor, China Academy of Arbitration Law
  • Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Member, Supervisory Board of Asian Dispute Review
  • Member, Consultation Board, Practical Law Company
  • Member, International Advisory Board of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC)
  • Member, American Society of International Law
  • Vice-Chair, IPBA Dispute Resolution & Arbitration Committee
  • Founding Member, HK45
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