“Meticulous, smart, well-prepared and efficient arbitrator," as well as "very knowledgeable, diligent and a real diplomat.”
  • J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School, Foreign Language and Area Studies Scholarship
  • LLMArbDR, City University of Hong Kong, School of Law
  • Grant Recipient, United States Fulbright Program, US Department of State
  • B.S., Cornell University, Cornell National Scholar
  • New York 
  • Hong Kong
  • Member, Arbitration Chambers, Hong Kong/New York/London (2018 – present)
  • Asia-Pacific Counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Hong Kong (2016 – 2018)
  • Secretary – General, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (2010 – 2016)
  • Associate, DLA Piper LLP, New York (2007 – 2010)
  • Stagiaire, International Chamber of Commerce, Court of Arbitration, Paris (2005)
  • Stagiaire, Shearman & Sterling LLP, Paris (2005)
  • Law Clerk to Neil Kaplan CBE, QC, SBS, London (2003 – 2004)
  • Co-arbitrator in a mining dispute between Singapore and Vietnamese entities, SIAC, Singapore
  • Co-arbitrator in a private equity dispute between US and Cayman entitles, AAA, New York
  • Presiding arbitrator in a dispute between PRC and Canadian entities regarding an investment into a cryptocurrency exchange, HKIAC, Hong Kong
  • Presiding arbitrator in a dispute between an Australian company and Indonesian state entities regarding a sales and management agreement, UNCITRAL, Singapore
  • Co-arbitrator in three related arbitrations between a Korean and US entities relating to a power plant project, ICC, Singapore
  • Presiding arbitrator in three concurrent arbitrations between a PRC state-owned and a BVI entity regarding the commissions arising from an agency agreement related to EPC contract, HKIAC, Hong Kong
  • Emergency arbitrator in a dispute between an Indian company and Singaporean, Dutch, Indian, and British entities relating to a development services agreement, SIAC, Singapore
  • Co-arbitrator in a dispute between Singaporean and Seychelles entities and a Hong Kong company relating to a convertible bond subscription agreement, KCAB, Hong Kong
  • Emergency arbitrator in a dispute between a Korean, Philippines, and Japanese entities relating to a power plant project, SIAC, Singapore
  • Co-arbitrator in a dispute between an PRC and UK entities relating to a purchase agreement, ICC, New York
  • Sole arbitrator in a dispute between Korean and PRC entities relating to a licensing agreement, SIAC, Singapore
  • Sole arbitrator in a dispute between a Norwegian and PRC entities relating to a software license agreement, ICC, Hong Kong
  • Co-arbitrator in a dispute between a Korean and US entities relating to a nuclear power project, KCAB, Seoul
  • Co-arbitrator in a dispute between Cayman and PRC entities regarding a share option agreement, HKIAC, Hong Kong
  • Presiding arbitrator in a dispute between PRC, BVI, and Hong Kong entities regarding the mobile advertising business, HKIAC, Hong Kong
  • Presiding arbitrator in a dispute between Chinese, Ethiopian and BVI entities relating to services agreements in the oil exploration industry, HKIAC, Hong Kong
  • Co-arbitrator in a dispute between PRC, US, and Hong Kong entities relating to the education consulting industry, HKIAC, Hong Kong
  • Co-arbitrator in a dispute between Cayman and PRC entities relating to a share option agreement, HKIAC, Hong Kong
  • Co-arbitrator in a dispute between Cayman, PRC and BVI entities regarding an investment into a private education fund and associated employment issues, HKIAC, Hong Kong
  • Co-arbitrator in two related disputes between Australian state-owned and PRC entities regarding coal supply agreement, UNCITRAL Rules (appointing authority – ACICA), Sydney
  • Co-arbitrator in a telecommunication services dispute between Singapore and PRC companies, SIAC, Hong Kong
  • Sole arbitrator in three arbitrations consolidated into a single arbitration involving a sale of goods (CISG) dispute between PRC and Cyprus entities, SIAC, Singapore
  • Co-arbitrator in a pharmaceutical dispute involving a Swiss company and a Macanese company, HKIAC, Hong Kong ■ Sole arbitrator in a dispute between a Chinese entity and a Singaporean entity relating involving the pharmaceutical industry, SIAC, Singapore
  • Sole arbitrator in a mining dispute between PRC and Malaysian entitles, ad hoc, Singapore
  • Co-arbitrator in a private equity dispute between Hong Kong, PRC and Cayman entities involving a life sciences company, HKIAC, Hong Kong
  • Presiding arbitrator in a dispute between a Malaysian company and a Thai entity relating to a sales contract, ad hoc, Kuala Lumpur
  • Presiding arbitrator in a sale of goods dispute between PRC and German entities, HKIAC Hong Kong
  • Presiding arbitrator in a dispute between an Australian and Korean entities relating to a convertible bond subscription agreement, ICC, Hong Kong
  • Co-arbitrator in a private equity dispute relating to a real estate investment fund, CIETAC Rules (in Chinese)
  • Sole arbitrator in a dispute between Singaporean and BVI entities relating to an asset and project management agreement, SIAC, Singapore
  • Co-arbitrator in a dispute between a state-owned Chinese company and wholly foreign owned company relating to a dispute relating to a chemical pipeline corridor, CIETAC
  • Co-arbitrator in a dispute between a Chinese company and a UAE company relating to sale and purchase agreement, SCIA, Shenzhen (in Chinese)
  • Sole arbitrator in a dispute between a Chinese entity and an Egyptian government entity relating to an agency agreement, SIAC, Singapore
  • Sole arbitrator in a dispute between a Singapore entity and an Indonesian entity relating to payment rights and settlement agreement, SIAC, Singapore
  • Sole arbitrator in a dispute between a Singapore and PRC entities relating to a share purchase agreement, SIAC, Singapore
  • Sole arbitrator in a dispute between entities from the US and the Philippines relating to a software license and services agreement, UNCITRAL/HKIAC Procedures, Hong Kong

As Counsel

  • Representing Japanese gaming company in potential CIETAC arbitration against Chinese distributor
  • 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 Chinese state-owned enterprise in international enforcement defence strategy in relation to litigation in Sao Paolo, Brazil over a US$80 million default judgment
  • 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:

  • London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC-LCIA)
  • Vienna International Arbitration Centre (VIAC)
  • Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)
  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) (and Emergency Arbitrator panel)
  • Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB)
  • Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA)
  • Chinese Arbitration Association, Taipei (CAAI)
  • China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC)
  • Shanghai International Arbitration Centre (SHIAC)
  • Hainan International Arbitration Centre (HIAC)
  • Hangzhou International Arbitration Court (HIAC)
  • International Arbitration Centre of Kazakhstan (IAC)
  • Maldives International Arbitration Centre
  • Court of Arbitration for Sports (General List)

Publications (Selected):

  • Managing “Belt and Road” Business Disputes: A Case Study of Legal Problems and Solutions (with Michael Moser, ed) (Kluwer, 2021)
  • Reigning in Runaway Due Process Claims, Journal of International Arbitration (Kluwer, 2020)
  • RSM v. Saint Lucia, With Prejudice – The Unlikely Death KnellICSID Review – Foreign Investment Law Journal (Oxford University Press, 2020) 
  • International Arbitration: Where East Meets West (Liber Amicorum Michael Moser) (with Michael Pryles and Neil Kaplan, eds) (Kluwer, 2020)
  • A Guide to the HKIAC Rules (with Michael Moser) (Oxford University Press, 2nd edition, forthcoming) 
  • Trial by Zoom on Trial (with Ula Cartwright-Finch) Global Arbitration Review (September 25, 2020)
  • Case Management and Seat of ArbitrationHandbook of International Investment Law and Policy, Julien Chaisse, Leila Choukrounea, and Sufian Jusoh (eds), (Springer, 2020)
  • Forecasting Energy Disputes in Asia (with Elizabeth Chan) Asian International Arbitration Journal (Volume 16, No. 1, pp. 25-48)
  • One Shot Players and Arbitrator Selection: A Fair Shot or a Shot in the Dark?The Powers and Duties of an Arbitrator – Liber Amoricum Pierre A. Karrer (Kluwer, 2017)
  • Astro v. Lippo: Hong Kong Court Clarifies the Discretion Found in Article V of the New York Convention, But Holds Firm on Time LimitsMealey’s International Arbitration Report (January 2017)
  • Third Party Funding in Singapore and Hong Kong: The Next ChapterJournal of International Arbitration (Kluwer, 2017)
  • Arbitrators’ Insights – Essays in Honour of Neil Kaplan, (with Felix Lautenschlager, ed) (Sweet & Maxwell, 2012).
  • Contributor, Hong Kong Civil Procedure: Arbitration and ADR Volume, Weeramantry & Choong (eds) (Sweet & Maxwell, 2015 – present)

Lectures (Panelist or Speaker, unless otherwise indicated):

  • Co-Chair, GAR Connect Singapore (August 24, 2021)
  • Impact of Sanctions on Arbitration: Shift to the East?, AIAC, Asia ADR Week (August 19,    2021) ■ Keynote speaker, Baltic Arbitration Days (August 12, 2021)
  • Analysing Recent Developments in India-related Arbitration, co-organised by ICDR, Asia Business Law Institute, Rajah & Tann Asia, Simha Law (August 12, 2021) 
  • Right to a Physical Hearing, Maxwell Conversations, Maxwell Chambers (July 22, 2021)
  • Meet the Mentors, Young ICCA Mentoring Program Event (June 30, 2021)
  • Confronting Chaos, Embracing Conflict: Building Collaboration to Achieve Settlement in the Asia Pacific Region and Beyond, Global Webinar Series (JAMS, SIAC) (June 3, 2021)
  • Keynote speaker, Jura Novit Arbiter: Truth or Fiction? 2021 Proskauer Rose Lecture on  International Arbitration (May 26, 2021)
  • Substance v. Dispute Resolution Forum: What is the best way to go about the ISDS Reform Process?, Juris’ 15th ITA Conference (May 25, 2021)
  • 2021 Queen Mary University/White & Case International Arbitration Survey Launch (May 19, 2021)
  • Psychology in decision-making and dispute resolution, London International Disputes Week (May 12, 2021)
  • Keynote speaker, You’ve Got to Have (Good) Faith – Or Do You? - The Arbitrator’s Approach to Contract Interpretation Issues: Civil vs. Common Law Perspectives, USC Gould Center for Dispute Resolution 5th Annual Symposium - Bridging the Common and Civil Law Chasm (April 14, 2021)
  • Keynote Lecture, University of Santa Clara Journal of International Law’s Symposium (March 26, 2021)
  • The Evolving Role of Arbitral Institutions, ASIL Annual Meeting (March 25, 2021)
  • Hardship impact on the management of arbitral proceedings, 36th ICC / QMUL Symposium of Arbitrators (March 9, 2021)
  • The Potential Impacts of the RCEP on the Asia-Pacific Region, ASIL Asia-Pacific Interest Group (January 21, 2021)
  • Breathing Space - Guidelines for the resolution of disputes in the 2020 pandemic webinar – organised by BIICL (November 27, 2020)
  • Access to Justice, Human Rights and Small States: Challenges, Resilience, and Advocacy – organised by Institute of Small States and Micro States (ISMS), BIICL, and WilmerHale, (November 13, 2020)
  • Oral Advocacy in International Arbitration, Harvard International Arbitration Law Student Association Workshop (November 10, 2020)
  • SIDRA-BIICL State Immunity Webinar (November 5, 2020)
  • The Future of Investor-State Dispute Settlement, ACICA/CIArb Australia International Arbitration Conference (October 12, 2020)
  • Investor-State Mediation: Breaking Down Misconceptions, Paris Arbitration Week webinar - hosted by Mayer Brown (July 10, 2020)
  • Coronavirus and Exemption of Liability, SIAC, NYU Law, NYIAC Joint webinar (June 5, 2020)
  • Efficacy of Investment Treaty Arbitration, Arbitration in the Era of Globalisation, Indian Council of Arbitration (FICCI), Delhi (February 6, 2020)
  • Geopolitical Developments and Its Impact on Energy Disputes, 8th ITA-IEL-ICC Joint Conference on International Energy Arbitration, Houston (January 23, 2020)
  • Belt & Road Arbitration Institutions Roundtable Forum, Beijing (November 6, 2019)
  • The IBA Rules v the Prague Rules in construction arbitrations, 7th Biennial Conference on Construction Projects from Conception to Completion, Berlin (November 2, 2019)
  • The Role of Gender Equality in the International Investment Regime, SCCA19 Conference, Saudi Arabia (October 14, 2019)
  • International Law – civil law, common law or Sui Generis?, British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Hong Kong (July 22, 2019)
  • ICC-Guangdong Bar Association Joint Workshop on International Arbitration, Guangdong (July 19, 2019)
  • Discussion Leader, ASA Arbitration Practice Seminar, Danang (May 24-26, 2019)
  • The New Generation of Investment Dispute Settlement, Harvard International Arbitration Conference, Massachusetts (February 23, 2019)
  • Hearings in International Arbitration, Harvard International Arbitration Law Students Association International Arbitration Workshop, Massachusetts (January 30, 2019)
  • Schiefelbein Global Dispute Resolution Conference, Arizona (January 18, 2019)
  • Revisiting Conventional Wisdom in the Organisation of Arbitral Proceedings, 24th ICCA Congress, Sydney (April 17, 2018)
  • Why Don’t Arbitrations Settle?, CPR Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia (March 21, 2018)
  • Adjunct Professor, Hong Kong University (2014 – 2016)
  • Guest lecturer, Sciences Po, Yale University, Stanford University, Georgetown University, City University of Hong Kong, Keio University, Seoul National University, University of International Business and Economic Law School (Beijing), Tsinghua University
Professional accreditations:
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Accredited Mediator, Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution

Institutional engagements:

  • Vice President, Court of Arbitration, International Chamber of Commerce
  • Chair, ICC Commission Task Force on Arbitration and ADR
  • Member, ICC Belt and Road Commission
  • Member, Global Advisory Board, New York International Arbitration Center
  • Director, Board of Directors, Silicon Valley Arbitration Mediation Centre (and member of the Corporate Counsel Task Force)
  • Member, FIDRA (Florence International Dispute Resolution Association) Academy Scientific Advisory Committee, Special Agency of the Chamber of Commerce of Florence, Italy
  • Founding Member, HK45 (Inaugural Essay Writing Competition, 2021 Judge)
  • Founding Member, Women in Arbitration, China
  • Council Member, Appointments Committee member, HKIAC (past)
  • Council Member, Hainan International Arbitration Commission (past)
  • Member, New York Arbitration Week Organising Committee (2021)

Rule Drafting Committees:

  • Member, Rule Drafting Committee, Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa
  • Member, Rule Drafting Committee, Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration
  • Member, Rule Drafting Committee, P.R.I.M.E. Finance Foundation
  • Member, Rule Drafting Committee, BVI International Arbitration Centre
  • Member, Rule Drafting Committee, HKIAC (2013)

Academic engagements:

  • Honorary Senior Fellow, British Institute of International and Comparative Law
  • Member, International Investment Claims Academy
  • Advisor, China Academy of Arbitration Law
  • Adjunct Professor, Hong Kong University (2014 – 2016)
  • Guest lecturer, Sciences Po, Yale University, Stanford University, Georgetown University, City University of Hong Kong, Keio University, Seoul National University, University of International Business and Economic Law School (Beijing), Tsinghua University

Publication appointments:

  • Editor, American Society of International Law, Asia-Pacific Interest Group Newsletter
  • Member, Editorial Board of ICC Bulletin
  • Member, Editorial Board of the Arbitraje. Revista de Arbitraje Comercial y de Inversiones
  • Member, Supervisory Board of Asian Dispute Review
  • Editorial Board Member,  IBA Arbitration Newsletter
  • Member, Advisory Board of the Journal on Dispute Resolution, West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS)
  • Member, Consultation Board, Practical Law Company

Mentorship appointments:

  • Young ICCA Mentor (2021)
  • Young ITA Mentor (2020)
  • HKIAC Women in Arbitration (WIA) Mentor (2021)
  • CEA Mujeres Mentor (2020)

Other activities:

  • Vice Chair, IBA’s International Arbitration Committee
  • Member, Advisory Board, Rising Arbitrators Initiative
  • Member, Steering Committee, Racial Equality for Arbitration Lawyers (REAL)
  • Member, ICCA
  • Member, ICCA-Tsinghua University Working Group on Chinese Arbitration Practice
  • Member, American Society of International Law
  • Member, International Advisory Board of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC)
  • Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators

Pro bono:

  • Advisory Board Member, Justice Without Borders
  • English
  • Chinese (Mandarin)

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