“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)
  • Presiding arbitrator in a dispute between Chinese, Eithiopian and BVI entities relating to services agreements in the oil exploration industry  –  HKIAC, Hong Kong
  • Co-arbitrator in three related arbitrations between a Korean and US entites relating to a power plant project  –  ICC, Singapore
  • Presiding arbitrator in a dispute between an Australian company and Indonesian entities regarding a sales and management agreement  –  UNCITRAL, Singapore
  • Co-arbitrator in two related disputes between between an Australian state-owned and PRC entities regarding coal supply agreement – UNCITRAL Rules (appointing authority – ACICA), Sydney
  • Presiding arbitrator in three concurrent arbitrations between a PRC SOE and a BVI entity regarding the commissions arising from an agency agreement related to EPC contract  – HKIAC, Hong Kong
  • Presiding arbitrator in a dispute between PRC, BVI, and Hong Kong entites regarding the mobile advertising business  –  HKIAC, Hong Kong
  • Sole arbitrator in three arbitrations consolidated into a single arbitration involving a sale of goods dispute between PRC and Cyprus entities  –  SIAC, Singapore
  • Co-arbitrator in an pharmaceutical dispute involving a Swiss company and a Macanese company  –  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 PRC, US, and Hong Kong companies regarding the education consulting industry  –  HKIAC, Hong Kong
  • Sole arbitrator in a mining dispute between PRC and Malaysian entitles  – ad hoc, Singapore
  • Co-arbitrator in a telecommunication services dispute between Singapore and PRC companies  –  SIAC, Hong Kong
  • Co-arbitrator in a dispute between a UK and Ethiopian entities relating to services agreement in the oil exploration and production industry  –  HKIAC, Hong Kong
  • 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 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 dispute between US and BVI entities arising out of sales and purchase agreement involving respirators  –  HKIAC, Hong Kong
  • Presiding arbitrator in a dispute between BVI, Cayman and PRC entities arising out of a share purchase agreement – HKIAC, Hong Kong
  • Co-arbitrator in a private equity dispute relating to a real estate investment fund  –  CIETAC Rules (in Chinese)
  • Emergency arbitrator in a dispute between two Cayman companies relating to convertible note and warrant agreement  –  HKIAC, Hong Kong
  • Sole arbitrator in a dispute between Singaporean and BVI entities relating to an asset and project management agreement  –  SIAC, Singapore
  • Sole arbitrator in a dispute between a BVI entity and BVI and Cayman entities relating to a put option agreement  –  HKIAC, Hong Kong
  • 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
  • Sole arbitrator in a dispute between a Norwegian and PRC entities relating to a software license agreement  –  ICC, Hong Kong
  • Co-arbitrator in an dispute between a Korean company and a Korean and American company relating to a nuclear power project  –  KCAB, Seoul
  • Co-arbitrator in a dispute between a state-owned Chinese company and wholly foreign owned company 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
  • Presiding arbitrator in a dispute between a Hong Kong entity and a French entity relating to a product purchase agreement  –  HKIAC, Hong Kong
  • Co-arbitrator in a dispute between a German company and a Mainland Chinese company relating to a settlement agreement  –  HKIAC (Expedited Procedures), Hong Kong
  • Co-arbitrator in a dispute between an English company and a Mainland Chinese company relating to a purchase agreement  –  ICC, New York
  • Co-arbitrator in a dispute between two Hong Kong companies relating to a Joint Venture and Shareholders Agreement – ICC, Hong Kong
  • Presiding arbitrator in a dispute between a Malaysian company and a Thai entity relating to a sales contract – ad hoc, Kuala Lumpur
  • Sole arbitrator in a dispute between a Chinese entity and a Singaporean entity involving the pharmaceutical industry  –  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 Singaporean entity and a Chinese entity relating to a share purchase agreement – SIAC, Singapore
  • Sole arbitrator in a dispute between two Hong Kong entities relating to a share purchase agreement – UNCITRAL, Hong Kong
  • Sole arbitrator in a dispute between a United States entity and a Philippines entity relating to a software license and services agreement – UNCITRAL Rules/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):

  • Reigning in Runaway Due Process Claims, Journal of International Arbitration (Kluwer, forthcoming)
  • Managing “Belt and Road” Business Disputes: A Case Study of Legal Problems and Solutions (with Michael Moser, ed) (Kluwer, forthcoming)
  • International Arbitration: Where East Meets West (Liber Amicorum Michael Moser) (with Michael Pryles and Neil Kaplan, eds) (Kluwer, 2020)
  • Trial by Zoom on Trial (with Ula Cartwright-Finch) Global Arbitration Review (September 25, 2020)
  • Case Management and Seat of Arbitration, Handbook of International Investment Law and Policy, Julien Chaisse, Leila Choukrounea, and Sufian Jusoh (eds), (Springer, 2020)
  • RSM v. Saint Lucia, With Prejudice – The Unlikely Death Knell, ICSID Review – Foreign Investment Law Journal (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)
  •  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 Limits, Mealey’s International Arbitration Report (January 2017)
  • A Guide to the HKIAC Rules (with Michael J. Moser) (Oxford University Press, 2017) (2nd edition forthcoming)
  • 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, (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):

  • Keynote speaker, Baltic Arbitration Days (August 21, 2021)
  • 2021 Proskauer Rose Lecture on International Arbitration (May 26, 2021)
  • LIDW 2021 – Psychology in decision-making and dispute resolution (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 Law School (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
  • Council Member, Appointments Committee member, HKIAC (past)
  • Council Member, Hainan International Arbitration Commission (past)
  • Founding Member, HK45
  • Founding Member, Women in Arbitration, China
  • 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, 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

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, 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:

  • ICCA Mentor (2021)
  • Young ITA Mentoring Programme (2020)
  • CEA Mujeres Mentoring Program (2020)

Other activities:

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

Pro bono:

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

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