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Charles Allen

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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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Commercial Litigation and International Arbitration




Charles Allen, a partner in Orrick’s Hong Kong office, heads the Commercial Litigation and International Arbitration practice in Hong Kong.

Charles Allen has over 20 years’ experience conducting high-value complex commercial litigation and arbitration in the Asia Pacific Region.

Advising and assisting on a variety of business disputes, as well as regulatory and other investigations, employment law issues and transactions, Charles acts for a range of clients, including individuals, private and listed companies, multinationals, conglomerates and financial institutions.

Charles conducts litigation in the High Court of the Hong Kong SAR, and is regularly involved in cases taking place in courts in other jurisdictions around the Region, including Mainland China, Singapore and India.

On behalf of clients, Charles has handled numerous ad hoc and institutional arbitrations in Hong Kong, London, Lausanne, Paris and elsewhere under various rules including ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and LMAA, and has handled some of the highest profile arbitration-related litigation adjudicated on by the Hong Kong courts in recent years.  He also sits as an arbitrator, and has been appointed to the Singapore International Arbitration Centre’s Reserve Panel of Arbitrators.

Charles has been consistently recognized by various prestigious legal publications such as Chambers Asia, Asia-Pacific Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal. He gains high praise from his clients and peers for his “bags of experience” and “very sensible” approach to arbitration.  He is “a very sharp and tactical lawyer – one of the best people to instruct in Hong Kong,” and he is “very thorough and willing to give clients what they want at a moment’s notice.”

Prior to joining Orrick, Charles was since 2007 a partner and a member of the Office of General Counsel of Sidley Austin in Hong Kong.




Admitted in Hong Kong and England and Wales

Member, Reserve Panel of Arbitrators, Singapore International Arbitration Centre
Mediator, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre
Member, Claims Committee of the Hong Kong Law Society’s Professional Indemnity Scheme
Solicitor Member, Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal
Chairman, Buildings Appeal Tribunal


University College London, LL.B., 1990

China: Dispute resolution

Foreign firms

Within: Foreign firms

Sidley Austin LLP hired Friven Yeoh in Hong Kong from O'Melveny, while former Hong Kong commercial litigation head Charles Allen joined Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. The firm has a significant commercial litigation, arbitration and contentious financial services practices in Asia, as well as a growing reputation for insolvency matters and outbound US securities-related class actions. Yuet Ming Tham - and Alex Rovira are key contacts in Hong Kong, and Henry Ding is the name to note in Beijing.

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Hong Kong: Dispute resolution


Within: Litigation

Charles Allen leads Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s practice, which is known for handling high-value cross-border litigation on behalf of multinationals and financial institutions. The Hong Kong team is involved in a Japan office-led instruction involving a multi-jurisdictional asset recovery strategy for the subsidiary of a major Hong Kong-listed property developer. Erica Chong was promoted to of counsel in March 2017.

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