Leading firms in Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration
Clifford Chance has international arbitration talent across many of Asia's key centres. Ling Ho and Thomas Walsh in Hong Kong are notable, and Greater China arbitration practice head Cameron Hassall divides his time between Sydney and Hong Kong. Sam Luttrell, who has a track record of investor-state disputes and Ben Luscombe are also notable in Australia, while in Singapore Paul Sandosham, Nish Shetty and Kabir Singh are key names in a team with a track record for India-related work. Lei Shi is at the helm of the firm's arbitration offering in Mainland China.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's Hong Kong team continues to be a powerhouse with Simon Chapman, China expert May Tai and Justin D’Agostino as key names; new partner promotion Tomas Furlong moved to Singapore from Hong Kong, joining Alastair Henderson there. Brenda Horrigan in Sydney heads up the firm's arbitration offering in Australia. Hew Kian Heong, who is a notable name in CIETAC arbitration circles, and Helen Tang are key contacts in Mainland China. Mike McClure is a notable name on the other side of the Yellow Sea in Seoul, while Chinnawat Thongpakdee and Peter Godwin are key figures in Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur respectively.
Allen & Overy
At Allen & Overy, Sinosphere names include Jane Jiang in Shanghai, and Matthew Gearing QC in Hong Kong - chairman of the HKIAC since 2017 and a rare example of a solicitor-advocate silk. Mark van Brakel in Perth is a notable name in the Australian part of the practice, and in Singapore Sheila Ahuja is notable for investment treaty work.
At Baker McKenzie, Paul Teo in Hong Kong leads an arbitration practice group that covers both sides of the Sham Chun river. In Singapore, Ashish Chugh (who joined from K&L Gates Straits Law LLC), Nandakumar Ponniya and Richard Allen are notable - Chugh has a track record of India-related work, and the latter two are known for investor-state disputes. The firm also has expertise in ASEAN away from Singapore: Andi Kadir is a notable name at the firm's Jakarta affiliate, and in Bangkok Wynn Pakdeejit is notable. Chan Leng Sun SC in Singapore joined Essex Court Chambers Duxton in 2018. Further south, Jo Delaney leads the firm's Australian arbitration practice group.
King & Wood Mallesons is particularly well-connected in Mainland China, where notable names include Ye Ariel (in Shenzhen) and Tao Huang (in Beijing) who have a track record of Chinese-language disputes; the firm also has the New York-qualified Jessica Fei in Hong Kong, who joined from Herbert Smith Freehills, and in Sydney Peter Pether and Daisy Mallett are notable for work spanning from investment treaty arbitration through to natural resources.
Bae, Kim & Lee LLC is popular with heavyweight Korean clients, in particular, construction companies, providing it with a range of dispute resolution work across the Asia region. Matthew Christensen heads up a specialist construction team, with Kap-You Kim and John Bang also having senior roles in the broader international arbitration practice.
Korea's Kim & Chang handles a range of work from Seoul taking it across Asia, primarily working for companies sharing its origins, often in engineering-related sectors. Byung-Chol Yoon and Eun Young Park jointly lead a team including a broad range of commercial and energy matters, and Byung-Woo Im and Kay-Jannes Wegner share leadership of the specialist construction team.
King & Spalding LLP, which has a particularly strong following in the energy industry, has expertise in international disputes in both its Asian offices: Wade Coriell, engineering specialist Emerson Holmes, Simon Dunbar, and Elodie Dulac in Singapore, and Christopher Bailey heads a global disputes team based in Tokyo and specializes in arbitration, litigation, and all forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Singapore-headquartered Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP includes two senior counsels - Andre Yeap SC and Francis Xavier SC and investment treaty specialist Paul Tan and infrastructure dispute specialist Ng Kim Beng. Away from Singapore, in the firm's alliance partners elsewhere in the region, Chau Huy Quang in Vietnam is also notable, as are aviation expert Eri Hertiawan in Indonesia and Han Li Meng in Malaysia.
Nils Eliasson, who divides his time between Beijing and Hong Kong, Emmanuel Jacomy, who is based in Beijing and Singapore, alongside Daryl Chew in the latter, are the key names to note in Shearman & Sterling LLP's international arbitration practice, which has particular experience in investment treaty arbitration.