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Hogan Lovells
Hong Kong

Work Department

Litigation, Arbitration, and Employment


James Kwan is an International Arbitration partner in Hong Kong. He specialises in technology, private equity, energy, and life sciences disputes. He has a range of international experience, having represented clients in arbitrations in Asia, the U.S., Middle East, and Europe under the major institutional and ad hoc rules, such as ICC, HKIAC, SIAC, CIETAC, LCIA, AAA, DIAC, and UNCITRAL. James has also sat as arbitrator and rendered awards in HKIAC, ICC, and DIAC arbitrations, and in addition is on the CIETAC, LCIA, SHIAC and KCAB and AIAC panels. James is a solicitor advocate with Higher Rights of Audience before the Hong Kong courts.


BSc., LLB (Hons), Australian National University

The College of Law Australia

Lawyer Rankings

Hong Kong > Dispute resolution: international arbitration

(Leading individuals)

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Although it is relatively small in comparison with some of the ranked firms, Hogan Lovells‘ five-strong team punches above its weight by virtue of its ability to leverage strong regional and broader global resources, enabling it to handle some big ticket arbitrations for international corporates on their inbound investments, as well as Chinese parties on outbound activity. James Kwan is the principal contact out of Hong Kong for commercial arbitrations and has built up a particularly strong reputation advising on private equity disputes, including as it relates to put options. Timothy Hill and Damon So also handle some international arbitration work as an outreach of their construction practices.

Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration > Leading firms

Hogan Lovells has arbitration practitioners in its offices both in Hong Kong and Singapore. In Hong Kong, James Kwan is active for commercial arbitrations, including M&A disputes, while Timothy Hill  heads a construction disputes group active in engineering-related arbitrations, heading the firm’s group in this area. Furthermore, in Singapore, it can count on commercial arbitration specialist Kent Phillips.