James Kwan

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James Kwan is a partner in Baker & McKenzie’s Hong Kong office and a member of the firm’s international arbitration practice group. Mr Kwan leads the arbitration practice in Hong Kong and specialises in infrastructure, engineering and energy disputes. He has a range of international experience, having represented clients in arbitrations in Asia, the Middle East and Europe under the major institutional rules. He has acted for owners and contractors in arbitrations involving the construction of power plants, petrochemical facilities, airports, rail, and commercial and residential developments. He is recognised in legal directories as ‘best known for his tremendous skill in energy, infrastructure and construction disputes’ (Chambers Global 2011), ‘extremely good, quality lawyer’, ‘high profile’, and ‘a very fine practitioner’ (Who’s Who Legal UAE 2008), and ‘singled out for his expertise in arbitration’ (Asia Pacific Legal 500 2010/2011). According to Chambers Asia Pacific 2010/2011, sources highly recommend him as ‘a professional lawyer who is very meticulous in his work, particularly energy and construction-related matters.’ Named as one of the Hot 100 Lawyers of 2008 by Asian Legal Business, he was described as ‘a world leader in arbitration and construction law’, and ‘has an intimate knowledge of the different arbitration models throughout the region’. Mr Kwan is the author of chapters in the following books: Arbitration in China: A Practical Guide and Annotated Guide to the Hong Kong Arbitration Ordinance. He is the co-chair of the Australasian Forum for International Arbitration, which now has over 400 members worldwide. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and an inaugural member of the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum Asia Regional Committee. He also serves as an arbitrator and is on the LCIA, CIETAC and DIAC panels

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