Region: Hong Kong

Key developments in arbitration in Hong Kong

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26 May 2023

HKIAC hears fight between “Bitcoin Jesus” and bankrupt crypto exchange

An investor dubbed “Bitcoin Jesus” is pursuing a US$200 million HKIAC claim against a bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange, it has emerged, as he faces a claim for an alleged default that contributed to the platform’s downfall.

05 May 2023

Chinese property group defeats HKIAC claim by ex-shareholder

An arbitrator in Hong Kong has dismissed a US$147 million claim against a Chinese property developer arising from a voided share purchase, as it battles to regain control of valuable assets on the mainland.

24 April 2023

A&O hires from White & Case in Hong Kong

Melody Chan has left her role as head of disputes in China at White & Case to join the partnership at Allen & Overy in Hong Kong – shortly after partner Matthew Hodgson left that office to relocate to A&O in London.

28 February 2023

Hong Kong lifts ban on success fees

In a move widely praised by practitioners in the region, Hong Kong has lifted its ban on success fees in arbitration and related court proceedings.

06 January 2023

Contractors call halt to Hong Kong rail dispute

A UK-Chinese construction joint venture has agreed to settle a US$40 million HKIAC dispute with a subcontractor on a project to build part of a high-speed rail link to the Chinese mainland.

09 November 2022

Reed Smith builds in Hong Kong with Fangda hire

Mandarin-speaking arbitration lawyer Matthew Townsend has left Chinese firm Fangda Partners to join the partnership at Reed Smith in Hong Kong.

22 August 2022

Hong Kong award surfaces in tech investment dispute

A Chinese asset management group has asked a US court to enforce a US$145 million HKIAC award against the co-founder of a mobile internet services company in which it invested.

17 August 2022

Vape distributor breathes easy after ICDR award

A US seller of vaping devices has asked a US district court to enforce an ICDR award that held its former partner liable for breaching an exclusive global distribution agreement.

11 August 2022

Chinese-Saudi telecoms dispute kicks off at ICSID

Saudia Arabia is facing an ICSID claim by a Hong Kong investor in a now-liquidated telecoms consortium that had its operating licence cancelled by the state.

27 July 2022

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