Chiann Bao is described by market commentators as a"meticulous, smart, well-prepared and efficient arbitrator", as well as "very knowledgeable, diligent and a real diplomat".
With almost 20 years of experience working in Hong Kong, New York and London, Chiann Bao practises exclusively as an arbitrator and is a member of Arbitration Chambers. Chiann is listed on the panel of the major arbitration institutions and has served as tribunal chair, co-arbitrator and sole arbitrator in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations under the ICC, UNCITRAL, SIAC, HKIAC and KCAB rules. She has also served as an emergency arbitrator under the SIAC Rules. She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a CEDR-accredited mediator.
Prior to becoming an independent arbitrator, Chiann worked in private practice where she focused on complex international arbitration and litigation, acting as counsel for corporates, state-owned enterprises and states in a range of disputes in various sectors. Chiann has served as counsel or arbitrator in cases arising from construction projects, intellectual property licensing, shareholder agreements, joint venture agreements, real estate projects, financial services agreements and other contractual disputes.
Chiann has significant institutional experience. She currently serves as a vice president of the ICC Court of Arbitration, and from 2010 to 2016 she served as the secretary general of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. Chiann is the chair of the ICC Commission's task force on ADR and arbitration. She is also a member of the ICC Belt and Road Initiative Commission.
Chiann regularly speaks, writes and teaches on international arbitration. In 2020, Chiann will publish the second edition of A Guide to the HKIAC Rules, co-authored with Michael Moser (Oxford University Press). Chiann is an honorary senior fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law.