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2nd Annual Who’s Who Legal Future Leaders: Arbitration Conference

Thursday, 24 October 2019
09:30 - 23:00
18/F Prince’s Building 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong

The Who’s Who Legal Future Leaders: Arbitration Conference is taking place as part of Hong Kong Arbitration Week (20 October to 25 October 2019) for further details on the week please click here.



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09.20: Welcome coffee and registration

09.50: Chairs’ opening remarks


Helen Tang, Herbert Smith Freehills
Yu-Jin Tay, Mayer Brown

10.00: Session one: Jurisdictional differences in Asia: geopolitics, neutrality and cross-border disputes


As a practice area that is widely influenced by economic, political and historical factors, the issue of how exactly arbitration is impacted by geopolitics is a complex one. This is particularly acute when considering the diversity of practice in arbitration across Asia. Our panel will scrutinise multiple jurisdictions, and what makes them tick when relating to each other in their legal traditions and disputes proceedings.


In particular, our panellists will consider:

  • What does Hong Kong’s current situation mean for its prominence as a seat for arbitration in Asia? How can it maintain its position while fitting alongside other Chinese cities?
  • Is political nationalism playing a part in the evolution of arbitration in Asia? Looking at the historical political disputes between Japan, South Korea and China, can we see a direct impact on cross-border disputes and business?
  • How to manage clients of varying levels of experience and comfort in international arbitration. How can practitioners take this into account in cross-border disputes, and be inclusive and effective leaders during procedures?
  • How can we sustain and grow international arbitration in Asia, where in many jurisdictions it is common for clients to reach settlements or take a domestic approach to disputes?
  • What makes for a preferred seat in Asia -- is neutrality the watchword?

Helen Tang, Herbert Smith Freehills
Yu-Jin Tay, Mayer Brown


Catherine Mun, Li & Partners
David Kim, Lee & Ko
John Choong, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Joachim Delaney, Baker McKenzie

11.15: Coffee break

11.45: Session two: The GAR Live Debate


In Oxford Union style, we will hear teams of debaters argue in favour of, or against, a motion. A panel of three judges will then voice opinions on what has been heard, before choosing which side to support and giving reasons for their decisions.


Motion: "This house believes that, so far, Asia has only imitated not innovated."


Andrew Pullen, Fountain Court Chambers
Christine Artero, The Arbitration Chambers
Sapna Jhangiani, Clyde & Co


For the motion:
Sheila Ahuja, Allen & Overy
Anton Ware, Arnold & Porter


Against the motion:
Daryl Chew, Shearman & Sterling
Hafez Virjee, Delos Dispute Resolution

13.00: Session three: A fireside chat with Peter Yuen and Ariel Ye


What should young practitioners be doing now to prepare themselves for any eventuality? In this interview style session, two senior practitioners in the field will provide insights and tips on how to be successful in the field of dispute resolution in Asia.


Helen Tang, Herbert Smith Freehills
Yu-Jin Tay, Mayer Brown


Peter Yuen, Fangda Partners
Ariel Ye, King & Wood Mallesons

13.45: Chairs’ closing remarks


Helen Tang, Herbert Smith Freehills
Yu-Jin Tay, Mayer Brown

13.55 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a networking lunch kindly hosted by Mayer Brown

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