‘Duelling with Dragons’: Managing Business Disputes in Today’s China – September 20, 2011

The Harvard Club, 35 West 44th St., New York, NY 10036

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This conference brings together some of the world’s leading experts in Chinese-foreign disputes resolution and looks at how different kinds of business disputes are dealt with in China today. The conference adopts a practical approach, focusing on a realistic “case study” of a Chinese-foreign party joint venture.


Michael Moser is a Chartered Arbitrator and a member of 20 Essex Street Chambers. He is Chairman of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), a Member of the LCIA Court, a Board Member of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce and Vice President of the Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group. He is Co-chair of the China International Arbitration Club.

Yu Jianlong is the Vice Chairman and Secretary General of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission. He served as the director general of the Economic Information Department of the China Counsel for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) from 2004 to 2006.


Lijun Cao is a Partner in Zhong Lung Law Firm in Beijing. Before joining Zhong Lung Mr. Cao was the Deputy Director of CIETAC’s Foreign-Related Department and a member of their Award Scrutiny Team and Case Compilation Committee. Mr. Cao has handled more than three hundred cases as administrator and more than sixty cases as presiding arbitrator, sole arbitrator or party-appointed arbitrator. The cases he handled on international trade, joint venture, stock transfer, construction, real estate, finance and banking and intellectual property were conducted under the CIETAC Rules, the ICC Rules and the UNCITRAL Rules .

John Choong is a Senior Associate with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s dispute resolution group in Hong Kong. He practices in all areas of dispute resolution, specializing in china-related and cross-border disputes, especially arbitration. Mr. Choong is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Hong Kong and Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, and a founding member of the HK45 arbitration group. He has been listed as a leading individual for dispute resolution in Chambers Global.

Justin D’Agostino is a Partner in the Hong Kong office of Herbert Smith. He specializes in international commercial arbitration and public international law. He is the head of Herbert Smith’s Greater China international arbitration practice and divides his time between Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai. Mr. D’Agostino has experience in arbitrations under the auspices of institutional rules, such as CIETAC, ICC, SIAC, LCIA and ICSID, and ad hoc under the UNCITRAL rules, as well as under the HKIAC Administered Arbitration Rules.

Nils Eliasson is a Partner at Mannheimer Swartling specializing in international commercial arbitration and investment treaty arbitration. Based in Hong Kong, Mr. Eliasson is responsible for Mannheimer Swartling’s Asian dispute resolution practice. Mr. Eliasson has acted as counsel in arbitrations under most major arbitration rules (including ICC, SCC, HKIAC, SIAC, LCIA, DIS and UNCITRAL) as well as in a large number of arbitrations under BITs, the ICSID Convention and the Energy Charter Treaty.

Jessica (Jia) Fei is a Partner in Herbert Smith’s arbitration and disputes practice group and is based in the firm’s China offices. She practice is focused on international arbitration, litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Ms. Fei represents and assists Chinese, U.S. European, Singaporean and other clients in international arbitration (including ICC, CIETAC, HKIAC, ICDR, SCC, BAC and SIAC) and litigation matters in and outside China. She handles disputes relating to energy, construction, trade, international investment, manufacturing, distribution, intellectual property and employment matters.

Cameron Hassall is a Partner in the Hong Kong office of Clifford chance. He specializes in international arbitration and commercial litigation, particularly in cross-border investment disputes from and into Asia in the energy and infrastructure, private equity and banking and financial institution sectors. Mr. Hassall is the head of Clifford Chances’ Hong Kong and China arbitration practice.

Brenda D. Horrigan is a Partner and Co-Head of the International Arbitration practice of Salans’ paris and Shanghai offices. She concentrates on international arbitration with a particular focus on disputes involving emerging markets. She has been actively involved in dozens of complex international arbitration matters at both the arbitration and enforcement stages, particularly in connection with disputes arising in connection with investments in countries of the Former Soviet Union, Central/Eastern Europe and Asia. She has acted as counsel in arbitrations conducted under various arbitration rules, including those of the ICC, SCC, CIETAC, ICAC, ICSID and UNCITRAL, as well as arbitrator under the ICC rules.

Jing Liu joined the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) on 1 February 2008, acting as the Deputy Secretary-General in charge of Mainland affairs. Mr. Liu graduated from Nanjing University and UC Berkeley and practiced for several years with the China and International Arbitration Group of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Hong Kong). Mr. Liu is on the Panel of Arbitrators of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC).

Danny McFadden is a Center for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) Director. He is dually qualified as a lawyer both in Australia and the UK. Based in London he mediates regularly in the commercial and property sectors with a particular expertise in cross-cultural and multinational disputes. In 2008, taking temporary leave of absence from CEDR, he joined the United Nations Ombudsman’s Office in New York as an expert adviser on the establishment of a new Mediation Division. In 2009 he served as the Interim UN Director of Mediation in New York.

Susan Munro is a Partner and member of the International Department of Steptoe & Johnson in the firm’s Beijing office. She is active in Hong Kong and China related arbitrations and has represented clients in disputes before various international arbitration commissions. Ms. Munro regularly advised clients involved in cross-border litigation involving Hong Kong, China, the UK and other jurisdictions.

Helen H. Shi is a Partner in Fangda Partners. She focuses her practice on dispute resolution and specializes in international arbitration and litigation. Ms. Shi has dealt with more than 100 cases concerning disputes arising from joint venture contracts, equity acquisition, international trade, technique transfer, loan and guarantee transactions, as well as construction disputes. She has represented clients before CIETAC, ICC and HKIAC and currently serves as an arbitrator of CIETAC and as a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Meg Utterback is an attorney with King & Wood. Her practice focuses on dispute resolution, construction and foreign direct investment. She has represented US, European and Chinese companies at the International Chamber of Commerce, the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, the Indian Council of Arbitration and in litigation before US courts in construction and commercial disputes. Ms. Utterback also represents foreign companies in constructing their China facilities from bid to dispute resolution.

Isabelle I H Wan is the Leader of TransAsia’s Employment law practice. Dr. Wan enjoys a pre-eminent reputation for her expertise in PRC employment law. Her practice covers among many areas employment contracts, non-competition and confidentiality agreements, expatriate employment and labor dispute resolution (mediation, arbitration and litigation). Among her other areas of expertise are e-commerce, and intellectual property issues and has advised clients on IP dispute resolution (mediation, arbitration and litigation).

George Zhao Wang is a Partner in Jun He Law Offices’ Shanghai office. He specializes in general corporate practice, dispute resolution and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Wang has experience in a broad variety of disputes involving litigation and arbitration. He has represented many domestic and international clients in merger and acquisition transactions.

Anne Marie Whitesell is Of Counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Dechert LLP. Before joining Dechert, Ms. Whitesell was Secretary General of the International Court of Arbitration (ICC) from 2001 to 2007. She supervised approximately 1100 international arbitration cases each year involving parties from more than 120 countries. Ms. Whitesell also worked closely with the 126 members of the ICC who hail from 88 different countries, and contributed to the institution’s profile and reputation around the world.

Ing Loong Yang is a Partner in Sidley Austin’s Singapore office. Mr. Yang’s practice focuses on arbitration and litigation in Asia, particularly on disputes concerning the People’s Republic of China. He is a qualified arbitrator and accredited mediator and has extensive experience acting for corporate clients in international arbitrations, complex commercial litigation, shareholders’ disputes, joint venture and technology licensing disputes, FCPA investigation and compliance and regulatory issues. Prior to joining Sidley Austin, Mr. Yang was the Chief Representative and the Head of Dispute Resolution of the Beijing Office of a premier U.S. law firm where he focused on China-related international arbitration.

Friven Yeoh is a partner in O’Melveny & Myers Hong Kong office, a Registered Foreign Lawyer in O’Melveny’s Singapore office and a member of the International Practice Group. Mr. yeoh’s practice involves both adversarial and transaction work. In his adversarial practice, Mr. Yeoh has experience in resolution of Chinese-foreign business disputes and has represented clients in international arbitration conducted under various institutional and ad hoc arbitration rules including those of the ICC, HKIAC, CIETAC, SIAC, SCC and UNCITRAL.


Regular Fee
$750.00 USD
$475.00 USD for full-time academics, full-time government employees, and full-time in-house corporate counsel.

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Fee includes: Written course materials includes a copy of Business Disputes in China – 3rd Edition (Michael Moser, editor, a $95.00 value), refreshments at breaks, luncheon and a drinks reception following the program. The fee does not include accommodations.

Cancellations: 50% of the Symposium fee will be refunded for any cancellation received in writing by Juris Conferences LLC prior to Tuesday, 30 August 2011. No refund can be made for cancellations received after this date. You are welcome to send a substitute at any time. Please notify us if you plan to send a substitute since updated registration materials will be required.

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