Why Arbitrate in Hong Kong?

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Choose a Top Seat for Your Disputes

  • Hong Kong is the third most preferred seat in the world according to the 2021 Queen Mary University of London and White & Case International Arbitration Survey.

Enjoy the Benefits of an Independent and Neutral Forum

  • Hong Kong enjoys a unique position – simultaneously part of China and also a special administrative region under the "one country, two systems" doctrine, with complete autonomy in all areas aside from matters of "defence and foreign affairs."
  • Hong Kong upholds the rule of law through its common law legal system overseen by an independent judiciary comprising local and international judges who are independent, professional and efficient.
  • Hong Kong has been ranked the most judicially independent in Asia by the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report over the last ten years.
  • Parties are free to choose lawyers and arbitrators from anywhere in the world without restriction.

Rely on a World Class Legislative Framework & Arbitration Friendly Judiciary

  • As the first Asian arbitration statute to be based on the 2006 UNCITRAL Model Law, the Arbitration Ordinance (introduced on 1 June 2011) cements Hong Kong's status as a user-friendly Model Law jurisdiction. Key features include:
    • No distinction between international and domestic arbitrations.
    • Express provisions permitting courts to enforce urgent relief ordered by emergency arbitrators in or outside Hong Kong.
    • Explicit assurance of confidentality of arbitral proceedings, awards, related court proceedings and judgments.
  • Proposed amendments to confirm the arbitrability of disputes over intellectual property rights in Hong Kong and the availability of third party funding for arbitrations and associated proceedings in Hong Kong.
  • The Hong Kong courts are pro-arbitration and take a "hands off" approach with respect to arbitration. Arbitration-related cases are heard at first instance by specialist judges.
  • The Hong Kong courts maintain an excellent track record of enforcement of arbitral awards. The courts did not refuse to enforce an award between 2011 and 2014.
  • The Hong Kong judiciary has established an indemnity costs rule to deter parties from resisting arbitral proceedings or awards on unmeritorious grounds.

Benefit from the Services of a Leading International Arbitral Institution

Maximise the Cost Effectiveness & Efficiency of Your Arbitration

  • Hong Kong, through HKIAC, offers highly cost-effective arbitration services compared to other major arbitration institutions in Asia and around the world.
  • Hong Kong has an extraordinarily large pool of multilingual professionals including:
    • Over 1,300 barristers, 99 of whom are senior counsel;
    • Over 7,600 local practicing lawyers and over 1,340 registered foreign lawyers;
    • Approximately 29,000 engineers; 37,000 accountants; more than 8,500 members of the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors and over 4,000 architects according to the Hong Kong Institute of Architects.
  • Awards made in Hong Kong are enforceable in more than 150 jurisdictions through the New York Convention and several bilateral arrangements on mutual enforcement of arbitral awards.

Connecting Asia and the World

  • Conveniently located for more than 50% of the world's population who live no more than a five hour flight from Hong Kong, Hong Kong is also conveniently connected to most major cities in the world by direct flights. 
  • Benefit from Hong Kong's East meets West culture and local professional's fluency in Mandarin, Cantonese and English.
  • Hong Kong's liberal visa policy means nationals of more than 150 countries can visit Hong Kong visa-free.

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