HK45 is the group for all young arbitration practitioners in Asia and beyond.  Our aims are to promote the use of arbitration and Hong Kong as a seat, to provide a platform for members to learn from each other and leading professionals, and to help Hong Kong remain an inclusive and welcoming place for arbitration lawyers young and old who practice in the region.  HK45 organises regular seminars, careers events and socials, and with HKIAC publish a newsletter with a readership of over 5000 people.  Membership of HK45 is free. 

There is much to look forward to in the coming term for HK45 and the committee welcomes collaboration with the arbitration community, so if you have ideas for any projects or events, please contact a member of the Committee, details can be found below.

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HK45 Co-Chairs

Pryderi Diebschlag (Clyde & Co)

Pryderi is a commercial disputes specialist and Counsel in Clyde & Co’s Disputes Practice Group. He has more than 10 years’ experience as advisor and advocate in international commercial arbitration and Hong Kong litigation, with a focus on disputes arising out of cross-border investments, joint ventures, commercial fraud and the energy and commodities sector. Pryderi has acted in international arbitrations under a range of institutions and rules, including the HKIAC, LCIA, LMAA and SIAC. He is a member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong and England & Wales.

Dong Long (HKIAC)

Dong is Managing Counsel at the HKIAC. Prior to joining the HKIAC, Dong worked for nearly nine years at an international firm in Hong Kong and Beijing, where she gained experience in a wide range of disputes, including commercial, trade, and construction disputes involving parties of different background and nationalities. Dong has been involved in international arbitrations conducted under various institutional rules, including the HKIAC Rules, as well as in arbitration-related court proceedings. Dong has full professional proficiency in written and spoken Chinese and English, and is also fluent in Italian. Dong is admitted in Hong Kong and New York.

Kitty Zheng (Shearman & Sterling)

Kitty Zheng is an associate in Shearman & Sterling’s International Arbitration Group. She frequently acts as counsel in commercial disputes and investment treaty arbitrations, including proceedings conducted under the auspices of the HKIAC, ICC and ICSID. Her experience includes disputes related to energy, construction, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and investment funds. She also represents parties in arbitration-related court proceedings as well as dispute review board procedures. Kitty receives her J.D. degree from New York University and is qualified in New York.



HK45 Committee Members

Ben Bury (Gammon Construction Limited)

Ben is a Director and General Counsel for Gammon Construction Limited in Hong Kong. For more than 18 years, Ben has worked on the legal aspects of major construction projects in Hong Kong, Singapore and across the globe. He is qualified in Hong Kong, England and Wales and was a Registered Foreign Lawyer in the Singapore International Commercial Court. Prior to joining Gammon in 2023, Ben was a Partner in the construction team at a large international sector-focused law firm. He has been based in Asia since 2011 and has been involved in complex assignments across the region. Ben is highly commended in the legal directories and, in 2021, at the age of 38, Ben was named by Asia Legal Business on their list of the 40 best lawyers in Asia under 40. Ben oversees the Legal Department for Gammon covering governance, legal advice, compliance, insurance, and company secretarial services.


Cecilia Choi (Linklaters)

Cecilia is a Managing Associate at the dispute resolution team in the Hong Kong office of Linklaters. She has a wealth of experience in advising on cross-border commercial and insolvency disputes for listed corporations and large private conglomerates, as well as state-owned enterprises. Cecilia’s practice covers complex commercial litigation (in jurisdictions such as Hong Kong, Singapore, PRC, the UK and Australia) and international commercial arbitration under the major institutional rules, including the HKIAC, ICC, LCIA and CIETAC, with a particular focus on China-related disputes.


She is qualified in Hong Kong and is trilingual in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).

Jacky Fung (Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer)

Jacky is a senior associate in the dispute resolution team in the Hong Kong office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. He has significant experience of conducting international arbitration, arbitration-related litigation, commercial litigation and usual interim application, including emergency arbitration, injunction and security for costs application, etc. These matters include substantial international arbitration under the major institutional rules, including ICSID, HKIAC and ICC involving jurisdictions including Hong Kong, the PRC, the UK, India, Japan, Pakistan and the USA. Clients include States, financial institutions, private equity funds, liquidators and multi-national corporates.


He is currently one of the Editorial Assistants for the Asian Dispute Review and regularly writes on dispute resolution. He is qualified in Hong Kong and is trilingual in English, Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese.

Sicen Hu (HKIAC)

Sicen is Counsel in HKIAC’s arbitration team. She administers cases in English and Chinese.


Prior to joining HKIAC, Sicen interned at international law firms in Paris and London where she was involved in commercial and investment arbitration cases. She also interned at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in Hamburg.

Sui Hang Hui (Sidley Austin)

Sui-Hang is a Senior Managing Associate at Sidley Austin’s Global Arbitration, Trade and Advocacy group. He is dual-qualified in Hong Kong and New York.


Sui-Hang’s practice focuses on international arbitration and commercial litigation.  He has represented clients in a variety of commercial disputes involving renewable energy, biopharmaceuticals, cryptocurrency, investment funds, financial services, private equity and hedge funds.  Sui-Hang has extensive experience acting in arbitrations under major institutional rules, including HKIAC, ICC, SIAC, UNCITRAL and JAMS Rules, as well as proceedings before the Hong Kong courts and tribunals.


Sui-Hang previously served as a Judicial Assistant at the Court of Final Appeal, the highest appellate court in Hong Kong.  He is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Lavesh Kirpalani (Prince's Chambers)

Lavesh was called to the Hong Kong Bar in 2017. Practising from Prince’s Chambers, he regularly appears in the High Court in commercial, company, insolvency and tortious disputes. He also regularly appears in HKIAC hearings as counsel.  Before joining the Hong Kong Bar, he was a Judicial Assistant at the Court of Final Appeal and a Judicial Associate at the Court of Appeal.  He holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a specialism in international business law.

Murphy Mok (Herbert Smith Freehills)

Murphy is a senior associate in the International Arbitration Team of Herbert Smith Freehills. He is qualified in both England and Wales and Australia (New South Wales). Murphy regularly advises major Chinese and international companies on high value, cross-border infrastructure and construction disputes and projects across Asia, Middle East, Europe, Africa, Australia and South America, with a focus on the power, oil and gas and transport sectors.


Murphy has experience in handling international arbitration under various institutional rules (including HKIAC, SIAC, ICC and VIAC), and has acted as counsel and advocate. He is qualified as Tribunal Secretary at the HKIAC and has been appointed as such. Before relocating to Hong Kong in 2018, Murphy practised in Beijing, Shanghai and London.

Fares Nowak (Allen & Overy)

Fares Nowak is an associate in Allen & Overy’s Global Arbitration Group based in Hong Kong.  His experience covers commercial and investment-treaty arbitrations under major institutional rules, including HKIAC, ICC, SIAC, ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules.  He advises clients in complex cross-border disputes arising under international investment agreements, in private equity and joint venture disputes, and in disputes in the energy, finance and technology sectors.


Fares publishes and speaks on arbitration-related topics, including as a guest lecturer on the settlement of investment disputes at the European Public Law Organization’s Academy of International Economic Law and Policy.  Before joining the Global Arbitration Group, Fares worked in Allen & Overy’s Banking and Finance department, where he acted for major banks, arrangers, funds and multinational borrowers.

Lydia Tang (Berkeley Research Group)

Lydia Tang is an associate director in BRG’s Disputes and International Arbitration practice, based in the firm’s Hong Kong office. As a Certified Public Accountant, Ms. Tang has extensive experience advising clients on the application of complex accounting principles and standards to assess appropriate accounting treatment. She also has experience in evaluating damages and preparing valuations in the context of commercial arbitration and litigation proceedings. Ms. Tang has experience in APAC–related matters and with businesses across various sectors and sizes. She has been involved in arbitrations with the HKIAC and in litigations in Hong Kong and offshore courts.


Before joining BRG, Ms. Tang worked in both audit and forensic practices of an international accounting firm. She managed financial audits and conducted accounting and fraud investigation for multinational companies. She also worked for two leading international financial institutions and has particular expertise in handling compliance and regulatory issues in the financial services industry.

Sylvia Tee (Ashurst)

Sylvia Tee is a Counsel in Ashurst's international arbitration team. Sylvia is a tri-qualified, bilingual commercial arbitration and litigation practitioner who has acted in cases involving a variety of industries, with a particular focus on multi-jurisdictional proceedings in the financial services, infrastructure and resources sectors. She has experience making submissions and conducting cross-examinations in multiple dispute resolution fora, including court, arbitration and expert determination proceedings.


Sylvia is recognised as a specialist in the field of international arbitration. Besides having advised on and acted in arbitration proceedings conducted under a variety of procedural rules including those of the ICC, HKIAC, SIAC, ACICA, AAA and UNCITRAL, Sylvia has also been a regional director at the ICC and worked on Singapore’s 2012 amendment of its International Arbitration Act and Arbitration Act while seconded to the Singapore Ministry of Law. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is regularly invited to speak on arbitration-related topics in conferences and workshops around the world. She currently represents Hong Kong as a delegate to the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR and sits on its Task Force on Disability Inclusion and International Arbitration.

Tania Tse (Clifford Chance)

Tania is a Consultant in Clifford Chance's Litigation and Dispute Resolution group, based in Hong Kong. She is admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong.


Tania specialises in international arbitration, with experience in multi-jurisdictional private equity and fund related disputes, as well as aviation, renewable energy and PRC-related matters. She also advises on arbitration-related court matters and contentious insolvency proceedings.


Tania has handled numerous arbitrations including under the HKIAC, ICC, SIAC and UNCITRAL Rules and acts as both counsel and advocate. Tania has been recognised as a 'Rising Star' in Legal 500 (International Arbitration, Hong Kong).

Jessica S.W. van der Kamp (Mayer Brown)

Jessica van der Kamp is a senior associate in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice of Mayer Brown's Hong Kong office practicing arbitration and litigation, with a focus on construction, town planning, environmental regulation and general commercial disputes. She has represented clients in Hong Kong, Singapore and elsewhere across Asia, Africa and the Middle East in arbitrations relating to mega-infrastructure projects, large-scale development and refurbishment projects, and high-value commercial distribution agreements. Jessica has also acted for clients in arbitration-related court proceedings, including set-aside applications, injunctions, and consolidation proceedings.


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