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

Ben Bury (HFW)

Ben is a specialist construction lawyer with over 15 years' experience, advising clients in relation to disputes arising out of complex and high value construction projects.

Ben has been based in Asia since 2011 and has advised on disputes arising out of some of the largest and most significant projects in the region. This includes the construction of multi-billion dollar onshore and offshore oil and gas facilities, power plants, underground railways and tunneling projects, ports, roads, refineries, mines and processing plants, and reclamation works.

Joanne Lau (Allen & Overy)

Joanne Lau is a Partner in Allen & Overy’s Global Arbitration Group based in Hong Kong. She represents clients in both international commercial arbitrations and investment treaty arbitrations, including as an advocate. She has extensive experience acting in arbitrations under major institutional rules, including HKIAC, ICC, SIAC and UNCITRAL Rules, involving various jurisdictions such as Hong Kong, England, India, Singapore and, in particular, the PRC. She also regularly advises on arbitration-related court matters. She has experience in a range of complex cross-border disputes, including disputes relating to post-M&A matters, joint ventures, private equity, complex financial products and disputes in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Joanne publishes and speaks regularly on arbitration-related topics.

Eric Ng (HKIAC)

Eric is Deputy Secretary-General at the HKIAC. Prior to joining the HKIAC, Eric worked for five years as a barrister-at-law in Hong Kong focusing primarily on international commercial and construction arbitrations, as well as general commercial litigation in Hong Kong, and has worked as counsel as well as tribunal secretary in several major international commercial, construction, and financial arbitrations seated around the world.


HK45 Committee Members

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.

Jacky Fung (Kirkland & Ellis)

Jacky is an associate in the disputes resolution team in the Hong Kong office of Kirkland & Ellis. 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.

Victoria Khandrimaylo (HKIAC)

Victoria is Counsel in HKIAC’s arbitration team.

Prior to joining HKIAC, Victoria worked for three years at a leading international law firm in Moscow, practicing in the areas of arbitration, corporate and real estate transactions.

Aditya Kurian (O'Melveny & Myers)

Aditya Kurian is a Counsel in O’Melveny’s international arbitration practice. He represents clients that have disputes arising from a variety of sectors and industries notably pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, energy, entertainment and construction amongst others. Aditya’s experience includes representing clients in international arbitrations at the ICC, HKIAC and SIAC. Prior to joining O’Melveny, Aditya was a counsel at the HKIAC where he administered more than 200 international arbitrations and was head of the India region to promote Hong Kong arbitration in India.  

Aditya has spoken at more than a dozen international arbitration conferences globally and has published in the leading treatise “Arbitration in Hong Kong: A Practical Guide” and the Global Arbitration Review amongst others. He is admitted to practice in India and Hong Kong.

Tara Liao (Denis Chang's Chambers)

Tara was called to the Hong Kong Bar in 2015. Practising from Denis Chang’s Chambers, she appears regularly in the Court of Appeal and the High Court in commercial, company, insolvency and cross-border disputes and in HKIAC hearings. Prior to joining the Hong Kong Bar, she was a solicitor in an international law firm specialising in commercial litigation and regulatory matters. She holds a bachelor degree in PRC laws from Peking University and passed the PRC National Judicial Examination.

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.

Yvonne Shek (Clifford Chance)

Yvonne 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 (2011) and in New South Wales, Australia (2010). 

Yvonne specialises in international arbitration and commercial litigation, focusing on cross-border investment, company and shareholder, and general commercial disputes. She regularly represents leading financial institutions, private equity firms and global corporate clients in multi-jurisdictional matters including proceedings in Hong Kong, the PRC, Singapore, Vietnam, England and the United States. Having practiced in the greater China and Asia Pacific region for more than 10 years, Yvonne has handled numerous arbitrations including under the HKIAC, ICC, CIETAC and UNCITRAL rules.

She has been recognised in Legal 500 as being "particularly impressive". Amongst other publications, Yvonne was co-author of GAR's Asia Pacific Arbitration Review for Hong Kong in 2016 and 2017. She was also a panel speaker at the HK45 Annual Update held in June 2020.

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. In December 2021, she was appointed by the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR to its newly established Task Force on Disability Inclusion and International Arbitration.

Jennifer Wu (Pinsent Masons)

Jennifer Wu is a Senior Associate at Pinsent Masons, specialising in international commercial disputes and arbitration in the Technology Science and Industry Sector. She has a particular focus on cross border cyber, technology and data governance related issues - protecting systems, software and information held online for businesses. Jennifer has been commended for her handling of disputes in complex projects and cross-border matters in various jurisdictions, such as Europe, England & Wales, China, Singapore, Korea and India. She is one of the thought leaders for the global technology digital markets space and has been praised for her straightforward and practical advice. She is qualified in England & Wales and Hong Kong.

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.


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