HK45 Announces New Committee
HK45 is pleased to announce its new HK45 Committee for 2021 – 2023. The new HK45 Committee brings together an experienced and passionate group of young lawyers from a diverse range of organisations in Hong Kong. The HK45 Committee is responsible for organising and guiding all HK45 activities, from networking and social events, to the successful series of Fireside Chats with leading arbitration practitioners, to workshops such as the HK45 Expert Cross-Examination Workshop.
The incoming HK45 Committee members for the 2021 – 2023 term include practitioners from 13 different firms and chambers, and are led by this term’s three co-chairs, Ben Bury, Joanne Lau, and Eric Ng:
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 is an Of Counsel 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 is Managing Counsel 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.
In addition, HK45 is happy to welcome the following new Committee Members, whose term will run from 2021 – 2023:
- Victoria Khandrimaylo - Counsel, HKIAC
- Aditya Kurian - Counsel, O'Melveny & Myers
- Tara Liao - Barrister, Denis Chang's Chambers
- Yvonne Shek - Consultant, Clifford Chance
- Jennifer Wu - Senior Associate, Pinsent Masons
- Kitty Zheng - Associate, Shearman & Sterling
Duncan Watson (Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan) and Mariel Dimsey (Partner, CMS Hong Kong), two of the three outgoing co-chairs of the 2018-2020 HK45 Committee, will also continue to lend their experience and expertise to this year’s Committee. Also carrying on their efforts from last year’s Committee through this year are Kelvin Cheong (Partner, PwC), Suraj Sajnani (Associate, KWM), and Felda Yeung (Senior Associate, Gall).
The 2021-2023 HK45 Committee takes over from an exceptionally strong group of outgoing Committee members, including Stella Hu (Herbert Smith Freehills), Hugh Kam (Plowman Chambers), Jennifer Lim (Sidley Austin), Moses Park (Liberty Chambers), Tom Walsh (Clifford Chance), Qiqi Wei (HKIAC during her term; currently Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan), and outgoing co-chair Kiran Sanghera (HKIAC). These members’ hard work and dedication have been instrumental in growing HK45’s reputation over the past two years and have helped ensure HK45’s growth for years to come.
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. For more information on HK45, please visit our website. Please subscribe here to be our member and keep up to date with HK45’s activities.