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  Matthew Hodgson


Hong Kong

Matthew specialises in international arbitration. He has acted as counsel in many commercial and investment treaty arbitrations under all major arbitral rules, including the HKIAC, ICC, LCIA, SCC, SIAC, ICSID and UNCITRAL rules. He is qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales and Hong Kong, and as an attorney in New York.  Matthew also sits as arbitrator and is a member of the List of Arbitrators of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), the Reserve Panel of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and the Panel of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB).

Matthew has experience of disputes relating to energy, infrastructure & construction projects, joint ventures, distribution agreements, financial instruments and post M&A matters.

He has also represented clients in a large number of investment treaty disputes worldwide.

Matthew is a member of the practitioner group supporting UNCITRAL Working Group III on ISDS (Investor-state dispute settlement) reform. He also serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Arbitration, Mediation and Dispute Management and the editorial board of Dispute Resolution International and is a fellow of the International Dispute Resolution Academy.

Matthew has been recognised as a leading practitioner by the independent legal directories since being identified as a “rising star” by Chambers and Partners Global in 2012. Chambers and Partners 2019 states that Matthew “continues to provide clients with expert advice on disputes connected with natural resources and infrastructure projects. ‘Matthew is very helpful and gives insightful suggestions. He is a very dynamic lawyer,’ clients report.” Chambers and Partners 2018 noted that Matthew “is known among peers for his excellent command of investment treaty arbitration. Clients consider him to be "very responsive, proactive, and obviously knowledgeable of the subject matter," also commenting on his "practical and commercial approach."”

Who’s Who Legal 2019 say of him that he is an “expert in the energy and construction sectors and stands out as “a deeply impressive lawyer and advocate”. He draws praise for “his commercial knowledge and comprehensive legal advice”.”

Legal 500 has commented that “Matthew Hodgson is outstanding” (2013), "sets the bar for others" (2015), and is "perfect for complex arbitrations" (2016).

Professional qualifications

Admitted as a solicitor, Hong Kong, 2017

Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 2007

Admitted to the bar, State of New York, USA, 2005

Academic qualifications

LLM, Law, New York University School Of Law, 2004

MA, Law, University of Cambridge, 2003

Published work

“Emergency Arbitrator Relief: A Practical Guide”, Korean Arbitration Review (2018). 

“Bumps in The Road: Identifying Gaps in China’s Belt and Road Treaty Network”, TDM Vol.14, issue 3 (2017).

“Damages and costs in investment treaty arbitration revisited”, Global Arbitration Review (2017).

“Cost awards – who pays?”, co-authored with Judith Gill QC, Global Arbitration Review (2016).

“Costs in Investment Treaty Arbitration: The Case for Reform”, TDM 1 (2014).

“Investment Protection and Public Regulation: The Critical Balancing Act of Investment Treaty Arbitration” in Investment Treaty Arbitration and International Law, Juris Vol. 6 (2013).

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