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Joanne Lau

Of Counsel

Hong Kong

Joanne Lau

Of Counsel

Hong Kong

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, Taiwan, 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, shareholder disputes and disputes in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Joanne publishes and speaks regularly on arbitration-related topics, and was part of the team that delivered arbitration training workshops for the Supreme Court of Myanmar in 2016 and 2017. She was recognised in Legal 500 (2018) for Hong Kong International Arbitration.

Joanne is a Committee Member of the HK45, the HKIAC’s young arbitration practitioner body, a co-editor of the HKIAC/HK45 Newsletter and an Executive Committee Member of the Rising Arbitrators Initiative.

Joanne is admitted to practice in Hong Kong and speaks English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

News & insights

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Publications: 07 DECEMBER 2020

UK Supreme Court clarifies English law on arbitrators’ duties of impartiality, disclosure and confidentiality

In Halliburton Company v Chubb Bermuda Insurance Ltd [2020] UKSC 48, the Supreme Court recognised for the first time that there is an ongoing, statutory duty in English law, which requires arbitrators…

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Publications: 02 DECEMBER 2020

Supplemental Arrangement Concerning Mutual Enforcement of Arbitral Awards between Hong Kong and the Mainland

On 27 November 2020, the Department of Justice of the HKSAR Government and the Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China (the PRC) signed the Supplemental Arrangement Concerning Mutual…

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Publications: 04 OCTOBER 2019

Mainland Hong Kong interim measures arrangement now in effect

The Arrangement Concerning Mutual Assistance in Court-ordered Interim Measures in Aid of Arbitral Proceedings by the Courts of the Mainland and of the HKSAR (the Arrangement), which was signed on 2…

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Publications: 04 APRIL 2019

Groundbreaking Arrangement Allowing Interim measures in Mainland China for Hong Kong Arbitrations

On 2 April 2019, the HKSAR Government and the Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China signed the “Arrangement Concerning Mutual Assistance in Court-ordered Interim Measures in Aid of…

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