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Joanne Lau

Partner

Hong Kong

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Joanne Lau

Partner

Hong Kong

Joanne Lau is a Partner in Allen & Overy’s Global Arbitration Group based in Hong Kong. She represents clients in 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, shareholder disputes and disputes in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Joanne publishes and speaks regularly on arbitration-related topics. She is the Co-Chair of the HK45, the HKIAC’s young arbitration practitioner body, and is an Executive Committee Member of the Rising Arbitrators Initiative.

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

Other noteworthy experience includes advising:

  • An investment bank and a Chinese private equity firm in relation to a dispute arising from an investment in a coal processing company in the PRC under HKIAC rules.
  • A geo-thermal energy producer on a construction dispute concerning a power plant in the Philippines, with arbitration under the ICC Rules. 
  • A Japanese multinational company concerning the termination of an exclusive distribution agreement in a large Asian country under the SIAC Rules.
  • A Chinese company in two HKIAC arbitrations against a US investment firm in relation to a shareholders dispute in the media and entertainment industry. 
  • A US technology company in relation to a competition law enforcement action in Hong Kong. 
  • A US private equity firm in a HKIAC arbitration relating to amounts owed by PRC individuals and offshore entities under multiple transaction documents.
  • A group of private equity investors in two HKIAC arbitrations in relation to a shareholders dispute concerning an investment in the energy sector in the PRC. 
  • An international bank in a post-merger dispute in Taiwan concerning breaches of representations and warranties, with arbitration under the ICC Rules. 
     

News & insights

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Publications: 08 JUNE 2021

Can arbitrators rely on their own internet research in an award?

The risk of annulment is different for arbitrations seated in Germany, England and France. Just ask Google. Whatever the question, our first port of call is to check the internet. But are arbitrators…

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News: 03 JUNE 2021

Allen & Overy publishes empirical study on Costs, Damages and Duration in Investor-State Arbitration

We are delighted to announce the publication of the latest iteration of the study on “Costs, Damages and Duration in Investor-State Arbitration” authored by Allen & Overy partner Matthew Hodgson and…

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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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Office

Hong Kong

Allen & Overy
9th Floor, Three Exchange Square, Central
Hong Kong

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Qualifications

Professional

Admitted as a Solicitor, Hong Kong, 2014

Academic

BA (Hons), Jurisprudence, Oxford University, 2011

PCLL, The University of Hong Kong, 2012

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