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Matthew Hodgson


Hong Kong

Hodgson Matthew
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.

Market recognition:

Chambers and Partners Asia Pacific 2020 says: “Matthew [receives] extensive praise for his expertise in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations concerning natural resources and infrastructure projects, as well as disputes arising out of transactions.” Chambers and Partners 2019 stated 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.” Who’s Who Legal 2020 say he is “readily identified as a “phenomenal lawyer”…[and] he is well versed in energy, infrastructure, construction and finance disputes.” Legal 500 has commented that “Matthew Hodgson is outstanding” (2013), "sets the bar for others" (2015), is "perfect for complex arbitrations" (2016), is “well regarded” (2017) and “highly experienced” (2020).

News & insights

News: 27 FEBRUARY 2020

Global Antitrust group retains top three ranking by Global Competition Review

For the third year running, Allen & Overy’s global antitrust group has been ranked number three in Global Competition Review’s annual survey of the world’s leading competition practices. 

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Publications: 26 FEBRUARY 2020

New OECD Guidance on transfer pricing aspects of financial transactions and main take-aways for Luxembourg

On 11 February 2020, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (“OECD”) published the “Transfer Pricing Guidance on Financial Transactions” (the “Report”). 

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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 April 2019, came into effect in Mainland China and HKSAR on 1 October 2019.

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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 Arbitral Proceedings by the Courts of the Mainland and of the HKSAR” (the Arrangement).

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Admitted as a solicitor, Hong Kong, 2017

Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 2007

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


Diploma International Arbitration, Queen Mary College, University of London, 2012

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).