Asia Forum: 3rd Annual International Arbitration & Competition Law Summit

  • Hong Kong Local Time (GMT+8)
    May 18, 2023
    9:30 am - 5:45 pm

This will be conducted in English and according to Hong Kong local time. 

Legal Plus Asia Forum is back again for in-person events for our latest forum in Hong Kong. The Asia Forum: 3rd Annual International Arbitration & Competition Law Summit is scheduled on Thursday 18 May 2023 from 9:30am to 5:45pm follow by an one-hour networking drink at Fangda Partner Hong Kong office. 

Discussing essential issues on arbitration, competition law & fraud landscape with experts from locally and internationally. Issues on cross-border disputes, construction, finance, IT, crime, anti trust will be the focus of the day, aimed for general counsel looking to learn the latest in dispute avoidance, local and international competition issues and protecting your company with the latest regulatory & compliance rules as new dangers to our companies being targeted in Asia are found almost daily.

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  • Opening Welcome by Chairperson
    Brenda Horrigan, Independent Arbitrator
  • Welcome Address by Fangda Partners
    Peter Yuen, Partner, Fangda Partners
  • 1st Keynote Session: Arbitration Presentation — Update in Global Arbitration
    Charlie Manzoni, KC, SC, 39 Essex Chambers
  • 2nd Keynote Session: Trade & Investment Disputes with Chinese Companies
    Olga Boltenko, Partner, Fangda Partners
  • 1st Grand Panel: Enforcement of Awards — Regional Updates in 2023 — Hong Kong, China, Korea, UK, Japan
  • Managing Cross-border Disputes With Chinese Companies
  • Technology in Arbitration — Rise of AI and ChatGPT — For good or For Bad?
    Amy Wen Wei, Counsel, CMS Hasche Sigle, Hong Kong LLP
  • 2nd Grand Panel: Mediation V Arbitration — Different Industries Different Answers — Has There Been A Shift Since The Pandemic in Asia
    Moderator: TBC
    Panellist: Xin Zhang, Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration
  • M&A Disputes & Transactions — Asia Focus in 202
  • Dispute Avoidance, Crisis Management & Being Prepared For Trial — Cross Examination Techniques to Remember
  • Advising on Offshore Insolvency Disputes & Restructuring Tips
  • 3rd Grand Panel: Competition Law & Enforcement — Regional Updates & Differences You Should Know in 2023 — EU, China, Hong Kong, Korea & SE Asia Focus
    Moderator: Catrina Lam, Barrister, Des Voeux Chambers
  • Shoring up Competition Compliance for Local & International Companies
    Adelaide Luke, Partner and Head of Competition — Asia, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Update in China Competition Law in 2023
  • Update in Hong Kong Competition Law in 2023
    Andrew Skudder, Senior Consultant, Fangda Partners
  • 4th Grand Panel: AML, FCPA, Anti-bribery & Whistleblowing — Protecting Your Company! Regional Focus


Brenda Horrigan, Chairperson
Independent Arbitrator
Brenda Horrigan is an internationally recognised arbitration practitioner with some 30 years of extensive global experience, having worked from the US, Paris, Moscow, Shanghai, Sydney and now Singapore. She has her own practice as an independent arbitrator. Brenda is the immediate past president of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) and remains a member of its executive committee. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is listed on the panels of numerous arbitral institutions. Brenda has taught international arbitration as a Global Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University’s Shanghai campus and as a guest lecturer at the University of New South Wales. She is regularly invited to speak at conferences and seminars on arbitration and is consistently ranked in Chambers and Who’s Who: Legal as a leading arbitration practitioner.
Peter Yuen, Opening Address Speaker
Partner, Fangda Partners
Peter’s practice spans a number of areas including international and regional arbitration, China-related commercial arbitration and complex commercial litigation. Peter regularly acts for clients in complex commercial disputes before the Hong Kong courts, and is experienced in acting as coordinating counsel in cross-border multi-jurisdictional disputes, particularly in matters involving court proceedings in China. He has also established a busy practice in the area of regulatory and corporate compliance, and has conducted a considerable number of corporate internal investigations in Hong Kong and China. Although Peter’s professional career to date has focused on counsel work, he also accepts arbitral appointments and sits as arbitrator. He is on the panel of Beijing Arbitration Commission/Beijing International Arbitration Center, the China-Africa Joint Arbitration Center, the Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration and on the list of HKIAC. Peter has been ranked as a Leading Individual for International Arbitration in Chambers Asia since 2010. In recent years, he has handled a number of notable representative cases including acting for a Hong Kong listed company in an action against Next Magazine for libel and malicious falsehood, acting for San Want Media Holdings in a shareholders’ dispute over the control of ATV, and acting for an energy company in a SIAC arbitration for a natural gas supply dispute of over USD500 million.
Charlie Manzoni, KC, SC, Keynote Speaker
39 Essex Chambers
Charlie Manzoni KC, SC - As a qualified Mechanical and Electrical Engineer, Charles worked in the international development department of a multi-national blue chip industrial company for five years before qualifying as a lawyer and entering private practice. Charles’s work involves mainly international litigation, arbitration and mediation across a broad spectrum of commercial work. He acts as counsel in the High Courts of London and Hong Kong, in international and domestic arbitrations, acts as a mediator and conciliator in cross border disputes and regularly sits as a sole arbitrator or as part of a three man tribunal. He has an expanding Sports law practice, and sits as an arbitrator with the Court of Arbitration for Sport. He was appointed QC in London in 2009 and SC in Hong Kong in 2012. Arbitration and mediation lists: CIARB, HKIAC, HKMC, BAC, ICC, LCIA, KLRAC, ICC, DIAC, CEDR, APRAG, SIAC, CAS
Olga Boltenko, Keynote Speaker
Partner, Fangda Partners
Ms. Boltenko is an investment and trade lawyer with over ten years of experience in public international law and investor-State dispute resolution. She has acted as legal counsel in investor-state disputes under the auspices of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the ICSID, the SCC, the ICC, the LCIA, and as tribunal secretary in dozens of commercial disputes in a wide array of industries including oil and gas, mining, infrastructure, construction, telecommunications and pharmaceuticals, across Asia and beyond. Ms. Boltenko teaches a master of laws degree in arbitration and ADR with a focus on Belt & Road investment law at The University of Hong Kong. She is also a professor of law at the Royal University of Law and Economics in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she teaches a course in investment law at the dual degree program with the Free University of Brussels. Ms. Boltenko is listed as an arbitrator on the panels of the HKIAC, SIAC, AIAC, CIETAC, AFSA (Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa), XAAC (Xi’An Arbitration Commission) and RSPP (Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs).
Catrina Lam, Moderator - 3rd Grand Panel
Barrister, Des Voeux Chambers
Catrina is recognized as a leading senior junior barrister whose practice spans all aspects of contentious commercial disputes (including domestic and international arbitrations), administrative and constitutional law, competition (antitrust), securities and regulatory litigation. She is ranked as a Band 1 junior in the Commercial Dispute Resolution section of Chambers & Partners, a Band 1 junior in both the Competition and Commercial Disputes sections of The Legal 500 and a leading junior in the Administrative and Public Law section of The Legal 500. She has represented domestic and multinational clients operating in a wide range of industry sectors, including banking and financial services, technology, telecommunications, real estate and construction, energy, media and entertainment, manufacturing, education, aviation and gambling. She is experienced in handling highly complex commercial disputes, many involving novel legal issues and/or technical evidence, and has been described as being “great for matters which concern very difficult facts and evidence”. She is in demand for her “sharp legal mind”, “quickness on her feet”, “strong legal literacy” and as a practitioner who “thinks outside the box and always tests the limits of the evidence”. She appears at all levels of court, as well as other specialist and disciplinary tribunals, including the Competition Tribunal, Securities and Futures Appeals Tribunal, Insider Dealing Tribunal and the Board of Review. In her public law and judicial review practice, Catrina has advised and represented many public bodies and officials, including acting for the Secretary for Justice intervening in the public interest, as well as private individuals. Catrina is “held in particularly high esteem for her accomplished competition law practice” and is “widely identified as Hong Kong’s front runner for competition matters”. She “stands out” for her “depth of knowledge in competition law”.
Andrew Skudder
Senior Consultant, Fangda Partners
Andrew is a competition litigation and dispute resolution specialist. His primary practice areas include commercial and antitrust litigation and coordinating complicated multi-jurisdictional investigations and disputes as well as the provision of behavioral and transactional advice to multinational clients. Andrew is head of our Hong Kong antitrust practice and has been involved in some of the highest profile antitrust investigations in the PRC in recent years. Andrew has recently been appointed by the Hong Kong Competition Commission to the prestigious role of Non-Governmental Advisor. Before joining the firm, Andrew worked for seven years in the competition litigation department of a top Magic Circle firm in London, Washington D.C. and Hong Kong. Before entering private practice, he lectured postgraduate competition law for many years at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, where he published and spoke extensively on competition law issues and developed a strong reputation in the field. He is currently Associate Professor of Law at Middlesex University, Mauritius.
Amy Wen Wei
Counsel, CMS Hasche Sigle, Hong Kong LLP
Amy’s practice focuses on complex transnational disputes, particularly international commercial and investment arbitration. She has extensive experience advising and representing multi-national and stated-owned enterprises, listed companies, states, governmental and public entities and institutions, and international organisations. She has advised clients and worked on very high-stake arbitration cases under the rules of ICC, HKIAC, SIAC, CIETAC, LCIA, SCC, JCAA, ICSID, ICDR, and ad hoc UNCITRAL. Her clients come from a wide range of jurisdictions and industries, including the technology, life-science and biotech, green energy, finance, and aerospace sectors. Amy is based in Hong Kong and is qualified in the state of New York (USA) and Paris (France). She is trained in both common law and civil law jurisdictions – she holds advanced law degrees from Harvard Law School and the Institut d’études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po.), cum laude. She is trilingual in Chinese, English, and French.
Adelaide Luke
Partner and Head of Competition — Asia, Herbert Smith Freehills
Adelaide Luke leads the Herbert Smith Freehills Competition, Regulation and Trade practice in Asia. She has experience working in Hong Kong, London, and Brussels, and is familiar with many of the competition law regimes in Asia, including the PRC and various South East Asian countries. Adelaide’s practice encompasses all aspects of competition and antitrust law, including merger control, regulatory investigations, and alleged abuses of dominance. She also specialises in international cartel investigations, and has appeared before the European Courts in Luxembourg on behalf of Asian clients. She has extensive experience managing multi-jurisdictional matters and coordinating responses to different competition authorities. Adelaide is qualified in Hong Kong, England and Wales, Australia, and Ireland. She is a member of the Competition Law Committee of the Law Society of Hong Kong and currently a Non-Governmental Advisor to the Hong Kong Competition Commission.
Xin Zhang
Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration
Ms. Xin Zhang joined the ICC International Court of Arbitration as the Deputy Counsel in August 2019. Prior to joining the ICC, Ms. Xin Zhang had worked for many renowned law firms, including Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Zhong Lun Law Firm. She also had rich working practice in a number of international organizations, including The Nature Conservancy and the International Criminal Court. She graduated from China University of Political Science and Law and Oxford University, holding two LLM degrees.

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Includes refreshments, networking lunch and cocktail reception.  CPD points will be given upon approval from Law Society of Hong Kong

Special Price for In-house/ General Counsel: HKD 450
Offer only applicable to In-house/ General Counsel from non law or consulting firms.

Registration Fee for Law/Risk Management Firms 
Early Bird Rate: USD 359 / HKD 2,817 (on or before 17 Mar 2023)
Normal Rate: USD 429 / HKD 3,366 (from 18 Mar 2023) 


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