ARBINBRIEF SEASON 2 EPISODE 5, ON 7 DECEMBER 2022
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ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Elizabeth Chan, is a Registered Foreign Lawyer in Allen & Overy’s Asia-Pacific Arbitration Group based in Hong Kong.
She has acted as counsel in, or advised, around 11-15 international commercial arbitrations/arbitration-related matters and several investment treaty arbitrations (acting for both investors and States). She has experience acting in arbitrations under major international arbitral rules, including the HKIAC, ICC, LCIA, ICDR, ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules, seated in different arbitral seats such as The Hague, Singapore, London, Geneva, Austria, Hawaii and Washington, DC.
Lizzie is ranked as a “Future Leader” in Who’s Who Legal – Arbitration 2022-2023 and in Legal 500’s Private Practice Powerlist – Arbitration (United Kingdom) 2022. Peers and clients say that, “Ms Chan is concise, highly persuasive and incredibly responsive to case demands”; “able to articulate issues with ease, thinking ahead and out-of-the-box”; “is very attentive and client-focused”; and “is courageous but diplomatic, always demonstrating great empathy”.
Lizzie has a developing practice in the tech industry. Innovation and entrepreneurship are core to her practice and contribution. She hosted the first-ever arbitration gathering in the metaverse in January 2022, followed by a conference in the metaverse as part of Paris Arbitration Week in March 2022. She writes and speaks regularly on the intersection of law and technology, including winning the Call for Papers at the 2022 Taipei Mediation and Arbitration Conference, for an article on the enforcement of disputes resolved by on-chain arbitration, under the New York Convention.
Anna Kirk, is a commercial arbitrator, adjudicator and barrister, specialising in international arbitration and public international law. Anna is New Zealand’s member on the ICC International Court of Arbitration (2021-2024). Anna is also on the Council of the Arbitrator’s and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ).
Anna has been involved in over 50 arbitrations over the past 15 years as counsel, arbitrator or tribunal secretary. She has extensive experience in arbitrations under the ICC, UNCITRAL, ICSID, LCIA and SIAC Rules. Anna spent a number of years practicing international arbitration in London, representing clients across a range of industries including energy and natural resources, shipping, infrastructure and procurement. When she returned to New Zealand in 2011, she assisted Sir David Williams KNZM, QC with many large international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. Anna now sits as an arbitrator in both international and domestic arbitrations. Anna also sits regularly as an adjudicator under the Construction Contracts Act.
Anna is a Fellow of AMINZ and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK). She is a member of the arbitral panels of AMINZ, ACICA, the NZDRC, HKIAC and SIAC (reserve panel).
Anna holds a PhD in international law from the University of Cambridge. Anna regularly publishes and speaks on arbitration-related matters and is a contributing author to Williams & Kawharu on Arbitration (2011 and 2017). Anna also teaches a Masters paper in international arbitration at the University of Auckland.
Through her studies she has a particular interest in business and human rights and is available to advise in this area.
Yoshimi Ohara, is a Partner at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu. Her practice focuses on international arbitration, international complex litigation and mediation. She represents both domestic and foreign clients in international arbitration in various venues under the rules of the ICC, AAA/ICDR, SIAC and JCAA. With a strong corporate and IP background, she has extensive experience in dealing with disputes covering a wide range of subjects, including joint ventures, M&A, energy, construction, technology transfer, intellectual property, shipping, sales and distribution. Ms. Ohara also serves as an arbitrator in international arbitration. She has contributed to shaping soft law in international arbitration through IBA activities.