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Mayer Brown is pleased to announce that Hong Kong shipping litigation partner Bill Amos has been chosen as one of the eight founding full members of the Hong Kong Maritime Arbitration Group (HKMAG). 

HKMAG is an independent institution with the objective of promoting Hong Kong as an international maritime center. 

"It is an honor to be chosen as one of the eight founding full members," said Mr. Amos.  "I very much look forward to working with the committee of the HKMAG in order to develop and enhance the role of maritime arbitration in Hong Kong." 

The eight founding full members are maritime arbitrators, comprising four arbitrators from the shipping industry and four arbitrators from the legal profession. The selection was made by reference to the frequency and number of their maritime arbitral appointments over the last five years. 

On 26 September 2019, HKMAG was confirmed as one of the Hong Kong arbitral institutions formally recognized for the purposes of applications to the mainland China courts for interim measures under Article 2(1) of the Arrangement Concerning Mutual Assistance in Court-ordered Interim Measures in Aid of Arbitral Proceedings by the Courts of the Mainland and Hong Kong SAR. 

The HKMAG was originally formed in 2000 as a division of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. The distinct nature of the maritime industry and its disputes have warranted the establishment of a focused specialist body to serve Hong Kong’s position as a maritime arbitration center.