Arbitration of Disputes in China and Hong Kong:Challenges and Opportunities

Chicago, Monday, November 3, 2008
Registration: 1:30 p.m.
Program: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cocktail reception following program

Location: Mayer Brown, 33rd Floor, 71 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL

Houston, Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Program: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Breakfast will be served

Location: Mayer Brown, 700 Louisiana Street, Suite 3400, Houston, TX

Los Angeles, Thursday, November 6, 2008
Registration: 11:30 a.m.
Program: 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Lunch will be served

Location: Mayer Brown, 350 South Grand Avenue, 25th Floor, Los Angeles, CA

There will be three opportunities to attend this program hosted by Mayer Brown's International Arbitration practice that will address the avoidance and resolution of disputes faced by foreign companies that invest in China or do business with Chinese companies. The panelists will discuss the pros and cons of available forums for resolving such disputes, whether through international commercial arbitration, investor-state arbitration or litigation. They will also address trends in China's investment protection treaties, best practices and practical applications for structuring investments to optimize treaty protection and drafting arbitration agreements, and how to make the best use of arbitration opportunities.

Specific topics will include:

  • The limited options available for resolving disputes through litigation
  • Restrictions on choice of law and forum in transnational contracts
  • Drafting arbitration clauses for contracts with Chinese companies
  • Evaluation of international arbitration procedures
  • The quality of appointing authority
  • The enforceability of arbitration awards in jurisdictions in and outside of China
  • Management around the disadvantages of arbitration in China
  • The contrast between the international arbitration systems in China and
    Hong Kong

David J.A. Boyle - Hong Kong
Philippa Charles - London
William H. Knull,III - Houston
Jeffrey W. Sarles - Chicago
James E. Tancula - Los Angeles
R. Terence Tung - Beijing

CLE credit is pending

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