Peter Chow leads our International Dispute Resolution Practice in Asia Pacific. He has a specific focus on disputes related to energy and natural resources, oil and gas, infrastructure and construction projects, international trade, technology and general commerce/corporate. Peter has acted as counsel in numerous cases, appearing for parties in court, mediation and arbitration proceedings, including those involving ICC, HKIAC, SIAC, CIETAC, ICDR, AAA, NAI and UNCITRAL arbitral rules. He has represented clients in some of the largest arbitrations in Asia involving multibillion-dollar claims.

    Peter is a Chartered Arbitrator. He is on the panels of arbitrators in a number of countries and has been appointed regularly as an arbitrator in commercial and maritime cases.

    Peter has been named by China Business Law Journal 2018 in its “A-List”, which highlights leading private practice lawyers in the Chinese legal market. He has also been recognized as a “litigation star” by Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific, as a world-leading practitioner by Euromoney Guide to the World's Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration and by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific in the field of international arbitration.

    He was also awarded “Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year” by Lawyer Monthly in 2015 and shortlisted for “Arbitration Practitioner of the Year” at the Asialaw Asia Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2017.

    Peter is the chair of the IPBA Energy & Resources Committee and a council member of IPBA. He was vice president of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators. He is also a member of the ICC (Hong Kong) Arbitrator Nomination Sub-Committee and a member to the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR. Peter is a contributing author of several authoritative textbooks on arbitration and litigation including: Arbitration in Hong Kong – A Practical Guide, The Hong Kong Arbitration Ordinance: Commentary and Annotations and Commercial Litigation in Hong Kong, all published by Sweet & Maxwell. He is active in the international speaking circuit on the subjects of arbitration and construction.

    Under Peter’s leadership, we were awarded the Asian-MENA Counsel In-house Community International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year 2013, South Korea; China Business Law Journal Deal of the Year 2016 under the disputes/resolution category; and appointed to the Chinese government (MOFCOM) inaugural law firm panels for international investment and trade disputes.

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    Energy/Resources

    • Acted for buyer involving pricing and other disputes under a long-term LNG supply agreement. Amount in dispute: more than US$10 billion.
    • Acted for buyer in a HKIAC arbitration involving delivery disputes under a long-term LNG supply agreement. Amount in dispute: more than US$400 million.
    • Acted in a London arbitration involving claims by a Chinese oil rig builder against a European party over the construction of three semi-submersible drilling platforms. Amount in dispute: more than US$200 million.
    • Acted for Chinese/Singapore oil rig contractors in disputes against parties in Russia, the Netherlands, Korea, Italy and the Middle-East in the offshore energy industry.
    • Acted for operator in a SIAC arbitration involving dispute with a drilling contractor over the termination of an offshore oil drilling contract. Amount in dispute: more than US$50 million.
    • Acted for a Chinese company in arbitrations against a US company over a long-term processing agreement in the solar energy industry. Involved the application of the CISG and UNCITRAL arbitration rules.  Amount in dispute: more than US$400 million.
    • Acted in an ICC arbitration involving claims by an Australian-owned turnkey contractor against a project company over the design and construction of a power station in the Philippines. Issues included claims for extension of time, acceleration, prolongation, and alleged breach in the design of various sections of the tunnel and hydrology/hydraulics issues. Claims involved multiple expert witnesses, issues of Australian, US, Singapore and Philippine laws, and conflicts of law. Also involved court proceedings in Australia, Singapore and the Philippines. Amount in dispute: more than US$150 million.
    • Advised a US turnkey contractor on claims over the negligence in the design of a power station in the Philippines. Involved issues of English and Philippine laws. Amount in dispute: more than US$50 million.
    • Acted for a major Brazilian resources company in a dispute with a Chinese company in a CIETAC arbitration in Beijing, China. Claim involved issues of Brazilian, Chinese and Hong Kong laws. Amount in dispute: more than US$70 million.
    • Advised a US-Australian JV contractor on claims against a subcontractor over delays in constructing a gas pipeline in New South Wales and Victoria, Australia.

    General Commerce/Corporate

    • Acted for a Philippine government-owned financial corporation in a SIAC arbitration with a European-owned entity over an agreement for the transfer of assets. Amount in dispute: more than US$40 million.
    • Acted for the International Finance Corporation/World Bank Group in a number of dispute matters involving investment and financing arrangements.
    • Acted for investors and shareholders in arbitrations and in court involving disputes arising out of shareholder agreements, investment agreements and joint venture agreements.

    Transportation/Telecommunications

    • Advised a US company in a SIAC arbitration proceeding against a government in Asia in disputes over an infrastructure project. Amount in dispute: more than US$2 billion.
    • Acted for a civil engineering contractor in an arbitration proceeding involving claims over a runway construction in the Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3 project.
    • Acted for Japanese and German contractors in arbitration proceedings and disputes relating to the Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (metropolitan subway) contracts.
    • Acted for a South American telecommunications company in a HKIAC arbitration proceeding with a Chinese telecommunications company over a telecommunications project in South America.

    Engineering & Construction

    • Acted for a British M&E contractor in arbitration proceedings against a Korean main contractor and various subcontractors relating to the construction of three major hotels and a shopping complex in Singapore. Amount in dispute: more than US$140 million.
    • Acted for an international hotel chain in a SIAC arbitration involving disputes over the development of a chain of hotels in Indonesia. Claims involved issues of Indonesian law and the jurisdiction of the arbitral tribunal.
    • Acted for a Dutch JV main contractor in an arbitration proceeding involving land reclamation on the resort island of Sentosa, Singapore.
    • Acted for the Singapore housing authority in arbitration proceedings involving contracts on infrastructure works and other construction disputes in Singapore.

    Projects and Construction (Front-End)

    • Advised an Australian project consultant (Gas and Fuel Corporation of Victoria) on the drafting of conditions of contract for the Singapore utilities authority to lay extensive gas pipelines in Singapore.
    • Advised LNG buyer in respect of services agreement for the supply of LNG.
    • Advised Korean sponsors on project documentation (including the EPC contract) on the development of a US$1 billion combined cycle gas-fired power station in Azerbaijan.
    • Advised Korean sponsors on project documentation (including the EPC contract) on the development of a bunker C-fired power station in the Philippines.
    • Advised a US energy company on its 2,000 MW, US$6 billion solar power project in Inner Mongolia, China.
    • Advised Singapore sponsors on EPC contracts for the offshore construction of barge-mounted power plants in an African state.
    • Advised the mainland Chinese government on legal and regulatory framework relating to public-private partnership in urban rail transportation projects in China.

    Education

    • National University of Singapore, LL.B., 1989

    Admissions

    • England and Wales (non-practicing)
    • Hong Kong (solicitor)
    • Victoria, Australia (barrister and solicitor)
    • New South Wales, Australia (barrister and solicitor)
    • Singapore (advocate and solicitor)

    Memberships and Affiliations

    Professional Affiliations

    • Chair, IPBA Energy & Resources Committee and council member, IPBA
    • Former Vice-President, Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators
    • Editorial Board, LexisNexis online Practical Guidance
    • Chartered Arbitrator; Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK); Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia; Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration; Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators and Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
    • Former Board of Directors, Joint Mediation Helpline Office Ltd 
    • Member, SCMA
    • Supporting Member, London Maritime Arbitrators Association
    • Former Council Member, Society of Construction Law (Singapore)
    • Law Society of Hong Kong
    • Member, ICC Arbitration Subcommittee (HK) and Arbitrator Nomination Subcommittee
    • Member to ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR
    Arbitrator Panel
    • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre
    • Hong Kong Maritime Arbitration Group
    • Singapore International Arbitration Centre
    • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) – Presidential Panel
    • China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission
    • Guangzhou Arbitration Commission
    • Weihai Arbitration Commission
    • Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration
    • Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators, Australia
    • Asian International Arbitration Centre (Malaysia)
    • Korean Commercial Arbitration Board
    • Pacific International Arbitration Center, Vietnam
    • Arbitration Center at Institute of Modern Arbitration, Russia

    Languages

    • English
    • Mandarin
    • Cantonese
    • Shortlisted for “Arbitration Practitioner of the Year” at Asialaw Asia Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2017.
    • Recognized by Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific as a "Litigation Star."
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific for Dispute Resolution – International Arbitration (Hong Kong): “experienced and personable,” “has impressive energy and infrastructure sector credentials” and “often represents clients in the oil and gas and construction sectors.”
    • Recognized by Euromoney Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration.
    • Awarded “Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year” by Lawyer Monthly 2015.
    • Under Peter's leadership we were awarded In-house Community Law Firm of the Year 2013 for International Arbitration, South Korea.

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    Books

    • Contributing Author, “Arbitration in Hong Kong – A Practical Guide,” 2nd, 3rd and 4th editions (Hong Kong), Sweet & Maxwell, 2011, 2014 and 2017.
    • Contributing Author, “The Hong Kong Arbitration Ordinance: Commentary and Annotations,” 1st and 2nd editions (Hong Kong), Sweet & Maxwell, 2011 and 2015.
    • Contributing Author, “Commercial Litigation in Hong Kong – A Practical Guide (Hong Kong),” 1st and 2nd editions, Sweet & Maxwell, 2012 and 2017.
    • Contributing Author, “Lexis Nexis Practical Guidance on Arbitration,” Book Chapters on “ICSID Arbitration,” “Costs” and “Interim Measures,” 2014.
    • Author, chapter, “Managing and Resolving Business Disputes in China: Strategies, Pitfalls, and Practical Tips,” Inside the Minds: Best Practices for International Business Transactions in China (USA), 2009.

    Articles

    • Co-author, “Interim Measures in Hong Kong,” LexisNexis Arbitration, Spring 2015, produced to celebrate the School of International Arbitration, Queen Mary University of London 30th Anniversary Conference.
    • Author, “China Infrastructure Projects – Choosing the Right Contracting Structure,” The Real Estate Finance Journal (USA), Vol. 23, No. 3, Winter 2008:66-70.
    • Author, “Manifest Disregard of Law’ As a Ground For Refusing Enforcement of Award in Asia?” International Arbitration Law Review (UK), Issue 2, 2007:46-49.
    • Author, “Philippine Court of Appeal Refuses to Enforce ICC Tribunal Award,” Asian Dispute Review (Hong Kong), 2007:71-73.
    • Co-author, “Compulsion of Evidence in International Commercial Arbitration: An Asia-Pacific Perspective,” Asian International Arbitration Journal (Singapore), Vol. 2, No. 1, 2006:32-59.
    • Author, “Issues in International Arbitration: Application of ‘Foreign’ Legislation,” Construction Law Journal (UK), Vol. 20, No. 5, 2004:262-277.
    • Author, “Enforcement of International Arbitration Agreements – A Case Study,” International Arbitration Law Review (UK), Issue 4, 2004:97-107.
    • Author, “Issues in International Commercial Arbitration: Court Assistance for Production of Documents and Obtaining Evidence of Witnesses,” The Arbitrator & Mediator (Australia), Dec. 2003:57-65.
    • Author, “Issues in International Commercial Arbitration: Conflict between Model Law and Arbitral Rules,” Building and Construction Law Journal (Australia), Vol. 19, 2003:426-430.

    Speaking Engagements

    • “Chasing the Money: Part Two Enforcement and Beyond,” a presentation at a HKIAC seminar in Hong Kong, 2017.
    • “Africa’s Silk Road – How to Reap the Benefits of the Bright Continent?” a presentation at a HKIAC seminar in Hong Kong, 2016.
    • “Practical Aspects of International Arbitration,” guest lectures at Peking University School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen, 2016 and 2017.
    • “LNG – Is It Still Popular?” a presentation at the IPBA Annual Conference in Kuala Lumpur, 2016.
    • “Ethical Concerns – Searching beyond the IBA Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest,” a presentation at the Regional Arbitral Institutes Forum in Singapore, 2014.
    • “An International Colloquium on Arbitration,” a guest lecture at Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea, 2014.
    • “International Arbitration – A Regional Journey,” a presentation at the 4th Annual ICC Asia-Pacific Conference in Seoul, South Korea, 2014.
    • “Sustaining Arbitration – New Challenges and Ideas,” a presentation at the IPBA Annual Conference in Vancouver, 2014.
    • “Multi-Contract and Multi-Party Arbitrations,” a presentation at the Greater China Arbitration Forum in Beijing, China, 2013.
    • “Challenges and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards in Asia,” a presentation at the HKIAC in the Americas Conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2013.
    • “Latest developments in International Arbitration,” a presentation at the PDRC/PIArb/PICA Arbitration Conference in Manila, Philippines, 2012.
    • “Who Should have Control of Appointing the Arbitrator?” a panel presentation at the HKIAC ADR in Asia Conference in Hong Kong, China, 2012.
    • “Navigating Dispute Resolution Venues in Northeast Asia,” a presentation at a seminar in Seoul, South Korea, by Korea Commercial Arbitration Board, 2012.
    • “Arbitration Trends in Hong Kong,” a presentation at the Greater China Arbitration Forum in Macau, China, 2011.
    • “Arbitration Trends and Developments in Hong Kong,” a presentation at the Regional Arbitral Institutes Forum in Hong Kong, China, 2009.
    • “The Life and Death of a Construction Project in China: Managing and Resolving Construction Disputes,” a seminar presented to the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, China, 2009.
    • “Public Private Partnerships – A Dispute Lawyer’s Nightmare? Recent Developments in China Arbitration Practice,” a workshop presented at an In-House Legal Summit in Beijing, China, 2005.
    • “How to Survive Arbitration in China,” workshops organized by the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, the Singapore Manufacturers’ Federation, and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre in Singapore, 2005.
    • “Practical Issues in International Commercial Arbitration – A Case Study,” a paper presented to the Singapore Law Society in Singapore, 2003.
    • “The Effect of Public Sector Standard Conditions of Contract for Construction Works,” a paper presented at a law conference in Singapore, 1998.
    • “The Judicial Resolution of Disputes in Singapore,” a paper presented at a law mission organized by the Singapore Trade Development Board, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 1993.
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