“Always fully engaged and fully prepared, with huge integrity.”
  • M.B.A., London Business School, 2002
  • The Law Society's Professional Examination, 1991
  • LL.B. (Hons.), London School of Economics and Political Science, 1990
  • Asia and China related disputes
  • Contract and commercial
  • Infrastructure projects
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Private equity
  • Sale of Goods
  • Hong Kong (1994)
  • England and Wales (1994)
  • Member of Arbitration Chambers (2017 – present)
  • Equity partner of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher (2015 - 2017)
  • Equity partner of Orrick, Herrington & Sytfliffe (2007 – 2015)
  • Salaried partner of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker (2003 – 2007)
  • Party-appointed arbitrator in relation to two consolidated arbitrations brought by a private equity investor against a Chinese mining company for allegedly failing to honour the terms of a convertible bond. The claim amount was US$220 million (HKIAC Rules; Hong Kong seat; Cayman Islands law; sitting with Mr. Anthony Neoh SC and Mr. Neil Kaplan QC presiding).
  • Party-appointed arbitrator in relation to a claim by a private equity fund for a share of dividends and other distributions allegedly paid out by a Chinese company in which the private equity fund was a shareholder (HKIAC Rules; Hong Kong seat; New York law; sitting with Sir David A. R. Williams QC and Mr. Matthew Gearing QC presiding).
  • Presiding arbitrator in relation to a claim by a European fashion company against a Chinese company for alleged breaches of a distribution agreement.  The Respondent challenged the jurisdiction of the Tribunal (HKIAC Rules; Hong Kong seat; Hong Kong law; sitting with Ms. Teresa Cheng SC and Mr. Gavin Denton).
  • Party-appointed arbitrator in relation to a shareholders' dispute brought by Indian shareholders against Mauritian shareholders in relation to a Rupees 1.3 billion (approximately US$26 million) loan facility provided to the company (UNCITRAL Rules; Hong Kong seat; Indian law; sitting with Mr. Christopher Lau SC and Dr. Michael Moser presiding).
  • Presiding arbitrator in relation to a US$18 million claim by a private equity investor against the founder of an education business in China for breach of a shareholders' agreement (HKIAC Rules; Hong Kong seat; Hong Kong law; sitting with Mr. Patrick M. Norton and Mr. Michael D. Nolan).
  • Party-appointed arbitrator in relation to two consolidated arbitrations between a Chinese real estate group on the one hand and a BVI company and an individual guarantor on the other hand relating to whether or not a US$35 million loan in respect of a luxury hotel business remained outstanding or had been converted into equity (HKIAC Rules; Hong Kong seat but hearings physically held in London by consent; Hong Kong law; sitting with Mr. Peter Rees QC and Mr. David Sutton presiding).
  • Party-appointed arbitrator in relation to a claim by a Chinese buyer against a Singapore seller for alleged failure to provide an authentic Certificate of Origin pursuant to a contract for the sale and export of oil products (SIAC Rules; Singapore seat; Singapore law; sitting with Mr. Simon Davidson and Mr. Gavin Denton presiding).
  • Party-appointed arbitrator in relation to a HK$170 million claim brought by a Chinese state-owned asset management company against a Hong Kong-listed company and an individual guarantor, relating to their alleged failure to honour a put option in respect of some shares in another Hong Kong-listed company (HKIAC Rules; Hong Kong seat; Hong Kong law; sitting with Mr. Samuel Wong and Mr. Anthony Neoh SC presiding).
  • Presiding arbitrator in relation to a high value claim by a US company against a Chinese technology company, relating to an alleged failure to deliver a platform for the distribution of electronic books in China (HKIAC Rules; Hong Kong seat; Delaware law; sitting with Mr. Christopher Tahbaz and Mr Anthony Neoh SC).
  • Party-appointed arbitrator in relation to a claim brought by two Chinese distributors of medical devices against a Swiss manufacturer of dental implants for alleged breach of an asset purchase agreement, including claims for a final earn-out, storage costs and penalties for late payments (ICC Rules; Hong Kong seat; PRC law; sitting with Mr. Yu Jianlong and Mr. Paulo Fohlin presiding).

During a private practice career spanning over two decades, Robert acted as counsel in multiple high value international arbitrations in Asia and Europe conducted under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, local law and the arbitration riles of the following institutions: China International Economic & Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC). He has particular expertise in disputes arising from private equity investments.

  • China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC)
  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)
  • Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA)
  • London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • Shanghai International Arbitration Centre (SHIAC)
  • Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)
  • "Myanmar Arbitration: Progress Made and the Way Ahead," Asian Dispute Review, Author, January 2017
  • “The Lawyer and the Lady,” The Asian Lawyer, Contributor and subject of profile, April 2014
  • "Investment Arbitration: China, Hong Kong and Treaty Shopping," Asian Dispute Review, Contributor, April 2012.
  • "Sovereign Immnuity in Hong Kong: The Absolute Doctrine Versus the Restrictive Doctrine," Dispute Resolution International, Author, May 2010
  • "Chinese Arbitration: A Selection of Pitfalls," Association for International Arbitration Textbook, Contributor, March 2009.
  • “Corruption: arbitrators beware,” HKIAC’s ADR in Asia conference, Panel Chair, Hong Kong, October 2016.
  • “Unconscious bias in international arbitration,” ArbitralWomen panel discussion, 2nd ICC Asia conference, Panelist, Hong Kong, June 2016.
  • "Developments in the law of sovereign immunity," Speaker, The International Bar Association Annual Conference 2015, Vienna, October 2015.
  • "International arbitration in Asian emerging markets: recent developments," Speaker, 1st Annual ICC Asia regional conference on International Arbitration, Singapore, May 2015.
  • "Enforcement of Arbitral Awards in Asia," tutor, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators’ Diploma Course, Kuala Lumpur, April 2012, April and November 2013 and April 2014.
  • Appointed to the ICC International Court of Arbitration (Myanmar) and the ICC Commission (2017 to present)
  • Adviser to Myanmar’s Attorney General and its Coordinating Body for rule of law and justice sector issues (2017 to present)
  • Adviser on legal affairs to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar (2012 to present)
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • English
  • Intermediate French
  • Basic Myanmar (oral only)
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