The development of the Greater Bay Area has attracted worldwide attention. Cross-border investments, trades, academic research, technology development and various commercial cooperation become more and more frequent. With the increasing number of start-ups and collaboration within the Greater Bay Area, commercial disputes will inevitably increase. In view of this, we have invited three legal experts in dispute resolutions (especially arbitration) area to share with you the new trends of dispute resolutions in the Greater Bay Area. Different from traditional courtroom litigations, the experts will introduce to you the advantages of arbitration, as an alternative dispute resolution method. They will also share with you how to choose arbitration forums and rules strategically, and how virtual legal services platform and online arbitration could facilitate your business needs. We hope that this webinar could better prepare you for your future commercial contract negotiations and early-stage risk controls.
Ms Emmanuelle Ta
CEO, eBRAM International Online Dispute Resolution Centre Limited (“eBRAM”)
With over 15 years of experience in international arbitration and case management, Emmanuelle has supervised hundreds of international arbitration cases in a wide range of jurisdictions and economic sectors. As Counsel of the Secretariat of the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC, Asia Office in Hong Kong, she was responsible for managing the Hong Kong team, including administration of Asia-related arbitration cases. She is qualified to practice at the Paris Bar.
In this webinar, Emmanuelle will share eBRAM’s latest Lawtech and ODR development, and introduce the main features of eBRAM online services, including e-signing, video-conferencing system and Online Dispute Resolution platform. She will also share how commercial parties could use the eBRAM ODR platform to resolve their disputes.
Ms. Athena Wong
Athena’s practice focuses on cross-border commercial, criminal and family cases. Before practising as a barrister in Hong Kong, she specialised in negotiating pricing and commercial terms for international firms, including Coca-Cola and Hutchison Telecommunications. Athena was appointed as Deputy Adjudicator of the Small Claims Tribunal in year 2019 (from May to September) and year 2021 (from July to August). She has the experience of adjudicating disputes on various areas. Currently, Ms Wong is a Fellow of Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators (HKIARB), a Chinese Commercial Mediator, a Member of Panel of Arbitrators, eBRAM COVID-19 Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Scheme, etc.
In this webinar, Athena will provide a brief introduction of different types of dispute resolutions, and in particular, she will talk about the pros and cons between the traditional way of dispute resolutions and alternative dispute resolutions (e.g. arbitration). She will also use a couple interesting cases to share with you some practical tips and strategies in commercial arbitrations.
Ms Christina Peng
Partner, DeHeng Law Offices
Christina has extensive experience handling commercial cases, enterprise compliance in digital, internet and high-tech area, enterprise investments and financing and M&A projects. Christina has provided legal services to a large number of digital, internet and high-tech enterprises. Christina is also a very experienced arbitrator. Currently, she serves an arbitrator of Guangzhou Arbitration Commission of China, an arbitrator of Shanghai Arbitration Commission of China, a mediator of Belt & Road International Commercial Meditation Center,etc.
Christina will introduce the typical proceedings in commercial arbitrations from the perspective of an arbitrator and also share her experience on business planning and risk controls, including how to choose the most suitable arbitration forum and rules from the angle of a client’s representative.
Ms Annie Liu
Senior Associate, Harney Westwood & Riegels
Annie has experience advising clients (e.g. companies incorporated in British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands and Bermuda) on corporate structures, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, investments, financing, capital markets, and etc.Her clients include Hong Kong, mainland China and international law firms, private equity investment institutions, technology companies, public corporations, banks and other financial institutions. Currently, Annie is a Charter Member of AAMA (Pearl River Delta).