Registered Foreign Lawyer
Elizabeth is a Registered Foreign Lawyer in the Restructuring and Insolvency Practice. Elizabeth has nearly a decade of legal experience in resolving high-stakes, complex disputes through international commercial and investment treaty arbitration. She formerly practised in leading international arbitration teams in London, Hong Kong and New York.
Elizabeth has represented State and commercial clients in a range of disputes involving complex issues such as parallel arbitration, receivership and debt enforcement actions in multiple jurisdictions, consolidation of multiple arbitrations and bifurcation proceedings Her extensive experience spans a range of major arbitral rules, including HKIAC, ICC, LCIA, ICDR, ICSID, and UNCITRAL, and encompasses diverse arbitral seats such as The Hague, Singapore, London, Geneva, Austria, Hawaii, and Washington, DC.
Notably, she has been recognised as one of the top four individuals in the Asia-Pacific region by Who’s Who Legal – Future Leaders – Arbitration 2022. Elizabeth also regularly writes and speaks on issues relating to the intersection of technology and international dispute resolution.
Since 2020, Elizabeth has also held significant board and leadership positions in the NGO sector. As a Board Director of ArbitralWomen, a Board Director of Pro Bono Hong Kong, and a member of the Leadership Team for Girls Just Wanna Have Fund$, she is committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in the field of law and beyond. Elizabeth received a BA/LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland and an LLM from Yale University as a Fulbright Scholar.
- Representing a Hong Kong global asset management company in an HKIAC dispute arising under a framework agreement and personal guarantee governed by Hong Kong law, involving parallel debt enforcement and receivership actions.
- Represented two international oil & gas companies in a Hawaii-seated, AAA-ICDR arbitration with certain U.S. entities that arose out of a USD800m settlement.
- Advised one of the largest telecommunications companies in Malaysia on its proposed sale of shares to another Malaysian telecommunications company.
- Represented a large multinational cement group subsidiary in a UNCITRAL dispute seated in Austria.
- Represented the Sultanate of Oman in connection with an ICSID treaty dispute relating to an US$850m oil and gas engineering and construction contract.
- Represented an oil & gas major in a UNCITRAL dispute against a Southeast Asian State arising from the imposition of a tax assessment resulting from the transfer of businesses in an Asian state. The dispute involved elements of both contractual and public international law.
- Represented a Korean manufacturing company in an ICC arbitration concerning a dispute arising from distributorship agreements.
- Assisted with the preparation of a report of the United Nations Human Rights Council Advisory Committee on “Current Levels of Representation of Women in Human Rights Organs and Mechanisms: Ensuring Gender Balance” in conjunction with REDRESS, a leading human rights organisation, and GQUAL, a global campaign body that works to overcome the under-representation of women in international tribunals and monitoring bodies (distributed on 21 May 2021).
- Yale Lowenstein Clinic Report on the World Bank Inspection Panel (2017).
- Member of the Yale Law School Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic (2014-2015).
Pro Bono Work:
Who’s Who Legal Arbitration – Non-Partners (2022):“The ‘superb’ Elizabeth Chan at is a distinguished practitioner with a wealth of experience, known as a ‘first-class and sharp practitioner’ who is ‘able to tackle extremely complex technical issues’ while ‘never leaving a stone unturned’”.
Who’s Who Legal Arbitration – Future Leader (2022):A client wrote that he was “especially grateful for Elizabeth’s firm, courageous while diplomatic and supportive manner of engagement and effective influence, always demonstrating great empathy”.
UK Private Practice Powerlist 2022 – Arbitration
- The Law Society of Hong Kong