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Dr Michael Moser

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An Asia specialist, resident in the region for more than 30 years, Michael Moser has extensive experience as arbitrator in international disputes. He has served as arbitrator in cases sited in Asia, Europe and North America under both ad hoc rules (UNCITRAL) and institutional rules including those of the ICC, AAA, LCIA, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Singapore International Arbitration Centre, Japan Commercial Arbitration Association, China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and others.

Currently Honourary Chairman of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Michael has a special expertise in relation to China disputes. He was the first foreigner to be appointed an arbitrator in China and currently sits as a Commission Member of CIETAC in Beijing. He is also a member of the LCIA Court and a Board Member of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. He is also a Board Member of the Vienna International Arbitration Centre.

In 2006 Michael was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by Chambers for his contributions to arbitration in Asia.

Specialisations: 

  • Trade Transactions
  • Direct Investments
  • Technology Licensing
  • Major Projects
  • Oil and Gas
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Investor-State Parties
  • General Commercial

Appointments: 

Chairman in an ICSID-administered arbitration in Paris with The Honorable Yves Fortier QC and Toby Landau QC (co-arbitrators).

Chairman in an SIAC arbitration in Singapore involving a dispute pertaining to coalbed methane deposits in mainland China.

Chairman in an ICC arbitration in Singapore involving oil and gas deposits in Indonesia.

Co-arbitrator in an arbitration at The Hague under a BIT between an Asian government and a European corporation.                                                                                                

Chairman in an ICC arbitration in Hong Kong between a Singapore company and respondents from Taiwan and Mainland China in relation to the construction of a semiconductor facility for the Russian Government.

Chairman in a UNCITRAL arbitration in Hong Kong between a Canadian listed company and a mainland Chinese company in relation to a mining concession in Mongolia.

Chairman in a UNCITRAL arbitration in Thailand between a European multinational and a Thai company under a license agreement.

Chairman in an HKIAC arbitration in Hong Kong between a private equity group and a PRC-government body involving alleged expropriation of interests in an infrastructure project.

Chairman in an ICC arbitration in Hong Kong between a Dutch multinational and a Chinese party relating to a joint venture in China.

Chairman in an SIAC arbitration in Singapore between a Danish multinational and a Philippines company relating to an energy project in the Philippines.

Chairman in an ICC arbitration in Singapore between a Swiss multinational and a Chinese company involving a technology license contract in China.

Co-arbitrator in 8 SCC arbitrations in Stockholm between a French multinational and various Chinese parties arising from joint venture manufacturing, marketing and intellectual property licensing transactions in China.

Co-arbitrator in an ICC arbitration in London between a Japanese Company and a German company involving a corporate acquisition and automobile manufacturing and distribution rights.

Sole arbitrator in a SIAC arbitration in Singapore between a Vietnam state entity and German and French contractors in relation to construction of a petrochemical facility in Vietnam.

Education and Career: 

J.D., Harvard Law School

Ph.D., Columbia University (With Distinction)

Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Chartered Arbitrator

Attorney-at-Law, New York and Washington DC

Publications: 

Michael is the author of numerous articles and books on Chinese legal topics, including Asia Arbitration Handbook (Oxford University Press, 2011), Arbitration in Asia (Juris, 2008), Hong Kong Arbitration : A User's Guide (CCH/Kluwer, 2008); Asian Leading Arbitrators' Guide to International Arbitration (Juris, 2007); Business Disputes in China (Juris, 2007); Duelling with Dragons: Managing Business Disputes in Today's China (Kluwer, 2007); International Arbitration in the People's Republic of China: Commentary, Cases and Materials (Butterworths, 1995 and revised 2000), Hong Kong and China Arbitration (Butterworths, 1994), Foreign Trade, Investment and the Law in the People's Republic of China (Oxford University Press, 1984 and 1987), The China Tax Guide (Oxford University Press, 1987, 1993, revised 1999) and The China Business Law Guide (CCH, 1990).

Appointments and Society Memberships: 

  • Justice of the Peace, Hong Kong SAR
  • Honourary Chairman, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)
  • Board Member of the Vienna International Arbitration Centre
  • Court Member, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • Board Member, Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC)
  • International Advisory Board Member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre
  • Commission Member and Member of the Experts Advisory Group, China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC)
  • Chairman, China International Arbitration Club
  • Past Vice President of Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group (APRAG)
  • Chartered Arbitrator and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London; Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators; and Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
  • Chairman of the International Advisory Board of City University of Hong Kong School of Law• Past Vice Chair of the Arbitration Committee of Arbitration, International Bar Association
  • Member of the Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, CPR Institute in New York
  • Accredited arbitrator of major arbitration institutions including: CIETAC; HKIAC; Beijing Arbitration Commission; Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (East Asia Branch); The International Centre for Dispute Resolution/AAA; Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC); Korean Commercial Arbitration Board; Japan Commercial Arbitration Association; Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration; British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre; Kuala Lumpa Regional Centre for Arbitration; Indian Council of Arbitration; FICCI Arbitration and Conciliation Tribunal (FACT); International Arbitration Centre of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber; Cairo Regional Center for International Commercial Arbitration; World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration Center, Geneva.
  • General Editor of the Journal of International Arbitration

Quotes: 

Michael has been rated as "the pre-eminent expert on China-related dispute matters" by Global Counsel Handbook for Dispute Resolution. Who's Who Legal has named him the "star pick" for arbitrator in Asia and "perhaps the best-known arbitration practitioner in the region". Michael has been consistently named by Chambers Global as one of the world's "most in demand arbitrators".