HK45 Annual Arbitration Pub Quiz
Reporter: Rebecca Sargent (Bird & Bird, Hong Kong)
The HK45 Annual Arbitration Pub Quiz has been described by some as "one of the highlights" of Hong Kong Arbitration Week. This year, it did not disappoint. With just under 100 individuals from the arbitration community in the room, nine teams competed to be crowned the ultimate HK45 Pub Quiz winners.
Aptly named teams, including "We decline to comment" and "Functus Officio", were captained by leading arbitrators and practitioners Neil Kaplan, Matt Gearing, Melanie van Leeuwen, Cheng Yee Kong, Susan Dunn, Nicolas Wiegand, Benjamin Hughes, Andrew Aglionby. Quizmaster and HK45 committee member Tom Walsh led the teams through six rounds of trivia, with questions ranging from “What is the name of Harry Potter’s owl?” (Hedwig) to “Which was the first Bilateral Investment Treaty to be signed?” (the Germany-Pakistan BIT). Following fierce competition and a tie-breaker finale, the winning team, the “Realists”, stole the crown, along with three bottles of champagne. Many pizzas were consumed to fuel the considerable brain power being expended along with drinks kindly provided by Clifford Chance, the host of the event.
Overall, it was a fantastic evening which provided a welcome chance to relax and get to know one another in the midst of Hong Kong Arbitration Week.