New Members to HKIAC Decision-Making Bodies

19 Jun 2020

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19 Jun 2020
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HKIAC Appoints New Members to its Decision-Making Bodies

HKIAC is pleased to announce the appointment of new members to its Proceedings and Appointments Committees following the expiry of previous members’ terms. These two Standing Committees make key decisions in cases under HKIAC’s auspices under the authorisation of HKIAC’s Council. The two committees comprise members of 13 nationalities based in nine different jurisdictions.  

Proceedings Committee (in alphabetical order)

  • Domitille Baizeau – French and New Zealand national, Partner at LALIVE in Geneva, and ICCA Governing Board Member 

  • Victor Dawes SC – British and Chinese national (Hong Kong) and Senior Counsel at Temple Chambers in Hong Kong

  • Nils Eliasson (Chair) – Swedish national and Partner at Shearman & Sterling in Hong Kong

  • Karl Hennessee – German national and Senior Vice President, Investigations & Regulatory Affairs at Airbus in Paris

  • Christine Kang – Chinese national (Mainland) and Partner at JunHe Law Firm in Beijing

  • Andrea Menaker – American national and Partner at White & Case in London

  • Promod Nair – Indian national and Advocate at Arista Chambers in Bangalore

  • Jern-Fei Ng QC – Malaysian national and Queen’s Counsel at Essex Court Chambers in London

  • Friven Yeoh – Malaysian national and Co-Leader of Sidley Austin’s Global Arbitration, Trade and Advocacy Practice in Hong Kong  

The Proceedings Committee determines all procedural matters under HKIAC’s rules including whether arbitrations shall proceed on a prima facie basis, challenges to arbitrators, expedited proceedings, consolidation of arbitrations and joinder of additional parties.

Appointments Committee (in alphabetical order)

  • Christopher Boog – Australian and Swiss national and Vice Chair of Schellenberg Wittmer’s International Arbitration Practice Group in Zurich and Singapore

  • John Cock – Australian national and Director of On Q Consulting Limited in Hong Kong

  • Vincent Connor – British national and Partner and Head of Office at Pinsent Masons in Hong Kong

  • Jun Hee Kim (Chair) – Korean national and Partner at Arnold & Porter in Seoul

  • Ronald Sum – Chinese national (Hong Kong) and Partner at Addleshaw Goddard in Hong Kong

  • Huawei Sun – Chinese national (Mainland) and Partner at Zhong Lun Law Firm in Beijing

  • Winnie Tam SC, JP – British and Chinese national (Hong Kong) and Senior Counsel at Des Voeux Chambers in Hong Kong

  • Meg Utterback – American national and Partner at King & Wood Mallesons in New York

  • Ing Loong Yang – Singaporean national and Partner at Latham & Watkins in Hong Kong

The Appointments Committee inter alia appoints and confirms arbitrators, decides the number of arbitrators and determines applications to HKIAC’s Panels and List of Arbitrators.


A majority of Standing Committee members are drawn from HKIAC’s Council, to which the most recent appointments include David W. Rivkin, upon his appointment as HKIAC Co-Chair alongside Rimsky Yuen GBM, SC, JP, and Domitille Baizeau.

Nils Eliasson, Chair of the Proceedings Committee, who was recently elevated to Vice Chair of HKIAC, says: “I am proud of the new composition of HKIAC’s governing bodies which is highly diverse in terms of nationality and professional background. The cumulative and cross-jurisdictional experience of these bodies will ensure that HKIAC continues to operate at the highest standards.”

Briana Young, also recently elevated to Vice Chair of HKIAC, says: “I am delighted to welcome our new members who will bring new perspectives to HKIAC’s work. HKIAC has long benefited from the diversity and expertise of its decision-making bodies. I look forward to working with my colleagues to lead HKIAC to achieve further success.”

Domitille Baizeau comments: “it is my privilege to be appointed to HKIAC’s Council and Proceedings Committee. HKIAC has a strong reputation globally and a proven track record of handling international disputes. I look forward to contributing to the already excellent work of HKIAC under an impressive leadership.”

Sarah Grimmer, Secretary-General of HKIAC, says: “along with the Secretariat, the Proceedings and Appointments Committees are the engines behind HKIAC’s case administration. I am excited by the new expertise we have on board and our continued excellent leadership.”

The Council is HKIAC’s principal governing body that is responsible for the corporate governance and overall management of HKIAC. With the addition of the new Council Members, Council is presently composed of 23 members who are practitioners, in-house counsel, academics, arbitrators, judges and non-legal professionals. A full list of the current Council Members is available here.

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