James Kwan

James Kwan

Hong Kong

Email james.kwan@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +852 2840 5030

Fax +852 2219 0222

LanguagesEnglish, Cantonese

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

James Kwan 'provides solid advice and recommends courses of action that are very effective,' 'He impressed us with his intelligent and structured approach to the case, his client focus and his hard work.'

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2020

With a focus on resolving complex disputes in the Life Sciences and Health Care, Medical Devices, Energy and Natural Resources, Infrastructure and Transportation, construction, and technology sectors, James Kwan is an International Arbitration lawyer based in our Hong Kong office. He has represented clients in complex arbitrations in Asia, the United States, the Middle East, and Europe under the major institutional rules such as the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), American Arbitration Association (AAA), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), and in ad hoc arbitrations.

He is widely recognized as a leading individual in International Arbitration by major legal directories, such as Asia-Pacific Legal 500, Chambers Asia-Pacific and Global, Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Arbitration Lawyers, Practical Law Company's Which Lawyer?, Benchmark Asia-Pacific: Arbitration, Global Law Expert and was named one of Asian Legal Business' Hot 100 Lawyers of 2008 and 2011.

James is an author of a chapter in The Hong Kong Arbitration Ordinance Commentary and Annotations, Sweet & Maxwell, 2015 (2nd edition); Arbitration in China: A Practical Guide, Sweet & Maxwell, 2004; and co-editor of Construction Arbitration in Hong Kong: A Practical Guide, 2015, Wolters Kluwer.

Awards and recognitions


Dispute Resolution: Arbitration - International Firms (China)
Chambers Asia-Pacific


Dispute Resolution: Arbitration - International Firms (China)
Chambers Global

Consistently ranked as a leading arbitration lawyer in
Legal 500 Asia Pacific , Chambers Asia Pacific, Chambers Global, Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Arbitration Lawyers, Practical Law Company’s Which Lawyer?,...

2008 - 2011

One of Asian Legal Business’
Hot 100 Lawyers


Listed as Global Leader - Construction (Hong Kong)
Who's Who Legal 2019


Construction (Hong Kong)
Lexology Client Choice Award

Education and admissions


BSc., LLB (Hons), Australian National University

The College of Law Australia


Asia Pacific Forum for International Arbitration – Hong Kong representative and former co-chair

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and former Committee member of East Asia branch

Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators – Fellow and former Council Member

ICC Young Arbitrators' Forum – inaugural Asia Committee Member

ICC Hong Kong Arbitration Committee

Hong Kong Law Society - Arbitrators' Appointment Committee

LCIA/DIAC./HKIAC - List of arbitrators

Bar admissions and qualifications

Solicitor, England and Wales

Hong Kong

New South Wales

Representative experience

Acting for a Chinese oil company in a US$150m arbitration relating to the sale and purchase of interests in two petroleum production blocks (LCIA, London).

Representing an Indian photovoltaic company in a US$407m arbitration regarding the sale and purchase of solar wafers (HKIAC, Hong Kong).

Acting for a Chinese state owned enterprise in a US$45m HKIAC arbitration regarding the delivery of alumina (HKIAC, Hong Kong).

Representing financial institutions in a US$248m HKIAC arbitration concerning the redemption of shares and the exercise of a put option for Singapore, Taiwanese, and Chinese banks (HKIAC, Hong Kong).

Representing a luxury hotel group acting in two UNCITRAL arbitrations concerning an international hotel management dispute (UNCITRAL, Hong Kong).

Acting for a heavy equipment company in a US$68m arbitration concerning the exercise of a put option (HKIAC, Hong Kong).

Representing a Chinese listed technology company regarding the licensing of a software game to a Taiwanese distributor (HKIAC, Hong Kong).

Representing a Chinese listed technology company regarding the licensing of a software game (SIAC, Singapore).

Representing a Chinese state owned enterprise in a US$50m arbitration arising out of an EPC turnkey cement plant project (ICC, Hong Kong).

Representing a Taiwanese photovoltaic solar cells manufacturer & seller in a US$100m arbitration against a Japanese supplier on PV lines and solar equipment manufacturing systems (HKIAC, Hong Kong).

Representing a Chinese automobile manufacturer - several concurrent arbitrations US$250m+ regarding breaches of the underlying operational contracts that the guarantees secured (HKIAC, Hong Kong).*

Representing a Korean petrochemical company in a US$200m arbitration in an energy sales agreement dispute (ICC, Singapore).*


Representing an Asian medical devices manufacturer in a US$50m arbitration concerning the termination of a 10 year manufacturing agreement (HKIAC, Hong Kong).*

Representing an apple juice company in a RMB65m arbitration relating to offtake disputes arising out of shareholders’ agreement (ICC, Hong Kong).*

Representing a U.S. medical devices manufacturer in a US$200m arbitration regarding the termination of a distribution agreement for the promotion and sale of radiosurgery equipment (ICC, Hong Kong).*

Representing a recruitment company in a US$170m post M&A arbitration concerning breaches of representations and warranties (HKIAC, Hong Kong).*

Representing an Indian company in a US$16m arbitration concerning a parent company guarantee (CIETAC, Shanghai).*

Representing a medical devices company in a post mergers and acquisitions (M&A) arbitration (UNCITRAL, Hong Kong).*

Representing a petrochemical company in two arbitrations against a Philippines entity in a shareholders’ dispute (LCIA, London; UNCITRAL, Geneva).*

Acting for a Chinese power company in a US$125m dispute with its contractor regarding the procurement of equipment and the construction of a petrochemical plant in Inner Mongolia (LCIA, London).*

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

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