Hughes Krupica’s Dispute Resolution Expertise
A significant part of Hughes Krupica’s service business relates to dispute resolution. Hughes Krupica has represented various parties as counsel in relation to disputes in real estate; construction and marine construction sectors.
Victor Smith, a Chartered Arbitrator with over 48 appointments as an arbitrator for institutional and ad hoc disputes in a broad range of jurisdictions with a focus on Asia, and 35 appointments as party representative, is the lead advisor and consultant to Hughes Krupica in its dispute resolution matters. Victor is also the current Chair of the ICC Commission on ADR and Arbitration to Thailand, a member of the ICC Commission ADR and Arbitration, Paris, the Chair of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (“CIArb”) Thailand Branch and a Fellow of CIArb. Victor also has an LLM in International Commercial Law, a diploma in International Commercial Arbitration, a post-graduate diploma in arbitration and a BSc Degree in Quantity Surveying.
Desmond Hughes is a Senior Partner at Hughes Krupica and is responsible for its dispute resolution, hotel investment, real estate and transnational corporate/commercial practices. Desmond has worked on over 25 disputes as counsel and co-counsel. Desmond qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2002, passed the Hong Kong Overseas Lawyer Qualification examination in 2012 and has operated and owned as partner two key legal practices in Asia including Hughes Krupica over a 17-year period to date. Desmond is the current Vice-Chair of the ICC Thailand Commission on ADR and Arbitration, a member of the ICC ADR and Arbitration Commission, Paris, and the current Vice-Chair of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Thailand Branch. Desmond is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is in the latter stages of completing his LLM in International Corporate and Commercial Law at King’s College London, part-time course whilst continuing his professional work commitments.
Hong Kong Arbitration Week
As of 2019, Hong Kong has hosted 8 Hong Kong Arbitration Week events in association with the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (“HKIAC”) . Various law firms, legal tech, forensic, dispute resolution service providers and media outlets support Hong Kong Arbitration Week. The event is structured as a mixture of presentations, seminars, panel discussions, keynote speaker events and evening social and networking activities. The attendees comprise a diverse mix of professionals connected to dispute resolution such as lawyers; arbitrators; judges; barristers; advocates; Government officials; business leaders and executives; scholars and industry experts. This is a good opportunity for anyone interested or involved in dispute resolution to exchange ideas, learn about industry developments and practice and to meet existing and new contacts in a structured but enjoyable forum.
The Global Arbitration Review (“GAR”) 9th Annual GAR Live Hong Kong (Wednesday, 23rd October 2019)
American Bar Association Asia-Pacific Forum: Strategies to Navigate the Life-Cycle of a Cross-Border Deal – 24th-25th October 2019
The main focus of this 2 day forum was a hypothetical cross border transaction with sessions on machines and mergers; high-stakes cross-border transactions; bribery and corruption; deals gone bad; and ethics.
A separate report on the cross-border and M&A elements of this session will be produced by Hughes Krupica for circulation. The session on ‘Deals Gone Bad’ addressed the importance of trying to ensure that transaction documents are aligned to include properly drafted non-pathological arbitration clauses, that the correct timing of consultation with dispute resolution professionals to assist in negotiations an drafting of documentation is employed where practicably possible, in the best interests of clients.
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