Paul Mitchard QC
Paul Mitchard, head of Skadden, Arps’ Asian Litigation and Arbitration Group, is a recognised leader in the field of international dispute resolution, based full-time in Hong Kong. He is admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong and admitted to practice in the BVI and as a solicitor-advocate in England, where he holds the rank of Queen’s Counsel. Mr. Mitchard also was one of the first solicitors to be granted higher rights of audience in Hong Kong. He is a leading member of a number of legal associations and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. A practising arbitrator and an accredited CEDR mediator, he has been invited to serve on a number of committees in the field of civil procedure and arbitration law reform.
Mr. Mitchard has handled numerous international commercial disputes for multinational companies and major institutions including arbitrations under the rules of the HKIAC, ICC, LCIA, AAA, the Swedish Chamber of Commerce and other leading arbitration institutions as well as ad hoc and UNCITRAL arbitrations. He also has handled treaty claims under the auspices of ICSID.
Mr. Mitchard also has more than 35 years’ experience of both domestic and cross-border civil litigation, including the representation of much of the U.K. offshore oil industry in judicial review proceedings and the enforcement of security obligations on a global basis, in particular in cases involving emerging market debt.
He has advised major financial institutions and corporates in the U.K. and Hong Kong in relation to regulatory matters and compliance with anti-corruption legislation, involving representation in investigations and in disciplinary and other proceedings, including by the Hong Kong SFC and CCB.
Mr. Mitchard also repeatedly has been selected for inclusion in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Legal 500’s Leading Individuals. According to Legal 500, Mr. Mitchard has “a very big profile” in the field, is building a “leading practice in Hong Kong” and “with Paul Mitchard QC at the helm in Hong Kong the firm has outstanding credibility.” The Lawyer (December 2010) describes Mr. Mitchard as “one of the world’s leading litigators.” Chambers rates him in Band 1 and describes him as “a commanding presence in the field,” having “great strategic thinking and an abundance of experience,” and clients praise his “solid and realistic approach,” his “ability to grasp and simplify complex matters” and “above all, he gives commercially driven solutions to problematic cases.”
He is a visiting professor at the faculty of international law of the China University of Political Science and Law (2012-2015).
Leading arbitration cases in which Mr. Mitchard has appeared as counsel include
- an HKIAC arbitration under the UNCITRAL rules between an international steel manufacturing company and an investor;
- two parallel HKIAC arbitrations for Starr Investments Cayman involving Starr’s investment in China Media Express Holdings;
- an HKIAC-administered arbitration dispute between a Chinese mining conglomerate and a private equity investor;
- ICC arbitration between European and African telecom companies over the ownership of a joint venture company worth in excess of US$1 billion;
- LCIA arbitration involving a US$1.6 billion multijurisdictional dispute over shares in a metal producer;
- ICSID arbitration involving a US$350 million dispute with an Eastern European state in relation to an energy investment;
- Two UNCITRAL arbitrations involving multimillion-dollar disputes between a LNG producer and national gas suppliers;
- Defence of fraud proceedings against a major international accountancy firm in London, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka;
- Arbitrations on behalf of leading turbine company concerning alleged defects in electricity generation equipment in India, the United States and England;
- A series of substantial construction disputes for a major contractor and an engineering subcontractor in Harbour City, Hong Kong;
- A Kwun Tong Road, Hong Kong construction dispute over a major construction project;
- A dispute over a hotel construction project in Marina Square, Singapore;
- A dispute involving supply of smelting equipment to Australia;
- LCIA arbitration involving a multibillion-dollar dispute between two oil companies in Europe (noted by The American Lawyer as the largest arbitration in the world in 2007)
Litigation cases include
- The defence of a leading businessman in a multibillion-dollar lawsuit in London;
- The defence of a private equity firm in multiparty proceedings in the Hong Kong courts; and
- Enforcement of a loan agreement and guarantee in the Hong Kong courts.
- Speaker at Moscow Seminar Series – “Protecting Russian Assets,” 2009 and 2010
- Speaker at SIAC Conference on “Arbitration in India,” Mumbai, India, 2010
- Speaker on the UK Bribery Act, Hong Kong at In-house Congress 2010
- Speaker at HKIAC 25th Anniversary Conference in Hong Kong on Rethinking International Arbitration, 2010
- Speaker at HKIAC ADR in Asia Conferences 2009, 2011 and 2012
- Panel moderator at LCIA Arbitration Conference in Bangalore, India, 2012
- Lecturer on Arbitration at China University of Political Science and Law, 2010, 2011 and 2012
- Speaker at 57th Congress of the Union Internationale des Avocats in Macau, 2013 on “Enforcement of Awards and Protection of Investments: Could the White Industries Case be Transposed to Other Asian Jurisdictions?”
- Speaker at “GAR Live Asia” conference, Hong Kong 2013
M.A. Jurisprudence, Oxford University, 1974
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Accredited CEDR Mediator
The Law Society of Hong Kong
The Law Society of England and Wales
American Bar Association
International Bar Association
International Arbitration Club
ICC Arbitration Committee Member, Hong Kong