Chiann Bao focuses on international commercial disputes arising out of Asia. She represents corporates and state-owned enterprises in complex international commercial arbitration and litigation. She also occasionally acts as arbitrator.


Prior to joining Skadden, Ms. Bao served as the secretary-general of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), where she managed hundreds of arbitrations before tribunals in Asia, with a specific focus in China. During her tenure, HKIAC was recognized as the most frequently used arbitral institution outside of Europe, the most improved institution, and ranked as the third-best arbitral institution worldwide by the 2015 International Arbitration Survey, conducted by Queen Mary University of London.

Ms. Bao was instrumental in overseeing key initiatives such as the revision of the HKIAC Administered Arbitration Rules, the establishment of the tribunal secretary accreditation program, and the opening of the HKIAC Seoul and Shanghai offices.

Ms. Bao regularly has been listed in Chambers Asia Pacific and Global Arbitration Review's International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration. In both 2017 and 2018, Chambers Asia Pacific ranked her as one of the most highly regarded individuals in her category. She has been described as a “leading light in the local arbitration community and “one of the superstars of Asian arbitration.” Clients are quoted to refer to her as an “an excellent lawyer” and that her tenure at the HKIAC was “marked by relentless focus on innovation and improvement.” She also is noted as being “very personable, very flexible and commercially minded.” Ms. Bao was named in Asian Legal Business' 40 Under 40 list in 2016.

As a New York-qualified Mandarin-speaking lawyer, Ms. Bao has worked in several jurisdictions, including New York and London. She was an adjunct professor at Hong Kong University (2014-2016) and is a frequent lecturer and author on international arbitration.

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  • M.A., City University of Hong Kong, 2003
  • J.D, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2007
  • B.Sc., Cornell University, 1999


  • New York
  • Registered Foreign Lawyer, Hong Kong


  • Vice President, ICC International Court of Arbitration
  • Panel of Arbitrators (CIETAC, Korean Commercial Arbitration Board, Shanghai International Arbitration Centre)
  • Founding Member, HK45
  • Member, ICC Belt and Road Commission
  • Editorial Board Member, ICC Dispute Resolution Bulletin
  • Member, 2018 ICCA Congress Program Committee
  • Member, Investment Claims Advisory Board
  • Vice-Chair, Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Committee, Inter-Pacific Bar Association
  • Consultation Board Member, Practical Law Company
  • Supervisory Board Member, Asian Dispute Review
  • Global Advisory Board Member, New York International Arbitration Center


  • Mandarin

Chiann Bao

Registered Foreign Lawyer (New York), International Litigation and Arbitration