Chiann Bao
Chiann Bao focuses on international commercial disputes arising from Asia.


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 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 worked at an international law firm in New York before joining HKIAC in 2010 where she advised clients in ad hoc and administered arbitrations. She was an adjunct professor at Hong Kong University (2014-2016) and is a frequent lecturer and author on international arbitration. In 2016, Ms. Bao was named to Asian Legal Business’ “40 Under 40” list. Ms. Bao was named as one of the Most Highly Regarded Individuals by Who’s Who Legal in its “Future Leaders - Arbitration 2017” report, in which they quoted her as being a “leading light in the local arbitration community” and “one of the superstars of Asian arbitration.”

Speeches and Presentations

Speaker, “Setting up a World Class Autonomous Arbitration Institution: Looking Beyond Bricks and Mortar,” NITI Aayog Conference, New Delhi, India, October 22, 2016

Speaker, “China Arbitration Chronicles: Schwarzenegger Style or Crossfit: Practitioners, In-house Counsel, Arbitrators,” CIETAC Conference, Hong Kong, October 19, 2016

Speaker, “The Rise of International Commercial Arbitration and Developments in Investment Treaty Arbitration: Asia’s Response,” APRAG Conference, Bali, Indonesia, October 6-8, 2016

Speaker, “International Commercial Arbitration: An Overview,” NEXT Conference, Seoul, South Korea, September 23, 2016

Speaker, “Mediation, ADR and Third Party Funding: Modern Way to Incentivize Settlements?” IBA Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., September 20, 2016

Panelist, “New Frontiers in International Arbitration: Regional and Cross-cultural Perspectives,” IBA40, Washington, D.C., September 18, 2016



  • 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


  • Council Member, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre
  • Member, 2018 ICCA Congress Program Committee
  • Member, Investment Claims Advisory Board
  • Vice-Chair, Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Committee, Inter-Pacific Bar Association
  • Editorial Board Member, ICC Dispute Resolution Bulletin
  • Consultation Board Member, Practical Law Company
  • Supervisory Board Member, Asian Dispute Review
  • Global Advisory Board Member, New York International Arbitration Center
  • Founding Member, HK45


  • Mandarin

Chiann Bao

Asia Pacific Counsel, International Litigation and Arbitration