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Practice with a broad Asian presence, anchored by offices in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Australia, Japan and Singapore and also notably active on disputes with Indonesian, Korean, Malaysian and Taiwanese connections. Acts for both regional and extra-regional clients from a wide range of industry and business sectors, notably including the energy and resources, pharmaceutical and real estate spheres. Particularly noted for its handling of China-related disputes and of cases arbitrated under HKIAC and CIETAC rules, and for the Chinese language capabilities of its lawyers, including both Mandarin and Cantonese speakers.
A client, who calls Sidley Austin "my go-to firm for international arbitration issues," goes on to characterise the team's members as "true experts in the field," whose in-depth understanding of "the procedures, players, written and unwritten norms and how the industry approaches legal and procedural issues" constitutes expertise of the kind that is "essential to building winning strategies."
Another source comments: "It is a great pleasure working with Sidley Austin. We find the team dependable and very responsive, and I find the team’s bilingual language ability in Chinese and English especially helpful as it makes cooperation much more efficient."
Hong Kong-based Friven Yeoh co-heads the firm's global arbitration practice.