Chin Leng Lim


Tel: +44 (0)20 7544 2600

Chin Lim is based in Hong Kong. He has advised and acted for corporations and individuals in complex commercial disputes, and for governments, corporations and individuals in foreign investment and a variety of treaty matters. He has particular experience in negotiating, drafting and interpreting treaties, and in advising on how commercial and investment treaties apply to and affect contractual obligations, investments and business operations. This has included advice on territorial application or where reservations, declarations and treaty succession issues have been involved. He has been nominated to act as arbitrator on various occasions and accepts appointments through Chambers.

Types of work have included:

  • Sole arbitrator, institutional arbitration involving consultancy services in the energy sector
  • Acting for a global fund in resisting the recognition and enforcement of a foreign judgment in a Middle Eastern conduit jurisdiction (hundreds of millions USD)
  • Acting for a mining company in a shareholder dispute in DIFC-LCIA arbitration (tens of millions USD)
  • Advice on the arbitration agreement in an international distribution contract
  • Advice on the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods
  • Advising on a cross-border investment in the Far East
  • Advice on sovereign sanctions and their application to commercial dealings
  • Advice on a Far Eastern bilateral treaty
  • Expert opinion on private international law in a complex commercial and financial dispute in the Far East (tens of millions USD)
  • Advising a national government on issues arising from on-going multilateral commercial and investment treaty negotiations
  • Advising the Hong Kong Commerce Secretary for the Committee on Pacific Economic Co-operation
  • Advising a national government in a maritime boundary/energy resource matter
  • Acting as counsel for a national government, particularly in commercial and investment treaty negotiations
  • Acting as a secretariat lawyer at the United Nations Compensation Commission in Geneva, dealing with both sovereign and private claims following the first Gulf War

Chin is also called to the Singapore Bar. He is admitted to the HKIAC’s List of Arbitrators in Hong Kong and also empaneled by the KLRCA/AIAC in Kuala Lumpur, SHIAC in Shanghai, and the SCIA in Shenzhen. He combines practice with holding, since 2017, the Choh-Ming Li Professorship of Law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His publications include the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to International Arbitration with a Foreword by Lord Neuberger, and the broadly cited work, Lim, Ho and Paparinskis, International Investment Law and Arbitration with a Foreword by Emmanuel Gaillard (Cambridge University Press, 2018). Chin is a Visiting Professor at King’s College London and an Honorary Senior Fellow of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. He attends UNCITRAL Working Group III’s current deliberations on behalf of an observer entity.




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