Matthew Townsend

Registered Foreign Lawyer, Fangda Partners in Association with Peter Yuen & Associates (Hong Kong)

Matthew Townsend is an arbitration lawyer based in Hong Kong.  His practice is primarily focused on international arbitration and dispute resolution, often (but not always) involving Chinese parties.

Townsend has experience of arbitration in a number of jurisdictions under a number of different arbitration rules.  His practice focuses on the energy, infrastructure, construction, technology and international trade sectors.  He has experience acting as advocate at all stages of an arbitration hearing

In Z v Y [2018] HKCFI 2342 the Court of First Instance refused to enforce an award on public policy grounds since there was evidence to show that the underlying agreement had been “tainted...
4 December 2018
In Shandong Chenming Paper Holdings Limited v Arjowiggins HKK 2 Limited (HCMP 3060/2016), the Hong Kong Court of First Instance (“CFI”) decided that an otherwise solvent mainland Chinese...
8 August 2017
In TNB Fuel Services SDN BHD v. China National Coal Group Corporation [2017] HKCFI 1016, the Hong Kong Court of First Instance (the “Court”) has granted a charging order against shares...
14 July 2017
In U v A (unrep., HCCT 34/2016, 23 February 2017 per Mimmie Chan J), the Court of First Instance dismissed an application to set aside an order granting leave to enforce an ICC arbitral...
10 April 2017
In the latest twist in a long-running dispute between Malaysian broadcaster Astro Group and Indonesian conglomerate Lippo Group, a Lippo Group entity has failed to overturn a Hong Kong Court of First...
10 February 2017
The recent decision of the Hong Kong Court of First Instance in Sun Tian Gang v Hong Kong & China Gas (Jilin) Ltd [2016] HKEC 2128 (“Sun Tian Gang”) confirms the circumstances in which Hong Kong...
23 November 2016
In two recent judgments of the Hong Kong courts, Judge Mimmie Chan has (i) stayed court proceedings in favour of arbitration in a matter involving an “escalation clause”; and (ii) rejected an...
7 November 2016
In Chee Cheung Hing & Company Limited v Zhong Rong International (Group) Limited [2016] HKEC 656 ("Chee Cheung Hing & Co."), the Hong Kong courts upheld the validity of the arbitration clause...
10 June 2016
In Bluegold Investment Holdings Ltd v Kwan Chun Fun Calvin [2016] HKEC 532, Hong Kong’s Court of First Instance has stayed court proceedings brought under a personal guarantee containing a...
27 May 2016
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