Joseph Chu

Partner | Hong Kong

Joseph is a partner in the litigation and arbitration team.

His practice focuses on commercial disputes and regulatory matters. Over the years, he advises and represents clients in international arbitration, general commercial disputes, tax and trust disputes, insolvency proceedings and regulatory investigations, with a particular focus on regulatory investigation and cross-border litigation.

He is one of the authors of Sweet & Maxwell’s Arbitration in Hong Kong: A Practical Guide, 2nd Edition, and was a contributing editor of Hong Kong Civil Procedure (the “White Book”).

Secretary Penny Chow

Track record




Acting for clients (corporations and individuals) in general commercial litigation involving matters concerning breach of contract, directors’ duties, shareholders’ rights, tax, fraud, claims for unjust enrichment and other restitutionary relief.

Acting for liquidators in investigation of the affairs of insolvent companies, in restructuring, insolvency and other civil proceedings in Hong Kong.

Acting for various corporations (and their directors) in investigations by the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong and the Securities and Future Commission and for international banks in fraud cases, cross-border litigation and regulatory investigations.

Hong Kong, 2003

England and Wales, 2008

PRC, 2012

‘Investment treaties and their role in protecting Chinese businesses abroad: A look at the Zhongshan v Nigeria award’, Mar 2022, co-author

‘A radical reform of the PRC Arbitration Law: A summary of the key revisions’ - Withers, 23 August 2021 – co-author

‘Keepwell deeds: A pathway for enforcement’, Simmons & Simmons, Jan 2021 – co-author

Hand in Hand - Why Strong Legal and Judicial Systems Strengthen (rather than weaken) International Arbitration, Generations in Arbitration Conference, Nov 2021

The Future of International Arbitration in Light of COVID, HKIAC, Oct 2021

Mediation and Arbitration in the ASEAN region, Aug 2021


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Hong Kong

30/F United Centre,

95 Queensway

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