Sherlin Tung

Partner | Hong Kong

Sherlin is a partner in the international arbitration and litigation team.

She is a specialist in cross-border disputes, international commercial arbitration, and multi-jurisdiction litigations. With over a decade of experience, Sherlin has advised clients in Asia, the Americas, and Europe on all phases and aspects of cross-border disputes (both litigation and arbitration). Sherlin also advises clients on the enforcement of international arbitral awards and/or court judgments. Sherlin has a rare set of skills given her unique background. Her career has given her the ability to be involved in all roles of a dispute. Given this experience, she is able to understand the overlaying objectives of not only of her clients but also the strategies implemented by counterparties, how arbitral tribunal members/judges think, and how arbitral institutions/courts operate.

Prior to joining Withers, Sherlin worked with a leading international law firm in Hong Kong where she was a member of the international disputes practice group. Sherlin started her international disputes career by working with a leading independent arbitrator where she acted as tribunal secretary for over 35 complex, international arbitration matters. Thereafter, Sherlin worked for the leading arbitral institution, the Secretariat of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, in both Hong Kong and New York, the latter of which she was a founding member of the case management office. During her time at the ICC, she managed over 300 international arbitration proceedings. Sherlin also worked in-house with a publicly listed international conglomerate where she handled the group’s international litigation and arbitration disputes. She is currently appointed as a permanent member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration’s National Committee Nominations Commission for Hong Kong. The committee is responsible for selecting candidates for proposal to act as arbitrators for ICC arbitrations. She is also appointed to be a commissioner to the ICC Belt & Road Commission for its next term.

With her distinctive background and legal experience, Sherlin has an understanding of the various players in an international transaction and dispute. This allows her to prepare not only a winning strategy for her clients, but one that is most suited to their needs.

Sherlin regularly speaks in conferences worldwide and gives lectures and trainings on international arbitration and cross-border disputes. She is prominent in the international arbitration community and sits on various international committees and boards. Sherlin is a member of the ICC Dispute Resolution Bulletin Editorial Board and the BVI International Arbitration Centre Rules Committee. She is currently on the South China International Arbitration Center (Hong Kong)’s Panel of Arbitrators. Sherlin is also the Deputy Director of the Vis East Moot Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes international arbitration and trade law and operates the Vis East Moot Court Competition, the sister competition to the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, which is the world’s largest and most renowned law student competition in the fields of international commercial arbitration and trade law.

Secretary Wynnie Poon


Sherlin is a key asset and she is dedicated to bringing success to whatever she is involved in.

Former General Counsel of a publicly listed Austrian international rubber conglomerate

Sherlin truly cares about her clients and makes strategic decisions not only from a legal perspective but also from a practical perspective in the client’s best interest.

Legal Counsel for a publicly listed Chinese conglomerate

Sherlin is a great lawyer – she is quick on her feet, very responsive, and finds legal yet practical solutions for her clients. She can also explain very complicated matters in a clear and concise manner.

Director of Sales for an international medical device manufacturer

Selected track records





Representing and advising a Hong Kong based family office in commercial disputes with business partners over investments in the U.S. and Hong Kong.

Representing and advising a privately held, Belgian incorporated private funds company and its subsidiaries in the U.K. and the BVI in a HKIAC arbitration involving a dispute with a P.R. Chinese privately held investment company and its Cayman Islands and BVI subsidiaries.

Representing and advising a publicly held Chinese international aviation conglomerate in parallel proceedings: a New York litigation and ICC arbitration seated in New York against a publicly held U.S. technology company.

Hong Kong (Registered Foreign Lawyer), 2018

New York, 2014

California, 2009

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

‘Review of Gustav Flecke-Giammarco et al. (EDS.), The DIS Arbitration Rules: An Article-By-Article Commentary’ - Contemporary Asia Arbitration Journal (Vol. 14, No. 2), Nov 2021, co-author

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

ICC International Court of Arbitration’s National Committee Nominations Commission for Hong Kong - Member

ICC Belt & Road Commission - Commissioner

Vis East Moot Court Foundation – Deputy Director & Board Member

Guest Lecture for Humboldt University’s International Dispute Resolution LL.M. Programme: Specific Features of Arbitration and the

International Dispute Resolution Market in Hong Kong (November 2021)

2021 YSIAC Annual Conference: Speed Networking (November 2021)



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