Herbert Smith Freehills' Global Head of Disputes Justin D'Agostino will present at the Hong Kong Government's second annual Belt and Road Summit in Hong Kong on 11 September.
Justin, who is also Managing Partner for Asia and Australia, will join a panel discussion on Hong Kong's strength as a venue for infrastructure dispute resolution and its strategic geographical location to resolve Belt and Road disputes.
"As the Belt and Road initiative gains pace, Asia will see a corresponding increase in cross-border investment and infrastructure disputes." said Justin. "On projects of this scale, disputes are inevitable, but what we're seeing is more and more companies looking for ways to resolve disputes in a more efficient and cooperative way."
"Asia, in particular through Hong Kong and Singapore, has extensive connections with world-class arbitrators and legal professionals, giving companies the opportunity to effectively avoid and manage the legal risks arising from Belt and Road initiatives. Furthermore, both cities have adopted disputes technology and data-driven decision making capabilities making them the ideal centres in Asia for resolving disputes."
The Belt and Road Summit brings together senior government officials, representatives of international institutions, business leaders and industry experts from countries along and beyond the Belt and Road to exchange views on multilateral co-operation and explore new business opportunities arising from the Belt and Road Initiative. This year's summit is expected to attract more than 2,500 attendees from Hong Kong, mainland China and other countries along the Belt and Road corridor.
The panel entitled, Using Hong Kong as a Platform for Infrastructure Dispute Resolution, will take place from 14.15 – 15.45 in Hall 5E (Room A) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.