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Justin D'Agostino

Justin D'Agostino

Global head of practice, dispute resolution and Regional Managing Partner, Asia

Justin is the Global Head of Disputes and Regional Managing Partner for Asia.



Justin is a highly experienced international arbitration lawyer who acts as counsel and advocate for his clients before tribunals all over the world, advises on arbitration-related court proceedings and sits as arbitrator.

A member of the firm's specialist international law team, Justin also advises state authorities and companies on the protection of foreign investments.

Chambers Asia Pacific described him as "one of the few true experts in international arbitration" and he has been highlighted in the FT Innovative Lawyers Report as one of 2016's Most Innovative Lawyers.

Justin is a member of the council of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre and a founding member of HK45.

He is also on the panel of arbitrators of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration, and a council member and honorary Fellow of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration.

Justin is a visiting professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing and has been involved in the development of regulatory policy as a member of the Hong Kong Secretary for Justice's Sub-Committee on Third Party Funding in International Arbitration.

Community Business named Justin "LGBT Executive Sponsor 2016" to recognise how he has used his influence to promote LGBT inclusion in the legal profession. He is regularly listed in the Financial Times as one of the leading "OUTstanding and FT LGBT Executives " and is a member of the 30% Club in Hong Kong.

Justin's experience includes advising:

  • the Government of Malaysia in a US$1.2 billion arbitration against the Republic of Singapore concerning the interpretation of a bilateral treaty, conducted under the Permanent Court of Arbitration Optional Rules for Arbitrating Disputes Between Two States
  • Grand Pacific Holdings Limited in its high-profile and successful appeal against a decision by the Hong Kong Court of First Instance to set aside an ICC arbitral award in its favour
  • an architectural consultancy firm in Hong Kong and mainland China in obtaining an award in its favour in an HKIAC arbitration and in resisting set-aside proceedings in a reported case in the Hong Kong courts
  • a high net worth individual from Hong Kong in a Liechtenstein-seated ICC arbitration in relation to a dispute between family members
  • a leading international financial institution as respondent in a multimillion-dollar arbitration under the CIETAC rules