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Martin Wallace

Martin Wallace

Senior Consultant

Martin is an international arbitration specialist focusing on disputes in Asia.



Martin helps clients from a wide range of industry sectors to resolve their most complex international disputes through arbitration and alternative dispute resolution.

Listed as an "Arbitration Future Leader 2017" by Who's Who Legal ("absolutely brilliant; an excellent technical lawyer who pins you down with detail"), Martin has acted in arbitration cases under the auspices of various institutional rules (including those of the ICC, HKIAC, LCIA and SIAC) as well as ad hoc proceedings, and has extensive experience of advising on disputes-related aspects of transactional work.

Martin has represented the successful parties in some of the most significant and high-profile arbitration-related court cases in Hong Kong in recent years, including the landmark case of Grand Pacific Holdings Limited v. Pacific China Holdings Limited (the leading case in Hong Kong on setting aside of arbitral awards) and the ground-breaking case of China International Fund v. Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers (in which the constitutionality of key provisions of the Hong Kong Arbitration Ordinance was upheld).

Martin is recognised for his thought leadership in relation to issues of sovereign and crown immunity, and has taught classes on international arbitration as part of the Tsinghua University LL.M. in International Arbitration and Dispute Settlement.

Martin’s experience includes acting for:

  • one of Asia's largest private equity firms in HKIAC arbitration proceedings against another leading private equity firm, arising out of the sale of its shareholding in a Korean company
  • two infrastructure companies in a SIAC arbitration concerning several infrastructure projects in the Philippines
  • a South-East Asian client in its successful claim against a joint venture partner in ICC arbitration in Hong Kong
  • a PRC State Owned Enterprise in an ICC arbitration seated in Geneva arising out of a contract governed by Hong Kong law for the sale and purchase of solar power equipment, and in relation to the successful settlement of the dispute
  • a high net worth individual and a BVI company in a US$40 million HKIAC arbitration concerning disputes arising from the multi-billion RMB acquisition of a group of skin care companies in the PRC
  • a leading US investment bank in relation to a shareholder dispute in Vietnam


Martin has been based in Hong Kong since 2010 and has previously worked in Herbert Smith Freehills’ London and Tokyo offices. He is qualified in Hong Kong and in England and Wales, and has higher rights of audience before the courts of England and Wales.