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Mitchell Dearness

Mitchell Dearness


Mitch specialises in cross-border commercial disputes in the Asia-Pacific region.



Focusing on complex cross-border commercial disputes in the infrastructure, energy and mining sectors, Mitch has acted for clients in arbitration proceedings conducted under all major institutional rules as well as in pure ad hoc and investment treaty cases.  He has advised on disputes involving the laws of many different jurisdictions including Singapore, the PRC, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Nevada, France, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Nepal, Brunei, various Australian jurisdictions, India and Myanmar, among others.  Mitch's practice also involves a significant advisory component.   He advises commercial entities, SOEs and states on dispute avoidance, investment structuring and sovereign immunity issues, among other dispute-related aspects of transactional work. 

Mitch's experience includes advising:

  • a company in a dispute with a PRC contractor concerning the construction of a major energy project in Asia
  • a project company in SIAC arbitration proceedings against a consortium of companies concerning the construction of a major project in Vietnam
  • a PRC incorporated subsidiary of a large multinational in a SIAC arbitration under PRC law concerning the construction of a gas pipeline and off-take commitments
  • a South Korean company in an ICC arbitration under South Korean law concerning pricing and supply obligations under a distribution agreement
  • a leading international resources company in a dispute concerning the supply of metallurgical coal under a long-term supply agreement
  • the Board of a leading international resources company in relation to crisis management issues arising from operational and mine failures resulting in the loss of significant mine capacity




Mitch is admitted to practice in Australia (New South Wales). 

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