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Simon Chapman

Simon Chapman


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



Simon regularly appears as an advocate before arbitral tribunals under all of the main institutional rules (including ICC, HKIAC, SIAC, LCIA and ICSID), as well as in ad hoc proceedings.  

He has acted in disputes across Asia Pacific, with particular experience in the energy, finance and hospitality sectors as well as joint venture and shareholder disputes.

Simon is dual-qualified in Hong Kong and England and Wales, with higher rights of audience in both jurisdictions. He also sits as an arbitrator.

"Simon Chapman is highlighted by one source as "one of the most natural and outstanding advocates I've seen. He has both natural ability and good judgement." He is known for his handling of international disputes, and is especially in demand for his Philippines work." Chambers and Partners, Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration (China), 2016

"Simon Chapman is identified as another key member of the arbitration team, recommended by clients for his dedication: 'He's always thinking of how to assist us.'" Chambers Asia Pacific 2015

Simon's experience includes:

  • acted as advocate for the Government of Malaysia in a US$1.2 billion arbitration against the Republic of Singapore concerning the interpretation of a bilateral treaty 
  • acted as counsel and advocate for a Southeast Asian client in its successful claim against a joint venture partner in ICC arbitration in Hong Kong 
  • represented a global energy major on a tax dispute arising from the disposal of assets in Southeast Asia, including potential investment treaty claims against the host Government 
  • acted as counsel and advocate for a Chinese pharmaceutical company in HKIAC proceedings seated in Hong Kong arising from a dispute with a foreign investor
  • represented a European investment company in HKIAC proceedings seated in Hong Kong arising from the breakdown of a joint venture in China