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Tim Chu

Tim Chu


Tim is an associate in Hong Kong's dispute resolution practice.



Tim is an associate practicing at Herbert Smith Freehills' dispute resolution department in Hong Kong. Tim is qualified both as a solicitor of Hong Kong and an attorney of the State of New York and has experience representing clients in a wide range of Hong Kong litigation, international arbitration and contentious regulatory matters.

Tim's experience includes:

  • acting for institutional investors of an automotive start-up company in a dispute arising from proposed redemption of preference shares, and advising on related insolvency proceedings in Cayman Islands
  • advising a PRC asset management fund on a potential dispute arising out of its subscription of certain convertible bonds, and potential winding up proceedings
  • representing a PRC-headquartered global commodity conglomerate in an ICC arbitration regarding a dispute arising from its joint venture investment in the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • conducting anti-bribery internal investigations (including investigations under U.S. Foreign Corruption Practices Act) on behalf of a Fortune-500 pharmaceutical company
  • *representing a PRC real estate developer in parallel HKIAC and CIETAC arbitration proceedings against a U.S. private equity fund in relation to a dispute arising from their joint venture investment in Mainland China
  • *representing a PRC-headquartered global commodity conglomerate in a HKIAC arbitration regarding a dispute arising from its investments in the U.S. and the U.K.
  • *representing a leading Taiwan-headquartered food and beverage corporation in an ICC arbitration regarding a dispute arising from the employment contract with a former senior employee
  • *representing a PRC real estate developer in a CIETAC arbitration arising from a M&A dispute (case conducted entirely in Putonghua)
  • *representing two PRC financial firms in a HKIAC proceedings arising from a dispute in its investment in a semi-conductor company. The arbitration involves the unique element of PRC criminal law
  • *representing a HKEx-listed company in resisting a winding up petition
  • *representing a real estate investment company (with substantial real estate investment portfolio in Mainland) in resisting a winding up petition and the company's directors in related High Court action
  • *representing an investment firm in Hong Kong court proceedings against a high-net-worth businessman in Mainland China arising from the failure of two investment funds to repay capital and fixed return
  • *representing various HKEx-listed companies in investigations by both the Securities and Futures Commission and the Enforcement Department of the HKEx
  • *representing a HKEx-listed company in its trading resumption application under section 8 of the Securities and Futures (Stock Market Listing) Rules

*Work performed by Tim prior to joining the firm


Tim holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Postgraduate Certificate in Laws from the University of Hong Kong. Tim is a native Mandarin speaker and can speak fluent English and Cantonese.


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