Friven Yeoh


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Friven Yeoh has experience in the resolution of complex business disputes and has represented clients in international arbitrations conducted under various institutional and ad hoc arbitration rules including those of the ICC, HKIAC, CIETAC, SIAC, JCAA, SCC, UNCITRAL and CAS. He also has represented clients in a variety of commercial litigation and regulatory investigations involving product risk and liability, energy, corporate affairs, and financial services matters. Friven also serves as an arbitrator in international arbitration.


  • English
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Cantonese

Honors & Awards

  • Chambers Global and Chambers Asia, Leading Individual (Asia-Pacific, International Arbitration; Hong Kong, Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration)
  • Asia Pacific Legal 500, Recommended (Dispute Resolution, Hong Kong)
  • Listed by Euromoney’s Expert Guides as an “Expert in Commercial Arbitration”


Bar Admissions

  • Hong Kong
  • England & Wales
  • Victoria, Australia

Court Admission

  • Singapore International Commercial Court (Registered Foreign Lawyer)


  • London School of Economics, LL.M., 2001
  • University of Melbourne, B. Com, LL.B., 1996

Professional Activities


  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Hong Kong Law Society
  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • Law Institute of Victoria


  • “Chapter 13 - Recognition and Enforcements of Awards”, The Hong Kong Arbitration Ordinance Commentary and Annotations 2nd edition (Sweet & Maxwell, 2015)
  • “Enforcement of Dispute Outcomes in China” in Duelling with Dragons: Managing Business Disputes in Today’s China (Kluwer Law, 2007)    


  • "Chapter 1 - Arbitrating China Business Disputes", Dispute Resolution in China, 2nd Edition (JurisNet, 2015)
  • “Avoiding Hybrid Arbitration Clauses in Commercial Agreements”, Corporate Disputes, Oct-Dec 2013    
  • “Reflections on Gao Haiyan - of ‘Arb-Med’, ‘Waivers’, and Cultural Contextualisation of Public Policy Arguments”, Journal of International Arbitration, Vol. 29, No. 3 (2012)
  • Country chapter (China) for PLC Dispute Resolution Handbook 2010/2011
  • “Recognition and Enforcement of Awards under the New York Convention - The China and Hong Kong Perspectives,” Journal of International Arbitration, Vol. 25, No. 6 (December 2008)
  • "The People's Courts and Arbitration - A Snapshot of Recent Judicial Attitudes on Arbitrability and Enforcement," Journal of International Arbitration, Vol. 24, No. 6 (December 2007)    


  • Advisory Board, Journal of International Arbitration
  • HKIAC List of Arbitrators
  • KLRCA Panel of Arbitrators
  • BJAC Panel of Arbitrators
  • SIAC Users Council
  • Representing a US conglomerate in three consolidated UNCITRAL ad hoc arbitrations in Hong Kong in relation to a joint-venture dispute against its Chinese joint venture partner arising from the purchase of a substantial power control system facility in Shanghai.
  • Acting for a multinational consulting firm in an ICC arbitration seated in Zurich involving a multi-million claim against a leading European conglomerate in connection with the design and construction of a high-speed rail link in China.
  • Acting in a London-seated ICC arbitration for an Indonesian multimedia listed company in connection with a shareholders’ dispute.
  • Acting in an ICC arbitration in Hong Kong for the shareholders of a telecommunications conglomerate in a US$50m dispute arising from the sale and purchase of shares to a major European company.
  • Advising several elite athletes in an arbitration before the Court of Arbitration of Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland in connection with alleged violations of anti-doping regulations.