Melody Chan

Partner, Hong Kong SAR


“Interviewees praise Melody Chan… as a “responsive” partner “with strong commercial acumen.” “She is very skilled and effective”; “She can give very valuable insight and advice at any time.”
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019, 2020


Melody Chan is the Office Executive Partner of the Hong Kong office and the Head of Greater China Disputes of the Firm. Her practice focuses on cross-border arbitration and multijurisdictional litigation. She advises on disputes in the financial services, oil and gas, and power and technology sectors, as well as on matters in connection with joint ventures and insolvency proceedings. She also handles contentious and non-contentious regulatory and employment matters.

Bars and Courts
Solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong
England and Wales
LLB (Hons)
College of Law
Sydney, Australia
University of Sydney


Representing a US-based data centre developer in Hong Kong High Court proceedings brought under a confidentiality agreement in connection with a €750 million project in Europe.

Representation of an Asia based investment fund house in a cross-border high-value enforcement matter.

Advising a blockchain-enabled platform in connection with disputes relating to token holders.

Representation of major Chinese lenders in connection with a payment default under certain existing facility agreements, including advising on an insolvency application and restructuring of the existing indebtedness of an India-based mobile network provider, as well as an English court proceeding against a guarantor of the loans.

Representing a Chinese manufacturer in contesting various enforcement actions arising out of multiple loan transactions with guarantees and securities granted in Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand etc.

Advising one of PRC largest electronic goods retailers in a potential HKIAC arbitration arising out of a dispute on a put and call option agreement relating to an acquisition in Italy.

Representation of a multinational steel trading company in relation to disputes worth more than US$300 million at the London International Court of Arbitration.

Representation of a major paper product supplier listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on corporate issues and issues involving competition law in Hong Kong, sales and distribution, etc.

Advising, together with local counsel, a Chinese corporate in relation to an investigation carried out by the relevant Chinese authority under the Anti-Monopoly law in China.

Representation of a social media giant seeking injunctive relief and damages for unlawful interference and harassment arising from unauthorized, illegitimate and wrongful use of its website and system by Hong Kong-based online game company.

Advising a US based global online travel agency on different aspects of employment law, including issues relating to discrimination, outsourcing policy, maternity leave and internship.

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, "Hand in Hand - Why Strong Legal and Judicial Systems Strengthen (rather than weaken) International Arbitration", Generations in Arbitration Conference, organized by Withers (November 2021)

Speaker, "Round Table: The Belt and Road – merging, acquiring and amalgamating", at the conference, "2019 Dispute Resolution in M&A Transactions", jointly organised by International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), ICC Poland and Gessel (May 2019)

"2018 International Arbitration Survey: The Evolution of International Arbitration", 13th Annual White & Case Legal Symposium in Taiwan, "Cross-Border Litigation and Compliance Strategies for Taiwan 2019", co-sponsored with Asia Pacific Intellectual Property Association (APIPA) and Taiwan Technology Industry Legal Officers Association (November 2018)

HKIAC Pre-arbitration Strategy Workshop: Maximising Recovery in International Infrastructure Disputes, Vietnam (June 2018)

Panelist, "What the new regime means for players in the market - including shipping and O&G businesses", at the seminar "The new Singapore restructuring and insolvency regime: implications and opportunities for Asian companies", jointly presented by White & Case and AlixPartners (December 2017)

"The New Face of International Arbitration in Asia", 12th Annual White & Case Legal Symposium in Taiwan, "Adapting to Global Change: Legal Developments for 2018 and Beyond", co-sponsored with Asia Pacific Intellectual Property Association (APIPA) (November 2017)

Chair, "Promoting diversity and inclusion in senior management", IFLR Asia Women in Business Law Forum: Promoting the talent pipeline (April 2017)

HKIAC arbitration clause negotiation workshop, Taipei (March 2017)

Chair, "The leaking pipeline: improving diversity in senior management", IFLR's Asia Women in Business Law Forum (April 2016)


Chapter 6: Hong Kong, The Third Party Litigation Funding Law Review (4th ed), 2020

"Working from home – A checklist of the IT risks and exposures" Hong Kong Lawyer (April 2020)

Chapter 7: Hong Kong, The Third Party Litigation Funding Law Review (3rd ed), 2019

Chapter 7: Hong Kong, The Third Party Litigation Funding Law Review (2nd ed), 2018

"The Jessup Moot Court Competition: Legal Skills Training and More", Hong Kong Lawyer (June 2018)

Chapter 8: Hong Kong, The Third Party Litigation Funding Law Review (1st ed), 2018

Awards and Recognition

Named "Woman Lawyer of the Year (Law Firm)" by ALB Hong Kong Law Awards 2021

Recognised in Lawdragon 500 Global Litigation Lawyers 2021

Leading lawyer in Dispute Resolution: Litigation (International Firms) - China, Chambers Asia-Pacific since 2018