James Kwan is an International Arbitration partner in Hogan Lovells' Hong Kong office. He has extensive experience in arbitrations involving the infrastructure, engineering, energy, life sciences, and technology sectors. He has represented clients in arbitrations in Asia, the U.S., Middle East, and Europe under the major institutional and ad hoc rules, such as ICC, HKIAC, SIAC, CIETAC, LCIA, AAA, DIAC, and UNCITRAL.
He is recognised in legal directories as "best known for his tremendous skill in energy, infrastructure and construction disputes" (Chambers Global 2011), "'extremely good, quality lawyer', 'high profile', and 'a very fine practitioner' " (Who's Who Legal UAE 2008), and "singled out for his expertise in arbitration", "genuine arbitration specialist … he has a fine reputation." (Asia Pacific Legal 500 2010/2011/2012). Named as one of the Hot 100 Lawyers of 2011 by Asian Legal Business, he was described as "a world leader in arbitration and construction law", "has an intimate knowledge of the different arbitration models throughout the region" and "one of the finest international arbitration lawyers in Asia."
Chambers Global 2016 states: "[James is] hailed by one source as a 'confident and reassuring' provider of 'very precise advice.' Chambers Asia Pacific 2015 states: "[James is] praised by both clients and peers as a commercially aware and highly active practitioner who 'knows his arbitration stuff' and 'fully understands the characteristics and requirements of the companies he represents', 'understands our business and what is important, which enables him to defend and respond effectively', according to clients."
According to Chambers Asia Pacific 2010/2011/2012/2013, sources highly recommend him as "a professional lawyer who is very meticulous in his work, particularly energy and construction-related matters", "he was very committed to the case and was able to grasp the concept of the case as well as the technical aspects", "an entrepreneurial, go-getter type,", "he was very committed to the case, not just the letter of the law but the concept of the case. His spirit was something we really appreciated; it was a long and drawn-out process, but even when we felt frustrated, he could put the fight back in us."
According to Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2017 edition): "In December 2015, Hogan Lovells hired the 'particularly impressive' James Kwan, who is praised for his 'thorough commercial understanding and strategic thinking'. 'Excellent strategist' James Kwan, is 'extremely diligent and knowledgeable.'
James is the co-editor of Construction Arbitration in Hong Kong: A Practical Guide (Wolters Kluwer, 2015). He is the author of a chapter in The Hong Kong Arbitration Ordinance Commentary and Annotations (Sweet & Maxwell, 2011) and Arbitration in China: A Practical Guide (Sweet & Maxwell, 2004). James is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is the former co-chair of the Asia Pacific Forum of International Arbitration and inaugural Asia Regional Committee Member of the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum. He has also sat as an arbitrator and has been appointed as the presiding arbitrator.