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Edison Li

Senior Associate

Edison Li is a Senior Associate in the Litigation and Regulation team, based in DLA Piper's Hong Kong office. Edison is a solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong, and a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales. He is also a qualified lawyer in the People’s Republic of China.

Edison mainly focuses on commercial litigation and arbitration with particular focus on international sale of goods/trade and commodities, joint venture, licencing and IP and shipping. Edison has extensive experience in handling ad hoc arbitrations and institutional arbitrations in a variety of venues including London, Singapore, Western Australia, Hong Kong, mainland China and United States. Edison also handles non-contentious work such as ship sale and purchase, shipbuilding and ship financing related matters.

Edison frequently publishes and contributes to arbitration-related publication on Chambers and Partners, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, IBA Arbitration Committee and other arbitration related platforms.

Professional QualificationsSolicitor of the High Court of Hong KongSolicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales


  • Advising a leading container shipping company on time charter disputes where the subject vessel has been stranded in Ukraine due to the outbreak of the war between Russia and Ukraine.
  • Advising a multinational hospitality company on disputes arising out of a hotel management agreement for a five-star hotel located in Shanghai, China.
  • Advising a Chinese steel mill in its disputes with an Australia iron ore mine arising from an Iron Ore Offtake Agreement, and handling the arbitration proceeding in Perth, Australia.
  • Advising a Chinese insurance company with regard to its insurance policy for the offshore project concerning wind turbine installation vessel built in Germany (including the offshore Heavy Lift Crane (“HLC”)).
  • Advising a leading container shipping company in its dispute with another container shipping company arising out of a cross-chartering agreement.
  • Assisting an Australian cargo owner and the cargo insurer in retaking possession of the cargo before the PRC maritime court.
  • Advising a Chinese medical device manufacturer on disputes with its European buyer arising out of email fraud. This case involves arbitration in Hong Kong and criminal proceedings in Indonesia.
  • Assisting a German company in handling disputes arising out of the distribution agreement entered into between the German company and its PRC manufacturer due to the suspected usage of child labour.
  • Advising a US company in a CIETAC arbitration for the disputes arising out of a distribution agreement for medical devices entered into between the US company and its PRC exclusive distributor.
  • Assisting an Israeli company in enforcing Hong Kong arbitral awards in mainland China against a PRC company and applying for post-award asset preservation before the PRC court.
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • English
  • Dalian Maritime, Maritime Law
  • The Unversity of Hong Kong, Master of Common Law
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Juris Doctor


  • Article titled “Issues regarding the Examination Approach and Mechanism of the Incorporation of Arbitration Clauses into Bills of Lading in PRC Court Practice” (2nd prize in the 2016 China Maritime International Conference).
  • Article titled “China Cases Insight No. 5: Through Siemens v. Golden Landmark, China Reforms Arbitration for Free Trade Zones in Order to Prepare for “Belt & Road””, co-authored with Tereza Gao (Winner of the China Guiding Cases Project’s 2017 China Cases Insights™ Writing Contest).
  • Article titled “The Proper Law of the Arbitration Agreement in International Arbitration”, co-authored with Kelvin Chen, published in China International Arbitration Review (2018 Volume No. 1).
  • Newsletter titled “Successful asset preservation application in Mainland China prior to the recognition of Hong Kong arbitral award” (October 2019).
  • IBA Arbitration Committee Sub Committee on recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards – Country Report on Local Requirements for the Validity of the Arbitral Award: China (November 2020).
  • Newsletter titled “Interim Measures now available for Hong Kong arbitrations from the PRC courts” (November 2021).
  • Article tilted “PRC Courts’ Stance on Requests to Stay Enforcement Proceedings Pending Challenges at the Seat of Arbitration”, published on Kluwer Arbitration Blog.
  • Article titled “Uncertainty in How PRC Courts Deal with Challenges to Validity of Arbitration Agreements”, published on Kluwer Arbitration Blog.
  • “CIArb launches new Guideline on Multiparty Arbitration”, published on HKIAC (May 2023).
  • Contributions to Global Practice Guide International Arbitration Trends and Developments in China (2022, 2023).

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Peoples Republic of China Qualified Solicitor



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