Chian Bao focuses on international commercial disputes arising from Asia.
Prior to joining Skadden, Ms. Bao served as the secretary-general of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), where she managed hundreds of arbitrations before tribunals in Asia, with a specific focus on China. During her tenure, HKIAC was recognized as the most frequently used arbitral institution outside of Europe, the most improved institution and the third best arbitral institution world-wide by the 2015 International Arbitration Survey, conducted by Queen Mary University of London.
Ms. Bao was instrumental in overseeing key initiatives such as the revision of the HKIAC Administered Arbitration Rules, the establishment of the tribunal secretary accreditation program, and the opening of the HKIAC Seoul and Shanghai offices.
Ms. Bao worked at an international law firm in New York before joining HKIAC in 2010 where she advised clients in ad hoc and administered arbitrations. She was an adjunct professor at Hong Kong University (2014-2016) and is a frequent lecturer and author on international arbitration. In 2016, Ms. Bao was named to Asian Legal Business' "40 Under 40" list. Ms. Bao was named as one of the Most Highly Regarded Individuals by Who's Who Legal in its "Future Leaders - Arbitration 2017" report, in which they quoted here as being a "leading light in the local arbitration community" and "one of the superstars of Asian arbitration."