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Tereza Gao maintains a broad international disputes practice, with a focus on complex and high-stakes international arbitrations, including both investment treaty arbitrations and commercial arbitrations. Ms. Gao has acted as counsel in arbitration proceedings held under the auspices of most of the major arbitral institutions and rules, including the ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC, HKIAC, CIETAC, ICDR, AAA, and JAMS Rules. She is skilled and experienced in all phases of arbitration and litigation, including fact investigation, legal research, drafting written submissions, settlement negotiation, mediation, and hearing preparation.

Ms. Gao is dual-qualified in Hong Kong and New York and received her initial legal education and training as a barrister in Hong Kong. Prior to joining Arnold & Porter, she worked in the San Francisco and Hong Kong offices of another major international law firm, handling litigation and international arbitration matters. Ms. Gao is native in Mandarin and is fluent in both English and Cantonese.

Experience

  • The Republic of Korea in an investor-state arbitration brought by a renowned U.S. investment management firm (UNCITRAL, London).
  • The Republic of Korea in an investor-state arbitration brought by Iranian claimants (UNCITRAL, London).
  • The Kingdom of Thailand in an investor-State arbitration brought by an Australian mining company (UNCITRAL, Singapore).
  • Korean electronics manufacturer in successfully resolving intellectual property and breach of license agreement dispute with U.S. software supplier (ICC, San Diego).
  • Chinese electronics manufacturer in successfully resolving breach of license agreement dispute with U.S. software supplier (JAMS, California).
  • Chinese software company in intellectual property and breach of contract dispute with multinational software company (ICDR, New York).
  • U.S. metals company in successfully resolving breach of contract dispute with Chinese metals company (CIETAC, Beijing).
  • Chinese metals conglomerate in successfully resolving investment dispute with U.S. mineral development company (ICC, Hong Kong)
  • Chinese investor in fraud action against former business partners in private air charter business (California Superior Court).
  • A Chinese state-owned steel-making giant in successfully resolving sale of goods dispute with a large-scale Hong Kong charter operator (ad hoc, Hong Kong).
  • A leading European innovative technology company in relation to its license and intellectual property infringement claims against a Chinese supplier (HKIAC, Hong Kong).
  • A Chinese data conversion company in successfully resolving dispute with a U.S. technology company in connection with the design and operation of a large- scale e-Book distribution platform (HKIAC, Hong Kong).
  • A large Spanish contractor in successfully resolving dispute with a French supplier of solar tracker equipment in connection with the client's large solar energy installation in Southern California (AAA, San Francisco).

Perspectives

Proposed Amendments to the PRC Arbitration Law: A Panacea?
Kluwer Arbitration Blog
Comparative Guides: International Arbitration: Legal Framework: China
Mondaq
The Rise of Mining Disputes involving Chinese Companies (pdf)
Global Arbitration Review’s Guide to Mining Arbitrations, Second Edition

Credentials

Education

  • Master of Laws, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 2016, with high honors
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Laws, City University of Hong Kong, 2013
  • Bachelor of Law, City University of Hong Kong, 2012, Dean's List

Admissions

  • New York
  • Hong Kong (Barrister-at-Law)
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