David Bateson

Hong Kong

King & Wood Mallesons
13/F Gloucester Tower
15 Queen's Road Central
Hong Kong

Tel: +852 3443 1018
Fax: +852 6337 7423

Email: david.bateson@hk.kwm.com
Web: www.mallesons.com

David Bateson is a partner in the Hong Kong office of King & Wood Mallesons where he specialises in dispute resolution.

He has extensive experience in disputes concerning construction, resources, joint ventures, shareholder agreements, telecommunications, banking and finance, and investor/state.

He is a practising mediator and arbitrator, with extensive experience in over 70 arbitrations in Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

He has acted as Chairman, party-appointed arbitrator, or sole arbitrator under the auspices of the HKIAC, SIAC, CIETAC, ICC, PCA, AAA and LCIA.

In the Best of the Best 2011 Expert Guide, David was named as one of the world’s 25 leading experts in commercial arbitration, and the leading expert in Hong Kong.

He was awarded “Best Lawyer, China” by World Finance Magazine in 2012.

In recent editions of Global Counsel 3000, Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration, Chambers Asia, PLC Which Lawyer? and Asia Pacific Legal 500, David was named as an expert in commercial arbitration, commercial litigation, construction, and a leading arbitrator.

Chambers Asia described him as “pre-eminent and widely experienced”, and “one of the top arbitrators in the region”.

Chambers Asia 2010 noted David as a “senior but hands-on” partner who is “excellent at pretty much everything he is doing”.

PLC Which Lawyer? listed him as one of the two “leading” arbitration lawyers in Hong Kong.

Asia Pacific Legal 500 said “David Bateson is one of Hong Kong’s most experienced arbitration experts” and “one of the top arbitrators in the region”.

As one of the ALB Hot 100 Lawyers for 2009, Asian Legal Business has stated that “whilst he is considered a go-to lawyer for disputes, [he] is quickly building a high profile in international arbitration”.

Leading construction companies, developers and engineering firms rely on King & Wood Mallesons to manage the risks associated with front and back-end construction issues, to successfully resolve disputes and advise on their most challenging transactions.
After the fallout of the global financial crisis, construction and infrastructure development has stabilised and pockets of activity have occurred as a result of the Building Education Revolution (BER) stimulus and resources expenditure. Within this recovery, the market has continued to see an increase in public-private partnerships (PPP), major disputes between parties and an overall growth in M&A activity.

At the forefront of these market developments, we have advised on some of the market’s most significant developments, transactions and disputes. Across these projects, our clients have benefited from our first-class technical capabilities, sector understanding and the seamless delivery of PPP, dispute resolution, environmental, real estate and M&A expertise.

As oversupply diminishes and commercial development returns, our clients rely on our “front-end” lawyers to prepare contracts and risk management strategies for major projects across sectors (transport, resources, water, power, commercial, residential, telecommunications, defence and infrastructure) throughout the Asia Pacific region. In these projects, clients benefit from our extensive experience and the ability to balance the risks of the project with their commercial objectives.

Whether at bid level for government, financing or equity investment, we have been involved in the majority of Australian PPP/PFI projects over recent years. As the trend towards the use of PPPs increases, clients are taking advantage of our unparalleled understanding of the needs and perspectives of all parties, and our ability to proactively create solutions for the project.

With disputes increasing in intensity and frequency, our team has worked closely with our clients to avoid and resolve disputes. Clients have benefited from our experience in all facets of major project dispute resolution, application of ADR processes (mediation, conciliation) and our experience in litigation, arbitration and adjudication. Irrespective of the method employed, clients have taken comfort in our approach as we work towards delivering the right outcome as agreed with them.

The market is also seeing a strong movement in terms of preference and government policy towards sustainable development and a focus on investment in clean energy and green infrastructure. Clients come to us for our deep understanding of this growing industry, its technology and our track record in helping to deliver innovative climate change projects.

As M&A activity picks up and financial investors become more active in the market, clients are turning to us for our strength across practices areas (corporate, finance, competition and tax) and our ability to guide them through Australia’s foreign investment regime.

The construction industry is changing rapidly, requiring our clients to adapt, innovate and keep ahead of business and legal trends.

“Noted for the cohesiveness of its national team, its ability to provide a full range of legal services for clients involved in the most complex energy and resources projects, and its in-depth knowledge of business or legislative developments in the market.” Chambers 2012

Strategically positioned in the world’s growth markets, financial capitals and the home of information technology – we’re on the ground where our clients need us most. We offer them unrestricted legal capability and capacity across the region’s most dynamic economies, including Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Europe, the US and the Middle East.

Clients benefit from our extensive network of legal advisors with the right expertise, sector insights and relationships to help them realise the opportunities and navigate the region’s complex web of regulators.
This game-changing combination is powered by more than 550 partners and 2700 lawyers and is the only firm that can practice Australian, PRC, Hong Kong and UK law which enables us to provide strategic advice on the ground in these must win markets.

Across 30 international locations weare delivering industry expertise across the full spectrum of commercial, financial and specialist legal services.

We’re opening doors and unlocking opportunities for business. We ask the right questions, listen hard and focus not just on what clients want, but how they want it. We use this to help our clients recognise where they are, where they want to be, and where they could be.

We are also committed to delivering real value for our people – empowering them to grow and to achieve great things in a flexible, dynamic and supportive environment.

We’re already achieving great things together and this is just the beginning.