David Bateson is a partner in the Hong Kong office of King & Wood Mallesons where he specialises in dispute resolution.
His work involves all forms of dispute resolution including arbitration, litigation and alternative dispute resolution throughout Asia.
David has been a resident of Hong Kong since 1980.
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".
David is the author of the book Commercial Arbitration in Hong Kong, and contributed chapters to Arbitration in Hong Kong: A Practical Guide, Arbitration World (chapter "alternative dispute resolution"), and Chitty on Contracts - Hong Kong Volume.