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Rising Stars 2023

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Mariana Zhong

Hui Zhong Law Firm

Tel: +86 10 5639 9618
Email: zhongli@huizhonglaw.com

Practice areas

Arbitration & ADR; Commercial litigation; Dispute resolution; International trade & bilateral investment treaties


Mariana Zhong joined Hui Zhong Law Firm in October 2020 as an equity partner based in Beijing. She was previously a national partner of the international arbitration department of a top-tier international law firm based in its Beijing, Singapore and Paris offices.

Zhong focuses her practice on dispute resolution matters including arbitration, litigation and mediation. She has worked on dozens of international commercial arbitration cases before all the major institutions, and ad hoc tribunals seated abroad applying UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules.

Zhong also handles ICSID arbitration. Previously she represented two Chinese investors in ICSID arbitration against a Southeast Asian state, and has provided pre-arbitration assessment to companies at home and abroad.

Zhong also represents Chinese and foreign clients in Chinese court proceedings, including enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards, commercial litigation, and pre-litigation/arbitration injunction proceedings. She has participated in several foreign court/arbitration proceedings where Chinese law expert opinion was sought, and frequently advises foreign clients on Chinese law-related matters.

She also has plenty of experience advising Chinese companies on their investment and dispute matters abroad.

Zhong is an arbitrator of several leading Chinese arbitration institutions, a former affiliate research fellow of Harvard Law School, former ICC YAF Representative for North Asia, and an executive member of the committee of the Beijing International Arbitration Forum (BIAF). She is a frequent speaker at international arbitration-related seminars and conferences held at home and abroad.

She provides international arbitration-related training to law schools, local bar associations across China, and legal departments of Chinese SOEs.

Since 2017, Zhong has been consecutively recognised by Legal 500 Asia Pacific as a Next Generation Lawyer. In two consecutive years, 2021 and 2022, two of her cases were shortlisted and selected as Deals of the Year 2021 and Deals of the Year 2022 by China Business Law Journal. Zhong was also awarded a Rising Star 2023 by China Business Law Journal.

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