New head of proceedings committee at HKIAC

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The Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) has appointed its vice-chair, Briana Young, as chair of its proceedings committee effective from 3 November.

New head of proceedings committee at HKIAC
Briana Young

Young was appointed vice-chair of the HKIAC in May 2020, and is a professional support consultant and foreign legal consultant at Herbert Smith Freehills in Hong Kong.

She succeeds Nils Eliasson, HKIAC vice chair and partner at Shearman & Sterling in Hong Kong, who has chaired the proceedings committee for the past four-and-a-half years.

Sarah Grimmer, Secretary-general at the HKIAC, said that Young “was instrumental in drafting our rules and has a sophisticated understanding of how they operate. I am also deeply grateful to Nils for his expert leadership of the committee over his term.”

The proceedings committee determines all procedural matters under the HKIAC’s rules, including contested applications for expedited proceedings, consolidation and joinder; challenges to arbitrators; and whether arbitrations shall proceed on a prima facie basis.