Adela M. Mao     毛茅大律師

Professional Qualifications

Call: HK (2016)

Investment Law and Investor-State Mediator Training, Certificate of Completion



PRC Commercial Mediator – Shanghai Kai Sheng Mediation Academy

Practice Profile

Miss Mao specializes in international commercial arbitration (especially those seated in Hong Kong) and arbitration-related ancillary proceedings in court, having gathered substantial experience in disputes arising from international sale of goods, joint venture, equity investment, offshore funds and construction contracts. Apart from Hong Kong law, Miss Mao has frequently dealt with other points of law by way of foreign law expert evidence, such as Chinese law, Cayman Island law and Laotian law.

Miss Mao has regularly acted as sole advocate, upon instructions from mainland law firms and Hong Kong law firms in representing clients including listed companies, banks and also in representing small and medium sized companies in defending or pursuing lawsuits and arbitrations against multinational corporations. Apart from acting as arbitration counsel, Miss Mao also serves as tribunal secretary in a multitude of high-value and complex arbitrations.

Miss Mao has frequently dealt with arbitrations conducted in English or Chinese (or bilingual) under the HKIAC Administered Rules or UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, and has gathered particular experience in parallel arbitration, consolidated arbitration and expedited arbitration under the HKIAC Administered Rules.

Miss Mao appears at various Hong Kong courts in cases involving debts and guarantee, corporate governance, cryptocurrency and white-collar crime; in addition, she has also provided expert opinion on Hong Kong law to various mainland courts.

Public appointments and Miscellaneous

Miss Mao has been appointed as a committee member on the Public Education and Publicity Sub-Committee under the Department of Justice Steering Committee on Mediation, and has taken up membership in the arbitration committee and international practice committee under the Hong Kong Bar Association.

She’s been appointed as an Expert Consultant on bilingual language to the China International Commercial Court, Shenzhen Qianhai People’s Court-appointed Mediator, and she has attended various conferences as speakers and panelists.

Miss Mao graduated first in class from B.ENG (CivE) and LL.B dual-degree program at the University of Hong Kong, with a dozen of scholarships, prizes and academic publication. She once read civil engineering at Tsinghua University.

She has authored the Hong Kong Regional Chapter of Global Arbitration Review’s Guide to Construction Arbitration, 2nd Ed. (2018) and 3rd Ed (2019).


English, Mandarin (native) and Cantonese