Adela M. Mao     毛茅大律師

Professional Qualifications

Call: HK (2016)

B.ENG (CivE) and LL.B (HKU) (1st in class), MCIArb, AHKIArb, PRC Commercial Mediator (Shanghai Kai Sheng Mediation Academy), Investment Law and Investor-State Mediator Training, Certificate of Completion

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. Apart from acting as arbitration counsel, Miss Mao regularly serves as tribunal secretary in a multitude of high-value and complex arbitration.

Miss Mao regularly acts as sole advocate in court and in arbitration, upon instructions from Hong Kong law firms and mainland law firms in representing clients including listed companies and banks and also small and medium sized companies in defending or pursuing lawsuits or arbitration against multinational corporations.   In addition, Miss Mao has provided expert opinion on Hong Kong law to various mainland courts.

Miss Mao has substantial experience in disputes involving general contracts, corporate governance, cryptocurrency and white-collar crime. Apart from Hong Kong law, Miss Mao also deals with issues of foreign law by way of foreign law expert evidence, such as Chinese law, Cayman Island law and Laotian law.

Public appointments and Miscellaneous

Miss Mao is a committee member on the Public Education and Publicity Sub-Committee under the Department of Justice Steering Committee on Mediation, and the arbitration committee and international practice committee under the Hong Kong Bar Association.

Miss Mao has been appointed as an Expert Consultant on bilingual language to the China International Commercial Court and Shenzhen Qianhai People’s Court-appointed Mediator. She is frequently invited to speak at various conferences on the topic of arbitration and dispute resolution. She has authored the Hong Kong Regional Chapter of Global Arbitration Review’s Guide to Construction Arbitration, 2nd Ed. (2018) and 3rd Ed (2019).

Miss Mao graduated first in class from B.ENG (CivE) and LL.B dual-degree program at the University of Hong Kong, with 11 scholarships/prizes and 1 peer-reviewed academic publication. She once read civil engineering at Tsinghua University.



English, Mandarin (native) and Cantonese