Adela M. Mao     毛茅大律師

Professional Qualifications

Call: HK (2016) / PRC Legal Professional Qualification

B.ENG (CivE) and LL.B (HKU) dual-degrees (1st in class)

MCIArb / AHKIArb / PRC Commercial Mediator (Shanghai Kai Sheng Mediation Academy) / Investment Law and Investor-State Mediator Training Certificate of Completion (ICSID and AAIL)

Practice Profile

Miss Mao specializes in commercial litigation and arbitration. She has gathered substantial experience in disputes arising from international sale of goods, joint venture, equity investment, offshore fund and construction. She routinely acts as sole advocate, representing clients including listed companies, banks and state-owned enterprises.

Miss Mao regularly serves as tribunal secretary in high-value and complex arbitration.

Outside Hong Kong, Miss Mao has provided expert opinion on Hong Kong law to various mainland courts.

Public appointments and Miscellaneous

Miss Mao is appointed by the Secretary for Justice as a member of the Public Education and Publicity Sub-Committee under the Department of Justice Steering Committee on Mediation.

She has authored the Hong Kong Regional Chapter of Global Arbitration Review’s Guide to Construction Arbitration, 2nd Ed. (2018) – 4th Ed (upcoming) and is a frequent speaker in conferences and lectures.

Miss Mao studied law and civil engineering with a full scholarship (HKU Foundation Scholarship for Outstanding Mainland Students) as one of the top candidates from Mainland China. She graduated first in class with B.ENG (CivE) and LL.B dual-degrees from the University of Hong Kong, with more than 10 prizes and scholarships. She has a peer-reviewed academic publication on US copyright law (A. Mao, ‘How to Apportion a Copyright of Joint Work by Co-authors’, Information and Communications Technology Law Journal, pages 136-158, Volume 23, Issue 2, 2014 (Taylor & Francis)). She once read civil engineering at Tsinghua University.


English, Mandarin (native) and Cantonese