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Duncan Watson

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan (Hong Kong)


Duncan is a partner in Quinn Emanuel’s Hong Kong office (having also practised in our Sydney and London offices). Duncan specialises in international arbitration, and is qualified in both Australia and England & Wales. He has acted for multinational corporations and high net worth individuals based in Korea, Indonesia, China, India, Russia, Denmark, South Africa, the Middle East, Australia, the US and the UK.

Duncan has acted as counsel in international commercial arbitrations under most arbitral institutions and rules, including the ICC, LCIA, HKIAC, SCC, CAA, UNCITRAL and SCAI. Duncan has also acted in multiple investment treaty arbitrations administered by ICSID, and advised investors on their rights and remedies under other international instruments.

Chambers and Partners notes Duncan’s ‘meticulous, detail-oriented approach’, and quotes a client as saying that, as an advocate, Duncan ‘commanded the stage and was a real star’ (2018). Who’s Who Legal named Duncan a ‘future leader” in international arbitration. In 2016, it noted that he ‘stands out in Australia, and is feted for his “immediate and complete grasp of technical issues’”, and in 2017, it said that he ‘boasts a strong practice in Asia and is highlighted as ‘a very impressive young partner’”.

Duncan also sits as arbitrator, and is a Fellow of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) and a member of the HKIAC’s List of Arbitrators. He also regularly publishes and lectures on topical issues in commercial and investment treaty arbitration around the region, including advocacy.

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