Val Chow 周翩洋大律師

T: (+852) 2523 2003
E: valchow@templechambers.com
Secretary: Marian Lau
T: (+852) 2248 1873
E: marian@templechambers.com

Professional qualifications

Call: 2013 (Hong Kong)
Solicitor: 2011 – 2012 (Hong Kong)

Appointments

Member Committee on Financial and Securities Law, Bar Association, Hong Kong

Education

2005 BBA (Law) (First Class Honours), University of Hong Kong
2006 LLB (First Class Honours), University of Hong Kong
2007 LLM (Corporate and Commercial Law), London School of Economics and Political Science
2008 PCLL, University of Hong Kong

Scholarships and prizes

Dean’s Honours List (2005, 2006)

Practice profile

Since joining Chambers in 2014, Val has been developing a broad civil and commercial practice. He has experience advising listed companies, regulators, financial institutions, liquidators, directors and shareholders on a range of financial, securities, company, trust and regulatory matters.

Val has appeared as sole or junior counsel in hearings before the District Court, the Court of First Instance, the Court of Appeal and the Court of Final Appeal. He has conducted civil trials and appeals on his own. He also has experience appearing as sole advocate in international commercial arbitrations seated in Hong Kong and in Singapore.

Before being called to the Hong Kong Bar in 2013, Val was a judicial assistant to the Court of Appeal and the Court of Final Appeal from 2011 to 2012 where he worked with appellate judges on a variety of appeals. Prior to that, Val trained as a solicitor at Linklaters and qualified in its capital markets team, where he advised on various debt, equity and equity-linked transactions.

Selected cases

Arbitrations and related court proceedings

Acted in an HKIAC arbitration concerning a real estate investment in Mainland China as junior counsel (UNCITRAL Rules)

Acted in an HKIAC arbitration arising from a dispute under a share purchase agreement as sole trial counsel (HKIAC Administered Arbitration Rules)

Represented a party in a dispute under an investment agreement to invest in a listed company in Hong Kong as sole counsel (HKIAC Administered Arbitration Rules)

Represented a party in a dispute arising from a supply of heavy machinery in an ASEAN country as sole counsel (UNCITRAL Rules)

Arjowiggins HKK2 Limited v X Co HCCT 53/2015 – Application to enforce an arbitral award in the sum of RMB167,860,000 (led by Russell Coleman SC)

American International Group, Inc. v X Company HCCT 60/2015 – Application under s.81 of the Arbitration Ordinance to set aside a US$475 million arbitral award on the ground that the majority of the arbitral tribunal acted as unauthorized amiable compositeurs (led by Russell Coleman SC)

Urgent application for Mareva injunction in aid of arbitration outside Hong Kong under the Construction and Arbitration List (in 2015)

Commercial law

Pa Sam Nang v The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited HCA 1020/2015 – Summary judgment application concerning freezing of bank accounts held by persons placed on the SDN sanctions list issued by the US Department of Treasury (led by Roxanne Ismail SC)

Accent Delight International Limited v Yves Bouvier HCMP 573/2015 – Interim relief in aid of foreign proceedings connected to the purchases of high-value artwork by da Vinci, Monet and Rothko (amongst others)(led by Charles Manzoni SC (Day 1), Roxanne Ismail SC (Day 2))

Skyway Securities Investment Limited v Able Success Asia Limited HCMP 323/2014 – Application to restrain a substantial shareholder of a listed company from exercising the voting rights attached to its shares (with Victor Dawes, now Victor Dawes SC)

Motorola v Uzan HCA 2232/2013 – Enforcement of a US$2 billion foreign judgment in Hong Kong (led by Roxanne Ismail SC)

Companies/Winding-up

Re Grande Holdings Ltd (No 2) [2015] 1 HKLRD 755; [2016] 1 HKLRD 435 – Admission of proof of debt arising from close-out amounts calculated under an ISDA Master Agreement (led by Roxanne Ismail SC at first instance, sole counsel on appeal)

Re Grande Holdings Ltd (No 3) [2015] 1 HKLRD 765 – Admission of proof of debt arising from a judgment debt rendered in a California court against a listed company in liquidation (led by Roxanne Ismail SC)

Re China Metal Recycling (Holdings) Ltd HCCW 210/2013 – Winding up of a listed company by the Securities and Futures Commission under s.212 of the Securities and Futures Ordinance. Acted as sole or junior counsel (led by Bernard Man SC) for the majority shareholder in various interlocutory applications/appeals.

Public law

American International Group, Inc v Huaxia Life Insurance Co Ltd (2017) 20 HKCFAR 503 – Constitutional challenge to finality provisions in the Arbitration Ordinance and the High Court Ordinance on appeals against decisions on setting aside an arbitral award (led by Russell Coleman SC)

Yu Hung Hsia Julie v The Chinese University of Hong Kong HCAL 47/2015 – Application for judicial review against decisions made by the university concerning the assessment of postgraduate students (led by Russell Coleman SC)

Publication and Articles

Contributing Editor of the Hong Kong Civil Procedure (White Book)
Hong Kong Civil Procedure 2016 CJR Special Release – The pilot scheme for electronic discovery in Hong Kong – A commentary on selected issues

Further information

2017: External Evaluator (Master’s Degrees), School of Transnational Law, Peking University
2016: Lecturer (non-clinical), the University of Hong Kong
2014: Honorary Lecturer, the University of Hong Kong

Languages

English, Cantonese and Mandarin