Kim Rooney
Office Contact No.: 2866 8233
Fax: 2866 7858

1980 (Western Australia) as Barrister and Solicitor; 1991 (England & Wales) as Solicitor; 1992-2009 (Hong Kong) as Solicitor.

Educational/Professional Memberships

As well as being an international arbitrator and Hong Kong admitted barrister Kim is admitted to practice as a solicitor in England and Wales and as a barrister and solicitor in Western Australia. She is an alternate member of the ICC’s International Court of Arbitration, Chair of the Hong Kong Law Reform Commission’s Sub-committee on Third Party Funding for Arbitration, and from 2013 – 2016 was a Senior ADR Expert in an EU funded project in the Indonesian public sector. She is a fellow of ACICA and on the panels of APRAG, CIETAC, HKIAC, KLRCA, SCIA and SIAC, among others and is on CEDR’s Asia Pacific Mediator’s Panel. She serves on the Hong Kong Department of Justice’s (a) Advisory Committee on the Promotion of Arbitration and (b) Committee on Provision of Space in the Legal Hub.

Professional Experience/Areas of Expertise

Before becoming an arbitrator and barrister, Kim was a partner of White & Case LLP heading its Hong Kong based Asian international dispute resolution practice to August 2009. Her experience includes arbitrations under the SIAC, ICC, UNCITRAL, HKIAC, JCAA, ACICA, CIETAC, BANI, SCC, ICSID Rules and UNCITRAL Rules in a wide range of disputes, including in the energy, infrastructure and resources sectors (re airports, power plants, mining, forestry, telecommunications and water), manufacturing and hi-tech sectors, and arising from privatizations (banking, cement and telecommunications), and from distribution, technology, sale of goods, joint venture and shareholder agreements.

Arbitration Experience

Kim regularly sits as an arbitrator. Concluded cases include as (i) chair in a dispute arising from a long term distribution agreement for software in East Asia, (ii) co-arbitrator in a dispute arising from the construction of a coal fired power station in South Asia, (iii) co-arbitrator in a dispute arising from a PRC joint venture for the construction and operation of a manufacturing facility, (iv) sole arbitrator in an construction dispute in Indo China, and (v) sole arbitrator in a dispute arising from an exclusive agency agreement involving restrictive covenants.


Kim is co-author of "The Consultation Paper of the Hong Kong Law Reform Commission’s Sub-Committee on Third Party Funding for Arbitration", October 2015, Lexis Nexis' "Hong Kong Encyclopedia of Forms and Precedents, Dispute Resolution-Arbitration & Mediation", 2011 and "ICCA's Guide to the Interpretation of the 1958 New York Convention: A Handbook For Judges" 2011 (co-author), among other works. She writes and speaks widely about arbitration, dispute prevention and ADR.


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