6月中旬,ICC仲裁院刚刚选举出近百年历史上第一位女性主席:瑞生国际律师事务所前任合伙人Claudia Salomon。


ICC Court elects Fangda partner as first Chinese vice-president in history

Helen Shi, a partner at Fangda Partners, has been elected as the Vice-President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. Shi is the first Chinese lawyer to take up this position in the ICC Court’s almost 100-year history.

Shi focuses on dispute resolution, including international commercial arbitration and litigation. She has represented multinational companies and large domestic enterprises in a wide range of disputes, including disputes arising from equity acquisitions, oil and gas projects, hotel management, aircraft leasing, and construction. She has represented clients in litigation before the Chinese courts and in arbitrations before international and domestic arbitration institutions. She has also participated as an arbitrator in over 50 cases.

Shi worked for CIETAC as a case manager for three years back in the 1990s and then joined U.S. firm Coudert Brothers in Beijing and New York for six years. She joined Fangda in 2005 in Beijing.

Shi’s three-year mandate at ICC took effect from 1 July 2021.

Established in 1923, the ICC International Court of Arbitration is one of the world’s leading arbitral institutions which has been selected as the most favorable arbitration institution globally for many years. It consists of 1 president, 17 vice-presidents, and 178 members from around 121 countries and regions.

On 11 June, the Court had just elected Claudia Salomon, former Latham & Watkins partner, as its first female president in history.


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