Brenda is Head of International Arbitration (Australia) of Herbert Smith Freehills. Brenda specialises in international arbitration, with a particular focus on disputes involving emerging markets, and has worked from the US, Paris, Moscow, Shanghai and now Sydney. She is an Australian registered foreign lawyer (admitted in Washington DC).
She works with clients on complex international commercial and investment treaty arbitration matters at both the arbitration and enforcement stages, acts as counsel in matters conducted under a wide variety of arbitration rules, and also sits as an arbitrator.
Her background as a transactional lawyer provides valuable insight for clients into the underlying commercial and contractual aspects of the disputes on which she advises.
In addition to her work as counsel, Brenda has spoken at many conferences and seminars on both arbitration and the challenges of investments in emerging markets. She is the past co-chair of the China Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of International Law, and served for several years as Global Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University Law School (Shanghai campus).
She is fluent in English, French and Russian, and speaks elementary Mandarin.
Brenda’s experience includes advising:
- a Chinese company in a commercial arbitration under the International Chamber of Commerce Rules against a Central Asian entity, relating to a dispute in the technology, media and telecommunications sector;
- a Chinese subsidiary of a multinational company in a commercial arbitration under the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) Rules against a Chinese entity, relating to a dispute in the natural resource sector;
- a Chinese client in a commercial arbitration under the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) Rules, brought by a North American venture capital firm in connection with a disputed investment;
- a Chinese client in a commercial arbitration under the SIAC Rules against a Hong Kong entity, relating to a joint venture dispute in the paper industry;
- a Chinese client in a commercial arbitration under the HKIAC Rules against a North American entity, relating to a joint venture dispute in the textile industry