Edward Taylor

Shearman & Sterling


Hong Kong; England & Wales

Hong Kong

Edward is a partner of Shearman & Sterling. His practice includes disputes related to energy, M&A, private equity, joint ventures, TMT, digital assets and infrastructure. He is dual-qualified in England and Wales (solicitor advocate) and Hong Kong (solicitor). He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators (FHKIArb).

Edward has acted as counsel on arbitrations conducted under the auspices of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA), as well as ad hoc proceedings under the UNCITRAL arbitration rules and Emergency Arbitrator proceedings. Edward also sits as arbitrator, including in HKIAC proceedings.

In addition, Edward represents parties in general commercial litigation and arbitration-related court proceedings in Hong Kong and England, including arbitrator challenges and enforcement matters, as well as expert determination, mediation and dispute review board procedures.


LL.B. (First Class)

Postgraduate Diploma, International Dispute Resolution Arbitration

Legal Practice Course (Distinction)

Solicitor Advocate, England and Wales
Solicitor, Hong Kong



“Crypto Disputes: The Valuation Challenge”, IBA Dispute Resolution International, May 2023
Singapore Chapter of Delos Guide to Arbitration, Delos Dispute Resolution (Second Edition), March 2023 (with E. Jacomy, J. Younan, G. Lim)
“Crypto Winter Disputes: Navigating the Intersection of Crypto, Arbitration and Insolvency”, IBA Arbitration Bulletin, 21 October 2022.
“Crypto Arbitration: A Survival Guide”, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 29 September 2022
“Emergency Arbitration in Mainland China: A New Dawn?,” Asian Dispute Review, July 2022 (with E. Jacomy)
“ESG Ruling Sends Out Warning To UK Parent Companies,” Law360, 15 August 2022 (with J. Swil, M. Massih and J. Matthews)
“Singapore’s New Conditional Fee Agreement Regime: An Uplifting Reform?,” Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 7 April 2022 (with K. Zheng)
“PRIME Finance Arbitration Rules 2022 Commentary: Interim Measures and Emergency Arbitration”, PRIME Finance Foundation, forthcoming (with J. Bertrand)
“Contractors beware: strict compliance with notice requirements following Maeda v Bauer,” IBA Asia Pacific Regional Forum, 27 May 2021 (with D. Hume and R. Raheja)
“Levelling the International Arbitration Playing Field: Outcome-Related Fee Structure Reform in Hong Kong and Singapore,” Asian Dispute Review, April 2021
“Evolution, Not Revolution: A Step Towards Ex Parte Emergency Arbitrator Relief in Hong Kong,” Asian Dispute Review, October 2020 (with J. Bertrand)
“Hong Kong’s Law Reform Commission Green-Lights Outcome Related Fee Structures for Arbitration,” Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 3 February 2021
“No-Win, No-Fee Arbitration: a Win-Win for Hong Kong and Singapore?,” Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 7 July 2020 (with K. Zheng)

Speaking Engagements

“Access to Justice, Right to a Fair Trial & Consent to Arbitration”, AIJA - International Association of Young Lawyers’ Conference, The Hague, 25 May 2023
“Hong Kong: an ideal seat of arbitration and dispute resolution hub for Asia?”, Hong Kong Trade Development Council and HKIAC, 13 April 2023
“Crypto Disputes: What to Expect in 2023”, FinTech Foundry, 12 April 2023
“Navigating Arbitration in Hong Kong and Thailand”, HK45 and THAC, 11 April 2023
“Jurisdictional Challenges in International Arbitration”, MAA Generations in Arbitration Conference, 19 March 2023
“Jurisdiction of Arbitral Tribunals”, Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators’ International Arbitration Course, 3 March 2023
“Crypto Winter: The Asia Pacific’s Shifting Crypto Dispute Landscape”, Seoul ADR Festival, 8 November 2022
“The Rise of Offshore Arbitration”, Hong Kong Arbitration Week, 25 October 2022
“Crypto and ESG Dispute Trends,” NUS Practice Beyond Borders Webinar, 23 September 2022
“Hong Kong's Outcome Related Fee Structure Reform: a Win-Win for Arbitrating Parties and their Lawyers?,” Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators (HKIArb), Webinar, 26 July 2022
“Navigating Valuation Challenges in the Crypto Dispute Landscape,”Legal Plus Global Conference, Singapore, 21 July 2022
“Transforming Dispute Resolution for Complex, High-Value Cases in APAC”, Opus 2 Roundtable Webinar, 24 February 2022
“Arbitrating Disputes with Chinese Parties: A Guide for Korean Companies,” Thomson Reuters Live Webinar, 7 December 2021
“CIETAC Emergency Arbitrator Proceedings,” CIETAC Hong Kong Arbitration Center, China Arbitration Week 2021, 10 September 2021
“Cross-border dispute resolution in Asia Pacific,” Thomson Reuters Live Webinar, 26 August 2021
“Interim Measures,” Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators (HKIArb), International Commercial Arbitration and PRC Arbitration Training Programme, 20 June 2021
“Emergency Arbitrator Proceedings,” Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators (HKIArb), Webinar, 28 April 2021
“Resolving Infrastructure Disputes along the Belt & Road,” Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Expo 2019, Kunming, 22 November 2019
“Mitigating Dispute Risk: Contractual and Investment Treaty Protections,” Association of Corporate Counsel, Hong Kong, 21 November 2019
“Enforcement of Arbitral Awards under the New York and ICSID Conventions,” organized by the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), Beijing, 8 November 2019

Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Fellow, Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators
Member, List of Arbitrators, HKIAC
Member, Panel of Arbitrators, Law Society of Hong Kong
Member, Panel of Arbitrators, Asian International Arbitration Centre
Member, Panel of Arbitrators, Beihai Asia International Arbitration Centre
Member, Panel of Arbitrators, Shanghai Arbitration Commission
Member, Panel of Arbitrators, Thailand Arbitration Center
Member, Reserve Panel of Arbitrators, Singapore International Arbitration Centre
Member, HKIAC Users Council
Member, HKIAC Belt & Road
Member, ICC-HK
Member, CIETAC Hong Kong Task Force: Arbitration Rules Revision
Member, BVI Arbitration Group
Member, International Bar Association (IBA)
Member, IBA Arbitration, Asia Pacific and Oil & Gas Committees
Member, ITA Arbitration Report, Board of Reporters (Hong Kong)
Member, LCIA Asia Pacific Users Council
Member, Asian Academy of International Law
Member, Rising Arbitrators Initiative
Member, Law Society of Hong Kong
Member, Law Society of England & Wales

Edward is a Partner in Shearman & Sterling's Hong Kong office.

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