Dr. Michael J Moser
arbitrator, mediator and attorney-at-law


Dr. Moser is an international arbitrator, mediator and attorney-at-law. A member of the New York and Washington, D.C. Bars, he is a graduate of the Harvard Law School (J.D.), Columbia University (Ph.D.) and Georgetown University (B.S.F.S.).


Dr. Moser acts as arbitrator, mediator and counsel in business disputes between multinational corporations and Chinese and other Asian parties. He has substantial experience with direct investments, technology licensing, oil and gas transactions, major projects, and mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to his retirement from the firm in 2006, Dr. Moser was China Managing Partner of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Dr. Moser is currently an arbitrator member of 20 Essex Street Chambers in London. He also maintains offices in Hong Kong and Beijing.


Dr. Moser has been advising foreign clients doing business in the Asia-Pacific region and the People’s Republic of China since 1980. He has resided in Hong Kong and Beijing for more than 30 years. He was the first foreign national to be appointed as an arbitrator in China.

Dr. Moser has acted as arbitrator, mediator or counsel in more than 150 international proceedings conducted under ad hoc arbitration rules, such as the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, and institutional rules, including those of the ICC, the AAA/ICDR, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), and others.

Recent arbitral appointments include:

Accredited Arbitrator Status

Dr. Moser is an accredited arbitrator of a number of arbitration bodies, including:

Appointments and Positions

Dr. Moser holds a number of appointments and positions, including:


Dr. Moser is listed in Who's Who in the World. He is also listed in The World’s Leading Lawyers by Chambers Global. He has been named among the top 500 lawyers in the Asia-Pacific Region by Asia Pacific Legal 500.

The Global Counsel Handbook for Dispute Resolution (2003-04) states that Dr. Moser is “Consistently regarded among his peers as the pre-eminent expert on China-related dispute matters.”

Who’s Who Legal 2005 has named Dr. Moser among the “most highly regarded individuals” in the field.

Practical Law Company Which Lawyer? Yearbook 2006 named Dr. Moser as “a pre-eminent expert on China-related disputes.”

Chambers Global Guide 2006 said Dr. Moser is “a natural choice as counsel or arbitrator, especially for but not exclusively for matters relating to Asia.”

Cross Border Quarterly 2006 named Dr. Moser as one of the “Top 20 Global Arbitrators.”

The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration 2006 ranked Dr. Moser as number 2 in a list of the “Top 25 Asian Arbitrators.”

Chambers Global awarded Dr. Moser its “Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2006 in recognition of his work in the field of international arbitration.

Chambers Asia 2008 said Dr. Moser was “universally acknowledged as a pre-eminent foreign business lawyer in the region” and a “dispute resolution heavy weight.” He was described as “highly skilled in international arbitration” and “an arbitrator of choice.”

Who’s Who Legal 2008 named Dr. Moser “perhaps the best-known arbitration practitioner in the region.”

Practical Law Company Which Lawyer? Yearbook 2008 gave Dr. Moser its highest ranking for dispute resolution in Hong Kong/China, listing him as the “leading individual” in the region.

Chambers Global 2008 includes Dr. Moser in the top ranks of arbitration practitioners, describing him as “much admired” and “highly skilled.”

Who’s Who Legal 2009 named Dr. Moser as the “star pick“ for arbitration in Asia.


Dr. Moser is the author of numerous articles and books on Chinese legal topics, including:

Doing Business in China (Juris, 2008);

Hong Kong Arbitration: A User’s Guide (CCH/Kluwer, 2008);

Arbitration in Asia (Juris, 2008):

Asian Leading Arbitrators’ Guide to International Arbitration (Juris, 2007);

Business Disputes in China (Juris, 2007);

Duelling with Dragons: Managing Business Disputes in Today’s China (Kluwer, 2007);

International Arbitration in the People’s Republic of China: Commentary, Cases and Materials (Butterworths, 1995 and revised 2000);

Hong Kong and China Arbitration (Butterworths, 1994);

Foreign Trade, Investment and the Law in the People’s Republic of China (Oxford University Press, 1984 and 1987);

The China Tax Guide (Oxford University Press, 1987, 1993, revised 1999);

The China Business Law Guide (CCH, 1990).

Dr. Moser is General Editor of the Journal of International Arbitration, Consulting Editor of World Arbitration and Mediation Report and a member of the Board of Editors of the China Law Yearbook and the Pacific Rim Law and Policy Journal.


Dr. Moser was born on 31 August 1950. He is married to Yvonne Yi-feng Wei and has three children. He speaks English and Chinese (Mandarin). He is a citizen of Austria (EU).

Dr. Moser is a member of the Hong Kong Club and the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club; the China Club Peking; the Oriental Club, London; the Union Club, New York; and the Harvard Club of New York City.

Dr. Moser is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of London. He is also a Fellow of the Explorers Club of New York City and Chairman of the East Asia Branch of the Explorers Club.

Dr. Moser is a Member of the Board of Directors of the China Exploration and Research Society in Hong Kong and the Gesellschaft zur Erforschung EurAsiens in Zurich.

Dr. Moser is a member of the Advisory Board of Coutts Bank.




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