Sarah Thomas is a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s Hong Kong office. Her practice focuses on international arbitration, internal investigations and commercial litigation throughout the Asia-Pacific region, and she has particular experience in matters relating to China, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Malaysia and Japan.
She regularly advises clients on complex disputes and investigations across a wide range of industries, including technology, engineering, manufacturing, healthcare/pharmaceuticals, automotive, insurance and telecoms. Ms. Thomas is qualified in New York, England & Wales and Hong Kong. She received her LL.B. from the London School of Economics and her J.D. from Columbia Law School.
Ms. Thomas has in-depth knowledge of the arbitration legislation of all the major seats and the seats in the Asia-Pacific region and has represented clients in arbitrations seated in a variety of locations, with particular frequency in Hong Kong, London, Singapore and Mainland China. She is experienced representing clients in both ad hoc and administered proceedings and under a variety of procedural rules, including those of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and the American Arbitration Association (AAA), in addition to the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules.
Ms. Thomas was named a “Dispute Resolution Star” for International Arbitration by Benchmark Litigation in its Asia-Pacific 2019 rankings.
She is fluent in English and highly proficient in German.
U.S. media companyRepresented this entity in a time–limited, Hong Kong–seated arbitration under the UNCITAL Rules arising from a patent license agreement with the subsidiary of a large, publicly–listed PRC company governed by Hong Kong law with substantial PRC law issues.
Malaysian telecommunications companyRepresented this entity and its subsidiaries in a time–limited, London–seated LCIA arbitration arising from a share purchase agreement governed by English law.
Chinese appliance manufacturerRepresented this leading publicly–listed entity in a Hong Kong–seated arbitration under the Hong Kong Arbitration Ordinance arising out of an alleged long–term distribution contract with a Middle Eastern company governed by Hong Kong law.
Fortune 100 financial services companyRepresented this financial institution in Hong Kong court proceedings seeking to set aside an award resulting from Hong Kong–seated ICC arbitration of a US$500 million dispute.
Singaporean subsidiary of a multinational technology and consulting companyRepresented this entity in a Singapore–seated SIAC arbitration arising from an agreement for I.T. systems implementation services governed by Singapore law.
Chinese subsidiary of a leading publicly–listed U.S. industrial gases companyRepresented this entity in a Beijing–seated, Chinese–language CIETAC arbitration with the branch of a Chinese state–owned oil and gas corporation arising out of an agreement governed by PRC law.
Multinational pharmaceutical and medical device companyRepresented this entity in a government–facing investigation of potential FCPA violations in Vietnam.
Multinational technology and consulting companyRepresented this entity in an internal investigation into employee self–dealing in India.
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