Sarah Thomas

Sarah Thomas


The London School of Economics and Political Science (LL.B., 2006)
Columbia Law School (J.D., 2007)

Bar Admissions

New York
England & Wales
Hong Kong (Solicitor)

Sarah’s practice focuses on international arbitration, internal investigations, and commercial litigation throughout the Asia–Pacific region, and she has particular experience in matters relating to mainland China, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Malaysia, and Japan.

She regularly advises clients on complex disputes and investigations through the Asia–Pacific region and has represented clients in a variety of industries, including technology, consulting, and professional services, engineering, manufacturing, healthcare/pharmaceuticals, automotive, insurance, and telecoms. She has counseled clients in a range of disputes, including contract disputes, intellectual property disputes, and others. 

Sarah represents clients in international arbitrations under a variety of procedural rules, including Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Singapore International Arbitration Centre, China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Center, International Criminal Court, London Court of International Arbitration, and the American Arbitration Association; and conducts her own oral advocacy. She frequently represents clients in internal investigations across the Asia–Pacific region, with a particular focus on South and Southeast Asia, and assists clients with pre‑acquisition and third–party anti–corruption due diligence. She provides strategic advice to multinational clients engaged in litigation in the Asia–Pacific region, particularly in China and India.

She is fluent in English and highly proficient in German.

U.S. media company
Represented 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 company
Represented 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 manufacturer
Represented 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 company
Represented 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 company
Represented 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 company
Represented 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 company
Represented this entity in a government–facing investigation of potential FCPA violations in Vietnam.

Multinational technology and consulting company
Represented this entity in an internal investigation into employee self–dealing in India.

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