Sarah Thomas

Sarah Thomas

Education

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 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.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

LITIGATION AND ARBITRATION

  • Represented a U.S. media company in a time-limited, Hong Kong-seated HKIAC arbitration 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.
  • Represented a Malaysian telecommunications company and its subsidiaries in a time-limited, London-seated LCIA arbitration arising from a share purchase agreement governed by English law.
  • Represented a leading publicly-listed Chinese appliance manufacturer in a Hong Kong-seated HKIAC arbitration arising out of long-term distribution contract with an Israeli company governed by Hong Kong law.
  • Represented a Fortune 100 financial services company in Hong Kong court proceedings seeking to set aside an award resulting from Hong Kong-seated ICC arbitration of a US$500 million dispute.
  • Represented the Singaporean subsidiary of a multinational technology and consulting company in a Singapore-seated SIAC arbitration arising from an agreement for I.T. systems implementation services governed by Singapore law.
  • Represented a subsidiary of a leading publicly-listed U.S. industrial gases company in a Shanghai-seated, Chinese-language CIETAC arbitration with a Chinese municipality arising from a long-term agreement for the supply of industrial gases governed by PRC law.
  • Represented the Chinese subsidiary of a leading publicly-listed U.S. industrial gases company 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.
  • Represented a private equity fund in a Hong Kong-seated HKIAC arbitration under the Expedited Procedure involving a contract dispute with a California-based technology company governed by Hong Kong law.
  • Represented a manufacturer of technical and creative paper stock in a Hong Kong-seated HKIAC arbitration arising from a joint venture agreement to manufacture specialty paper in China governed by PRC law.
  • Represented a leading publicly-listed Chinese appliance manufacturer in two Singapore-seated SIAC arbitrations arising from the termination of long-term agreements with a Middle Eastern distributor governed by PRC law.
  • Represented a Swiss pharmaceutical company in a proceeding in the Tokyo District Court to set aside a JCAA award.
  • Represented a major Japanese automotive manufacturer in consolidated London-seated ICC arbitrations brought against a German competitor relating to a failed cooperation governed by English and Japanese law.
  • Represented a private investment firm in a London-seated LCIA arbitration of a contract dispute governed by English law.
  • Represented a U.S. subsidiary of a major European reinsurer in an ad hoc New York-seated arbitration and a New York-seated AAA-administered arbitration brought by a U.S. fund manager relating to a failed life insurance fund governed by New York law.

INVESTIGATIONS

  • Represented a multinational pharmaceutical and medical device company in a government-facing investigation of potential FCPA violations in Vietnam.
  • Represented a multinational technology and consulting company in an internal investigation into employee self-dealing in India.
  • Represented a multinational technology and consulting company in an internal investigation of potential FCPA violations in India.
  • Assisted the Indian subsidiary of a Japanese white goods manufacturer subject to FCPA due diligence in connection with an acquisition.
  • Assisted a Japanese company in connection with FCPA due diligence in connection with the acquisition of an Indian target.
  • Represented a German engineering group in an internal investigation into allegations of bribery in response to an investigation by the Munich Public Prosecutor’s Office.
  • Participated in the internal investigation of a major Japanese manufacturer in response to investigations initiated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the U.S. Attorney’s Office (Southern District of New York) and various State’s Attorney’s Offices.

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