Mariana Zhong


Mariana Zhong

National Partner

Beijing | 24/F, North Tower, Beijing Kerry Centre, 1 Guanghua Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China 100020
+8610 5829 1310 | +8610 5829 1313

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Mariana Zhong focuses her practice on international litigation and arbitration matters.

Ms. Zhong has participated in and assisted with dozens of cases before the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), the International Court of Arbitration (ICC), the China International Economic and Trade Commission (CIETAC), the Beijing Arbitration Commission (BAC), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and Chinese local courts. The nature of these disputes encompasses the fields of oil and gas production sharing contracts, international purchase and sales agreements, shipbuilding and delivery, M&A, JV operations in China and corporate governance, international OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) agreements, intellectual property rights, and construction projects.

Ms. Zhong also has significant experience enforcing foreign judgments and arbitral awards in mainland China. In addition to her court/arbitration-related experience, Ms. Zhong has advised foreign companies on investment-related disputes with Chinese parties (in particular, SOEs), and also represented foreign and Chinese clients in several commercial and/or pre-arbitration negotiations both home and abroad.
Ms. Zhong also has experience recovering sovereign assets for foreign State that are held in judicial auction proceedings in PRC local courts.

Ms. Zhong is again recognized as a "Next Generation Lawyer" in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 for her work in dispute resolution in China.

Before joining Dechert, Ms. Zhong gained over four years' experience handling international litigation and arbitration matters with a major international law firm.

  • A foreign oil and gas company in an international commercial arbitration conducted before the SIAC against a major international oil and gas company. The disputed amount was over US$40 million.
  • A foreign oil and gas company in dispute settlement negotiations with a Chinese state-owned oil and gas company concerning the PSCs entered into between the parties.
  • A Chinese state-owned oil company in an international arbitration conducted in Norway, defending claims from a Norwegian company. The disputed amount was over US$30 million.
  • A major Mexican energy company in dispute settlement negotiations with a Chinese state-owned shipbuilding enterprise concerning the delivery of vessels built by the Chinese shipyard in Dalian, PRC.
  • A Chinese listed company in an ICC arbitration, defending claims from a German chemical company for disputes arising from three technology transfer agreements. The disputed amount was over US$30 million.
  • Represented 21 respondents (Chinese companies and individuals) in a HKIAC arbitration, defending claims brought by a Hong Kong company in connection with a share purchase agreement. The disputed amount was over US$33 million.
  • Participated in an international arbitration case conducted under the auspices of the ICC for disputes arising from several international furniture purchase and sales contracts between Chinese sellers and European buyers.
  • A UK fire-detector manufacturing company in an international arbitration conducted before the CIETAC against a Chinese company in connection with a joint venture between the parties.
  • Participated in an international arbitration held at the BAC for a Chinese state-owned enterprise in relation to disputes arising from an agent service contract involving the SOE's subsidiary registered abroad, a foreign company and a Chinese individual.
  • A Chinese auto vehicle manufacturer on its disputes with an Italian company for matters relating to an OEM agreement. The advice included filing and defending a potential ICC arbitration against the Italian company.
  • The Chinese company in pre-arbitration negotiations with the Italian company.
  • A Hong Kong company in an ICC arbitration held in New York against a major US aircraft engine manufacturer for disputes arising from several agency contracts between the parties.
  • A Chinese state-owned construction and railway company in matters relating to its disputes with a Congolese company arising from a joint venture contract between the parties. 
  • Represented the Chinese company in initiating an ICC arbitration against the Congolese company. 
  • An American company in enforcing a HKIAC award in China.
  • Acted as administrative secretary to the Tribunal in two ad hoc arbitrations under UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules (1976) relating to disputes concerning Clean Development Mechanism and Certified Emission Reductions.
  • A major US chocolate manufacturer in its franchising matters in China.
  • A major US company on matters relating to Chinese nuclear legal regime.
  • A major international lottery company in its disputes with Chinese local government.
  • A big shareholder of an agricultural company in a BAC arbitration against two other shareholders for dispute arising from a shareholders' agreement.
  • A major Chinese airline company and its affiliates in a CIETAC arbitration against three companies and two individuals for disputes arising from a share purchase agreement.
  • The State of Bolivia in matters relating to the recovery of its sovereign assets (16 barges) that are currently held under judicial auction by a Chinese local court.
  • A French company in enforcing a French judgment and an ICC award in China.
  • A Chinese major machinery company in its dispute with a US company and its parent company relating to an EPC contract located in Central America.
  • China Foreign Affairs University, LL.B., 2007
  • New York University School of Law, LL.M., International Business Regulation, Litigation and Arbitration Program, 2013
  • New York
  • Simplified Chinese
  • English
  • Affiliate Research Fellow of Harvard Law School's Center on the Legal Profession
  • Member of New York Bar Association (NYSBA)
  • Member of Young SIAC Group (YSIAC)
  • Arbitrator of Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration
  • Arbitrator of Shijiazhuang Arbitration Commission
  • Arbitrator of Langfang Arbitration Commission
Speaking Engagements
  • 3rd CARTAL Conference on International Arbitration — National Law University, Jodhpur, India (September 29, 2018) 
  • Risk Management for Chinese Companies' Overseas Investments: from the Perspectives of International Commercial and Investment Arbitration — CIFTIS (China Beijing International Fair for Trade in Services), Beijing (May 28, 2018)
  • Symposium on Recent Update on Hong Kong and Mainland China Arbitration — Beijing, China (March 1, 2018)

Speaker, "Symposium on Recent Update on Hong Kong and Mainland China Arbitration" panel discussed several important Chinese court decisions made in 2017 in respect of international and domestic arbitration. Speakers also examined the two long-awaited Judicial Interpretations on the review of arbitration-related petitions by the Chinese court, announced at the end of 2017.

  • Bring Chinese Arbitration System in line with International Arbitration Practice — (November 30, 2017)
  • M&A Panel — University of Chicago China Forum 2017, Chicago (April 30, 2017)
  • The Future of Ad Hoc Arbitration in China — Beijing International Arbitration Forum, Beijing (March 24, 2017)

Ad hoc arbitration is the earliest form of arbitration in many countries, and national courts normally do not treat with different standards the validity of ad hoc and institution arbitration clauses, or the enforceability of ad hoc and institutional arbitral awards. China’s prohibition of ad hoc arbitration seated in the mainland is a unique and extraordinary approach in the international arbitration community.

  • Dispute Settlement and Enforcement of Treaty Awards — International Arbitration in BRICS : Challenges, Opportunities and Road Ahead, New Delhi (August 27, 2016)
  • ASA China Roadshow & Workshops — Swiss Arbitration Association, China (June 14, 2016)

Speaker, "Latest Development of Arbitration between China and Europe" panel.

  • Chinese Arbitration System —Tsinghua University School of Law, Beijing