Vanessa’s practice focuses on international commercial and investment treaty arbitration and public international law. She has experience working on arbitrations governed by the UNCITRAL, ICSID, ICC, LCIA and HKIAC rules, including complex share sale disputes and investment disputes under the OIC Agreement, representing State and private clients and multinational companies across sectors: energy, mining, infrastructure, construction, telecommunication and banking. Vanessa has also worked on English and Hong Kong litigation and provided legal advice on international investment law and proceedings before the International Court of Justice and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.
Before joining Omnia, Vanessa worked at several international law firms based in London and Hong Kong and served as a Court Marshal at the Hong Kong High Court as well as being selected as a U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network fellow. She has published in journals and was a contributor to International Investment Arbitration in a Nutshell. Vanessa was also an editor at The American Review of International Arbitration, The Yearbook on International Investment Law & Policy and part of the student advisory team to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia at Columbia University.
Vanessa holds a First Class degree with Dean’s Honours List in Politics and Public Administration and a J.D. degree from The University of Hong Kong, where she was awarded the HKU J.D. Prize for being the top of the class in Dissertation (Public International Law). She obtained her LL.M. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, top of the class in Foreign Direct Investment and Public Policy and awardee of the Parker School Recognition of Achievement in International and Comparative Law.
Vanessa is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and English.