Chris Bailey


Chris is a highly ranked international arbitration partner with 20 years of leading private practice experience. He specialises in complex multi-jurisdictional disputes with an emphasis on international arbitration, commercial litigation and criminal and regulatory investigations.

Chris is both a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Solicitor Advocate, All Higher Courts of England & Wales. He also has extensive regional experience from practicing in multiple jurisdictions across the Asia Pacific over the last 15 years.

Chris represents clients in a wide variety of complex high-value cross-border commercial disputes which regularly include claims for in excess of a US$ billion and predominantly arise out of the energy, resource, transport, infrastructure, financial services, media and IT sectors, with Chris having a particular expertise in oil and gas, construction and investment treaty cases. He is a Solicitor Advocate, All Higher Courts of England & Wales, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a panel arbitrator of the JCAA, KCAB and SIAC institutions and a member of the JIDRC Operation Subcommittee, AIPN Japan Sub-Chapter Committee and SIAC Users Council.

His matters are submitted to arbitral institutions around the world including the HKIAC, ICC, ICDR-AAA, JCAA, LCIA and SIAC; in national courts including those of Australia, England & Wales, Japan, Thailand and the U.S.; and on the regulatory front, before national bodies including the U.S. Department of Justice and Office of Foreign Assets Control, the U.K. Serious Fraud Office, the Japanese Financial Services Authority, the Thai Office of the Attorney General and the Nigerian Economic & Financial Crimes Commission.

In addition, Chris has been featured in the Asia Pacific legal directories for International Dispute Resolution, Energy and Construction since 2013. He has recently been based Tokyo where he was ranked as a Band 1 Lawyer for International Dispute Resolution by Chambers and as a Global Future Leader (Partners) by Who’s Who Legal Arbitration.

Chris is one of the leading advocates in the region. A true expert in the international disputes field in Asia. He brings to bear valuable experience in advising on disputes in relation to energy projects and commercial contracts, with expertise in cross-border litigation and international arbitration.

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021 – Dispute Resolution: International – Band 1