NATHANIEL LAI’s practice focuses on international arbitration and dispute resolution. He has handled and acted for clients in international arbitration cases conducted under various institutional and ad hoc rules (including the ICC, ICDR-AAA, HKIAC, SIAC, UNCITRAL, CIETAC and CAA Taiwan) and in a wide variety of areas (including M&A, private equity, fraud, construction, sale of goods and technology disputes). He also has broad experience advising on general commercial litigation matters, including arbitration-related court proceedings, bankruptcy and insolvency issues, and complex cross-border disputes.
Nathaniel also has experience in white-collar litigation and internal investigations, and has advised companies and individuals in matters involving the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Department of Justice (DOJ) and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), as well as the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and other regulators in the region.
Nathaniel graduated from Columbia Law School, where he was an editor of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, and the London School of Economics, where he was awarded various academic prizes for overall performance and for best performance in contract law, tort law, EU law, and human rights law.
Nathaniel is fluent in English and Mandarin.
Admissions & Certifications
- New York
- HK Registered Foreign Lawyer (New York)
- Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 2014 (James Kent Scholar, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar)
- London School of Economics, LL.B., 2013 (First Class Honours, Charltons Prize, John Griffith Prize, Hughes Parry Prize (Top Performance in Tort and Contract), Blackstone Chambers Prize (Top Performance in EU Law), Blackstone Chambers Prize (Top Performance in Human Rights Law))