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Ms. Jessica Fei is a widely recognized leading international arbitration and dispute resolution specialist with over 25 years' experience working with international arbitration institutions and leading firms in New York and Asia. She is currently the joint coordinator of King & Wood Mallesons' worldwide arbitration practice, and a member of the firm’s DR management team in charge of cross-border disputes.
Constantly ranked and recommended by leading legal media including Chambers, Legal 500, and ALB, Jessica is one of the very few leading international arbitration practitioners (acting as counsel and arbitrator) with mainland Chinese background and dual qualifications (Chinese and New York) as well as extensive cross-border experience handling disputes between Chinese and foreign parties.
Jessica focuses her practice on international arbitration, litigation and alternative disputes resolution. She represents and assists clients in international arbitrations (including AAA/ICDR, HKIAC, SIAC, ICC, CIETAC, LCIA, SCC, BAC and UNCITRAL) and litigation matters inside and outside China in both English and Chinese languages. She handles disputes relating to energy, infrastructure and construction, trade, international investment (eg Sino-foreign joint venture disputes), merger & acquisition, manufacturing, distribution, and intellectual property matters among others. Jessica is particularly experienced in advising clients in foreign-related arbitrations in China and overseas arbitration and litigation.
Jessica has been involved in international arbitration work since 1994. She has about eight years of experience working as a case manager and research fellow with leading international arbitration institutions, including CIETAC in Beijing and the ICDR/AAA in New York, where she administered and coordinated more than 300 international arbitration and mediation cases.
Prior to joining KWM Jessica has practiced for a number of years with leading international law firms based in Beijing, Shanghai, New York, Singapore and Hong Kong. Immediately prior to KWM, Jessica was a dispute resolution/ arbitration partner of Herbert Smith Freehills in Beijing during 2011 and 2019.
She sits regularly as arbitrator in commercial arbitration cases, and is listed on the international arbitrator panels of the ICDR/AAA, HKIAC, SIAC, CIETAC, AIAC, KCAB, CEAC (Chinese European Arbitration Center, Germany), CRCICA, JCAA etc. Jessica is a court member of SIAC Court of Arbitration, a member of the International/ Asia Advisory Committee of the AAA/ICDR, a member of the CEAC Advisory Board, Vice President of the UIA Litigation Committee and China Chapter Chair of NYSBA (New York State Bar Association) International Section.
Ms. Fei received a B.A. in English language from the Beijing Foreign Studies University and a LL.M. from Law School of the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) and Columbia University School of Law (New York, U.S.).
Ms. Fei is qualified in the PRC and New York State.
Jessica’s working languages are Chinese and English, and she is proficient in French.