Ariel Ye


Areas of practice

Ms. Ariel Ye has more than 25 years of experience in the resolution of cross-border business disputes and specializes in assisting clients to address complex business disputes. As a Senior Partner of King & Wood Mallesons’ Dispute Resolution and Litigation Practice Group, she has long been recognized as a leading expert in China-related dispute resolution in the Asia Pacific region.

Ms. Ye focuses on international arbitration, China-related compliance work and cross-border dispute resolution.

Ms. Ye is one of the few most respected Chinese lawyers in the field of international arbitration. She currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board of International Council of Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) as the only representative from Mainland China, a member of the Court of Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)  and the Senior Vice Chair of the Asia Pacific Regional Forum of International Bar Association (IBA). 

Ms. Ye is also listed on the Panel of Arbitrators of American Arbitration Association (AAA), Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and SIAC etc.

Ms. Ye has represented Chinese and foreign clients at CIETAC and has represented Chinese clients at International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), AAA, HKIAC and SIAC etc.

Ms. Ye has been frequently recognized as a leading lawyer in the field of dispute resolution by many prestigious legal publications including Chambers Asia Pacific and Asian Legal Business (ALB). In 2012, she was ranked as one of the "Top 15 Women Lawyers in China" and one of the "Top 75 Lawyers of Client Choice" in the Asia Pacific region by ALB. She was also selected as one of the outstanding commercial litigation lawyers for the 2013 edition of International Who’s Who of Business Lawyer. In the Chambers Asia-Pacific Guide, she was ranked as “Bank 1” in the field of arbitration for many years and ranked as “Eminent Practitioner” of Arbitration in 2019 and 2020. In 2021, she was selected as the “Global Elite Thought Leader” in international arbitration by Global Arbitration Review (GAR) in the GAR’s publication: Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration. Among the 64 lawyers entitled “Global Elite Thought Leader”, she is the only Chinese lawyer. 

Work Experience

Ms. Ye joined King & Wood Mallesons as a Partner in 2004. Prior to this, she was a consultant in an international law firm in which she worked for nine years, and was a lawyer and a partner in two Beijing law firms for six years.

Ms. Ye received a LL.B. from the Law School of Peking University, a LL.M. from the Law School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and a LL.M. from Harvard Law School. She was admitted in the PRC and New York State in 1988 and 1999 respectively.

Ms. Ye's working languages are Chinese and English.


Legal insights

We contributed to the third edition of GAR's The Guide to M&A Arbitration.

19 February 2021

There are pro-active steps Chinese investors can take to protect their foreign investments from social unrest and political risks. 

01 September 2013

Article 7.5 of PRC Arbitration Law is unwarranted and serves possible challenges to the enforcement of arbitral awards.

03 July 2013

Although most jurisdictions will refuse enforcement of an award that has been set aside in another country, this is not the universal position.

01 May 2013

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