Huang Tao


Areas of practice

Mr. Huang is the managing partner of the Dispute Resolution and Litigation Group of King &Wood Mallesons. He has nearly 20 years’ experience in international commercial and maritime litigation and arbitration.

Mr. Huang has represented well-known domestic and international multinational companies in hundreds of commercial and maritime cases at the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, the International Chamber of Commerce Court of Arbitration, the London Court of International Arbitration, the Chamber of Commerce Court of Arbitration in Stockholm, Sweden, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre. Cases he has dealt with include foreign investment disputes and international trade disputes. Mr. Huang is an expert in cross-border disputes related to derivative transactions, including representing large-scale international commercial banks in pursuing domestic investment companies in relation to syndicated loans, financial derivative products, and currency mattes. He also represents Chinese state-owned banks in litigious actions against international investment banks under ISDA agreements including debt, bonds and financial derivative disputes.

Mr. Huang is also a leading Chinese lawyer in the field of commodity arbitrations. Since 2005, he has represented clients in dozens of proceedings at the Federation of Oils, Seeds and Fats Associations Ltd and Grain and Feed Trade Association, and won favorable judgments and decisions for many Chinese large-scale import and export companies.

In addition, Mr. Huang has handled hundreds of foreign civil and commercial litigation cases before PRC courts at all levels, including applications for recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards. Mr. Huang has also successfully represented clients in relation to overseas investments, including large state-owned enterprises and private companies, in foreign investigation and judicial proceedings.

Mr. Huang was appointed as counsel for the Organizing Committee of the 29th Olympiad, leading the legal team in providing legal services pertaining to all aspects of marketing and development activities (including strategic partnerships, sponsors, suppliers and licenses); television syndication; bidding for Olympic venues; large-scale cultural activities and organizations; and, the execution of the events (including hotels, medical care, volunteer services and ticketing). In 2015, the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Bidding Committee invited Mr. Huang to be the keynote speaker of its legal chapter.

In 2015, Mr. Huang has been ranked as one of the Leading Individuals in the field of dispute resolution in China by Legal 500 in its 2016 Asia Pacific rankings.

Work experience

Huang Tao joined King & Wood Mallesons in 1999. Prior to joining the firm, he was a partner with Beijing Huanzhong & Partners. In 2010, Mr. Huang acted as a visiting associate in Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

Mr. Huang graduated from the University of International Business and Economics, where he attained his LL.B. and Ph.D. He qualified as a Chinese lawyer in 1994.


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