Fares Nowak

Senior Associate


Hong Kong SAR

Fares represents States and private clients in both international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. He has extensive experience acting in arbitrations under major institutional rules, including HKIAC, ICC, SIAC, ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules, involving various jurisdictions such as Hong Kong, England, Singapore, China, India, Korea and Thailand.

His experience covers a range of complex cross-border disputes arising under international investment agreements, in private equity and joint venture disputes, and in disputes in the energy, finance and technology sectors.

Fares publishes and speaks on arbitration-related topics, including as a guest lecturer on the settlement of investment disputes at the European Public Law Organization’s Academy of International Economic Law and Policy, and as a panel speaker on a Vis East Moot webinar on careers in arbitration.

Fares serves as a Committee Member of the HK45 Committee for the 2023-2025 term. He is admitted to practice in Hong Kong and speaks English, German, Arabic, French and Spanish.



Pro bono

Advising a healthcare charity on Hong Kong, English and US law in relation to various corporate measures in light of applicable regulations relating to charities.

Published Work

  • M Hodgson, F Nowak, 2020, “ Valuation of Damages in Light of Covid-19”, Dispute Resolution International
  • International Bar Association (various authors), 2020, “Doing Business in Asia Pacific”, Hong Kong SAR, Chapters 1 (Introduction), 10 (Financing) and 13 (Dispute resolution)
  • S Ahuja, F Nowak, 2020, “Winding-up orders and arbitration agreements in light of Lasmos (Dayang (HK) Marine Shipping v Asia Master Logistics)”, LexisNexis
  • S Ahuja, F Nowak, 2018, “Staying a winding-up petition for arbitration: No need for a bona fide dispute on substantial grounds (Lasmos v Southwest Pacific Bauxite (HK))”, LexisNexis

Speaking Engagements

  • Panel speaker, Enforcement of rights and realisation of recoveries in arbitration and insolvency, Royal University of Law and Economics (Phnom Penh, Cambodia), March 2023
  • Guest lecturer, Settlement of investment disputes, European Public Law Organization’s Academy of International Economic Law and Policy, July 2022
  • Panel speaker, Careers in Arbitration, Vis East Moot, March 2022

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • Member of the Law Society of Hong Kong
  • Committee Member of the HK45 Committee (2023-2025 term)



Solicitor, Hong Kong, 2018


BA (Hons) Law, University of Cambridge, 2010

Licence en droit, Université Paris II Panthéon Assas, 2011

Maîtrise en droit (Master 1), Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas, 2012

Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL), University of Oxford, 2013

PCLL, The University of Hong Kong, 2016


German, Arabic, English, French
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