Practice Areas

Lei Niu's practice focuses on dispute resolution, intellectual property, compliance & risk control, debt restructuring & corporate liquidation/bankruptcy, shipping and real estate & construction.


Lei Niu has represented many of the world’s leading multinational companies and international financial institutions before the Arbitration Court of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Singapore International Arbitration Center (SIAC), Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), China Maritime Arbitration Commission (CMAC), Shanghai International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (SHIAC), Beijing Arbitration Commission (BAC), Shanghai Arbitration Commission, as well as various ad hoc arbitral tribunals in London, Hong Kong and other jurisdictions, with which he has built a solid practice record in international commercial arbitration.


Lei Niu is also a litigation lawyer and has represented clients before China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC) and various provincial high courts, intermediate courts, district courts, financial and maritime courts in different localities, involving disputes concerning corporate organizations, private equity and investment funds, real estate and construction, finance lease, insurance, intellectual property, shipping, among others. A retrial case instituted through the adjudicatory supervision procedure which Lei Niu won before the SPC was selected by the Court as one of the “Ten Model Cases of the Supreme People’s Court in 2016”.


As an arbitrator and mediator, Lei Niu sits on the panels of CIETAC and CMAC since 2005. He also sits on the panels of HKIAC, SIAC (Reserve Panel), SCMA and other well-known domestic and foreign institutions. Lei Niu was appointed as the presiding arbitrator/sole arbitrator/co-arbitrator in hundreds of arbitration cases including cases administrated by domestic arbitration institutions and international arbitration cases in Hong Kong, Singapore and London.

Work Experience

Partner, Global Law Office (Shanghai)

Partner, Zhong Lun Law Firm

Partner, Global Law Office (Shanghai)

Deputy Secretary-General, China Maritime Arbitration Commission, Shanghai Sub-Commission

Case Manager, China Maritime Arbitration Commission

Case Manager, China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission


Bar admission in the PRC


China CEO Advanced Seminar on Private Equity Financing and Investment, ANTAI Economics Management College, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Master of Common Law, Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong

Master of Law, Faculty of Law, University of International Business and Economics

LL.B., China University of Political Science and Law

  • Chambers: Listed lawyer in Litigation and Arbitration (Global Guide, Greater China Region Guide)
  • The Legal 500: Private Practice Powerlist Arbitration China, Key lawyer in “Dispute Resolution: Litigation” and “Shipping”
  • Asian Legal Business (ALB): 2022 ALB China Top 15 Litigators
Associations and Memberships
  • Arbitrator of CIETAC (China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission)
  • Arbitrator of CMAC (China Maritime Arbitration Commission)
  • Arbitrator of China Commission of Arbitration for Sport
  • Arbitrator of HKIAC (Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre)
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Arbitrator of AIAC (Asia International Arbitration Center in Malaysia)
  • Arbitrator of SIAC (Singapore International Arbitration Center) (Reserve Panel)
  • Arbitrator of SCMA (Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration)
  • Arbitrator of AALCO Hong Kong Regional Arbitration Centre
  • Specialist Mediator of SIMC (Singapore International Mediation Centre)
  • Mediator of CCPIT Mediation Center
  • Arbitrator of Beijing Arbitration Commission
  • Arbitrator of Shanghai Arbitration Commission
  • Arbitrator of Chongqing Arbitration Commission
  • Arbitrator of Xiamen Arbitration Commission
  • Arbitrator of Nanjing Arbitration Commission
  • Arbitrator of Ningbo Arbitration Commission
  • Arbitrator of Qingdao Arbitration Commission
  • Arbitrator of Langfang Arbitration Commission
  • Arbitrator of Dalian Arbitration Commission
  • Arbitrator of Changzhou Arbitration Commission
  • International Business Arbitration, (Co-author, Compiled by Shanghai Bar Association, Law Press)
  • A Comparative Study of London Maritime Arbitration System and China Maritime Arbitration System, 13 (3), 2006 of Journal of International Economic Law
  • Introduction to the 2004 Rules of CMAC, July 2005 of Asian Dispute Review