On July 19, 2020, Lin Ningbo, the Secretary General of Hainan International Arbitration Court (“HIAC”), Ni Wei, the President of Sanya Branch of Hainan International Arbitration Court, and Zhang Binbin, the First-Class Secretary of General Office of Hainan International Arbitration Court, visited ZhongYin Law Firm for survey and exchange and to seek strategic development together with ZhongYin. Accompanied by the Management Committee Chairman Chen Yongxue, the Management Committee Members Wu Zetao, Liu Xiaoyu, Zheng Songzhe and Zheng Wei, and the Operation Director Fu Tingting of ZhongYin Law Firm, the visiting leaders took a tour in ZhongYin and participated in an exchange meeting which was hosted by Wu Zetao.
Chen Yongxue, the Management Committee Chairman of ZhongYin Law Firm, first extended a warm welcome to the leaders from Hainan International Arbitration Court, and introduced the operation of ZhongYin Law Firm to them. Since its establishment in 1993, ZhongYin Law Firm has gone through 27 years, and has now become a leading large-scale comprehensive law firm that is featured by its standardization, specialization, and internationalization in China, with more than 300 partners, more than 1,700 attorneys, and 27 branch offices. In the future, ZhongYin will continue to serve the society, actively respond to national policies, and contribute to the construction of the rule of law.
At the meeting, the Secretary General Lin Ningbo pointed out that: Hainan International Arbitration Court is based in Hainan and faces the whole China; after years of exploration, it has grown remarkably. Hainan International Arbitration Court is an institution specializing in resolving civil and commercial disputes. It has accumulated rich experience in case management. It currently employs 664 arbitrators, including about 220 overseas mediators distributed to more than 40 countries and regions. Hainan International Arbitration Court has established a corporate governance structure led by a board of directors, with overseas directors accounting for one third, and with the most internationalized management team in China. Whether there is a sound and complete dispute mediation and arbitration mechanism, is an important standard for overseas business entities to assess local business environment. International commercial arbitration, mediation, and litigation are the three parallel engines in resolving commercial disputes. In China, at this stage, commercial disputes are still resolved mainly through litigation, and there is still a certain gap, compared with the development level of international arbitration. On June 1, 2020, Hainan International Arbitration Court established an International Mediation Center to ensure that mediation, arbitration, and litigation are closely connected and efficient. The establishment of the center is an important measure for Hainan to implement the Guiding Opinions of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council on Supporting Hainan's in Comprehensively Deepening of Reform and Opening-up, and will greatly boost international investors’ confidence in investment and help Hainan create a free trade port with the international and convenient business environment under the rule of law.
The Secretary General, Lin Ningbo stated that: the establishment and improvement of a commercial arbitration system is crucial to the construction of Hainan Free Trade Port; Hainan International Arbitration Court is committed to, by relying on the free trade port development policy, continuously deepening the reform of the mechanism, looking for the development direction in line with the arbitration rules, and strengthening the construction of international arbitration team, building a better international arbitration service platform, and attracting more professional legal talents to join ZhongYin. ZhongYin Law Firm has practiced in the field of financial and securities for many years and has cultivated a large number of outstanding legal talents. Thanks to years of operation, ZhongYin has developed into a leading comprehensive firm, with top influence and ranking in the industry. In recent years, ZhongYin has actively participated in the arbitration and mediation team building, which is of great significance to the development of arbitration and mediation in China. It is hoped that, through this exchange meeting, the visiting leaders and ZhongYin can find areas for cooperation and work together to promote common development, and ZhongYin experts can participate in the construction of Hainan International Arbitration Court.
Zheng Wei, the Management Committee Member of ZhongYin Law Firm and Director of Beijing ZhongYin Securities and Finance Dispute Mediation Center, introduced that: When Beijing Diversified Mediation Development Promotion Association was founded, ZhongYin Law Firm joined it as a member and established Beijing ZhongYin Securities and Finance Dispute Mediation Center and ZhongYin Internet Dispute Mediation Center, to explore a diversified dispute resolution mechanism together with it. In September 2019, with the strong support from ZhongYin (Beijing), ZhongYin (Nanjing) entered into a strategic cooperation agreement on Jiangsu Free Trade Zone (Nanjing Area) with Jiangbei New District, Nanjing, International Dispute Resolution & Risk Management Institute, Nanjing Civil and Commercial Mediation and Settlement Center and other entities, to strengthen the connection and linkage among various mediation institutions, form a diversified dispute resolution system with the characteristics of the new district, and play a guiding role in the commercial cooperation, market expansion and policy formulation in the new district.
Zheng Wei emphasized that: ZhongYin Law Firm looks forward to developing a closer partnership with Hainan International Arbitration Court, to implement the central government’s strategic deployment of comprehensively promoting the construction of Hainan Free Trade Zone (Port); it hopes to, together with Hainan International Arbitration Court, relying on its own professional resources and industry advantages, as well as combining the mediation center’s rich experience in legal settlement and mediation services for many years, further improve the diversified dispute resolution mechanism, do its best to provide legal services and protection, and create a good business environment under the rule of law.
Liu Xiaoyu, the Management Committee Member of ZhongYin Law Firm, expressed his hope that in the future, ZhongYin Law Firm and Hainan International Arbitration Court would conduct more deeper and more extensive exchanges, and jointly discuss the development direction of arbitration in China.
Zheng Songzhe, the Management Committee Member of ZhongYin Law Firm, shared his views on the theme of optimizing the business environment. Zheng Songzhe pointed out that: a good business environment is an important foundation for high-quality economic development, an important factor for attracting talents and creating advantages, and a basic condition for stimulating the vitality of various market players; in the current context of increasingly fierce global competition, the business environment building has become a key concern of all countries in the world. Since 2018, China has begun to carry out business environment evaluation. The 18 indicators for evaluating China's business environment are designed by adhering to the new development concept and implementing the requirements for high-quality development. As of 2019, ZhongYin Law Firm has participated in the business environment evaluation and verification organized by the National Development and Reform Commission for two consecutive times. In practice, by adhering to the “problem-oriented and reform-focused” principles and “starting from reality”, it contributes to the development of business environment in China.
This visit of the leaders from Hainan International Arbitration Court to ZhongYin Law Firm and the comprehensive exchange between the visiting leaders and ZhongYin lay a good foundation for further strategic cooperation between them. It is believed that the the visiting leaders and ZhongYin’ joint discussion will provide new ideas and directions for the development of China's arbitration and mediation system, the optimization of China's business environment, and the reform and development in Hainan region, and promote the sound development of China's arbitration and mediation system, and they will jointly help Hainan seize the development opportunities arising from reform and opening up to develop an open economy.