18 LAWYER MONTHLY ADR AWARDS 2023 About Walter Walter (Fayun) Chen, is a partner at Grandall Law Firm, Senior Counsel (S.C.), Master of International Business Law at the University of Liverpool, Visiting Scholar at the University of Maryland, and further studied at the University of Hamburg. He is the Vice President of the UK Sub-Association of the Western Returned Scholars Association, China, a Member of the Arbitration and Mediation Committee of the All China Lawyers Association, the ICC China Arbitration Committee, the Steering Committee of the China Academy of Arbitration Law, and a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators (FHKIArb). He is also a Member of Panel of Arbitrators of more than 20 arbitration institutions (e.g. SIAC, HKIAC, CIETAC). He is one of the very few leading international commercial dispute resolution practitioners in China who can effectively handle cases in both English and Chinese as counsel and arbitrator. He has a proven track record for representing and assisting clients in handling complex and high-profile legal matters and commercial cases heard before courts in Mainland China, Hong Kong, the US and others, and in ad hoc arbitrations and arbitration institutions such as SIAC, HKIAC, CIETAC, and the ICC International Court of Arbitration. For three consecutive years from 2021 to 2023, Walter was part of the three-member Editorial Board of ‘CDR-Essential Intelligence: THE BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE’ published by Global Legal Group, UK, and co-author of the chapter on China. He was respectively selected as one of the ‘Leading Talents of Foreign Related Lawyers’ by the All China Lawyers Association and the Ministry of Justice, China, and was awarded by Legal Daily, China as one of the first session ‘Top Ten Lawyers of the Belt and Road’. Walter is a partner in the Nanjing Office of Grandall Law Firm, one of the largest fullservice law firms in China with over 680 partners and over 5,000 employees across its 36 global offices.