BOARD OF ADVISORS
The Delos Board of Advisors is composed of global leaders in the field of international arbitration and dispute resolution.
Their short bios are available below.
Delos is grateful to Professor Pierre Mayer and the late Professor David D Caron for their support since its inception as Founding Advisors.
Neil Kaplan CBE QC SBS
Neil Kaplan has been a full-time practising arbitrator since 1995. He has been involved in several hundred arbitrations as arbitrator. Called to the Bar of England in 1965, Mr. Kaplan has practiced as a barrister, Principal Crown Counsel at the Hong Kong Attorney General’s Chambers, and served as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Hong Kong in charge of the Arbitration List. He was Chair of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) for 13 years and President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) in 1999/2000. Since 2017 he has been the President of the Court of the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry Arbitration and Mediation Centre (MARC).
Professor Pierre Mayer
Prof. Pierre Mayer acts as an independent arbitrator and occasionally as counsel. He was previously a partner at Dechert, after having spent many years as counsel at Coudert Brothers and Clifford Chance. He was formerly the President of the International Academy for Arbitration Law, the President of the French Committee on International Private Law, the President of the Committee on International Commercial Arbitration of the International Law Association (ILA) and the President of the Committee on Private International Law of the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA). Prof. Mayer also taught arbitration, international law and contract law for close to 40 years at the University Paris-I Panthéon Sorbonne. Prof. Mayer is a Council Member of the ICC Institute of World Business Law and an Associate Member of the Institut de Droit International.
Professor Maxi Scherer
Prof. Maxi Scherer is Special Counsel at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP and regularly sits as arbitrator. She also holds the Chair for International Arbitration, Dispute Resolution and Energy Law at Queen Mary, University of London, and is Queen Mary’s Director of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies in Paris and of the LLM in Paris programme. Prof. Scherer further acts as the General Editor of the Kluwer Journal of International Arbitration. Prof. Scherer was previously Global Professor of Law at NYU Law School, Visiting Professor at SciencesPo Law School Paris and Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown Centre of Transnational Legal Studies.
May Tai is managing partner of Herbert Smith Freehills' Greater China offices. She specialises in cross-border China-related and regional Asian arbitrations. Her practice covers a range of commercial and investment disputes. She has advised governments, state-owned entities and commercial clients (including financial institutions and energy companies) in Asia, Europe and the United States, including acting as counsel and advocate in arbitrations under various rules and court proceedings. Ms Tai is based in Hong Kong but also spends time in Herbert Smith Freehills' Shanghai and Beijing offices, and has also practiced in London, Singapore and Tokyo. She has published several articles on arbitration and dispute resolution, and speaks Bahasa (Malaysian and Indonesian), Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese) and English. She is qualified as a solicitor of England and Wales and Hong Kong, is a CEDR accredited mediator and has sat as sole, chair and co-arbitrator in HKIAC, SIAC and ICC rules arbitrations.