Mr. Yin has experience representing corporate clients across a range of industries, including banking and finance, private equity, insurance, energy and mining and natural resources.

Mr. Yin’s practice focuses on complex multijurisdictional corporate and trusts disputes. He frequently advises on company law issues involving company restructures, corporate finance, unlawful dividend payments, directors’ and partners’ duties, and breach of trust situations. He has acted in litigation before both English and other Commonwealth courts, and in commercial and investment arbitrations (including under the ICSID Convention, the ICC Rules, the SCC Rules and the HKIAC Rules).

Mr. Yin has a particular focus on questions of jurisdiction and other conflict of laws issues, on issues concerning the enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards (including under the New York Convention and under the ICSID Convention) and on issues involving state immunity.

Mr. Yin has strong experience in applications for interim and protective measures in high-stakes disputes in both English and foreign courts, and in investment treaty arbitration. He was part of a team that successfully obtained provisional measures from an ICSID tribunal to suspend extradition proceedings in relation to one of the investor’s officers. He has also successfully defended billion-dollar freezing orders and applications for non-party discovery and Norwich Pharmacal orders.

Mr. Yin maintains a busy and active pro bono practice, advising, in particular, non-governmental organizations on international human rights law before United Nations treaty bodies in Geneva, and before domestic courts.

Mr. Yin joined Debevoise in 2013, resident in the London office. Since 2019, he has been resident in the firm’s Hong Kong office.

Mr. Yin graduated from St. Hugh’s College, University of Oxford in 2013 with a B.C.L. He also holds a B.A. and LL.B. (Hons I) from the University of Queensland and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Australian National University. His recent publications include “Intra-EU BITs: Competence and Consequences,” in Jurisdiction, Admissibility and Choice of Law in International Arbitration (Kluwer, 2018).

Mr. Yin is admitted to practise in England & Wales and in Australia. He practises in Hong Kong as a Registered Foreign Lawyer. He is conversant in French and Mandarin Chinese.


  • University of Oxford, 2013, BCL
  • Australian National University, 2010, GDLP
  • University of Queensland, 2009, LL.B. (Hons.)
  • University of Queensland, 2009, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • Queensland (Sol)
  • Solicitor, England & Wales