SIAC Cocktail Reception
3 December 2013
About 280 guests attended a cocktail reception hosted by SIAC on 3 December 2013 at Maxwell Chambers. The Honourable Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon and Mr Lucien Wong, Chairman of SIAC, each delivered welcome addresses to the guests who were mainly comprised of local and overseas based arbitrators and practitioners.
Ms Lim Seok Hui, CEO of SIAC, announced that SIAC would be organising its first-ever SIAC Congress from 5 to 7 June 2014, to be held in Singapore, which would be SIAC's annual signature event going forward. The theme of the conference was "Dispute Resolution Asia - Innovation and Change in an Age of Opportunity - A View from the Lion City". The speakers and topics would focus on the suite of dispute resolution service offerings which would be available in Singapore to users in the second half of 2014, including (in addition to the existing international arbitration offering) the new Singapore International Commercial Court and Singapore International Mediation Centre initiatives. Further information on the SIAC Congress would be provided shortly.
Ms Lim also announced that SIAC was in the process of developing a mock arbitration training video, which would be produced and directed by award winning Singaporean film director Eric Khoo and his team. The video would showcase Singapore as a preferred seat and venue for international arbitration, and depict the workings of SIAC as a leading arbitral institution. There would be subtitles available in various languages including Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Bahasa Indonesia. The cast would feature many well known names in international arbitration, and the project would be a joint collaboration effort by both international and local law firms and other organisations. The video would be officially launched at the Gala Dinner of the SIAC Congress on 7 June 2014 as the closing highlight of this event.
The Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Law, Dr Beh Swan Gin, also graced the cocktail reception.
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Bridging Cultures in International Arbitration
14 November 2013
SIAC organised, together with JCAA (Japan Commercial Arbitration Association) its augural international arbitration conference in Tokyo, Japan titled “Bridging Cultures in International Arbitration” at the Ark Hills Club, Roppongi, on 14 November 2013. The sellout event, which was comprised of 3 panel sessions, saw a record turnout of 180 in-house lawyers, practitioners and academics. The panellists from Japan, Korea, the USA, the UK and Singapore shared their insights and practical tips on managing legal cultures, issues in international arbitration and the enforcement of arbitral awards in Asia. SIAC’s Chief Executive Officer, Ms Lim Seok Hui, spoke on a panel which discussed the “Potential Pitfalls in International Arbitration”.
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International Arbitration Breakfast Seminar
22 October 2013
SIAC’s Chief Executive Officer, Ms Lim Seok Hui, spoke at the “International Arbitration Breakfast Seminar”, organised by Latham & Watkins, Hong Kong. The session moderated by Mr Simon Powell and Mr Ing Loong Yang (Partners of Latham & Watkins, Hong Kong), addressed current and key issues in international arbitration in Asia. Ms Lim spoke on topics including dealing with arbitrator bias, SIAC’s emergency arbitrator provisions and measures to ensure enforceability of awards in Asia, amongst others.
From left: Mr Simon Powell (Partner and Asia Chair of Litigation, Latham & Watkins, Hong Kong), Ms Lim Seok Hui (CEO, SIAC), Datuk Sundra Rajoo (Director, Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA), Malaysia), Mr Byung-Chol (BC) Yoon (Partner, Kim & Chang, South Korea), Mr Ing Loong Yang (Litigation Partner, Latham & Watkins, Hong Kong), Mr Neerav Merchant (Partner, Majmudar & Partners, India), Mr Christopher To (Council Member of Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), Hong Kong), Ms Kim Rooney (Chair of ICC Hong Kong Arbitration Committee, Hong Kong), and Mr Yu Jianlong (Secretary-General, China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), China).
"The Marco Polo Effect"
New York, USA
2 October 2013
SIAC hosted its inaugural international arbitration conference in New York City, the USA, titled "The Marco Polo Effect" at the JW Marriott Essex House, New York, USA on 2 October 2013. The event comprised four sessions with leading arbitration practitioners and arbitrators from the USA, UK, Singapore and India on the first 3 panels sharing their insights and expertise on the development of international commercial arbitration as the preferred dispute resolution option for foreign direct investment into various Asian jurisdictions, namely, China, India and ASEAN. A separate panel of experts also discussed investment treaty protection and arbitrations in Asia.
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The Future of Financial Services Arbitration
Nicholas Peacock, Dominic Kennelly and Emily Blanshard (Herbert Smith Freehills LLP)
1 October 2013
Recent years have seen rapid growth in the use of arbitration as a means of resolving disputes in the financial services sector, an area where English or New York court jurisdiction has traditionally been favoured by market participants.
2013 In-House Congress Singapore
Marina Mandarin, Singapore
17 September 2013
The 2013 In-House Congress Singapore held at Marina Mandarin, Singapore on 17 September 2013, brought together over 200 leading in-house lawyers, compliance professionals and senior business executives from both the private and public sectors in Singapore. Delegates participated in specific practice area workshops featuring prominent business leaders and private practice lawyers, hosted by leading law firms.
SIAC’s Chief Executive Officer, Ms Lim Seok Hui, spoke on a panel which discussed topics such as; “The Future of Legal Services”, and “Ways for External Counsel to stay relevant, competitive, innovative (and afloat) in a Time of Global Change”.
From left: Mr Evangelos Apostolou (General Counsel & Partner, Ernst & Young Solutions LLP), Ms Ginney Lim (General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Singapore Press Holdings), Ms Lim Seok Hui, (CEO, SIAC), Mr Justyn Jagger (Counsel, Stamford Law Corporation), Ms Corene Crossin (Senior Advisor, Integrity Risk, Control Risks), Mr Francis Xavier SC (Head, Rajah & Tann LLP) and Mr Kirtee Kapoor (Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP).
Singapore's Attraction as a Hub for Western Legal Expertise Creates Tension
Marialuisa Taddia (UK Law Society Gazette)
16 September 2013
Sitting in the centre of south-east Asia, the Republic of Singapore has been blessed with political stability for decades. The island city-state is relatively free from corruption – it ranked fifth in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index in 2012, after Denmark, Finland, New Zealand and Sweden.
TMT Arbitration China
12 September 2013
TMT Arbitration China was co-organised by SIAC and Beijing Arbitration Commission. This seminar held at the Four Seasons Hotel, Beijing, China on 12 September 2013, explored and analysed the legal challenges, risks and threats to the Technology, Media and Telecommunications industry. It brought together key decision makers, TMT infrastructure owners, operators, investors, in-house legal counsel and consultants to discuss the main legal risks arising in transactions and disputes within the TMT industry.
Young SIAC Educational Evenings
‘The Role of a Barrister’s Clerk: The Art of Rain-making’ with Brian Lee, Senior Clerk at 20 Essex Street
9 September 2013 | Clifford Chance, Singapore
At this inaugural Young SIAC Educational Evening, Brian Lee shared some practical insights on business development in today’s world of dispute resolution, with helpful tips on do's and don'ts, set against the backdrop of daily life as a senior clerk in barristers' chambers.
A special word of thanks to 20 Essex Street and Clifford Chance (CC), Singapore, for their generosity and support in keeping everyone well watered at the reception that followed at CC's offices.
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Current Trends in International Arbitration
San Francisco, USA
6 September 2013
SIAC’s Chief Executive Officer, Ms Lim Seok Hui, spoke on a panel along with Steve Andersen, International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR); Chiann Bao, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC); Suzanne Ulicny, ICC International Court of Arbitration; and Jay Welsh, Judicial Arbitration Mediation and ADR Services (JAMS). The session on “Current Trends in International Arbitration”, organised by the California State Bar’s International Law Section in San Francisco, was moderated by Anton A. Ware, Arnold & Porter LLP. Ms Lim discussed recent arbitration trends and developments at SIAC, including SIAC's experience in dealing with disputes involving US and Asian parties.
Lunch Session with European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan (ECCT)
3 September 2013
SIAC’s Chief Executive Officer, Ms Lim Seok Hui, spoke at a luncheon session to members of the European Chamber of Commerce, Taiwan (ECCT) in Taipei, Taiwan. Ms Lim shared SIAC’s insights on the enforceability of arbitral awards in Asia, and gave the audience an overview of Singapore’s legal framework for international arbitration including SIAC’s key features as compared with other arbitral institutions, at a session titled “International Arbitration – Making it Work for your Cross-Border Disputes”.
From left: Mr Freddie Hoeglund (CEO, European Chamber of Commerce, Taiwan), Ms Tiffany Huang (Managing Partner, Baker & McKenzie, Taipei), Ms Lim Seok Hui (CEO, SIAC), Mr Chan Leng Sun, SC (Principal, Baker & McKenzie.Wong & Leow, Singapore) and Mr H.K. Wang (Vice President, Siemens Limited).