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31 December 2016
SIAC IA Rules 2017


The SIAC Investment Arbitration Rules (1st Edition, 1 January 2017) (SIAC IA Rules 2017) are effective as from 1 January 2017. A copy of the SIAC IA Rules 2017 may be obtained here.

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30 June 2016
SIAC Announces the Official Release of the SIAC Rules 2016


The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) is pleased to announce the official release of the sixth edition of the Arbitration Rules of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (“SIAC Rules 2016”). The SIAC Rules 2016 will be available on the SIAC website from 1 July 2016, and will come into effect on 1 August 2016.

The SIAC Rules 2016 were jointly produced by the SIAC Secretariat working closely with the Rules Revision Executive Committee and various subcommittees of the Court of Arbitration of SIAC, and following extensive consultation with SIAC's global Users Council and a public consultation exercise. SIAC received nearly 1,000 comments during the course of extensive public consultations in multiple forums in, among others, Asia, Europe and North America.

Some of the key highlights of the SIAC Rules 2016 include: new provisions on consolidation, multiple contracts, and joinder of additional parties to facilitate the cost-effective and efficient resolution of disputes; the introduction of an innovative procedure for the early dismissal of claims and defences, making SIAC the first amongst the world's major commercial arbitration centres to adopt this provision in its Rules; and delocalisation of the seat of arbitration. In addition, further enhancements have been made to the popular Expedited Procedure and Emergency Arbitrator special procedures (both of which were first introduced in July 2010), to better serve the needs of users from all over the world.

A brief summary of the notable features of the SIAC Rules 2016 is here.

Gary Born, President of the Court of Arbitration of SIAC, commented, “We are delighted to be launching the SIAC Rules 2016, which incorporate progressive and user-friendly processes to ensure that SIAC continues to provide world class, cost-competitive dispute resolution services and consolidate its position as the forum of choice for parties from diverse legal systems and cultures. We take this opportunity to thank everyone who was involved in this project for their invaluable contributions and extraordinarily useful feedback. These Rules provide a state-of-the-art procedural framework for efficient, expert and enforceable resolution of international disputes of all kinds, in all parts of the world."


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3 June 2016
SIAC Signs Memorandum of Agreement with GIFT


The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City Company Limited (GIFTCL) and GIFT SEZ Limited (GIFT SEZ). Under the MOA, SIAC, GIFTCL and GIFT SEZ will collaborate to promote the use of arbitration, mediation, and other dispute resolution mechanisms, including the innovative Arb-Med-Arb service offered by the SIAC and the Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC), to resolve international commercial disputes in India's International Financial Services Centre in Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (IFSC-GIFT).

Under the MOA, SIAC will establish a representative office in the IFSC-GIFT, which will be instrumental in promoting SIAC’s world-class international arbitration services to Indian users. Indian parties have consistently ranked amongst the top five foreign users of SIAC in the last five years, and was the top foreign user of SIAC in 2013 and 2015.

Mr. Ajay Pandey, Managing Director and Group CEO of GIFTCL, stated “We are delighted to have SIAC set up a representative office in the IFSC-GIFT. Any successful IFSC requires an efficient dispute resolution mechanism, and in this regard, SIAC is the choice partner for IFSC-GIFT: Singapore is a reputable seat of arbitration; SIAC, and the SIAC Rules, are already widely used by Indian companies, as well as international companies investing in India, to resolve their disputes. Through this collaboration, the Indian and international businesses in the IFSC-GIFT will be able to choose SIAC as their preferred mode of dispute resolution.”

Ms Lim Seok Hui, CEO of SIAC and SIMC, commented that “India has always been an important market for SIAC and this MOA reflects our continuous commitment to maintain and strengthen our relationship with our Indian users. Our partnership with GIFTCL and GIFT SEZ opens new doors for SIAC to promote its services to businesses and investors within the IFSC-GIFT. SIAC’s case management services offer the international investors and businesses from different legal systems and cultures the benefits of certainty and flexibility. SIAC’s Rules are user-friendly, efficient and cost-effective. By establishing our representative office in the IFSC-GIFT, we aim to contribute to GIFT City's economic development.”


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27 April 2016
SIAC Announces Appointment of New Registrar and Promotion of Deputy Registrar


The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Delphine Ho as Registrar of SIAC with effect from 20 May 2016, and the promotion of its Deputy Registrar, Mr Kevin Nash, to Deputy Registrar and Centre Director, effective 1 May 2016. Ms Ho will succeed the former Registrar, Ms Tan Ai Leen, who has moved to an in-house role.

Ms Ho graduated from the National University of Singapore, and is qualified both as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore and as a solicitor in England and Wales. Ms Ho was previously in private practice with leading Singapore local firms, where her areas of practice included international and domestic arbitrations, cross-border commercial disputes, and building and construction as well as company and shareholder matters. Prior to joining SIAC, she was in public service as an Assistant Registrar of the Supreme Court of Singapore.

As Registrar, Ms Ho will oversee the SIAC Secretariat in the provision of case management services. In addition, under the International Arbitration Act, she will be the statutory authority for taxation of costs.

Mr Nash is currently the Acting Registrar of SIAC during the interim period prior to Ms Ho’s commencement as Registrar. Following his promotion to Deputy Registrar and Centre Director, Mr Nash will assume additional responsibilities in business development and the recruitment and professional development of counsel in the SIAC Secretariat.

Mr Gary Born, President of the SIAC Court of Arbitration, commented, “The addition of Ms Ho and promotion of Mr Nash reflect the continuing growth of SIAC’s caseload and our commitment to providing the highest standard of efficient, professional case management for international arbitrations.”

Ms Lim Seok Hui, CEO of SIAC and the Singapore International Mediation Centre, said, “We are delighted to welcome Delphine, an experienced arbitration practitioner who has worked in both the private and public sectors, to the SIAC team, and warmly congratulate Kevin on his well-deserved promotion, which is a timely acknowledgement of his hard work, commitment and efforts since joining SIAC in 2012. We look forward to working closely together with the SIAC Board of Directors and SIAC Court of Arbitration to consolidate our position at the forefront of institutional arbitration by continuing to focus on delivering world-class dispute resolution services to users in the international arbitration community.”

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28 March 2016
SIAC Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Oe-Cusse Administration


The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Authority of the Special Administrative Region of Oe-Cusse Ambeno (SAROA) and Special Zones for Social Market Economy (ZEESM) Timor-Leste (SAROA-ZEESM TL), formalising a collaboration under which SIAC will provide dispute resolution services for SAROA-ZEESM TL in relation to contracts between SAROA-ZEESM TL and private sector firms, investors and service providers.

Dr Mari Alkatiri, President of the Authority of SAROA-ZEESM TL, stated that the MOU aimed to strengthen investor confidence, adding that “Access to high quality dispute resolution services is a prime concern for investors and contractors. By partnering with SIAC, we have ensured that anyone investing in Oe-Cusse can be assured of dispute resolution services of the highest standards. This is an innovative step we have taken and sends a clear message to the private sector: Oe-Cusse offers an enabling, world class business environment.”

Ms Lim Seok Hui, CEO of SIAC and the Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC), commented that “Arbitration and the innovative Arb-Med-Arb process offer international investors and businesses from different legal systems and cultures, the benefits of certainty coupled with flexibility within an institutionalised framework that is user-friendly, practical and saves parties time and costs. Over the past 25 years, SIAC has worked closely with parties from all over the world, including governments and private sector firms, to develop and promote international arbitration as an efficient and cost-effective means to resolve their cross-border commercial disputes. By providing quality, efficient and neutral dispute resolution mechanisms, we aim to contribute to Oe-Cusse's economic development.”


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25 February 2016
SIAC Announces Record Case Numbers for 2015


The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) is pleased to announce the official release of its 2015 Annual Report at the SIAC Annual Appreciation Event this evening. 2015 was a milestone year for SIAC. SIAC recorded the highest ever number of cases filed, highest ever number of administered cases and highest ever total sum in dispute in the history of SIAC, which commenced operations in 1991. SIAC’s case filings have increased by over 300% in the last ten years.

In 2015, SIAC received 271 new cases from parties from 55 jurisdictions. This was a 22% increase from the 222 new cases filed in 2014 and an increase of nearly 5% from the previous record of 259 new cases filed in 2013. 2015 also saw the highest ever number of administered cases – 244 - at SIAC.

Another new record was set in 2015 for the total sum in dispute, which amounted to S$6.23 billion, an increase of 24% from S$5.04 billion in 2014 and 3% from S$6.06 billion in 2013. The highest claim amount was S$2.03 billion.

Ms Lim Seok Hui, CEO of SIAC, commented on the release of the 2015 case statistics: “We are very pleased with SIAC’s strong performance in 2015. SIAC’s administered caseload has grown steadily over the years, and reflects user confidence globally in the quality and efficiency of the case management services provided by the SIAC Secretariat working closely with the SIAC Court of Arbitration.


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1 February 2016
Public Consultation on Draft SIAC Investment Arbitration Rules


The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) is pleased to announce the commencement of the public consultation process on its draft Investment Arbitration Rules 2016 (the “draft IA Rules”), a comprehensive set of specialised rules for the administration of investment arbitrations by SIAC.

The draft IA Rules aim to provide an alternative, bespoke set of procedures to the SIAC Arbitration Rules. They address issues which have been the focus of much discussion within the international arbitration community, including, in particular, the provisions on early dismissal of claims, confidentiality, submissions by non-disputing parties and disclosure of third party funding arrangements.

The draft IA Rules were produced in consultation with the SIAC Court of Arbitration Rules Revision Executive Committee, working closely with the Court sub-committee on investment arbitration. The Committee is composed of leading practitioners from all over the world, and is chaired by the President of the SIAC Court of Arbitration, Mr Gary Born.

SIAC greatly values feedback from its users about the quality and efficiency of SIAC arbitration. SIAC encourages users from around the world to provide their comments on the draft IA Rules. Mr Born commented on the release of the draft IA Rules: “As investment arbitration continues to grow, in Asia and elsewhere, the new SIAC Investment Arbitration Rules are intended to provide an efficient and neutral set of procedural rules tailored to the needs of both states and investors. We look forward to receiving comments from users around the world.”

SIAC invites all interested users and practitioners to review the draft IA Rules and send in their comments during the consultation period (1 February to 29 February 2016). SIAC welcomes all suggestions on the contents of the draft IA Rules, as well as any other issues and/or areas not already provided in the draft. The draft IA Rules are available on the SIAC website (click here) and comments may be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or in hard copy to:

Singapore International Arbitration Centre
32 Maxwell Road #02-01
Maxwell Chambers Singapore 069115
Fax: +65 6224 1882

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1 February 2016
SIAC Appoints New Court Member


The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Darius Khambata, Senior Counsel, to the SIAC Court of Arbitration with effect from 1 February 2016.

Mr Khambata practises before the Bombay High Court and the Supreme Court of India. He has previously held two distinguished public law offices, as Advocate General for Maharashtra from 2012 to 2014, and before that, as Additional Solicitor General of India for three years.

Mr Khambata has appeared in several important constitutional, corporate and commercial matters and in significant domestic and international commercial arbitrations. He is a specialist in several practice areas, including securities, arbitration, corporate, constitutional, administrative and environmental law. As Law Officer, he argued several cases involving complex constitutional, administrative, criminal, tax and environmental law issues. Mr Khambata was a member of the Law Commission of India’s Committee that recommended substantial amendments to Indian arbitration law.

Mr Khambata commented on his appointment, "I am privileged to have the opportunity to serve on the Court of one of the world's premier arbitral institutions, and look forward to working closely with members of the SIAC Court and SIAC Secretariat to ensure that SIAC remains committed to delivering quality, cost-efficient dispute resolution services to users from diverse backgrounds and cultures."

Mr Gary Born, President of the SIAC Court of Arbitration, welcomed the appointment of Mr Khambata. "We are honoured and delighted to have Mr Khambata, a very well-respected member of the Indian legal community and leading international arbitration practitioner, join us on the SIAC Court. He will complement the impressive breadth and depth of expertise of the current Court members with his unique knowledge and experience, and ensure that SIAC maintains its position as a global arbitral institution handling cases and parties from different legal systems all over the world."

Following this latest appointment, the members of the SIAC Court of Arbitration are:

1. Mr Gary Born – Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, UK (President)
2. Dr Michael Pryles – Melbourne, Australia (Founder President)
3. Mr Cavinder Bull, SC – Drew & Napier LLC, Singapore (Vice-President)
4. Mr John Savage – King & Spalding LLP, Singapore (Vice-President)
5. Ms Claudia Annacker – Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, France
6. Mr Lijun Cao – Zhong Lun Law Firm, China
7. Mr Paul Friedland – White & Case LLP, USA
8. Mr Emmanuel Gaillard – Shearman & Sterling LLP, France
9. Dr Bernard Hanotiau – Hanotiau & van den Berg, Belgium
10. Mr Darius Khambata, Senior Counsel – India
11. Mr Toby Landau QC – Essex Court Chambers, UK
12. Dr Eun Young Park – Kim & Chang, Korea
13. Professor Jan Paulsson – Three Crowns LLP, USA
14. Ms Lucy Reed – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Singapore
15. Mr Harish Salve SA – Blackstone Chambers, India
16. Mr Hiroyuki Tezuka – Nishimura & Asahi, Japan
17. Ms Ariel Ye – King & Wood Mallesons, China
18. Mr Alvin Yeo, SC – WongPartnership LLP, Singapore

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25 January 2016
Opening of SIAC Office in Shanghai


The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) is pleased to announce the opening of a representative office in the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone (FTZ). The launch of the Shanghai office underpins SIAC’s steadily growing popularity amongst Chinese parties, and is an integral part of SIAC’s continuous efforts to forge closer ties with Chinese companies and lawyers in the international arbitration community in mainland China. The establishment of a formal presence in the Shanghai FTZ follows the State Council’s announcement in April 2015 that it would “support the introduction of internationally renowned commercial dispute resolution institutions” as part of its plan for further development of the zone.

SIAC’s Shanghai office will be instrumental in promoting SIAC’s world-class international arbitration services to Chinese users. Chinese parties have consistently ranked amongst the top five foreign users of SIAC in the last five years, and were the top foreign user of SIAC in 2012 and 2014. The Shanghai office will work with mainland Chinese arbitration commissions to promote the development of international arbitration and global best practices, by organising training workshops and networking events for arbitrators and practitioners.

The Shanghai office will be led by Ms Sophia Feng, a China-qualified lawyer who heads up SIAC’s China desk. Prior to joining SIAC in 2014, Ms Feng practised as counsel with a Beijing law firm in the areas of civil and commercial litigation, arbitration and enforcement.

Mr Lucien Wong, Chairman of the SIAC Board of Directors, welcomed this exciting new development. “SIAC greatly values its Chinese users who have contributed significantly to the success of SIAC as one of the world’s premier arbitral institutions. Opening an SIAC office in the Shanghai FTZ will enhance our existing ties with the legal and business communities in China by allowing us to interact more closely with users and other key players in international arbitration in China.”

Mr Gary Born, President of the SIAC Court of Arbitration, commented: “The opening of the Shanghai office, following the establishment of SIAC’s other overseas offices in India and South Korea, marks another special milestone for SIAC in its Silver Jubilee year, underscoring SIAC’s firm commitment to remain at the forefront of international arbitration practice.”

This will be the third overseas office for SIAC, following the opening of its overseas offices in Mumbai, India, and Seoul, South Korea, in 2013.

SIAC will be commemorating the official launch of its Shanghai office with a cocktail reception on 2 March 2016, the eve of the 19th Annual IBA International Arbitration Day 2016 conference which will be attended by international and local arbitration practitioners from all over the world.

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18 January 2016
Public Consultation on Draft SIAC Arbitration Rules


The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (“SIAC”) is pleased to announce the opening of the public consultation process on its draft revised Arbitration Rules 2016 (the “draft Rules”).

The revision of SIAC’s Arbitration Rules takes into account recent developments in international arbitration practice and procedure, and is aimed at better serving the needs of the businesses, financial institutions and governments that use SIAC. The draft Rules were produced in consultation with the SIAC Court of Arbitration Rules Revision Executive Committee working with various Court sub-committees involved in key areas of revision, composed of leading practitioners from all over the world, and chaired by the President of the SIAC Court of Arbitration, Mr Gary Born.

SIAC greatly values feedback from its users (parties, counsels, arbitrators) about the quality and efficiency of SIAC arbitration. SIAC encourages users from around the world to provide their comments on the draft Rules. Mr Born commented on the release of the draft Rules: "We look forward to working with our users and keeping the SIAC Rules at the forefront of arbitral practice."

The draft Rules include new joinder, intervention and consolidation provisions, revisions to SIAC’s emergency arbitrator and expedited procedure, and new provisions requiring tribunals to commit to a schedule for the closing of proceedings and subsequent delivery of draft awards. SIAC will also soon be releasing a set of draft Investment Arbitration Rules for public consultation.

SIAC invites all interested users and practitioners to review the draft Arbitration Rules and send in their comments during the consultation period (18 January to 29 February 2016). SIAC welcomes all suggestions on the contents of the draft Rules, as well as any other issues and/or areas not already provided in the draft. The draft Rules are available on the SIAC website (click HERE) and comments may be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or in hard copy to:

Singapore International Arbitration Centre
32 Maxwell Road #02-01
Maxwell Chambers
Singapore 069115
Fax: +65 6224 1882

SIAC remains committed to meeting the highest standards of excellence that parties have come to expect, and to further improving the quality and efficiency of SIAC-administered arbitrations.

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