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The YSIAC Advocacy Roadshow 2015 - On the Road for Delhi, Mumbai and Jakarta


The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and the YSIAC are pleased to report the successful kick-off of the YSIAC Advocacy Roadshow 2015 in Delhi, India, on 4 September 2015.

The YSIAC Advocacy Roadshow is a series of mock arbitration workshops developed by YSIAC that aims to provide delegates with tools to enhance their advocacy skills under the guidance of renowned arbitration practitioners. It will also feature members of the SIAC Court of Arbitration sharing their insights to guide the participants.

After the Delhi kick-off workshop, the Roadshow took place in the following cities, touring alongside the main SIAC Conferences: 9 September in Mumbai, India; and 16 September in Jakarta, Indonesia. For the rest of 2015, the Roadshow will take place on 4 November in Beijing, China; 10 November in Seoul, South Korea; and 12 November in Tokyo, Japan.

YSIAC Delhi Advocacy Workshop - 4 September 2015

The YSIAC Delhi Advocacy Workshop was attended by over 110 delegates from the legal and business communities. Ms Lim Seok Hui, CEO of SIAC and SIMC, gave the welcome address and Mr Ankit Goyal, Co-Chair of the YSIAC Committee, gave a brief introduction of YSIAC and the concept of the workshop.

The Delhi leg of the workshop involved a mock arbitration scenario, where witnesses were cross-examined by counsel in front of a sole arbitrator, who was played by Mr Gary Born, President, SIAC Court of Arbitration. The mock case scenario, which had been distributed to the delegates prior to the workshop, revolved around a contract between an Indian shipping company and an Indonesian company as charterer. The case scenario was also made interesting for the delegates by the use of names similar to those of big Bollywood personalities. There were two witnesses each for the Claimant and the Respondent who were cross-examined in turn by two counsel acting for each of the parties. Each cross-examination segment was followed by a panel session (with panellists comprising Mr Born, the counsel and their witnesses), which examined the do’s and don’t’s of cross-examination which had earlier been presented to the delegates.

The Claimant’s witnesses, played by Mr Pranav Mago, Head (South Asia) of SIAC, and Mr Bishwajit Dubey, Partner Designate of Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, were first cross-examined by Mr Kabir Singh, Partner, Clifford Chance Asia, and Mr Moazzam Khan, Associate, Nishith Desai Associates, respectively. Each witness was cross-examined for fifteen minutes. During the panel session that followed, Mr Born gave some good pointers for cross-examination, and how advocacy is different in international arbitration and in traditional litigation.

For the second half of the programme, the witnesses for the Respondent, played by Mr Prashant Mishra, Managing Associate, Luthra and Luthra, and Ms Neeti Sachdeva, Senior Associate, Trilegal, were cross-examined by Mr Vivekananda N, International Counsel, Allen and Gledhill LLP, and Mr Madhur Baya, Founder, Lex Arbitri. There were many engaging questions put to the panel by the delegates, who also had the opportunity to interact with the participants after the event over coffee and refreshments.

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[Left to Right] Moazzam Khan, Pranav Mago, Madhur Baya, Ankit Goyal, Lim Seok Hui, Gary Born, Kabir Singh, Prashant Mishra, Vivekananda N, Bishwajit Dubey

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Members of the audience [Left to Right] Bishwajit Dubey, Madhur Baya, Vivekananda N, Gary Born, Moazzam Khan, Pranav Mago

YSIAC Mumbai Advocacy Talk - 9 September 2015

The Mumbai leg of the YSIAC Advocacy Roadshow was held on 9 September 2015 at The Trident Hotel, Nariman Point.Mr Gary Born gave a talk on “Tips for Successful Advocacy in International Arbitration”, followed by a Q&A session moderated by Mr Ankit Goyal.

During his talk, Mr Born spoke fondly of his experience as a young counsel early on in his career and as an arbitrator. He also shared some useful advocacy tips with the audience, emphasising the importance of keeping things simple.

The talk was attended by over 50 delegates, which exceeded the number of registrations received.

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Talk by Gary Born

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Members of the audience

[Left to Right] Ankit Goyal, Gary Born

YSIAC Jakarta Advocacy Workshop - 16 September 2015

Similar to the Delhi workshop, the YSIAC Jakarta Advocacy workshop was a three-hour exercise based on a mock case scenario which had been previously distributed to the attendees. The Jakarta workshop was attended by over 50 delegates and was held in the offices of Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners.

Ms Lim Seok Hui delivered the opening address, whilst Ms Koh Swee Yen, Co-Chair of the YSIAC Committee, provided an introduction to the case scenario and the concept of the workshop. The mock case scenario involved the construction of a nuclear power plant in Java, Indonesia, which had been delayed for seven months.

The mock arbitration tribunal consisted of three renowned practitioners – Prof Hikmahanto Juwana, Consultant, Makes & Partners Law Firm, who chaired the tribunal; Prof Dr Frans Winarta, Founding Partner, Frans Winarta & Partners, and Mr Richard Tan, Consultant, Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC.

Different young practitioners gamely participated in the cross-examination sessions and added a light touch to proceedings by playing, at times, variously unhelpful, uncooperative or even well-coached witnesses, resulting in a fun yet informative session which the audience enjoyed. During the panel sessions following the cross-examination segments, various members of the audience directed questions to the tribunal and the participants on issues such as techniques for cross-examination and how SIAC arbitrations are conducted. The participants were also able to share their different experiences in conducting cross-examinations over the years.

During the first cross-examination session, Respondent’s counsel, played by Ms Gitta Satryani, Senior Associate, Herbert Smith Freehills, cross-examined the Claimant’s witness, played by Mr Paul Sandosham, Partner, Clifford Chance Asia, for fifteen minutes. Thereafter, the second Respondent’s counsel, played by Mr Togi Pangaribuan, Associate, Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners, cross-examined the second Claimant’s witness, Mr Antony Leonardo, Junior Associate, Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo. This was followed by a panel discussion on the first cross-examination session, moderated by Ms Koh Swee Yen.

For the second cross-examination session, Claimant’s counsel, Mr Harun Reksodiputro, Partner, Ginting Reksodiputro, cross-examined the first Respondent’s witness, played by Mr Lee Baker, Associate Director, Hill International. Thereafter, the second Claimant’s counsel, Ms Koh Swee Yen, Partner, WongPartnership LLP, cross-examined the second Respondent’s witness, played by Mr Jeremiah Purba, Junior Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright. The Panel Discussion which followed thereafter was moderated by Mr Andi Kadir, Partner, Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners. A networking lunch followed after the conclusion of the programme.

SIAC and YSIAC invite everyone to attend the rest of the YSIAC Advocacy Workshops slated for the remainder of 2015, for a fun and engaging learning experience.

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[Left to Right] Janice Lee, Jeremiah Purba,
Paul Sandosham, Harun Reksodiputro, Koh Swee Yen,
Prof Dr Frans H Winarta, Lee Baker, Lim Seok Hui,
Richard Tan, Tan Ai Leen, Gitta Satryani, Andi Kadir,
Antony Leonardo, Togi Pangaribuan

[Left to Right] Prof Dr Frans H Winarta,
Prof Hikmahanto Juwana, Richard Tan
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[Left to Right] Antony Leonardo,
Prof Dr Frans H Winarta, Prof Hikmahanto Juwana, Richard Tan
Members of the audience.

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