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7.45am - 8.30am Registration and Refreshments
8.30am - 8.45am Welcome Address by Mr Davinder Singh, SC, CEO, Drew & Napier LLC; Chairman, SIAC Board of Directors
8.45am - 9.15am Keynote Address by Mr Gary Born, Chair, International Arbitration Practice Group, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP; President, SIAC Court of Arbitration
9.15am - 9.30am Introduction to “Speed Conferencing” sessions by YSIAC Committee Co-Chairs

Mr Ankit Goyal, Partner, Allen & Gledhill LLP
Ms Koh Swee Yen, Partner, WongPartnership LLP
9.30am - 10.00am Coffee Break
10.00am - 11.15am SPEED CONFERENCING
  This is the conference version of “speed-dating”. There will be 10 sessions. Prior to the conference, delegates will be asked to select 3 sessions they would like to attend.

Each session will be an interactive discussion run by co-moderators on a “hot” topic in international arbitration. Each session will run for 20 minutes. Then a bell will ring and delegates will move to the next session (although the co-moderators will stay in the same place). Delegates will attend 3 sessions in total.

To view the list of topics for speed conferencing sessions, please click here.

Supervising Moderator:
Mr Duncan Matthews QC, Barrister and Arbitrator, 20 Essex Street Chambers
Topic 1 - Ms Yoko Maeda & Ms Tan Weiyi
Topic 2 - Mr Koh Junxiang & Ms Julie Raneda
Topic 3 - Ms Suegene Ang & Mr Rishab Gupta
Topic 4 - Ms Deepa Somasunderam & Ms Shannon Tan
Topic 5 - Mr Sunil Abraham & Ms Jeonghye Ahn
Topic 6 - Mr Nicholas Lingard & Ms Priscilla Lua
Topic 7 - Mr Andrew Battison & Ms Gitta Satryani
Topic 8 - Mr Moazzam Khan & Ms Zoe Zhang
Topic 9 - Mr Jae Min Jeon & Ms Hazel Tang
Topic 10 - Ms Holly Blackwell & Mr Daryl Chew
11.15am - 11.45am Coffee Break
11.45am - 12.30pm PLENARY SESSION 1

Each co-moderator summarises the discussions in their sessions, and the issues raised and debated. Feedback will be followed by discussion and Q&A with the audience.

Mr Duncan Matthews QC
12.30pm - 1.30pm Lunch Break
1.30pm - 2.15pm PLENARY SESSION 2

Each co-moderator summarises the discussions in their sessions, and the issues raised and debated. Feedback will be followed by discussion and Q&A with the audience.

Mr Duncan Matthews QC
2.15pm - 2.30pm Presentation of Essay Competition Prizes
2.30pm - 2.45pm Coffee Break
2.45pm - 3.45pm GC PANEL SESSION

General Counsel (“GC”) play an important, but oft-overlooked, role in shaping international arbitration. At the contract negotiation stage, GC are the ones determining whether an arbitration clause is incorporated into the contract, the applicable arbitration rules, whether it provides for a sole arbitrator or a three-member tribunal etc. At the initial stages of a dispute, before external counsel are engaged, GC are the ones undertaking the initial cost-risk-benefit assessment of the case and advising on prearbitration settlement efforts.

As legally-trained representatives of the end-users of arbitration, together with the management of the company and on the advice of external counsel, they can, among other things, help tailor-make the arbitral procedure of a case to ensure that it is time and cost efficient and meets the specific requirements of the case.

It is thus imperative in discussing the future of international arbitration, that GC are consulted, and that they make their voices heard.

Mr Chelva Rajah, SC, Managing Partner, Tan Rajah & Cheah; Member, SIAC Board of Directors
Mr Bhaskar Chandran, Group President, Legal, GMR Group
Mr Cameron Ford, Corporate Counsel, Rio Tinto
Ms Geraldine Lim, Regional Legal Director, Heineken Asia Pacific
Ms Valerie Tan, Country Head Legal, ABN AMRO
3.45pm - 4.00pm Coffee Break
4.00pm - 5.00pm DEBATE

In a society that chases after youth, the international arbitration industry has somewhat bucked that trend. Instead, experienced arbitrators, typically of some seniority in terms of age, are generally preferred over the more junior ones. In a multi-million dollar dispute, it is easier for counsel to recommend senior international arbitrators to their clients as partynominated arbitrators, instead of younger arbitrators who are most likely cutting their teeth on their first few cases.

Age typically equates with experience.

This House believes that Arbitrators become Better with Age.

Mr Darius J. Khambata, Senior Counsel; Member, SIAC Court of Arbitration
Speakers Arguing for the Motion:
Ms Foo Yuet Min, Director, Drew & Napier LLC, Member, YSIAC Committee
Mr Toby Landau QC, Barrister and Arbitrator, Essex Court Chambers; Member, SIAC Court of Arbitration
Speakers Arguing against the Motion:
Mr Emmanuel Gaillard, Head, International Arbitration Practice, Shearman & Sterling LLP, Member, SIAC Court of Arbitration
Mr Jern-Fei Ng, Barrister, Essex Court Chambers; Member, YSIAC Committee
5.00pm - 5.40pm Q&A PANEL
Mr Darius J. Khambata
Ms Foo Yuet Min
Mr Emmanuel Gaillard
Mr Toby Landau QC
Mr Jern-Fei Ng
5.40pm - 5.45pm Closing Remarks by Ms Lim Seok Hui, CEO, SIAC
6.15pm Cocktail Evening at Lantern Rooftop Bar,
The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore
* This Programme is still subject to change.
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Speaker Profiles
img_DavinderSingh Davinder Singh, SC
CEO, Drew & Napier LLC;
Chairman, SIAC Board of Directors

Mr Davinder Singh, SC is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of SIAC and the CEO of Drew & Napier LLC.

Mr Singh’s legal experience spans three decades. He has an active international arbitration practice involving complex commercial disputes, international clients and multiple jurisdictions. He has advised and/or acted in numerous institutional and ad hoc arbitrations.

At the Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards 2014, Mr Singh was conferred the “Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession” Award. He is the only litigator in Singapore to be ranked by Chambers & Partners as a “Star Individual” for seven years running from 2011 to 2017. According to Chambers’ researchers, he is “widely acknowledged by market sources as a ‘very impressive’ dispute resolution specialist who readily adapts his skills as a star litigator to an arbitration context" and a “standout figure in arbitration as well as litigation, widely regarded as 'an exceptionally good lawyer - always top of the tree.’”

Mr Singh was also named “Disputes Star of the Year - Singapore” at the inaugural Asialaw Asia-Pacific Awards 2015, and “Disputes Lawyer of the Year” in Southeast Asia and India at the inaugural Asian Lawyer Emerging Markets Awards 2014.

In December 2015, Mr Singh was appointed Vice-Chairman of the ICC Commission on Corporate Responsibility & Anti-corruption.

Mr Singh also sits on the Board of Directors of the Singapore International Mediation Centre, PSA International Pte Ltd and Delfi Limited.

He was in the first batch of Senior Counsel appointed by the Singapore Supreme Court in 1997.
img_GaryBorn Gary Born
Chair, International Arbitration Practice Group,
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP;
President, SIAC Court of Arbitration

Gary Born is the President of the SIAC Court of Arbitration.

Mr Born is Chair of the International Arbitration Practice Group at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP and is one of the world's preeminent authorities on international commercial arbitration and international litigation. He has served as counsel in over 650 arbitrations, including several of the largest arbitrations in ICC and ad hoc history, and has sat as arbitrator in more than 200 institutional and ad hoc arbitrations.

Mr Born is ranked by peers and clients as one of the leading international arbitration practitioners in the world. Among many accolades, he received the GAR inaugural "Advocate of the Year" award, the Client Choice award for "Best International Arbitration Practitioner" in 2012, 2014 and 2016, and the Best Lawyers London "Lawyer of the Year" for international arbitration for the past three years. He is one of only two practitioners globally to achieve "starred" status for international arbitration in Chambers and Partners guides and the sole practitioner in London.

Mr Born has published a number of leading works on international arbitration, international litigation and other forms of dispute resolution. He is the author of International Commercial Arbitration (Second Edition, Kluwer 2014), the leading treatise in the field, which has received the American Society of International Law's Certificate of Merit for High Technical Craftsmanship and OGEMID's Book of the Year award for 2009. Other recent works include International Arbitration and Forum Selection Agreements: Drafting and Enforcing (Fifth edition, Kluwer 2016). He is an Honorary Professor of Law at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland and Tsinghua University, Beijing, and teaches regularly at law schools in Europe, Asia and North and South America.
img-limseokhui Lim Seok Hui
Chief Executive Officer

As the Chief Executive Officer of SIAC and the Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC), Ms Lim is responsible for the overall management and operations of both institutions. She has previously worked in Hong Kong and Singapore as a corporate, securities and M&A lawyer in private practice with international firms, and held various General Counsel roles in multinational corporations prior to joining SIAC and SIMC. She qualified as a Barrister and is also admitted as a solicitor in Singapore, Hong Kong and England & Wales.
img_SunilAbraham Sunil Abraham
Partner, Cecil Abraham & Partners

Sunil Abraham is a partner at Cecil Abraham & Partners specialising in commercial litigation and arbitration.

On the arbitration front, he has appeared in a number of cases before the appellate courts in Malaysia relating to the applicable principles governing interim relief in aid of arbitration, enforcement and setting-aside of arbitral awards and the award of pre-award interest in arbitration disputes.

He has also appeared as co-counsel for the Government of Malaysia in an investment treaty claim instituted by Malaysian Historical Salvors and is presently involved in several bi-lateral investment treaty claims against the Government of India acting on behalf of the foreign investors.

He is the former co-chair of the IBA’s Asia Pacific Arbitration Group and is currently a council member of the IBA’s Legal Practice Division.
img_JeonghyeAhn Jeong Hye Ahn
Partner, Yulchon LLC;
Member, YSIAC Committee

Jeonghye is a Partner at Yulchon LLC and a member of the firm’s Dispute Resolution Group.

Jeonghye focuses on international dispute and has acted in international arbitrations under the SIAC, ICC, KCAB and UNCITRAL Rules arising from a diverse range of commercial and corporate transactions including joint venture, intellectual property, media & telecommunication and construction. She also specializes in arbitration related proceedings in court and has represented both foreign and domestic corporations in seeking or resisting enforcement of awards, interim measures and injunctions. She has published on international arbitration and participated in amendment of the International Arbitration Rules of the KCAB.

Jeonghye received her LLB and LLM from Seoul National University and also holds an LLM from Harvard Law School.
img_SuegeneAng Suegene Ang
Partner, WongPartnership LLP

Suegene is a Partner in the Commercial & Corporate Disputes Practice at WongPartnership LLP, and the Firm’s Country Representative for Myanmar.

Suegene has acted and been engaged in arbitrations conducted under the SIAC, ICC and UNCITRAL rules, and in arbitration-related court proceedings.

Suegene is the Asia-Pacific Forum for International Arbitration’s representative in Myanmar, and has a keen interest in contributing towards the development and growth of arbitration practice in Myanmar.
img_AndrewBattisson Andrew Battison
Partner, Allen & Overy;
Member, YSIAC Committee

Andrew Battisson specialises in international commercial arbitration, as well as investment treaty arbitration. Andrew has advised a range of clients in arbitrations under the all the major institutional rules, as well as under the UNCITRAL and ICSID rules. He has particular experience of disputes in the energy, finance, infrastructure and telecommunications sectors. Andrew has substantial experience advising energy and corporate clients on contractual, joint venture, infrastructure and investment treaty disputes in Asia, Africa and Europe. His experience also includes acting for international banks involving emerging market counterparties under both national and international law across Asia, India, Europe and South America.

An active member of the international arbitration community, Andrew is a former committee member of the ICC Young Arbitrator Forum Regional Coordinating Committee, Asia Chapter and is a current committee member for Young SIAC. He regularly speaks at conferences throughout Asia.
img_HollyBlackwell Holly Blackwell
Senior Foreign Legal Consultant, King & Wood Mallesons;
Member, YSIAC Committee

Holly Blackwell specializes in international dispute resolution, construction, and foreign investment matters. Holly advises Chinese and foreign clients in disputes concerning their investments in China and abroad. She has represented clients in disputes subject to arbitration under the rules of the CIETAC, ICC, HKIAC, SHIAC, SIAC, and UNCITRAL. She has assisted clients with enforcement of their foreign and Chinese arbitral awards in China and abroad. Her practice includes advising Chinese and foreign clients on China-related US litigation.

Holly’s practice extends to assisting owners, contractors, and engineering firms on all stages of their construction projects in China and abroad. She also advises on compliance matters under the US FCPA, Chinese anti-bribery laws, and international trade laws as well as internal corporate investigations.

Holly joined King & Wood Mallesons as a Foreign Legal Consultant in November 2010.

Holly received her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law with honors in 2010, where she was a member of the Villanova Law Review. She received her Masters of Law in International Business Law from the National University of Singapore and her Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Texas A&M University.

Holly is admitted to practice in New York.
img_BhaskarChandran Bhaskar Chandran
Group President, Legal, GMR Group

Bhaskar Chandran brings with him over 3 decades of rich experience in the legal and regulatory fields, in particular, Legal Compliance, Regulatory Strategy, Corporate Governance, Litigation Management, Secretarial and Structured Transactions in large Indian and multinational companies.

Bhaskar is currently the Group General Counsel of GMR Group responsible for the overall legal function spanning the Energy, Airports and Transportation & Urban Infrastructure sectors. He holds extensive experience in handling arbitration disputes, domestically as well as internationally. His prodigious experience in dispute resolution management over the years, has accorded him a forte in dispute resolution strategy.

Before joining GMR, he has worked with Tata Teleservices, Syngenta India, Monsanto India, Vinmar, Enron, Tata Cellular and a few other reputed companies.

Bhaskar is a Commerce & Law Graduate and a member of the ICSI, New Delhi.
img_DarylChew Daryl Chew
Partner, Shearman & Sterling LLP

Daryl Chew is a Partner in Shearman & Sterling’s International Arbitration Group and the Managing Partner of the Singapore office. He has advised and represented clients in arbitrations involving a wide range of applicable laws, arbitration rules and venues, arising from energy, construction, M&A, joint venture and general commercial disputes. Daryl also acts as presiding and sole arbitrator in institutional and ad hoc proceedings.

Daryl Chew is featured in the inaugural edition of Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration – Future Leaders 2017, which profiles the foremost practitioners in the global arbitration community aged 45 and under and notes that Daryl’s “work is always precise and his advice is pragmatic, straightforward and shared with conviction”, and that he “is commercial and understands the nuances.” Daryl also features as a leading individual in various professional directories, including Chambers Global, Chambers Asia-Pacific and Asia-Pacific Legal 500.
img_FooYuetMin Foo Yuet Min
Director, Drew & Napier LLC;
Member, YSIAC Committee

Yuet Min is a Director of Drew & Napier LLC. Prior to joining D&N, she served as a Justices' Law Clerk at the Supreme Court of Singapore.

Many of Yuet Min's matters involve SIAC and ICC arbitrations as well as arbitration-related Court proceedings. She has successfully handled complex and high-value matters ranging from offshore drilling contracts and construction matters, to disputes relating to commercial rights to major sports events, among others. She has particular experience and interest in dealing with multi-lingual proceedings and has conducted a bilingual international arbitration. Yuet Min speaks English, Mandarin, Malay and the Hokkien dialect.

Yuet Min is recognised by Asian Legal Business as one of the brightest legal minds in the region under the age of 40, and by Who's Who Legal as one of Singapore's foremost arbitration practitioners under the age of 45. Outside of legal work, she enjoys travelling, yoga and the performance arts.
img_CameronFord Cameron Ford
Corporate Counsel, Rio Tinto

Cameron is corporate counsel with Rio Tinto, practising in commercial law and disputes in Singapore for over 7 years. He is a Security of Payment adjudicator, FCIArb and FSIArb. He is on the panels of SIAC, SIArb, KLRCA, HKIAC and the Beijing Arbitration Commission and has conducted a number of arbitrations. He has an LLB from the University of Queensland, an LLM from the University of Melbourne, a Graduate Certificate in International Arbitration from NUS and a Master of Arts in Contemporary China from NTU. He is undertaking a PhD on security of costs in international arbitration. He is a Member of the SIAC Users Council Executive Committee and Chair of the SIAC Users Council Committee for Australia and NZ, Chair of the Singapore Chapter of the International Law Section of the Law Council of Australia and Corporate Counsel Liaison of the IBA Asia Pacific Forum.
img_EmmanuelGaillard Emmanuel Gaillard
Head, International Arbitration Practice, Shearman & Sterling LLP;
Member, SIAC Court of Arbitration

Mr Emmanuel Gaillard heads Shearman & Sterling's International Arbitration practice. He has represented corporations, States and State-owned entities in hundreds of international arbitrations. He has also acted as an arbitrator in over 50 international arbitrations. Mr Gaillard has written extensively on all aspects of arbitration law. His publications included Fouchard, Gaillard & Goldman on International Commercial Arbitration, a leading publication in this field; the first published essay on the Legal Theory of International Arbitration as well as numerous articles on international commercial and investment treaty arbitration.

Mr Gaillard is also a Professor of Law at Sciences Po Law School, where he teaches international arbitration.
img-ankit_goyal Ankit Goyal
Partner, Allen & Gledhill LLP;
YSIAC Committee Co-Chair

Ankit is a Partner at Allen & Gledhill and his practice areas cover litigation and international arbitration in Asia, with a focus on India.

Prior to joining Allen & Gledhill, Ankit was a lawyer in the Hong Kong office of an international law firm. From 2009 to 2012, Ankit was Head (South Asia) and Counsel at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) where he supervised the administration of approximately 150 arbitrations. In addition to leading the establishment of SIAC's representative office in Mumbai, Ankit was also responsible for expanding the use of arbitration among many of the largest international and domestic companies in India.

Ankit graduated from the National University of Singapore with an LLM in 2009 and the Punjab University, Chandigarh with an LLB in 2004.
img_RishabGupta Rishab Gupta
Counsel, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co;
Member, YSIAC Committee

Rishab is a Counsel at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, and leads the firm’s arbitration practice in Mumbai. He is qualified to practice in India, the US and the U.K. (where he is a solicitor advocate with higher rights of audience). His practice focuses on international arbitration, complex commercial litigation and public international law. Before joining Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, Rishab worked for several years in the international arbitration groups of Allen & Overy in London and Debevoise & Plimpton in New York.

Rishab received his LL.B. with first class honours from London School of Economics, J.D. from Columbia University School of Law (where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and HSBC Scholar) and completed his DPhil (PhD) at Balliol College, Oxford University (where he was Rhodes scholar).
img_JaeMinJeon Jae Min Jeon
Partner Attorney, Shin & Kim

(Mr.) Jae Min Jeon is a Partner at Shin & Kim and member of the firm’s International Dispute Resolution Practice Group. Mr. Jeon has represented large corporate clients in international commercial arbitration cases and multi-jurisdictional litigations. He serves as one of the team’s lead advocates.

Mr. Jeon is Director of International Affairs for the Seoul Bar Association and has published on international arbitration-related topics in publications such as GAR Know-How and the Foreign Investment Regulation Review.

Prior to joining Shin & Kim, Mr. Jeon served as a public-service judge advocate at the Ministry of Justice for three years, representing the Korean government in various types of civil and administrative court proceedings.

Mr. Jeon is a graduate of Seoul National University and obtained an LL.M. from Stanford Law School. He is a native Korean speaker and is fluent in English.
img_DariusKhambata Darius J. Khambata
Senior Counsel;
Member, SIAC Court of Arbitration

Darius J. Khambata, Senior Counsel, LL.M. (Harvard), 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. On his term as Advocate General coming to an end the Cabinet of the newly elected Government of Maharashtra recorded its “highest appreciation of the meritorious and distinguished service” rendered by him, a signal honour.

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.

He was a member of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) Committee to recommend new insider trading regulations and of the Law Commission of India’s Committee that recommended substantial amendments to Indian arbitration law. He is a member of SEBI’s Takeover Panel. He was a Vice-President of the LCIA and is currently a member of the SIAC Court.
img_MoazzamKhan Moazzam Khan
Partner, Nishith Desai Associates;
Member, YSIAC Committee

Moazzam Khan co-heads the International Dispute Resolution Practice at Nishith Desai Associates (NDA). He represents clients across various sectors and industries including Manufacturing, IT, Hospitality, Funds, PE, Aviation etc. His forte has been representing clients in cross-border litigations and international commercial arbitrations and he is consistently engaged in enforcement of Foreign Awards and judgments in India.

Moazzam has authored and co-authored a number of articles and research papers with a focus on arbitration and commercial litigation.

Moazzam is consistently invited to address the attendees at various arbitration focused seminars and conferences, both in India and abroad. He is also an Advisory Board Member on the Center for Advanced Research in Dispute Resolution (CARDS) established by National Law University, Vishakhapatnam.

Recently, Moazzam was awarded the Young Achiever Award in India Legal Awards – 2016 by a jury comprised of various prolific legal luminaries.
img_KohJunxiang Koh Junxiang
Associate Director, Clasis LLC, Singapore

Junxiang practices in the fields of commercial dispute resolution and is engaged in both Singapore litigation as well as international arbitration. He has particular experience in shareholder disputes, corporate fraud investigations and corporate insolvencies and restructuring. He has considerable experience with litigation in Singapore and an in-depth knowledge of Singapore bankruptcy laws and court procedure.

Junxiang graduated from the King's College London, United Kingdom with an LLB Hons. (Upper 2nd Class) degree in 2006 and was called to the Singapore Bar in May 2008. Prior to joining Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore, Junxiang was with the Litigation and Corporate Insolvency department of a well-known Singapore firm where he was involved in numerous high-value disputes and corporate insolvencies in the region. He has acted for liquidators from all the Big 4 accounting firms, the Singapore Stock Exchange as well as the Singapore government in forensic investigations into suspected cases of commercial fraud.
img_KohSweeYen Koh Swee Yen
Partner, WongPartnership LLP;
YSIAC Committee Co-Chair

Swee Yen has an active practice as counsel, with a particular focus on complex, high-value and cross-border disputes across a wide spectrum of matters from commercial, energy, international sales, trade to investment. She regularly appears before the High Court and Court of Appeal and in international arbitrations under the major institutional rules, including ICSID, ICC, ICDR, SIAC and UNCITRAL.

Swee Yen is recommended in various legal publications, including The Legal 500: Asia Pacific - The Client's Guide to the Asia Pacific Legal Profession for Dispute Resolution and Chambers Asia-Pacific Guide - Asia Pacific's Leading Lawyers for Business for Arbitration, with one source declaring "she's in a league of her own, she's very impressive and she'll go very far". She is the only Singapore law firm lawyer to make the Chambers Outstanding Young Partners list for Singapore (2017), is described as a "marvel" in Global Arbitration Review (GAR) 100 - 9th edition (2016), and regarded as one of the "outstanding members of the next generation" under the age of 45 in Who's Who Legal: Arbitration - Future Leaders 2017. She is also recognised in Best Lawyers for International Arbitration.
img_TobyLandau Toby Landau QC
Barrister and Arbitrator, Essex Court Chambers;
Member, SIAC Court of Arbitration

Toby Landau QC is a barrister and arbitrator, and a member of the Bars of England & Wales, New York, British Virgin Islands, and Northern Ireland (and the DIFC).

As Arbitrator, he has sat as President and Co-Arbitrator in numerous Investor-State and commercial disputes worldwide, under most of the leading institutional and ad hoc rules. As Counsel, he has argued hundreds of major international investor-State and commercial arbitrations, as well as many ground-breaking arbitration cases in Court (including Dallah v Pakistan, and First Media v Astro in the Courts of Singapore and Hong Kong).

He is Visiting Professor at Kings College London; a Court Member of both the LCIA and SIAC; SCC Board Member; UK delegate to the UNCITRAL Working Group on Arbitration (1994-2013); and a draftsman of the English Arbitration Act 1996 as well as many other laws in several countries. In April 2012, he was appointed to the Panel of Advisors of the Attorney-General of Singapore.

He won the Legal 500 Award for “International Arbitration Silk of the Year”, 2017 and was named “Most Highly Regarded Individual” in International Arbitration in Who’s Who Legal’s global survey, 2014 and 2015.
img_GeraldineLim Geraldine Lim
Regional Legal Director, Heineken Asia Pacific

Geraldine Lim started her tenure at Heineken in 2013 following its acquisition of Asia Pacific Breweries, where she had been General Counsel. Geraldine was closely involved in the de-listing and integration process and now leads a team of three lawyers at Heineken in Singapore. Her role as the Regional Legal Director covers the whole Asia Pacific region and gives her functional oversight for country-specific counsel reporting into their respective businesses. She also has experience with several M&A/greenfield projects and managing high profile litigation and arbitration matters in the Asia Pacific region.
img_LingardNicholas Nicholas Lingard
Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP;
Member, YSIAC Committee

An experienced international arbitration counsel and advocate, Nick heads our international arbitration practice in Asia. He leads probably the most active treaty arbitration practice in Asia, representing both investors and States, in high-profile, politically complex cases around Asia and the world. He also represents clients in commercial disputes across a variety of industries, under all the major arbitral rules, including ICC, SIAC, UNCITRAL, HKIAC, AAA and NAI, and under all major systems of law.

Nick is an expert member of the Energy Charter Treaty Secretariat’s Legal Advisory Task Force, and writes and speaks widely on international arbitration.

A former law clerk to the Chief Justice of Australia, Nick was educated at the University of Queensland, where he graduated at the top of his class in law and Japanese, and Harvard Law School, where he was a Frank Knox Memorial Fellow. Nick is also a Registered Foreign Lawyer at the SICC.
img_PriscillaLua Priscilla Lua
Senior Associate, Clifford Chance Asia

Priscilla Lua is a senior associate at Clifford Chance Asia* in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice in Singapore. She has represented clients in numerous civil and commercial disputes, with a particular focus on international arbitration.

*Clifford Chance Asia is a Formal Law Alliance in Singapore between Clifford Chance Pte Ltd and Cavenagh Law LLP. The Formal Law Alliance allows the two firms to provide the broadest range of Singapore and International law services from one platform with Singapore litigation representation and real estate expertise provided through Cavenagh Law LLP.
img_DuncanMatthews Duncan Matthews QC
Barrister and Arbitrator, 20 Essex Street Chambers

Duncan Matthews has extensive experience in landmark commercial disputes. He advises and acts in English Court proceedings at all higher court levels and overseas and has a large arbitration practice primarily as counsel, though also as arbitrator, both in England and abroad, institutional and ad hoc.

The international nature of his practice encompasses private international law and conflicts of laws. He has an established practice in Singapore and is registered to appear before the Singapore International Commercial Court.

Recent quotes from the Directories include:

“An ideal candidate for international fraud disputes…. He commands the court with ease…”

“He’s phenomenal. If you’ve got something that’s a bit tricky, he’s brilliant.” Chambers and Partners 2017

“He surgically slices up a witness while smiling at them – it is an awesome sight to see.” Legal 500 2016

“A fantastic advocate and a brilliant tactician. The court listens to him.” “He’s the hardest person to be up against. He’s really tenacious.” Chambers and Partners 2016
img_YokoMaeda Yoko Maeda
Counsel, City-Yuwa Partners

YOKO MAEDA is a Special Counsel at City-Yuwa Partners in Tokyo, Japan. Being admitted in Japan and New York, she focuses on international dispute resolution, including both litigation and arbitration.

She has represented both Japanese and foreign corporations, as well as Japanese government and government-owned entities in international litigation and arbitration under the institutional arbitration rules, including those of the ICC, SIAC, and JCAA.

She has experience in disputes in various sectors, such as automotive industry, pharmaceutical industry, construction and engineering, chemical materials, mining and resources. Type of dispute she handles includes securities, product liability, IP, shareholders lawsuit and general corporate transaction dispute etc.

Her expertise also extends to global risk management, corruption issues, internal investigation, international joint venture, and governmental work such as ODA related disputes, etc.

She holds LL.B. from University of Tokyo, and LL.M. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
img_Jern-FeiNg Jern-Fei Ng
Barrister, Essex Court Chambers;
Member, YSIAC Committee

Jern-Fei Ng is described in the legal directories as “a formidable advocate”; “rising star”; “undoubted star junior” and “QC in waiting” with “first-class advocacy skills” who “comes up with extremely clever points” and has an ability to “present practical legal solutions that not only win you the battles, but also the war.” Recommended by Legal 500 UK (6 areas), Chambers UK (3 areas), Legal 500 Asia-Pacific (3 areas), Chambers Asia (2 areas), and Chambers Global (3 areas). 8 of these recommendations are Band 1 rankings. Featured in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration – Future Leaders 2017. In addition to practice as counsel, also sits as arbitrator with 13 ad hoc and institutional appointments to date (HKIAC, LCIA, LMAA, SIAC and PCA).
img_ChelvaRajah Chelva Rajah, SC
Managing Partner, Tan Rajah & Cheah;
Member, SIAC Board of Directors

Mr Chelva R Rajah SC, a member of Singapore Bar since 1972, practices at Tan Rajah & Cheah in both litigation and arbitration, particularly in commercial disputes, property-related matters and insolvency.

He was President of the Law Society of Singapore from 1990 to 1992 and was appointed a Senior Counsel on 10 January 1998. He is on the SIAC Panel of Accredited Arbitrators.
img_JulieRaneda Julie Raneda
Counsel, Schellenberg Wittmer Pte Ltd;
Member, YSIAC Committee

Julie Raneda is a Counsel in the International Arbitration Group of Schellenberg Wittmer in Singapore.

Julie Raneda represents clients in international arbitrations under all major arbitration rules, with a particular focus on disputes related to international sales, licence and distribution agreements, construction and engineering contracts and joint venture agreements. She has also been appointed as an arbitrator under the Swiss Rules and the SIAC Rules.

Julie graduated from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in 2005 and from Geneva Law School in 2008. Julie regularly publishes and speaks on topics related to international arbitration. She is the Chair of ASA South-East Asia Chapter and is recognized by Who's Who Legal as an Arbitration Future Leader.
img_GittaSatryani Gitta Satryani
Senior Associate, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Gitta is an experienced international arbitration lawyer who specialises in complex cross-border disputes, with particular expertise in international commercial arbitration and public international law. She is fluent in English and Indonesian (native) and has recently been recognised internationally as an "arbitration future leader".

Gitta advises companies and states on a broad range of issues relating to cross-border energy, infrastructure and commercial projects and issues arising under international investment law and sovereign immunity. She has represented clients in arbitrations in major international centres such as London, Hong Kong and Singapore under ICC, SIAC, UNCITRAL, PCA, ICSID and other rules, as well advising and representing clients in other forms of ADR (conciliation, mediation, expert determination, etc.).

In addition to her dispute resolution practice, she advises clients on dispute avoidance strategies and investment structuring for the purpose of maximising investment treaty protection in cooperation with the firm's corporate, energy and infrastructure practice groups.
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Associate (Barrister), Mishcon de Reya

Deepa Somasunderam is an Associate at Mishcon de Reya in London. Her practice focuses on public international law, investor-state and commercial arbitration. She has represented parties in arbitrations under the ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC and LCIA Rules, seated in both common and civil law jurisdictions. Her practice covers a wide range of industries such as mining, technology, energy and construction.

Previously, Deepa was an Assistant Legal Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. At the PCA, she worked on investor-state claims under bilateral investment treaties and inter-state disputes pursuant to Annex VII of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
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Partner, International Arbitration, Construction & Projects;
Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP

Shannon Tan is a partner in Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP’s International Arbitration and Construction & Projects practice group. Shannon's main area of practice is dispute resolution where she has been involved in and acquired expertise in all forms of dispute resolution from court litigation, international arbitration, adjudications proceedings, expert determinations and mediations. As an advocate/ counsel, Shannon has been involved in a broad spectrum of civil and commercial disputes and she has developed a niche in infrastructure disputes as well as energy sector disputes, particularly in the areas of long term mining and gas supply contracts. Apart from being an advocate/ counsel, Shannon also adjudicates disputes when she sits as an arbitrator from time to time. Shannon is the author of the Singapore Chapter on "GAR Construction Arbitration know-how" on the Global Arbitration Review website as well as co-author of the book "Workplace Safety and Health: A Practical Guide" published by LexisNexis, Singapore.
img_ValerieTan Valerie Tan
Country Head Legal ABN AMRO Bank N.V., Singapore Branch

Valerie is the Country Head Legal of ABN AMRO Bank in Singapore. A lawyer of 21 years standing, Valerie spent many years in private practice advising financial institutions, governments and corporate clients on different areas of law. Valerie looks after and is responsible for the legal affairs of ABN AMRO Bank N.V., Singapore Branch and ABN AMRO Clearing Bank N.V., Singapore Branch.< br />< br />Valerie is ranked as one of the top 100 inhouse counsel in Southeast Asia and in the Asia Pacific, on the ‘GC Powerlist Asia Pacific’ and the ‘GC Powerlist Southeast Asia’ maintained by The Legal 500. A Cambridge graduate, Valerie is called to the Bar in London and Singapore.
img_TanWeiyi Tan Weiyi
Principal, Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Tan Weiyi is a Principal in Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow’s Dispute Resolution practice group. Weiyi's practice encompasses domestic and international commercial litigation and arbitration, in the areas of international trade, employment, intellectual property and professional liability. Apart from acting as counsel, she sits as arbitrator in SIAC-administered arbitrations and is an accredited mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre.

Weiyi also advises on compliance infringements, cross border investigations, regulatory enquiries and enforcement actions, particularly in the areas of anti-corruption, anti-trust, data privacy, tax and financial regulatory infringements.

Weiyi is an elected Council member of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and sits on the Singapore Academy of Law's Promotion of Singapore Law Committee. She is named by Singapore Business Review as one of Singapore's most influential lawyers under 40.
img_HazelTang Hazel Tang
Centre Director, Singapore International Mediation Centre

Ms Tang is an accredited mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre and a foreign mediator with the Shanghai International Arbitration Centre. Prior to joining the Singapore International Mediation Centre, Ms Tang was a partner with a leading Singapore law firm with a regional presence, and was based in China for a period. Ms Tang’s experience cover a wide range of contentious and non-contentious work and has effectively represented clients in arbitration, litigation, adjudication and mediation proceedings.
img_ZoeZhang Zoe Li Zhang
Senior Associate, Zhong Lun Law Firm (Beijing Office)

Zoe Zhang specializes in dispute resolution and has extensive experience in commercial arbitration and litigation.

Zoe joined Zhong Lun in 2009. Since then, Zoe has represented clients in over 100 arbitrations and lawsuits, which relate to industrial sectors such as sale of goods, joint venture, equity transfer, financing, construction, real estate, intellectual properties, energy and hospitality. The arbitration cases have been conducted under the CIETAC Rules, the BAC Rules, the UNCITRAL Rules, the HKIAC Administered Rules, the ICC Rules, and the SIAC Rules in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, India and other jurisdictions. The lawsuits have been conducted before courts of different levels across China.

Zoe is also a member of the Zhong Lun team which successfully represented the PRC in the first investment arbitration case against the PRC where a final award was delivered.

Zoe has been widely recognized by clients and colleagues as a devoted and efficient problem solver.

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SIAC Announces the Official Release of the SIAC Rules 2016

30 June 2016SIAC Announces the Official Release of the SIAC Rules 2016The 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 e...

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SIAC Signs Memorandum of Agreement with GIFT

3 June 2016SIAC 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 arbit...

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SIAC Announces Appointment of New Registrar and Promotion of Deputy Registrar

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

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SIAC Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Oe-Cusse Administration

28 March 2016SIAC Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Oe-Cusse AdministrationThe 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), form...

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SIAC Announces Record Case Numbers for 2015

25 February 2016SIAC 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 e...

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Public Consultation on Draft SIAC Investment Arbitration Rules

1 February 2016Public Consultation on Draft SIAC Investment Arbitration RulesThe 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 d...

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SIAC Appoints New Court Member

1 February 2016SIAC Appoints New Court MemberThe 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 off...

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Opening of SIAC Office in Shanghai

25 January 2016Opening of SIAC Office in ShanghaiThe 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 for...

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Public Consultation on Draft SIAC Arbitration Rules

18 January 2016Public Consultation on Draft SIAC Arbitration RulesThe 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 pr...

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