Why SIAC
DAVINDER SINGH, SC
img-Davinder_Singh Mr Davinder Singh, SC is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of SIAC and the Executive Chairman 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.

CHAN LENG SUN, SC
img-ChanLengSun Mr Chan Leng Sun, SC is the Deputy Chairman of the SIAC Board of Directors.

Leng Sun is Baker McKenzie’s Global Head of Arbitration. He also heads the Dispute Resolution practice in Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow. He is qualified in Malaysia, Singapore and England. Leng Sun was appointed Senior Counsel in January 2011. He has a broad commercial practice that covers technical disputes, maritime law, international trade, insurance and company law.

Apart from being counsel, Leng Sun is a Chartered Arbitrator and is also on the panel of leading arbitral institutions. He is a Chairperson of the arbitration panel jointly appointed by the EU and Korea under the protocol on cultural cooperation of the Korea-EU FTA. Leng Sun is President of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb). He is the Deputy Chairman of the SGX (Singapore Exchange) Appeals Committee.

Leng Sun was a legal officer of the United Nations Compensation Commission in Geneva and a SIAC-CIAC Observer to the UNCITRAL Working Group on Arbitration. He is the author of the book Singapore Law on Arbitral Awards and Co-Editor of Conflict of Laws in Arbitration.

Leng Sun is recognized among the top lawyers worldwide by Who's Who Legal - Litigation 2016 and Who's Who Legal - Arbitration 2017. He is described by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017 as "one of the best arbitrators and practitioners in arbitration."

CHONG YEE LEONG
img-ChongYeeLeong Yee Leong’s primary area of practice is international arbitration specialising in the areas of energy, oil and gas, power and infrastructure projects in Singapore, Malaysia and the region. In practice for more than 26 years, Yee Leong is recognised as a leading international dispute resolution specialist in the Asia-Pacific region.

Yee Leong has been consistently recommended for his capability in international arbitration in various leading legal publications. Amongst others, in the 2017 editions of Chambers Global and Chambers Asia-Pacific, a client highlighted his “advocacy skills” adding that “he was able to point out certain angles the other lawyers didn’t.”, Yee Leong was also one of the nominees (and the only Asian nominee) for the Global Arbitration Review inaugural “Advocate of the Year” award and has been named Singapore International Arbitration “Lawyer of the Year” 2015-2016 by Best Lawyers. The award reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned for excellence, professionalism and integrity.

Yee Leong is a Chartered Arbitrator and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. He is also on the panel of arbitrators for Singapore International Arbitration Centre, Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration and CIArb Presidential Panel of Arbitrators. Yee Leong also served as a director of Singapore LNG Pte Ltd from 2011 to 2015.

NISHITH DESAI
img-Nishith_Desai Mr. Nishith Desai is the founder and Managing Partner of the multiskilled, research-based international law firm, Nishith Desai Associates with offices in Mumbai, Silicon Valley, Bangalore, Singapore, Mumbai - BKC, New Delhi and Munich.

Mr. Desai's practice encompasses an extensive range of tax, corporate and technology matters, with a strong emphasis on private equity and venture capital funds. His other areas of practice include corporate globalization, international listings, M&A transactions, international IPOs, international successions management, corporate governance, e-commerce taxation, JVs and strategic alliances, employment and human resource laws, intellectual property rights, media and entertainment laws, complex information technology and business process outsourcing transactions and social sector laws.

Mr. Desai has developed expertise and carved a niche in the area of litigation and dispute resolution with a strong focus on complex cross border disputes.

DAVID LIU

img-David_Liu Mr David Liu is a senior partner of Jun He Law Offices.

Mr. Liu has been in practice for over twenty years. His areas of specialty include banking and finance, M&A, and foreign direct investment. He is highly recommended for his outstanding performance in the areas of financial services, M&A. Mr. Liu has actively represented a number of international and domestic banks and been involved in structuring, negotiation, document preparation and rendering of opinions in many projects, including petrochemical, semiconductor, steel, automobile, power, water, toll road and other industries. Mr. Liu also represents multinational corporations in their entry into China’s market and advises state owned enterprises and other domestic companies on their cooperation with foreign investors. In recent years, Mr. Liu has also represented foreign banks and other financial institutions in their investments and strategic cooperation with PRC banks, fund joint ventures and financial institution deals.

Mr. Liu is an arbitrator with the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and also Shanghai Arbitration Commission , and visiting law professor at the East China University of Politics and Law. Mr. Liu was awarded the Legal Personality of the Year 2003 and China Dealmaker of the Year 2009 by Asian Legal Business; listed on Chambers & Partners since 2000 and listed a M&A and banking lawyer by Asia Law & Practice since 2000.

RAJIV K LUTHRA
img-Rajiv_K_Luthra Mr Rajiv K. Luthra is the Founder and Managing Partner of Luthra & Luthra Law Offices - 'National Law Firm of the Year - India 2015' by the International Financial Law Review (IFLR). He has been appointed on the Securities and Exchange Board of India ("SEBI") committees on "Rationalization of Investment Routes and Monitoring of Foreign Portfolio Investments' and "Reviewing Insider Trading Regulations." He serves on the Advisory Board to the Competition Commission of India and to the Competition Advocacy Steering Committee and has been appointed by the Ministry of Commerce as Convener of the 'Joint Economic and Trade Commission' (JETCO), between India and the UK, formed to advise the Government of India on the liberalisation of legal services under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS).

He is recognized for "...his singular contribution to the practice of corporate and commercial law in India and for being one of the country's earliest pioneers in international transaction lawyering" and awarded by the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, the Chief Justice of India and the Law Minister. He is a recipient of the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' at the 4th Annual International M&A Advisors Awards in New York. He has been inducted in the 'M&A Advisor Hall of Fame' by the International M&A Advisors Awards in New York. He also serves on the Board of the Symphony International Holdings Limited (a London Stock Exchange listed company). He is a former member of the Corporate Governance & Audit Committee of the Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation (India) [HSBC].

MICHAEL MOSER
img-Michael_Moser Michael Moser is an international arbitrator with 20 Essex Street Chambers. He is a Chartered Arbitrator, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. He received his law degree from the Harvard Law School and holds a PhD (With Distinction) from Columbia University.

Mr Moser is Honorary Past Chairman of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, a Governing Board Member of ICCA, a Board Member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, a Board Member of the Vienna International Arbitral Centre and a Commission Member of CIETAC in Beijing. He has also served as a Court Member of the LCIA, a Board Member of the SCC Stockholm Arbitration Institute and an advisor to the World Bank in connection with the establishment of the Cambodian Arbitration Centre.

Mr Moser is the author or editor of many books and articles, including A Guide to the HKIAC Arbitration Rules (OUP, 2017) and The Asia Arbitration Handbook (OUP, 2011) and The Asian Leading Arbitrators' Guide to International Arbitration (Juris, 2006). Until last year, Mr Moser served as the General Editor of The Journal of International Arbitration.

Resident in Asia for more than 30 years, Mr Moser works principally from offices in Hong Kong and Singapore. He has acted as arbitrator in more than 250 cases under the UNCITRAL Rules and the institutional rules of the SIAC, the ICC, ICSID, HKIAC, JCAA, LCIA, ICDR and others. Fluent in Chinese (Putonghua), he was the first foreigner to be appointed an arbitrator in China in the 1980's. In recognition of his contributions to arbitration in Asia, Mr Moser was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by Chambers. He is consistently rated as being one of the "very best" and "most in demand" arbitrators globally.

CHELVA RAJAH SC
img-Chelva_Rajah 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.

THAM SAI CHOY
img-Tham_Sai_Choy Mr Tham Sai Choy is a chartered accountant and, until his recent retirement, was the chairman of KPMG in Asia Pacific. He was for many years a member of KPMG's global board and a member of its executive committee. While in practice, he had worked in the United Kingdom, Australia and Singapore, covering a wide range of professional work and holding a number of different leadership positions in Singapore and Asia Pacific.

He is a board member of the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority, and the Housing Development Board. He also serves on the Future Economy Council, and is the Chairman of the EduSave Advisory Council. In addition, he is a member on the Diversity Action Committee Board, and the Corporate Governance Council. He also sits on the advisory boards or governing boards at a number of higher learning institutions. He has been active in the development of the accountancy sector in Singapore, having been an inaugural member of the Accounting Standards Council (including as deputy Chairman), and having served on the Committee to Develop the Accountancy Sector and the Singapore Accountancy Commission.

Mr Tham trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the UK. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and the Singapore Institute of Directors.

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SIAC, which commenced operations in 1991 as an independent, not-for-profit organisation, has a proven track record in providing quality, efficient, and neutral arbitration services to the global business community.

SIAC's Board of Directors consists of well-respected lawyers and corporate leaders from China, Hong Kong, India and Singapore. The Board is responsible for overseeing SIAC's operations, business strategy and development, as well as corporate governance matters.

The SIAC Court of Arbitration is comprised of 22 eminent arbitration practitioners from around the world, including Australia, Belgium, China, France, India, Japan, Korea, Singapore, UK and the USA. The main functions of the Court include the appointment of arbitrators, as well as overall supervision of case administration at the Centre. The Centre has an experienced international panel of over 400 expert arbitrators from over 40 jurisdictions. Appointments are made on the basis of our specialist knowledge of an arbitrator's expertise, experience, and track record.

The SIAC Rules are efficient, cost-effective and flexible, and incorporate features from civil and common law legal systems.

The Centre's full-time staff manages all the financial aspects of the arbitration, including:

• Regular rendering of accounts
• Collecting deposits towards the costs of arbitration
• Processing the Tribunal's fees and expenses

SIAC supervises and monitors the progress of the case and conducts scrutiny of the arbitral award. The Centre's administration fees are competitive in comparison with all the major international arbitral institutions.

SIAC is a premier, global arbitral institution with one of the highest administered caseloads in the world, and an excellent track record of enforcement of its awards in many jurisdictions including Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Thailand, UK, USA and Vietnam, amongst other New York Convention countries.
SIAC India Representative Offices
Mumbai, India

In 2013, SIAC established its first overseas representative office in Mumbai, India. A second representative office in India was opened in GIFT, Gujarat, in 2017. The offices embody SIAC's firm commitment and close ties to India. Indian parties have consistently been one of the top three users of SIAC over the last five years and ranked as the top foreign user in 2013, 2015 and 2016. This growing trend follows on from recent years where the number of new cases involving at least one Indian party has grown steadily, increasing tenfold in the period from 2001 to 2012. Recognising the significant role played by India towards SIAC's success as an international arbitral institution, SIAC established a presence in India to interact closely with the business and legal communities in India and develop greater awareness of institutional arbitration.
 
The primary objectives of the Indian representative offices are to:
facilitate the dissemination of necessary information on arbitration at SIAC and in Singapore;
promote the use of institutional arbitration and SIAC as a leading international arbitration institution;
promote Singapore as an arbitration destination for Indian parties;
create a line of communication for SIAC and the community in Singapore with key players for international arbitration in India; and
work closely with the judiciary and the government in India on policy initiatives, regular exchange of ideas on live issues, and legislative change, amongst others.
 
The function of administering arbitrations under the SIAC Rules continues to be handled by SIAC's multinational Secretariat in Singapore, irrespective of the seat of arbitration or the nationality of disputing parties. The Secretariat is able to, and has, administered arbitrations seated outside of Singapore in various jurisdictions, including India. Singapore is no longer the default seat of arbitration under the latest SIAC Rules. Parties may agree to hold hearings at any venue that is convenient or appropriate.

img-pranav-mago Pranav Mago
Head (South Asia)
Singapore International Arbitration Centre

Pranav joined SIAC in August 2015 and will be based in the SIAC Mumbai office.

Pranav enrolled as an Advocate and cleared the All India Bar Exam in the year 2011. Prior to joining SIAC, he was working with the International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution team of a UK Magic Circle firm.

During his time at the UK Magic Circle firm, he worked on a number of SIAC, ICC, LCIA and ICSID arbitrations and also advised clients on mediation matters. He was also appointed secretary to the tribunal for SIAC arbitrations. In addition to arbitration matters, he has been part of a team to undertake global investigations of regulatory breaches and also has experience of working on insolvency and restructuring matters.


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Singapore International Arbitration Centre
Mumbai
1729, The Hub, 17th Floor, One Indiabulls Centre, Tower 2B,
Senapati Bapat Marg, Mumbai 400013, India

GIFT, Gujarat
Unit No. 27 Wing 3, GIFT Aspire-2, ZFC, Block 12, Road 1D
Zone – I GIFT SEZ Gandhinagar 382355, India

Attn: Pranav Mago
T: +91 22 6189 9841
M: +91 98 1133 5519
F: +91 22 4332 7600
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SIAC Seoul Office
Seoul, Korea

In 2013, SIAC established its second overseas liaison office in Seoul, Korea. The office embodies SIAC's commitment to develop and enhance the active interest in international arbitration in Korea.

In the last few years, we have seen an increasing number of Korean parties in cases filed with SIAC. Korea was the fourth top foreign user in 2016 and the third top foreign user for 2015. The number of parties from Korea more than doubled from 2014 to 2016. The total sum in dispute for cases involving Korean parties in 2016 increased to more than 45 times the amount of the total sum in dispute in 2015. Recognising the importance of Korean parties to SIAC's international caseload, SIAC established a presence in Korea to enhance its visibility and accessibility to the business and legal communities in Korea.

The activities of the SIAC Seoul Office will be activities related to dissemination of market information and liaison activities, including the following: to facilitate the dissemination of necessary information on arbitration at SIAC and in Singapore; to create a line of communication for SIAC and the community in Singapore with key players for international arbitration in Korea; to liaise and deliver practical information necessary to lawyers and corporate users for the effective use of SIAC arbitration as a dispute resolution option; and to liaise and deliver continuous feedback from Korean parties on SIAC's services as an arbitral institution.

SIAC's Seoul Office does not administer arbitrations. The function of administering arbitrations under the SIAC Rules continues to be handled by SIAC's multinational Secretariat in Singapore, irrespective of the seat of arbitration or the nationality of disputing parties.

img-seahlee Ms Seah Lee
Head (North East Asia)

Prior to joining SIAC, Seah worked with the International Arbitration Practice Group and Corporate Group of a leading Korean law firm. She represented clients in international arbitration, cross-border litigation and negotiations, as well as arbitration-related collateral proceedings and provisional measures, and actions to enforce or set aside an arbitral award. She also advised on general corporate legal issues, particularly involving cross-border deals between Korean and Chinese entities.


Contact us

Please direct all enquiries and requests for assistance to:

Singapore International Arbitration Centre
11F, Seoul Global Center
38 Jongno (Seorin-dong)
Jongno-gu
Seoul, Korea 03188
D: +82 2 2086 4218
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SIAC Shanghai Office
Shanghai, China

China is a strong contributor to SIAC's international caseload. In the recent years, Chinese parties have consistently ranked amongst our top two foreign users, and was the top foreign user for 2012 and 2014. SIAC's cases involving Chinese parties have more than quadrupled from 10 years ago. Nowadays, China-related cases make up roughly 20% of SIAC's total caseload.

In March 2016, SIAC opened its representative office in the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone.

SIAC's Shanghai office will be instrumental in promoting SIAC's international arbitration services to Chinese users. 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 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.

To receive regular updates on SIAC in China, follow us via our WeChat ID: SIACnews.

img-rundongliu Mr Leo Liu / 刘 润 东
Deputy Head (China)
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Mr Rundong Liu is Deputy Head (China) and based in the SIAC Shanghai office.

Prior to joining SIAC, Rundong worked in the dispute resolution and antitrust practices of a Chinese law firm in Shanghai. He has previously worked in a foreign law firm and a domestic arbitration commission in China.


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Please direct all China related enquiries and requests for assistance to:

Singapore International Arbitration Centre
22/F One Lujiazui
68 Yin Cheng Road (C)
Suite 2218, Pudong New Area
Shanghai, P. R. China 200120

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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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