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Total Number of Cases Handled by SIAC as of 31 March 2017

The active caseload as of 31 March 2017 is about 650 cases. We set out in the table below a breakdown of the new cases handled by SIAC from 2006-2016.

Total Number of New Cases Handled by SIAC (2006-2016)
Total Number of New Cases Handled by SIAC (2006 - 2016)

Expedited Procedure


From 1 July 2010 to 31 March 2017:
Total number of applications made: 341
Number of applications accepted: 186

Emergency Arbitrator

From 1 July 2010 to 31 March 2017:
Total number of applications received: 57
Number of applications accepted: 57


Emergency Arbitrator Outcomes

Outcomes of applications for emergency relief
Granted 24
Granted (by consent) 4
Granted (in part) 5
No orders made (application withdrawn) 6
Rejected 16
Pending 2
TOTAL (as at 31 March 2017) 57
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Profile of Cases


The profiles of the cases below are a small selection of international arbitration cases filed at SIAC. They aim to complement SIAC's caseload statistics, to give you a flavour of the type of disputes that come to SIAC, and the nationalities of parties involved. These cases are administered by SIAC under SIAC arbitration rules.

The profiles have been carefully sanitised to protect the identity of the parties and to maintain the confidentiality of arbitration proceedings at SIAC.

1. Performance bond - Call on bond - Failure to make payment - US$600,000
 
indonesia Claimant (Indonesia)
vietnam Respondent (Vietnam)
   
2. Supply & procurement agreement for Cambodian rice - Failure to take delivery & make payment - Damages
 
cambodia Claimant (Cambodia)
malaysia Respondent (Malaysia)
   
3. Joint venture contract for supply of oil - Repudiation of contractual agreement - Substantial damages
 
hk Claimant (Hong Kong SAR, PRC)
germany Respondent (Germany)
   
4. Contract for engineering, procurement & construction services - Claims for change orders & penalty charges - US$10,000,000
 
indonesia Claimant (Indonesia)
korea Respondent (Korea)
   
5. Contract for sale & purchase of mono ethylene glycol - Failure to take delivery & make payment - US$90,000
 
usa Claimant (USA)
china Respondent (PRC)
   
6. Dispute under quota share reinsurance treaty - Parties adopt SIAC Rules by post dispute agreement - US$1,100,000
 
malaysia Claimant (Malaysia)
sing Respondent (Singapore)
   
7. Agreement for construction of barges and tugs boats - Failure to complete within contractual period - US$600,000
 
indonesia Claimant (Indonesia)
sing Respondent (Singapore)
   
8. Contract for demolition work at power station - Breach of contractual obligations - US$1,600,000
 
malaysia Claimant (Malaysia)
malaysia Respondent (Malaysia)
   
9. International sale and purchase agreement - Repudiation of contract - US$210,000
 
sing Claimant (Singapore)
uae Respondent (UAE)
   
10. Joint venture agreement - Specific performance to buy over shares - Shares valued at US$900,000
 
sing Claimant (Singapore & Others)
thailand Respondent (Thailand & Others)
   
11. Management services agreement for power plant - Breach of agreement - US$28,000,000
 
malaysia Claimant (Malaysia)
banglauk Respondent (Bangladesh & UK)
   
12. Real estate conception and development program contract - Breach of contract - US$1,000,000 - French is proper law & common language - SIAC appoints arbitrator conversant in French & French law
 
sing Claimant (Singapore)
vietnambrit Respondent (Vietnam & British Virgin Islands)
   
13. Agreement to market, manage and operate a hotel - Termination of agreement - Specific performance & damages sought - Substantial claim and counterclaim
 
swit Claimant (Switzerland)
indonesia Respondent (Indonesia)
   
14. Joint venture & shareholders agreement for pulp processing venture - Breach of obligations resulting in failure of venture - US$233,000,000
 
malaysia Claimant (Malaysia)
sing Respondent (Singapore)
   
15. System software agreement for securities trading - Breach of obligations - Failure to make payment - US$3,000,000
 
sing Claimant (Singapore)
hk Respondent (Hong Kong SAR, PRC)
   
16. Ship engine repair agreement - Defective workmanship / negligent repair - Claim for loss and damage suffered - US$600,000 - Parties adopt SIAC Rules by post dispute agreement
 
canada Claimant (Canada)
sing Respondent (Singapore)
   
17. Agency agreement and deed of covenant and guarantee - Declaration sought for resolution to be binding on respondents - Avoidance of payment of US$50,000,000
 
indonesia Claimant (Indonesia)
frindiagermanybelgium Respondent (France, India, Germany & Belgium)
   
18. Civil engineering agreement for power plant - Failure to make payment - US$1,000,000
 
Claimant (Taiwan)
Respondent (Taiwan)
   
19. Charterparty and lifting agreements - Failure to pay outstanding sums - US$2,600,000
 
Claimant (Singapore)
Respondent (Taiwan)
   
20. Charterparty - Breach of charterparty / duty as bailee / negligence - US$700,000 - Charterparty provides for arbitration in Singapore and for English law to apply
 
singindia Claimant (Singapore & India)
russia Respondent (Russia)
   
21. Dispute under a settlement agreement for turnkey contract for supply and installation of incinerators - US$1,300,000 - Counterclaim for failure to complete testing and rectify defects
 
usa Claimant (USA)
indonesia Respondent (Indonesia)
   
22. Disputes under subcontract for electrical and instrumentation works for major sewerage treatment project - US$20,500,000
 
jap Claimant (Japan)
sing Respondent (Singapore)
   
23. Master commercial rights agreement - Disputes relating to payment of revenue - US$27,000,000
 
sing Claimant (Singapore)
sri Respondent (Sri Lanka)
   
24. Distributorship agreement - Wrongful repudiation of agreement - US$16,500,000
 
sing Claimant (Singapore)
usa Respondent (USA)
   
25. Fast food franchise agreement - Termination of agreement - Claim for outstanding franchise & royalty fees - US$150,000
 
malaysia Claimant (Malaysia)
malaysia Respondent (Malaysia)
   
26. Sale and purchase agreement for bitumen - False shipment of goods - US$250,000
 
hk Claimant (Hong Kong SAR, PRC)
iran Respondent (Iran)
   
27. Charterparty - Dispute over validity of contract - US$100,000 - Charterparty provides for arbitration in Singapore and English law to apply
 
phil Claimant (Philippines)
phil Respondent (Philippines)
   
28. Joint venture agreement for telecommunication projects - Failure to execute certain terms under agreement - Substantial damages
 
malaysia Claimant (Malaysia)
bangla Respondent (Bangladesh)
   
29. Share purchase agreement - Failure to exercise call option - Breach of agreement - US$5,000,000
 
usasing Claimant (USA & Singapore)
belgium Respondent (Belgium)
   
30. Disputes under loan and construction agreements - US$35,000,000
 
phil Claimant (Philippines)
korea Respondent (Korea)
   
31. Joint venture agreement for property development in PRC - Breach of agreement in respect of share capital contribution - Counterclaim for premature termination of agreement - US$3,500,000 - Hearing conducted in Mandarin - Award rendered in English & Chinese
 
aus Claimant (Australia)
china Respondent (PRC)
   
32. Equipment sales agreement - Failure to fully comply with payment conditions - US$4,200,000
 
usa Claimant (USA)
china Respondent (PRC)
   
33. Dispute under agreement for the installation of water treatment system - Claim for outstanding sum & additional and variation works - US$2,300,000 - Parties adopt SMC-SIAC procedure by post-dispute agreement
 
sing Claimant (Singapore)
usa Respondent (USA)
   
34. Deed of covenant, programme agreement, agency agreement and deed of guarantee - 3-member tribunal - US$38,000,000
 
frindiagermany Claimant (France, India & Germany)
indonesia Respondent (Indonesia & Cayman Islands)
   
35. Co-operation agreement for opera production and performance - Breach of agreement - US$3,500,000 - 3-member Tribunal
 
swit Claimant (Switzerland)
china Respondent (PRC)
   
36. Dispute under agreement for supply and installation of instrumentation system - US$15,000,000 - 3-member Tribunal
 
usa Claimant (USA)
sing Respondent (Singapore)
   
37. Disputes under agreement for supply and installation of signal and baseband processing systems - US$27,000,000
 
malaysia Claimant (Malaysia)
malaysia Respondent (Malaysia)
   
38. Disputes under engineering services agreement for pharmaceutical plant - US$2,750,000 - SIAC-administered arbitration with hearings conducted in New Jersey
 
usa Claimant (USA)
swit Respondent (Switzerland)
   
39. Dispute under exclusive advertising sales agency agreement - Claim for unpaid guaranteed revenue - US$427,000,000
 
china Claimant (PRC)
canada Respondent (Canada)

 


Singapore is a vibrant centre for alternative dispute resolution processes. After a quarter of a century of development, building up an arbitration-friendly environment and capabilities, Singapore has grown to be the venue of first choice for international businesses when it comes to resolving disputes in a neutral third country in Asia.

Singapore hosts arbitrations of all kinds. Covering a whole range of subject matters, some are administered by institutions, such as the Singapore International Arbitration Centre and the Paris-based International Chamber of Commerce. Many more are managed by the parties themselves — ad hoc arbitration and arbitration according to UNCITRAL Rules.

More and more parties from abroad choose Singapore, not because their contract has any connection with Singapore, but for the many advantages that Singapore has to offer as the seat of their arbitration.

To date, SIAC has handled around 1600 cases and is one of the fastest growing arbitral institutions in the world. Click on these links to see our latest statistics and profile of cases.

Vision
To be the number one choice where the world arbitrates.

Mission
To be acknowledged as a truly international arbitration institute dedicated to providing world-class quality and efficient service, promoting arbitration as a preferred mode of dispute resolution, while achieving the highest satisfaction for our employees and stakeholders.

Core Values
‘OUR SIAC’ encapsulates our aspiration to create a unity of purpose. It reflects our common desire to encourage a culture that is open and innovative, results-oriented, and that promotes mutual trust and engagement.


One Global Network Leveraging the power of global insight and understanding, relationships and learning to deliver exceptional service to clients.
   
Unique Opportunities We acknowledge the individual’s potential and create opportunities for all to grow and excel. Together, we celebrate our successes and achievements.
   
Relentless Pursuit of Excellence Leadership and superior performance are achieved through the pursuit of personal excellence.
   
   
   
Social Responsibility We constantly strive to help and improve the community and environment where we live and work in, as we believe it is our duty as a responsible corporate citizen and as individual members of the community.
   
Integrity Being ethically unyielding, honest and inspiring trust by doing what we say at all times.
   
Accountability Matching our behaviours to our words and taking responsibility for our actions.
   
Collegiality We nurture success by promoting teamwork, participation and trust within the organisation and between ourselves and others, in an environment of sharing and mutual respect.
   
Singapore – A Dynamic Cosmopolitan City State with Excellent Infrastructure and Communications


What Singapore Has to Offer

• An independent neutral third-country venue consistently ranked 7th for the least corrupt public sector in the world in the Corruption Perceptions Index 2016. Singapore is also consistently ranked no. 1 for the least corrupt public sector in Asia in the Corruption Perceptions Index.
• A strong multicultural society, with excellent legal and technological expertise as well as language fluency.
• A central location in Southeast Asia with 6,600 scheduled flights a week to 320 cities.
• An open economy and business environment that is host to over 7,000 multinational firms.
• The UNCITRAL Model Law is the cornerstone of Singapore's legislation on international commercial arbitration which is regularly updated to incorporate internationally accepted codes and rules for arbitration.
• A party to the 1958 New York Convention (on enforcement of arbitration awards). Singapore arbitration awards are enforceable in over 150 countries worldwide.
• A strong tradition of the rule of law, supported by a highly skilled judiciary that receives top rankings in international surveys.
• The courts offer maximum judicial support of arbitration and minimum intervention granting parties full and consistent support in the conduct of international arbitration.
• Parties have a freedom of choice of counsel in arbitration proceedings regardless of nationality.
• There is no restriction on foreign law firms engaging in and advising on arbitration in Singapore.
• Non–residents do not require work permits to carry out arbitration services in Singapore.
• There are excellent facilities and services to support the conduct of arbitration at Maxwell Chambers, Asia’s first fully-integrated dispute resolution complex with state-of-the-art hearing facilities.
• Lower costs than in almost any other major centre of arbitration.
• Third party funding allowed in the field of international arbitration and related proceedings

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