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PROGRAMME*
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
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
   
Co-Moderators:
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
  CONCLUSIONS FROM “SPEED CONFERENCING” SESSIONS - PART I

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.

Moderator:
Mr Duncan Matthews QC
12.30pm - 1.30pm Lunch Break
1.30pm - 2.15pm PLENARY SESSION 2
  CONCLUSIONS FROM “SPEED CONFERENCING” SESSIONS - PART II

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.

Moderator:
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
  THE GENERAL COUNSEL’S PERSPECTIVE ON THE FUTURE OF INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION

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.

Moderator:
Mr Chelva Rajah, SC, Managing Partner, Tan Rajah & Cheah; Member, SIAC Board of Directors
   
Panellists:
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
  MOTION: THIS HOUSE BELIEVES THAT ARBITRATORS BECOME BETTER WITH AGE

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.

Moderator:
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
 
Moderator:
Mr Darius J. Khambata
   
Panellists:
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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