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1 November 2021
SIAC Appoints New Chief Executive Officer and Registrar


The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Registrar.

Ms Gloria Lim has succeeded Ms Lim Seok Hui and is appointed as CEO of SIAC on 1 November 2021. Mr Kevin Nash, previously Deputy Registrar of SIAC, has succeeded Ms Delphine Ho as Registrar, with effect from 12 October 2021.

Gloria was previously the Director of the Legal Industry Division in Singapore’s Ministry of Law and concurrently held the statutory appointment of Director of Legal Services, heading its Legal Services Regulatory Authority. As Director of the Legal Industry Division, she oversaw the development of Singapore’s legal sector, as well as the development and promotion of the international dispute resolution regime in Singapore. Gloria also heads the Singapore delegation involved in the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Working Group II (Dispute Settlement) discussions. Gloria brings with her cross-sector experience in legal policy, alternative dispute resolution and community mediation in MinLaw. She graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and is called to the Singapore Bar. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in International Arbitration from NUS and an LL.M from Harvard University.

As Deputy Registrar & Centre Director, Kevin assisted with the administration of all cases filed with SIAC, and the supervision of SIAC’s multinational Secretariat. Since joining SIAC in 2012, Kevin has overseen thousands of international cases under the SIAC Rules and the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. Kevin worked closely on the revisions to the SIAC Rules 2013, SIAC Rules 2016, SIAC Investment Arbitration Rules 2017, and leads the SIAC Secretariat on the drafting of the seventh edition of the SIAC Rules. He is also responsible for business development at SIAC, and the recruitment and professional development of SIAC Counsel. Kevin holds a B.A. from Mount Allison University, a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School and an LL.M from Stockholm University. He is qualified as a Barrister & Solicitor with the Law Society of Upper Canada.

SIAC would like to express its deepest appreciation to both Seok Hui and Delphine for their contributions to SIAC.

Seok Hui played an important role during a transformative period in the institution’s growth and expansion, enhancing the standing of SIAC in Singapore and internationally. During her tenure, SIAC’s caseload increased significantly from 235 cases in 2012 to 1,080 cases in 2020, with parties from over 100 jurisdictions arbitrating disputes at SIAC. Seok Hui also oversaw the overseas expansion of SIAC’s operations with the establishment of representative offices in India, South Korea, China and the United States.

As Registrar, Delphine played a leadership role in ensuring that SIAC’s case management services remain efficient and effective, even with the increasing caseload and expanding SIAC Secretariat. During her time at SIAC, Delphine fine-tuned many of SIAC’s processes and procedures, developed SIAC’s online case management systems, and was responsible for the scrutiny of awards issued in SIAC arbitrations. Delphine was also very active in the legal community as a frequent teacher and lecturer for young lawyers.

Seok Hui’s and Delphine’s contributions helped to build up SIAC over the years. In the 2021 Queen Mary University of London and White & Case International Arbitration Survey, SIAC was ranked as the most preferred arbitral institution in Asia Pacific, and second in the world. Singapore was also ranked jointly with London as the most popular arbitration seat in the world, and as the most preferred seat in Asia Pacific in the same survey.

Seok Hui said, “It has been an immense privilege and pleasure to have worked closely with the SIAC Board, the SIAC Court, and my team over the years. I am confident that SIAC will continue its ascent to greater heights.”

Delphine said, “My time at SIAC has been a fruitful and fulfilling experience. Lucy’s appointment as Court President bodes well for the future of SIAC. I am grateful for the support of the SIAC team, and wish SIAC the very best.”

Chairman of the SIAC Board, Mr Davinder Singh SC said, “I would like to thank Seok Hui and Delphine for their invaluable contributions during their tenure. They have each played significant roles in enhancing the international standing and profile of SIAC, and helped it achieve the success it has seen today.

I would like to extend a warm welcome to Gloria to SIAC, and have every confidence that under her leadership, she will take SIAC to greater heights. The Board and I look forward to working closely with Gloria and Kevin to take SIAC to the next level, develop new capabilities, and work closely with our international arbitration partners to serve the needs of the global business community.”

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28 September 2021
SIAC Announces New Board and Court Members

The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) is pleased to announce new members to its Board of Directors and Court of Arbitration.

Appointments to the Board

Five new Directors have been appointed to SIAC’s Board under the chairmanship of Mr Davinder Singh, SC. The new Board members are:

1.     Mr Siraj Omar, SC – Drew & Napier LLC, Singapore
2. Ms Lucy Reed – Arbitration Chambers, USA
3. Mr Gerald Singham – Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP, Singapore
4. Mr Luke Sobota – Three Crowns LLP, USA
5. Ms Ariel Ye – King & Wood Mallesons, China

Mr Chong Yee Leong has been appointed as Deputy Chairman.

Mr Davinder Singh, SC said of the Board, “I am delighted that Siraj, Lucy, Gerald, Luke and Ariel have joined SIAC as Board members. SIAC will benefit from their wealth of experience, and I look forward to working closely with them.”

Appointments to the Court

Ms Lucy Reed, a Vice President of the SIAC Court of Arbitration since 2018, will succeed Mr Gary Born as President. Mr Gary Born will step down on 30 September 2021, after three terms as President of the Court, in line with his desire to ensure continuing access to new perspectives at SIAC, and in response to the increasing demands of his practice as counsel.

Mr Gary Born played a key part in enhancing and innovating SIAC’s services since joining the Court in 2013 and being appointed President in 2015. During his tenure, SIAC has grown significantly, from a caseload of 222 cases in 2014 to a caseload of 1,080 cases in 2020, together with the opening of new representative offices in China, India and the United States. SIAC’s reach has expanded, with parties from more than 60 jurisdictions choosing to arbitrate at SIAC. SIAC was the first major commercial arbitration institution to publish a set of arbitration rules incorporating an early dismissal procedure, and is at the forefront of the use of emergency arbitrator, expedited procedure and consolidation/joinder provisions. SIAC also published a specialised set of investment arbitration rules in 2017, to specifically deal with issues relating to arbitral proceedings involving States, State-controlled entities and intergovernmental organisations, and has been at the forefront of thought leadership in international dispute resolution.

Nine new members have been appointed to SIAC's Court of Arbitration. The new Court members are:

1. Ms Olufunke Adekoya – AELEX, Nigeria
2. Mr Jose Amado – Miranda & Amado, Peru
3. Mr Pierre Bienvenu – Norton Rose Fulbright, Canada
4. Mr Chan Leng Sun, SC – Duxton Hill Chambers (Singapore Group Practice), Singapore
5. Mr Dmitry Dyakin – Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners, Russia
6. Ms Karina Goldberg – Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide (FCDG), Brazil
7. Mr Benjamin Hughes – The Arbitration Chambers, Singapore
8. Prof Dr Guido Tawil – Uruguay
9. Mr Gaëtan Verhoosel – Three Crowns LLP, UK

Mr Toby Landau QC has been appointed as Vice President of the SIAC Court of Arbitration, and will serve alongside Vice President Mr Cavinder Bull, SC.

SIAC is deeply appreciative of Mr Gary Born, Ms Julie Bedard and Ms Ariel Ye, for their invaluable contributions and unstinting support to the Court of SIAC.

Mr Gary Born said, “It has been a fulfilling experience to have been a small part of SIAC, working alongside talented colleagues and stakeholders alike, to achieve our common vision of securing SIAC’s position as a preeminent global arbitration institution. I have no doubt whatsoever that Lucy will continue to advance SIAC’s goals and take SIAC to further achievements.”

Ms Lucy Reed said, “I am honoured to succeed Gary as President of the SIAC Court of Arbitration. Gary has led the Court from strength to strength, leaving us well-positioned to take on the new challenges of the era. It is ever more important to ensure that the quality and efficiency of the Court make SIAC a first choice of users in Asia and beyond.”

Mr Davinder Singh, SC, said, “Gary played an integral role in the achievements of SIAC during his tenure. On behalf of SIAC, I would like to express our sincere appreciation to Gary for his many contributions. I am delighted that Lucy has agreed to succeed Gary as President of the Court. We look forward to working with her to take SIAC to the next level.”

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Annex

The members of SIAC's Board of Directors are as follows:

1. Mr Davinder Singh, SC – Davinder Singh Chambers LLC, Singapore (Chairman)
2. Mr Chong Yee Leong – Allen & Gledhill LLP, Singapore (Deputy Chairman)
3. Mr Rajiv K Luthra – L&L Partners (formerly Luthra & Luthra Law Offices), India
4. Dr Michael Moser – 20 Essex Street, Hong Kong SAR
5. Mr Siraj Omar, SC – Drew & Napier LLC, Singapore
6. Ms Lucy Reed – Arbitration Chambers, USA
7. Mr Gerald Singham – Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP, Singapore
8. Mr Luke Sobota – Three Crowns LLP, USA
9. Mr Tham Sai Choy – Singapore
10. Ms Ariel Ye – King & Wood Mallesons, China

The members of SIAC's Court of Arbitration are as follows:

1. Ms Lucy Reed – Arbitration Chambers, USA (President)
2. Mr Cavinder Bull, SC – Drew & Napier LLC, Singapore (Vice President)
3. Mr Toby Landau QC – Duxton Hill Chambers (Singapore Group Practice), Singapore and UK (Vice President)
4. Ms Olufunke Adekoya – AELEX, Nigeria
5. Mr Jose Amado – Miranda & Amado, Peru
6. Ms Catherine Amirfar – Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, USA
7. Dr Claudia Annacker – Dechert LLP, France
8. Mr John P. Bang – Peter & Kim, South Korea
9. Ms Yas Banifatemi – Gaillard Banifatemi Shelbaya Disputes, France
10. Mr Pierre Bienvenu – Norton Rose Fulbright, Canada
11. Mr Nigel Blackaby QC – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, USA
12. Prof Lawrence Boo – The Arbitration Chambers, Singapore
13. Mr Cao Lijun – Zhong Lun Law Firm, China
14. Mr Chan Leng Sun, SC – Duxton Hill Chambers (Singapore Group Practice), Singapore
15. Mr K. Minh Dang – YKVN, Vietnam
16. Mr Dmitry Dyakin – Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners, Russia
17. Ms Jessica Fei – King & Wood Mallesons, China
18. Ms Karina Goldberg – Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide (FCDG), Brazil
19. Prof Bernard Hanotiau – Hanotiau & van den Berg, Belgium
20. Mr Eri Hertiawan – Assegaf Hamzah & Partners, Indonesia
21. Prof Benjamin Hughes – The Arbitration Chambers, Singapore
22. Mr Tejas Karia – Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co., India
23. Mr Darius Khambata, SC – India
24. Mr Fernando Mantilla-Serrano – Latham & Watkins LLP, France
25. Ms K. Shanti Mogan – Shearn Delamore & Co., Malaysia
26. Ms Shaneen Parikh – Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, India
27. Dr Eun Young Park – Kim & Chang, South Korea
28. Mr Philippe Pinsolle – Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, Switzerland
29. Mr Harish Salve QC – Blackstone Chambers, India
30. Mr John Savage QC – King & Spalding LLP, UK
31. Mr Michael E. Schneider – Lalive, Switzerland
32. Ms Abby Cohen Smutny – White & Case LLP, USA
33. Mr Thomas Snider - Al Tamimi & Co., UAE
34. Prof Dr Guido Tawil – Uruguay
35. Mr Hiroyuki Tezuka – Nishimura & Asahi, Japan
36. Mr Alan Thambiayah – The Arbitration Chambers, Singapore
37. Mr Gaëtan Verhoosel – Three Crowns LLP, UK
38. Mr Alvin Yeo, SC – WongPartnership LLP, Singapore



20 September 2021
SIAC Virtual Internship Programme 2022


SIAC is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for Term 1 of the SIAC Virtual Internship Programme.

Details on how to apply for the programme are set out here.


27 August 2021
SIAC Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Yonsei University Law School


The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Yonsei University Law School (Yonsei Law) of Seoul, Korea.

Under the MOU, SIAC and Yonsei Law will work together to place law students from Yonsei Law in internships at SIAC, and to offer a module on “SIAC and Institutional Arbitration” as part of the Yonsei Law teaching programme. Upon request by SIAC or Yonsei Law, both parties will also explore conducting joint training programmes, seminars, workshops or other events in Korea to promote the development and practice of international arbitration.

The MOU was signed on 27 August 2021 by Ms Lim Seok Hui, Chief Executive Officer of SIAC, and Dr Hyung Doo Nam, Dean of Yonsei Law.

Dr Hyung Doo Nam, Dean of Yonsei Law, said, "This collaboration with SIAC will further Yonsei Law’s commitment to providing a world-class legal education and conducting innovative research. SIAC is one of the world’s top arbitral institutions, and we are confident that the SIAC Module, internships at SIAC, and other joint programmes with SIAC will offer Yonsei Law students a first-hand institutional perspective of international arbitration.”

Ms Lim Seok Hui, CEO of SIAC, said, “SIAC is delighted to enter into this partnership with one of Korea’s most prestigious law schools, Yonsei Law. We look forward to contributing to its first-rate curriculum through conducting the SIAC Module, providing internships, and hosting events and workshops to nurture future generations of international arbitration experts in Korea.”

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16 August 2021
SIAC Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Santiago Arbitration and Mediation Centre


The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Santiago Arbitration and Mediation Centre (CAM Santiago) to promote international arbitration as a preferred method for resolving international disputes, and to enhance the accessibility, efficiency and effectiveness of international arbitration.

Under the MOU, SIAC and CAM Santiago will jointly organise in-person, hybrid, and virtual conferences, seminars and workshops on international arbitration in Chile and Singapore. CAM Santiago will extend the use of its hearing facilities at preferential rates for SIAC arbitration hearings that are held in Santiago, and SIAC will, subject to the terms of the MOU, assist to request the use of hearing facilities in Maxwell Chambers at preferential rates for Santiago- seated arbitration hearings that are held in Singapore.

The MOU was signed on 13 August 2021 by Ms Lim Seok Hui, CEO of SIAC, and Mr Herman Chadwick, President of CAM Santiago.

Ms Macarena Letelier, Executive Director of CAM Santiago, said “The signing of this agreement is a sign of globalization in commercial matters and the joint work that can be done from the legal world of both Singapore and Chile which is in line with dialogue and adequate conflict resolution mechanisms. This step will allow us to learn about public policies on the matter as well as the training of professionals who work in this area. Finally, trust is built for transnational companies by having transparent and serious arbitral institutions that manage to create these networks by bringing people and countries closer together.”

Ms Lim Seok Hui, CEO of SIAC, said “Given the increasing trade and investment activity between Latin America and Asia, this collaboration with CAM Santiago provides an optimal platform for both institutions to jointly promote the benefits of international arbitration as an effective, efficient and enforceable mode of dispute resolution for cross-border commercial projects and investments involving companies, businesses and investors from Latin America and Asia. We look forward to further deepening our ties with the Chilean arbitration community.”

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5 August 2021
SIAC Signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Korea In-House Counsel Association


The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Korea In-House Counsel Association (KICA) to promote international arbitration as a preferred method of dispute resolution for resolving international disputes.

Under the MOU, SIAC and KICA will explore jointly organising conferences, seminars and workshops on international arbitration in Korea and Singapore; providing marketing support for each other’s international arbitration events in Korea; and granting complimentary admission to each other’s paid or members-only events, training courses and workshops in Korea.

The MOU was signed on 21 July 2021 by Ms Lim Seok Hui, Chief Executive Officer of SIAC, and Mr Wan Keun Lee, Chairman of KICA.

Mr Wan Keun Lee, Chairman of KICA, said, We look forward to working with SIAC to promote international arbitration as a preferred method of dispute resolution for Korean companies, and to enhance capacity building in international arbitration for KICA’s members.”

Ms Lim Seok Hui, CEO of SIAC, said, “SIAC is delighted to deepen ties with the in-house counsel community in Korea through this collaboration with KICA. Korean companies are valued users of SIAC, and we look forward to working closely with KICA to develop tailored programmes that provide in-house legal teams with practical insights on arbitration at SIAC.”


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20 May 2021
SIAC Licensed to Administer Disputes in Russia


The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) is pleased to announce that the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation has granted approval for SIAC to be registered as a permanent arbitral institution (PAI) under Russia’s Federal Law on Arbitration.

As a PAI, SIAC is authorised to administer international commercial arbitrations where the seat of arbitration is Russia. In particular, SIAC is authorised to administer certain types of ‘corporate disputes’ as defined in Russian law, that is, disputes arising out of the ownership of shares in Russian legal entities or the management thereof. This is relevant in respect of post-M&A disputes relating to Russian companies because many such disputes (including disputes arising from shareholders’ agreements, joint venture agreements, share sale, pledge and option agreements), qualify as ‘corporate disputes’ and can only be referred to licensed institutions.

The SIAC Secretariat comprises counsel who are fluent in several languages including Russian, and is able to administer cases in languages other than English, including Russian. The SIAC Arbitration Rules 2016 are available in Russian and other languages.

Ms Lim Seok Hui, CEO of SIAC, said, “SIAC’s PAI status in Russia will further enhance the benefits to parties who choose to resolve their Russia related international disputes at SIAC. SIAC is firmly committed to continuing to engage and work closely with users and stakeholders in the Russian arbitration community to jointly promote and develop international arbitration in Russia.”


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14 May 2021
COVID-19 MEASURES AT SIAC (COMMENCING 17 MAY 2021)

The Singapore government has released guidelines stating that telecommuting shall be the default mode of working.

In compliance with these guidelines, with effect from Monday, 17 May 2021 and until further notice, SIAC’s physical offices will be open three times a week, from 10am to 4pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, to facilitate the delivery, where necessary, of physical copies of documents or facsimiles. Should it be necessary for physical copies to be sent to us, please make arrangements for delivery to be made during SIAC’s office hours as stated above.

In the event of any urgent deliveries on a day that SIAC’s physical offices are not open, please call us at +65 6713 9777 and we will arrange for an SIAC staff to be available to take delivery at an appointed time.

Until SIAC’s physical offices fully reopen and while the majority of SIAC staff continue to telecommute, we respectfully request that all communications with SIAC continue to be conducted on email or other means, where possible, in the following manner:

Please direct all queries relating to case administration to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Any queries relating to an existing case should be directed to the relevant SIAC Case Counsel. Please refer to the list of Frequently Asked Questions concerning SIAC case administration during COVID-19, which is available on our website at this link.

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In the event that you have a time-sensitive query which requires an urgent response, please call +65 6713 9777, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or use the Live Help Desk feature on the SIAC website.

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7 May 2021
SIAC is Most Preferred Arbitral Institution in Asia-Pacific and 2nd in the World


The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) is pleased to announce that in the latest Queen Mary University of London and White & Case International Arbitration Survey (QMUL Survey) released on 6 May 2021, SIAC ranked as the most preferred arbitral institution in Asia-Pacific, and 2nd among the world's top 5 arbitral institutions.

The QMUL Survey is one of the most prestigious International Arbitration surveys in the market. This year's survey saw the "widest-ever pool of respondents", with findings based on the questionnaire responses of 1218 participants, including in-house counsel from both public and private sectors, private practitioners, arbitrators, representatives of arbitral institutions and trade associations, academics, experts and third-party funders. 198 interviews were also conducted.

Singapore jointly ranked with London as the most popular seat in the world, ahead of Hong Kong, Paris and Geneva, and as the most preferred seat in Asia-Pacific.

Gary Born, President of the SIAC Court of Arbitration, commented, "The QMUL Survey confirms that both Singapore and SIAC are at the top of the list of forums for resolving international disputes. The results are exceptional and SIAC is grateful to its users for their trust and confidence. SIAC will continue to enhance and innovate its services in order better to serve our increasingly diverse and global users."

Mr Davinder Singh, SC, Chairman of SIAC, said, "We are very grateful to the international community for their trust in Singapore and SIAC."

Ms Lim Seok Hui, CEO of SIAC, added, "We are delighted with these milestone achievements, which cement Singapore and SIAC's status as a top arbitral seat and a premier global arbitral institution. We thank our valued users around the world for the trust they place in us."

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21 April 2021
SIAC Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Arbitration Place


The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Arbitration Place (AP) in Canada to promote international arbitration as a preferred method for resolving international disputes, and to enhance the accessibility, efficiency and effectiveness of international arbitration.

Under the MOU, SIAC and Arbitration Place will jointly organise in-person, hybrid, and virtual conferences, seminars and workshops on international arbitration in Canada and Singapore. Arbitration Place will extend the use of its hearing facilities at preferential rates for SIAC arbitration hearings that are held in Toronto or Ottawa, and SIAC will, subject to the terms of the MOU, assist to request the use of hearing facilities in Maxwell Chambers at preferential rates for Toronto or Ottawa seated arbitration hearings that are held in Singapore.

The MOU was signed on 20 April 2021 by Ms Lim Seok Hui, CEO of SIAC, and Ms Kimberley Stewart, CEO and Founder of Arbitration Place.

“With the opening of SIAC Americas in late 2020, SIAC arbitration is going to be more on the radar screen for Canada and Canadians,” said Kimberley Stewart, CEO and Founder of Arbitration Place. “It should prove beneficial for Canadian users of arbitration, as well as arbitration counsel and arbitrators, to have more options for their arbitrations, and the advantages that they may find SIAC’s rules and case administration offers in various circumstances.”

Ms Lim Seok Hui, CEO of SIAC, said, “We are delighted to be entering into this collaboration with Arbitration Place, and to be jointly hosting our inaugural event to commemorate this partnership. We look forward to working closely with Arbitration Place to further contribute towards the development of international arbitration in Canada and deepen our ties with the Canadian arbitration community.”


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8 April 2021
SIAC Signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Abu Dhabi Global Market Arbitration Centre


The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Abu Dhabi Global Market Arbitration Centre (ADGMAC) to promote international arbitration as a preferred method of dispute resolution for resolving international disputes.

Under the MOU, SIAC and ADGMAC will jointly organise conferences, seminars and workshops on international arbitration in Abu Dhabi and Singapore. ADGMAC will extend the use of its hearing facilities at preferential rates for SIAC arbitration hearings that are held in Abu Dhabi, and SIAC will assist to arrange hearing facilities in Maxwell Chambers at preferential rates for ADGM-seated arbitration hearings that are held in Singapore.

The MOU was signed on 8 April 2021 by Ms Lim Seok Hui, Chief Executive Officer of SIAC, and Ms Linda Fitz-Alan, Registrar and Chief Executive of the ADGM Courts.

Ms Linda Fitz-Alan, Registrar and Chief Executive of the ADGM Courts, said, “Our collaboration with SIAC is a tremendous development, not only for the thriving international arbitration community here in Abu Dhabi and the UAE, but also for the wider Middle East region. We are excited to work with SIAC to accelerate the growth of international arbitration in dispute resolution.”

Ms Lim Seok Hui, CEO of SIAC, said, “We are delighted to be entering into this collaboration with ADGMAC. UAE parties are valued top foreign users of SIAC, and we look forward to working closely with ADGMAC to jointly promote international arbitration to better serve the needs of Emirati and other Middle Eastern investors, companies and businesses in their cross-border projects and investments.”


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7 April 2021
SIAC Announces the Appointment of Deputy Head (Americas)


Eugenio Gomez

The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) is pleased to announce that Mr Eugenio Gómez-Chico has been appointed to the position of Deputy Head (Americas).

As Deputy Head (Americas), Eugenio will assist the Head (Americas), Ms Adriana Uson, in the development and implementation of SIAC’s initiatives in the Americas. He has broad experience in international law, having worked in government and academia in different jurisdictions in the Americas and Asia Pacific. Eugenio is a Mexican national and holds a Master of Laws from Yale Law School.

Ms Lim Seok Hui, CEO of SIAC, said, "We are delighted to welcome Eugenio to the SIAC team. His experience in both Asia Pacific and the Americas will bring a useful, multicultural perspective to his role as he works closely with the legal and business communities in the Americas to jointly promote the law and practice of international arbitration."


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1 April 2021
COVID-19 MEASURES AT SIAC (COMMENCING 5 APRIL 2021)

The Singapore government has recently released guidelines easing COVID-19 measures to enable more employees to return to the workplace subject to a 75% limit on staff strength.

To better serve the needs of its users, SIAC is pleased to announce that with effect from Monday, 5 April 2021, SIAC’s physical offices will resume normal operating hours and be open five days a week, from 9am to 6pm on Mondays to Fridays.

Where you continue to communicate with us by email, please direct all queries relating to case administration to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Any queries relating to an existing case should be directed to the relevant SIAC Case Counsel. All other queries should be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In the event that you have a time-sensitive query which requires an urgent response, we will be available at the office, or please call +65 6713 9777, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or use the Live Help Desk feature on the SIAC website.

It remains our top priority to ensure that your case management needs are promptly and efficiently attended to at all times.

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31 March 2021
SIAC Sets a New Record in 2020


The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) is pleased to announce the official release of its 2020 Annual Report.

2020 saw SIAC set a new record with 1,080 new case filings. This is the first time that SIAC’s caseload has crossed the 1000-case threshold. Of the 1,080 cases, 1,063 (98%) were cases administered by SIAC, which is also a record. The remaining 17 (2%) cases were ad hoc appointments.

SIAC’s total sum in dispute for 2020 was USD 8.49 billion (SGD 11.25 billion) which was a 4.9% increase from 2019.

Parties from 60 jurisdictions chose to arbitrate at SIAC in 2020. India, US and China topped the foreign user rankings. Other top foreign users encompassed a broad spectrum of civil and common law jurisdictions, including Switzerland, Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong SAR, Vietnam, Japan and Cayman Islands.

Mr Gary Born, President of the Court of Arbitration of SIAC, commented: “These numbers are exceptional and will spur us to work even harder on improving the quality and efficiency of SIAC’s case administration, to fulfil our goal of being the leading choice of users all over the world.”

Mr Davinder Singh, SC, Chairman of SIAC, said: “We are deeply grateful for this immense support which is a clear re-affirmation of the international community’s trust in SIAC’s neutrality, integrity, independence, and time and cost efficiency, and of the world’s regard for our best in class judiciary and a government which sets the legislative pace.”

Ms Lim Seok Hui, CEO of SIAC, said: “We reached new milestones in 2020 through careful planning and hard work. We greatly value and appreciate the trust of our users all around the world, which keeps us firmly motivated.”


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5 March 2021
SIAC Welcomes New YSIAC Committee


The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) is pleased to welcome the following members of the new Young SIAC (YSIAC) Committee:

Name Law Firm / Chambers / Organisation
Jurisdiction
1. Ms Wendy Lin (Co-Chair) WongPartnership LLP Singapore
2. Mr Daryl Chew (Co-Chair) Shearman & Sterling LLP Singapore
3. Ms Kate Apostolova Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Singapore
4. Ms Monisha Cheong TSMP Law Corporation Singapore
5. Ms Lijun Chui Bird & Bird ATMD LLP Singapore
6. Mr Samuel Leong Norton Rose Fulbright (Asia) LLP Singapore
7. Mr Colin Liew Essex Court Chambers Duxton Singapore
8. Mr Benson Lim Hogan Lovells Singapore
9. Ms Gerui Lim Drew & Napier LLC Singapore
10. Ms Jennifer Lim Sidley Austin LLP Singapore
11. Ms Ng Hui Min Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP Singapore
12. Mr Ng Si Ming Allen & Gledhill LLP Singapore
13. Mr Nicholas Poon BreakPoint LLC Singapore
14. Mr Devathas Satianathan Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP Singapore
15. Mr Zachary Sharpe Jones Day Singapore
16. Mr Paul Tan Cavenagh Law (Clifford Chance Asia) Singapore
17. Ms Adriana Uson SIAC Singapore
18. Mr Sergio Nascimento Sergio Bermudes Advogados Brazil
19. Mr David Gu Tiantong & Partners China
20. Ms Vicky Zhao AnJie Law Firm China
21. Mr Zhao Yuxian Han Kun Law Offices China
22. Ms Sherlin Tung Withers Hong Kong SAR
23. Mr Bharat Chugh Chambers of Bharat Chugh India
24. Mr Kartikey Mahajan Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co India
25. Ms Sonali Mathur AZB & Partners India
26. Mr Lomesh Kiran Nidumuri IndusLaw India
27. Ms Dewi Savitri Reni SSEK Legal Consultants Indonesia
28. Mr Yutaro Kawabata Nishimura & Asahi Japan
29. Ms Sharon Chong Skrine Malaysia
30. Mr Isaiah Bozimo Broderick Bozimo & Company Nigeria
31. Mr J.R. Robert Real MERALCO Philippines
32. Ms Khushboo Shahdadpuri Al Tamimi & Company Qatar
33. Ms Marina Zenkova White & Case LLC Russia
34. Ms Wonyoung (Karyn) Yoo Kim & Chang South Korea
35. Mr Rahul Donde Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler Switzerland
36. Mr Warathorn Wongsawangsiri Herbert Smith Freehills (Thailand) Limited Thailand
37. Ms Dharshini Prasad Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP UK
38. Mr Guled Yusuf Allen & Overy LLP UK
39. Mr Justin R. Rassi Debevoise & Plimpton LLP USA
40. Mr Pham Minh Thang YKVN LLP Vietnam

Ms Lim Seok Hui, CEO of SIAC, said, “I am delighted to welcome a set of talented, dynamic and resourceful individuals from all over the world to the YSIAC Committee. The YSIAC community has grown to over 6,000 members from 125 jurisdictions, underscoring SIAC’s firm commitment to supporting diversity in all forms. We would like to express our utmost appreciation and gratitude to the outgoing co-chair, Ramesh Selvaraj, and the retiring Committee members, for their hard work, dedication and insightful contributions. I look forward to working closely with the co-chairs, Wendy Lin and Daryl Chew, and the Committee, to provide enhanced programmes and opportunities for young arbitration practitioners to grow, network and share their knowledge and expertise.”


For more information, please contact:


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11 January 2021
SIAC Expands the SIAC Academy Curriculum and Launches the SIAC Academy Audit Panel


The Singapore International Arbitration Centre is pleased to announce the expansion of the SIAC Academy curriculum to enhance the range and quality of training programmes offered by SIAC.

The new courses to be launched this year include a Review of Key Arbitration-Related Decisions in 2020: Singapore and United Kingdom, foundational courses on Understanding the International Arbitration Legal Framework and a Practicum on Discovery and Document Production in International Arbitration, a ten-part series on Enforcement of Arbitral Awards in Asia: Theory & Practice, a Tribunal Secretary Training Course, as well as a Masterclass on Advocacy Training.

The SIAC Academy programme was officially launched in Singapore in 2017 by SIAC Chairman, Mr Davinder Singh, SC, to build on SIAC’s thought leadership standing through providing practical, skills-based arbitration training programmes.

A five-member SIAC Academy Audit Panel chaired by Mr Gary Born, President of the SIAC Court of Arbitration, will oversee the course planning for the SIAC Academy curriculum. The members of the SIAC Academy Audit Panel are:

1. Mr Gary Born – President, SIAC Court of Arbitration; Chair, International Arbitration Practice Group, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
2. Mr Chan Leng Sun, SC – Deputy Chairman, SIAC Board of Directors; Senior Counsel and Arbitrator, Essex Court Chambers Duxton
3. Ms Lucy Reed – Vice President, SIAC Court of Arbitration; Independent Arbitrator, Arbitration Chambers
4. Dr Claudia Annacker – Member, SIAC Court of Arbitration; Partner, Dechert LLP
5. Prof Lawrence Boo – Member, SIAC Court of Arbitration; Independent Arbitrator, The Arbitration Chambers

Ms Michelle Chiam, SIAC’s Deputy Centre Director, is responsible for the design, development and conduct of the SIAC Academy programmes. Prior to joining SIAC in 2017, Ms Chiam practised as an international arbitration lawyer at two of Singapore’s “Big Four” law firms. Ms Chiam holds a LLM (Distinction) in International Legal Studies (Dean’s List) from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington D.C., and a LLB (Second Upper Class Honours) from the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law.

Mr Davinder Singh, SC, Chairman of the SIAC Board of Directors, said, “SIAC will continue to train and nurture aspiring practitioners of international arbitration and help them acquire essential skills to further develop their careers as counsel and as arbitrators.”

Mr Gary Born, President of the SIAC Court of Arbitration, said, “SIAC’s track record in case administration over the last 30 years, including more than 1,000 cases in 2020, positions the institution ideally to provide premium quality arbitration training programmes. In 2021, SIAC will bring together the expertise of the SIAC Court of Arbitration, the SIAC Board of Directors and SIAC Users’ Councils to offer an exciting range of seminars and courses for the international arbitration community.”

For more information on the SIAC Academy 2021 curriculum, please click here


For more information, please contact:

Singapore International Arbitration Centre
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W: www.siac.org.sg


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