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24 October 2016
SIAC Raises SGD125,000 for the Community Justice Centre


The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) is pleased to announce that, thanks to the generosity of the international and Singapore legal and business communities, it was able to raise SGD125,000 in auction proceeds, cash pledges and ticket sales from the SIAC Charity Gala Dinner held on 27 May 2016 in support of the Community Justice Centre (CJC). The SIAC Charity Gala Dinner was held as part of SIAC's 25th Anniversary Silver Jubilee celebrations, and was the social event highlight of the SIAC Congress Week held from 25 to 27 May 2016.

The CJC is an independent Singapore charity that provides support to litigants-in-person (LIPs) including the homeless, disabled and victims of domestic violence. CJC aims to provide a wide range of support services for LIPs and their family members by providing free practical and emotional support as well as free legal advice at legal clinics. Through the support of the CJC, LIPs should be able to better present their case, follow proceedings and understand judicial rulings or pronouncements in their respective cases.

SIAC would like to express its heartfelt thanks and utmost appreciation to all donors and bidders for their generous contributions. The cheque presentation ceremony will be held at the close of the Voices from the Courts fundraising concert organised by the CJC on 29 October 2016.

Ms Lim Seok Hui, CEO of SIAC and SIMC, commented, "We are deeply honoured and delighted to have been given this rare opportunity to partner with the CJC and our friends in the international and Singapore legal and business communities, to support the CJC's charitable programmes."

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17th SIDRC Lecture Series with SIAC guest speaker Toby Landau QC
“Skating on Thin Ice: Arbitration and the Public Interest”


Report by SeungJin(Jin) Han
Attorney at Law (New York & Korea)
Kim & Chang

On 13 October 2016, Mr Toby Landau QC, member of the SIAC Court of Arbitration, gave a speech at the 17th SIDRC Lecture Series co-hosted by SIAC, the Seoul International Dispute Resolution Center (SIDRC), and the Korean Council for International Arbitration (KOCIA) at the Seoul Global Center. His lecture, “Skating on Thin Ice: Arbitration and the Public Interest” was as eye-opening and riveting as his other past lectures.

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Toby Landau QC, Prof Hi-Taek Shin

Members of the audience

Mr Landau asked everyone in the room to imagine themselves skating on ice so thin you cannot tell when the ice will crack, sending you tumbling down into the cold abyss. International arbitration is exactly like skating on delicate ice. He went on to an in-depth discussion on how public interest will affect arbitration in the near future. Arbitration is grounded on party autonomy and seeks to confidentially resolve conflicts between two specific parties based on a contract. However, unlike commercial arbitration, investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) is a new dispute resolution method based on a bilateral investment treaty between two countries and therefore the claimant is not a predetermined person or entity. Moreover, ISDS is used in resolving public issues rather than private commercial issues, which traditional arbitration tends to focus on. When arbitrators who mainly practice commercial arbitration participate in ISDS cases following the basic designs of a commercial arbitration case, issues tend to arise.

As an example, Mr Landau presented an ISDS case on the water infrastructure in Tanzania where the voice of the 38,000 people who actually lived in Tanzania, most affected by the outcome of the case, was not represented. Moreover, the arbitrators presiding over the case, which had such an enormous public impact, were not expert practitioners of public law. There are a myriad other ISDS cases on publicly sensitive subjects such as tax, tobacco, and nuclear plants generating astronomical compensations, i.e., the Yukos case. However, ISDS cases are not subject to appeal meaning that the checks and balances which public law generally requires, are absent. Furthermore, the public interest in major issues such as human rights, environment and sustainable development may not be adequately dealt with. Mr Landau pointed out that the arbitration community has failed to address these criticisms.

As a solution to this impending problem, Mr Landau suggested that there is a need to fundamentally improve the current system which is based on the commercial model. We need to increase public participation in ISDS proceedings and facilitate active discussions in issues such as human rights, environmental concerns, and sustainable development. Conversely, these changes made to ISDS will inevitably influence commercial arbitration. Mr Landau emphasised that in public interest cases, not only transparency but also the participation of all stakeholders in the proceedings must be encouraged.

Mr Landau ended the lecture by telling an anecdote in which he caught a taxi in London and even the driver was criticising arbitration. As Mr Landau repeatedly implored, a system that is condemned by the public cannot survive. The arbitration community must remember that we are all but skating on thin ice. For arbitration to sustain its glorious heyday, we must continue to subject ourselves to strict self-criticism and active self-improvement.
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10 October 2016
SIAC Releases Costs and Duration Study


The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) is pleased to present its Costs and Duration Study (Study) based on actual cases filed with SIAC under the SIAC Rules 2013. The Study shows that the mean duration of cases is 13.8 months, and the median duration is 11.7 months. The mean total costs of arbitration is USD 80,337 (SGD 109,729), and the median total costs of arbitration is USD 29,567 (SGD 40,416).

Gary Born, President of the Court of Arbitration of SIAC, commented, “The Study affirms SIAC’s position as a global leader for quality and efficiency in the resolution of cross-border disputes of all sizes and complexities. Given that SIAC’s average sum in dispute in the past three years is more than USD 16 million, the Study clearly demonstrates the advantages of the ad valorem cost system and the robust nature of SIAC's cost determination process, whereby the actual costs of arbitration are finally determined based on a reasonable percentage of the maximum fee caps set out in SIAC’s Schedule of Fees.”

Lim Seok Hui, Chief Executive Officer of SIAC, added, “The Study underscores SIAC’s firm commitment to providing greater transparency, certainty and efficiency for its users from all parts of the world. The recent release of the SIAC Rules 2016, which include a number of market-leading innovations such as the early dismissal process and enhancements to our popular Emergency Arbitrator and Expedited Procedure provisions, will enable parties to achieve even greater savings in time and costs.”

Further details on the Study and the time and cost advantages of SIAC arbitrations may be found here.

8 July 2016
SIAC Celebrates 25th Anniversary with SIAC Congress Week 2016


The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) successfully concluded its first-ever SIAC Congress Week from 25 to 27 May 2016, which featured a series of arbitration-related events that attracted sell-out crowds from different parts of the globe.

25 May 2016 - YSIAC Lunchtime Talk with Toby Landau QC

The SIAC Congress Week kicked off with a YSIAC Lunchtime Talk by Mr Toby Landau QC, a member of the SIAC Court of Arbitration and an eminent barrister and arbitrator, who spoke on the topic Apparent Bias: Paranoia on the Clapham Omnibus. The standing-room only event attracted 193 attendees, with delegates coming from 12 different countries including South Korea, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

Always an interesting and witty speaker, Mr Landau regaled the audience with amusing anecdotes during his lecture which covered the different tests used for actual and apparent bias, as they applied to international commercial arbitration and questioned whether they also applied to inter-state arbitration. He elucidated on the origins of the term “Clapham Omnibus”, and asked whether the traditional view still holds in view of the changes in the practice of international arbitration since the term was first coined. Mr Landau took questions from the floor at the conclusion of his talk.

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Left to Right: Sapna Jhangiani, Koh Swee Yen, Toby Landau QC, Kabir Singh, Madhur Baya, Jonathan Lim

Members of the audience

26 May 2016 - SIAC-CIArb Debate

The SIAC-CIArb Debate featured 4 members of the SIAC Court of Arbitration who are world-renowned names in international arbitration. The debate proposition was “This house proposes that an arbitral award that has been set aside at the seat may, and often should, be enforced abroad.” Arguing for the motion were Mr Gary Born, President of the SIAC Court of Arbitration and Professor Bernard Hanotiau. Arguing against the motion were Mr Toby Landau QC and Ms Lucy Reed. They were joined by Mr Francis Xavier, SC as the moderator. The Debate was attended by 198 delegates and featured a lively exchange amongst some of the biggest names in arbitration. Among other matters, the debaters dissected specific provisions of the New York Convention and the circumstances in which a set-aside award may still be enforced. At the end of the debate, Mr Xavier, after taking a vote from the audience, noted that the opposition carried the motion for the day.

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Members of the audience Left to Right: Gary Born, Prof Bernard Hanotiau,
Francis Xavier, SC, Lucy Reed, Toby Landau QC

27 May 2016 – SIAC Congress

The last day of the Congress Week featured SIAC’s flagship event, the SIAC Congress 2016, which attracted 363 delegates from 25 different jurisdictions, spanning 5 different continents and from jurisdictions as far away as Belgium, Bermuda, Luxembourg, South Africa, the Ukraine and the United Kingdom. 64% of the delegates were private practice lawyers, 11% were in-house counsel and the remaining 25% included academics, arbitrators, barristers, expert witnesses and government officials.

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Left to Right: Lucien Wong, Minister K Shanmugam, Lim Seok Hui,
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Lucien Wong

The Congress programme featured a Welcome Address by Mr Lucien Wong, Chairman, SIAC Board of Directors, and a Keynote Address by the Guest of Honour, Minister K Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law. A Q&A session with Minister Shanmugam and Mr Gary Born, moderated by Mr Toby Landau QC, followed. The rest of the Congress programme focused on the key provisions to be included in the new SIAC Arbitration Rules 2016, with two plenary sessions.

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Guest of Honour:
Minister K Shanmugam

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The first plenary session was moderated by Mr Alvin Yeo, SC, a member of the SIAC Court of Arbitration, and discussed the new draft Investment Arbitration Rules which will be launched later this year. This session also featured some other members of the SIAC Court, namely, Dr Claudia Annacker and Mr Toby Landau QC.

The second plenary session was moderated by Mr Chan Leng Sun, SC and included Prof Bernard Hanotiau, another member of the SIAC Court of Arbitration, and Dr Michael Pryles AO PBM, Founder President of the SIAC Court of Arbitration. This session discussed the key revisions to the commercial Arbitration Rules, such as joinder, intervention, consolidation and multiple contracts.

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Left to Right: Dr Claudia Annacker, Toby Landau QC, Alvin Yeo, SC, Nish Shetty, Prof Hi-Taek Shin,
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Left to Right: Cameron Ford, Ronnie King,
Chan Leng Sun, SC, Prof Bernard Hanotiau,
Dr Michael Pryles AO PBM
The Congress wrapped up with an interactive Users Dialogue Session, moderated by Mr David Bateson which discussed enhancements in the new SIAC Rules to the Emergency Arbitrator and Expedited Procedure provisions as well as the Arb-Med-Arb Protocol. The session featured a Vice-President of the SIAC Court of Arbitration, Mr John Savage.

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Left to Right: John Savage,
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Left to Right: Josephine Wan-Wen Hadikusumo, Chanaka Kumarasinghe, David Bateson Left to Right: Vyapak Desai, Josephine Wan-Wen Hadikusumo,
Chanaka Kumarasinghe, David Bateson, Steven Y.H. Lim, Prakash Pillai,
John Savage, Guy Spooner

The winners of the second YSIAC Essay Competition were presented with their prizes during the Congress. The winner was Rajat Rana of Baker Botts, L.L.P., USA, the 1st Runner Up was Arie Chase Eernisse of Shin & Kim, South Korea, and the 2nd Runner Up was Sinyee Ong of Ashurst LLP, Singapore.

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Left to Right: Nicholas Lingard, Rajat Rana

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The stellar line-up of panellists, which included members of the SIAC Court of Arbitration, other leading arbitration practitioners and senior in-house counsel, shared their collective insights and views on current hot topics, recent global trends and developments and what lies ahead in the complex world of multi-jurisdictional disputes. The SIAC Congress 2016 was a landmark event for practitioners and in-house counsel alike, as it provided them with the unique opportunity to be the first to learn about the new SIAC Rules.

27 May 2016 – SIAC Charity Gala Dinner

The social highlight of the SIAC Congress Week was the SIAC Charity Gala Dinner, a black-tie event in celebration of SIAC’s 25 years in arbitration, which featured a charity auction in support of the Community Justice Centre (CJC). The CJC is a Singapore charity that provides support to litigants-in-person including the homeless, disabled and victims of domestic violence. Over 350 guests attended the Gala Dinner with Mr Chelva Rajah, SC, a member of SIAC’s Board of Directors, keeping the mood festive and everyone entertained as Master of Ceremonies for the evening.

Ms Lim Seok Hui, CEO of SIAC and SIMC, opened the evening with a Welcome Speech and Toast. She thanked members of the SIAC Congress Organising Committee for their hard work, and presented them with tokens of appreciation. In celebration of SIAC’s 25 years, Ms Lim introduced some members of the present and former management of SIAC, and invited them up on stage for a toast along with the Chairman, President and members of SIAC’s Board of Directors and Court of Arbitration.

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SIAC Charity Gala Dinner Left to Right: Lucien Wong, SMS Indranee Rajah, Lim Seok Hui,
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Ms Indranee Rajah, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Law, and the Charity Gala Guest of Honour, delivered an engaging Opening Address. She was followed by Judicial Commissioner See Kee Oon, Presiding Judge, State Courts, who spoke about the CJC, its mission and projects. A short, touching video on the CJC was screened, leaving hardly a dry eye in the room.

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Guest of Honour: SMS Indranee Rajah Board & Court Members, former SIAC management,
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Guest of Honour: SMS Indranee Rajah

The Gala Dinner featured both a silent auction and a live auction to raise funds for the CJC. The highlight of the evening was the live auction by guest auctioneer Mr Thio Shen Yi, SC and President of the Law Society of Singapore and Joint Managing Director of TSMP Law Corporation, who “sold” Mr Toby Landau QC as “trainee for a day” for a respectable SGD10,000 to leading India lawyer and a member of SIAC’s Board of Directors, Mr Rajiv Luthra.

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Thio Shen Yi, SC Left to Right: Toby Landau QC, Rajiv K Luthra

SIAC would like to express its sincere thanks and utmost appreciation to all donors and bidders for their participation in the charity auction and their generous cash pledges. We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to partner with CJC and members of the international arbitration community to support the CJC’s charitable programmes.

7 June 2016
YSIAC Essay Competition 2016


YSIAC recently held its second Essay Competition for 2016 in conjunction with the SIAC Congress 2016.

Participants were invited to submit original essays on any of the following topics:

· Conflicts of interest often restrict the ability of lawyers in law firms to take on arbitrator appointments. Is this a problem for diversity in arbitration and, if so, what solutions can be proffered to improve the situation?

· To what extent can arbitral rules from arbitral institutions such as SIAC provide a credible alternative to investor-state arbitration under ICSID or UNCITRAL Rules? Participants may refer to the draft SIAC Investment Arbitration Rules.

We received an overwhelming response of 47 entries from 17 different countries. We would like to thank all of the participants for entering the Competition.

We are pleased to announce the following winners as chosen by a distinguished panel of judges:

Winner
Rajat Rana
Baker Botts L.L.P., USA
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1st Runner Up
Arie Chase Eernisse
Shin & Kim, South Korea
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2nd Runner Up
Sinyee Ong
Ashurst LLP, Singapore
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Special thanks are in order both to the YSIAC Publications Sub-committee and our esteemed judges – Prof Bernard Hanotiau, Partner, Hanotiau & van den Berg; Member, SIAC Court of Arbitration; Mr Nicholas Lingard, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Prof Michael Pryles, Founder President, SIAC Court of Arbitration, for their tremendous efforts and time in reviewing and selecting the winning entries within a very tight timeframe.

Finally, we would like to express our sincere thanks to the Essay Competition Prize Sponsor, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, for its invaluable contribution to the success of this event.

3 June 2016
Singapore is becoming a world leader in arbitration


Jane Croft at the Financial Times reported that "Singapore is challenging established centres for arbitration such as London, Paris and Stockholm."

1 June 2016
SIAC Rules 2016


The SIAC Rules 2013 remain in force. The SIAC Rules 2016 will be made available on the SIAC website upon formal release and will set out the date of application. Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to receive notification of publication.

SIAC Annual Appreciation Event 2016

The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) Annual Appreciation Event 2016 was held on 25 February 2016 in Singapore.

The evening commenced with a Welcome Address from Mr Lucien Wong, Chairman of SIAC. Mr Wong noted that 2015 was a milestone year for SIAC, as it recorded its highest ever number of cases filed (271), highest ever number of administered cases (244) and highest ever total sum in dispute (S$6.23 billion). Compared to just a decade or so ago, SIAC's new case filings have grown by over 300%.

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Left to Right: Gary Born, Lim Seok Hui, Lucien Wong Welcome Address delivered by Lucien Wong Left to Right: Permanent Secretary,
Ng How Yue, Ministry of Law Singapore,
Lim Seok Hui, Lucien Wong

Mr Wong also thanked the President of the SIAC Court of Arbitration, Mr Gary Born, and the two Vice Presidents, Mr Cavinder Bull, SC and Mr John Savage, as well as all the Court members for their tremendous efforts and contributions during the year. Mr Wong noted that the Court members had been instrumental in implementing a number of key initiatives, such as the SIAC Rules revision and the establishment of the SIAC Users Council and Users Council Committees all over the world, and had actively participated in various SIAC and YSIAC events and workshops overseas. Mr Wong also thanked SIAC’s Board members for their time and valuable input in overseeing SIAC’s operations as well as business strategy and development.

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Guests at the event Guests SIAC Annual Report 2015

Thereafter, Ms Lim Seok Hui, CEO of SIAC and the Singapore International Mediation Centre, gave her Opening Remarks. Ms Lim took the audience through event highlights of 2015, which featured a number of inaugural YSIAC events both locally and overseas, including the YSIAC Conference in Singapore and YSIAC Essay Competition in June, followed by a series of overseas YSIAC Advocacy Workshops which were mock arbitration training workshops for younger arbitration practitioners. The YSIAC Advocacy Workshops followed the same circuit as the SIAC Overseas Conferences and were held in several cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Jakarta, Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo.

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Guests Announcement of SIAC 2015
Case Statistics by Gary Born
Cavinder Bull, SC with guests

Mr Born then presented the highlight of the evening, namely, the 2015 SIAC case statistics. Mr Born informed the audience that in 2015, SIAC received 271 new cases from parties from 55 jurisdictions. 84% of new cases filed in 2015 were international in nature, which means that they included at least one foreign party, and about half were cases involving only foreign parties with no connection to Singapore.

Mr Born also presented the nationalities of party-nominated arbitrators as well as arbitrators appointed by SIAC, highlighting that female arbitrators appointed by SIAC in 2015 constituted nearly a quarter of all arbitrator appointments.

In 2015, SIAC’s top three foreign users were India, China and South Korea, with the USA and Australia in fourth and fifth places, respectively. The other parties in the top ten list of foreign users included Vietnam, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Malaysia.

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Guests SIAC Business
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Guests SIAC Business
Development Team
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2 March 2016
Official Launch of SIAC Shanghai Office


SIAC commemorated the official launch of its Shanghai office with a cocktail reception on 2 March 2016 in Shanghai, which was attended by over 200 international and local guests, including members of our SIAC Board of Directors and Court of Arbitration, leading international arbitration practitioners, corporate lawyers and general counsel from various industries. Senior representatives from International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, mainland Chinese arbitration commissions (including China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), Shanghai International Arbitration Centre (SHIAC), Shanghai Arbitration Commission and China Maritime Arbitration Commission), as well as various chambers of commerce such as China Chamber of International Commerce and Chamber of International Commerce Shanghai, also attended the event.

The official launch featured opening speeches by Mr Philip Ong, Acting Consul-General, Singapore Consulate-General in Shanghai; Mr Yu Jianlong, Secretary-General, China Chamber of International Commerce; Mr Cavinder Bull, SC, Vice-President, SIAC Court of Arbitration and Deputy Chairman, SIAC Board of Directors and Ms Lim Seok Hui, CEO, SIAC and SIMC.

The Shanghai office will serve as a platform for SIAC to promote and develop international arbitration in China together with our partners and friends in the Chinese arbitration community.

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[From left to right] Ms Lim Seok Hui, Mr Yu Jianlong, Mr Cavinder Bull, SC, Mr Philip Ong Guests at the cocktail reception

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The SIAC 2015 Year in Review


Happy New Year from all of us at SIAC and best wishes for a successful 2016.

As we welcome 2016 and begin the countdown to the Year of the Monkey, we look back at some memorable moments in 2015, an extremely busy and successful year at SIAC.

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[From Left to Right]: Mr Gary Born, Ms Claudia Annacker, Mr Lijun Cao, Mr Toby Landau QC, Dr Eun Young Park, Ms Lucy Reed and Dr Michael Moser

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New SIAC Court President Mr Gary Born and new Court Members; New Board Member

In April 2015, SIAC welcomed the appointment of a new President of the SIAC Court of Arbitration, Mr Gary Born, and five new members of the Court - Ms Claudia Annacker of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Mr Lijun Cao of Zhong Lun Law Firm, Mr Toby Landau QC of Essex Court Chambers, Dr Eun Young Park of Kim & Chang (who is concurrently a member of SIAC’s Board of Directors) and Ms Lucy Reed of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Dr Michael Pryles, Founder President of the SIAC Court of Arbitration, stepped down from his role as President, but remains a member of the SIAC Court of Arbitration. SIAC wishes to express its sincere thanks and appreciation to Dr Pryles, who has been instrumental in developing SIAC into a world-class arbitration centre during his term in office.

In January 2015, Dr Michael J. Moser, a leading international arbitrator and an arbitrator member of 20 Essex Street Chambers, joined the Board of Directors. The distinguished members of the SIAC Board of Directors and SIAC Court of Arbitration reflect SIAC’s strong commitment to remain at the forefront of global international arbitration practice.

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SIAC Rules Revision

In August 2015, SIAC formally commenced the review of its SIAC Arbitration Rules 2013.The Rules revision will take into account recent developments in international arbitration practice and procedure, and is aimed at better serving the needs of the businesses, financial institutions and governments that use SIAC. SIAC will announce the global launch of its new SIAC Arbitration Rules 2016 at the biennial SIAC Congress to be held on 27 May 2016 at St Regis, Singapore.

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SIAC Users Council and Users Council Committees

In September 2015, SIAC established its Users Council, which is comprised of users of international arbitration, both commercial and investment, leading international arbitration practitioners and arbitrators from over 30 jurisdictions around the world, in Asia, North and South America, Europe, Africa and elsewhere. The composition and diversity of the Users Council underscores SIAC’s role as a global arbitral institution, handling cases and parties from all regions of the world and all systems of law.

The SIAC Users Council will play a key role in the SIAC Arbitration Rules revision process by providing feedback from users and others in the field of international arbitration on the SIAC Arbitration Rules, and the development of SIAC as a global arbitral institution.

SIAC has also formed a Users Council Executive Committee and various Users Council Regional and National Committees, all of which will play an important role in overseeing, coordinating and liaising with the members of the SIAC Users Council within their respective jurisdictions. The Users Council Executive Committee is chaired by Mr Gary Born, SIAC Court President, and Committee members include Ms Lim Seok Hui, CEO of SIAC and the Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC), as well as the chairs of the Users Council Regional and National Committees.

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SIAC Model Clause

Underscoring its commitment to provide quality services to users in the global business community, SIAC announced the release of a revised Model Clause in September 2015. The revised SIAC Model Clause harmonises the previous SIAC Model Clause with the SIAC Model Clause for Contracts with PRC Parties, and provides a single, user-friendly Model Clause for the convenience of contracting parties who choose to have their disputes referred to arbitration with SIAC.

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SIAC Overseas Conferences

One of the highlights of SIAC’s events programme for 2015 and a popular fixture on SIAC's annual calendar, was our series of Overseas Conferences held in Delhi (5 September), Mumbai (8 September), Jakarta (17 September), Beijing (3 November), and Tokyo (12 November). SIAC Court President, Mr Gary Born, SIAC Court Vice-President, Mr Cavinder Bull SC and other SIAC Court members as well as SIAC Board members, took time out from their extremely hectic schedules to support these events by taking on a variety of roles, as keynote speakers, moderators and panellists. Their participation and involvement ensured the success of these conferences, with audiences commenting enthusiastically on the quality and tone of the sessions, which were informative, witty and engaging.

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YSIAC Conference and YSIAC Essay Competition

The inaugural YSIAC Conference held on 4 June 2015 at Maxwell Chambers in Singapore was a sell-out event, attracting an impressive turnout of 200 delegates, half of whom were from overseas jurisdictions, including the UK, USA, Australia, India, China, Indonesia, Korea, Japan and Hong Kong. Delegates included private practitioners, arbitrators, in-house counsel, public sector officials, industry service providers and members of business associations. Members of SIAC's Court joined other leading international arbitration experts in sharing their insights and providing practical advocacy tips to younger practitioners.

In conjunction with the YSIAC Conference, we organised the first-ever YSIAC Essay Competition, which received a total of 66 entries from 20 jurisdictions.

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YSIAC Advocacy Roadshow

In the second half of 2015, working closely with the dynamic and indefatigable YSIAC Committee, we launched the YSIAC Advocacy Roadshow, which consisted of a series of mock arbitration workshops and talks in different cities aimed at developing advocacy skills in younger arbitration practitioners. The Advocacy Roadshow toured alongside the SIAC Overseas Conferences and other SIAC events, featuring SIAC Court President, Mr Gary Born, and other SIAC Court members, as Tribunal members in the mock arbitration sessions. The Advocacy Roadshow visited the following cities: Delhi, India (4 September); Mumbai, India (9 September); Jakarta, Indonesia (16 September); Beijing, China (4 November); Seoul, Korea (10 November), and Tokyo, Japan (12 November).

We would like to express our sincere appreciation and thanks to members of our Board and Court for their efforts and contributions, and to the YSIAC Committee for their hard work and unstinting support. We thank all of you, partners and friends of SIAC, for your invaluable support in making our various projects and initiatives a success.

Looking ahead to 2016, please mark your diaries for two upcoming major events on SIAC's calendar. Join us just after the Chinese New Year celebrations at our Annual Appreciation Event on 25 February 2016, when our 2015 results will be announced. Next up will be the SIAC Congress on 27 May 2016 and, to mark our Silver Jubilee celebrations this year, we will close the SIAC Congress with a Charity Gala Dinner in support of the Community Justice Centre (www.cjc.org.sg).

Registration for the SIAC Congress 2016 opens on 6 January 2016.

We invite all of you to join us at these upcoming events, and look forward to seeing you there!

With best regards,
The SIAC Team
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