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30 June 2016
SIAC Announces the Official Release of the SIAC Rules 2016


The 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 effect on 1 August 2016.

The SIAC Rules 2016 were jointly produced by the SIAC Secretariat working closely with the Rules Revision Executive Committee and various subcommittees of the Court of Arbitration of SIAC, and following extensive consultation with SIAC's global Users Council and a public consultation exercise. SIAC received nearly 1,000 comments during the course of extensive public consultations in multiple forums in, among others, Asia, Europe and North America.

Some of the key highlights of the SIAC Rules 2016 include: new provisions on consolidation, multiple contracts, and joinder of additional parties to facilitate the cost-effective and efficient resolution of disputes; the introduction of an innovative procedure for the early dismissal of claims and defences, making SIAC the first amongst the world's major commercial arbitration centres to adopt this provision in its Rules; and delocalisation of the seat of arbitration. In addition, further enhancements have been made to the popular Expedited Procedure and Emergency Arbitrator special procedures (both of which were first introduced in July 2010), to better serve the needs of users from all over the world.

A brief summary of the notable features of the SIAC Rules 2016 is here.

Gary Born, President of the Court of Arbitration of SIAC, commented, “We are delighted to be launching the SIAC Rules 2016, which incorporate progressive and user-friendly processes to ensure that SIAC continues to provide world class, cost-competitive dispute resolution services and consolidate its position as the forum of choice for parties from diverse legal systems and cultures. We take this opportunity to thank everyone who was involved in this project for their invaluable contributions and extraordinarily useful feedback. These Rules provide a state-of-the-art procedural framework for efficient, expert and enforceable resolution of international disputes of all kinds, in all parts of the world."


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Singapore International Arbitration Centre
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3 June 2016
SIAC 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 arbitration, mediation, and other dispute resolution mechanisms, including the innovative Arb-Med-Arb service offered by the SIAC and the Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC), to resolve international commercial disputes in India's International Financial Services Centre in Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (IFSC-GIFT).

Under the MOA, SIAC will establish a representative office in the IFSC-GIFT, which will be instrumental in promoting SIAC’s world-class international arbitration services to Indian users. Indian parties have consistently ranked amongst the top five foreign users of SIAC in the last five years, and was the top foreign user of SIAC in 2013 and 2015.

Mr. Ajay Pandey, Managing Director and Group CEO of GIFTCL, stated “We are delighted to have SIAC set up a representative office in the IFSC-GIFT. Any successful IFSC requires an efficient dispute resolution mechanism, and in this regard, SIAC is the choice partner for IFSC-GIFT: Singapore is a reputable seat of arbitration; SIAC, and the SIAC Rules, are already widely used by Indian companies, as well as international companies investing in India, to resolve their disputes. Through this collaboration, the Indian and international businesses in the IFSC-GIFT will be able to choose SIAC as their preferred mode of dispute resolution.”

Ms Lim Seok Hui, CEO of SIAC and SIMC, commented that “India has always been an important market for SIAC and this MOA reflects our continuous commitment to maintain and strengthen our relationship with our Indian users. Our partnership with GIFTCL and GIFT SEZ opens new doors for SIAC to promote its services to businesses and investors within the IFSC-GIFT. SIAC’s case management services offer the international investors and businesses from different legal systems and cultures the benefits of certainty and flexibility. SIAC’s Rules are user-friendly, efficient and cost-effective. By establishing our representative office in the IFSC-GIFT, we aim to contribute to GIFT City's economic development.”


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

27 April 2016
SIAC Announces Appointment of New Registrar and Promotion of Deputy Registrar


The 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 will succeed the former Registrar, Ms Tan Ai Leen, who has moved to an in-house role.

Ms Ho graduated from the National University of Singapore, and is qualified both as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore and as a solicitor in England and Wales. Ms Ho was previously in private practice with leading Singapore local firms, where her areas of practice included international and domestic arbitrations, cross-border commercial disputes, and building and construction as well as company and shareholder matters. Prior to joining SIAC, she was in public service as an Assistant Registrar of the Supreme Court of Singapore.

As Registrar, Ms Ho will oversee the SIAC Secretariat in the provision of case management services. In addition, under the International Arbitration Act, she will be the statutory authority for taxation of costs.

Mr Nash is currently the Acting Registrar of SIAC during the interim period prior to Ms Ho’s commencement as Registrar. Following his promotion to Deputy Registrar and Centre Director, Mr Nash will assume additional responsibilities in business development and the recruitment and professional development of counsel in the SIAC Secretariat.

Mr Gary Born, President of the SIAC Court of Arbitration, commented, “The addition of Ms Ho and promotion of Mr Nash reflect the continuing growth of SIAC’s caseload and our commitment to providing the highest standard of efficient, professional case management for international arbitrations.”

Ms Lim Seok Hui, CEO of SIAC and the Singapore International Mediation Centre, said, “We are delighted to