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DAVINDER SINGH, SC
img-Davinder_Singh Mr Davinder Singh, SC is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of SIAC and the CEO of Drew & Napier LLC.

Mr Singh’s legal experience spans over three decades. He has an active international arbitration practice involving complex commercial disputes, international clients and multiple jurisdictions. He has advised and/or acted in numerous ICC, SIAC, UNCITRAL, LCIA and ad hoc arbitrations.

At the Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards 2014, Mr Singh was conferred the “Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession” Award. He is the only litigator in Singapore to be ranked by Chambers & Partners as a “Star Individual” for six years running from 2011 to 2016. According to Chambers’ researchers, he is “widely acknowledged by market sources as a ‘very impressive’ dispute resolution specialist who readily adapts his skills as a star litigator to an arbitration context" and a “standout figure in arbitration as well as litigation, widely regarded as 'an exceptionally good lawyer - always top of the tree.’”

Mr Singh was also named “Disputes Star of the Year - Singapore” at the inaugural Asialaw Asia-Pacific Awards 2015, and “Disputes Lawyer of the Year” in Southeast Asia and India at the inaugural Asian Lawyer Emerging Markets Awards 2014.

In December 2015, Mr Singh was appointed Vice-Chairman of the ICC Commission on Corporate Responsibility & Anti-corruption.

Mr Singh sits on the Board of Directors of PSA International Pte Ltd, Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd and Delfi Limited.

He was in the first batch of Senior Counsel appointed by the Singapore Supreme Court in 1997.

CAVINDER BULL, SC
 
img-Cavinder_Bull Mr Cavinder Bull, SC is a Vice-President of the Court of Arbitration. He is also the Deputy Chairman of the SIAC Board of Directors.

Mr Bull is a Director of Drew & Napier and has an active practice in complex litigation and international arbitration. He has acted as counsel in numerous international arbitrations and has represented governments, financial institutions and corporations from various parts of the world. Chambers & Partners describes him as a "consumate advocate" and says that "complex arbitrations are his specialisation". Mr Bull has also been appointed as an arbitrator in SIAC, ICC, LCIA and ad hoc arbitrations. He is also on the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators.

Mr Bull graduated with First Class Honours in law from Oxford University and has a Masters in law from Harvard Law School. He has been called to the Bar in Singapore, New York and England & Wales. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2008.

GAUTAM BANERJEE
   
 img-Gautam_Banerjee Mr Gautam Banerjee is a Senior Advisor to Blackstone and a member of the International Advisory Board.  He is also Chairman of Blackstone Singapore.

Previously, Mr Banerjee served as Executive Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Singapore for nine years until his retirement in December 2012.  He spent over 30 years with the firm in various leadership roles in Singapore, India and East Asia.  Mr Banerjee is a Vice Chairman of the Singapore Business Federation and is a Board member of the Economic Development Board, the APEC Business Advisory Council, Yale-NUS College, Singapore Airlines Limited and The Straits Trading Company Limited.  He was a Nominated Member of Parliament in Singapore from 2007 to 2009.

Mr Banerjee is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Singapore. He has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Accounting and Financial Analysis from the University of Warwick

NISHITH DESAI
   
img-Nishith_Desai Mr. Nishith Desai is the founder and Managing Partner of the multiskilled, research-based international law firm, Nishith Desai Associates with offices in Mumbai, Silicon Valley, Bangalore, Singapore, Mumbai - BKC, New Delhi and Munich.

Mr. Desai's practice encompasses an extensive range of tax, corporate and technology matters, with a strong emphasis on private equity and venture capital funds. His other areas of practice include corporate globalization, international listings, M&A transactions, international IPOs, international successions management, corporate governance, e-commerce taxation, JVs and strategic alliances, employment and human resource laws, intellectual property rights, media and entertainment laws, complex information technology and business process outsourcing transactions and social sector laws.

Mr. Desai has developed expertise and carved a niche in the area of litigation and dispute resolution with a strong focus on complex cross border disputes.

DAVID LIU

   
img-David_Liu Mr David Liu is a senior partner of Jun He Law Offices.

Mr. Liu has been in practice for over twenty years. His areas of specialty include banking and finance, M&A, and foreign direct investment. He is highly recommended for his outstanding performance in the areas of financial services, M&A. Mr. Liu has actively represented a number of international and domestic banks and been involved in structuring, negotiation, document preparation and rendering of opinions in many projects, including petrochemical, semiconductor, steel, automobile, power, water, toll road and other industries. Mr. Liu also represents multinational corporations in their entry into China’s market and advises state owned enterprises and other domestic companies on their cooperation with foreign investors. In recent years, Mr. Liu has also represented foreign banks and other financial institutions in their investments and strategic cooperation with PRC banks, fund joint ventures and financial institution deals.

Mr. Liu is an arbitrator with the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and also Shanghai Arbitration Commission , and visiting law professor at the East China University of Politics and Law. Mr. Liu was awarded the Legal Personality of the Year 2003 and China Dealmaker of the Year 2009 by Asian Legal Business; listed on Chambers & Partners since 2000 and listed a M&A and banking lawyer by Asia Law & Practice since 2000.

RAJIV K LUTHRA
   
img-Rajiv_K_Luthra Mr Rajiv K. Luthra is the Founder and Managing Partner of Luthra & Luthra Law Offices - ‘National Law Firm of the Year – India 2012’ by Chambers & Partners. He has been appointed on the Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) committees on “Rationalization of Investment Routes and Monitoring of Foreign Portfolio Investments’ and “Reviewing Insider Trading Regulations.” He serves on the Advisory Board to the Competition Commission of India and to the Competition Advocacy Steering Committee and has been appointed by the Ministry of Commerce as Convener of the ‘Joint Economic and Trade Commission’ (JETCO), between India and the UK, formed to advise the Government of India on the liberalisation of legal services under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS).

He is recognized for “…his singular contribution to the practice of corporate and commercial law in India and for being one of the country’s earliest pioneers in international transaction lawyering” and awarded by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, the Chief Justice of India and the Law Minister. He is a recipient of the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at the 4th Annual International M&A Advisors Awards in New York. He has been inducted in the ‘M&A Advisor Hall of Fame’ by the International M&A Advisors Awards in New York. He also serves on the Boards of the HSBC India and Symphony International Holdings Limited (a London Stock Exchange listed company).

MICHAEL MOSER
img-Michael_Moser Dr Moser is an international arbitrator, mediator and attorney-at-law. Prior to his retirement from the firm in 2006, Dr Moser was China Managing Partner of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Dr Moser is currently an arbitrator member of 20 Essex Street Chambers in London and Singapore. He is based in Hong Kong.

An Asia specialist, resident in the region for more than 30 years, Dr Moser has extensive experience as arbitrator in international disputes. He has served as arbitrator in cases sited in Asia, Europe and North America under both ad hoc rules (UNCITRAL) and institutional rules including those of the ICC, AAA, LCIA, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), SIAC, Japan Commercial Arbitration Association, China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and others.

Dr Moser has special expertise in relation to disputes involving direct investments and mergers & acquisitions, oil and gas disputes and disputes involving State parties, especially in Asia. He has served as Chairman of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre and was a member of the LCIA Court and a Board Member of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. Dr Moser currently sits on the Board of the Vienna International Arbitration Centre.

Dr Moser is fluent in Chinese (Putonghua) and was the first foreigner to be appointed an arbitrator in China in the 1980’s. He currently sits as a Commission Member of CIETAC in Beijing. Dr Moser was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by Chambers for his contributions to arbitration in Asia.

CHELVA RAJAH SC
   
img-Chelva_Rajah Mr Chelva R Rajah SC, a member of Singapore Bar since 1972, heads Tan Rajah & Cheah's dispute resolution team, having developed a distinguished practice in both litigation and arbitration, particularly in substantial commercial disputes, property-related matters and insolvency.

He was President of the Law Society of Singapore from 1990 to 1992 and was appointed a Senior Counsel on 10 January 1998. He is on the SIAC Panel of Accredited Arbitrators.

JOHN SAVAGE QC
   
img-John_Savage Mr John Savage QC is a Partner in King & Spalding's International Arbitration group based in the firm’s London and Singapore offices. He is also a Vice-President of the SIAC Court and has been a Director of the SIAC since 2009.

John has more than 25 years' experience representing governments and corporations in over 180 international arbitrations around the world. These include many corporate, construction, energy and investment treaty disputes, with an emphasis on the oil & gas and power sectors. Mr Savage has worked in Asia since 2001 and his experience extends across the Asia-Pacific region. In addition to his work as counsel, Mr Savage has been appointed chairman of the tribunal, sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator in more than 30 commercial and investment treaty arbitrations in Asia and beyond.

GILES WHITE
   
img-Giles_White Mr Giles White is a consultant to Webber Wentzel (Attorneys) in South Africa.

Mr White graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Bachelor of Laws in 1975 and 1981, respectively. He obtained the degree of Master of Arts in Law at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar in 1978. He was admitted as a Barrister to the Inner Temple, London in 1979. In his early career, he worked for Sonnenberg, Hoffmann & Galombik (Attorneys) in South Africa and Credit Suisse First Boston Limited in London. He was a partner at Linklaters for 18 years where his roles included serving as global head of finance and projects, and Asia managing partner.

From 2009 until 2015, he was Group General Counsel of the Jardine Matheson Group and a Director of Jardine Matheson Holdings Limited, Dairy Farm International Holdings and Mandarin Oriental International Limited.

JEANETTE WONG
   
img-Jeanette_Wong Ms Jeanette Wong is DBS Group Executive responsible for the International Banking Group which encompasses Corporate Banking, Global Transaction Services and Strategic Advisory. Ms Wong also oversees several countries in DBS Group's portfolio. Prior to her current appointment, she was the Chief Financial Officer for five years. Before joining DBS, Ms Wong was at J.P. Morgan for 16 years.

Ms Wong is a Director of DBS (China) Limited and Chairperson & Director of DBS Bank (Taiwan) Ltd. She sits on the Board of Neptune Orient Lines Limited. Ms Wong is the Chairperson of the SMU Lee Kong Chian School of Business Advisory Board and an advisory member of the Asia Cabinet, Global Advisory Board of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. The Monetary Authority of Singapore has also appointed her as a Member of the Financial Research Council. Jeanette holds a BBA from the National University of Singapore and a MBA from the University of Chicago.

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SIAC Announces the Official Release of the SIAC Rules 2016

30 June 2016SIAC Announces the Official Release of the SIAC Rules 2016The 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 e...

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SIAC Signs Memorandum of Agreement with GIFT

3 June 2016SIAC 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 arbit...

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SIAC Announces Appointment of New Registrar and Promotion of Deputy Registrar

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SIAC Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Oe-Cusse Administration

28 March 2016SIAC Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Oe-Cusse AdministrationThe Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Authority of the Special Administrative Region of Oe-Cusse Ambeno (SAROA) and Special Zones for Social Market Economy (ZEESM) Timor-Leste (SAROA-ZEESM TL), form...

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SIAC Announces Record Case Numbers for 2015

25 February 2016SIAC Announces Record Case Numbers for 2015 The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) is pleased to announce the official release of its 2015 Annual Report at the SIAC Annual Appreciation Event this evening. 2015 was a milestone year for SIAC. SIAC recorded the highest ever number of cases filed, highest ever number of administered cases and highest e...

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Public Consultation on Draft SIAC Investment Arbitration Rules

1 February 2016Public Consultation on Draft SIAC Investment Arbitration RulesThe Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) is pleased to announce the commencement of the public consultation process on its draft Investment Arbitration Rules 2016 (the “draft IA Rules”), a comprehensive set of specialised rules for the administration of investment arbitrations by SIAC.The d...

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SIAC Appoints New Court Member

1 February 2016SIAC Appoints New Court MemberThe Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Darius Khambata, Senior Counsel, to the SIAC Court of Arbitration with effect from 1 February 2016.Mr Khambata practises before the Bombay High Court and the Supreme Court of India. He has previously held two distinguished public law off...

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Opening of SIAC Office in Shanghai

25 January 2016Opening of SIAC Office in ShanghaiThe Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) is pleased to announce the opening of a representative office in the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone (FTZ). The launch of the Shanghai office underpins SIAC’s steadily growing popularity amongst Chinese parties, and is an integral part of SIAC’s continuous efforts to for...

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Public Consultation on Draft SIAC Arbitration Rules

18 January 2016Public Consultation on Draft SIAC Arbitration RulesThe Singapore International Arbitration Centre (“SIAC”) is pleased to announce the opening of the public consultation process on its draft revised Arbitration Rules 2016 (the “draft Rules”). The revision of SIAC’s Arbitration Rules takes into account recent developments in international arbitration practice and pr...

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