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SIAC Year in Review 2022

Happy New Year from all of us at SIAC and best wishes for a happy, healthy and successful 2023.

As we welcome the new year, we look back fondly at some of the key highlights of 2022.

1.  Inaugural SIAC Symposium

In August 2022, the inaugural SIAC Symposium was held in conjunction with the Singapore Convention Week. This was the first large scale in-person conference SIAC has held since the pandemic.

Co-developed in discussion with the YSIAC, and conceived to be a blend between SIAC’s Congress and the YSIAC Conference, the SIAC Symposium 2022 brought together members of the judiciary, distinguished members of the SIAC Board and SIAC Court of Arbitration, as well as other eminent members and experts from the international arbitration community.

Special highlights of the Symposium programme included a Ministerial Q&A Session with Mr K Shanmugam, SC, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law, Singapore, which was moderated by Ms Lucy Reed, President, SIAC Court of Arbitration, a welcome address delivered by Mr Davinder Singh, SC, Chairman of SIAC, as well as a plenary session titled “International Arbitration – Charting the Next Lap”.

Minister K Shanmugam, SC at the SIAC Symposium 2022.

The panellists for the plenary session were The Honourable Justice Kannan Ramesh, Judge of the Supreme Court of Singapore; the Honourable Justice Philip Jeyaretnam, Judge of the Supreme Court of Singapore; SIAC Court President, Ms Lucy Reed; as well as SIAC Court Members, Professor Lawrence Boo, and Mr Darius Khambata, SC. The plenary session was moderated by SIAC Court Vice President, Mr Toby Landau KC.

Left to right: Professor Lawrence Boo, Justice Kannan Ramesh, Justice Philip Jeyaretnam, Ms
Lucy Reed, Mr Darius J. Khambata, SC at the SIAC Symposium 2022.

The plenary session was followed by panel discussions on “Ethics in International Arbitration: A Legal Quagmire?”, which included SIAC Court Members, Ms Funke Adekoya San and Prof Benjamin F. Hughes, a Lunch Conversation titled “Generations in Arbitration – Observations on Building an Arbitration Practice Then and Now”, a “Townhall on the SIAC Rules Revision” involving SIAC Court Members Mr John Bang, Mr Chan Leng Sun, SC, Ms Karina Goldberg, Professor Bernard Hanotiau and Mr Thomas R. Snider, as well as an ArbxTalk and panel discussion titled “The Brave New World: International Arbitration and Web 3.0 – the Metaverse, Cryptocurrency and NFT Disputes”involving industry experts and practitioners in the field.

Left to right: Mr John P. Bang, Professor Bernard Hanotiau, Mr Chan Leng Sun, SC,
Ms Karina Goldberg and Mr Thomas Snider at the SIAC Symposium 2022.

2. New Co-General Editor for the Asian International Arbitration Journal

In 2022, SIAC Court President, Ms Lucy Reed, joined Professor Lawrence Boo, SIAC Court member, as General Editors of the Asian International Arbitration Journal (AIAJ).

The AIAJ which commenced publication in 2005, is published by Wolters Kluwer, and seeks to be the thought leader on issues in international arbitration in the Asia-Pacific region by providing a forum for original thinking and incisive analysis. The journal carries articles, notes on awards, legislation updates and book reviews.

AIAJ, Volume 18, Number 1, 2022.

The latest edition of the AIAJ includes articles analysing the arbitration reforms in China, the enforcement of arbitral awards in South Korea, disclosure and challenge of arbitrators under the Indian Model BIT, the ‘Group of Companies’ Doctrine in Cox Kings v. SAP India, and the enforcement of foreign awards against non-signatories in Gemini Bay Transcription Pvt Ltd. v. Integrated Sales Service Ltd.

3. Reorganisation of the SIAC Secretariat

In 2022 the SIAC Secretariat was reorganised and restructured to introduce new supervisory levels and a team structure. SIAC also strengthened its Secretariat workforce with eight hires in the past year and the Secretariat is now comprised of 15 international arbitration lawyers who are qualified in 13 jurisdictions.

4. Reorganisation of the Business Development Team to Strategy & Development Group and Growth of Representative Offices

In 2022, the Business Development department at SIAC was re-designated as the Strategy & Development Group, and was expanded to include a specialised Knowledge Management team to support content development for SIAC’s programmes, as well as engage in market research and insights. Our new colleagues who joined the Strategy & Development Group are:

  • Ms Swati Jhaveri, Knowledge Management Consultant, who is qualified in England & Wales and Hong Kong;
  • Mr Clement Lin, Manager (Legal), Knowledge Management;
  • Ms Jazmeen Kaur, Manager (Legal), Strategy & Development, who is qualified in Singapore;
  • Ms Hannah Wee, Manager (Legal), Strategy & Development, who is qualified in New Zealand; and
  • Mr Kenneth Lim, Manager (Events), Strategy & Development.

SIAC Deputy Centre Director, Ms Michelle Chiam, was re-designated as Director, Strategy & Development.

Our Representative Offices also saw new additions. In July, Ms Vanessa Shen, Business Development Manager (China), Strategy & Development joined Mr Cunyuan Zhang, Head (China), at the SIAC China Representative Office in Shanghai, while in December, Ms Steffi Mary Punnose, Strategy & Development Manager (South Asia), Strategy & Development joined Ms Shwetha Bidhuri, Head (South Asia), at the SIAC South Asia Representative Office in India.

5. SIAC Academy course and expansion of partner universities for the SIAC and Institutional Arbitration Module

The vision of the SIAC Academy is to nurture and develop future generations of international arbitration experts by providing practical, skills-based arbitration training programmes.

In 2022, three new SIAC Academy courses were launched, the Investment Arbitration 101: A Primer course as well as Parts 1 and 2 of the Specialist Arbitration Series courses focusing on Construction Arbitrations and Energy, Oil & Gas Arbitrations respectively.

Left to right: Lecturers Ms Abby Cohen Smutny, Dr Claudia Annacker, Mr Nigel Blackaby
KC, Mr Philippe Pinsolle, Mr Salim Moollan KC, Mr Albert Marsman and Ms Charis Tan,
at the SIAC Academy – Investment Arbitration 101: A Primer course.

In addition, four other courses, a Review of Key Arbitration Developments and Decisions in 2021: Singapore and United Kingdom seminar, an Arbitration 101: Understanding the International Arbitration Legal Framework course, a Practicum on Discovery and Document Production in International Arbitration, as well as a Tribunal Secretaries in International Arbitration training course were also held.

Left to Right: Lecturers Ms Deborah Barker, SC, Mr Tan Chuan Thye, SC, Mr Stuart Isaacs 
KC and Ms Anneliese Day KC, at the SIAC Academy “Review of Key Arbitration
Developments and Decisions in 2021: Singapore and United Kingdom” seminar.

Left to right: Lecturers Mr Timothy Cooke, Mr Tomas Furlong, Mr Samuel Chacko, Mr
Aditya Singh, Ms Margaret Joan Ling, Ms Gerui Lim, and Mr Rohit Bhat, at the SIAC
Academy – Arbitration 101: Understanding the International Arbitration Legal
Framework course.

The SIAC Academy Annual lecture, which is in its second year, featured Dr Michael Hwang, SC, who delivered a lecture on “Can and Should the rule in Browne v. Dunn apply to International Arbitration?”

Left to Right: Dr Michael Hwang, SC, Mr Kabir Singh, Prof Darius Chan, Ms Julie
Raneda at the SIAC Academy Annual Lecture 2022.

The SIAC and Institutional Arbitration Module (SIAC Module), which introduces participants to the role and function of arbitral institutions in guiding and shaping the practice and development of international arbitration, and to the complex issues that arbitral institutions face in the administration of arbitrations, continued to be conducted in collaboration with leading law schools in Singapore and in the region in 2022.

In 2022, the SIAC Module was conducted for the first time at Thammasat University, Faculty of Law in Bangkok, Thailand. The course convenor for the module was SIAC Court Member, Professor Lawrence Boo. SIAC Court member, Dr Claudia Annacker, also served as one of the lecturers.

The SIAC Module was also conducted for the fifth year running, at the National University of Singapore law faculty, and for the second year running, at the law faculty of the Singapore Management University. SIAC Chairman, Mr Davinder Singh, SC, served as one of the lecturers in both modules.

SIAC Board and Court members, leading international arbitration practitioners and arbitrators, as well as the SIAC Secretariat served as lecturers in the SIAC Academy courses and SIAC Modules, and contributed to curriculum development with their valuable input and suggestions with particular thanks to SIAC Court Member Mr Alan Thambiayah and members of the SIAC Academy Audit Panel comprising SIAC Court President, Ms Lucy Reed, and SIAC Court Members, Professor Lawrence Boo, Mr Chan Leng Sun, SC and Dr Claudia Annacker.

6. SIAC International Arbitration Events and Webinars, Partnerships, and Representative Office Activities

SIAC organised a total of 32 events and webinars in 2022, with participants tuning in globally across different time zones and in-person events in Bangkok, Beijing, Delhi, Dubai, Mumbai, Seoul, Shanghai and Singapore.

These included joint webinars and events organised with various partner organisations, including the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Singapore Branch (CIArb), Chulalongkorn Faculty of Law (CHULA Law), Madrid International Arbitration Centre (MIAC), NUS Centre for International Law (CIL), Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC), Thailand Arbitration Center (THAC), Universitas Katolik Parahyangan Faculty of Law (UNPAR), and University of Malaya, Faculty of Law (UM). The SIAC-CHULA and SIAC-UNPAR university online public lectures were delivered respectively by SIAC Deputy Chairman, Mr Chong Yee Leong, and SIAC Court Member, Mr Bernard Hanotiau, and the SIAC-UM university lecture was delivered by SIAC Court Member, Mr Chan Leng Sun, SC. An in-person event was also organised during Dubai Arbitration Week, where SIAC Court Member, Mr Thomas Snider, spoke.

Left to right: Mr Eri Hertiawan, Mr Kia Jeng Koh, Ms Nira Nazarudin and Mr
Anthony Cheah Nicholls at the SIAC Indonesia Webinar – Strategies and Practical
Tips for Effective Enforcement of Arbitral Awards.

Discussion topics at these webinars and events included topical issues on the effective enforcement of arbitral awards, the future of energy arbitration, due process in international arbitration, the reform of investor-State dispute settlement in ASEAN, the interplay between common law and civil law traditions in international arbitration, strategies for negotiating contracts and resolving disputes, an inside look at SIAC case administration, as well as the challenges and opportunities in international arbitration.

SIAC also conducted training workshops for members of the judiciary and government agencies from various jurisdictions.

In 2022, SIAC entered into MOUs with, among others (mentioned in the updates on Representative Office Activities below), the Madrid International Arbitration Centre (MIAC), and National Commercial Arbitration Centre in Cambodia (NCAC).

 

SIAC Overseas Representative Offices

The SIAC Overseas Representative Offices based in India, Korea, USA and China have had a busy year in 2022.

South Asia

SIAC’s South Asia office based in India organised the SIAC India Conferences in Mumbai in June and in Delhi in November, and a special South Asia Webinar in April featuring leading practitioners from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Minister Edwin Tong, SC, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Law, Singapore, graced the SIAC Delhi Conference and participated in a dialogue session, which was moderated by SIAC Court member, Mr Darius Khambata, SC.

SIAC also participated in the India ADR week in October and held a joint session with the Singapore International Mediation Centre.

Members of the Indian judiciary, leading international arbitration practitioners and SIAC Board and Court members, including Mr Davinder Singh, SC, Mr Chong Yee Leong, Mr Rajiv Luthra, Mr Siraj Omar, SC, Mr Toby Landau, KC, Mr Darius Khambata, SC, Mr Tejas Karia, and Ms Shaneen Parikh participated in SIAC India Conferences.

Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Minister Edwin Tong, SC at the SIAC Annual India
Conference, Delhi

Left to right: Mr Bharat Chugh, Mr Lomesh Kiran Nidumuri, Ms Pallavi Shroff, Mr Toby Landau KC
Justice Indu Malhotra, Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed, Dr Abhishek Manu Singhvi SA and Mr Ritin Rai SA at the
SIAC Annual India Conference, Delhi.

On the sidelines of the SIAC India Conference in Delhi, SIAC also entered into an MOU with the Federation Of Indian Corporate Lawyers (FICL).

Left to right: Mr Rohan Sharma, Ms Gloria Lim, Mr Kevin Nash, Mr S B Mitra and Mr Ashok
Sharma at the signing ceremony of the MOU between the Federation of Indian Corporate
Lawyers (FICL) and SIAC.

In June and November, Ms Gloria Lim, SIAC CEO, Mr Kevin Nash, SIAC Registrar, Ms Shwetha Bidhuri, Head (South Asia) and Deputy Counsel, Mr Pranav Budihal and Mr Rishabh Malaviya participated in various meetings and roundtable discussions with practitioners and in-house counsel in Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai.

In India, Ms Bidhuri was invited to speak at various events, including GAR Connect India, Economic Times Disputes Conclave, and Young Arbitral Women Local Chatter. She also lectured for international arbitration courses at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Jindal Global Law School, Delhi, NALSAR Hyderabad and Rashtriya Raksha University, Ahmedabad, and judged the finals of an International Arbitration Moot competition hosted by the National Law School of India University, Bangalore.

China

In 2022, the SIAC China Representative Office organised four SIAC/YSIAC events conducted in Mandarin, targeted at the Chinese arbitration community.

In September, the SIAC China Representative Office and the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) organised the SIAC-CIETAC Joint Conference in Beijing during the China Arbitration Week, and in November, the SIAC China Representative Office and the Shanghai International Arbitration Centre (SHIAC) organised the SIAC-SHIAC Joint Conference during Shanghai Arbitration Week. SIAC Court Members Prof Lawrence Boo, Mr Lijun Cao and Ms Jessica Fei, SIAC CEO Ms Gloria Lim, experienced practitioners, arbitrators, in-house counsel, representatives of arbitration institutions and scholars from mainland China, Hong Kong SAR and Singapore spoke and participated in the two joint events. Mr Cunyuan Zhang, Head (China), was invited to speak and participate in other events and panels during China Arbitration Week and Shanghai Arbitration Week.

2022 SIAC-SHIAC Conference

In December, the SIAC China Representative Office organised the YSIAC Shanghai Workshop and YSIAC Beijing Conference, with the support of the YSIAC Committee Members based in China, Mr Yuxian Zhao, Mr David Gu and Ms Vicky Zhao.

In 2022, SIAC entered into respective MOUs with the Chongqing Yuzhong District People’s Government, the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Hangzhou Committee and the Shanghai University of Political Science and Law (SHUPL).

Left to right: Mr Cunyuan Zhang and Mr Deng Guanghuai at the signing
ceremony of the MOU between the Yuzhong District People’s Government
Chongqing Municipality and SIAC.

North East Asia

With borders reopening in 2022, SIAC’s North East Asia office based in Seoul organised several in-person engagements in Korea and Japan.

In July, SIAC’s North East Asia office hosted a lecture in Seoul by the SIAC Court President, Ms Lucy Reed. Ms Reed discussed due process in international arbitration and was joined by SIAC Court Member Dr Eun Young Park for a discussion following the lecture.

SIAC CEO, Ms Gloria Lim, joined Ms Reed in Seoul and SIAC’s North East Asia office hosted several events, including a roundtable discussion with Korean in-house counsel (co-organised with the Korea In-House Counsel Association); a closed-door discussion with senior arbitration practitioners in Korea and SIAC’s Korea-based Court members Dr Eun Young Park, Mr John Bang, and Mr Benjamin Hughes; and a networking event organised jointly by YSIAC and KCAB Next. Ms Reed also gave the keynote address at a breakfast briefing on commercial dispute resolution hosted by the British Chamber of Commerce in Korea and the Singapore Chamber of Commerce in Korea.

Ms Lucy Reed at the SIAC Lecture in Seoul

SIAC also entered into a MOU with the In-House Counsel Forum of Korea (IHCF), Korea’s largest in-house counsel association, to strengthen ties to the Korean business community. The MOU was signed by SIAC CEO, Ms Lim, at a signing ceremony in Seoul, which was attended by Ms Reed and SIAC Court Members Dr Eun Young Park and Mr Benjamin Hughes.

In November, SIAC’s North East Asia office participated in the Seoul ADR Festival where we organised a hybrid seminar on global construction projects with the Society of Construction Law (Korea). SIAC Registrar, Mr Kevin Nash, travelled to Seoul for the Festival. SIAC Court Member Mr John Bang, Mr Nash, and SIAC’s Head (North East Asia), Michele Sonen, spoke at the seminar.

Left to right: Ms Anne K. Hoffman, Mr Ng Kim Beng, Mr Park Ki Jeung and Mr Zachary Sharpe
at the SIAC and SCL Korea Seminar.

In other highlights from the Seoul ADR Festival, Mr Nash spoke about the future of institutional arbitration at the 11th Asia-Pacific ADR Conference, and Mr Nash and Ms Sonen met with senior leadership of the Korean Bar Association.

In Japan, Ms Sonen was invited to speak at the 8th Annual International Arbitration and Corporate Crime Summit. She also guest lectured international arbitration courses at Keio University Law School and the Japan campus of the Beasley School of Law at Temple University, and toured the facilities of the Japan International Dispute Resolution Center in Tokyo.

Ms Michele Sonen with students of an international arbitration course at Keio University Law
School; co-lecturers Ms Yoshimi Ohara and Mr Tony Andriotis (co-lecturer Mr Joaquin Terceno is
not pictured); and guests Mr Yoshifumi Fukunaga and Michael Mroczek

Earlier in the year, in conjunction with SIMC and the ASEAN-Japan Centre, the SIAC’s North East Asia office released a five-part video series addressing the dispute resolution challenges of Japanese companies doing business in ASEAN. The series answered questions posed by Japanese companies about effective dispute management and building strong business relationships when conducting business overseas in Southeast Asia.

Episode 1 of “Addressing the Dispute Resolution Challenges of Japanese Companies
Doing Business in ASEAN” produced by the ASEAN-Japan Centre, SIAC, and SIMC

Americas

The SIAC Americas Office based in New York also had a busy year with over a hundred meetings with government bodies, law firms, in-house counsel, arbitrators, and student groups. It also participated in over 20 speaking engagements, including those organised by the Boston International Arbitration Council, California Association of Lawyers, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Washington, D.C. Chapter), Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (North America Branch), Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Seattle Chapter), Peruvian Institute of Arbitration, and Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Centre, amongst others.

The SIAC Americas Office took part in significant events in the arbitration calendar, including the 10th Annual Georgetown International Arbitration Month, 11th Peruvian Institute of Arbitration Congress, California Arbitration Week, CIArb Americas Conference, IBA Conference, International Congress of Arbitration Centres by the Peruvian Institute of Arbitration, New York Arbitration Week, and São Paulo Arbitration Week.

The SIAC Americas Office also presented in panels and moots organised by various universities such as those with the American University in Washington, D.C., Brigham Young University in Utah, Harvard Law School in Massachusetts, New York University Abu Dhabi, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in Canada, Queen Mary University of London, and California-based Santa Clara University School of Law, Stanford Law School, University of California Berkeley School of Law, and University of California Hastings College of Law.

SIAC Americas office organised several business trips. In January, SIAC Registrar, Mr Kevin Nash visited California. In March, SIAC CEO, Ms Gloria Lim, travelled to New York. In August, SIAC Head (Americas), Ms Adriana Uson, spoke at a conference in Arequipa. Ms Uson, together with SIAC Court Member Mr Jose Daniel Amado, also met with arbitration stakeholders in Lima. In October, SIAC Court Member Ms Karina Goldberg, Mr Nash and Ms Uson met with the arbitration community in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. In the same month, Mr Nash and Ms Uson attended conferences and meetings in Miami. In November, Ms Lim and Ms Uson spoke at various panels in San Francisco and Palo Alto.

Left to right: Ms Adriana Uson, Ms Silvia Rodríguez, Ms Ludovina Villanueva, and
Mr Fausto Albuja Guarderas, at the 11th Peruvian Institute of Arbitration (IPA)
Regional Arbitration Congress organised by IPA and the Arequipa Chamber of
Commerce and Industry Arbitration Center.

Meet and Greet with Ms Marianella Ventura, Secretary General of the Lima Chamber of
Commerce and her team.

In May, SIAC entered into an MOU with the National and International Arbitration Centre of the Lima Chamber of Commerce (LCC). SIAC also embarked into a strategic partnership with FedArb, a Palo Alto based arbitration organisation, to form a joint model clause which combines the institutions’ panel lists for intellectual property matters.

7. YSIAC Events and Webinar

The 38-member YSIAC Committee, is chaired by Mr Daryl Chew and Ms Wendy Lin, and comprises young arbitration practitioners from Brazil, China, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, UK, USA, and Vietnam.

Special highlights of the YSIAC Events and Webinars in 2022 included a YSIAC Club event titled “Functions and Policies of Decision Making In Investment Arbitral Awards”, a joint YSIAC-DIS40 webinar titled “Who is Afraid of Due Process?”, an in-person YSIAC-KCAB Next Happy Hour in Seoul featuring SIAC Court President, Ms Lucy Reed and Prof Hi-Taek Shin, as well as YSIAC seminars in Beijing and Shanghai conducted in Mandarin, and a YSIAC Vietnam Webinar titled “Arbitration Proceedings under the SIAC Rules” conducted in Vietnamese.


Left to right: Dr Mary Mitsi, Mr Lin Chunlong, Ms Jae Hee Suh, Ms Samantha Tan, and
Mr Benson Lim at the YSIAC Club Event – Functions and Policies of Decision Making in
Investment Arbitral Awards

2022 YSIAC Shanghai Workshop

Left to right: Mr Hieu Nguyen, Mr Pham Minh Thang, Mr Hop Dang, Ms Duong Hoang,
and Ms Dinh Anh Tuyet at the YSIAC Vietnam Webinar: Arbitration Proceedings under
the SIAC Rules.

SIAC will continue to work closely with YSIAC, to explore how we can do even more on this important platform to serve the needs of young practitioners, and increase opportunities for learning, gaining international exposure and useful networking opportunities for our YSIAC members.

8. Launch of New SIAC Website

SIAC’s new and refreshed website (www.siac.org.sg) was launched in end August 2022. The new website features, among others, a refreshed and mobile-friendly user interface, a searchable directory for Panel of Arbitrators, a Multimedia page for easy access to event recordings and podcasts, and an online payment platform for SIAC’s events and courses.

SIAC Website, homepage.

SIAC Website, searchable panel directory.

We would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to members of the SIAC Board, SIAC Court and the YSIAC Committee as well as all of our partners and friends in the local and international legal and business communities for their invaluable contributions and participation in SIAC’s initiatives and activities.

Thank you for your support, and we look forward to working with you in 2023!

With best regards,
The SIAC Team

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margarita drobyshevskaIa, DEPUTY COUNSEL

Margarita is a Russian qualified lawyer. Before joining SIAC, Margarita worked at an arbitral institution in Russia, managing both domestic and international commercial arbitration cases and contributing to research and educational initiatives.

Margarita holds a Bachelor of Laws from the Higher School of Economics, Moscow (HSE University) and a Master of Laws from the Russian School of Private Law, Moscow. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Contract Law at the Lomonosov Moscow State University.

Margarita is actively involved in the moot court community, coaching teams for the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot and holding a leadership role in the Moot Alumni Association (MAA). Margarita is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Russian Women in Arbitration (RWA).

Margarita is fluent in English and Russian.

Email: [email protected]

TEJAS KARIA

TEJAS KARIA, MEMBER

Tejas Karia is Partner and Head of Arbitration practice at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co. He specializes in International and Domestic Commercial Arbitrations across sectors. He has represented multinational and Indian corporations in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations involving major arbitration institutions. He was part of committee of Law Commission of India for recommending amendments to the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 and of High-powered Committee for Institutionalization of Arbitration in India. He regularly appears as counsel before the Arbitration Tribunals, High Courts and Supreme Court of India as well as sits as an Arbitrator. He is a Fellow of CIArb and Director of CIArb-India. He is Director of Indian Arbitration Forum and Vice-Chairman of Society of Construction Law – India.

He is recognised as “Global Leader” by Who’s Who Legal, “Leading Lawyer in Dispute Resolution” by Asialaw Leading Lawyers, “Leading Individual” by Legal 500, ranked in Band – 2 for Arbitration by Chambers & Partners and “Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation. He is a member of Governing Council of Indian Law Society and ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR. He served as member of task forces for Study of International Commercial Arbitration by Commonwealth Secretariat and for revision of IBA Rules on Taking Evidence in International Commercial Arbitration. He has co-authored a number of publications and extensively spoken on Arbitration and Mediation globally.

DMITRY DYAKIN

DMITRY DYAKIN, MEMBER

Dmitry B. Dyakin is an advocate, a Partner and Co-Head of Dispute Resolution practice at Rybalkin, Gortsunyan and Partners in Moscow.

Dmitry has vast experience resolving international commercial and investment disputes. He represents leading Russian and international companies operating in various industries in high-profile proceedings, with many of them becoming landmark precedent-setting cases for the Russian community of legal practitioners. He possesses wealth of experience in handling arbitrations both as a sole arbitrator or a member of an arbitral tribunal. He regularly takes part as an expert on Russian law in court and arbitration proceedings abroad.

Dmitry is a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, mandate 2021-2024. He is also a deputy head of the ICC Arbitration Commission in Russia and heads the Investment Arbitration Working Group of the Russian Arbitration Association (RAA). Dmitry is a member of the Russia/Eurasia Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA), the International Bar Association (IBA), the LCIA User’s Council, and the SIAC User’s Council. He is included in the list of arbitrators of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), the Tehran Regional Arbitration Centre (TRAC), is also a Member of the Panel of Arbitrators at The Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA) and he also added to the List of Practitioners on VIAC’s website.

In 2017, Dmitry was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Presidium of the Arbitration Centre at the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RUIE). He is included in the list of recommended arbitrators of the RUIE Arbitration Centre and currently is a member of the RUIE Management Board.

Dmitry holds an Honours Degree in Law from the Moscow State Social University (2000), a Master’s degree in Private Law (M.P.L.) from the Russian School of Private Law (2007), a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from the New York University School of Law (USA) (2009), and the Executive MBA degree from the London Business School and the Columbia Business School (2013).

JESSICA FEI

JESSICA FEI, MEMBER

Ms Jessica Fei is a widely recognized leading international arbitration and dispute resolution practitioner with over 25 years’ experience in international arbitration. She is global co-head of international arbitration practice of King & Wood Mallessons. Her practice focuses on large-scale international arbitration and cross-border litigation, for clients including Chinese state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and private companies, multinationals and major regional corporates. Qualified in the New York State and China, Jessica is one of the very few leading international dispute resolution practitioners in China who can effectively handle cases in both English and Chinese languages as counsel and arbitrator, and has significant international background and experience as well as deep understanding of the Chinese corporate culture and law.

Jessica handles disputes relating to energy (oil & gas, power etc), infrastructure and construction, trade (international sale of goods), cross-border investment (e.g. Sino-foreign joint venture disputes), manufacturing, distribution, and intellectual property matters among others. She represents and assists clients in international arbitrations (including ICC, CIETAC, HKIAC, SIAC, SCC, LCIA, AAA/ICDR, CEAC and UNCITRAL) and litigation matters inside and outside China in both English and Chinese languages. She sits regularly as arbitrator in commercial cases, and is listed on the panel of arbitrators of SIAC, HKIAC, CIETAC, ICDR, AIAC, CRCICA, KCAB etc.

KARINA GOLDBERG

KARINA GOLDBERG, MEMBER

Karina Goldberg is partner of Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide (FCDG), a Brazilian boutique law firm with offices in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, with focus in commercial disputes, both in court litigation and arbitration.

Karina has distinguished herself in commercial dispute resolution, mainly domestic and international arbitration, including shareholders disputes, contractual and M&A disputes, infrastructure and construction disputes, security and investment cases.

Karina has obtained Master’s Degree (LLM) in European Private Law from Utrecht University, Holland, in 2003 and was educated at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in law in 2001.

Karina is currently a member of the ICC Commission on International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution and of the IBA Subcommittees on International Commercial Arbitration Case Law and Unidroit Principles.

BERNARD HANOTIAU

BERNARD HANOTIAU, MEMBER

Prof. Bernard Hanotiau has been actively involved in international arbitration as party-appointed arbitrator, chairman, sole arbitrator, counsel and expert in all parts of the world, under the rules of all major arbitral institutions including the ICC, LCIA, SIAC, DIAC, HKIAC, SCC, AAA, Swiss Chambers, NAI, CRCICA, KCAB, PCA and in many ad hoc cases for the last 40 years.

Professor Hanotiau is Emeritus Professor of the University of Louvain (Belgium). He is a member of the ICCA Advisory Board and of the Council of the ICC Institute and a member of the ICC International Arbitration Commission. He is also a former Vice-President of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration (Dallas), of Cepani (Belgian Arbitration Center) and of the LCIA Court. He is also member of the SIAC Court of Arbitration, Vice-President of the Board of Trustees of the Dubai International Arbitration Center (DIAC) and a member of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre’s Advisory Board.

In March 2011, Professor Hanotiau received the GAR “Arbitrator of the Year” award. In April 2016, he also received the Who’s Who Legal “Lawyer of the Year” for Arbitration Award.

ERI HERTIAWAN

ERI HERTIAWAN, MEMBER

Eri is the Co-Head of the Dispute Resolution Group at Assegaf Hamzah & Partners. With experience of almost 30 years, Eri is an arbitration specialist and a seasoned litigator with extensive experience in commercial disputes, alternative disputes resolution, aviation law, and shipping law.

Eri is the first and sole Indonesian lawyer appointed as member of SIAC Court of Arbitration. He is also one of only a few Indonesian lawyers to be appointed a member of both the SIAC Users Council and the SIAC panel of arbitrators. In addition, Eri is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and a certified mediator with both the Indonesian National Mediation Centre and the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) in United Kingdom.

Leading international publications consistently recommended and ranked Eri for his expertise as a dispute resolution specialist. He won “Lawyer of the Year – Indonesia” from Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific Awards 2021, ranked in “Band 1” for Dispute Resolution by Chambers Asia Pacific 2021, ranked as “Elite Practitioner” for Dispute Resolution by Asialaw Leading Lawyers since 2020, and ranked as “Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation since 2018.

One interviewee notes that “he is very well connected in Indonesian legal and political circles,” while another source says that “there is nobody more experienced in arbitration than him.” (Chambers Asia Pacific 2021)

BENJAMIN HUGHES

PROF BENJAMIN HUGHES, MEMBER

Professor Benjamin Hughes is an independent arbitrator with the Arbitration Chambers in Singapore and Fountain Court Chambers in London. He has been appointed as arbitrator in over 150 international commercial arbitrations around the world and across a broad range of commercial sectors, with several billion dollars in dispute. He is recognized as a leading international commercial arbitrator in numerous legal publications, including Chambers and Partners and Who’s Who Legal.

Professor Hughes has taught extensively in the field of international dispute resolution and comparative law, including as adjunct professor at the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law (2019-present), associate professor at Seoul National University Law School (2015-2019), and visiting professor at the law faculties of Hong Kong University and National Taiwan University, among others. He also serves on the editorial boards of the Asian International Arbitration Journal, the Korea Arbitration Review and the Journal of Korean Law.

Prior to commencing his practice as an independent arbitrator, Professor Hughes was the founding co-chair of the international dispute resolution practice group at Shin & Kim, one of Korea’s oldest and largest full-service law firms. Previously he practiced as counsel at Shearman and Sterling in the US and Singapore.

Professor Hughes was educated in both the civil law and the common law traditions, having studied first at Seoul National University College of Law (all coursework in Korean), and then at NYU School of Law. While at NYU, he spent one semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina (all coursework in Spanish). He also studied Chinese (Mandarin) and East Asian history at Harvard University.

DARIUS J. KHAMBATA

DARIUS J. KHAMBATA, SC, MEMBER

Darius J. Khambata, Senior Counsel, LL.M. (Harvard), practises before the Supreme Court of India, the Bombay High Court and other High Courts and Tribunals across India.

He has held two distinguished public law offices, as Advocate General for Maharashtra and as Additional Solicitor General of India.

Mr Khambata has a large and varied practice and has appeared in several important constitutional, commercial, securities and administrative law matters and in significant domestic and international commercial arbitrations.

He was a member of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) Committee that framed new insider trading regulations and is currently a member of SEBI’s Takeover Panel. He was part of the Law Commission of India’s Committee that in 2015 recommended amendments to the Indian Arbitration & Conciliation Act 1996. He was a Vice-President of the LCIA and is a member of the SIAC Court. He sits on the Advisory Council to the Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai. He is a member of One Essex Court, London apart from having his own chambers in Mumbai.

CHAN LENG SUN, SC, MEMBER

Leng Sun was appointed a Senior Counsel of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 2011. He is a member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre Court of Arbitration He is the former Global Head of Arbitration of an international law firm and the Immediate Past President of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb). He is the Deputy Chairman of the SGX Appeals Board.

Leng Sun is qualified in Malaysia, Singapore and England. He has a broad commercial practice that covers technical disputes, maritime law (including sea, air and land transportation), international trade, insurance and company law. Leng Sun has acted as counsel or sat as arbitrator in arbitrations seated in Singapore, Hong Kong SAR, China, Korea, Malaysia, London and USA under ad hoc and institutional rules such as SIAC, ICC, SCMA, LMAA, ICDR, CIETAC, HKIAC, AIAC and KCAB rules. He is a Chartered Arbitrator. He is a Chairperson of the arbitration panel jointly appointed by the EU and Korea under the protocol on cultural cooperation of the Korea-EU FTA. Leng Sun had also served as a legal officer of the United Nations Compensation Commission in Geneva.

Leng Sun is the author of the book, Singapore Law on Arbitral Awards and Co-Editor of Conflict of Laws in Arbitration.

Leng Sun is the Singapore country contributor to Tetley’s Marine Cargo Claims (4th Ed). He has contributed chapters for numerous treatises, such as The Role of Arbitration in Shipping Law, published by Oxford University Press (Goldby and Mistellis eds, 2016), The Developing World of Arbitration, published by Hart Publishing (Reyes and Gu eds, 2018) and ASEAN and the Belt and Road Initiative, published by Academy Publishing (Bitas ed, 2021).

FERNANDO MANTILLA-SERRANO

FERNANDO MANTILLA-SERRANO, MEMBER

Fernando Mantilla-Serrano is a partner and global Co-chair of the International Arbitration Practice at Latham & Watkins. A graduate from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, where he received his Law degree (JD) together with a major in Economics, Mr. Mantilla-Serrano has also received a MCJ (LLM) from New York University (Fulbright Scholar), a DEA in International Private Law and International Trade and a DSU in EU Law from the Université de Paris II. He is acclaimed for the depth of his knowledge and experience in international arbitration representing companies, states, and state-owned entities in highly complex commercial and investor-state disputes. Mr Mantilla-Serrano has acted as lead counsel in arbitrations conducted under the main institutional arbitration rules (ICC, ICSID, LCIA, SCC, ICDR), as well as ad hoc rules. His articles on arbitration have been published in Arbitration International, the French Revue de l’Arbitrage, the Journal of International Arbitration and the Spanish Revista de la Corte Española de Arbitraje. He is fluent in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. He was one of a four-member commission created by the Spanish Minister of Justice to draft Spain’s new arbitration act (Law 60 of December 23, 2003). Mr Mantilla-Serrano is fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and member of the International Law Association (ILA). Mr Mantilla-Serrano is admitted to the bars of Colombia, New York (USA), Paris (France) and Madrid (Spain).

SHANTI MOGAN

SHANTI MOGAN, MEMBER

Shanti Mogan has over 30 years of experience in a broad commercial practice, representing clients in commercial litigation and arbitration, both domestic and international. She acts both as counsel and arbitrator. She is head of the Arbitration Practice and Personal Data Protection & Privacy Law Practice and co-heads the Competition Law Practice. She is a Member of the Court of Arbitration (SIAC). She is a recognised and recommended dispute resolution lawyer (Chambers, Legal 500, Expert Guides, Who’s Who Legal, Asialaw).

Her experience covers a wide range range of disputes including banking, commercial, corporate, regulatory and technology related disputes.

She regularly acts for banks, regulatory bodies and corporations in relation to consumer protection, data protection and privacy, defamation, entertainment, multimedia and communications disputes.

Her arbitral experience is varied; the most recent of which involves large scale disputes relating to a cellular blocking system, an integrated complex in respect of the provision of chilled water and delays in the construction and operation of an airport. Other disputes involve the design, construction and commissioning of a steel plant, software development agreement for a regulatory body, disputes relating to a public automated enforcement system, design and construction contract, contract for the marketing of natural resources, pharmaceutical supplies to a government concessionaire, hotel management agreement, development of an integrated resort, warranty claims for a car tracking system.

Some significant Court matters relating to arbitration disputes include injunctions relating to cellular access network for an airport and the termination of a public service pending arbitration. Shanti also has experience in the area of competition and antitrust laws, and offers advisory services, compliance audits and legal representation in competition law investigations and disputes. Specific industries she has represented in her competition practice include the pharmaceutical, insurance, energy, travel, banking, automotive, entertainment and retail sectors.

Shanti advises on regulatory compliance and activities coming under the purview of various authorities including the Securities Commission, the Anti-Corruption Commission and the Communications and Multimedia Commission.

She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators, a member of the LCIA and sits on various committees relating to the practice of arbitration including the Bar Council, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Malaysia and the Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

SHANEEN PARIKH

SHANEEN PARIKH, MEMBER

Shaneen has over two decades of experience is a qualified to practice as an advocate and solicitor in India, and also qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales).

She focuses on arbitration (both domestic and international) having represented clients in disputes administered by various international arbitral institutions as also ad hoc arbitrations.

She is a Member of the SIAC Court of Arbitration and the LCIA Users Council.She also serves as an ambassador of Asia Pacific Arbitration Group of the International Bar Association.

Shaneen also handles commercial litigation in disputes relating to commercial contracts, shareholder issues, infrastructure, power and construction projects, financial and structured products, infrastructure, power and construction projects and white collar crime. She has also represented clients in various courts and tribunal across India, including the NCLT, High Courts and the Supreme Court of India.

Shaneen has been recommended by Who’s Who Legal as a Future Leader in arbitration and ranked as “Most Highly Regarded (Partner)” 2021 for Arbitration in the Asia-Pacific Region. She has also been ranked as a Notable Practitioner in Dispute Resolution by Asia Law, and was recognised as one of ALB India Top Disputes Lawyers. Shaneen is also ranked as a key lawyer for arbitration and litigation in The Legal 500, and by Chambers & Partners – Asia-Pacific – Dispute Resolution.

Shaneen is also actively involved in dispute resolution-related initiatives, as a speaker at multiple events and also as a published author.

EUN YOUNG PARK, MEMBER

Dr Eun Young Park is an independent arbitrator who has served as serves as co-chair of Kim & Chang’s International Arbitration & Cross-Border Litigation Practice Group.

After serving as a judge in the Seoul District Court, Dr Park joined Kim & Chang where he has led the firm’s international arbitration and cross-border dispute practice. He specializes in international arbitration on various issues including commercial and investment disputes, regularly sits as an arbitrator.

Dr Park is a Member of the SIAC Court of Arbitration and has served as a Vice-President of the LCIA Court. He also acted as a Vice-Chair of the IBA Arbitration Committee and a founding Co-Chair of the IBA’s Asia-Pacific Arbitration Group. He received a J.S.D from the NYU School of Law and is admitted to the Korean bar and the New York bar.

PHILIPPE PINSOLLE

PHILIPPE PINSOLLE, MEMBER

Philippe Pinsolle is a partner of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, he is heading international arbitration for continental Europe.  He is based in the firm’s Geneva Office.  Philippe Pinsolle has over twenty-five years of experience as counsel, expert and arbitrator in international arbitration with a particular focus in international commercial arbitration, investment treaty arbitration, disputes between sovereign states in such sectors as major infrastructures, energy and other capital intensive industries.  He has been involved in more than 300 arbitrations as counsel or arbitrator under the auspices of virtually all major arbitration institutions.  Among his many professional activities, Philippe Pinsolle is also Senior Vice-Chair of the IBA Arbitration Committee.

HARISH SALVE

HARISH SALVE KC, MEMBER

Mr Harish Salve is a KC practicing in London and a tenant of Blackstone Chambers.

He is also a Senior Advocate practicing in the Supreme Court of India. Mr Salve is also a Registered Foreign Lawyer in the Singapore International Commercial Court.

He is a qualified Chartered Accountant who started work in taxation in 1978 and then shifted to law in 1980. He set up his independent chambers in 1986. He was designated a Senior Advocate in 1992. He held the office of the Solicitor General of India from 1999 until November 2001 being the youngest Solicitor General ever at the age of 42 years.

In 2013 he took tenancy in Blackstone Chambers after joining the UK Bar and becoming a member of the Grays Inn.

He has handled some of the most important cases decided by the Indian Supreme Court in the last two decades. Since 2013, he has been appearing in International Arbitrations, and in the Courts of England and Wales. He also has appeared in two cases in the International Court of Justice.

He has been active in the field of international arbitration both as counsel as well as an arbitrator. He has been appointed as an arbitrator in a number of arbitrations under the rules of the ICC, LCIA and the SIAC.

MINH DANG

K. MINH DANG, MEMBER

Minh Dang is the Senior Partner of YKVN and has 40 years of experience in international matters. Minh heads up YKVN’s international arbitration practice where he focuses on complex Vietnam related disputes, often partnering with major international firms and regional firms. His experience includes disputes in the areas of oil & gas taxation, oil & gas investment, outbound telecom investments, pharmaceutical manufacturing investments, real estate investments, insurance and construction projects.

Minh has been active in Vietnam for 25 years, since 1994. He led the legal team advising Vietnam in the London Club restructuring of Vietnam’s commercial debts that closed in 1998 with Vietnam’s maiden issuance of international bonds. He has also been advising Petrovietnam in international matters since the late 90’s. Minh has been individually recognized by leading professional publications as a “Vietnam expert” for many years.

Minh is fluent in English, French and Vietnamese.

LIJUN CAO

LIJUN CAO, MEMBER

Lijun Cao is licensed to practice law in China and the State of New York. He has extensive experience in international arbitration and commercial litigation and has represented clients in over 300 commercial arbitration cases. He also handles investment arbitration.

Lijun is a Member of the SIAC Court of Arbitration, a Member of the Advisory Committee of CRCICA, a Vice Chair of the Arbitration and ADR Committee of ICC China, and a Vice Chair of the Arbitration and Lawyer Mediation Committee of the All China Lawyers Association (ACLA). Lijun is also an experienced arbitrator. He sits on the panel of arbitrators of several arbitral institutions, including CIETAC, BAC, HKIAC, SIAC, AIAC, ICDR, WIPO, etc.

Lijun has received numerous awards and recognitions from legal media and directories. Since 2014, Chambers Global has continuously ranked Lijun as a “Band 1” international arbitration lawyer.

MICHAEL E. SCHNEIDER

MICHAEL E SCHNEIDER, MEMBER

Michael E. Schneider is a founding partner of LALIVE, an international and independent law firm based in Switzerland and London (http://www.lalive.law). He has practised in international arbitration for more than 40 years as counsel in disputes involving States and corporations in construction, industrial engineering and infrastructure projects, state responsibility foreign investment and natural resources (in particular oil and gas), organising and leading teams of specialists from different fields and different legal and cultural backgrounds. The cases were subject to various domestic laws or international law and applied various rules, including those of the UNCITRAL, ICC, ICSID, LCIA, Swiss Rules, Stockholm Institute, the Cairo Regional Centre (CRCICA), Dubai (DIAC), European Development Fund and before other international bodies, including the WTO Appellate Body and the United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC). He has also acted as arbitrator (sole, presiding or co-arbitrator) under the rules of many institutions.

Honorary President of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA). Past chairman of the UNCITRAL Working Group II (Arbitration) at its Sessions in New York and Vienna (2006-2010) on the revision of the Arbitration Rules and on the revision of the Notes on Organizing Arbitral Proceedings (2014-2015) and Vice-chair of the Commission (2015-2017). Past Vice chair of the ICC Commission on Arbitration until 2014, and member of several of its working groups (1998 and 2012 revisions of the ICC Rules, Construction, Pre-arbitral Referee). Immediate past president of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers (IACL). Member of the Board of Trustees of the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA).

OLUFUNKE ADEKOYA

OLUFUNKE ADEKOYA, MEMBER

Funke Adekoya is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and partner and head of the arbitration practice at ǼLEX, a Lagos Nigeria based law firm with offices in Accra, Ghana. She has dual nationality (Nigerian/British) and is dual qualified; in addition to having qualified as a legal practitioner in Nigeria in 1975, she was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2004 where she maintains a current practicing licence. She is a Chartered Arbitrator of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Governing Board Member of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration.

In addition to being appointed as counsel in arbitration related litigation, she also represents parties as counsel or arbitrator in commercial arbitrations. Her appointments have been both ad-hoc and institutional under the LCIA, ICC and ICSID Rules, where she has acted as either sole or party-appointed arbitrator or chaired arbitral panels in disputes in the commercial, energy and natural resources, construction and infrastructure sectors.

She is ranked in Chambers Global and in Who’s Who Legal Arbitration, is listed on the Chairman’s Panel of Arbitrators at ICSID as well as the panels of many other international arbitration institutions, and is currently a member of the ICC Africa Commission.

LYNNETTE LEE, COUNSEL

Lynnette graduated with an LL.B. (Hons) from Monash Law School, Melbourne, Australia and holds a Bachelor of Communication Studies (Hons) from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. She is admitted to practice as an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore. During law school, Lynnette participated in moot court competitions, which included representing Monash at the FDI Moot.

Prior to joining SIAC, Lynnette practiced with Singapore law firms and worked at the chambers of a leading international arbitrator. She also worked with the Legal Aid Bureau in Singapore as a legal executive.

Email: [email protected]

JAYDEN ZHAO

JAYDEN ZHAO, ASSOCIATE COUNSEL

Jayden graduated with an LL.B. (Hons) from the Singapore Management University School of Law. He is admitted to practice as an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore. Prior to joining SIAC, he practiced arbitration and litigation at a law firm in Singapore.

Jayden is fluent in English and Mandarin.

Email: [email protected]

CHEN WU

CHEN WU, ASSOCIATE COUNSEL

Chen graduated from Fudan University (Bachelor’s degree in law), Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (LL.M. in International Trade Law) and Georgetown University (LL.M. in International Business and Economic Law).

Prior to joining SIAC, Chen worked as legal officer at the Court of Justice of the European Union, and practiced WTO dispute settlement and trade remedy investigation at law firms in Brussels and Beijing.

Chen is qualified to practice law in China and New York State. She speaks Chinese (Mandarin and Shanghainese), English and French.

Email: [email protected]

DUONG HOANG, DEPUTY COUNSEL

Duong is qualified to practice law in Vietnam.

Prior to joining SIAC, Duong worked as a counsel at a leading international arbitration centre in Vietnam where she administered domestic and international arbitration matters conducted under the auspice of the arbitration law of Vietnam and UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. She thereafter practiced international arbitration with the Singapore office of a leading Vietnam-based law firm where she focused on Vietnam-related matters in construction and petroleum sectors. 

Duong speaks Vietnamese and English.

Email: [email protected]

CAVINDER BULL

CAVINDER BULL, SC, VICE PRESIDENT

Mr Cavinder Bull, SC is a Vice-President of the Court of Arbitration and the Chief Executive Officer of Drew & Napier LLC. He is also a member of the Governing Board of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) and Vice-President of the Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group. He was Deputy Chairman of the SIAC from October 2010 to April 2017.

Mr Bull 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. He is also experienced in investor-state disputes, where he has acted as both counsel and arbitrator. Legal 500 praised him as a “very astute lawyer on strategy and law” while Chambers & Partners describes him as a “consummate advocate”; a “very rare talent in disputes”; and says that “complex arbitrations are his specialisation”.

Mr Bull is on the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators and has been appointed as an arbitrator in ICSID, PCA, NAFTA, ICC, SIAC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and ad hoc arbitrations.

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.

TOBY LANDAU KC, VICE PRESIDENT

Toby Landau KC is a barrister and arbitrator, and a member of the Bars of England & Wales, Singapore, New York, BVI and Northern Ireland (and the DIFC). He practices from Duxton Hill Chambers in Singapore, and as a Sole Practitioner in London.

As Arbitrator, he has sat as President and Co-Arbitrator in numerous Investor-State and commercial disputes worldwide, under most of the leading institutional and ad hoc rules. As Counsel, he has argued hundreds of major international investor-State and commercial arbitrations, as well as many ground-breaking arbitration cases in Court (including Halliburton v Chubb; Enka v Chubb; Dallah v Pakistan; Jivraj v Hashwani; Ust-Kamenogorsk v AES; IPCO v NNPC in the UK Supreme Court, and First Media v Astro in the Courts of Singapore and Hong Kong).

He is Visiting Professor at Kings College London; a Court Member of SIAC; previously LCIA Court Member and SCC Board Member; UK delegate to the UNCITRAL Working Group on Arbitration (1994-2013); and a draftsman of the English Arbitration Act 1996 as well as many other laws and arbitration rules in several countries. Since April 2012, he has been a member of the Panel of Advisors of the Attorney-General of Singapore.

JOSE AMADO

JOSE AMADO, MEMBER

Mr. Jose Daniel Amado is a founding partner of Miranda & Amado in Lima and teaches international arbitration law at the Catholic University of Peru. His professional practice focuses on Corporate Law, Infrastructure Projects and International Arbitration. He has acted in some of the most important cross-border transactions and international disputes that have taken place in Peru in the last two decades.

Mr. Amado is regularly ranked as an international arbitration and corporate law expert by publications such as Who’sWhoLegal, GAR100, Chambers, Legal500, Best Lawyers and IFLR1000 and, in 2009, was named “Latin American Law Firm Leader of the Year” by LatinLawyer magazine. Mr. Amado regularly acts as party counsel, arbitrator and expert witness in domestic and international arbitrations.

From 2001 to 2002, Mr. Amado was Deputy to the Prime Minister of Peru and Chief of Advisors to the Council of Ministers. From 2013 to 2014, Mr. Amado was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge’s Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, as well as Scholar-in-Residence at Wilmer Hale’s international arbitration group. From 2014 to 2016, Mr. Amado was a Member of the Arbitration Court of the Lima Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Amado is the Chair of the Court of Arbitration of AmCham Peru´s International Arbitration Centre. He is also a Member of the ICC Arbitration Commission, of SIAC´s Users Council and of the Award Scrutiny Commission of CIAM (Madrid). Mr. Amado is further the Website Officer of the IBA Arbitration Committee and a Member of the Board of Advisors of Delos Dispute Resolution.

Mr. Amado received his LL.B. degree summa cum laude from the Catholic University of Peru and he holds an LL.M. from Harvard University, where he was awarded the Laylin Prize of Public International Law.

Mr. Amado is the author or co-author of several articles, essays and publications including a book titled “Arbitrating the Conduct of International Investors” (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

LAWRENCE BOO, MEMBER

Lawrence Boo is a pioneer in the development of Singapore arbitration. He served as the first Chief Executive Officer and Registrar of SIAC (1991-1996) and was recalled to serve SIAC from 2004 to 2009 as the Deputy Chairman. Boo is one of Singapore’s leading international arbitrators, having sat as arbitrator in more than 300 cases and written numerous awards. His cases included those administered by the AAA, ICC, ICSID, CIETAC, SIAC, LCIA, KLRCA, BANI, HKIAC and ad hoc arbitrations. He is designated by Singapore to the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators (Dec 2013-Dec 2019).

Boo leads the teaching of international commercial arbitration at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore since 1994. He also teaches at Bond University, Australia. He is the author of “Halsbury’s Laws of Singapore Volume 1(2) – Arbitration” (Lexis-Nexis 1998, 2003 Re-issue, 2011 Re-issue, 2017 Re-issue) and one of the co-authors of UNCITRAL Digest on the Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration (UN July 2012).

For his contribution to the development of international arbitration and mediation, Boo was conferred the honour of Bintang Bakti Masyarakat (BBM)(The Public Service Star) in August 2009 by the President of Singapore.

CATHERINE AMIRFAR

CATHERINE AMIRFAR, MEMBER

Catherine Amirfar is a litigation partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. She co-chairs the firm’s International Dispute Resolution Group and Public International Law Group.

Her practice focuses on public international law, international commercial and treaty arbitration, and international and complex commercial litigation. She is also a member of the firm’s Management Committee.

Ms Amirfar has been ranked among the leading international arbitration practitioners by Chambers Global, which has described her as “very composed, intelligent and a master of investment arbitration.”

Prior to rejoining Debevoise in 2016, Ms Amirfar spent two years as the Counselor on International Law to the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State. During her tenure as Counselor, Ms. Amirfar advised the State Department on its most significant litigation matters involving international law and foreign relations. She received the Superior Honor Award for her service to the Department.

Ms Amirfar serves as the President of the American Society of International Law and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Law Institute, and the Advisory Committee on International Law for the U.S. Department of State. She has written extensively on international arbitration, the relationship between international law and U.S. domestic law, international human rights and humanitarian law, investor-state disputes, and the law of consular and diplomatic immunities.

DR CLAUDIA ANNACKER, MEMBER

Dr. Claudia Annacker is an independent arbitrator and counsel based in Paris.  She specializes in international arbitration and public international law, in particular investor-State disputes, inter-State disputes, disputes involving international organizations and human rights disputes.

Dr. Annacker has represented sovereign and private parties in more than 35 investment arbitrations, as well as in commercial and inter-State arbitrations.  Dr. Annacker has also served as arbitrator in investment treaty and commercial arbitrations.  She is a member of several arbitrator panels, including the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators and the SIAC Panel of Arbitrators.  She is a member of the SIAC Court of Arbitration and the VIAC Board (President of the Investment Arbitration Committee).

Dr. Annacker received a Ph.D. with high honors and a venia legendi et docendi (habilitation) for public international law from the University of Vienna.  Dr. Annacker is an adjunct professor at the University of Vienna and has been a visiting professor at the Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense University.  She has published widely in the fields of international arbitration and public international law.

JOHN P. BANG

JOHN P. BANG, MEMBER

Mr John P Bang is a senior partner (foreign attorney) at Peter & Kim, a specialized law firm in international arbitration. He was previously the head and co-founder of the International Arbitration and Cross-Border Litigation Practice at Bae, Kim & Lee LLC.

Over the past 20 years, he has represented parties in over 250 domestic and international arbitral proceedings seated in Asia, Europe and North America, ranging from multi-million to multi-billion dollar disputes. He has also served as sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator and chair in arbitral disputes under various arbitral institutions.

John is recognised as a leading arbitration practitioner in industry rankings such as Who’s Who Legal, Chambers Asia and Asialaw Leading Lawyers. In 2016, he was Asialaw’s “Disputes Star of the Year” for South Korea, and in 2018, Who’s Who Legal listed him as a Thought Leader in international arbitration. In April 2018, he received a Special Commendation from the Minister of Justice of Korea for his contribution to the development of arbitration in Korea. Chambers & Partners quotes a client as praising him for his “most-effective advocacy, comprehensive understanding of Korean disputes and dedication to detail”.

John is presently a member of the Executive Committee of the Korea Council for International Arbitration and a senior officer in the IBA Litigation Committee. Previously, he was a member of the drafting committee for the ICCA Sourcebook for Logistical Matters in Procedural Orders. He also served as Federal Law Clerk to the Honorable Kathryn C. Ferguson, USBJ, New Jersey.

YAS BANIFATEMI

YAS BANIFATEMI, MEMBER

Ms Yas Banifatemi is a founding partner of Gaillard Banifatemi Shelbaya Disputes. Prior to founding Gaillard Banifatemi Shelbaya Disputes, she served as Shearman & Sterling’s Global International Arbitration Practice Group Leader, Public International Law Team Leader and Lead Industry Coordinator for Energy. She is a former Vice-President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, a former member of the LCIA Court and a member of the ICSID panel of arbitrators.

She represents States, State entities and companies in international arbitration cases under the ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC, LCIA, SCC, CRCICA, HKIAC, DIS and Swiss Arbitration Rules, with particular focus on international investment and energy disputes. She also advises States, State entities and corporations on a variety of public international law issues, such as the law of treaties, State responsibility, State contracts, immunity of States and other.

Yas Banifatemi has served as Chair and arbitrator in numerous commercial and investor-State arbitrations, including international arbitration proceedings under the Rules of the ICC, ICSID, SCC, LCIA, CRCICA, SIAC, HKIAC and the Swiss Rules of International Arbitration, as well as in ad hoc proceedings.

A Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale and Harvard Law Schools, Yas Banifatemi also teaches International Investment Law at Panthéon-Sorbonne University. She has written extensively on international arbitration and public international law issues.

PIERRE BIENVENU

PIERRE BIENVENU, MEMBER

Pierre Bienvenu, Ad. E. is a disputes lawyer with more than 35 years’ experience practising in international commercial arbitration, commercial litigation, and constitutional law. He has acted as counsel or served as arbitrator in international arbitrations involving disputes in telecommunications, transportation, energy, international distribution and joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, construction, pharmaceuticals, and foreign investment.

A former co-chair of the IBA’s Arbitration Committee (2008-2009), he has served on the LCIA Court (2010-2015), of which he was a vice-president (2011-2015), and the ICC International Court of Arbitration (2015-2021). He was appointed by the Government of Canada to ICSID’s Panel of Arbitrators in 2021 for a six-year term. Mr Bienvenu has pleaded before the courts of Quebec, the Federal Court of Canada, and the Supreme Court of Canada. He was involved in numerous challenges to the constitutional validity of provincial and federal legislation and has extensive experience in public law litigation. He has participated in more than 15 appeals before the Supreme Court of Canada, representing government bodies, institutions, corporations, and individuals in a range of international, constitutional, and commercial law disputes, including representing the Attorney General of Canada in the landmark Reference re Secession of Quebec.

Mr. Bienvenu practiced for more than 35 years at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada (previously Ogilvy Renault LLP) and served as global co-head of Norton Rose Fulbright’s international arbitration practice from 2011 to 2022. He withdrew from the partnership of Norton Rose Fulbright in June 2022 to focus on his practice as an international arbitrator and joined IMK LLP, a Montreal-based disputes firm, in July 2022. He is also a member of the roster of arbitrators of Arbitration Place, in Toronto. Mr Bienvenu is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

He was awarded the distinction Advocatus Emeritus by the Quebec Bar in 2008, and the Paul-André Crépeau Medal by the Canadian Bar Association in 2013 for his contribution to the advancement of the international dimension of private law and commercial law in Canada.

NIGEL BLACKABY

NIGEL BLACKABY KC, MEMBER

Nigel Blackaby QC is a partner of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Washington DC and global head of the firm’s international arbitration group. He has acted as counsel and arbitrator in over 100 ad hoc and institutional arbitrations (including over 40 investment arbitrations for investors and states). He has particular expertise in Latin America and energy and mining disputes. Recent cases include:

• Burlington Resources, Inc. v Ecuador (ICSID);
• Repsol v Argentina (ICSID);
• Pan American Energy v Bolivia (ICSID);
• Total, CMS, Suez, BG Group, Aguas de Barcelona and National Grid (among others) v Argentina;
• Crystallex International Corporation v Venezuela (ICSID Additional Facility)
• Tenaris and Talta v Venezuela

Nigel is a former president of the IBA Subcommittee on Investment Arbitration, an editor since 1995 of Arbitration International, co-author of Redfern and Hunter on International Arbitration (6th edition, Oxford, 2015), Guide to ICSID Arbitration (2nd edition, Kluwer, 2010) and International Arbitration in Latin America (Kluwer, 2003). He is an adjunct professor of international arbitration at American University Washington College of Law.

He is a graduate of the University of Exeter (UK) and the Université d’Aix-Marseille III (France) and has conducted arbitrations in English, Spanish, Portugues