Wendy Lin is a Partner in the Commercial & Corporate Disputes and International Arbitration Practices at WongPartnership LLP. Wendy has an active practice in a wide-array of high-value, multi-jurisdictional, and complex disputes, both before the Singapore Courts as well as in arbitrations conducted under various arbitral rules. Amongst her many accolades, Wendy was selected as one of the four most highly-regarded litigation partners in Asia-Pacific under the age of 45 in the inaugural publication of Who’s Who Legal: Litigation – Future Leaders. She has also been recommended for her dispute resolution and arbitration work in various legal publications where she has been variously complimented as being “a first-class advocate, with the unparalleled ability to cut through numerous complex facts and legal arguments, extract the winning arguments, and to convey them effectively, with absolute charm and ease”; “a highly distinguished litigator who fully understands and is able to manoeuvre comfortably in commercial aspects that are highly technical and complex”; and “an extremely knowledgeable and a highly-strategic thinker unfazed by the pressures of high stakes litigation with an excellent grasp of the law”.
Daryl is the managing partner of the Singapore office of Three Crowns LLP, the world’s first global specialist arbitration firm. He has an active portfolio of arbitrations involving a wide range of applicable laws and venues, arising from energy, construction, M&A, joint venture, and general commercial disputes. Daryl also serves as presiding arbitrator, co-arbitrator and sole arbitrator in institutional and ad hoc arbitration proceedings.
Chambers and The Legal 500 commend his “outstanding track record”, “superb written advocacy”, “valuable strategic input”, and recommend him for “consistently high-quality work”. Clients in these directories observe that he “scores highly for excellence in proceedings that turn on complex points of law” and describe him as “a brilliant all round talent” and a “phenomenal advocate with the ability to turn the most complex facts in a case into simple, attractive and persuasive argument”. Daryl features as a “Global Leader” in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2022, which describes him as “a top name for international arbitration” with “great problem-solving skills”. Prior editions of Who’s Who Legal have ranked him as “one of the brightest” and “most highly regarded” partners in the Asia Pacific. He was named among “30 People to Watch in the Business of Law in Asia in 2022” by Asia Law Portal.
Daryl serves as the Chairman of the Board of Maxwell Chambers, an integrated Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) complex in Singapore established to provide best of class facilities and services for the conduct of ADR activities. He also serves on the IBA Arb40 Steering Committee, Singapore Management University School of Law Advisory Board, and various governmental and regional arbitration committees.
Kate is a senior associate based in Freshfield’s Singapore office and has experience in both international commercial and investor-State arbitrations.
Recognized as one of the most highly regarded international arbitration practitioners in Asia, Kate has extensive experience representing clients in a wide-range of industries, including oil & gas, mining, nuclear power, construction, finance, technology. She has been involved in cases before the US courts, ICTY, ECHR, ITLOS, and all major arbitral institutions. She has also undertaken sovereign advisory work in international law-related areas.
Kate has a juris doctorate degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where she was editor-in-chief of the Berkeley Journal of International Law. She is admitted to practice in New York, before the Supreme Court of the United States and the Singapore International Commercial Court.
Kate is described by clients as “a fine arbitration lawyer with outstanding knowledge in the field,” “articulate and responsive,” and “quick in analysing complex legal situations.”
Monisha is an Associate Director at TSMP Law Corporation, a leading boutique law firm in Singapore. As counsel, Monisha has represented clients in various complex and high-value international and domestic arbitrations (under the ICC Rules, SIAC Rules and Singapore Institute of Architects Rules) and in various arbitration-related Court proceedings (involving the ICC Rules and UNCITRAL Rules). Monisha is also a member of the YSIAC Committee for 2021-2022. Complementing her active arbitration practice, Monisha specialises in construction, infrastructure and engineering disputes, regularly acting for architects, employers and contractors at all levels of the Singapore Courts, as well as in adjudication proceedings. In addition to her active litigation and arbitration practices, Monisha also has a dynamic cross-border white-collar crime practice, acting on behalf of ultra-high-net-worth individuals, state-owned enterprises and foreign-domiciled companies to safeguard their interests.
Lijun specialises in international arbitration and regulatory investigations and enforcement, and has acted as counsel in international and domestic arbitrations (both ad hoc and under the SIAC, ICC, LCIA, LMAA and UNCITRAL rules). The industries she has covered include banking and financial services, construction, consumer goods and retail, shipping, and energy. In addition to her work as counsel, Lijun has also been accepted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and recognised as an accredited mediator.
Lijun has substantial experience with tech disputes and regularly advises on cybersecurity and data issues and on emerging technology such as smart contracts, block chain and distributed ledger technology. Lijun speaks English and Mandarin.
Samuel Leong is an Associate in the Singapore office of Norton Rose Fulbright. His practice focuses on the aviation, energy, commodities and FMCG sectors. Apart from acting as arbitration counsel, Samuel has also been appointed as sole arbitrator in ad hoc and SIAC-administered arbitrations as well as Tribunal Secretary in arbitrations administered under the SIAC and LCIA Rules.
Samuel was ranked by Who’s Who Legal as a “Future Leader” for Arbitration in 2021.
Prior to joining Norton Rose Fulbright, Samuel was Counsel at SIAC, where he assisted in the administration of over 250 arbitrations, including arbitrations conducted under the SIAC, UNCITRAL and ICC Rules.
Samuel graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur and a Master of Laws from Columbia University School of Law, New York (as a Fulbright scholar). Samuel is admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya and is fluent in Malay.
Colin is a highly regarded independent advocate who specialises in international commercial arbitration and complex cross-border disputes. He sits as arbitrator and acts as counsel under various arbitral rules, while many of his cases have established novel points of law before the Singapore courts. Repeatedly recognised by legal directories as one of Singapore’s leading lawyers, Colin has provided expert evidence of Singapore law to the courts of England and Wales, New South Wales and Hong Kong.
Colin has participated in several arbitration-related law reform initiatives and committees, and is the author of Legal Professional Privilege. He is also a member of the Rules of Court Working Party, and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators.
Benson is triple-qualified in Singapore, England and Wales, and New York. Fluent in English and Chinese he focuses on arbitration counsel work involving Southeast Asian and Greater China regions. Most of his work is as counsel but he has also been appointed three times as a sole arbitrator by SIAC and ICC. He is listed as a Rising Star by the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020, 2021, and 2022. He is also listed in the Legal 500 Private Practice Arbitration Powerlist – Southeast Asia 2022.
He is a CIArb Fellow and is actively involved in several arbitration committees such as ICC Singapore Arbitration Group Thought Leadership Sub-Committee, SIAC Users Council, and Maxwell Chambers Steering Committee. He published articles in academic journals and lectured on, amongst others, arbitration. He led 3 teams of 8 Assistant Editors as Associate Editor at Kluwer Arbitration Blog.
Gerui is a Director of Drew & Napier LLC. She represents clients in complex and high-value arbitrations and arbitration-related Court proceedings. In addition to international commercial arbitrations, her practice includes investor-state disputes and treaty arbitrations, where she has acted for both states and investors.
Gerui studied law at Oxford University. She is named among Singapore’s most influential lawyers under 40 by the Singapore Business Review (2016) and is described as “excellent” (Global Arbitration Review 9th edition (2016)) and “very skilled and extremely dedicated to the needs of the client” India Business Law Journal (June 2015 issue).
Z.J. JENNIFER LIM is counsel at Sidley Austin LLP, based in the Singapore office. She focuses her practice on international dispute resolution and arbitration. Jennifer has represented clients in investor-state and commercial arbitrations, including proceedings conducted under the ICSID, ICSID (Additional Facility), and UNCITRAL Rules, as well as ICC, SIAC, HKIAC and LCIA arbitrations seated in Hong Kong, Singapore and New York. She also has broad experience advising on general transnational litigation matters, including arbitration-related court proceedings and complex cross-border disputes. Since 2019, she has been recognized as a “Future Leader” in international arbitration by Who’s Who Legal, a publication focused on a selection of outstanding lawyers aged 45 or under.
Jennifer is qualified in New York, Hong Kong, and Singapore (Registered as Foreign Lawyer), and she is bilingual in English and Mandarin Chinese. She is a member of the ICC Task Force ‘Addressing Issues of Corruption in International Arbitration.
Hui Min is in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Department of Dentons Rodyk, the world’s largest law firm. She is effectively bilingual in English and Chinese, and has a broad range of experience, including commercial and contractual disputes, arbitration, commodities disputes, international trade, employment law and real estate and property-related disputes.
She acts for multinational companies, listed companies, small and medium enterprises, governments and private individuals.
Her fluency in Chinese has enabled her to communicate and connect well with the many PRC clients that she has worked with. She has a good understanding of the culture and mind-set of her PRC clients and has demonstrated strong abilities to leverage on her knowledge to consistently provide effect legal support to her clients.
Si Ming is a Partner in the Litigation Practice of Allen & Gledhill LLP.
He acts in a wide range of arbitrations arising from regional disputes over financial transactions, building and infrastructure projects, commodities, companies and shareholders, and commercial joint ventures. He is well-versed in the major arbitration rules such as the SIAC Rules, and proficient in arbitral processes such as expedited procedure arbitration and emergency arbitration.
Si Ming also regularly represents clients before the Singapore courts in applications that are brought in relation to or in support of arbitration proceedings.
Nicholas is a director of Breakpoint LLC, a boutique dispute resolution outfit that specialises in commercial litigation and international arbitration disputes. He has advised and represented international banks, Fortune 500 companies, state-owned enterprises, public-listed entities and high net worth and prominent individuals in disputes between shareholders, joint venture partners, financing counterparties, employers and contractors, among others. Other than arbitration, Nicholas also specialises in conflict of laws and its effects and implications on cross-border transactions and disputes. His publications on these two topics have been cited by Courts and commentators around the world.
Devathas is 8 years into practice and questioning, on a daily basis, what it means to be young (whatever it is, he insists he still is). He graduated valedictorian of the class of 2013 at Singapore Management University, clerked at the Supreme Court of Singapore for two years, and has been at Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP since, where he is now partner.
His practice involves a mix of arbitration and litigation. He has acted in and advised on a range of matters including SIAC (first and foremost), ICC, JCAA and LMAA arbitration proceedings, court-related arbitration matters, SICC proceedings and general litigation.
Outside of practice, he teaches (or at least thinks he teaches) at the Singapore Management University School of Law as adjunct faculty. He is also a CLAS volunteer, an assessor under the COVID-19 Temporary Relief legislation, and an avid supporter of greener arbitrations.
Zac Sharpe focuses on international disputes resolution with an emphasis on international arbitration and cross-border disputes arising out of major capital projects and investments. He has advised across a range of industries, including oil & gas, mining, infrastructure, engineering and construction, shipping, manufacturing, and trade.
Zac’s experience includes arbitration proceedings in major arbitration centers around the globe (London, Geneva, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Seoul) and under various arbitration rules and procedures, including ICC, LCIA, ICSID, LMAA, SIAC, HKIAC, and ad hoc proceedings in a number of jurisdictions. He has significant experience in disputes arising out of oil & gas, mining, infrastructure, shipbuilding, and offshore construction projects across Asia, Europe, Australia, and in the Middle East. Zac also advises on investor-state claims arising under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties.
Paul is a Band 1 leading individual for international arbitration (The Legal 500 Asia Pacific). He is called to the Singapore and English bars. His ‘’impressive commercial disputes practice’’ includes instructions as lead counsel before international arbitral tribunals, the Singapore International Commercial Court, and arbitration-related litigation. His cases often involve complex issues of private and public international law.
His experience includes a significant placement with “magic circle set” Essex Court Chambers in London (as a Singapore Academy of Law scholar) where he worked on commercial and public international law cases before the English courts and international tribunals, and a stint as a foreign stagiaire with LaLive in Geneva.
Paul teaches international arbitration and speaks internationally on the subject. He has also been appointed as an expert to the Singapore delegation to the UNCITRAL’s Working Group on Arbitration.
As Head (Americas) of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), Adriana oversees SIAC’s activities in North and South America. She has broad experience as an arbitration practitioner – having served as arbitrator, international arbitration lawyer, and Counsel in the SIAC Secretariat.
Adriana first joined SIAC as Counsel, during which time she administered over two hundred cases under the SIAC Rules and UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, with a particular focus on disputes involving States, State-controlled entities, and intergovernmental organisations. She was involved in the drafting of the SIAC Rules 2016, SIAC Investment Arbitration Rules 2017, and the SIAC Practice Notes on third party funding. She was also a key contributor in the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb) working group that published the SIArb Guidelines on Party-Representative Ethics.
Prior to rejoining SIAC, Adriana was a disputes lawyer at a leading international law firm in Singapore, where she advised and represented clients in international commercial and ICSID arbitrations.
Adriana is an active member of the Young SIAC Committee (YSIAC) and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Singapore) Young Members Group.
Sergio Nascimento is a lawyer in the Arbitration and Litigation practice of Sergio Bermudes Advogados in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He also worked for Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton as Foreign Associate in New York during the years of 2017 and 2018.
Sergio represents clients in litigation and commercial arbitration disputes, both domestic and international, participating in hearings, addressing oral arguments and negotiating settlements. He has also provided a number of legal opinions on commercial disputes and statutory interpretation.
Sergio graduated from University of Sao Paulo Law School and earned an LL.M. degree from University of California, Berkeley, USA.
He is admitted to practice in Brazil and New York.
He speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish.
David is a partner of JunHe LLP, a leading law firm in China. At JunHe, he specialises in dispute resolution, regulatory compliance and energy and infrastructure practices. During his legal career, David worked at several Chinese and international law firms in Beijing and Hong Kong for more than twelve years and represented Chinese and foreign companies in arbitration proceedings under the arbitration rules of ICC, SIAC, HKIAC, SCC, LCIA, CIETAC, BAC etc. David is also experienced in representing foreign companies to resolve complex commercial disputes in Chinese courts and arbitration institutions, as well as assisting Chinese companies at courts of England and Wales, USA, Italy, Singapore and Hong Kong etc.
The types of disputes David has acted for include international trade, construction and public infrastructure, M&A and joint venture, IP related licenses, financing and derivative products as well as recognition and enforcement of foreign court judgments and arbitral awards.
David is qualified to practice in China and New York state. He graduated from Nanjing University, China (LLB), Duke University (LLM) and Washington University in St Louis (LLM/JD).
Vicky is a partner of JunHe LLP based in Beijing. She is specialised in cross-border dispute resolution. Her practice focuses on corporate and commercial dispute matters, such as equity investment, joint venture, M&A, shareholder disputes, corporate governance, finance, securities, etc. She has represented clients in international arbitrations under various arbitration rules, such as SIAC, ICC, HKIAC, CIETAC, BAC, and UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. She also represents clients in litigations and arbitration related court proceedings before the Chinese courts. Vicky has experience of more than ten years working with Chinese and international law firms in Beijing and Hong Kong as well as Singapore International Arbitration Centre in Singapore.
Vicky has been recognised as a “Next Generation Partner” by the Legal 500 in 2020 and 2021, and a “Future Star” in International Arbitration by the Benchmark Litigation China in 2021. She also teaches as an adjunct professor at China University of Political Science and Law.
Yuxian Zhao is an associate with Han Kun Law Offices in Shanghai. His practice focuses on complex commercial disputes. He has represented clients in disputes subject to arbitration under the rules of the CIETAC, HKIAC, ICC, SHIAC, SAC, and UNCITRAL, in the areas of finance, investment, energy, trade, TMT, and entertainment. He has also advised on annulment or enforcement of arbitral awards.
Yuxian received his J.M. (in PRC law) and J.D. (in U.S. law) from Peking University School of Transnational Law, and LL.M. from Harvard Law School.
Sherlin is a partner in the international arbitration and litigation team at Withers.
She is a specialist in cross-border disputes, international commercial arbitration, and multi-jurisdiction litigations. With over a decade of experience, Sherlin has advised clients in Asia, the Americas, and Europe on all phases and aspects of cross-border disputes (both litigation and arbitration). Sherlin also advises clients on the enforcement of international arbitral awards and/or court judgments. Sherlin has a rare set of skills given her unique background. Her career has given her the ability to be involved in all roles of a dispute. Given this experience, she is able to understand the overlaying objectives of not only of her clients but also the strategies implemented by counterparties, how arbitral tribunal members/judges think, and how arbitral institutions/courts operate.
Sherlin is a U.S. qualified attorney (California and New York) and a Registered Foreign Lawyer in Hong Kong. She is a native Mandarin Chinese and English speaker, has working proficiency in Spanish and basic German skills. She has spoken extensively on international arbitration and commercial disputes in conferences and seminars worldwide.
Bharat graduated in law in 2011 and in 2013, at the age of 23, secured 1st Rank in the Delhi Judicial Service Exam and was appointed as a Civil Judge/Metropolitan Magistrate where he served in various judgeship assignments in the 4 years that he spent at the Bench. In 2016, he resigned from judgeship and returned to the practice of law. Bharat has served as a Partner at L&L Partners (New Delhi) where he represented clients in litigation/arbitration in India and abroad, with a strong focus on International Arbitration & White Collar Crime. Bharat has served on various committees/policy discussions and has also been appointed as amicus curiae by the High Court. Bharat has also conducted various training programmes for judges, law-enforcement, investigators, prosecutors, arbitrators, company secretaries, resolution professionals, and corporate counsel. Bharat was featured in LexisNexis’ book – ‘On the Rise: Inspiring Stories of Young Legal Professionals in India’ (2017). Bharat received the Young Lawyer of the Year Award (Male) in 2018 from INBA. Bharat was recently featured by BusinessWorld in its list of ‘Top 40 under 40 in Legal”. Bharat currently practices as an independent arguing counsel in courts/tribunals in India.
Kartikey Mahajan is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution practice group of Khaitan & Co in the Singapore office. Kartikey is qualified to practice law in India, England & Wales (where he has rights of audience for all courts) and the State of New York.
His practice focuses on international arbitration (both commercial and investment treaty) and commercial litigation with a cross-border element. He appears as an advocate in his arbitrations and has also sat as an arbitrator in a variety of matters. Kartikey has experience in representing clients in institutional (including under ICSID, SIAC, ICC, LCIA, HKIAC, AAA and GAFTA Rules) and ad-hoc seated arbitrations in both common law and civil jurisdictions around the world.
He has also represented clients in litigation proceedings in various jurisdictions like London, New York, DIFC, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Cyprus, and Iraq. Kartikey also advises clients on white collar, fraud and corruption issues, and as well as on internal and regulatory investigations (DOJ, MAS, SFO, CBI and FINMA).
His experience spans across private equity, energy (oil & gas, and renewable), infrastructure, telecom and media industries.
Sonali Mathur is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution practice at AZB & Partners in Mumbai. She specialises in international/ domestic arbitrations across various sectors including insurance, infrastructure, renewable energy, steel and coal. She was involved in a landmark Supreme Court case which distinguished the concepts of ‘seat’ and ‘venue’ of arbitration, as well as enforcement of an international treaty arbitration award against a state in India. She also specialises in complex commercial and regulatory litigation.
Prior to joining AZB, Sonali was a counsel associated with the Chambers of Senior Advocate, Janak Dwarkadas. Sonali is a regular speaker at arbitration conferences, and has authored several publications, including on investor- state arbitration. She is also a part-time professor of arbitration law at Government Law College, Mumbai since 2014.
She graduated with Honours from Government Law College, Mumbai in 2007, and did her Masters in Law from Columbia University, New York in 2009.
Lomesh has experience advising and representing clients on all aspects of dispute resolution, primarily complex civil & commercial litigation and arbitration matters (both domestic and international). He has experience in representing clients before various arbitral tribunals on a wide variety of commercial disputes, and before courts for interim relief(s) and challenging arbitral awards. In many disputes, he has acted as a lead counsel before the arbitral tribunals (conducting trial and arguments), as well as courts. Lomesh obtained Masters in Law (LL.M.) from New York University School of Law, New York, where one of his areas of focus was on international arbitration and dispute resolution. Asian Legal Business (ALB) featured Lomesh in its 3rd edition of “Forty Under Forty” lawyers in the Asia-Pacific region for 2017. The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2017) lists Lomesh as a recommended lawyer for Dispute Resolution. He regularly speaks at conferences and has authored several articles.
Dewi Savitri Reni (Vitri) received her Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) in 2005 from the University of Indonesia, where she was honored as the Leading Student for both the Faculty of Law and the university. Vitri received a Fulbright scholarship to study law at the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned her Master of Laws (LL.M.) in 2008. Her areas of practice include M&A, environmental law, debt restructuring and insolvency, transportation law, foreign investment law, and civil and criminal litigation.
Vitri was recognized as Dealmaker of the Year at the 2020 Asian Legal Business (ALB) Indonesia Law Awards and Indonesia Lawyer of the Year at the Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific Awards 2020. She is recognized as a leading lawyer for dispute resolution in Chambers Asia Pacific 2021 and is named a Notable Practitioner for project development and M&A in IFLR 1000 2021.
Vitri is admitted to practice law in both Indonesia and New York.
Yutaro Kawabata frequently acts as counsel in international arbitrations under the SIAC, UNCITRAL, ICC, JCAA and other institutional rules. During his career at Nishimura & Asahi, he has represented numerous multinational companies in various industries, such as the automobile, pharmaceutical, electronics, food & beverage, apparel and franchise industries. Mr. Kawabata’ s ambition is to provide efficient and practical services to clients in relation to disputes with international aspects using his experience of many years spent living outside of Japan. He also focuses on providing advice on the resolution of commercial disputes, in particular termination of capital and business alliances and termination of continuous long term contracts under Japanese law.
Sharon Chong is a dispute resolution partner at Skrine, Malaysia. Her portfolio focuses primarily on aviation disputes, international arbitration, corporate and commercial litigation, fraud and asset recovery, and shareholders’ disputes. She regularly appears at all tiers of the Malaysian courts, and has acted in a wide array of cross-border disputes as well as international arbitrations in Asia and Europe (including arbitrations administered by ICC, AIAC, SIAC and TAI).
Sharon is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators. Additionally, she sits as an arbitrator and is on the panel of arbitrators of AIAC and SIAC. In 2017, she was appointed as a member of the Ad-hoc Arbitration Panel for the 29th SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.
Sharon is actively involved in the arbitration circuit. She frequently participates in conferences, both as speaker and moderator, and contributes arbitration-related articles. Most recently, she co-authored the chapter on “Corporate Dispute Resolution” in the practitioner’s guide “Arbitration in Malaysia: A Practical Guide”.
Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2018 recognised Sharon as a “Future Star” in Commercial Disputes.
Prior to joining Meralco, Rob was a dispute resolution lawyer at a regional law firm in Singapore, where he represented clients in international commercial arbitration and civil litigation. He was also a research associate at the National University of Singapore Centre for International Law and senior court attorney at the Office of the Chief Justice of the Philippines.
He is presently an adjunct professor in the Philippines, teaching constitutional law, public international law, and ICT law. He has chaired panels and presented scholarly works at international conferences in the area of international dispute resolution, ASEAN law, comparative law, and human dignity.
Khushboo Shahdadpuri is a Senior Associate at Al Tamimi & Company. She is a dual qualified lawyer admitted to practice in Singapore and the State of New York. Khushboo’s practice focuses on international dispute resolution. She has represented conglomerates, state entities, employers, contractors and sub-contractors in construction, infrastructure, energy, oil & gas, real estate, corporate and shipping disputes.
In her arbitration matters, Khushboo works with experts from a number of disciplines, such as Delay, Quantum, Structural, MEP and Architectural. She also has extensive experience in dealing with arbitration matters under both civil law and common law and instructs barristers and Queen’s Counsels on a number of her cases.
Khushboo also has experience in arbitration related litigation matters, such as setting aside and enforcing arbitral awards before the courts in England, Singapore, Switzerland, Malaysia UAE, Qatar and Kuwait, amongst others.
Khushboo graduated from Columbia Law School (as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar) and King’s College London. She publishes and speaks regularly on arbitration and construction related topics. She has been named in the Legal 500 rankings in 2021.
Marina Zenkova is a senior associate in the Dispute Resolution practice at White & Case focusing on international arbitration and commercial litigation. She represents clients in contractual, corporate, financial and other commercial disputes, often complex and multi-jurisdictional, as well as in insolvency proceedings – another area where Marina has solid experience and expertise.
Marina has represented clients in arbitration proceedings conducted under the auspices of leading arbitration institutions. She has recently spent a year on secondment to the Middle East office of a major oil company where she dealt with a wide spectrum of dispute resolution issues with a focus on construction arbitration.
Marina graduated from Novosibirsk State University (Law Faculty). She is fluent in Russian, English and French.
Wonyoung Yoo is a senior associate in the International Arbitration & Cross-Border Litigation Practice at Kim & Chang.
Wonyoung specializes in representing Korean and international clients in complex international disputes. She has successfully advised Korean, European and Chinese companies, including foreign private equity firms in complex multijurisdictional disputes of various subject matters, including construction, shipbuilding, intellectual property, pharmaceuticals, and mergers and acquisitions. She has acted as counsel in arbitrations under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the London Court of International Arbitration, the International Center for Dispute Resolution of the American Arbitration Association, and the London Maritime Arbitrators Association.
Wonyoung received her JD from Georgetown University Law Center and is admitted to practice in New York.
Rahul is Counsel at Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, Geneva, Switzerland. He has acted as arbitrator, counsel and secretary of the arbitral tribunal in over 30 international arbitration proceedings under both ad hoc and institutional arbitration rules.
Peers and clients consider Rahul as the “go-to person for any dispute with connections to India and Europe” and “a true common law expert with broad experience of the civil law approach”. He has been consistently recognized as “Expert”, “Rising Star” and “Future Leader” by the major legal directories including Expert Guides, Legal500 and Who’s Who Legal.
Rahul has specific experience in disputes relating to natural resources (water, oil, gas, renewable energy), commercial (agency, distribution, sales, purchase, services agreements) and corporate laws. Rahul has worked in Switzerland and India for several years and has expertise in complex commercial and investment disputes in both common law and civil law systems.
Rahul is also an Honorary Lecturer at Aberdeen University.
Warathorn is a seasoned litigator with almost 20 years of experience. He has successfully advised and represented major corporations and conglomerates in many of the country’s most complex and high-profile commercial dispute matters. He specialises in advising and representing clients on contentious issues with international elements and works extensively and closely with clients throughout the entire dispute resolution processes including Thai court litigation, domestic and international arbitration (TAI, SIAC and HKIAC). He is also appointed regularly as an arbitrator in major arbitration centres.
Warathorn has been consistently ranked as one of the most recommended and highly regarded dispute resolution lawyers in Thailand by Legal 500, stands out in the Thai arbitration market and is highly regarded as “excellent, responsive and dependable local counsel, and excellent practitioner acclaimed for his first-rate practice in shareholder, investigations and corporate governance disputes by Who’s Who Legal, 2021. Warathorn was recognised as Asia’s Top 15 Litigators, by Asian Legal Business in 2021 and as A Litigation Star for Commercial and Transactions by Benchmark Litigation (Asia Pacific) in 2022.
Dharshini Prasad is Counsel in the International Arbitration practice group of Willkie Farr & Gallagher in London. She focuses on complex multi-jurisdictional disputes and is triple qualified to practice in Singapore, England and Wales, and New York. Dharshini advises States, State entities and corporations on commercial, investment and public international law issues and represents clients in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations under multiple arbitral rules (including the ICC, SIAC, LCIA, Swiss and UNCITRAL rules). She has also sat as an arbitrator. Dharshini has particular experience in the energy, mining, private equity and pharmaceutical sectors and has acted as counsel in several billion dollar arbitrations in these industries.
Dharshini is recognised by leading industry publications for her achievements in international arbitration. In the 2021 edition of Who’s Who Legal, she was named one of the “Most Highly Regarded” future leaders in international arbitration. Sources describe her as a “brilliant and talented advocate” with a “tremendous eye for detail” and as “undoubtedly a rising star in arbitration.” According to one client, she is “destined for great things” and is a “strategic thinker” whose advice “positioned our team for success on a large matter.”
Dharshini started her legal career in the Dispute Resolution group of Drew & Napier in Singapore before spending several years with the International Arbitration group of WilmerHale in London. Dharshini also worked with the UN International Law Commission in Geneva on issues of public international law, including the immunity of State officials and the formation and evidence of customary international law.
Justin R. Rassi is a senior associate in the International Dispute Resolution Group of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, resident in New York. He has a broad-gauged practice that focuses on international arbitration and international litigation.
Justin has particular experience in mining, natural resources, and contract disputes arising out of Australia, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. He has represented clients in international commercial and investment arbitrations administered by major arbitral institutions, including SIAC, ICC, ICSID, and LCIA, in addition to ad hoc arbitrations governed by the UNCITRAL Rules.
Prior to joining Debevoise, Justin clerked for the Hon. Justice V.M. Bell AC of the High Court of Australia and practiced in the dispute resolution group of a leading international law firm in Australia.
Justin received an LL.M. from the New York University School of Law specializing in International Business Regulation, Litigation and Arbitration (“IBRLA”), where he held the Arthur T. Vanderbilt scholarship and graduated at the top of the IBRLA specialization. He also holds an LL.B. with First Class Honors and a B.Com with Distinction from the University of New South Wales. Justin is admitted to practice in the State of New York and in the State of New South Wales.
Thang Pham is a partner of YKVN based in Singapore. His arbitration practice focuses on complex cross-border matters. He has represented the Government of Vietnam, major State-owned enterprises, foreign investors and other Vietnamese companies in Vietnam related matters, including investment arbitrations, oil & gas and taxation arbitrations, corporate restructuring, shareholder disputes and other contentious situations.
Thang has a LLB from Hanoi Law University, a LLM from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law and is dual-qualified in Vietnam and California. He is described by clients as “exceptionally talented counsel” and “a rising star”.
Andres is an Ecuadorian-qualified lawyer. Prior to joining SIAC, Andres worked as a Senior Associate at an Ecuadorian law firm for twelve years where he represented parties in commercial and investment arbitrations across a range of sectors, including natural resources, mining, insurance, telecommunications and construction. Andres has been appointed as an arbitral secretary in over 60 arbitration cases administered by the most important arbitration centres in Ecuador.
Andres holds an LL.M. from McGill University. While he was at McGill he served as an associate editor for the McGill Journal of Dispute Resolution. He is a member of the LATAM Subcommittee of the Campaign for Greener Arbitrations, CyberArb, Rising Arbitrators Initiative and the Club of Arbitration of Spain.
Andres is fluent in English and Spanish.
Shi Jean graduated with an LL.B. (Hons) from the Singapore Management University School of Law. She is admitted to practice as an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore. Prior to joining SIAC, she practiced shipping and commercial litigation at a law firm in Singapore.
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.
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.
Dr. Claudia Annacker is a Partner in the Paris office of Dechert LLP. She focuses her practice on international arbitration and litigation and public international law matters, in particular investor-State disputes, inter-State disputes, disputes involving international organizations and human rights cases. She has represented states and investors in more than 30 investment treaty arbitrations and regularly advises investors on structuring their investments to benefit from, or improve, investment treaty protections.
Dr. Annacker also acts as arbitrator. She has been appointed to the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators in 2020.
Dr. Annacker received a Ph.D. with high honors (1992) and a venia legendi et docendi (habilitation) for public international law (1997) from the University of Vienna. Dr. Annacker is an adjunct professor at the University of Vienna, where she teaches advanced research seminars in international responsibility and international dispute settlement 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.
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.
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).
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.
Toby Landau QC 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.
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.
Duong graduated with an LL.B (advanced programme) from the Ho Chi Minh University of Law.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Prior to joining the SIAC, Thea was an Associate Solicitor at the Office of the Solicitor General in the Philippines where she handled criminal, civil, international commercial, and investor-state arbitration cases. She was part of the UNCITRAL Working Group III on Investor-State Dispute Settlement Reform, wherein she participated in inter-agency discussions on alternative dispute settlement.
Thea earned her Juris Doctor Degree (J.D.) from the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law in the Philippines in 2016 and was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2017. While she was in law school, she helped organise national moot court competitions, joined inter-class debates, and interned at the Philippine Supreme Court.
Dexter graduated with a LL.B. (Hons) from the National University of Singapore. He is admitted to practice as an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore. Prior to joining SIAC, Dexter trained with a boutique law firm in Singapore which specialises in corporate and commercial law.
Dexter is fluent in English and Madarin.
Pauline is a Malaysian-qualified lawyer with a background in litigation and arbitration. Prior to joining SIAC, Pauline practiced at a top-tier law firm in Malaysia. She read law at the University of Malaya under a full scholarship from an international oil & gas company and was placed on the Dean’s List. During her time in law school, Pauline was active in moot court competitions and represented Malaysia in international competitions.
Pauline is fluent in English and Bahasa Malaysia and a competent speaker of Cantonese and Mandarin. She also has a good understanding of Bahasa Indonesia.
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, Portuguese and French.
Kendista graduated from Universitas Katolik Parahyangan where he actively participated and performed with distinction in international moot court competitions. Kendista thereafter practiced commercial litigation and arbitration – both national and international – with leading dispute resolution firms in Indonesia. He also clerked for one of the foremost Indonesian arbitrators prior to joining SIAC.
Kendista is admitted to the Indonesian Bar. He is fluent in English and Bahasa Indonesia.
Qian is a graduate of Sichuan University (Bachelor’s degree in law), Xiamen University (Master’s degree in law) and the Geneva LL.M. in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS). Qian is also the Assistant Editor of Asian International Arbitration Journal.
Qualified in China, Qian practiced litigation and arbitration in Beijing with a Chinese law firm prior to joining SIAC.
Qian is fluent in Mandarin and English.
Aliona graduated with an LL.M. in International Business Law from the National University of Singapore, specializing in International Arbitration, International Investment Law and Comparative Oil and Gas Law. She also holds a B.A. degree in Anthropology and Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Prior to joining SIAC, Aliona worked at a global financial services provider and completed internships at international law firms in Europe and Asia.
Aliona is a New York-qualified lawyer. She is fluent in English, Russian and Lithuanian.
As Registrar of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, Kevin leads the SIAC Secretariat in the provision of case management services. Over the course of the past decade, Kevin has overseen the administration of thousands of international cases under all versions of the SIAC Rules and the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. Under the Singapore International Arbitration Act (Cap 143A), Kevin is the statutory taxation authority and he is empowered to authenticate and certify awards and arbitration agreements.
Kevin worked closely on the revisions to the SIAC Rules 2013, SIAC Rules 2016, SIAC Investment Arbitration Rules 2017, and leads the SIAC Secretariat on the drafting of the seventh edition of the SIAC Rules. He is a member of the Singapore delegation at UNCITRAL Working Group II (Dispute Settlement) and represents SIAC at UNCITRAL Working Group III (ISDS). Kevin is listed by Who’s Who Legal as one of the leading arbitration lawyers in Southeast Asia and a ‘Future Leader’ in the Global Guide.
Kevin is qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor with the Law Society of Upper Canada. He speaks English and French.