SIAC Year in Review 2019

Happy New Year from all of us at SIAC and best wishes for a happy, healthy and successful 2020.

As we usher in the new year, we look back fondly at some of the key highlights of 2019.

1 New SIAC Court Members

Left to right: Mr John P. Bang, Ms Yas Banifatemi, Ms Julie Bedard, Mr K. Minh Dang, Ms Jessica Fei, Mr Eri Hertiawan and Mr Tejas Karia

Left to right: Mr Fernando Mantilla-Serrano, Ms K. Shanti Mogan, Ms Shaneen Parikh, Mr Philippe Pinsolle, Mr Michael E. Schneider, Ms Abby Cohen Smutny and Mr Thomas Snider

In June 2019, SIAC was pleased to announce the appointment of fourteen new Court members to the SIAC Court of Arbitration, which continues under the leadership of Mr Gary Born as its President, and Ms Lucy Reed and Mr Cavinder Bull, SC, as Vice Presidents.

The new Court members are as follows:

Name Law Firm / Chambers
1 Mr John P. Bang Bae, Kim & Lee LLC, South Korea
2 Ms Yas Banifatemi Shearman & Sterling, France
3 Ms Julie Bedard Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates, USA
4 Mr K. Minh Dang YKVN, Vietnam
5 Ms Jessica Fei King & Wood Mallesons, China
6 Mr Eri Hertiawan Assegaf Hamzah & Partners, Indonesia
7 Mr Tejas Karia Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co., India
8 Mr Fernando Mantilla-Serrano Latham & Watkins LLP, France
9 Ms K. Shanti Mogan Shearn Delamore & Co., Malaysia
10 Ms Shaneen Parikh Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, India
11 Mr Philippe Pinsolle Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, Switzerland
12 Mr Michael E. Schneider Lalive, Switzerland
13 Ms Abby Cohen Smutny White & Case LLP, USA
14 Mr Thomas Snider Al Tamimi & Co., UAE

The 33-member SIAC Court is comprised of eminent international arbitration experts from Australia, Belgium, China, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America and Vietnam.

2 New SIAC Overseas Representatives for South Asia, North East Asia and China

In 2019, SIAC welcomed new overseas representatives to its Mumbai, Seoul and Shanghai offices.

Ms Shwetha Bidhuri, Ms Michele Park Sonen, Ms Sophia Liu Jianying

The new overseas representatives are Ms Shwetha Bidhuri, Head (South Asia), Ms Michele Park Sonen, Head (North East Asia), and Ms Sophia Liu Jianying, Co-Deputy Head (China).

3 The SIAC Academy

Following the success of the first edition of the SIAC Academy titled “Time and Cost Savers at SIAC: Emergency Arbitration, Expedited Procedure and Early Dismissal”, the second edition of the SIAC Academy titled “The Making of an Advocate and an Arbitrator” was held in Singapore on 18 and 19 November 2019.

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Left to Right: Mr Gary Born, Prof Bernard Hanotiau,
Mr Daryl Chew and Mr Alastair Henderson at the
SIAC Academy in Singapore

Left to Right: Ms Loh Jen Wei, Mr Jonathan Lim,
Prof Lucy Reed and Mr Alan Thambiayah at the SIAC Academy in Singapore

Mr Gary Born, SIAC Court President, chaired the teaching faculty which included Prof Lucy Reed, SIAC Court Vice President, members of the SIAC Court of Arbitration, Prof Bernard Hanotiau and Mr Alan Thambiayah, Mr Chong Yee Leong, SIAC Board member as well as other leading international arbitration practitioners and arbitrators.

The first edition of the SIAC Academy was held overseas in Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Manila in 2019, with Mr Cavinder Bull, SC, SIAC Court Vice President, Mr Chan Leng Sun, SC, Deputy Chairman of SIAC, and Mr Alan Thambiayah, SIAC Court member as faculty chairs.

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Mr Davinder Singh, SC at the SIAC Academy in Singapore

Left to Right: Mr Cavinder Bull, SC and Mr Kevin Nash at the SIAC Academy in Jakarta

22.Academy Manila 23.Academy Manila
Left to Right: Ms Angela Yap and Mr Francis Xavier,
SC, PBM at the SIAC Academy in Kuala Lumpur
Left to Right: Mr Enrique V. Dela Cruz, Jr., Mr Herman Jeremiah, Mr Ricardo Ma. P.G. Ongkiko, Mr Siraj Omar, SC and Prof Mario E Valderrama at the SIAC Academy in Manila

4 SIAC Conferences and Partnerships

In 2019, SIAC held its annual overseas conferences in Bangalore, Bangkok, Chennai, Delhi, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo. SIAC partnered with the Japan Association of Arbitrators (JAA), Korean Commercial Arbitration Board International (KCAB International), the Shanghai International Arbitration Center (SHIAC), the Thailand Arbitration Center (THAC), the Society of Construction Law (SCL) Malaysia and the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators (MIArb) for its events in Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.

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Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Communications, Law & Justice and Electronics & Information
Technology, India at the SIAC India Summit

Mr K Shanmugam, SC, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law, Singapore at the SIAC India Summit

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Hon’ble Mr Justice Rohinton F. Nariman, Judge,
Supreme Court of India at the SIAC India Summit

Hon'ble Justice B.N. Srikrishna, Retired Judge, Supreme Court of India at the SIAC India Summit

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Left to Right: Ms Sheila Ahuja, Dr Michael Hwang, SC, Mr Toby Landau QC and Mr Andre Maniam, SC at the SIAC India Summit

Left to Right: Mr Chris Bailey, Mr Braden Billiet, Mr Chan Hock Keng, Ms Sue Hyun Lim, Mr Michael Lee, Mr Rob Palmer and Mr Eugene Tan at the SIAC-KCAB Seoul Conference

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Left to Right: Mr Steven Burkill, Mr Prakash Pillai
and Mr John Rainbird at the SIAC-THAC Bangkok

Left to Right: Ms Delphine Ho, YA Dato’ Mary Lim,
Ms Janice Tay and Ms Sharon Chong at the
SCL-SIAC-MIArb Seminar
SIAC held joint seminars with the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), the German Arbitration Institute (DIS), the New York University School of Law (NYU) and the Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration (SCIA) in Singapore.

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Left to Right: Mr Peter Heckel, Ms Lijun Chui,
Mr Peter Wolrich, Mr Christopher Boog, Mr
Christopher Lau, SC, Ms Francesca Mazza
and Ms Gerui Lim at the SIAC-DIS Seminar

Left to Right: Prof Lawrence Boo, Mr Zhang Yulin (Jerry), Ms Qian Wu, Dr Wang Junfeng and Ms Lu Fei at the

In 2019, SIAC signed various Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with the Beijing International Arbitration Center (BIAC), JAA, Japan International Dispute Resolution Center (JIDRC), New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC) and SHIAC. MOUs were also signed with the East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL) and the University of Malaya (UM).
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Left to Right: Mr Chong Yee Leong, Ms Lim Seok Hui, Mr Yoshimitsu Aoyama, Mr Hiroyuki Tezuka,
Mr Yoshimasa Furuta and Ms Chieko Tsuchiya
at the MOU signing at the SIAC-JAA Conference

Left to Right: Mr Li Zhigang, Ms Chen Jingying and
Mr Chan Leng Sun, SC at the MOU signing at the
SIAC-SHIAC Conference

5 New YSIAC Committee

In February 2019, SIAC welcomed the members of the new YSIAC Committee, led by co-chairs, Ms Wendy Lin and Mr Ramesh Selvaraj.

The 31-member Committee comprises young arbitration practitioners from Brazil, China, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Russia, Qatar, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, United Kingdom and the United States of America.

6 YSIAC Conference 2019

The biennial YSIAC Conference titled “Arbitration 2.0 – Navigating New Frontiers in International Dispute Resolution” was held in Singapore on 20 November 2019. The conference attracted over 150 delegates from 17 jurisdictions, with delegates coming from as far afield as France, Portugal, Russia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

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Left to Right: Mr Lau Wai Ming, Mr Jern-Fei Ng QC, Mr James Nicholson and Ms Pauline Low at the YSIAC Conference

Left to Right: Professor Dr. Maxi Scherer, Mr Adrian Tan, Prof Nadja Alexander, Mr Todd Wetmore and Mr Rimsky Yuen, SC at the YSIAC Conference

In conjunction with the YSIAC Conference, SIAC organised the fifth YSIAC Essay Competition, which received a record number of 122 entries from 26 jurisdictions. The winner was Ms Dina Prokic of Canada. The 1st runner-up was Ms Iris Ng Li Shan of the Supreme Court of Singapore, and the 2nd runner-up was Mr Kevin Elbert of TSMP Law Corporation, Singapore.

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Left to Right: Fadi Hajjar, Emmanuel Foy,
Kartikey Mahajan, Nora Fredstie, Angelica André,
Manu Thadikkaran, Lucas de Ferrari at the YSIAC Paris Forum

Left to Right: Lord Nicholas Phillips of Worth Matravers
and Lord Peter Goldsmith QC, PC at the YSIAC London Fireside Chat

Other YSIAC events organised in 2019 included skills training workshops, lunchtime talks, debates and seminars all over the world in cities such as Bangalore, Bangkok, Beijing, Chennai, Delhi, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, London, Manila, Mumbai, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo.

We would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to members of the SIAC Board, 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 excellent contributions and firm support.

With best regards,
The SIAC Team
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