SIAC Year in Review 2017

Happy New Year from all of us at SIAC and best wishes for a happy, healthy and successful 2018.

As we welcome the new year, we look back fondly at some of the highlights of 2017.

1 New SIAC Board and Court Members


Left to Right: Mr Chan Leng Sun, SC, Mr Chong Yee Leong, Mr Tham Sai Choy, Ms Catherine Amirfar, Mr Nigel Blackaby, Professor Lawrence Boo, and Mr Alan Thambiayah

In April 2017, SIAC welcomed three new directors to SIAC’s Board of Directors under the chairmanship of Mr Davinder Singh, SC. They are Mr Chan Leng Sun, SC, of Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow, Mr Chong Yee Leong of Allen & Gledhill LLP, and Mr Tham Sai Choy, formerly the Chairman of KPMG in Asia Pacific. Mr Chan was appointed Deputy Chairman.

Four new members were also appointed to SIAC’s Court of Arbitration in April 2017, which continues under the leadership of Mr Gary Born as its President. They are Professor Lawrence Boo and Mr Alan Thambiayah of The Arbitration Chambers, Ms Catherine Amirfar of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, and Mr Nigel Blackaby of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

2 Proposal on Cross-Institution Consolidation Protocol

In December 2017, SIAC announced its proposal on cross-institution cooperation for the consolidation of international arbitral proceedings. The SIAC proposal, which was initiated by Mr Gary Born, the President of the SIAC Court of Arbitration, is detailed in letters from Mr Born to other international arbitral institutions together with an attached memorandum. The memorandum proposes the adoption of a protocol by arbitral institutions permitting the cross-institution consolidation of arbitral proceedings subject to different institutional arbitration rules.

Through institutional cooperation, the cross-institution consolidation proposal is designed to facilitate the efficient and enforceable resolution of international commercial disputes, which will lead to significant gains for parties.

3 Opening of SIAC’s Second Representative Office in GIFT City, India

In August 2017, SIAC announced the opening of its second representative office in India (after its Mumbai representative office which was established in 2013), in the International Financial Services Centre in Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT IFSC), Gujarat.

The opening of a second SIAC office in India in GIFT IFSC will allow SIAC to participate in GIFT’s economic development through the provision of a world-class dispute resolution mechanism to businesses and investors within GIFT IFSC, and will deepen SIAC’s existing ties with the legal and business communities in India.

4 New Hires in the SIAC Secretariat

In the course of 2017, SIAC strengthened its Secretariat workforce with six new associate counsel hires who are qualified in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. Our new colleagues are Ms Allison Goh, Ms Lim Shi Jean, Ms Pauline Low, Mr Piyush Prasad, Mr Kendista Wantah and Ms Angela Yap. With the latest additions to the team, SIAC now has lawyers from these and the following other countries: Canada, China, and USA.

5 SIAC Academy

The inaugural SIAC Academy, titled “Time and Cost Savers at SIAC: Emergency Arbitration, Expedited Procedure and Early Dismissal”, was held in Singapore on 6 and 7 November 2017, to provide practical, “hands-on” training for arbitration practitioners and arbitrators.

Mr Gary Born, President of the SIAC Court of Arbitration, chaired the teaching faculty which included Mr Chan Leng Sun, SC, Deputy Chairman of SIAC, members of the SIAC Court of Arbitration (Mr Toby Landau QC, Professor Lawrence Boo, Mr Alan Thambiayah) and other international arbitration luminaries. Ms Indranee Rajah, SC, Senior Minister of State for the Ministry of Law and Ministry of Finance, made a special appearance in a frank, highly interesting and lively discussion with Mr Born on developments in international arbitration in Singapore and in the region. SIAC Court members, Professor Lucy Reed and Mr Toby Landau QC also spoke as panellists in an engaging lunchtime fireside chat.

The Academy attracted a good turnout from both Singapore as well as overseas delegates from Bulgaria, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the United Kingdom and Vietnam.

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Left to Right: Mr Kent Phillips, Mr Richard Tan, Professor Lawrence Boo, Mr Thio Shen Yi, SC and Mr Andrew Yeo Left to Right: Mr Gary Born, Ms Lim Seok Hui, Ms Indranee Rajah, SC, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Law and Ministry of Finance, and Mr Davinder Singh, SC

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Left to Right: Mr Alastair Henderson, Dr Michael Hwang, SC, Mr Gary Born and Mr Andre Yeap, SC Left to Right: Mr Chou Sean Yu, Mr Elliott Geisinger, Mr Chan Leng Sun, SC, Mr Paul Sandosham and Mr Alan Thambiayah

6 SIAC-CIL Academic-Practitioner Colloquium

SIAC and the Centre for International Law, NUS (CIL), jointly organised the inaugural SIAC-CIL Academic-Practitioner Colloquium in November 2017. The format for the workshop involved two roundtable sessions, during which an academic presented her research paper on a current hot arbitration topic before a panel of eminent international arbitration experts who then engaged in an analytical discussion before an audience. The two academics were Ms Elsa Sardinha and Dr Ula Cartwright-Finch, and the event featured a stellar line-up of panellists, including SIAC Court President, Mr Gary Born, members of the SIAC Court of Arbitration (Mr Toby Landau QC, Professor Lucy Reed and Mr Alan Thambiayah) and SIAC Board member, Mr Chelva Rajah, SC.

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Left to Right: Ms Elsa Sardinha, Professor Muthucumaraswamy Sornarajah, Professor Nicolas Jansen Calamita, Ms Koh Swee Yen and Mr Gary Born Left to Right: Dr Ula Cartwright-Finch, Mr Toby Landau QC, Mr Chelva Rajah, SC, Professor Lucy Reed and Mr Alan Thambiayah

7 SIAC Conferences and Seminars

In 2017, SIAC organised a series of conferences and seminars in New Delhi, St. Petersburg, Seoul, Tokyo, and Xiamen. Ms Indranee Rajah, SC, Senior Minister of State for the Ministry of Law and Ministry of Finance, Singapore, delivered the opening address at the SIAC Hard Talk in New Delhi, as well as the special address at the SIAC India Conference. The Hon’ble Mr Justice Dipak Misra, Chief Justice of India delivered the special address for the SIAC Hard Talk, which was attended by the Hon’ble Mr Justice A K Sikri of the Supreme Court of India, Justice Gita Mittal, Acting Chief Justice of the High Court of Delhi and several other judges of the Delhi High Court.

SIAC also partnered with other institutions to hold joint seminars and events in Shanghai with the Shanghai International Arbitration Centre (SHIAC), in Seoul with the Korea In-House Counsel Association (KICA) and Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB), and in Singapore with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Singapore branch.

Panellists included the President and members of the SIAC Board and Court, as well as leading arbitration practitioners and in-house counsel. The events were well-attended by private practitioners, in-house counsel, government officials and members of the academe.

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Ms Indranee Rajah, SC, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Law and Ministry of Finance, delivering the Special Address at the SIAC India Conference in New Delhi Left to Right (foreground): Hon’ble Mr Justice Dipak Misra, Chief Justice of India, Hon’ble Mr Justice A K Sikri and Mr Rajiv K. Luthra at the SIAC Hard Talk in New Delhi

8 New YSIAC Committee

In January 2017, the YSIAC Committee, led by co-chairs Mr Ankit Goyal and Ms Koh Swee Yen, welcomed new committee members, Ms Jeong Hye Ahn, Ms Holly Blackwell, Mr Rishab Gupta, Mr Moazzam Khan, Mr Nicholas Lingard and Ms Julie Raneda.

9 YSIAC Conference 2017 and other YSIAC Events

The biennial YSIAC Conference titled “Evolution and Innovation: Keeping Pace with the Future of Arbitration” was held in Singapore on 9 June 2017. The conference attracted almost 200 delegates from 12 jurisdictions, with delegates from places as far away as Sint Maarten, the United Kingdom and the United States.

In conjunction with the YSIAC Conference, SIAC also organised the third YSIAC Essay competition, which received a record 73 entries from 25 jurisdictions. The winner was Mr Gabriel Li of Drew & Napier LLC. The 1st Runner Up was Ms Amy Seow of Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP and the 2nd Runner up was Mr Parul Kumar of Luthra & Luthra Law Offices.

Other YSIAC events held in 2017 included the YPG KLRCA-YSIAC Advocacy Workshop in Kuala Lumpur, YSIAC Lunchtime Events in Singapore, YSIAC Oral Advocacy Workshop in New Delhi, and the YSIAC-KOCIA YAPF Fireside Chat in Seoul.

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Left to Right: Mr Davinder Singh, SC, Ms Koh Swee Yen, Ms Lim Seok Hui, Mr Gary Born and Mr Duncan Matthews QC at the YSIAC Conference Left to Right: Mr Emmanuel Gaillard, Mr Toby Landau QC, Ms Foo Yuet Min, Ms Lim Seok Hui, Mr Darius J. Khambata, SC and Mr Jern-Fei Ng at the YSIAC Conference

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Delegates during the Cocktail Evening after the YSIAC Conference Left to Right: Mr Bhaskar Chandran, Mr Cameron Ford, Mr Chelva Rajah, SC, Ms Geraldine Lim and Ms Valerie Tan at the YSIAC Conference

10 Cooperation Agreement with Arbitrator Intelligence

In June 2017, SIAC entered into a Cooperation Agreement with Arbitrator Intelligence (AI), an entity affiliated with Penn State Law, to promote the use of the Arbitrator Intelligence Questionnaire (AIQ). The AIQ is a new feedback mechanism that will collect objective information and professional assessments of arbitrators’ case management skills and decision-making from users following the conclusion of their arbitrations. The data will be anonymised and be published only with the arbitrator’s consent. They will appear in reports which will be made available to subscribers.

We would like to express our heartfelt 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 many contributions and consistent support.

With best regards,
The SIAC Team
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