Tomas Furlong

Herbert Smith Freehills

Tomas specialises in China-related and regional Asian disputes, in arbitration under all of the major rules and in litigation in England and Hong Kong.  He has a particular interest in commercial fraud, joint venture, shareholder and post-M&A disputes.

He is regional representative for LCIA YIAG and was co-chair of HK45 from 2016-8.  He is ranked as an Arbitration Future Leader by WWL, described as “a superstar” and “very, very clever; he is going to do very well indeed” (2017) and "an extremely talented lawyer with excellent judgement and impressive advocacy skills" (2018)

Sapna Jhangiani

Clyde & Co

Sapna’s key area of focus is international arbitration. She works in various sectors, including hospitality, shipbuilding and trade and commodities. Sapna is recognised as a leader in this field, having recently been named by Who's Who Legal in their list of top 10 arbitration partners under 45 in Asia-Pacific. 

Keynote Speakers

Lawrence Boo

The Arbitration Chambers

Based in Singapore, Professor Lawrence Boo heads The Arbitration Chambers since its inception in 1996. He is widely recognised as “a practitioner who truly understands the region”, and is “regularly seen presiding over some of the biggest disputes in Asia.” (Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific).

Formerly the Deputy Chairman (2004–2009), first Chief Executive Officer and Registrar (1991– 1996) of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), Lawrence is one of Singapore’s founding voices of arbitration. In May 2017, he was appointed to the SIAC Court of Arbitration.

Bernard Hanotiau

Hanotiau & van den Berg


Sheila Ahuja

Allen & Overy

Olga Boltenko

Fangda Partners

Antony Crockett

Herbert Smith Freehills

Diane Desierto

Desierto & Desierto

Mariel Dimsey

CMS Hasche Sigle

Anya George

Schellenberg Wittmer

Rishab Gupta

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas

Robert Kirkness

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Edwina Kwan

King & Wood Mallesons

Seungmin Lee

Shin & Kim

Thomas Snider

Al Tamimi


8.30: Welcome coffee and registration 

9.00: Chairs’ opening remarks

Tomas Furlong, Herbert Smith Freehills
Sapna Jhangiani, Clyde & Co

9.10: Session one: A fireside chat with two leading arbitrators

Tomas Furlong, Herbert Smith Freehills
Sapna Jhangiani, Clyde & Co

Keynote speakers:
Lawrence Boo, The Arbitration Chambers
Bernard Hanotiau, Hanotiau & van den Berg

10.00: Session two: New frontiers in international arbitration: environment, climate change and human rights 

The session will explore the use of arbitration as a mechanism for resolving disputes in emerging contexts, including the environment, climate change, and human rights. We will look at how the features of arbitration may prove advantageous or problematic in these new frontiers and how arbitration might be better adapted to resolve these types of disputes. The goal is to stimulate a constructive discussion on the pros and cons of arbitration, from the perspective of users (i.e. the parties) and other stakeholders (e.g. the public).

Topics and issues which may merit discussion include:

  • The use of arbitration to resolve climate change related disputes , and compared with the proposal of the IBA Task Force on Climate Change Justice and Human Rights to establish an International Court for the Environment

  • The use of arbitration to resolve disputes relating to human rights, in particular proposals to adapt the UNCITRAL Rules for use in cases involving allegations of business-related human rights abuse

  • The "backlash" against investment arbitration in particular as it relates to concerns regarding transparency, bias and alleged failures to take account of the public interest in investment disputes

  • Whether the "truth and reconciliation" function of judicial processes can be accommodated within an arbitral process

Tomas Furlong, Herbert Smith Freehills

Antony Crockett, Herbert Smith Freehills
Diane Desierto, Desierto & Desierto
Anya George, Schellenberg Wittmer
Thomas Snider, Al Tamimi & Co

11.15: Coffee break 

11.45: The debate 

An Oxford Union-style debate before a panel of three judges.

Motion: [This house believes that] After a decade of innovation the arbitration community still aren't providing what users want.

Sapna Jhangiani, Clyde & Co

Mariel Dimsey, CMS Hasche Sigle
Sheila Ahuja, Allen & Overy
Olga Boltenko, Fangda Partners
Robert Kirkness, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Rishab Gupta, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas
Edwina Kwan, King & Wood Mallesons
Seungmin Lee, Shin & Kim

13.00: Chairs’ closing remarks

Tomas Furlong, Herbert Smith Freehills
Sapna Jhangiani, Clyde & Co

13.10 onwards: Networking lunch sponsored by Clyde & Co


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