Helen Tang

Herbert Smith Freehills

Helen advises Chinese state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and private enterprises, as well as multinational corporations operating in China, on contentious matters. Her practice focuses on commercial arbitration, compliance and investigation, as well as other forms of dispute resolution including pre-action strategy and settlement negotiation.  

Yu-Jin Tay

Mayer Brown

Yu-Jin Tay is a partner in Mayer Brown’s global International Arbitration practice and head of the practice in Asia,  with over 20 years of experience of international arbitration across a broad range of sectors and geographies. In addition to counsel work, Yu-Jin sits regularly as presiding, sole and co-arbitrator. He is a Fellow and Vice-President of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. Since 2001, he has practised investment treaty arbitration and in 2013 was designated to ICSID's Panels of Arbitrators and Conciliators. Yu-Jin was one among few Asian lawyers featured in Global Arbitration Review's last global 45 under 45 ranking and he has been listed annually as leading individual in legal directories including GAR's International Who's Who (since 2010), Chambers Asia-Pacific and Legal 500 (since 2008). He has been ranked among the top partners in Arbitration: Future Leaders for the past two consecutive years. Before Mayer Brown, Yu-Jin practised arbitration in Paris, London and Washington DC and headed the Asia arbitration practices of two other major international law firms.

Keynote Speakers

Peter Yuen

Fangda Partners

In the past 20 years, Peter has acted for clients in complex international and regional arbitration, in both English and Chinese languages. He also maintains a busy commercial litigation practice in Hong Kong, acting for clients in cross border disputes and enforcement actions across China and other jurisdictions in Asia.

Peter has been ranked as a Leading Individual for International Arbitration in Chambers Asia since 2010. He is praised by his clients as “detail-oriented, inventive and commercial with strong language capabilities and articulate manner” in Chambers Asia 2018. Peter also sits as arbitrator.

Ariel Ye

King & Wood Mallesons

Ariel Ye has more than 30 years of experiences in cross border commercial dispute resolution. As a senior partner of King & Wood Mallesons, Ms. Ye has long been recognized as a leading expert in PRC-related dispute resolution in the Asia Pacific region. Ms. Ye focuses on international arbitration, China related compliance work and cross-border dispute resolution. She is currently one of the few most respected Chinese lawyers in the field of international arbitration. Since 2012, Ms. Ye is member of the Court of SIAC, member of SIAC Committee, board member of the prestigious ICCA and member of LCIA.


Sheila Ahuja

Allen & Overy

Christine Artero

The Arbitration Chambers

Daryl Chew

Shearman & Sterling

John Choong

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Joachim Delaney

Baker McKenzie

Sapna Jhangiani

Clyde & Co

David Kim

Lee & Ko

Catherine Mun

Li & Partners

Andrew Pullen

Fountain Court Chambers

Paul Tan

Rajah & Tann

Anton Ware

Arnold & Porter


09.20: Welcome coffee and registration

09.50: Chairs’ opening remarks

Helen Tang, Herbert Smith Freehills
Yu-Jin Tay, Mayer Brown

10.00: Session one: Jurisdictional differences in Asia: geopolitics, neutrality and cross-border disputes 

As a practice area that is widely influenced by economic, political and historical factors, the issue of how exactly arbitration is impacted by geopolitics is a complex one. This is particularly acute when considering the diversity of practice in arbitration across Asia. Our panel will scrutinise multiple jurisdictions, and what makes them tick when relating to each other in their legal traditions and disputes proceedings.

In particular, our panellists will consider:

  • What does Hong Kong’s current situation mean for its prominence as a seat for arbitration in Asia? How can it maintain its position while fitting alongside other Chinese cities?
  • Is political nationalism playing a part in the evolution of arbitration in Asia? Looking at the historical political disputes between Japan, South Korea and China, can we see a direct impact on cross-border disputes and business?
  • How to manage clients of varying levels of experience and comfort in international arbitration. How can practitioners take this into account in cross-border disputes, and be inclusive and effective leaders during procedures?
  • How can we sustain and grow international arbitration in Asia, where in many jurisdictions it is common for clients to reach settlements or take a domestic approach to disputes?
  • What makes for a preferred seat in Asia -- is neutrality the watchword?

Helen Tang, Herbert Smith Freehills
Yu-Jin Tay, Mayer Brown

Catherine Mun, Li & Partners
David Kim, Lee & Ko
John Choong, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Joachim Delaney, Baker McKenzie

11.15: Coffee break

11.45: Session two: The GAR Live Debate

In Oxford Union style, we will hear teams of debaters argue in favour of, or against, a motion. A panel of three judges will then voice opinions on what has been heard, before choosing which side to support and giving reasons for their decisions.

Motion: "This house believes that, so far, Asia has only imitated not innovated."

Andrew Pullen, Fountain Court Chambers
Christine Artero, The Arbitration Chambers
Sapna Jhangiani, Clyde & Co

For the motion:
Sheila Ahuja, Allen & Overy
Anton Ware, Arnold & Porter

Against the motion:
Daryl Chew, Shearman & Sterling
Paul Tan, Rajah & Tann

13.00: Session three: A fireside chat with Peter Yuen and Ariel Ye

What should young practitioners be doing now to prepare themselves for any eventuality? In this interview style session, two senior practitioners in the field will provide insights and tips on how to be successful in the field of dispute resolution in Asia.

Helen Tang, Herbert Smith Freehills
Yu-Jin Tay, Mayer Brown

Peter Yuen, Fangda Partners
Ariel Ye, King & Wood Mallesons

13.45: Chairs’ closing remarks

Helen Tang, Herbert Smith Freehills
Yu-Jin Tay, Mayer Brown

13.55 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a networking lunch kindly hosted by Mayer Brown

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