Chairs

Alvin Yeo SC

WongPartnership

Alvin YEO, Senior Counsel, is the Chairman & Senior Partner of WongPartnership. His main areas of practice are banking and corporate disputes, insolvency and restructuring, and construction and civil engineering matters.

Alvin also has extensive experience in arbitration proceedings both in Singapore and in the region, primarily in corporate, commercial and infrastructure disputes.

Judith Gill QC

Allen & Overy

Judith is recognised as one of the leading practitioners in the field of international arbitration. She has conducted cases under various sets of rules and subject to many different systems of law.

Judith is currently the President of the LCIA, the first female to be appointed to the position. She was only the second female solicitor-advocate to be appointed QC and the first with an international arbitration practice.

Speakers

Raja Bose

K&L Gates

Ronnie King

Ashurst

Nakul Dewan

20 Essex Street

Sapna Jhangiani

Clyde & Co

Mrinal Ojha

Phoenix Legal

Michael Pryles

20 Essex Street

David Bateson

39 Essex Chambers

Benjamin Hughes

Independent Arbitrator

Sanjeev Kapoor

Khaitan & Co

Christopher Lau SC

3 Verulam Buildings

Steven Lim

Nabarro

Nicholas Lingard

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Loretta Malintoppi

Eversheds

Mark Mangan

Dechert

Smitha Menon

WongPartnership

J. Christopher Thomas

Senior Principle Research Fellow, Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore

Frances van Eupen

Allen & Overy

Jeffrey Waincymer

Professor of International Trade Law, Monash University

Andre Yeap SC

Rajah & Tann Singapore

CPD points

This conference has been accredited with 6 CPD points

Programme

8.30: Welcome coffee and registration

9.00: Chairs’ opening remarks

Judith Gill QC, Allen & Overy
Alvin Yeo SC, WongPartnership

9.10: Session one: India - where are we now?

The past year has seen a complete overhaul of the statutory regime for arbitration in India, with the two fold aim of making arbitration proceedings more nimble, and defining the contours of court interference. What do they add up to? A panel of leading names will discuss current best practice when it comes to arbitrations with a connection to India.

Questions the panel are expected to discuss include:

  • The new act: improvement or well-intentioned recipe for disaster?
  • Will the new act be implemented in its current form?
  • Are Indian courts becoming more arbitration friendly?
  • Will the practice of arbitration change? 
  • Where is the best seat now for off-shore India-related arbitration?

Moderator:
Nakul Dewan, 20 Essex Street

Panel:
Frances van Eupen, Allen & Overy
Sapna Jhangiani, Clyde & Co 
Sanjeev Kapoor, Khaitan & Co
Christopher Lau SC, 3 Verulam Buildings
Mrinal Ojha, Phoenix Legal

10.40: Coffee break

11.00: Session two: GAR Live symposium

GAR Live’s high-speed version of the popular Tylney Hall format. We particularly welcome questions on ‘Guerilla tactics’, which the session will centre around.

Moderators:
Judith Gill QC, Allen & Overy
Raja Bose, K&L Gates

12.30: Networking lunch sponsored by Clyde & Co

14.00: Session three: Investor-state arbitration in Asia - the evolving attitudes of the key players and the appearance of new ones

A panel of leading experts will discuss how investor-state arbitration in Asia is developing, and why.

Topics that they’re expected to examine include:

  • Changes in the attitudes of arbitrators to key principles and standards, such as the abuse of rights, FET, FPS, expropriation, and MFN. Has the high-water mark already been reached?
  • How states are reacting to the use of, and output from, the current investor-state system, including steps such as termination of treaties, the denouncing of ICSID, the challenges to awards and refusals to comply, the narrowly prescribed standards in new treaties, delays in negotiating multi-lateral treaties like TPP and establishment of investment courts.
  • The influence of new player opinions in investor-state arbitration, such as NGO’s, traditional and social media, and politicians.
  • How investors are adjusting to these developments – the effect on the structuring of investments, decisions on whether to pursue claims and in which forum, and on how one evaluates the prospect of success.
  • The reaction of the courts in the Asia Pacific. Are they supporting or resisting investor-state arbitration?
  • Looking in the crystal ball – what are the levels of protection that can be expected in Asia and what types of claims are we likely to see?

Moderator:
Mark Mangan, Dechert

Panel:
Nicholas Lingard, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Loretta Malintoppi, Eversheds
J. Christopher Thomas, Senior Principle Research Fellow, Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore
Jeffrey Waincymer, Professor of International Trade Law, Monash University

15.30: Coffee break

16.00: Session four: The GAR Live Debate

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

Motion: “This house believes that Singapore is ready to take the next step up to becoming a global arbitration hub.”

Moderator:
Alvin Yeo SC, WongPartnership

Debators:
Steven Lim, Nabarro
Smitha Menon, WongPartnership
Ronnie King, Ashurst
Benjamin Hughes, Independent Arbitrator

Judges:
Michael Pryles, 20 Essex Street
Andre Yeap SC, Rajah & Tann Singapore
David Bateson, 39 Essex Chambers

17.30: Chairs’ closing remarks

Judith Gill QC, Allen & Overy
Alvin Yeo SC, WongPartnership

Venue

Maxwell Chambers, 32 Maxwell Road, 069115, Singapore

Prices

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