Tuesday, 27 August 2019, Maxwell Chambers, Singapore

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Wade Coriell

King & Spalding

Wade Coriell focuses on complex, international commercial and investment disputes. A partner, deputy head of our International Arbitration practice and leader of our Asia disputes group, Wade has been recognized by Chambers as "an excellent advocate whose level of experience and ability make him stand out." He has represented clients in several of the largest international arbitrations on record in Asia and Latin America, and has particular experience in the oil and gas sector

Chiann Bao

Arbitration Chambers

As a New York-qualified Mandarin-speaking attorney, Ms. Bao has spent more than fifteen years working in international arbitration in London, New York and Hong Kong. She has served as arbitrator (presiding, sole, and co-arbitrator) in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations under the major arbitral rules, including UNCITRAL, ICC, SIAC, HKIAC, and AIAC. 

Ms. Bao currently serves as Vice President of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Court of Arbitration. From 2010 to 2016, Ms. Bao served as Secretary-General of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, where she managed hundreds of arbitrations before tribunals in Asia, with a specific focus in China. She is an Honorary Senior Fellow of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and a frequent lecturer. 

Keynote Speaker

Lucy Reed

International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)

Ms. Reed is currently the Professor and Director of the Centre for International Law at the National University of Singapore and Chair of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA). She is a Member the SIAC Court and a Member of the London Court of International Arbitration, ICC Commission, Panel of Arbitrators, ICSID and former President of the American Society of International Law. 


Sheila Ahuja

Allen & Overy

Christopher Boog

Schellenberg Wittmer

Cavinder Bull SC

Drew & Napier

Lijun Cao

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Nakul Dewan SA

20 Essex Street

Tony Dymond

Debevoise & Plimpton

Karl Hennessee

Airbus Group

Benjamin Hughes

Independent Arbitrator, Hughes Arbitration

Swee Yen Koh


Nick Lingard

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Mark Mangan


Kevin Nash

Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)

Andres Romero-Delmastro


Matt Secomb

White & Case

Romesh Weeramantry

Clifford Chance


09.00: Welcome coffee and registration

09.30: Chairs’ opening remarks

Chiann Bao, Arbitration Chambers
Wade Coriell, King & Spalding

09.45: Session one: Investment arbitration in Asia: Where are we and where next?

The controversy around investment arbitration in Europe and other parts of the world is well known. But investment arbitration in Asia doesn’t seem to have suffered the same backlash. Or not yet. What’s different about the Asian investment arbitration landscape that explains this, and will this state of affairs endure? With so much economic activity planned with a governmental aspect, are we on the verge of a new era? And where will those cases be heard?

In this session, leading names will assess the state of investment arbitration in Asia and offer their take on what the future holds.

In particular they are expected to discuss:

  • What kinds of investment arbitration agreements are being signed?
  • What are Asian institutions doing to attract cases – and will those efforts succeed?
  • How does the vogue for including ISDS provisions in FTAs potentially alter the picture?
  • What will the Belt & Road initiative mean for investment disputes in Asia – does it herald a new era?
  • Will the ‘backlash’ eventually reach Asia too?

Cavinder Bull, Drew & Napier 
Swee Yen Koh, WongPartnership
Lijun Cao, Zhong Lun Law Firm
Nick Lingard, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Romesh Weeramantry, Clifford Chance

11.00: Coffee break

11.30: Session two: The GAR Live Question Time

Our esteemed panel and moderators will discuss questions submitted by the audience in advance.

Kevin Nash, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)

Christopher Boog, Schellenberg Wittmer
Nakul Dewan SA, 20 Essex Street
Tony Dymond, Debevoise & Plimpton
Mark Mangan, Dechert 

12.45: Networking lunch 

14.00: Fireside chat with Lucy Reed

GAR Live interviews Lucy Reed, International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)

Chiann Bao, Arbitration Chambers

14.30: Session three: Energy disputes in Asia

Figures show that energy consumption in Southeast Asia has doubled in just over two decades, and energy investment in China alone almost tripled in the past decade. This panel will discuss the effect that increased focus on the sector will have on arbitration and the consequential spike this may provoke.

In particular they are expected to discuss:

  • Maritime disputes: how their existence and resolution impact oil and gas exploration and production
  • Decommissioning responsibilities: how to deal with contracts which do not address the current regulatory regime
  • Gas pricing disputes – is Asia about to go through the same experience as Europe?
  • How best to handle JOA disputes

Wade Coriell, King & Spalding 

Andres Romero-Delmastro, Chevron
Matthew Secomb, White & Case

15.45: Session four: 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 judges will then voice their opinions on what has been heard, before choosing which side to support and giving reasons for their decisions.

Motion: “This house believes that the publication of de-sanitised awards will harm arbitral proceedings.” 

17.00: Chairs’ closing remarks

Chiann Bao, Arbitration Chambers
Wade Coriell, King & Spalding

Further information

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Maxwell Chambers, 32 Maxwell Road, #03-01, Singapore, 069115


  • "Very interactive and lots of insights" Tony Nguyen, Vietnam International Arbitration Centre

  • "Diverse and interactive" Nicholas Alexander Brown, Pinsent Masons


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Early £500 10 Aug 2019
Standard £600 27 Aug 2019


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