GAR Live Singapore - in pictures

GAR Live Singapore - in pictures

17 December 2019

Pictures of the 5th annual GAR Live Singapore can be found here.


Wade Coriell

King & Spalding

Wade Coriell is deputy head of King & Spalding’s International Arbitration practice and leader of its Asia disputes group. Chambers calls him "an excellent advocate whose level of experience and ability make him stand out." Wade has represented clients in several of the largest international arbitrations on record in Asia and Latin America, and his recent work includes handling five Asia-based disputes of over $1 billion each.

Wade is ranked in Chambers, Legal 500, and several other directories. In 2013, Law360 named him one of five Rising Stars in International Energy Law, and GAR calls him "a lawyer to know."

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)

Professor Lucy Reed is the Director of the Centre for International Law at the National University of Singapore. Lucy retired in 2016 from Freshfields, where she led the global international arbitration group. She is active as an arbitrator in investor-state and commercial cases, and currently is a Vice-President of SIAC and President-Elect of ICCA. Her prior positions include US Government Agent to the Iran-US Claims Tribunal, and she has served as President of the American Society of International Law and Chairman of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration. Lucy will return to the US in December 2019, and remain an independent arbitrator.  


Manish Aggarwal

Three Crowns

Sheila Ahuja

Allen & Overy

Christopher Boog

Schellenberg Wittmer

Cavinder Bull SC

Drew & Napier

Lijun Cao

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Craig Celniker

Morrison & Foerster

Maria Chedid

Arnold & Porter

Nakul Dewan SA

Twenty Essex

Tony Dymond

Debevoise & Plimpton

Alain Grec

Profile Investment

Judith Gill QC

Twenty Essex

Benjamin Hughes

Arbitration Chambers

Swee Yen Koh


Judith Levine

Permanent Court of Arbitration

Nicholas Lingard

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Mark Mangan


Jelita Pandjaitan


Dan Perera

Reed Smith

Piyush Prasad

Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)

Andres Romero-Delmastro


Matthew Secomb

White & Case

Vikki Wall

Blackrock Expert Services

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?
  • Challenges in quantifying damages in investment disputes
  • Will the ‘backlash’ eventually reach Asia too?

Judith Levine, Permanent Court of Arbitration

Cavinder Bull SC, Drew & Napier 
Swee Yen Koh, WongPartnership
Lijun Cao, Zhong Lun Law Firm
Nicholas Lingard, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Vikki Wall, Blackrock Expert Services
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.

Piyush Prasad, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)

Christopher Boog, Schellenberg Wittmer
Craig Celniker, Morrison & Foerster
Tony Dymond, Debevoise & Plimpton
Alain Grec, Profile Investment
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 

Nicholas Lingard, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 
Dan Perera, Reed Smith
Andres Romero-Delmastro, Chevron
Matthew Secomb, White & Case

15.45: Coffee break

16.15: 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.” 

Maria Chedid, Arnold & Porter
Judith Gill QC, Twenty Essex
Benjamin Hughes, Hughes Arbitration

Manish Aggarwal, Three Crowns 
Sheila Ahuja, Allen & Overy
Nakul Dewan SA, Twenty Essex
Jelita Pandjaitan, Linklaters

17.30: Chairs’ closing remarks

Chiann Bao, Arbitration Chambers
Wade Coriell, King & Spalding

17.45: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception kindly hosted by Blackrock Expert Services

Further information

For further information or sponsorship opportunities, please call +44 203 780 4137 or email


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


Type Price Until
Super Early £400  13 July 2019
Early £500 13 Aug 2019
Standard £600 27 Aug 2019


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