Returning for its 6th year, GAR Live Singapore is bringing together leading arbitrators, representatives of institutions, expert witnesses and funders to address emerging developments in Singapore and beyond. Attendees will hear specific techniques and approaches for successfully mediating within investor-state arbitrations, determine whether Singapore should be looking to innovate governing law, gain insight on cross-border award enforcement and join the GAR Live debate to decide whether SIAC rules should provide parties with the opportunity to appeal on a point of law.
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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."
With almost 20 years of experience working in Hong Kong, New York and London, Chiann Bao practises exclusively as an arbitrator and mediator and is a member of Arbitration Chambers. She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a CEDR-accredited mediator. Chiann currently serves as a vice president of the ICC Court of Arbitration and is the chair of the ICC Commission task force on arbitration and ADR. She is also a member of the ICC Belt and Road Initiative Commission. From 2010 to 2016 she served as the secretary general of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre where she managed hundreds of arbitrations before tribunals in Asia. In 2019, Chiann was appointed an honorary senior fellow of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. Who's Who Legal describes her as a "meticulous, smart, well-prepared and efficient arbitrator," as well as "very knowledgeable, diligent and a real diplomat." Chambers Asia Pacific ranked her as one of the most highly regarded individuals in her category and has identified her as “one of the superstars in Asian arbitration."
Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy
National University of Singapore
Arbitrator and Mediator
Arnold and Porter
Hanotiau & van den Berg
Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore
Nishimura & Asahi
Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
Chevron Asia South
Drew & Napier
09.00: Welcome coffee and registration
09.35: Chairs’ opening remarks
Chiann Bao, Arbitration Chambers
Wade Coriell, King & Spalding
09.45: Session one: Let’s settle this: mediation within investor-state arbitrations
Arbitration has been the go-to choice for the resolution of investor-state disputes. However, recently the advantages of resolving international investor-state disputes through means of mediation have gained traction amongst practitioners and academics. In August 2018, ICSID announced its fourth and most extensive changes to dispute resolution rules – including a new dispute settlement mechanism, the Mediation Rules. So what specific techniques and approaches to a successful mediation should every expert know? This panel will guide us through the best practices, along with the strengths and pitfalls of employing mediation devices during an investor-state arbitration.
Nadja Alexander, Singapore International Dispite Resolution Academy
James Claxton, Arbitrator and Mediator
Kabir Duggal, Arnold & Porter
10.45: Coffee break
11.30: Session two: Singaporean law as governing law – a new era for Singaporean practice?
It is well known that English law governs most international commercial contracts and that that fact has helped establish London as one of the premier seats for international arbitration. Should Singapore be looking to replicate this with a distinctive and innovative governing law of their own? And if they did, what would that look like and could it challenge English laws dominance in arbitration agreements?
The panel are expected to explore:
Gary Bell, National University of Singapore
Bernard Hanotiau, Hanotiau & van den Berg
Sapna Jhangiani, Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore
12.15: Networking lunch
13.30: Fireside chat
Judith Gill QC, Twenty Essex
14.00: Session three: Enforcement of Singaporean awards across borders
This panel will discuss award enforcement across different jurisdictions, and the challenges that come with the territory. Practitioners from other jurisdictions bring their own understanding of arbitration and domestic common practices to the table when coming to Singapore as a seat; how do they approach Singapore exactly and how does this differ from place to place?
This panel will also discuss:
Louie Ogsimer, Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
Kevin O’Neal, Chevron South Asia
15.00: Coffee break
15.30: Session four: The GAR Live debate
In Oxford Union style, we will hear teams of debaters argue in favour of, or against, a motion in a lively back-and-forth. The audience will play a part in the decision through a live vote and will be encouraged to grill the panellists with further questions. Judges will also 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 SIAC rules should provide parties with the opportunity to appeal on a point of law
Philip Jeyaretnam, Dentons Rodyk
Tai-Heng Cheng, Sidley Austin
Mahesh Rai, Drew & Napier
Rohit Singhal, Masin Project
Liz Snodgrass, Three Crowns
Angeline Welsh, Essex Court
16:30: Session five: Determining the ‘new normal’
The covid-19 pandemic has changed the way we live, work and interact, with the world potentially looking very different post-crisis. ADR, arbitration and mediation have not passed through unscathed but has this been a chance to revolutionise arbitration, boosting and strengthening its virtues as opposed to domestic court litigation? This session will explore how much arbitration has been impacted, the procedural adaptations seen across international arbitration as a result of the pandemic and whether arbitration has emerged stronger.
This panel will discuss:
Smitha Menon, WongPartnership
Chie Nakahara, Nishimura & Asahi
Barry Stimpson, Squire Pattin Boggs
17.30: Chairs’ closing remarks
Chiann Bao, Arbitration Chambers
Wade Coriell, King & Spalding
17.45: Close of conference
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