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Asia Pacific Disputes Summit: Singapore 2019

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On 10 September 2019, The Legal 500 hosted the inaugural Asia Pacific Disputes Summit in Singapore.

With over 150 of the region’s leading in-house lawyers participating, the event underscored Singapore’s importance as a global disputes hub for international businesses and their advisers.

With the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the Singapore International Mediation Centre, the island city-state already boasts some of the world’s leading dispute resolution forums, institutions and services.

But a disputes hub is only as strong as the confidence placed in it by business. To ensure the content of the event reflected the needs of business, we drew on the wisdom and advice of Singapore’s GC community. Over 20 of the country’s senior in-house counsel with extensive experience of international disputes provided thoughts, suggestions and comments on the panels and sessions for discussion.

The event also benefited from the support and insight provided by some of the leading law firms, funders, barristers’ chambers and consultancies active in the region, namely: Clyde & Co, Eversheds Harry Elias LLP, King & Spalding, K&L Gates Straits Law, WongPartnership LLP, RPC Premier Law, Schellenberg Wittmer, IMF Bentham, FTI Consulting, Fountain Court Chambers and Eugene Thuraisingham LLP.

Over the course of eight sessions, the conference covered the most topical issues in dispute resolution, including third-party funding, the evolution of financial services disputes, how technology is driving and solving disputes, and the challenges of managing cross-border litigation.

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Panel 1: The International Commercial Courts and arbitration in Singapore – the next 10 years

Moderator

Gerald Yee, partner, RPC Premier Law

Panellists

Kevin Nash, Deputy Registrar & Centre Director – SIAC

 

George Lim, Singapore International Mediation Centre

 

Laurence Wong, Senior Director, Business Development - Singapore International Commercial Court

 

Shaun Leong, Partner, international arbitration, Eversheds Harry Elias LLP


Panel 2: Managing cross-border tech disputes inside and outside the tech sector, from arbitrating disputes faced by tech clients to cybersecurity and data protection considerations

Moderator

Francis Goh, partner and head of international arbitration, Eversheds Harry Elias LLP

Panellists

KK Lim, Partner, Eversheds Harry Elias LLP

 

Stanley Park, Managing director and head of legal Asia Pacific, Scotiabank

 

Kwong Wen Wang, Group chief corporate officer and group general counsel, Mapletree Investments

 

Lanx Goh, Senior Legal Counsel, Privacy & Cybersecurity Lead, and Global Data Protection Officer, Klook

 

Howard Wallis, VP - Legal & Assistant General Counsel, FIS


Panel 3: What do in-house counsel expect from external firms during the arbitral process?

Moderator

Jun Bautista, Counsel, King & Spalding

Panellists

Maree Myerscough, General counsel, Conergy

 

Peter Hopp, General counsel – commercial, Rio Tinto

 

Sigrid Wettwer, Head of Group Legal Middle East & Asia Pacific, DNV GL



Panel 4: Third-party funding: a transparent look at litigation finance and how businesses can best use it to their advantage

Panellists

Sapna Jhangiani, partner, Clyde & Co

 

Tom Glasgow, Chief Investment Officer (Asia), IMF Bentham

 

Nishtha Kharb, Director, Association of Corporate Counsel, Singapore chapter

Panel 5: What The Fraud! Preserving evidence and assets and other strategies to combat commercial fraud

Moderator

Sreenivasan Narayanan S.C., Managing Partner, K&L Gates Straits Law, Singapore

Panellists

Jarrod Baker, Southeast Asia leader for forensic investigations, Deloitte

 

Muralli Rajaram, Partner, K&L Gates Straits Law, Singapore


Panel 6: Navigating a regulatory investigation minefield

Interviewer

James Wood, Global Head of Research, The Legal 500

Panellists

Gino Bello, managing director, technology, FTI Consulting, Singapore

 

Ritankar Sahu general counsel and head of compliance, Max Power Group


Panel 7: The evolution of financial services disputes in the Asia Pacific region

Moderator

Chou Sean Yu, partner, WongPartnership LLP

Panellists

Lim Wei Lee, Partner, WongPatnership LLP

 

Sitesh Mukherjee, Head of disputes, Trilegal

 

Nik Yeo, Barrister, Fountain Court Chambers

 

Moses Park, Barrister, Liberty Chambers


Panel Session 8: The end user’s perspective: How GCs can stay on top of disputes

Moderator

Julie Raneda, partner, Schellenberg Wittmer

Panellists

Juan Rincón-Cortés, Head of legal for Southeast Asia operations/general counsel for human resources, Citibank

 

Rhonda Hare, General counsel – Asia Pacific, Accor Hotels

 

Paul Fredrick, General counsel - East Asia & Japan, Schneider Electric

 

Emilia Law, APAC Head of Legal, Novartis Technical Operations


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