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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


Gerald Yee, partner, RPC Premier Law


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


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


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?


Jun Bautista, Counsel, King & Spalding


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


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


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


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


James Wood, Global Head of Research, The Legal 500


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


Chou Sean Yu, partner, WongPartnership LLP


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


Julie Raneda, partner, Schellenberg Wittmer


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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