7th ICC Asia Pacific Conference on International Arbitration

21-22 Jun 2022

Singapore English CPD/MCLE/CNB credits/points available

ICC’s annual Asia-Pacific Conference is taking place in Singapore on 22 June 2022!

Attend this conference to keep up-to-date with the latest regional developments in international arbitration. This first hybrid edition will offer a line-up of world-class speakers and topical discussions.

The conference will be preceded by an ICC Institute Training on "Oral Advocacy in International Arbitration: The Good, the Bad and the In Between" on 21 June 2022.

Who should attend?

  • Practising lawyers
  • Corporate counsel
  • Arbitrators
  • Mediators
  • Business professionals and academics coming from or doing business in Asia

Accreditation 

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Testimonial

"With the invasion of Ukraine, rising interest rates everywhere, populist political leaders on the ascent, and supply chain disruptions, the world stands on the precipice of de-globalization and economic conflagration.  In these dangerous times, the ICC and other leading arbitral institutions will play a key role in maintaining and restoring world order and the proper functioning of global trade and commerce."

Tai-Heng Cheng

Global co-Head, International Arbitration and Trade Practice and co-Managing Partner 

Sidley - Singapore

21 June: ICC Institute Training – Oral Advocacy in International Arbitration: The good, the bad and the in between
22 June: Conference

08.30-09.00

Registration and welcome coffee

09.00 – 09.10

Welcoming address, introduction and presentation of the mock case

  • Michael Hwang SCBarrister & Chartered Arbitrator, Michael Hwang Chambers LLC, Singapore
  • Lim Wei LeeDeputy Head, Banking & Financial Disputes and Partner, International Arbitration, WongPartnership LLP, Singapore; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law

09.10 – 10.00

Oral versus written advocacy: counsel and tribunal perspectives

- Defining the elements of “oral advocacy”: pleadings, witnesses, experts, demonstratives, other features
- Early assessment of the pros and cons of the elements of “oral advocacy”: the opportunities and the limitations depending on the initial presentation of the dispute
- Perspectives as claimant versus as respondent
- The interrelationship between the assessment and the selection of the tribunal members: party autonomy vs. tribunal direction
- The interrelationship between the assessment and the applicable law(s) including respecting burden of proof and burden of persuasion

 - The assessment and the desired role for the tribunal: “inquisitorial” vs. “adversarial” vs. something in between

  • Michael Hwang SCBarrister & Chartered Arbitrator, Michael Hwang Chambers LLC, Singapore
  • Lim Wei LeeDeputy Head, Banking & Financial Disputes and Partner, International Arbitration, WongPartnership LLP, Singapore; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law

10.00 – 10.30

Q&A

10.30 – 11.00

Coffee break

11.00 – 11.30

Oral advocacy, party autonomy and the determination of the facts of the dispute: the opening statement at the hearing

- The hearing and oral opening statements: good practices, bad practices, best practices

- Orally pleading the case “through” prior written memorials: counsel perspectives, tribunal perspectives

- Opening statements and post-hearing briefs: the desired relationship

- Exhibits and visuals and their role in oral advocacy and decision-making

  • Blossom HingDirector, Dispute Resolution and Corporate Restructuring & Workouts, Drew & Napier, Singapore
  • Michael PolkinghornePartner, White & Case LLP, France; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law

11.30 – 13.00

Case scenarios and Q&A

13.00 – 14.30

Lunch

14.30 – 15.00

Focus on cross-examination

- Effective preparation for cross examination

- Effective styles of cross-examination

- Remember the dead horse”: knowing when to let go

- “Putting your case to the witness” versus character assassination

- Lay witnesses and expert witnesses

  • Joongi KimProfessor, Yonsei Law School, Republic of Korea; Alternate Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law
  • Margaret Joan LingPartner, Allen & Gledhill LLP, Singapore  

15.00 – 16.00

Case scenarios and Q&A

16.00 – 16.15

Coffee break

16.15 – 16.45

Oral advocacy at the main hearing

- Orally pleading the case “through” witness examination: counsel perspectives, tribunal perspectives

- Closing statements and post-hearing briefs: transcripts, recency and the new emphasis on speed in rendering the award

  • Axel ReegAttorney-at-Law, REEGRECHTSANWÄLTE, Germany
  • Gitta SatryaniPartner, International Arbitration, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Singapore

16.45 – 17.45

Case scenarios and Q&A

17.45 – 18.00

Concluding remarks

  • Michael Hwang SC, Barrister & Chartered Arbitrator, Michael Hwang Chambers LLC, Singapore

*All times are shown in Singapore Standard Time.

08.00 – 09.00 

Registration and welcome coffee

09.00 – 10.00 

Food for Thought: Quo Vadis Asia Pacific?

This session will explore recent arbitration developments in the Asia Pacific region. The panel will discuss important domestic court decisions and changes in national legislation that have an impact on international arbitration practices in their respective jurisdictions.

 

  • Sanjeev K. Kapoor, Partner, Khaitan & Co, India; Vice President, ICC International Court of Arbitration
  • Edwina Kwan, Partner, King & Wood Mallesons, Australia
  • Jay Patrick Santiago, Trustee & Senior VP, Philippine Institute of Arbitrators, Phillippines
  • Helen Shi, Partner, Fangda Law Firm, China; Vice President, ICC International Court of Arbitration

Moderated by:

  • Justin D’Agostino MH, Global CEO, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hong Kong

 

 

10.00– 10.15

Welcome address

  • Alexander G. Fessas, Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration

10.15 – 10.45 

Keynote address

  • Edwin Tong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, and Second Minister for  Law, Singapore

10.45 – 11.15

Coffee break

11.15 – 12.15

Fireside Chat: How does the global supply chain shape the international arbitration landscape in the Asia Pacific?

The trend of multilaterism in international trade and investment has created not just some of the world’s largest trading blocs, but it has also formed global supply chains that proliferate across borders. Recent initiatives such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) aim to regulate global supply chain and provide dispute resolution mechanisms for its member states The global supply chain phenomenon greatly influences the arbitration landscape in the Asia Pacific region. In this chat, the panel will discuss this fascinating issue and how global trade and ADR stakeholders ensure business continuity for everyone, every day, everywhere.

  • Stephan Jansma, Chief Financial Officer, Asia Pacific, Trafigura, Singapore
  • Claudia Salomon, President, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
  • Bani M. Mulia, CEO, PT Samudera, Indonesia 

12.1513.45 

Lunch Break

13.45 –15.00

The Tale of Building Trust: Arbitration and ADR as the go-to dispute settlement mechanism for pharmaceutical and biotechnology disputes

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, the international arbitration community has witnessed an increase in pharmacology and biotechnology disputes. These industries can be tricky to navigate due to their complex workings of supply, production, manufacturing, licensing, and distribution chains. As a result, disputes concerning intellectual property rights and breaches of distribution agreements, amongst others, often arise. This panel will discuss how arbitration and/or other ADR mechanisms may benefit parties in different types of pharmacology and biotechnology disputes and how these methods may, in practice, complement litigation alike.

  • Alexander G. Fessas, Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris 
  • Alex Parker, Assistant General Counsel, APAC Investigations and Dispute Resolution, GSK, Singapore

 

  • Earl Rivera-Dolera, Head of International Arbitration Practice, Frasers Law, Vietnam 
  • Yin Ye, CEO, BGI Group, China 

Moderated by: 

  • Sae Youn Kim, Attorney, Kim & Chang, South Korea 

 

15.00 – 16.15

Corruption in International Arbitration

  • With several multilateral trade and investment agreements in the Asia Pacific region, coupled with an increasing appetite for business, more and more countries in the region are engaging with foreign companies. As encouraging and as thrilling as this sounds, issues of corruption and illegality cannot be laid to rest just yet. In this session, the panel will examine the lay of the land in terms of corruption in international arbitration. The panel will navigate how states and its entities may work together with the relevant stakeholders such as national corruption commissions, lawyers and business players in harmonising the combat of corruption and illegality in foreign investment and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.
  • Joongi Kim, Professor of Law, Yonsei Law School, Seoul; Alternative Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law 
  • Hon'ble Mr Justice L. Nageswara Rao, Former Judge, Supreme Court of India 
  • Anselmo Reyes, International Judge, Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC), Singapore 
  • Sitpah Selvaratnam, Consultant, Messrs Tommy Thomas Advocates & Solicitors, Malaysia; Alternate Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration 

Moderated by:  

  • Kabir Singh, Partner, Clifford Chance, Singapore 

 

16.15 – 16.45

Coffee break

16.45 – 17.45

Ready, Set, Debate!

House A: This House believes that the ‘No Win No Fee’ scheme is a welcome feature in strengthening international ADR practice

House B: This House believes that the ‘No Win No Fee’ scheme should not be legislated for use in international ADR practice

In recent years, legislative changes pertaining to the ‘No Win No Fee’ scheme has emerged as a hot topic in international arbitration. In January 2022, Singapore passed a law that allows lawyers and their clients to enter into ‘no win no fee’ agreements in certain proceedings, including those of arbitration and mediation. Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, efforts to put ‘no win no fee’ into legislation for arbitration and related court proceedings are in motion. This panel will delve further into the topic and discuss the impact of this arrangement on arbitration practice and any potential repercussions along the way.

Jury:  

Chiann Bao, Independent Arbitrator, Arbitration Chambers, Singapore; Vice President, ICC International Court of Arbitration 

Abhinav Bhushan, Member, International Arbitrator & Chief Executive for Asia, 39 Essex Chambers, Singapore 

  • Yoko Maeda, Partner, City-Yuwa Partners, Japan; Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration

 

For House A:  

  • Tom Glasgow, Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer (Asia), Omni Bridgeway, Singapore 
  • Diana Rahman, Head of Legal, Gamuda Land, Malaysia; Arbitrator, Mediator

For House B

  • Smitha Menon, Partner, Wong Partnership LLP, Singapore; Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration 
  • Chelva R. Rajah SC, Partner, Tan Rajah & Cheah, Singapore 

 

17.45-18:00

Closing Remarks

  • Tejus Chauhan, Director, South Asia, ICC Arbitration & ADR, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Singapore
  • Donna Huang, Director, North Asia, ICC Arbitration & ADR; ICC International Court of Arbitration, Shanghai

18:00-20:00

Cocktail reception

Training

Blossom Hing

Director, Dispute Resolution and Corporate Restructuring & Workouts, Drew & Napier, Singapore

Michael Hwang SC

Barrister & Chartered Arbitrator, Michael Hwang Chambers LLC, Singapore

Joongi Kim

Professor, Yonsei Law School, Republic of Korea; Alternate Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law

Lim Wei Lee

Deputy Head, Banking & Financial Disputes and Partner, International Arbitration, Wong Partnership LLP, Singapore; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law

Margaret Joan Ling

Partner, Allen & Gledhill LLP, Singapore

Michael Polkinghorne

Partner, White & Case LLP, France; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law

Axel Reeg

Attorney-at-Law, REEGRECHTSANWÄLTE, Germany

Gitta Satryani

Partner, International Arbitration, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Singapore

Conference

Justin D'Agostino MH

Global CEO, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hong Kong

Chiann Bao

Independent Arbitrator, Arbitration Chambers, Singapore; Vice President, ICC International Court of Arbitration

Abhinav Bhushan

Member, International Arbitrator & Chief Executive for Asia, 39 Essex Chambers, Singapore

Tejus Chauhan

Director, South Asia, ICC Arbitration & ADR, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Singapore

Alexander G. Fessas

Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris

Tom Glasgow

Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer (Asia), Omni Bridgeway, Singapore

Donna Huang

Director, North Asia, ICC Arbitration & ADR, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Shanghai

Stephan Jansma

Chief Financial Officer, Asia Pacific, Trafigura, Singapore

Sanjeev K. Kapoor

Partner, Khaitan & Co, India; Vice President, ICC International Court of Arbitration

Joongi Kim

Professor, Yonsei Law School, Republic of Korea; Alternate Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law

Sae Youn Kim

Partner, Kim & Chang, Republic of Korea

Edwina Kwan

Partern, King & Wood Mallesons, Australia

Yoko Maeda

Partner, City-Yuwa Partners, Japan; Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration

Bani M. Mulia

CEO, PT Samudera, Indonesia

Smitha Menon

Partner, Wong Partnership LLP, Singapore; Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration

Alex Parker

Assistant General Counsel, APAC Investigations and Dispute Resolution, GSK, Singapore

Diana Rahman

Head of Legal, Gamuda Land, Malaysia; Arbitrator, Mediator

Chelva R. Rajah SC

Partner, Tan Rajah & Cheah, Singapore

Hon'ble Mr Justice L Nageswara Rao

Former Judge, Supreme Court of India

Anselmo Reyes

International Judge, Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC), Singapore

Earl J. Rivera-Dolera

Head of International Arbitration Practice, Frasers Law, Vietnam

Claudia Salomon

President, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris

Jay Patrick Santiago

Trustee & Senior VP, Philippine Institute of Arbitrators, Philippines

Sitpah Selvaratnam

Consultant, Messrs Tommy Thomas Advocates & Solicitors, Malaysia; Alternate Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration

Helen Shi

Partner, Fangda Law Firm, China; Vice President, ICC International Court of Arbitration

Kabir Singh

Partner, Clifford Chance, Singapore

Edwin Tong

Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, and Second Minister for Law, Singapore

Yin Ye

CEO, BGI Group, China

 

Dates and venue

 Date of the Training: 21 June 2022

 Date of the Conference: 22 June 2022

 

 Venue: Sofitel Singapore City Centre, 9 Wallich Street, 078885, Singapore

Registration fees

 

 7th ICC Asia-Pacific Conference – extended Early bird until  20May 2022: US$ 399

 Conference – Price after early bird: US$ 589

 ICC Institute Training  – extended Early bird: until  20 May 2022: US$ 499

 Seminar – Price after early bird: US$ 750

 Discount package: Training and Conference – extended Early bird until 20 May 2022:   US$ 719

 Discount package – Price after early bird: US$ 1 071

Special discounts

ICC Members may benefit from a 20% discount. Please contact your local NC to obtain your discount code.

Group rates: Register 5 persons from the same company and pay for 4.

In house Counsel and Government representatives may attend the conference free of charge.

Full time Academics may benefit from a 30% discount.

Please contact ICCGlobalEvents@iccwbo.org for more details.

Travel and accomodation

Travel and hotel expenses are not included in the registration fees. Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and hotel reservations. ICC has however secured a room block at the Sofitel Singapore City Centre with preferential rates. A link will be sent upon registration allowing participants to make their reservations directly.

Working languages

English

ICC Sanitary Protocol for Events

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 The safety and wellbeing of participants in ICC events is a fundamental concern of the organisation. Registration and participation in an in-person ICC event requires that you adhere to health and safety measures implemented by the organisers and that you agree to comply with those measures at all times. Those measures may vary depending on local health and safety considerations including government regulations and guidelines, and rules governing the venue.

 Participants at ICC events accept the risk of change of health and safety obligations and its impact on measures implemented by organisers which may include: showing a valid health pass, social distancing, use of tracing devices, wearing masks, temperature measurement, use of hydro-alcoholic gel, limiting number of participants and restricting their physical gathering, holding the meeting virtually, limiting catering services.

 By registering and attending the 7th ICC Asia Pacific Conference in Singapore you undertake to comply with health and safety regulations imposed by the local authorities and the hotel. You also acknowledge that you are required to be fully vaccinated and that it is mandatory to wear a mask in all indoor areas of the hotel. Although TraceTogether and SafeEntry checks are no longer required at hotel entrances, participants are advised to carry a copy of their vaccination certificate.

 Keep abreast of updates on Singapore’s Covid-19 situation here:

 https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19

Credits, hours and points

This event is eligible for credits/hours/points before the French Bar, NY Bar, and Singapore Bar. The Conference has been provisionally awarded 6 Public CPD Points and the Training 5.5 Public CPD Points (TBC) by the Singapore Institute of Legal Education. For this purpose, please note that the level of this training is advanced and the practice area is Alternate Dispute Resolution. This is subject to validation of ICC Global Events’ applications (or individual application, as necessary) to the afore mentioned Bars.

Further, ICC Global Events is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.

Please contact ICCGlobalEvents@iccwbo.org if you have any questions or would like further information.

Participants who wish to obtain CPD Points before the Singapore Institute of Legal Education are reminded that they must comply strictly with the Attendance Policy set out in the CPD Guidelines. For this activity, this includes signing in on arrival and signing out at the conclusion of the activity in the manner required by the organiser, and not being absent from the entire activity for more than 15 minutes. Participants who do not comply with the Attendance Policy will not be able to obtain CPD Points for attending the activity. Please refer to http://www.sileCPDcentre.sg for more information.

Cancellation Policy

50% of the registration fee will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received in writing before Friday 20 May 2022. Cancellations after this date are not refundable.

Please be informed that any form of cancellation will incur a cancellation fee of US$7 + 2.75% of the registration fee which must be covered by the participant.

Subject to agreement from ICC Global Events prior to the event, the registration may be transferred to another person from the same company or organisation at no extra charge. Updated registration information will be required.

Please note that ICC reserves the right to cancel this event or to make minor alterations to the content and timing of the programme or to the identity of the speakers. In the unlikely event of cancellation, delegates will be offered a full refund. ICC will not, however, be held responsible for any related expense incurred by the participant.

Disclaimer

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Tailor-made packages are available to suit your firm’s needs. For more information contact sponsorship@iccwbo.org

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