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Professor Nadja Alexander

Conflict Specialist, Mediator and Conflict Coach

Professor Nadja Alexander has worked in conflict management settings in more than 30 countries across Australia, Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and North America. In addition to her role as a Principal of Conflict Coaching International, Nadja is a conflict management and mediation consultant for the World Bank Group and holds university appointments in Australia, Hong Kong and the United States. She is Honorary Professor of Law at The University of Queensland, Australia where she teaches Conflict Coaching. Her award-winning work on international dispute resolution has been published in numerous languages. In 2015 she was granted a Humboldt Fellowship to the Max Planck Institute of Foreign and Comparative Law in Germany. Prof. Alexander has been appointed to the Hong Kong Mediation Steering Committee and the Hong Kong Mediation Taskforce She is a member of the Hong Kong Financial Dispute Resolution Centre’s Appointments Committee, The Standards Commission of the International Mediation Institute, and the Advisory Board of the Indian International ADR Association (IIAA). In 2014 she was invited to be an inaugural Board member and director of the Singapore International Mediation Institute.


Dr Shahla Ali

Mediator, Arbitrator, Attorney (CA)

Dr. Shahla Ali specializes in the resolution of cross-border commercial disputes in the Asia Pacific region. She has over 10 years of experience in commercial arbitration, mediation, negotiation, contract law, and IP dispute resolution. She currently works as an Associate Professor and Deputy Head of the Department of Law and Deputy Director of the LLM in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution in the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong and Principal at Resolve Consulting. Shahla is the author of Consumer Financial Dispute Resolution in a Comparative Context (Cambridge University Press); International Commercial Arbitration in Asia (Juris) and Resolving Disputes in the Asia Pacific (Routledge) and writes for law journals in the area of comparative dispute system design drawing on empirical and comparative methods. Shahla is a bilingual arbitrator (English/Chinese) with FINRA, HKIAC (ADNDRC), SCIA, CIETAC, a conciliator with WTC Macau and a mediator with the HKMC, HKMAAL and the HK Building and Lands Tribunal. She has studied and practiced in China, Hong Kong SAR, Israel, the US and Switzerland and speaks English, Chinese and Farsi. She is qualified to practice law in California.


Professor Lawrence Boo

Head of Chambers, The Arbitration Chambers

Professor Lawrence Boo heads The Arbitration Chambers since its founding in 1996. Formerly the Deputy Chairman (2004-2009) and first Chief Executive Officer and Registrar (1991-1996) of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, Prof Boo is well recognised as Singapore’s leading international arbitrator, having sat as arbitrator in more than 280 cases and written numerous awards. His cases included those administered by the ICC, CIETAC, SIAC, LCIA, HKIAC and ad hoc arbitrations. He has mediated over 80 disputes. He is on the panel of numerous international arbitral institutions as well as being on the panel of  ICSID’s  Panel of Conciliators and Singapore’s nominee to ICSID’s Panel of Arbitrators. He teaches international commercial arbitration at the Law Faculty of NUS and Bond University (Australia).


Cavinder Bull SC

Director, Drew & Napier LLC

Cavinder has an active practice in international arbitration, both as counsel and occasionally as arbitrator. He has appeared in hearings in Singapore, London, Milan and Tokyo under various rules including SIAC, LCIA, ICC and UNCITRAL. Cavinder is also on the panel of arbitrators of ICSID. He is presently the Deputy Chairman of SIAC and a Vice-President of the SIAC Court of Arbitration.Cavinder graduated with First Class Honours in law from Oxford University and has a Masters in Law from Harvard Law School. He has been called to the Bar in England & Wales, New York and Singapore.


Professor Chester Brown

Professor, University of Sydney

Professor Chester Brown is Professor of International Law and International Arbitration at the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney; a Barrister at 7 Wentworth Selborne Chambers, Sydney, and an overseas associate of Essex Court Chambers, London, and Maxwell Chambers, Singapore. He teaches and researches in the fields of public international law, international dispute settlement, international arbitration, international investment law, and private international law. He also maintains a practice in these fields, and has been involved as counsel in proceedings before the International Court of Justice, the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, inter-State and investor-State arbitral tribunals, as well as in international commercial arbitrations. He is the editor of Commentaries on Selected Model Investment Treaties (OUP, 2013), co-editor of Evolution in Investment Treaty Law and Arbitration (CUP, 2011), co-author of The International Arbitration Act 1974: A Commentary (LexisNexis, 2011), and author of A Common Law of International Adjudication (OUP, 2007), which was awarded the American Society of International Law’s Certificate of Merit.


Judith Gill QC

Partner, Allen & Overy

Judith Gill is recognised as one of the leading practitioners in the field of international arbitration. She has conducted cases under various sets of rules and subject to many different systems of law. In particular she has experience of arbitrations under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), American Arbitration Association (AAA), United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), Hungarian Chamber of Commerce, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), Federal Economic Chamber in Vienna, German Arbitration Institute (DIS) and London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA), with seats including Paris, London, New York, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Geneva, Zurich and Budapest. She has particular experience of projects (particularly in the energy and infrastructure sectors), joint ventures, distributorships, investor protection disputes, insurance claims and warranty claims. She regularly acts as lead advocate in arbitration cases. She also sits as an arbitrator, both sole and as a member of a panel of three arbitrators, in a variety of arbitrations on matters involving construction disputes, energy contracts, manufacturing, distributorship agreements and charter parties. Judith is the second female solicitor-advocate to be appointed QC and the first with an international arbitration practice.


Michael Hwang SC

Senior Counsel and Chartered Arbitrator

Michael Hwang S.C. currently practices as an international arbitrator and mediator based in Singapore but with door tenancies in London and Sydney. He also serves as the non-resident Chief Justice of the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts. He has two law degrees from Oxford University, to which he gained admission by winning an open scholarship examination. In 2014 he was conferred an Honorary LLD degree by the University of Sydney, where he began his legal career.

He has been:-

• Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court of Singapore;
• Senior Counsel of the Supreme Court of Singapore
• Singapore’s non-resident Ambassador to Switzerland;
• President of the Law Society of Singapore;
• Vice-Chairman of the ICC International Court of Arbitration;
• Vice-President of the International Council of Commercial Arbitration (“ ICCA”);
• Court Member of the London Court of International Arbitration (“LCIA”);
• Adjunct Professor, National University of Singapore
• Commissioner of the United Nations Compensation Commission (“UNCC”)


Amanda Lees

Of Counsel, Simmons & Simmons

Amanda specialises in cross border dispute resolution in Asia through international arbitration and complex multi-forum litigation. Amanda also sits as an arbitrator and is listed in Best Lawyers International for international arbitration. Over the last 14 years Amanda has acted in a broad range of commercial disputes in a number of industries, including the Apple v Samsung proceedings in Australia, large energy disputes in Singapore, India, Indonesia and Australia, and large mining disputes in Indonesia. Amanda has acted in complex litigation, international arbitration and related court applications in Asia and Australia. Amanda is the former co-chair of the Asia-Pacific Forum for International Arbitration (AFIA), a young practitioners group, and founding member of the Singapore Arbitration Women networking group. Amanda is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb) and Director of the Singapore branch of CIArb. Amanda has a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration from CIArb and took the ICC Masterclass for Arbitrators.


Loretta Malintoppi

Counsel, Eversheds LLP

Loretta Malintoppi is Of Counsel in the Singapore Office of Eversheds LLP. She has a law degree from Rome University and holds an LLM in Common Law Studies from Georgetown University Law Centre. Ms Malintoppi is dually-qualified (Paris and Rome Bars) and and is registered to practice as a Foreign Lawyer in Singapore. She specializes in international arbitration, both commercial and investment arbitration, and in public international law. She has acted as counsel, advocate and arbitrator in a number of arbitrations regarding disputes arising out of international commercial contracts and has represented private companies, States and State entities in UNCITRAL, ICC and ICSID proceedings. Ms Malintoppi appeared as counsel and advocate before the International Court of Justice and has also represented States in ad hoc public international law arbitrations. She was a Member for Italy of the ICC International Court of Arbitration from 2000 to 2009 and is currently a Vice-President of the ICC Court.


Minn Naing Oo

Partner of  Allen & Gledhill LLP and the Managing Director of Allen & Gledhill (Myanmar) Co., Ltd.

He was previously the Chief Executive Officer and Registrar of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, and before that, a Director at the Ministry of Trade and Industry Singapore, with oversight for Singapore’s trade agreements and World Trade Organisation-related matters, including policy review, formulation and negotiations. He has presented papers and spoken at numerous conferences and seminars on international arbitration and international trade. He has also written and is co-author of several articles on competition policy and trade agreements. Minn graduated from the National University of Singapore with an LLB. After he was called to the Singapore Bar in 1997, Minn was in legal practice before he obtained an LLM in 2001 from Columbia University as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Minn is a legal adviser to the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the Chairman of the Myanmar International Arbitration Centre Formation Committee.  He is also a member of the Expert Panel of the Singapore Management University Centre for Cross-Border Commercial Law in Asia and the Singapore Academy of Law Promotion of Singapore Law Committee. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. Minn is fluent in English, Burmese and Malay.


Mahdev Mohan

Assistant Professor of Law, Singapore Management University School of Law

Mahdev is an Assistant Professor of Law at the Singapore Management University, where he teaches law and regulation, and public international law. He directs SMU’s Asian Business & Rule of Law initiative, and is a founding member of the Singapore Branch of the International Law Association. He is a general editor of both the Journal of East Asia and International Law and the China and WTO Review, and researches, writes and advises on public international law, and investment arbitration in Asia. Mahdev has represented sovereign and multi-national clients on a range of commercial disputes, is now an Of Counsel with Providence Law Asia in Singapore, and is an Associate Tenant with Temple Garden Chambers in London. He has also conducted pro bono litigation before an international criminal tribunal. Mahdev received his Master’s in Law from Stanford Law School on a Fulbright Scholarship, and was awarded the Carl Mason Franklin Jr. prize for outstanding scholarship in international law.


Lucy Reed

Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Lucy, the global co-head of Freshfields’ international arbitration and public international law groups, represents private and public clients in complex commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. Among other arbitration positions, she is a member of the SIAC Court, the LCIA Court, the ICC Court Governing Body and the ICCA Governing Board, and formerly served as chair of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration and president of the American Society of International Law. Currently on the ICSID, SIAC, HKIAC, KCAB and KLRCA arbitrator panels, Lucy also sat on the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission and co-directed the Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Accounts in Switzerland. Before joining Freshfields in 1998, she was general counsel of the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization and, while with the US State Department, the US Agent to the Iran-US Claims Tribunal. Among other publications, Lucy is co-author of A Guide to the SIAC Arbitration Rules (OUP 2014), Guide to ICSID Arbitration (2nd ed. Kluwer 2011) and The Freshfields Guide to Arbitration Clauses in International Contracts (3rd ed. Kluwer 2011). A New York qualified lawyer, she was educated at the University of Chicago Law School and Brown University.


John Rhie

Managing Partner of Quinn Emanuel’s Hong Kong office and the Head of the International Arbitration practice in Asia

John specializes in international arbitration, both commercial and investment treaty, as well as cross-border/international litigation and white collar crime. In relation to international arbitration, John has acted as counsel in arbitrations under most arbitral institutions such as the ICC, ICSID, HKIAC, KCAB, LCIA, SIAC as well as ad hoc arbitrations around the world. John is recognized as a leading expert in the field of international arbitration and is ranked by all major legal publications.  Legal 500 says that “the ‘highly sought after’ John Rhie is ‘brilliant and lucid'” (2013). Chambers and Partners says that “Clients benefit from his strong international background and add that he is ‘very astute and commercially savvy'”.John is rated as a leading practitioner in Who’s Who Legal (2014) and in 2011 John was chosen as one of the “Hot 100” figures in the Asian legal Industry by Asian Legal Business and was the youngest practitioner to be named in Global Arbitration Review’s “45 under 45” leading arbitration practitioners. In regards to litigation, John has personally undertaken litigation in the English High Court for various different clients on matters ranging from post M&A disputes to trademark infringement. John has also managed complex and high value litigation matters for Asian clients in jurisdictions ranging from the U.S., Panama, British Virgin Islands and South Korea. John is an adjunct professor at Seoul National University and at the Korean Supreme Court’s Judicial Research and Training Institute. Prior to joining the firm, John was a partner in the Seoul office of Kim & Chang.


Professor Hi-Taek Shin

Professor, Law at Seoul National University School of Law

Professor Shin received the J.S.D degree from Yale Law School, and is an expert in international investment law and cross-border M&A transactions. Prior to joining the law faculty at Seoul National University, he was a partner at the leading Korean law firm of Kim & Chang where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions, foreign direct investment, and resolution of disputes arising from cross-border investment projects, for more than twenty-five years. Professor Shin has extensive experience in representing international investors doing business in Korea and advising Korean companies investing overseas. Professor Shin actively advises the Korean government on issues relating to the negotiations of many important international agreements. Among his prolific services to the Korean government, he served as co-chairman of the commission to review investor-state arbitration provisions in the Korea-U.S. FTA negotiation in 2006. He also served as the director of the Korean Bar Association for international relations. He has been serving as the Chairman of the Executive Committee of Seoul International Dispute Resolution Center since 2013. He is currently on the panel of arbitrators of International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) as well as the Korea Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB) and International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR).


Matthew Skinner

Partner, Jones Day

Matthew Skinner has assisted clients with dispute resolution matters across Asia as well as Australia and the United Kingdom. He has extensive experience handling legally complex and sensitive matters with particular emphasis on international arbitration, contractual disputes, and regulatory investigations. Matthew acts for clients across a range of industries. His experience includes transactional and tortious disputes, fraud, joint venture, insurance, resource contract, and construction disputes. He also advises and assists clients in their dealings with government regulators in connection with investigations and prosecutions, including conducting internal investigations for clients in connection with suspected bribery and corruption offences. Matthew has almost 20 years of practice experience in London, Sydney, and Singapore. He has handled disputes in a number of forums, including the courts of England and Australia, as well as in international arbitration tribunals (SIAC, LCIA, LMAA, ICC, UNCITRAL, and CAS). He also has experience in various forms of alternative dispute resolution, including adjudication and mediation. Matthew’s grasp of the broader issues impacting litigation enables him to provide solution-driven, commercially focused advice to his clients. He is the author of a number of published articles and is regularly invited to speak at conferences.


Romesh Weeramantry

Foreign Legal Consultant, Clifford Chance (Hong Kong)

Romesh specialises in complex arbitrations involving cross-border commercial or joint venture disputes and foreign investment treaty claims. His publications include Treaty Interpretation in Investment Arbitration (Oxford UP 2012); International Commercial Arbitration: An Asia-Pacific Perspective (Cambridge UP 2011); and The Hong Kong Arbitration Ordinance: Commentary and Annotations (Sweet & Maxwell 2011). He is a General Editor of the Asian Dispute Review and a General Arbitration Editor of the Hong Kong White Book. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Hong Kong and is on the Editorial Board of the ICSID Review.


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