Ms Lucy Reed is an independent arbitrator with Arbitration Chambers (New York), and currently the President of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration, a Vice-President of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) Court, and a Director on the SIAC Board.
Ms Reed retired in 2016 from the international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where she led the global international arbitration group, and then was Professor of Practice and Director of the Centre for International Law of the National University of Singapore through 2019. While with the US State Department, Ms Reed served as the US Agent to the Iran-US Claims Tribunal.
She is a former President of the American Society of International Law, Chair of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, and a Vice President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration.
Ms Reed received degrees from the University of Chicago Law School and Brown University.
Edwin TONG SC
Mr Edwin Tong SC was appointed Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Law on 27 July 2020. Prior to this, he served as the Senior Minister of State at the Ministry of Law and the Ministry of Health from 1 July 2018 to 26 July 2020.
At the Ministry of Law, he focuses on the development and promotion of Singapore's legal and dispute resolution sector. He also handles wide-ranging aspects of law reform, including intellectual property, corporate restructuring and insolvency, and legal aid.
Before taking office, Mr Tong spent his entire working life at Allen & Gledhill LLP. In that time, he was concurrently Head of the Restructuring and Corporate Insolvency Department, Co-Head of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department, and a member of the Exco. He was widely acknowledged to be a leading lawyer of the Singapore Bar, and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2015.
Ms Anna Joubin-Bret is the Secretary of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and the Director of the International Trade Law Division in the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations, which functions as the substantive secretariat for UNCITRAL. She is the ninth Secretary of the Commission.
Prior to her appointment on 24 November 2017, Ms Joubin-Bret practiced law in Paris, specializing in International Investment Law and Investment Dispute Resolution. She focused on serving as counsel, arbitrator, mediator and conciliator in international investment disputes. She served as arbitrator in several ICSID, UNCITRAL and ICC disputes. Prior to 2011 and for 15 years, Ms Joubin-Bret was the Senior Legal Adviser for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
Ms Joubin-Bret was formerly appointed judge at the Commercial Court in Grenoble (France) and was elected Regional Counsellor of the Rhône-Alpes Region in 1998.
A World in Transition: Business Challenges in the New Normal
CHNG Kai Fong
Mr Chng Kai Fong was appointed Managing Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) on 1 October 2017.
Before EDB, Mr Chng was the Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister. He had also served in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Civil Service College, Ministry of Home Affairs, and the Ministry of Communications and Information. As part of the Public Service's development programme, Mr Chng was also seconded for two years to Shell.
Mr Chng graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Master in Engineering in 2001, and from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business with a Master of Science in Management in 2012.
Mr Chng is married with two daughters and a son. In his younger days, he freelanced as a Euphonium player and an amateur conductor. These days, he waves his hands when classical music is playing on the radio, to the bewilderment of his children.
Mr Patrick Cao is the President of GoTo, the largest technology group in Indonesia and the “go to” ecosystem for digital daily life. Mr Cao is responsible for overseeing the finance, corporate development, investor relations and investment activities of GoTo.
Previously the President of Tokopedia since 2016, Mr Cao was responsible for the CFO Office, Financial Technology businesses and global partnerships.
Before joining Tokopedia, Mr Cao was a Principal at Formation 8. In this role, he focused on diversified technology investments in Asia. Prior to Formation 8, Mr Cao was an Executive Director at UBS Investment Bank, specializing in M&A and capital markets advisory in the TMT, consumer and industrials sectors. Before that, he was a Vice President at Moelis & Company in Hong Kong, where he was engaged in restructuring and corporate finance advisory.
Mr Cao received a B.S. in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University. He is currently doing his MBA at Tsinghua University.
KOH Swee Yen
Ms Koh Swee Yen is a Partner in the Commercial & Corporate Disputes and International Arbitration Practices of WongPartnership LLP.
She has an active practice as counsel, with a particular focus on complex, high-value and cross-border disputes across a wide spectrum of matters from commercial, energy, international sales, trade, transport, technology to investment. She regularly appears before the High Court and Court of Appeal and in international arbitrations under the major institutional rules, including ICSID, ICC, ICDR, LCIA, SIAC and UNCITRAL.
Ms Koh is highly recommended for her expertise in resolving complex international disputes, and is named in various legal publications including The Legal 500, Chambers Global and Who's Who Legal: Arbitration 2021. Described as being "in a league of her own", with a “very deep understanding of the law” and “razor-sharp” in her advocacy, she is regarded as the "go-to disputes lawyer in Singapore”.
Sunny J. PARK
Ms Sunny Park currently leads the Corporate, External & Legal Affairs (CELA) Department for Microsoft APAC with a team of professionals across the region. Her responsibilities span across a wide variety of cutting-edge issues synonymous with 4th industrial revolution and technology, such as AI and ethics, cybersecurity, privacy, data governance, anti-trust, trade, e-commerce, telecommunication regulations, cloud computing and internet governance, as companies and governments are on a journey to digitally transform.
In addition to supporting digital transformation of Microsoft's customers within the APAC region, her responsibilities also include engaging and advancing Microsoft's IT policy, ensuring regulatory compliance and anti-corruption, and representing Microsoft externally with governments, academia and various industry associations.
Ms Park is passionate about this dynamic region and brings a balanced perspective of “east and west” in her approach. She is a strong advocate of women's issues and female leadership and has served in many capacities to advance women's issues and advancements both internally and externally, including as the Chair of Microsoft's CELA Global Diversity & Inclusion initiative.
Mr Sunny George Verghese is the Co-founder & Group CEO of Olam International Limited, a leading food and agri-business, headquartered in Singapore and ranking among the top 30 largest primary listed companies in terms of market capitalisation on SGX-ST. In 2016, Fortune magazine recognised Olam at #23 in its 'Change the World' list.
In 31 years, Mr Verghese and his team have built this business to S$35.8 billion in Sales Revenues for FY2020. Today, Olam operates in over 60 countries, delivering various agricultural raw materials and food ingredients to around 17,300 customers worldwide and employs around 81,600 people.
Mr Verghese is currently the Chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Chairman of the Board of the Human Capital Leadership Institute (HCLI), Singapore, Chairman of JOil (S) Pte Ltd and also serves on the Board of Trustees of Singapore Management University.
Mr Verghese holds a post graduate management degree from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) and has also completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP) from the Harvard Business School.
The Role of International Dispute Resolution Amidst COVID-19
Professor Joel LEE
Professor Joel Lee is a Professor at the Faculty of Law, the National University of Singapore. Professor Lee co-pioneered the teaching of Negotiation and Mediation in the Singapore Universities and has played a significant role in furthering the development of mediation in Singapore, not just in education but in practice.
A graduate of Victoria University of Wellington and Harvard Law Schools, Professor Lee is a partner with CMP-Cambridge (USA) and a principal mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre.
Professor Lee was a member of the International Mediation Institute's Independent Standards Commission and Intercultural Taskforce and was also a key member of the Ministry of Law's Working Group on International Commercial Mediation. Professor Lee is presently the founding Chair of the Board of the Singapore International Mediation Institute. He is also a Certified Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP).
Professor Lee has taught overseas at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark), University of Law, Economics and Science of Aix‐Marseille (Aix‐en‐Provence France) and Anglia Law School (UK) and is the co-editor and co- author of the book "An Asian Perspective on Mediation" and the “Singapore Mediation Handbook”, and the General Editor for the Asian Journal on Mediation. In 2011, Professor Lee was awarded the Outstanding Educator Award which is the National University of Singapore's highest teaching award.
Ms Daphne Hong is Singapore's Legal Adviser and heads International Affairs Division (IAD), the department that advises the Singapore government on all international law matters and represents Singapore in international negotiations and dispute resolution.
She has been involved in, inter alia, the applications to the ICJ for the revision and interpretation of its 2008 judgement concerning the sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh, Middle Rocks and South Ledge, and Singapore's intervention as Third Party in the WTO Dispute on Australia's Plain Packaging measure. She is also the lead negotiator for the delimitation of Singapore's maritime boundaries.
Mr Abdelhamid Mamdouh was the Director of the Trade in Services and Investment Division, since May 2001, prior to retirement from the World Trade Organisation (WTO) at the end of September 2017.
Previously, Mr Mamdouh was a Senior Counsellor in the Trade in Services Division. He had been the Secretary of the WTO Council for Trade in Services since the establishment of the WTO in 1995. During that time, he was also responsible for legal affairs relating to Trade in Services and the implementation of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS).
Earlier, during the Uruguay Round negotiations, his responsibilities included legal matters relating to the negotiation, design and drafting of the GATS.
Before joining the GATT secretariat as a dispute settlement lawyer in January 1990, Mr Mamdouh was representing Egypt to the GATT in the Uruguay Round Negotiations on a wide range of issues, including services.
Mr Sternford Moyo is the current President of the International Bar Association.
He is a former bar leader in Zimbabwe and in Southern Africa.
He has held a number of positions within the International Bar Association including being chairperson of the African Regional Forum and co-chairperson of the IBA Human Rights Institute.
He is a Senior Partner of Scanlen & Holderness and he specialises in mining, corporate and commercial law.
Mr Geoff Sharp possesses “vast experience mediating in Asia and the Middle East” and has a focus on Asia, currently APAC Insider's Best Commercial Mediator in the Asia-Pacific. He is a door tenant at Brick Court Chambers, London and a founding member of Maxwell Mediators, Singapore and is currently a ranked mediator in Chambers UK Bar.
Active in Asia, Mr Sharp is a member of the Singapore International Mediation Centre's international panel of mediators and appointed a SIMC ambassador. He is also a panel member of the Japan International Mediation Center in Kyoto as well as a senior mediator at Mainland – Hong Kong Joint Mediation Center.
Also mediating in the Middle East, Mr Sharp is a member of the Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre Mediation Panel. Previously, Mr Sharp was a litigation partner at New Zealand firm Bell Gully and began his legal career at King & Wood Mallesons. He is admitted to the Bar in New Zealand and Australia (all New Zealand Courts, Supreme Court of Victoria, High Court of Australia and the Australian Federal Court).
Ms Ariel Ye has more than 30 years of experience in the resolution of cross-border business disputes. As a senior dispute resolution partner at King & Wood Mallesons, she is a widely recognized leading expert in cross-border dispute resolution in the Asia Pacific region.
Ms Ye currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the IBA Asia Pacific Regional Forum, she also serves as a member of the Advisory Board of International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) and a member of the SIAC Board of Directors. She is a former member of the Board of ICCA, a former court member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), and a former court member of Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC).
Ms Ye is also listed on the panel of arbitrators of AAA, CIETAC, HKIAC, SIAC and Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration, etc.
K SHANMUGAM SC
Mr K Shanmugam SC is the Singapore Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law. Mr Shanmugam has been Law Minister since May 2008, and concurrently:
- Second Minister for Home Affairs, May 2008 – October 2010;
- Minister for Home Affairs, October 2010 – May 2011, and since September 2015; and
- Minister for Foreign Affairs, May 2011 – September 2015.
As Minister for Law, Mr Shanmugam has overseen changes to Singapore's legal profession, to build a more vibrant legal sector. These include: reforming the arbitration regime in Singapore, encouraging international law practices to anchor regional work in Singapore, and facilitating collaboration between Singapore and international law practices. The Singapore International Commercial Court and the Singapore International Mediation Centre were also established during his tenure as Law Minister.
Prior to entering Cabinet, Mr Shanmugam was a Senior Partner and Head of Litigation & Dispute Resolution at Allen & Gledhill LLP, then the largest law firm in Singapore. He was in practice for over 20 years, and was appointed Senior Counsel in 1998.
Future Trends in International Dispute Resolution
Professor Nadja Alexander
Professor Nadja Alexander is an international dispute resolution specialist and is recognized as a global thought leader in the field of mediation (Who's Who Legal).
An award-winning author and educator, Nadja's expertise has contributed to the design and drafting of dispute resolution legislation in more than 10 jurisdictions including Singapore, Hong Kong and Vietnam. She is a foundation member of the International Advisory Board of the United Nations Global Mediation Panel and is a member of mediation panels in Singapore, Japan, Australia and China. Nadja works professionally in the English and German languages.
Nadja is Professor of Law (Practice) and Director of the Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy (SIDRA) at the Singapore Management University School of Law. She holds honorary professorial appointments in Australia and the United States.
Mr Daryl Chew is a Partner in Shearman & Sterling's International Arbitration Group and Head of the Singapore office.
He represents clients in arbitrations involving a wide range of applicable laws, arbitration rules and venues, arising from construction (infrastructure, power, petrochemicals), energy (oil and gas, nuclear, renewables), M&A, joint venture and general commercial disputes. Daryl also serves as arbitrator.
Mr Chew consistently features as a leading individual in all major professional directories. He has been commended as one of the “most highly regarded” in the Asia Pacific region, a “brilliant all round talent” and a “phenomenal advocate”. Clients have also highlighted his “valuable strategic input”, “outstanding track record” and “consistently high-quality work”.
Mr Chew serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Maxwell Chambers, and has been appointed to various governmental, global and regional arbitration committees. A Singaporean national, Daryl is admitted in New York and Singapore. He speaks English and Mandarin.
Ms Chittu Nagarajan is a pioneer in the field of ODR for the last 20 years, a thought leader and a serial ODR Entrepreneur. Her current venture is CREK ODR a NexGen ODR Technology Solutions Platform. Before CREK she Co-founded Modria - the world's leading online dispute resolution platform, was the Head of eBay and PayPal Community Courts and founder of one of the first ODR platforms - ODRIndia and ODRWorld. Her expertise in the ODR field includes research, teaching, policy making, auditing, analysis, systems design and execution.
Ms Nagarajan is a Fellow of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution (NCTDR) at UMass- Amherst and a Founding Board member and current President at the International Council for Online Dispute Resolution (ICODR).
Ms Nagarajan is also the Managing Director of Contract Wrangler (India), a unique Contract Performance and Analysis Legal Tech Company.
She holds a Master's degree in Alternative Dispute Resolution to Ecommerce Disputes, a Graduate degree in Law and BA in History. She is a Certified Mediator and holds a Legal Practicing Certificate.
Dr Evgeny RASCHEVSKY
Dr Evgeny Raschevsky practices international commercial arbitration and litigation, and specializes in management of complex cross-border disputes. He is experienced in the arbitration proceedings under ICAC of CCI of Russia (MKAS), ICC, LCIA, SCC and Swiss Rules. His portfolio includes coordination of high-profile court cases in the UK, the USA, Germany, Turkey, India and other countries. His industry specialties include energy development and supply, commodities, shipping, pharmaceutical regulation.
Dr Raschevsky is a member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), Arbitrator at Russian Arbitration Center, Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB INTERNATIONAL) and International Board of the Arbitration center at the RUIE, Vice-president of International Arbitration Court of Qingdao Arbitration Commission in Demonstration Zone of SCO and Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales.
Dr Raschevsky is a lecturer at the Moscow State University; he has authored numerous articles in specialised Russian and international legal publications.
Professor Thomas J. STIPANOWICH
Professor Thomas J. Stipanowich, William Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution and Professor of Law at Pepperdine, is an internationally known teacher and award-winning scholar with more than sixty articles and books including Resolving Disputes: Theory, Practice and Law (Aspen/Wolters-Kluwer, 4th ed. 2021). He is also an experienced arbitrator and mediator affiliated with JAMS.
He led Pepperdine's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution during a 15-year period in which it was ranked first 13 times in the U.S. News & World Report rankings, and was President & CEO of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) from 2001-2006. An advisor on many initiatives in the field, Stipanowich received the D'Alemberte-Raven Award of the ABA Dispute Resolution Section and CPR's James F. Henry Award for career contributions.
He was the first non-Indian honored as Distinguished Professor of Law by National Law University Delhi and is a member of the Affiliated Global Faculty of Peking University School of Law.
Singapore Convention on Mediation: An Opportunity for Governments, Courts and Mediation Communities to Collaborate
George LIM SC
Mr George Lim is Chairman of the Singapore International Mediation Centre. He is a Senior Counsel, and was President of the Law Society of Singapore between 1998-99. George has mediated close to 600 disputes, with a settlement rate of 75-80%. His mediation practice covers banking, finance, joint ventures, construction, professional negligence, partnerships, family and cross-border disputes.
George was Singapore's mediation consultant to UNCITRAL Working Group II, which led to the adoption of the Singapore Convention on Mediation. In October 2019, he was appointed to the Roster of Panel Chairs of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) on Dispute Settlement.
In 2020, George was identified by The International Who's Who of Commercial Mediation as being among 429 of the world's leading commercial mediators and was named a global thought leader in mediation. He is the co-editor of Mediation in Singapore: A Practical Guide.
Mr Akira Kawamura is Of Counsel in Anderson Mori & Tomotsune – one of the largest law firm in Japan. Mr Kawamura is a graduate of the Kyoto University, 1965, and of the Sydney University, LL.M.1979. He was admitted to the Japanese Bar in 1967, and joined the firm of Anderson Mori & Tomotsune (then, Anderson Mori & Rabinowitz). He has an extensive general corporate, international trade and litigation/arbitration practices. Mr. Kawamura served as the President of the International Bar Association (IBA) 2011-2012 and the President of the Japan Association of Arbitrators (JAA) 2013-2021.
He was a visiting professor of law at the Kyoto University through 2006. He is a corporate auditor and board member of a number of Japanese companies such as McDonald's Holding Company (Japan).
In 2012, he was awarded with the decoration of the Order of the Rising Sun by His Majesty the Emperor of Japan.
Dr LIU Xiaochun
Dr Liu Xiaochun worked in legislature in Mainland China, a public company listed in Hong Kong, and the Shenzhen WTO Affairs Center for many years before joining SCIA (also known as South China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission) in 2007. SCIA is the first arbitration institution governed by statutory-body legislation.
Dr Liu has long been committed to the internationalization and diversification of China's commercial dispute resolution mechanism. In 2007, he introduced “Mediation + Arbitration” mechanism to resolve cross-border disputes at Canton Fair, China High-Tech Fair and other occasions, which has benefited parties from 119 jurisdictions so far. He also initiated China's first capital market disputes resolution center and Greater Bay Area Mediation Alliance.
Dr Liu is an experienced arbitrator in various international arbitration institutions and has resolved a large number of international commercial disputes. In 2015, he resolved China's ever-largest arbitration and mediation case, parties of which came from China and United States with their 15 representatives from 5 jurisdictions.
- LLB, MA (Economics), PhD (Law), Peking University, China
- MBA, Roosevelt University, United States
- President of Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration (SCIA)
Mr Khory McCormick is a highly recognised market leader in dispute and conflict resolution in the Australasian market.
Following 40 years of Big Law. Mr Khory's opinion is sought by a broad spectrum of industry sectors. Peer rankings frequently ranking him as a recognised adviser and a thought leader in terms of the future of dispute resolution particularly in cross border and cross-cultural contexts. Mr Khory represented Australia in UNCITRAL Working Group II: Dispute Resolution which produced the Singapore Convention and associated model law.
- International and Domestic Disputes and Strategic Advisory
- Grade 1 Arbitrator; Accredited Mediator
- Professor (Strategic Law) Griffith University until 2021
- Doctor of the University, Griffith University (D Univ)
- Arbitrator (Grade 1)
- IMI Certified Accredited Advanced Practitioner (Mediator)
Professor Hi-Taek SHIN
Professor Hi-Taek Shin is currently serving as the Chairman of KCAB INTERNATIONAL, an international arm of Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB). He a member of Twenty Essex Chambers and regularly sits as an arbitrator in international commercial and investment disputes. He has been appointed numerous times as an arbitrator in cases under various rules, such as HKIAC, ICC, ICSID, KCAB and SIAC.
He is also a Professor Emeritus at Seoul National University School of Law where he has been teaching courses on international business transactions and the resolution of investment disputes arising from cross-border transactions. Before moving to the academia in 2007, he was a partner at Kim & Chang, the leading Korean law firm, specializing in cross-border investment and acquisitions and resolution of disputes arising therefrom.
Professor Shin has been active in promoting mediation in Korea and has spoken on the benefits of mediation as an effective and peaceful means of dispute resolution in various domestic and international fora.
Mr Eric Tuchmann is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and its international division, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR). In that capacity, he oversees the ICDR's operations, strategy and policies.
In addition, he manages the organization's legal and governance affairs, including litigation and regulatory matters involving the AAA-ICDR and its arbitrators and mediators.
Mr Tuchmann served as counsel of record on amicus curiae briefs filed in various courts and cited by the Supreme Court of the United States, and has been involved in various policy initiatives related to alternative dispute resolution. He analyzes domestic and international legal developments impacting the field, serves as an observer to various UNCITRAL working groups, and speaks frequently on arbitration and mediation topics. Mr Tuchmann is also a member of the Board of Directors of the AAA-ICDR Foundation, which funds critical ADR related projects domestically and internationally.
Dorcas QUEK ANDERSON
Assistant Professor Dorcas Quek Anderson is Associate Dean (Student, Staff & Alumni Affairs) and an Assistant Professor of Law in the Singapore Management University's Yong Pung How School of Law. As a practising mediator and a former District Judge in the State Courts, Dorcas' research is drawn from her experience and explores the interaction between dispute resolution developments and access to justice. Her research has been published in leading international journals including the Civil Justice Quarterly and the Harvard Negotiation Law Review.
Professor Dorcas Quek Anderson has been accredited by the International Mediation Institute, Singapore International Mediation Institute, the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution and the Singapore Mediation Centre. She is a mediator with Singapore International Mediation Centre, Singapore Mediation Centre and the Global Mediation Panel at the Office of the Ombudsman for UN Funds and Programmes. Dorcas has conducted negotiation and mediation training in SMU, Attorney-General's Chambers, Singapore Mediation Centre and Singapore International Mediation Centre.
Mr Colin Rule is CEO of Mediate.com and Arbitrate.com. In 2011 Colin co-founded Modria.com, an Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) provider based in Silicon Valley, which was acquired by Tyler Technologies in 2017. From 2017 to 2020 Colin served as Vice President of ODR at Tyler. From 2003 to 2011 Colin was Director of ODR for eBay and PayPal. Colin is the author of Online Dispute Resolution for Business and co-author of The New Handshake: ODR and the Future of Consumer Protection. He serves on the boards of the Consensus Building Institute and the PeaceTech Lab at the United States Institute of Peace.
He is currently Co-Chair of the Advisory Board of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution at UMass-Amherst and a Fellow at the Gould Center for Conflict Resolution at Stanford Law School. Colin co-founded Online Resolution, one of the first online dispute resolution (ODR) providers, in 1999 and served as its CEO and President. Colin also worked for several years with the National Institute for Dispute Resolution in Washington, DC and the Consensus Building Institute in Cambridge, MA.
Potential Uses of Mediation in Debt Restructuring and Insolvency
Justice Kannan RAMESH
Justice Kannan Ramesh was appointed Judicial Commissioner in May 2015, and Judge of the High Court in April 2017. He was also appointed as a Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court of Brunei Darussalam ("SCBD") on a part-time basis on 7 October 2019 where he hears both commercial and civil cases in SCBD.
He received his Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the National University of Singapore in 1990. He was then admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor in Singapore in 1991, and appointed Senior Counsel in 2012.
Before his appointment as Judicial Commissioner, Justice Ramesh was Managing Partner of Messrs Tan Kok Quan Partnership from 2008, where he specialised in dispute resolution, insolvency and restructuring, and international arbitration.
He was also appointed as Board Member of the Singapore Aerospace Manufacturing Pte Ltd and M1 Limited. In the former, he had an added role as Executive Committee Member, while in the latter, he was Chairman of M1's Risk Committee, as well as Member of their Nominating and Audit Committees.
He is a member of Singapore Academy of Law's Law Reform Committee, and Vice President of New York's International Insolvency Institute (III) Executive Committee and part of III's Arbitration and Conciliation working group. He was instrumental in establishing the Judicial Insolvency Network (JIN) which issued in October 2016, guidelines for court-to-court communications and cooperation in cross-border insolvencies.
Justice Ramesh wrote Getting the Deal Through – Restructuring and Insolvency in 51 Jurisdictions Worldwide in 2010. He also authored the Singapore Chapter of the World Bank publication, Doing Business – Closing a Business Survey, published in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Judge Robert DRAIN
Judge Robert Drain is a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of New York. Judge Drain received his B.A. degree cum laude with honors from Yale University in 1979 and his J.D. degree in 1984 from the Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar for three years.
At the time of his appointment in 2002, he was a partner in the Bankruptcy Department of the New York law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, where he represented debtors, trustees, secured and unsecured creditors, official and unofficial creditors committees, and buyers of distressed businesses and distressed debt in chapter 11 cases, out-of-court restructurings and bankruptcy-related litigation and also was actively involved in several transnational insolvency matters.
Judge Drain is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and a member and board member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, a member of the International Insolvency Institute, a member and former Secretary of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and a founding member and chair of the Judicial Insolvency Network. He also is the current chair of the Bankruptcy Judges Advisory Group established through the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts and was appointed to the FDIC's Systemic Resolution Advisory Committee through May 1, 2021. He was an adjunct professor for several years at St. John's University School of Law's LLM in Bankruptcy Program and currently is an adjunct professor at Pace University School of Law and has lectured and written on numerous bankruptcy-related topics.
Since his appointment he has presided over such chapter 11 cases as Loral, RCN, Cornerstone, Refco, Allegiance Telecom, Delphi, Coudert Brothers, Frontier Airlines, Star Tribune, Reader's Digest, A&P, Hostess Brands, Christian Brothers, Momentive, Cenveo, 21st Century Oncology, Tops, G A&T, Sears, Standard Amusements (Playland), Full Beauty Brands, Sungard, Windstream, Purdue Pharma, Jason Industries, OneWeb, and Frontier Communications. He also has presided over the ancillary or plenary cases, as the case may be, of Corporacion Durango, Satellites Mexicanas, Parmalat S. p. A. and its affiliated United States debtors, Varig S.A., Yukos (II), SphinX, Galvex Steel, TBS Shipping, Excel Maritime, Nautilus, Landsbanki Islands, Roust and Ultrapetrol. He has served as the court-appointed mediator in a number of chapter 11 cases, including New Page, Cengage, Quicksilver, LightSquared, Molycorp, Breitburn Energy, and China Fishery.
He is the author of a novel, The Great Work in the United States of America.
Mr Scott Atkins is the President of INSOL International and Australian Chair of Norton Rose Fulbright. He is also a Member of the International Insolvency Institute and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. Scott is recognised as Australia's only Eminent Practitioner in restructuring and insolvency in the Chambers and Partners 2020 and 2021 Asia-Pacific regional legal rankings.
He has industry-leading experience in cross-border insolvency and is recognised for his role in shaping law reform in Australia, Myanmar and other regions in the Asia-Pacific to support stronger rescue and restructuring frameworks and improved cross-border recognition and cooperation under the Model Law and other global and regional frameworks.
Mr Atkins also continues to drive INSOL International's work with its members and partner organisations across the world to advocate for insolvency and restructuring law reform, policy development and capacity building initiatives globally as key pillars of economic and financial stability, including through more efficient cross-border engagement and dispute resolution mechanisms such as mediation and arbitration.
Ms Debra Grassgreen is a senior partner in the firm's San Francisco office and heads the firm's international insolvency practice. She is president of the prestigious International Insolvency Institute (the first woman to be elected to that position) and is widely regarded as a leading expert on cross border restructuring matters. Ms Grassgreen has significant experience representing debtors, trustees, and creditors' committees in large and complex chapter 11 cases nationwide and internationally. Ms Grassgreen has participated in the United Nations working group (UNCITRAL) developing a uniform international insolvency law and materials to assist countries in the adoption and implementation of insolvency legislation for over ten years.
In 2021, the International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC) selected Ms Grassgreen as its 2021 Woman of the Year in Restructuring. Ms Grassgreen is listed in Who's Who Legal: Thought Leaders—Global Elite 2019, one of only seven U.S.-based lawyers listed for Restructuring and Insolvency and has been named by the Daily Journal as one of the top 100 women lawyers in California for several years. She is a fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy, and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America every year since 2001 for her work in both Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation - Bankruptcy. Ms Grassgreen holds an AV Preeminent Peer Rating, Martindale-Hubbell's highest recognition for ethical standards and legal ability and is ranked among Bankruptcy/Restructuring attorneys by Chambers USA. Every year since 2010, she has been named a “Northern California Super Lawyer” by San Francisco Magazine. She was also listed by Lawdragon as one of the 2020 "Lawdragon 500 Leading Global Restructuring & Insolvency Lawyers." Ms Grassgreen is a graduate of the University of Florida, where she also received her J.D., and is admitted to practice in Florida as well as California.
Ms Kyriaki Karadelis is journalist and editor with more than 12 years' experience writing news and analysis for international business lawyers and professional advisers. She is currently the editor of Global Restructuring Review, which focuses on cross-border insolvency and restructuring, having steered its development and growth since she launched the title in 2016. In addition to her daily editorial duties, she regularly moderates webinars and helps set the agenda for GRR events targeting audiences around the world.
Prior to joining GRR, Ms Kyriaki was a news reporter at its sister magazine, Global Arbitration Review, and once appeared on a conference panel about international arbitration in Canada with the BBC's chief international correspondent, Lyse Doucet.
She completed her undergraduate degree with First Class Honours at the University of Durham and received a student journalism award for her MA in Multimedia Journalism from Bournemouth University.
Mr Sushil Nair is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Drew & Napier and also heads up its Corporate Restructuring & Workout practice group.
Mr Nair has been in practice for some 30 years, with the majority of that time focused on restructuring. Mr Nair's practice is focused on the Asia Pacific region, with much of it revolving around Indonesia and China, where he has been involved in some of the largest restructuring exercises in Asia. He was named Singapore's Restructuring Lawyer of the Year for 2019 by Best Lawyers.
Mr Nair chairs the Insolvency Sub Committee of the Law Society of Singapore and has been appointed a member to a number of government committees involved in the development of the law relating to insolvency and restructuring in Singapore. Sushil also sits on the boards of the Singapore Accountancy Commission and Sports Singapore.
LIM Hui Min
Ms Lim Hui Min started work in a private law firm before joining the Singapore Legal Service, doing stints in the Civil Registry of the then Subordinate Courts of Singapore and the Family and Juvenile Court. She has also worked in the then Ministry of Community Development Youth and Sports (now Ministry of Social and Family Development), designing programmes to deliver social and work assistance to the less-privileged, and later, as the head of their legal department.
She is currently the Director of the Legal Aid Bureau, which helps the less privileged get access to justice. The Bureau has launched a number of significant legal technology initiatives under Ms Lim's leadership.
Ms Lim has also authored and edited numerous publications on legal aid, civil and family procedure and family law. This includes a book on the youth justice system in Singapore entitled "Juvenile Justice – where rehabilitation takes centre stage”.
Professor Richard SUSSKIND OBE
Professor Richard Susskind OBE is the world's most cited author on the future of legal services. He is President of the Society for Computers and Law, Chair of the Advisory Board of the Oxford Internet Institute, the Founder of Remote Courts Worldwide (www.remotecourts.org), and, since 1998, has been Technology Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales.
He chaired the Online Dispute Resolution Advisory Group of the Civil Justice Council in England and Wales (2014-2015) whose proposals on online courts have been adopted as judicial and government policy. Richard's work has been translated into 18 languages and he has been invited to speak in over 60 countries.
He has written ten books, including The Future of the Law (1996), The End of Lawyers? (2008), The Future of the Professions (2015, with D Susskind) Tomorrow's Lawyers (2013, 2017), and Online Courts and the Future of Justice (2019). In the 1980s, he wrote his doctorate on artificial intelligence and the law at Balliol College, Oxford.
Intellectual Property Dispute Resolution
Joyce A. Tan
Ms Joyce A. Tan is the eponymous managing director of the business-focused and globally-oriented commercial law firm she established in 1998. Widely recognised for her strong suit in IP and TMT transactions, she pioneered many cutting-edge deals of its time, involving innovative business models that exploit frontier technology or IP.
Her subject matter expertise in these fields and extensive deal negotiation experience in cross-border transactions, are the armoury she dons in mediating IP and TMT disputes, especially those that straddle multiple jurisdictions. Amongst others, Ms Tan is credited with the successful mediation of IP disputes that had festered in legal proceedings across 6 ASEAN countries, between US and Thai disputants. In its news coverage of this case, the World Trademark Review highlighted its promise to redefine the status quo.
Ms Tan is ranked as leading lawyer by legal publications including A-List of Singapore's Top 100 Lawyers, Legal 500, Chambers, Asia Business Law Journal, World IP Review Leaders and Practical Law Company.
Marco M. ALEMÁN
Mr Marco M. Alemán studied law at the Javeriana University (J.D., 1991) where he also obtained a Corporate Law Certificate (L.L.M., 1996). He then obtained a Diploma in Advanced Studies (DEA) in Research at the Alcala University (Spain, 2006), and a Ph.D. in Law (2011, Cum Laude).
Mr Alemán practiced as an IP Attorney from 1991 to 1995. He was then appointed Head of the Colombian Industrial Property Office, from 1995 to 1998, and was invited as a Fellow Visiting Researcher at the Max Planck Institute in Munich, Germany in 1998. He joined the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1999 as Senior Program Officer, Office of Cooperation for Development for Latin America and the Caribbean (from 1999 to 2006). He was then appointed Deputy Director in the Division for Public Policy and Development (from 2006 to 2009), Deputy Director of the Patent Law Division (from 2009 to 2013), and went on to be Director of the Patent Law Division. He currently holds the position of Assistant Director General, leading the IP and Innovation Ecosystem Sector (IES).
Mr Alemán is the author of The Andean Legal Framework on Trademarks (Bogota, 1994) and co-author of several books, the most recent ones being: Studies in Homage to Mariano Uzcátegui Urdaneta (Caracas, 2011), Bilateral Trade Agreements and Intellectual Property (Heidelberg, 2014), Intellectual Property Study in contemporary issues (Mexico, 2015) and Technology Transactions (Genève/ Zurich 2018, Schulthess Éditions Romandes).
He speaks Spanish, English and French.
Ms Aggie Liu is a partner of FenXun Partners, which operates a joint legal platform with Baker McKenzie in China, and leads the IP litigation and enforcement team in FenXun Beijing.
Ms Liu provides advice covering a full range of intellectual property-related services, including enforcement, litigation, licensing, domain name disputes, copyright and designs, digital content, and other intellectual property matters.
She advises and represents international and domestic clients from various business sectors, including pharmaceutical and medical devices, technology, media and communications, luxury, fashion and retail goods, consumer products, food and beverage, etc.
LL.M. (Master of Laws)
Mr João Negrão has held the position of President of the EUIPO Boards of Appeal since 1 April 2021.
For the previous 10 years, Mr João Negrão was Director of the International Cooperation and Legal Affairs Department of the EUIPO after originally joining the EUIPO as head of the President's Cabinet in 2010.
Before joining the EUIPO, Mr Negrão held different positions in the Portuguese public administration, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs/General Directorate for EU Affairs, the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and the Ministry of Justice/National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI). In 2001, he joined INPI in the international relations cabinet, becoming the Head of Cabinet in 2004. In 2008, he was appointed Director of International Relations and Promotion of Innovation at INPI.
Mr Negrão holds a Master of Laws Degree in International Law and a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations. He also has a number of high level qualifications in Public Administration Management (National Institute of Administration), Leadership Management (London Business School) as well as IP-related courses, such as a general course on IP (WIPO Worldwide Academy) and a specialised course on the practice and functioning of the IP system in the USA (USPTO).
Wai King NG
Mr Ng Wai King is the Managing Partner of WongPartnership LLP, a leading law firm in Singapore. Wai King maintains an active M&A and private equity practice. He has worked on a number of high profile transactions in Singapore and across the region including Keppel's proposed takeover of Singapore Press Holdings, Capitaland's restructuring and privatisation, SembCorp Marine's demerger from SembCorp Industries, the takeover of GLP by the Hopu/Hillhouse consortium, Walmart's acquisition of Flipkart in India, KKR's acquisition of Goodpack, Unisteel and MMI, and TCC/Thai Beverage's takeover of F&N. Wai King holds an LLB from the National University of Singapore where he was awarded the AV Winslow Prize, and obtained an LLM from Columbia University School of Law where he graduated as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Wai King is also a member of the NUS Board of Trustees and a director of the Singapore Exchange.
Mr Piyush Gupta has been Chief Executive Officer and Director of DBS Group, a leading financial services group in Asia. DBS is widely recognised for being at the forefront of leveraging digital technology to shape the future of banking.
The bank has been accorded accolades including “World's Best Bank” and “World's Best Digital Bank” by several global publications. In addition, in 2019, DBS was listed among the top ten most transformative organisations of the decade by Harvard Business Review.
Mr Gupta was named one of the world's top 100 best-performing chief executives in Harvard Business Review - 2019 edition of “The CEO 100”. He was named Singapore Business Awards' Outstanding Chief Executive of the Year in 2016. In 2014, he was named as the Singapore Business Leader of the Year by CNBC and in 2013, he was accorded the CEO Leadership Achievement Award for Singapore and Asia Pacific by The Asian Banker.
Dispute Resolution in Emerging Markets
Professor Jair GEVAERD
Professor Jair Gevaerd, FCIArb is a domestic and international commercial arbitrator and mediator, with experience in the U.S. and Brazil.
In addition to teaching Corporate Law, International Law, Conflict of Laws, Arbitration, and Mediation for over three decades in top Brazilian and International Law Schools, he is a specialist in Development Law (IDLO–Rome), a Master and a Ph.D. in Corporate Law (UFPR-Brazil), holding a LL.M Degree in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution/Pepperdine University (U.S.), where he has also been appointed in 2019 as Ambassador.
Besides being a Research Advisor at the South Ural State University, Russia, Professor Gevaerd is currently the President of the International Editorial Board of the ADR Brazilian Law Journal, published by the CBMA-Brazilian Center of Mediation and Arbitration (Rio de Janeiro), where he also acts as International Director of Academic Affairs.
Ms Hannah Cao joined Silk Road Fund in 2015 and currently serves as its General Counsel. Ms Cao has deep understanding on complex international legal and regulatory issues involved in cross border investment activities. She was recognized by Financial Times as FT Global GC 25 in 2018 and by Chambers and Partners as Global Influencer 100 in 2019.
Prior to joining Silk Road Fund, Ms Cao practiced law in New York and Beijing at international law firms. Earlier in her career, Ms Cao worked at the International Business Department of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Headquarters.
Ms Cao received a BA in International Economics from Peking University, a MA in International Relations from Yale University and a Juris Doctor (magna cum laude) from Brooklyn Law School.
Ms Melissa Ordonez focuses her practice on investment treaty and commercial arbitration. Ms Ordonez is French/Colombian and has specialised in arbitration for a decade. She boasts a unique multicultural background as well as trilingual skills (she is fluent in English, French and Spanish), which enables her to represent clients in complex arbitrations involving various regions of the world.
She has recently launched the firm's Paris-LATAM Desk. Ms Ordonez is particularly recognised for her strategic skills and her ability to bring clarity in cross-border disputes. She brings extensive experience of arbitration under the rules of the ICC, LCIA, ICSID and UNCITRAL, with a particular focus on clients in the energy, technology and luxury sectors as well as in international investment disputes.
Ms Ordonez is a graduate of the Kings College London and the Sorbonne University in Paris where she benefited from a full scholarship from the French Government for her academic excellence.
Ms Christina Pak specializes in international development finance and law and policy reform. She is currently a Principal Counsel of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and is responsible for managing the Office of General Counsel's Law and Policy Reform Program which designs, processes, and implements technical assistance projects directly to developing member countries relating to legal and judicial reforms. She oversees a diverse portfolio in the areas of environment protection and climate change, gender equality, private sector development, public-private partnerships and digital economy.
In her own technical assistance projects, Christina specializes in dispute resolution and been assisting various countries in the South Pacific region accede to the New York Convention and put in place implementing arbitration law, including Fiji, Palau, Papua New Guinea and Tonga and also assisted Uzbekistan with its new Law on International Commercial Arbitration.
She also leads ADB's judicial capacity building programs on commercial and environmental and climate change adjudication, as well assisting judiciaries in more effective and efficient handling of gender-based violence cases. In her previous role as a project counsel at ADB, she worked on complex multi-sector projects across the Central West, Southeast and East Asia regions.
Ms Pak is a Steering Committee Member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She is a US-qualified lawyer, admitted in the States of New York and New Jersey.
Mr Sriram Panchu (b. 1952) is a leading Indian mediator who is internationally recognised. He is an alumnus of the Government Law College, Bombay. He commenced practice in 1976 at the Madras High Court and was designated a Senior Advocate in 1996. He has practised constitutional and commercial law, and appeared pro bono in several significant public interest cases.
For almost thirty years he has been in the forefront of the mediation movement in India. In 2005 he set up India's first court – annexed mediation centre at the Madras High Court, and has assisted the Supreme Court and other High Courts to do so. He has trained over a thousand mediators. His books on mediation are Settle for More (2007), Mediation Practice & Law (2011 and 2015) and the Commercial Mediation Monograph (2019).
He has mediated a large number of complex and high-value commercial disputes in India and abroad. He has also been appointed by the Supreme Court of India to mediate significant public disputes; this includes a border dispute between the States of Assam and Nagaland, and a dispute within the Parsi community in Bombay over a ban on priests. In December 2018 the Bar Association of India conferred on him its Lawyers of India Day Award of Honour and Distinction.
In March 2019, he was appointed on a three-member panel to mediate the Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute between the Hindu and Muslim communities. Mr Panchu is a member of the National Legal Services Authority of India, (NALSA) and President of the national association Mediators India. He was a Director of the International Mediation Institute (IMI) and is on the panel of senior mediators of national and international institutions. He serves on the committees of several public charitable and social organisations.
Professor Islambek RUSTAMBEKOVICH
Professor Islambek Rustambekovich specializes in private international law, international investment law, international civil procedure, international commercial and investment arbitration, conciliation procedures, mediation, recognition and enforcement of judgements and arbitration awards.
In 2018–2019, he represented the interests of Uzbekistan in international arbitrations and foreign courts, represented the country in the sessions of the UNCITRAL Working Group III on ISDS reforms.
He is designated member of the arbitration panel of the ICSID from Uzbekistan. He is listed in the list of arbitrators of the HKIAC, AIAC, Delos, TIAC, UAA and WIPO.
FOO Chi Hsia
Ms Foo Chi Hsia is a career diplomat who joined Singapore's Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) in November 2020 to power up IMDA's international strategy, engagement and collaboration. Singapore's digital transformation through deep investments in digital infrastructure, innovation and inclusion will be amplified with stronger global collaboration in norms and standards, with data and technology as the new frontiers of value creation in the global digital economy.
Prior to joining IMDA, Ms Foo was Singapore's High Commissioner to the UK based in London, and concurrently Ambassador to Ireland and to Iceland. She was awarded the Public Administration Medal by the Government of Singapore in 2008, the Dame Commander of the Victorian Order by Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II in 2014, Freedom of the City of London in 2016 and the National Day Long Service Medal in 2020.
Earlier in her career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she served in the Permanent Mission of Singapore to the United Nations during Singapore's only term in the UN Security Council from 2001 - 2002, and was also involved in Singapore's only case before the International Court of Justice when sovereignty over Pedra Branca was awarded to Singapore in 2008.
Mark BEER OBE
Mr Mark Beer OBE is Chairman of The Metis Institute, which advises Governments and Judiciaries on economic diversification and the associated legal and regulatory environment. Mr Beer is the co-Founder of the Deep Tech Dispute Resolution Lab at Oxford University; a visiting fellow at Oxford University; and a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Expert Network. He is also a professional associate at Outer Temple Chambers.
Mr Beer served as the Chief Executive of the Dubai International Finance Centre's Dispute Resolution Authority for over 10 years, before returning to the UK in 2018.
Mr Beer now sits on a number of advisory boards providing input on judicial reform; enhancing effectiveness; and implementing a transformation agenda, including in the context of LegalTech and CourtTech. He is the Senior Advisor on Legal Technology to the Astana International Financial Centre; Chairman of the LawTech Advisory Council, AIFC, and a Member of the UK Government's Commercial Dispute Resolution Taskforce, part of the LawTech Delivery Panel.