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FULLY SUBSCRIBED! SIArb Roundtable Discussion on: “How to Make a Career in Arbitration” (27 April 2021)
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About this Roundtable
Arbitration is a crucial part of the dispute resolution landscape, especially for cross-border disputes. As such, specialising in arbitration – as counsel, expert witness or arbitrator – has become a viable career for many professionals.
Join us in our virtual roundtable discussion to find out how to make a career in arbitration. Hear more about the diverse experience of our eminent speakers John Gibson, Loretta Malintoppi, Mohan Pillay and Johnny Tan, who will share their perspectives and war stories about their career path in arbitration.
Roundtable Programme
This event will be interactive so that participants can get up close and personal with our experienced panel. The event will begin with opening remarks from each speaker. Then participants will be assigned into facilitated "breakout rooms" to talk in depth with a speaker and other participants, and raise any questions or concerns they have about developing a career in arbitration. There will be two rounds of breakout sessions so participants will get to hear from speakers from different backgrounds in arbitration.
Given the nature of this event, there will be a limit on the number of registrations accepted as well as participants in each break-out room. Accordingly, the SIArb Secretariat will only provide you with the Zoom meeting details upon confirmation of your successful registration.
5.30– 5.35pm
Welcome Remarks by Moderator:
Ms. Cathryn Neo – Senior Associate, Ashurst ADTLaw
Sharing by Speakers:
• Mr. John Gibson - Director of Asia, Marine Engineer, Brookes Bell Singapore
• Ms. Loretta Malintoppi – Arbitrator, 39 Essex Chambers
• Mr. Mohan Pillay – Head of Office, Pinsent Masons MPillay LLP
• Mr. Johnny Tan – Independent Arbitrator

Introduction by Moderator on house rules of breakout sessions

6.10-6.40pm Discussions in Breakout Rooms (round 1)
6.40-7.10pm Discussions in Breakout Rooms (round 2)
7.10-7.15pm Closing Remarks

About the Speakers

  John Gibson was at sea for twenty years before joining the Brookes Bell in 1996. He is a Chartered Engineer, with a Master’s degree, and since 2001 John has been a partner at Brookes Bell. An expert in his field, John uses his extensive consultancy and investigative experience to provide comprehensive assessments of marine and offshore casualties and disputes. The type of investigations John conducts are as diverse as they are thorough. As a member of the Institution of Fire Engineers John also reports on fatal and non-fatal fires. John has provided technical evidence for court proceedings and arbitration around the world and for the last 6 years he has been based in Singapore having set up the Brookes Bell office there. John is also a founding Committee member of the Asia Pacific Institute of Experts and supporting member of the LMAA and a member of SCMA.

Loretta Malintoppi is an independent arbitrator with 39 Essex Chambers, based in Singapore. She is dually qualified (Paris and Rome Bars) and specializes in international commercial arbitration, investment arbitration and public international law. She sits as arbitrator in proceedings under a variety of arbitration rules, including ICSID, ICC, UNCITRAL, SCC, SIAC, LCIA and DIAC.  Loretta also appears as counsel and advocate in State-to-State disputes before the International Court of Justice and in ad hoc arbitrations. She is a past member and a Vice-President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. She currently is a member of the Governing Board of ICCA and was appointed to the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators by the Chairman of the World Bank. Loretta is one of the co-authors of The ICSID Convention – A Commentary published by Cambridge University Press in 2009. She is also a member of the Editorial Board of The Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals, editor of the International Litigation in Practice Series, and a member of the editorial advisory board of the Journal of World Investment and Trade. 


Mohan Pillay is a Chartered Arbitrator and a Singapore/UK qualified disputes lawyer with over 30 years’ experience in commercial litigation and regional arbitration.  His past appointments include President-SIArb, Co-Chair-Dispute Resolution & Arbitration Committee, Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA), Chair-SCL (Singapore) & International Construction Projects Committee, IPBA with teaching appointments as Adj. Assoc. Professor, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore (2003 - 2011) and Visiting Professor, Centre of Construction Law & Dispute Resolution, King’s College London (2005 – 2011). He is co-author of “The SICC Handbook – A Guide to the Rules and Procedures of the Singapore International Commercial Court” (Sweet & Maxwell, 2016), General Editor of the Singapore Arbitration Journal, & a chapter author for the Singapore Academy of Law Annual Review of Singapore Cases' chapter on building and construction law.  


Johnny Tan obtained his first degree in Architecture from the University of Western Australia under the Colombo Plan Scholarship. He was a founding partner of LT&T Architects where he practised for almost 30 years. Johnny practises as an independent arbitrator. He is a Past President of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb), having served two terms as President from 2007 to 2011.

Johnny is on the panel of several arbitration centres including SIAC, AIAC, HKIAC, DIAC, SCIA, and LCIA. He is a member of the Advisory Council to the National Commercial Arbitration Centre, Cambodia.

Johnny has been appointed as arbitrator in over 100 cases in both institutional and ad hoc arbitration cases. 

About the Moderator/Facilitator


Cathryn Neo is a bilingual, dual-qualified (Singapore and Australia (Vic)) lawyer in Ashurst's Dispute Resolution team in Singapore. She has extensive experience in complex commercial international arbitrations under SIAC, ICC and HKIAC rules. She also advises on contentious insolvency and restructuring matters.

Prior to joining Ashurst ADT, Cathryn assisted tribunals in numerous institutional and ad hoc arbitrations in her previous role as an Associate for a leading arbitrator. Cathryn is also an accredited HKIAC Tribunal Secretary and has co-authored a book chapter and several case reports on landmark arbitration decisions.

About the Facilitators


Farooq Ahmad Mann holds an MBA from the University of Birmingham and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK (FCCA). He is a Member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accounts and is a Chartered Accountant of Singapore who is a Public Accountant. In addition, he is a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner in Singapore and is a Member of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals (UK) (M.A.B.R.P). He has more than 20 years of experience in Insolvency work and has been involved in various litigation support matters, business valuation engagements and investigation work from time to time.  Farooq Ahmad Mann is the founder and director of M/s MANN & ASSOCIATES PAC, Chartered Accountants of Singapore. 


Jae Hee Suh  is a senior associate in Allen & Overy's international arbitration team based in Singapore and a member of the CPD Committee of SIArb. Jae Hee previously practiced arbitration in Allen & Overy's Hong Kong and London offices.

Jae Hee has represented clients in the energy, infrastructure, finance, private equity, pharmaceutical, automotive, and TMT sectors for both commercial and investment treaty arbitrations under various rules including the ICSID, ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, HKIAC and SIAC rules. She has also advised in relation to enforcing and challenging arbitral awards in different jurisdictions.

Jae Hee is a native Korean speaker, studied law at Oxford University (Magdalen College) as a STX Corporation scholar, and is qualified in Hong Kong.


Angela Yap graduated with a LL.B. (Hons) from Oxford Brookes University and was called to the bar of England and Wales by the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn in 2010. She is admitted to practice as an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 2011.

Prior to joining SIAC, Angela practiced commercial litigation and arbitration and was a Senior Associate in the Dispute Resolution Division of one of the leading law firms in Malaysia.  Angela is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb). She is fluent in English and Bahasa Malaysia and has a good command of written and spoken Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese).




(includes materials, if any)

Membership Regular Rate
SIArb Members S$ 20.00
Others S$ 50.00

Supporting Oraganisation

Continuing Professional Development 

SILE CPD Points 
Practice Area:  : Alternative Dispute Resolution
Training Level: General
Public CPD Points: 1.5

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