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WEBINAR: Arbitration and Insolvency - Never the Twain Shall Meet? (22 June 2021)
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About this Webinar:
Insolvencies and corporate restructurings are an unfortunate but inevitable consequence of economic upheaval.  We are likely to see many of them in the wake of Covid-19, sadly, as businesses struggle to adjust.  How then, do insolvencies and restructurings impact on arbitration?
This webinar will explore the interaction between arbitration and insolvency, including the effect of insolvency proceedings on proposed or existing arbitration proceedings, the pursuit of insolvency-related claims in arbitration, the involvement of insolvency practitioners as parties to arbitration, and the interaction of insolvency and enforcement proceedings.  The speakers will address both the legal complexities and practical issues that arise in these situations.  Just as many arbitrations are international, so are many insolvencies: the webinar will consider the position in Singapore and internationally, including in offshore jurisdictions.
Webinar Programme:
Webinar participants will be able to watch and listen to (via computer audio or telephone line) the video presentation and Q&A discussion on their screens, receive a PDF copy of the presentation slides, as well as participate in the Q&A discussion by sending in their questions to the moderator via text using the built-in Q&A function.
6.00– 6.15pm

Opening Remarks by Chairperson

Mr. Andrew Chan – Partner, Allen & Gledhill LLP

6.15– 7.30pm

Arbitration and Insolvency: Never the Twain Shall Meet?

 Ms. Smitha Menon – Partner, WongPartnership LLP
 Mr. James Noble – Partner, Carey Olsen Singapore LLP
 Mr. Tham Wei Chern – Director, Fullerton Law Chambers LLC
7.30– 7.45pm

Q & A Session 

About the Speakers

Smitha Menon 

Ms. Smitha Menon is in the firm’s International Arbitration, Special Situations Advisory and India Practices. Her dispute resolution practice includes banking and commercial transactions, joint ventures, private equity and shareholder disputes. Her restructuring mandates focus on representing corporate debtors and investors in cross-border turnaround situations.
Smitha’s international and local appointments include being the Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce ("ICC") Singapore Arbitration Group and the Singapore alternate Court member on the ICC International Court of Arbitration. She is on the board of the Singapore network of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC) and is a Fellow of the Insolvency Practitioners Association of Singapore.  Smitha expertise has also been recognised in various legal publications. 

James Noble

Mr. James Noble is based in our Singapore office and he leads the litigation, insolvency and restructuring practice in Asia and advises on Bermuda, British Virgin Islands (BVI) and Cayman Islands law. James is also the only litigator in Singapore who is Cayman and BVI admitted.  
A specialist in complex and high value shareholder litigation, asset recovery, cross-border enforcement and insolvency, James has nearly 20 years' experience working in a wide variety of commercial, trust and estate disputes and private wealth matters. Recognised as an expert in asset recovery in the latest edition of Who's Who Legal, James regularly acts in high profile and market leading cases, particularly in connection with companies listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. 
James' team is the largest offshore litigation team in Singapore and Carey Olsen is ranked in Legal 500 at the top of tier 1 for offshore firms in Singapore.

Tham Wei Chern 

Mr. Tham Wei Chern is a director at Fullerton Law Chambers LLC with almost 18 years in practice.  His practice covers commercial and corporate disputes, restructuring and insolvency, banking and securities litigation, and employment related disputes, amongst others.  He has represented parties as lead counsel in the High Court and the Court of Appeal in Singapore, and in international and domestic arbitrations. 
Wei Chern is a Fellow of both the SIArb and the CIArb.  He is also a Fellow of the Insolvency Practitioners Association of Singapore.


About the Chairperson


Mr. Andrew Chan’s practice encompasses commercial work, and is a specialist in dispute resolution, trusts, and insolvency. In arbitration, he has acted as counsel and been appointed arbitrator. He has given expert evidence for use in foreign courts and in arbitration and has mediated insolvency disputes. Andrew has also represented the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka as Singapore counsel in an investment treaty arbitration.
In October 2011, Andrew was presented the “Minister for Law Outstanding Volunteer Award”, the highest volunteer award for individuals given by the Ministry of Law Singapore, for providing expertise and helping shape insolvency practice in Singapore. Among others, Andrew is recognised in Best Lawyers 2021 for his expertise both in Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Arbitration and Mediation. 




(includes materials, if any)

Membership Regular Rate
SIArb Members S$ 40.00

Members of:

  • Asia Pacific Institute of Experts (APIEx)
  • Marine Offshore Oil & Gas Association (MOOGAS)
  • Regional Arbitral Institute Forum (RAIF)
  • Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA) 
  • Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA)
  • Society of Construction Law Singapore (SCL (S)) 
  • Singapore Corporate Counsel Association (SCCA)
S$ 60.00
Others S$ 90.00

Supporting Organisation

Continuing Professional Development

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

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