Arbitration has become a key component in the dispute resolution landscape. As such, specialising in arbitration – as counsel, expert witness or arbitrator – has evolved into a viable career opportunity for many professionals.
Our inaugural careers roundtable last year was widely received by numerous SIArb members – fresh graduates, young practitioners and mid-career professionals amongst others.
The SIArb Young Practitioners Network is proud to present this roundtable discussion again this year with a distinguished and diverse panel of speakers who will share their experiences and war stories towards establishing a career in arbitration.
This will be an interactive event as participants will get the opportunity to get up close and personal with our experienced speakers. The event will commence with opening remarks from each speaker. Participants will then be assigned into facilitated "breakout rooms" where they can raise questions or comments they have about developing a career in arbitration. There will be two rounds of breakout sessions to ensure participants get interact directly with different speakers of varying backgrounds in arbitration.
To facilitate the interactive nature of the event, there will be a limit on registrations accepted as well as the 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.
The SIArb Young Practitioners Network takes the lead on the Institute’s engagement with all young arbitration practitioners with less than 10 years’ experience in arbitration or below the age of 40. The YPN aims to promote a strong mentorship culture within the Institute with events such as the Annual Careers Roundtable. It will serve as a forum for young practitioners to exchange ideas on arbitration through events such as the Annual Debate.
|5.30 – 5.35pm||
Welcome Remarks by Moderator:
• Ms. Cathryn Neo – Partner, PDLegal
|5.35 - 6.05pm||
Sharing by Speakers:
• Ms Christine Artero – Arbitrator, The Arbitration Chambers
• Ms Shobna Chandran – Partner, Tan Rajah & Cheah
• Mr Garry Crossley – Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting• Mr Lee Wai Pong – Founder, LWP.Sg Consultants; Regional Advisor, Thomas Miller Group
|6.05 - 6.10pm||
Introduction by Moderator on house rules of breakout sessions
|6.10 - 6.40pm||Discussions in Breakout Rooms (round 1) facilitated by:
• Mr Ang Wee Jian – Partner, Pinsent Masons MPillay
• Mr Fabian Lim – Senior Consultant, JS Held
• Ms Cathryn Neo – Partner, PDLegal
• Ms Khyati Raniwala – Associate, Reed Smith
|6.40 - 7.10pm||Discussions in Breakout Rooms (round 2)|
|7.10 - 7.15pm||Closing Remarks|
About the Speakers
|Christine Artero is a full-time arbitrator with The Arbitration Chambers and Fountain Court Chambers. She is educated in both the civil law and the common law traditions, and she is admitted to the Paris Bar and as a solicitor in England and Wales. Christine is also a Fellow of the CIArb and of the SIArb. Christine has served as sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator and presiding arbitrator in arbitrations administered by the ICC, SIAC, LCIA, HKIAC, KCAB, AIAC and PCA, as well as in ad hoc arbitrations, and her experience spans a broad range of commercial disputes. Prior to launching her career as independent arbitrator, Christine worked in private practice, at Shearman & Sterling, as counsel at the LCIA and as tribunal secretary. Christine also teaches International Arbitration in France and regularly lectures at other leading institutions.|
|Shobna Chandran’s expertise is in high-value cross border commercial litigation, arbitration, insolvency and appellate matters. Shobna has had significant experience in financial services disputes including under standard forms such as the GMRA and ISDA forms of contract, litigation arising from arbitration proceedings, joint venture / shareholder disputes in court and in arbitration, and technology related matters. Shobna’s clients include global financial institutions, major private equity funds and multinational corporations across a range of industries and sectors. Shobna is sought after as lead counsel for complex, technical and high stakes cases. Shobna has an active counsel practice and appears before the Singapore High Court and Court of Appeal on complex commercial matters. She is often instructed by local and international law firms to argue cutting edge and novel points of law in relation to arbitration, banking and finance, evidence and procedure, equity and trust, restitution and unjust enrichment, insolvency and restructuring, and professional negligence including in the context of disciplinary proceedings.
Garry Crossley is a Senior Managing Director in the Construction Solutions practice of FTI Consulting and is based in Singapore. Garry advises clients internationally on project and programme delivery, strategic issues, contractual risks, contract strategy and due diligence and has over 30 years’ experience of civil engineering, process and building related projects throughout Asia, the Middle East, Eastern and Western Europe and Africa. Garry also has extensive experience in the preparation and review of delay, disruption and acceleration claims; and has been responsible for numerous international dispute and claim appointments on major engineering and construction projects acting as expert advisor and Expert Witness in all phases of the arbitration and litigation process, and has also given evidence at international hearings, including witness conferencing, on many occasions. is a Senior Managing Director in the Construction Solutions practice of FTI Consulting and is based in Singapore. Garry advises clients internationally on project and programme delivery, strategic issues, contractual risks, contract strategy and due diligence and has over 30 years’ experience of civil engineering, process and building related projects throughout Asia, the Middle East, Eastern and Western Europe and Africa. Garry also has extensive experience in the preparation and review of delay, disruption and acceleration claims; and has been responsible for numerous international dispute and claim appointments on major engineering and construction projects acting as expert advisor and Expert Witness in all phases of the arbitration and litigation process, and has also given evidence at international hearings, including witness conferencing, on many occasions.
|Lee Wai Pong is the founder of LWP.Sg Consultants and concurrently serves as Regional Advisor to Thomas Miller Group, managers of UK P&I Club & UK Defence Club. He first went to sea in 1974 as a Deck Cadet and his career in the maritime & dispute resolution industry spans nearly 5 decades. He led SCMA for over 5 years as their Executive Director. Wai Pong accepts arbitral appointments for tribunals constituted under IAA, SIAC, SCMA, ICC & AIAC Rules. He also acts as Principal or Co-Mediator for adhoc, SMC & SIMC administered mediations for both contractual & tortious matters in maritime and non-maritime industries. Wai Pong also sits as Sole Adjudicator for disputes involving Financial Institutions & their Customers at Financial Industry Dispute Resolution Centre (FIDReC).|
About the Moderator/Facilitator
|Cathryn Neo is a bilingual (English and Mandarin), dual-qualified (Singapore and Australia (Vic)) dispute resolution partner at PDLegal LLC. Cathryn has a broad commercial disputes practice with experience in international arbitration, insolvency and restructuring, and mediation. She also works closely with PDLegal’s China Practice to advise clients on cross-border China-related disputes. Cathryn regularly assists clients in managing cross-border litigation, including before the Australian, Brunei and Indonesian courts. She has advised and acted for global financial institutions in several prominent contentious insolvency and restructuring matters in the Singapore courts. She has co-authored a book chapter and several case reports on landmark arbitration decisions which are published in Kluwer Institute for Transnational Arbitration Case Reports. Cathryn currently sits as co-Vice Chairperson on the Women in Practice Committee of the Law Society of Singapore. She is a committee member of the Beihai Asia International Arbitration Centre and was also recently appointed as the inaugural chairperson of the Young Practitioners Network for the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb).|
About the Facilitators
Ang Wee Jian is an international disputes counsel, specialising in construction and infrastructure related arbitration and litigation. His matters arise from major foreign-law governed infrastructure projects across Asia, South Africa and the CIS region, and are often confidential, complex and high value in nature. They have involved railways, windfarms, water desalination and iron-ore process plants, highways, coal-fired power stations, high rise office buildings, hospitality projects, and residential developments. Wee Jian is an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore. He has acted in Court proceedings, including urgent applications seeking and resisting injunctive relief relating to performance bonds and guarantees. Wee Jian is amongst the inaugural select batch of Singapore-qualified lawyers recognised in 2018 as an Accredited Specialist in Building and Construction Law. He sits on the Singapore Academy of Law Construction Law Protocol Working Group. A recipient of the Singapore Academy of Law Overseas Attachment Scholarship, Wee Jian has worked in Fountain Court Chambers in London.
Fabian Lim has over 8 years of experience in the provision of construction claims consultancy services. His experience includes supporting expert witness on quantum, construction claims analysis, claims preparation, variation order assessment, and contracts administration retainer services, He has been involved with projects in commercial and residential buildings, energy, oil and gas and transportation sectors primarily within South East Asia.
Khyati Raniwala is an international arbitration associate at Reed Smith in Singapore. She has represented parties in proceedings under the rules of major arbitral institutions at all stages of the arbitral process. She has experience in cross-jurisdictional commercial disputes across a wide range of sectors, particularly in the Asia Pacific region. She also has prior experience in Singapore commercial litigation matters. Khyati spent a number of years as a member of the Secretariat of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC). At SIAC, she administered and managed over 200 cases related to energy, international trade, construction and infrastructure, joint venture and shareholder disputes. She was responsible for the administration of arbitrations under various versions of the SIAC Rules and UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules involving applications to the SIAC Court relating to consolidation and/or joinder, jurisdictional objections, arbitrator challenges, emergency arbitrations, as well as the SIAC-SIMC Arb-Med-Arb protocol.
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